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CAT 2018 Analysis by Career Launcher - CAT 2018 result has been declared on January 5, 2019. CAT 2018 was conducted by IIM Calcutta on November 25, 2018, Sunday, in two sessions, across the country. The first slot of the test was conducted from 9 am to 12 noon and the timing for the second slot was 2:30 PM to 5:30 PM. Careers360 brings to you the analysis of CAT 2018 by Career Launcher experts. The experts have released the analysis of CAT 2018 for both forenoon and afternoon slots. As per the CAT 2018 analysis by Career Launcher, the overall difficulty level of the test was higher than last year. As per the experts, an overall score of around 155 is likely to fetch 99 percentile. The Common Admission Test is the gateway to 20 IIMs and 100 other management schools in the country. Candidates appearing for the exam will be able to check the complete CAT analysis 2018 by Career Launcher in this article.Latest: CAT 2018 Result is available now
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Before moving ahead to know the details of CAT analysis 2018 by Career Launcher, let's take a look at the CAT 2018 exam pattern.
CAT 2018 Exam Pattern
Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension
Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning
Let's take a look at the CAT 2018 analysis by Career Launcher. It provides details to the CAT 2018 takers about the type of questions asked in the exam, difficulty level, expected cutoff to score well in the exam, etc.
CAT 2018 Analysis by Career Launcher - Slot 1
No. of Questions
No. of Non-MCQs
Let's take a look at the sectional analysis.
VA & RC was easier than expected this year. However, the pattern of the paper didn’t strictly match that of the sample paper provided by the CAT team. There were no instructions provided for the number of questions in each passage. However, there remained 5 passages. One passage had 4 questions (the passage on Genetics) while the rest had 5 questions each. The topics of the remaining RC passages were also from familiar areas. There were quite a few inference-based questions, but these were easy to attempt. The options were not really very close. Only 4-5 questions from RC were tricky. However, a student should have followed the POE (process of elimination) to be able to achieve a decent accuracy rate as the options were not straightforward. The VA section had one major change. There were 4 Subjective Para Jumble questions, and all of these had 4 sentences each. There were 3 Odd sentence para-jumble questions. These questions were easier than expected. A student could have easily managed to get 4 questions correct out of the 7 PJs. These were TITA questions. The three summary questions were difficult. The paragraphs focused entirely on research methodology and academic concepts. So, they were difficult to read and comprehend. However, the options were not really difficult. So, any voracious reader would have been able to attempt these easily. So, for many CAT aspirants this year (especially those who relied heavily on QA), VA may just turn out to be the saviour.
CAT 2018 Analysis by Career Launcher - VARC
No. of Questions
Reading Comprehension(24 Questions)
There were 5 passages – All of them had a similar word limit (around 500-550 words each). The passage on Genetics had four questions and it was slightly tedious to read. The other four passages came from familiar areas like India’s view on its legacy of Second World War, Plastic Pollution, Elephant society, and Consumer behaviour studies. Each of these had five questions. On an average, every passage had 1-2 inference based questions. The passage on 2nd World War would have been the easiest to attempt closely followed by the passage on plastic pollution. Options were not very tricky. A student could have attempted 20-21 questions easily with more than 85% accuracy.
Verbal Ability(10 Questions)
All had four sentences each and the sentences were pretty easy and concise. As these had no negative marking, one should have attempted all without wasting a lot of time. However, two of these would be tricky to answer without options. The trick was to identify the opening sentence and go ahead with the mandatory pair. There were quite a few clue words. Prior practice and awareness of deductive paragraphs were the keys.
The paragraphs were short (within 80 words each). However, these were really difficult to read, and the options became confusing because of the genres of the paragraphs. So, only one of these should have been attempted. These questions carried negative marks.
Para-jumble (Odd sentence out)
The question (the one on bumblebee) had an incomplete sentence. This coupled with the PJ on erosion would have been difficult. The other question was a sitter.
The next section was DILR. After three consecutive tragedies, DILR-2018 must have been a pleasant surprise. There were 32 questions in total with 8 Non-MCQ questions. Unlike last year’s paper, the theme of the sets was more conventional. With smart selection, around 4 sets in the section could have been attempted very easily with good accuracy. A couple of sets had 1 ‘difficult to crack’ question each. And a student should have been wise enough to leave these aside. Calculation wasn’t required at all in the DI sets. On the other hand, the LR sets were easy-moderate in terms of level of difficulty.
CAT 2018 Analysis by Career Launcher - DI & LR
Pie Chart-Annual/half yearly/Quarter Sales-Moderate
ATM -Denominations of 100,200 and 500-Moderate
Set Theory-1600 rockets were launched-Moderate
10 friends -scores in DI/WE/GK- Difficult
4 Females ,4 Males-Minor and major-Easy
3 Committees-research/teaching/economist – moderate
1-20 petrol pumps-Moderate
Overall,15-17 attempts, with an accuracy of 90 per cent would be considered good.
At the end, came the real star of the show, the ‘infamous IIM-C QA’. For students who were already scared of this section, it could have felt like a nuclear disaster. However, for the ‘engineering-dominated’ group, this was not impossible to attempt. The questions were calculation and logic-intensive, not theory intensive. There were 34 questions of QA with 12 Non-MCQ questions. It was arguably the toughest QA section in the last four years. The questions were designed to test the grasp of basic fundamentals of the concepts. Arithmetic and Geometry questions dominated the section. In some of MCQs, options were very confusing to get the answer. Number System and Logarithm each had at least 2 questions.
CAT Analysis 2018 by Career Launcher - QA
Geometry and Mensuration
An overall attempt of 18-20 with 85 per cent accuracy would be very good.
Overall, a 99 percentile score could reduce by about 15-18 marks as compared to last year. Thus, a score of 150-155 should fetch a 99 percentile.
CAT 2018 Slot 2 Analysis
Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension
This section was similar to that of the first slot and the easiest of the three as well. The structure and patterns of questions in VARC was also the same. The expert analysis states, "The VA section had one major change. There were 4 Subjective Para Jumble questions, and all of these had 4 sentences each. There were 3 Odd sentence para-jumble questions. These questions were easier than expected. A student could have easily managed to get 4 questions correct out of the 7 PJs (PJ and OSPJ) These were TITA questions. The three para-summary questions were of moderate level of difficulty. The paragraphs continued to be short in the range pf 450 to 500 words each. However, as compared to the first slot, the summary questions were slightly easier. Only one summary question appeared to be tough."
CAT 2018 VARC Analysis by Career Launcher (Slot 2)
Reading Comprehension (24 Questions)
There were 5 passages - All of them had a similar word limit (around 450-500 words each). The passage on Grover Snails had four questions. The other four passages came from familiar areas like Meritocracy and diversified teams, use of technology in essential services, rings of Saturn and their age, and a passage on human resource and learning. Each of these had five questions. On an average, every passage had 1-2 inference-based questions. The passage on white-lipped shelled snails would have been the easiest to attempt closely followed by the passage on essential services and technology. From the remaining passages, one was slightly tough to read. Options were not very tricky. A student could have attempted 20-21 questions easily with more than 85% accuracy.
Verbal Ability(10 Questions)
The summary paragraphs were easier as compared to those of the first slot. The paragraphs were short and slightly difficult to read. However, only one summary question can be called difficult.
The questions were tricky, especially the one with the bird songs. This coupled with the PJ on business elites would have been difficult. The other question was a sitter.
Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning
This section was also on the easy to moderate lines. As compared to the first slot, the difficulty level and pattern was the same. "There was one very direct DI set with basic calculations. Two sets included calculation but none was on the tougher side. On the other hand, the LR sets were easy-moderate in terms of the level of difficulty," mentions the CAT 2018 analysis by Career Launcher.
CAT 2018 DILR Analysis by Career Launcher (Slot 2)
No. of Questions
Currency Exchange and rate changes
Smartphones and market share
Box Diagram of 3 companies/products
Interview Arrivals (Arrangement)
Set theory (3 games, Ludo, Kho-kho, Gilli Danda)
Tickets to a show, old, young and middle-aged people
This was the toughest section in slot 2 as well. The questions were calculation extensive. The CAT 2018 analysis by Career Launcher mentions, "Arithmetic and Geometry questions dominated the section. In some of MCQs, options were very confusing to get the answer. Number System and Logarithm each had at least two questions."
CAT 2018 QA Analysis by Career Launcher (Slot 2)
CAT 2018 Cutoff by Career Launcher - Candidates who appear for the exam will be able to calculate their estimated score as the analysis of CAT 2018 by Career Launcher will reveal the expected CAT 2018 cutoff. As predicted by Career Launcher experts, an approximate overall score of 155-160 in slot 1 is good enough to get 99+ percentile.
Please Note: All information on analysis and scores are based on the accuracy of attempts provided by you as well as independent analysis and evaluation made by Career Launcher Academic Team. We do not take responsibility for any decision that might be taken, based on this information.
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