CAT 2019 Analysis by Bulls Eye
Vikas Gaur, 04 Dec 2019, #CAT
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CAT 2019 Analysis by Bulls Eye - IIM Kozhikode conducted CAT 2019 on November 24, 2019, Sunday, in two sessions. Common Admission Test (CAT), the most coveted management entrance exam in the country saw a participation of more than 2 lakh candidates this year. The exam will open the gates for admission to 20 IIMs and various other renowned B-schools across the country. Careers360 brings you the complete CAT 2019 analysis by Bulls Eye for slot 1 and slot 2. The analysis of CAT 2019 by Bulls Eye will determine the overall and sectional difficulty level of the exam . The toughest section and the easiest one. Read more to check the expected cutoff, expected number of questions to attempt in each section to score well, etc. Analysis of the examination will be available only after the commencement of the examination. Meanwhile candidates can have a look at CAT 2018 analysis. Read the article to get CAT 2018 analysis and to know more about CAT analysis 2019 by Bulls Eye and more.
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Before knowing the CAT exam analysis by Bulls Eye, let's have a look at the exam pattern of CAT 2019.

CAT 2019 Exam Pattern

SectionNo. of QuestionTotal MarksDuration

Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension

3410260 mins

Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning

329660 mins

Quantitative Ability

3410260 mins
Total100300180mins


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Detailed analysis of CAT 2019 by Expert Faculty

The general perception is that verbal was slightly difficult compared to last year, but DI and quant either same or marginally easier. There wasn’t much to differentiate between the two Slots with selective feedback on verbal and DI being slightly tougher in slot II. A marginal drop is expected in overall score for 99%ile compared to last year. In terms of overall pattern, structure and difficulty level, the exam was similar to the exam last year. Unlike the common beliefs, the CAT examiners seemed to focus on a candidate’s aptitude rather than testing student’s ability to handle a disruptive pattern.

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CAT 2019 Analysis by Bullseye- Slot 2

The sections contained the following segmentation for Slot II:


Sec. No.

Section Name

Total No. of Ques.

No. of Multiple Choice Ques.

Number of Non-MCQs (TITA Ques.)

I

Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension

34

27

7

II

Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning

32

24

8

III

Quantitative Ability

34

23

11


TOTAL

100

75

25


Slot II

Verbal Ability

In terms of level of difficulty, the verbal section can be labelled as moderate. The accuracy will be the key to good score along with selection of passages. One passage was considerably tough to understand. As with the exam last year, the exam did not feature any question from Grammar and vocabulary. This effectively meant that the aspirants who were proficient in the topics that are reading-based would have been more comfortable in this section. There were Five RC passages (each of 350-400 words) out of which four passages had five questions each and the fifth had 4 questions. Other questions were from sentence rearrangement, para-jumbles and -summary. There were 7 TITA questions.


S. No.

Topic

Questions

Level

1

Passage 1 – Cities being environment friendly

5

Moderate

2

Passage 2 – Language and Culture

5

Moderate

3

Passage 3 – Use of digital info to restore archaeological sites

5

Moderate

4

Passage 4 – Capital cities and bureaucracy

5

Easy

5

Passage 5 – British Policy

4

Tough

6

Summary

3

Easy

7

Para Jumbles

4

Easy

8

Misfit

3

Easy



Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning

Overall the DILR in both slots will likely see similar cut off or marginal increase of 1-2 marks. The slot II may not see any gains.

The section was as difficult as last year and a notch above from slot 1 with a few tricky sets. Therefore the set selection was critical to success. One scattered graph set looked out rightly difficult, but was manageable in terms of calculation, one more set was easy while others were time consuming and difficult. There were 8 sets of 4 questions each. There were 8 TITA in DI.


S. No.

Topic

Questions

1

Venn Diagram Distribution

4

2

Distribution of People in Teams

4

3

Tournament

4

4

Rainfall Data – Scattered

4

5

Revenue Profit Dotted Graph

4

6

3 Doctors and their fees and room no.

4

7

Paper setting 5, 10, 15 marks

4

8

Other

4


Quantitative Aptitude Review

Overall, the quant section will likely register similar cut-off or may be 1-2 marks higher.

The Quant section was quite similar to first slot with general thought of it being slightly easier than last year. But it did seem calculation intensive. There were again 11 TITA questions.

S. No.

Topic

Questions

1

Number System & Average

4-5

2

Algebra

4-5

3

Commercial Maths & Arithmetic

8-10

4

Geometry & Mensuration

3-4

5

TSD

2-3

6

Venn, Clocks & Logs

2

7

P&C, Probability

1

8

Function

4-5


Attempts & Expected Percentile Table along with B-Schools Cut-offs for Slot 2

Overall Attempt

VA & RC

Attempt

DI & LR Attempt

QA

Attempt

Probable Score

Expected Percentile

71+

25-30

18-22

20-24

156

99.5

63-70

22-27

15-20

18-22

140

99

55-63

20-24

13-17

15-19

120

97

36-43

13-18

7-12

10-14

95

90

29-36

11-15

6-9

9-11

63

80

23-29

9-13

4-7

7-10

46

70


CAT 2019 Analysis by Bullseye- Slot 1

The CAT examiners did not spring any major surprise in the exam, but Quant and DI were only marginally easier. In terms of pattern, structure and difficulty level, the exam was very similar to the exam last year. Unlike the common beliefs, the CAT examiners seemed to focus on a candidate’s aptitude rather than testing student’s ability to handle a disruptive pattern.

Exam Structure and Pattern:

The paper consisted of three sections: namely, ‘Quantitative Aptitude (QA)’, ‘Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR)’ and ‘Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC)’, with 34, 32 and 34 questions, respectively. The order of the sections was fixed, with a sectional time limit of 60 minutes.

The sections contained the following segmentation for Slot I:

Sec. No.

Section Name

Total No. of Ques.

No. of Multiple Choice Ques.

Number of Non-MCQs (TITA Ques.)

I

Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension

34

27

7

II

Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning

32

25

7

III

Quantitative Ability

34

23

11


TOTAL

100

75

25

Section-wise Review

Verbal Ability Review: In terms of level of difficulty, the verbal section can be labelled as easy to moderate. The accuracy will be the key to good score.

As with the exam last year, the exam did not feature any question from Grammar and vocabulary. This effectively meant that the aspirants who were proficient in the topics that are reading-based would have been more comfortable in this section. There were Five RC passages (each of 350-400 words) out of which four passages had five questions each and the fifth had 4 questions. Other questions were from sentence rearrangement, para-jumbles and -summary. There were 7 TITA questions.

S. No.

Topic

Questions

Level

1

Passage 1

5

Moderate

2

Passage 2 - Online shopping confusions

5

Easy

3

Passage 3 - Topophilia

5

Easy

4

Passage 4 - Penguins able to maintain their body temp

5

Moderate

5

Passage 5 - Who actually wrote Alladin Ariabian Nights - Gallond or Diyab

4

Moderate

6

Summary

3

Easy

7

Para Jumbles

4

Easy

8

Misfit

3

Easy

Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning: As with this section last year, the section was most difficult but moderately easier compared to last year. There were 8 sets of 4 questions each. In general students reported an attempt of 2-3 more questions than slot I. There were 7-8 TITA in DI.

Attempts & Expected Percentile Table along with B-Schools Cut-offs

S. No.

Topic

Questions

1

Cross Roads

4

2

Cryptography

4

3

Arrangement of Biscuit and Candies

4

4

4 Dancers, 4 Composers and 8 Performances

4

5

Bar Graph on crime

4

6

others

4

7

others

4

8

others

4


Quantitative Aptitude Review: The Quant section was quite similar compared to last year but again moderately easier (may be by 10%). Overall, the questions in Questions from traditional areas like Profit & Loss, Algebra & Geometry were higher in number. There were 11 TITA questions.

S. No.

Topic

Questions

1

Number System & Average

2-2

2

Algebra

4-5

3

Commercial Maths & Arithmetic

11-12

4

Geometry & Mensuration

5-6

5

TSD

2-3

6

Venn, Clocks & Logs

2

7

P&C, Probability

3-4


Attempts & Expected Percentile Table along with B-Schools Cut-offs advised below:

Overall Attempt

VA & RC

Attempt

DI & LR Attempt

QA

Attempt

Probable Score (without scaling)

Expected Percentile

73+

27-31

19-23

20-24

162

99.5

66-73

25-29

16-21

18-22

146

99

58-65

21-25

14-18

15-19

125

97

38-46

15-19

9-13

10-14

98

90

30-37

12-16

7-9

9-11

66

80

24-30

10-14

5-8

7-10

50

70


B-School Cut-offs

CAT scores are used as a primary screening tool by B-Schools for short listing candidates for the GD/ PI round. Apart from CAT percentile other factors which are taken in to account for generating calls include academic performance in 10th, +2, Graduation, duration of work experience. Normally, the cut offs for old IIMs are higher than those for new IIMs.

Level

(Approx cut-off percentiles Gen.)

Institutes

99.5+

3-8 Call from IIM A,B,C,L,K,I,S, FMS

99+

1-2 Call from IIM A,B,C,L,K,I,S

And All other IIM calls, IIT B

98+

IIT-D, MDI-PGP, All IIMs except old 7

96.5+

SPJIMR, , NITIE, MDI- HR/IM, few new IIMs ( Latest 6)

94.5+

IIT-KH, IIT-KN, IIT-C, IIT-R, IISc-B, XLRI-Global BM, MDI-M, IIMA (Abm), IIML (Abm)

90+

MICA, IMT-G/N, XIMB, IMI-D, FORE, IRMA, GIM, TAPMI, KJSIMSR, SIMSREE, , UBS-CHD, SPJAIN-D/S, BIM, NIRMA

87+

Welingker, LBSIM, LIBA, IMI-K/B, Great Lakes, BIMTECH-PGDM/IB, IBS-ICFAI, MFC-DU, IFMR, MIB-DU, MHROD-DU, IMT-H

75+

SDA Bocconi, ISBM-P, BIMTECH-Retail/Insurance, IFIM, MBE-DU,

60+

IMI-K, IBA, BIMTECH-Retail/Insurance, BIMTECH-Bhuvaneswar, NITS, SOIL, TAXILA, IISWBM, NDIM, Shiv Nadar, IMDR, BIMM, JK LAXMIPAT, DSB, PMLSD, ACCURATE, MILE, LM Thapar, IILM, UPES, UBS-Mumbai, IMDR


Previous Year CAT Exam Analysis:

CAT 2018 Analysis by Bulls Eye - Slot 1

Section

Total No. of Questions

Non-MCQs (TITA)

MCQs

Marks

Time Allotted

VARC

34

9

25

102

60

DILR

32

8

24

96

60

QA

34

8

26

102

60

Total

100

25

75

300

180

Section-wise Review for Slot 1

Verbal Ability: As per the analysis given by the coaching institute, the verbal ability section can be considered between easy to moderate. as per the analysis given by candidates RC was easier compared to last year. with aspect to the accuracy level of verbal ability it is lesser than Quantitative ability and DI. The section contained 4 passages for 5 marks each and 1 passage for 4 marks. 3 questions were on mis-fit, 2 to 3 questions on summaries and 4 para jumble questions. Although the questions were easy for candidates since the options were a close tie it would have impacted the accuracy. Having said that it must be pointed that those candidates who have a good hold on reading would have found the section easy.

Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning: As per the experts at the institute the DILR section came as a surprise for candidates. The questions were divided into 5 sets. Some of the question sets asked included ATM note dispersion wherein Rs. 5000 had to be withdrawn in cash but only in denominations of Rs. 100, 200 and 500. Questions were also asked on combinations.Another set included questions in Number Grid System where a Matrix of 3*3 and 5*5 should be formed with the condition that no two adjacent numbers should be the same horizontally, diagonally or vertically. Also, pure AR questions were tough and tricky for candidates while a straight pie chart question was also featured in the section.

Quantitative Aptitude Review: According to the experts at the institute, a common perception among students who attempted CAT 2019 in slot 1 was that Quant section was tough with no clear options. Also, there were 2 - 3 questions each on the Number System, Venn-Diagram, Higher Maths and Probability, Algebra and Geometry featured 5 - 6 questions each with 8 to 10 questions asked on Ration/Time, Distance/Work. Algebra Geometry and Arithmetic questions were comparatively difficult for candidates.

The CAT 2019 slot 2 analysis by Bulls Eye will be released after 5.30 PM. Till then candidates can have a look at last year's Slot 2 analysis.

CAT 2018 Analysis by Bulls Eye - Slot 2

Section

Total No. of Questions

Non-MCQs (TITA)

MCQs

Marks

Time Allotted

VARC

34

7

27

102

60

DILR

32

7

25

96

60

QA

34

8

26

102

60

Total

100

22

78

300

180

Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension - According to the CAT 2018 analysis by Bulls Eye for Slot 2, the section was exactly similar to that of Slot 1. The question types and topics were exactly the same. The overall difficulty level was easy to moderate.

Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning - This section was slightly tougher than that of the forenoon slot. Out of the eight sets, there were two blocks which were easy and doable. Rest of the questions were moderate to tough. The right selection of questions is the key here.

Quantitative Ability - This section of the afternoon slot was tough and tricky, similar to slot 1. There were four to five questions on ratios which were calculation intensive. Geometry had five questions out of which two were straight forward and easy and rest were tough. There was one question on permutation and Venn Diagram. Time and work had four questions which were also calculative and required application. There were three to four questions on mixtures which were moderately tough but calculative. Function and number system had one to two questions each. Algebra had seven to eight questions which were moderate to tough. Time, speed and distance also had three to four questions moderately difficult.

CAT Expected Cutoff by Bulls Eye - Now, let's have a look at the probable score depending on the overall & section wise attempts, and also vis-a -vis probable score & percentile for different slots.

CAT 2018 Morning Slot

Overall Attempt

VA & RC

Attempt

DI & LR Attempt

QA

Attempt

Probable Score

Expected Percentile

70+

28-32

20-22

18-21

160

99.5

65-70

27-30

18-20

16-18

150

99

55-65

24-28

14-17

14-15

127

97

45-55

21-25

13-15

11-12

117

95

37-45

19-23

10-12

9-10

102

90

29-37

16-20

7-9

7-9

82

80


Afternoon slot

Overall AttemptVA & RC
Attempt
DI & LR AttemptQA
Attempt
Probable ScoreExpected Percentile
66+28-3116-1817-2015399.5
60-6627-3014-1515-1714099
52-6024-2713-1414-1512297
42-5121-2511-1210-1210995
34-4219-239-119-109990
26-3416-208-107-97980

CAT 2019 Cutoff - The CAT cutoff 2019 is the minimum marks that a candidate needs to score in order to get shortlisted for the selection rounds or to qualify the exam. Last year, scoring around 166 marks in the first slot was good enough to get 99+ percentile. The analysis of CAT 2018 by Bulls Eye will reveal the expected cutoff that will allow the candidates to calculate their estimated score.

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