CAT 2018 Analysis
Vikas Gaur, 1 day ago, #CAT

CAT 2018 Analysis – IIM Calcutta will conduct the CAT 2018 exam on November 25, 2018, Sunday, in two slots. The first slot will be conducted in the morning (9 am to 12 pm) and the second slot will be held in the noon (2:30 pm to 5:30 pm). The CAT analysis 2018 by experts will be released only after the exam is over (slot-wise). The academic experts will analyse the exam on various parameters such as difficulty level, expected cutoff, types of questions, etc. to release the detailed of CAT 2018. CAT aspirants who are appearing for the exam this year will be able to check the complete CAT 2018 analysis here in this article. It will allow them to know their expected score and which B-school they can probably apply for on the basis of their cutoff.  

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Before moving ahead, let’s have a look at the exam pattern of CAT 2018

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CAT 2018 Exam Pattern

Section

MCQs

Non-MCQs

Total Qs

Total Marks

Time allotted

VARC

24

10

34

102

60 minutes

DILR

24

8

32

96

60 minutes

QA

27

7

34

102

60 minutes

Total

75

25

100

300

180 minutes

Marking Scheme - The exam will include negative marking as well. Every correct answer will get 3 marks and each incorrect answer will get -1 mark. Now, let’s move to the CAT analysis part. 

CAT 2018 Analysis - Slot 1

Slot 1 of CAT 2018 will be conducted in the morning shift (9 am to 12 pm). Right after the exam is conducted, the complete CAT 2018 analysis of slot 1 will be updated here. The CAT analysis 2018 will reveal the difficulty level of the test, types of questions asked, and expected cutoff in slot 1.


Let’s have a look at the last year’s CAT analysis of Slot 1. It will provide an idea to the aspirants about the difficulty level of the exam and other details.



CAT Analysis 2017 - Slot 1

The overall difficulty level of slot 1 last year was moderate. According to Arks SrinivasCEO, VistaMind, the Quantitative Ability section was the easiest, followed by Verbal and Reading Comprehension. Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning section was the toughest.


CAT Section-wise Analysis 2017

VARC was easy to moderate on the difficulty scale in slot 1. The section had 27 MCQs and 7 non-MCQs. The overall difficulty level was rated as easy to moderate on the difficulty scale. Apart from Reading Comprehension passages, the section had questions related to Para Jumbles, Odd Sentence Out, Summary etc.


VARC Slot 1 Analysis

Total number of questions in the section 

34

Total number of MCQs

27

Total number of Non-MCQs

7

Overall difficulty level 

Easy to Moderate

Carrying lowest weightage in the exam, DILR was rated as the toughest section among the three. This section has a total of 32 questions – 24 MCQs and 8 non-MCQs. According to the students who appeared for the exam, the sets given in the section were really time-consuming. Tables, Bar Graph and Charts, Line Graph consisted majority of Data Interpretation questions. Logical Reasoning questions were mainly set based on topics like arrangement, blood relations etc.

DILR Slot 1 Analysis

Total number of questions in the section 

32

Total number of MCQs

24

Total number of Non-MCQs

8

Overall difficulty level 

Difficult

QA was termed as the easiest section last year. The main topics covered under this section were Arithmetic, Algebra, Numbers, Geometry, Mensuration, Pure Math and Venn diagram. The majority of the questions were from Arithmetic. The topics included Ratio & Proportion, Profit & Loss, Percentage, Number, Progression, Numbers and Logs.

QA Slot 1 Analysis

Total number of questions in Slot 1

34

Total number of MCQs

23

Total number of Non-MCQs

11

Overall difficulty level 

Easy

CAT 2018 Analysis - Slot 2

Slot 2 of CAT 2018 will be conducted in the noon shift. After the exam is conducted, the CAT analysis 2018 of slot 2 will be updated here. Experts will provide the section-wise as well as overall analysis of the exam. The experts from different MBA coaching institutes will give their inputs related to the CAT 2018 analysis.


Let’s have a look at the last year’s analysis of slot 2.


CAT Analysis 2017 - Slot 2

Usually, the overall difficulty level remains the same in both the slots and the same happened last year as well. Let’s check the section-wise analysis of slot 2.


CAT Section-wise Analysis 2017

In slot 2, VARC had the difficulty level and the set of questions same as slot 1 last year. The same goes with the DILR section. It had the pattern same as slot 1. The QA section had a different pattern in slot 2 and it was slightly more difficult than slot 1.


QA Slot 2 Analysis

Total number of questions in Slot 2

34

Total number of MCQs

26

Total number of Non-MCQs

8

Overall difficulty level 

Easy to Moderate

CAT 2018 Expected Cutoff

The cutoff marks/percentile are the minimum marks/percentile required to qualify the exam in order to move to the next round of the selection process. Apart from 20 IIMs, around 100 B-schools across the country accept CAT scores for their admission process. Few IIMs including IIM Ahmedabad, IIM Bangalore, IIM Calcutta, IIM Indore, IIM Udaipur, etc. have already released their CAT Cutoff 2018 for the selection process.


CAT Expected Cutoff by Experts

                   

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New Things in CAT 2018    

The total number of registrations for the exam has increased this year. As many as 2.41 lakh candidates have applied to CAT 2018. Also, seven new exam cities have been added to the list of CAT 2018 exam cities. The exam will be conducted in 147 cities this year (2 new states added - Mizoram and Nagaland).

The application fee of CAT has also been increased to Rs. 1900 for General/ NC-OBC candidates and Rs. 950 for SC, ST & PWD candidates. Earlier the CAT registration fee was Rs. 1800 and Rs. 900 respectively. New payment modes have been added this year including BillDesk, PayU and Paytm. 

From this year onwards, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi, will also accept the CAT score for admission to its MBA programme.

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