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CAT 2018 Mock Test Released at iimcat.ac.in, Get Complete analysis here

Oct 17, 2018 15:16 IST
    CAT 2018 Mock Test Released
    CAT 2018 Mock Test Released

    CAT 2018 Mock Test has been released by the IIM-Calcutta – the institute who is convening the MBA entrance exam this year. The official CAT 2018 Mock Test was released on 16th October 2018 and is available on the official website i.e. iimcat.ac.in to all the aspirants. Generally, the CAT mock test for MBA entrance exam is released after CAT admit cards are made available to the aspirants. However, this year, the mock test has been released prior to it, giving early access to aspirants. Let’s find out what the key changes in CAT 2018 Exam Pattern are and how aspirants should analyse the CAT 2018 Mock Test to get an edge over others.

    Why Official CAT 2018 Mock Test is Important?

    CAT 2018 Mock Test provides and a generic overview and idea about the type, format, style and pattern of the MBA entrance exam which will be held on 25th November. The mock test released by the exam conducting agency also suggests the sectional break-up of questions as well as break-up of MCQs and non-MCQs or TITA questions which is important for aspirants. Although MBA aspirants take up CAT mock tests released by test-prep centres and other sources, official CAT 2018 mock test is very important. Proper analysis of CAT 2018 official mock test will help aspirants adjust and fine tune their preparation strategy in line with the expected difficulty level and type and mix of questions.

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    CAT 2018 Mock Test: Overview

    Coming to the actual CAT 2018 Mock Test Released by the IIM-C; it is a full-length mock test consisting of 100 questions divided into three key sections. It offers a comprehensive guide to CAT syllabus, exam pattern and the process how to use the navigation tools during CAT 2018 exam. In terms of sectional composition the test consists of 34 questions from VARC section; 32 questions from DILR while Quant has 34 questions. In terms of MCQs and non-MCQs break-up, the VARC has 8 non-MCQs,Quant section has7 non-MCQs. On the other hand, DILR has 6-non MCQ questions i.e. 3 in Data Interpretation and 3 in Logical Reasoning.

    Although the CAT 2018 mock test clearly states that ‘the actual number of questions, including the number of MCQ and Non-MCQ type of questions, could be different in CAT 2018 actual exam’, the general trend shows that the CAT exam pattern tends to be quite similar to that followed in the Mock Test.

    Key Changes

    In order to perform a thorough analysis of CAT 2018 Official Mock Test, we have to first understand the key changes introduced into it.

    Introduction of Special Features

    This year, the CAT 2018 Mock Test has been released with the special features which are aimed at making the test more friendly and accessible for visually impaired candidates. The CAT 2018 Mock Test offers two separate links i.e.

    1. For candidates with normal vision
    2. For visually impaired candidates

    The visually impaired candidates will be able to opt for the respective option which will provide them with a zoom feature in CAT 2018 mock test. The zoom feature in CAT 2018 mock test can be enabled using a magnifying glass icon available at the top of the screen. Zooming a question will also magnify the respective section that they are attempting.

    Also Read: General Awareness (GK) for MBA exams: Tips for XAT, CMAT, IIFT and SNAP

    CAT 2018: Expected Exam Pattern

    Based on the CAT 2018 mock test released by the IIM-Calcutta, the final CAT 2018 exam pattern and structure is expected to be on the following lines:

    Section

    Total questions

    MCQs

    Non-MCQs

    VARC

    34

    24

    8

    DILR

    32

    28

    6

    QUANT

    34

    29

    7

    Less number of TITA / Non-MCQs questions

    The biggest take-away for CAT aspirants from the CAT 2018 Mock Test has to be the trend of falling TITA or non-MCQ Questions year-after-year. Non-MCQ Questions for which answers are to be typed in using an on-screen keyboard are fewer in numbers in the CAT 2018 mock test as compared to the earlier years. The Non-MCQ questions due to their descriptive nature tend to be no-penalty questions i.e. negative marking doesn’t apply to them.

    Falling Number of Non-MCQs in CAT Exam

    Exam Year

    VARC

    DILR

    QA

    Total

    2015

    10

    8

    10

    28

    2016

    10

    8

    7

    25

    2017

    10

    6

    8

    24

    If we go by the trend and the CAT 2018 Mock Test analysis, the expected number of non-MCQs in this year’s CAT exam would be in the range of 21 or 22 with section break-up as:

    CAT 2018 – Expected Number of Non-MCQs


    VARC

    DILR

    QA

    Total

    CAT 2018

    8

    6

    7

    21

    Sectional Composition as per CAT 2018 Mock Tests

    The sectional composition of CAT 2018 exam as per the official mock test released this year will  be as follows:

    Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension

    RC Topic

    Expected Number of Questions

    Question Type

    -tive Marking

    2 Short RC passages

    6 (3 MCQs from each paragraph)

    MCQ

    Yes

    3 Long RC passages

    18 (6 MCQs from each paragraph)

    MCQ

    Yes

    VA Topic

    Number of Questions

    Type of questions

    Negative Marking

    Para Summary

    3

    Non-MCQ

    No

    Jumbled paragraph

    4

    Non-MCQ

    No

    Odd sentence out

    3

    Non MCQ

    No





    Data Interpretation &  Logical Reasoning

    DI Topics

    Expected Number of Questions

    Question Type

    -tive Marking

    Table Analysis-data comparison

    4

    MCQ

    Yes

    Bar graphs analysis, ratio, percentage

    8

    MCQ

    Yes

    Pie chart

    4

    MCQ

    Yes

    Line graph

    4

    MCQ

    Yes

    Table Data Analysis

    4

    MCQ

    Yes

    LR Topics

    Expected Number of Questions

    Question Type

    -tive Marking

    Team formation

    4

    Non-MCQ

    No

    Family pair

    4

    MCQ

    No





    Quantitative Ability

    Quant Topic

    Expected Number of Questions

    Question Type

    -tive Marking

    Arithmetic

    14

    MCQs + Non-MCQs

    Unclear

    Algebra

    5

    MCQs

    Yes

    Trigonometry

    4

    MCQs + Non-MCQs

    Unclear

    Geometry

    6

    MCQs + Non-MCQs

    Unclear

    PnC

    2

    MCQs

    Yes

    Others

    3

    Non MCQs

    No

    Looking at the key changes and the general trend, the CAT 2018 Mock Test suggests that the exam will be more focused on MCQs, while also adhering to the updated CAT 2018 syllabus and weightage in the exam pattern. For more detailed analysis and CAT 2018 preparation tips, please visit www.jagranjosh.com.

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