CAT 2019 Analysis by Career Launcher
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CAT 2019 Analysis by Career Launcher - Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Kozhikode conducted CAT 2019 on November 24, 2019, Sunday, in two sessions, across the country. Careers360 brings the analysis of CAT 2019 by Career Launcher experts. 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. The experts released the analysis of CAT 2019 for both forenoon and afternoon slots. As per the past year analysis by Career Launcher, the overall difficulty level of the test was higher than last year. As per the experts the raw score of around 157- 160 can fetch 99% in slot 1 and raw score of 158-160 in slot 2 can fetch 99%. 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 2019 by Career Launcher in this article.
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CAT 2019 Analysis by Career Launcher

Before moving ahead to know the details of CAT analysis 2019 by Career Launcher, let's take a look at the CAT 2019 exam pattern.

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CAT 2019 Exam Pattern

SectionNo. of QuestionTotal MarksDuration

Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension

3410260 mins

Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning

329660 mins

Quantitative Ability

3410260 mins
Total100300180 mins


CAT 2019 Analysis: Slot 1

CAT 2019 Exam Pattern

CAT 2019 did not throw any surprises in paper format. In terms of level of difficulty, VARC was slightly trickier this year, with 2 passages on the difficult side. Expect the cutoff in VARC to decrease by about 6 - 8 marks. Both DILR and Quant were slightly easier than last year. Overall, the paper was slightly less difficult, as compared to CAT 2018. An overall raw score of around 157-160 should fetch a 99%ile in CAT 2019.

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CAT 2019 Cutoff by Career Launcher - Candidates who appear for the exam will be able to calculate their estimated score as the analysis of CAT 2019 by Career Launcher will reveal the expected CAT 2019 cutoff. Previous year, as predicted by Career Launcher experts, an approximate overall score of 155-160 in slot 1 was good enough to get 99+ percentile.

Disclaimer: 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.

The overall structure of the CAT paper was as follows:

Section

No. of Questions

No. of non-MCQ questions

Difficulty Level

Attempts for 95%ile

Attempts for 99%ile

VARC

34

7

Moderate - Difficult

23 - 25

26 - 28

DILR

32

8

Easy - Moderate

14 - 16

18 - 20

QA

34

11

Easy - Moderate

18 - 20

24 - 26

Total

100

26


~ 60

~ 65


Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension Analysis

The VARC section was of moderate difficulty level. However, the pattern was the same as that of the previous year. There were 34 questions, with 10 Non-MCQ questions.

There were 5 passages. One had 4 questions (the passage on Emperor Penguins) while the rest had 5 questions each. The topics of the remaining RC passages were from varied areas. While some were easy to read, there were few that were tedious and had confusing answer options. There were quite a few inference-based questions; and most of these had tricky answer options. 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 10 TITA questions were also of slightly higher difficulty level than last year. The para jumble questions were of moderate difficulty level, with some challenges regarding the sequencing of the opening lines. The summary questions were relatively easier; and focused on academics and marketing/advertising.

However, the options were not really difficult, and one could eliminate 1-2 options easily. The questions on odd-one-out were relatively easy.

VARC was undoubtedly trickier than that of last year’s CAT paper due to:

  • Trickier question types: One would encounter questions like “Which of the following if TRUE, will strengthen the argument of the author the least” and “Which of the following will not cause the inversion referred to in the ‘flipping the script’”. The students would have spent quite some time trying to understand what they are required to think about.
  • Close options: RC passages, like the one on the origins of the Aladdin story and on ‘folk culture’ had options that were extremely close to each other. This would have definitely reduced the speed of the student.

Expect the cutoff of VARC to drop by about 8-10 marks, which is about 2-3 questions lesser than last year.
Surprises: Contrary to popular speculation, the paper structure was a replica of the last year’s paper.
An attempt of 23 - 25 would be considered good in this section for a 95%ile. Accuracy level will be an issue.

Area

Topic

No. of Questions

Description

Reading Comprehension
(24 Questions)

Reading Comprehension

24

There were 5 passages - All of them had similar word limit (around 550-600 words each). The passage on Emperor Penguins had four questions; and was slightly easy to read, with simple questions.

The passage on British Folk music was tedious to read; and the options were confusing, as well.

The passage on Aladdin, though easy to read, had a lot of inference-based questions, with some close options.

Of the remaining two passages, the one on Topophilia was of slightly higher difficulty level, with questions that had close options.

The one on Online Shopping was easy to read and solve.

Overall, the paper was moderate- difficult. One could attempt 15-16 questions with 85% accuracy.


Break-up for RC

Passages

Understanding

Attempts

Emperor Penguins

Easy

Easy

Aladdin

Easy

Difficult

Topophilia

Moderate - Difficult

Moderate - Difficult

Online Marketing

Easy

Easy

British Folk

Moderate - Difficult

Moderate


Types of VA questions


Passages

Easy

Moderate

Difficult

Total

Verbal Ability
(10 Questions)

Para Summary

2


1

3

Odd Sentence

2


1

3

Para Jumbles

1

1

2

4


Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning Analysis

DILR was easier, as compared to last year. About 3 sets, more specifically the ones about different types of gifts in 100 boxes, the 12 different junctions, and summation of two 6-digit numbers, were easy; and should have surely been attempted.

Another set, which was a horizontal bar chart on the different types of crimes in different states, was also easy; and would not have taken more than 5-10 minutes to solve.

It was good to see a new chart type, i.e. the radar graph, making its way to the CAT 2019 slot 1 paper (the image here shows what a radar chart looks like).

In this set, different Vendors were ranked on features like Customer Service, Cost, Reliability, etc. This straightforward set required you to solve questions as simple as finding the best vendor on the basis of the average of scores on each of the features.

Doable questions for DILR

Section

Topic

No. of Questions

Doable

Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning

Crime Rate across States

4

4

Rating of Vendors
(Radar Graph)

4

4

Tournament – Shooting Bullseye

4

3

Dancers and Choreographers

4

3

Summation of Two 6-Digit Numbers

4

3

100 Boxes of Gifts

4

4

12 Junctions

4

2

Arrangement of Books on Shelves

4

3

Remarks- The cut-off for DILR is expected to increase by about 7-9 marks from last year, which is about 2-3 questions extra from CAT 2018.

CAT 2019 Quantitative Ability Analysis

QA was also slightly easier than last year. You could have found more sitters this time round than in CAT 2018. The paper had a good number of questions on Arithmetic from topics like Percentages, TSD, Time and Work, etc. Among Algebra, Geometry, and Numbers, the paper had more questions on Algebra and Geometry than on Numbers.

Doable and Number of questions in QA

Section

Topic

No. of Questions

Doable

Quantitative Ability

Number System

2

1

Algebra

13

7 - 8

Arithmetic

14

6 - 7

Modern Math

1

1

Geometry and Mensuration

4

1 - 2

Remarks- The cutoff for QA is expected to increase by about 5-7 marks from last year, which is about 1-2 questions extra from CAT 2018.

Expected Scores for 99%ile

Percentiles

VARC

DILR

QA

99

65-67

48-50

55-58

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.


CAT 2019 Analysis: Slot 2

CAT 2019 Exam Pattern

CAT 2019 Slot 2 was similar to Slot 1 in terms of the level of difficulty. VARC was definitely tougher than CAT 2018 with a 99%ile at around 60-62 marks. DILR was 1-2 questions easier than last year with a 99%ile at 46-49 marks. The level of difficulty of QA was between that of CAT 2017 and CAT 2018. 99%ile in QA would be anywhere between 57 and 60 marks.
Overall, the paper was similar of 1-2 questions easier than last year. A 99%ile will be at around 158-160.The overall structure of the CAT paper was as follows:

Section

No. of Questions

No. of Non-MCQ Questions

Difficulty Level

Attempts for 95%ile

Attempts for 99%ile

VARC

34

7

Moderate - Difficult

23 - 25

26 - 28

DILR

32

8

Easy - Moderate

14 - 16

21 - 24

QA

34

11

Easy - Moderate

18 - 20

24 - 26

Total

100

26


~ 60

~ 70


Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension Analysis

24 questions from RCs were broken up into 4 RCs of 5 questions each, and 1 RC of 4 questions. Akin to Slot 1, CAT 2019 Slot 2 was trickier than that of last year’s CAT paper. To be specific, there were 2 RCs that were tough to comprehend and, therefore, tough to answer. This was one on British Colonialism and the one on Languages in Egypt.

A net correct of 24 - 26 questions should lead to a 99%ile in this section. Expect the cutoff of VARC to drop by about 8-10 marks, which is about 3-4 questions lesser than last year. And therefore, a 99%ile will be at 60 - 62 marks.

Areas Covered under RC

Area

Topic

No. of Questions

Description

Reading Comprehension
(24 Questions)

Reading Comprehension

24

There were 5 passages - All of them had similar word limit (around 550-600 words each).

The passage on British Colonialism was tough to read as well as tough to answer. Many chose to not attempt the RC altogether.

On the contrary, the RC on Shifting of Capitals was a breezy read and was easy to solve as well.

Other RCs on Ecology, Languages in Egypt and on History, Art & Museums were of Easy to Moderate level of difficulty.


Break-up of RC

Passages

Understanding

Attempt

British Colonialism

Difficult

Difficult

Ecology

Easy - Moderate

Moderate

Languages in Egypt

Moderate

Easy - Moderate

History, Art & Museums

Easy - Moderate

Moderate

Shifting of Capitals

Easy

Easy - Moderate


Types of VA Questions


Passages

Easy

Moderate

Difficult

Total

Verbal Ability
(10 Questions)

Para Summary

2

1


3

Odd Sentence

2

1


3

Para Jumbles

1

2

1

4


Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning Analysis

DILR was easier, as compared to last year. To be specific, DILR was 1-2 questions easier than last year with a 99%ile at 46-49 marks. 3 DI sets were easy and should have definitely been attempted. Apart from that, another 2 sets could have been attempted which makes it a total of 5 doable sets.

Post 5 - 6 sets, it would have been a challenge to attempt more sets unless DILR is your favourite section.

Number of questions and Doable Questions in DILR

Section

Topic

No. of Questions

Doable

Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning

6 Languages, 5 people

4

4

3 Doctors (Arrangements)

4

3

Venn Diagram on Voting on 2 Proposals

4

2 - 3

Profit Loss Statement (Spider Graph)

4

4

Rainfall Average (Scattered Diagrams)

4

4

3x3 Matrix - Pouches & Coins

4

2 - 3

6 Profs, 6 sections, Mid-term & End-terms

4

1 - 2

Tournaments- 6 Rounds

4

2 -3

Remarks- The cut-off for DILR is expected to increase by about 7-9 marks from last year, which is about 2-3 questions extra from CAT 2018.

CAT 2019 Quantitative Ability: Analysis

The level of difficulty of QA was between that of CAT 2017 and CAT 2018. There were a high number of questions from Arithmetic and Algebra. It is evident from both the slots that there were extremely few questions from Numbers.
A 99%ile in QA would be anywhere between 57 and 60 marks.

Number of questions and Doable Questions

Section

Topic

No. of Questions

Doable

Quantitative Ability

Number System

3

1

Algebra

11

5 - 6

Arithmetic

14

9 - 10

Modern Math

0

0

Geometry and Mensuration

6

3 - 4

Remarks- The cutoff for QA is expected to increase by about 5-7 marks from last year, which is about 1-2 questions extra from CAT 2018.

Expected Scores for 99%ile

Percentiles

VARC

DILR

QA

99

60 - 62

46 - 49

57 - 60

Remarks- Overall 99%ile expected 158-160

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 the Career Launcher Academic Team. We do not take responsibility for any decision that might be taken, based on this information.

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Quantitative Ability or Mathematics: This section consists of 10+2 difficulty level & Fundamental mathematics. The topics are:

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Logical reasoning: It includes:

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  • binary logic
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  • logical sequence
  • data structure
  • assumption
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