CAT 2019 Analysis by IMS Learning
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CAT 2019 Analysis by IMS Learning - The Common Admission Test (CAT) 2019 analysis by IMS Learning indicates that verbal was difficult as compared to last year while DI and LR and quantitative ability was easy as compared to previous year. Candidates who score at least 165, they are likely to get 99 percentile. This is the analysis of CAT 2019 for slot 1 and Slot 2. CAT was conducted in a computer-based mode for admission to MBA/ PGDM courses offered by IIMs as well as other B-schools. Detailed CAT 2019 analysis by IMS Learning has been provided. CAT 2019 was held in two sessions- forenoon and afternoon, in 376 exam centres located in 156 cities. The CAT analysis 2019 by IMS Learning contains the kind of questions which were asked and the difficulty level of each section. The analysis of CAT 2019 by IMS Learning will help candidates speculate their performance in the exam and estimate their score. For more details regarding CAT 2019 analysis by IMS Learning, read the full article below.
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CAT Exam Pattern 2019

Section

No. of MCQs

No. of Non-MCQs

Total Questions

Maximum Marks

Time Limit (in minutes)

Quantitative Ability (QA)

27

7

34

102

60/ 80 (PwD)

Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DI & LR)

24

8

32

96

60/ 80 (PwD)

Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC)

24

10

34

102

60/ 80 (PwD)

Total

75

25

100

300

180/ 240 (PwD)

CAT 2019 Analysis by IMS Learning

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OVERVIEW for SLOT 1

Section No.

Section Name

Total Number of Questions

Number of Multiple Choice Questions

Number of TITA Questions

Level of Difficulty

I

Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension

34

27

07

Medium

II

Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning

32

24

08

Medium

III

Quantitative Ability

34

23

11

Medium


TOTAL

100

74

26

Medium


Based on the feedback received from several candidates the estimated scores and percentiles are mentioned in the table that is given below

Percentile

Score VA-RC

Score DI-LR

Score QA

Overall Score

99 %ile

70

51

57

161-164

95%ile

59

40

40

127-130

90%ile

52

34

31

107-110

85%ile (CUT-OFF)

45

29

27

95-98


VERDICT

  • The first slot of CAT-2019 was more or less on similar lines as CAT-2018 in terms of Level of Difficulty. There were no surprises or new question types in CAT-2019.

  • No new question types were seen in any of the sections.

  • An overall attempt of 68-70 questions with an accuracy of 85 percent should be classified as a good performance in this test and fetch around 99 percentile.

  • IMS students have found a great deal of similarity between the SimCATs and the CAT. Several students gave the feedback that the CAT appeared an extension of the SimCATs and the e-Maxmiser Workshops.


Section I – Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension

  • The overall difficulty level of VA RC Section of CAT 2019 was Medium – more difficult than CAT 2018.

  • IMS students must have recalled SimCAT 2, 3, 4, 8, 10 and 13, and the PreCAT when they saw the actual CAT. Not only in segmentation, CAT 2019 VARC matched the difficulty level of these SimCATs.

  • The VA-RC section was a replica of the CAT 2018 section in terms of question types. Grammar and Vocabulary questions were absent as in the last four years.

  • RC had 4 passages with 5 questions each & 1 passage with 4 questions, making up the 24 questions.

  • Few questions were direct and easy. Most of the questions were inference based and, like in 2018, critical reasoning type questions were also present.

  • The length of the passages varied from 450 words to 500 words.

  • Similar to 2018 CAT, the Paragraph Jumbles Questions consisted of 4 jumbled sentences.

Of the 10 Non-RC (VA) questions (Shuffled) - 7 were TITA and 3 were MCQs.

  • 3 Out-of-context sentence – TITA

  • 4 Paragraph Jumbles – TITA

  • 3 Paragraph summary/Author’s opinion questions – MCQs. (With negative Marks)


Area / Questions

No of Qs.

Type

LOD

Reading Comprehension

24

MCQ

Overall: Medium to Difficult

RC-1: British folk music

5

MCQ

Difficult

RC- 2: Topophilia

5

MCQ

Medium

RC-3: Emperor Penguins


4

MCQ

Easy

RC-4: Internet Shopping and choice anxiety

5

MCQ

Medium

RC-5: Origin of story of Aladdin

5

MCQ

Medium

Verbal Ability

10

MCQ & TITA

Overall: Medium

Parajumbles ( 4 sentences)

4

TITA

Easy-1, Medium-2, Difficult-1

Out of Context sentence

3

TITA

Medium-2, Difficult-1

Summary

3

MCQ

Easy-1 , Medium-1, Difficult-1


Remark: Overall, an attempt of 24 to 26 questions in this section with 85% accuracy should be a good bet.


Section II – Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning

● The DI-LR section had a total of 8 sets with 4 questions in each set. There were 2 sets of Data Interpretation and 5 sets of Logical Reasoning while 1 set was a combination of DI and LR. There were 3 easy to medium sets, those sets were easily doable. 2 sets were medium, 1 set was medium to difficult and 2 sets were difficult.

● Some of the sets were difficult to comprehend and very time consuming, identifying and skipping those sets (Archery set, Crimes in States and Street Intersection) and attempting all the remaining sets would take the score high. So Selection of the right sets to solve was the key to a good performance in this section.

● One Set was completely TITA and the remaining 4 TITA questions were dispersed across 2 individual sets with 2 TITA each. 5 sets were completely MCQ. There were a total of 8 TITA questions

A detailed description of the sets in this section is given below for your reference:


Set No.

Area

Set Description

Number of Questions

Level of Difficulty

Question Type

1

Logical Reasoning – Arrangement based

Linear Arrangement in Super Market

4

Medium

4 MCQ

2

Data Interpretation – Calculation based

Bar Chart + Table Crimes in States

4

Difficult

2 MCQ

2 TITA

3

Logical Reasoning – Games & Tournament based

Archery

4

Difficult

4 MCQ

4

Logical Reasoning – Puzzle based

Prizes to be put in 100 boxes

4

Medium

2 MCQ

2 TITA

5

Logical Reasoning – Puzzle based

Coding

4

Easy to Medium

4 TITA

6

Data Interpretation – Reasoning based

Spider Chart on 5 vendors and 6 attributes

4

Easy to Medium

2 MCQ

2 TITA

7

Logical Reasoning – Puzzle based

Streets Intersection

4

Medium to Difficult

4 MCQ

8

Logical Reasoning – Arrangement based

Dancers and Composers

4

Easy to Medium

4 MCQ


Some of the sets that could have been definitely solved were the ones based on the spider chart, coding and dancers & composers. Overall the section was marginally easier as compared to last year CAT. An attempt of around 5 sets (18-20 questions) in this section with 85%-90% accuracy should see percentile in the vicinity of 99 in this section.


Section III QUANTITATIVE ABILITY

This section was of medium difficulty level. There were 13 easy, 13-15 medium and 6-8 difficult questions. In fact as per student feedback it was slightly easier than QA section of last year CAT but tougher than QA section of CAT 2017 slots.

● Like the last couple of years CAT QA section, this section was dominated by Arithmetic with 13 questions followed by Modern Math with 8 questions, Geometry with 7 questions and Algebra with 5 questions. There was only one question of numbers.

● There were 11 TITA questions this year.

● If one went through the entire section, there were 10 to 12 sitters for the taking while 6-8 questions that made students sweat.

Following was the area wise break-up of the questions in this section.

Area

Number of questions

Total


Easy

Medium

Difficult


Numbers


1


1

Arithmetic

11

2


13

Algebra


3

2

5

Geometry

2

4

1

7

Modern Maths


5

3

8


Surprisingly there were no diagrams in any Geometry questions but the questions were of different difficulty levels, from easy to medium to difficult. All the Arithmetic questions were doable.

Remark: Overall an attempt of 20 to 22 questions in this section with 85% accuracy should be a good bet.


TEST EXPERIENCE

Around 2.44 lakh candidates have registered for CAT 2019 and they appeared for it across both the slots in 376 exam centers in 156 cities across India.


THE PROCESS

  • The administrative process of the test in the first slot was smooth. No glitches, technical or otherwise, were reported.

  • As in the past the policy of no-shoes no metallic objects including metal jewelry prevailed. Only the admit card and the ID proof were allowed. Nothing else!

  • As in the previous year, the authorities took possession of the admit cards. The candidates were given a small pad with IIM CAT Logo on the cover (32 pages) for rough work and a pen – which were also taken away at the end of the exam.

  • So, one came out of the CAT with no proof of having appeared for the CAT except for good memories this time. We will go into the memories part a little later.

TEST INTERFACE

  • The test interface was exactly what IMS students are used to in the SimCATs and specifically in the PreCAT.
  • It was a very user friendly interface and exactly the one provided in the official CAT Mock Test.
  • There were no sub-divisions within each section. The VA-RC questions were NOT interspersed within the section. Questions 1 to 24 were RC. However, the different VA question types were shuffled.
  • Similarly the DI and LR sets were also NOT interspersed
  • A simple calculator was provided, and not a scientific one. There was an arrow provided near the question palette which when clicked expanded the question window to full screen view by hiding the question palette & vice versa
  • At the end of the test, a summary of number of questions attempted, visited and not visited was displayed for each section.
  • There was a button marked ‘Question Paper’ which opened up a screen containing all the questions of the section. This was used by students for planning their approach for the section.

CAT 2019 in the first slot was a very student friendly test!

Each section was timed for 60 minutes. One could not go back and forth between sections.

The marking scheme was also similar to last year with +3 for every correct & -1 for incorrect answers for MCQs. There was no negative marking for TITA questions. However since the ratio remains the same for all students we do not see this as a cause of concern.

*** The scores and percentiles mentioned in this analysis are indicators based on the feedback from students and IMS experts and are in no way related to the results which will be declared by the IIMs on January 4, 2020. You are advised to wait for the results.

CAT 2019 Slot 2 Analysis by IMS

Based on feedback from our students and faculty, we compared the difficulty of each section:

Section

Actual Difficulty Level

Compared to CAT 2019 Slot 1

Compared to CAT 2018

VARC

Moderate to Tough

Tougher

Tougher

DILR

Moderate to Tough

At par

At par

QA

Easy to Moderate

Easier

Tougher


The overall test taking experience was similar in terms of logistics to the previous years. Though glitches were reported from a few centres, the overall experience was smooth for most students. Apart from the admit card and one photo-ID proof, no other object was allowed in the computer lab. However, some centres made student fill up a form if their pasted photograph did not match the photograph submitted online. You had to be careful of leaving your valuables outside. However, slot 2 students would have had some advantage as they would have had a chance to know the arrangements based on slot and make provisions accordingly. The scratch pad given during the test and the admit card were both taken away at the end of the test.

The test interface was similar to last year. Like slot I, all the RC questions were together (1-24), but were not represented as a separate section. These were followed by the 10 non-RC questions. Like CAT 2017, the DILR sets had a mix of MCQ and NE type questions.

The calculator provided was a simple calculator, rather than a scientific one. Like slot I, the watermark was absent from the test, thereby making the student’s life easier. The overall interface replicated the official CAT player provided by the CAT authorities

Overall Breakup

Section

Section Name

MCQ

NE (TITA)

Total

Difficulty

I

Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension

24

10

34

Moderate to Tough

II

Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning

24

8

32

Moderate to Tough

III

Quantitative Ability

22

12

34

Easy to Moderate

CAT 2019 Slot 2 Analysis by IMS Learning -Section I – Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension

  • LOD – Moderate to Tough

  • Like CAT 2018, the overall structure remained constant. There were 4 RCs of 5 questions each and 1 RC of 4 questions each. However, unlike CAT Slot I, the 4-question RC was after all the 5-question RCs.

  • The other question types – Jumbled Sentences, Paragraph Summary and Contextual Odd Man Out questions – were similar to previous CATs. Like CAT 2018, the Paragraph Summaries were MCQs and definitely on the tougher side.

  • The RCs were mainly in the 400-500 word length range and based on diverse topics such British colonialism and to Squatter Cities. Apart from the one passage on British colonialism, the rest were easy to read. However, most questions were inferential with very close options.

  • The Jumbled Sentences and Contextual Odd Man Out questions were moderate to tough, with some questions being really tough.

  • RC topics ranged from diverse topics ranging from dense ones like British colonialism and impact of language on culture to readable ones like Digital colonialism by Google, squatter cities and green impact; and dispersal of bureaucrats.

  • It was possible to attempt 24 to 26 questions with high accuracy. 24 attempts with 80 percent accuracy could fetch 97 percentile, and 27 attempts at similar accuracy could get around 99 percentile.

CAT 2019 Slot 2 Analysis -Section II: Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning

  • LOD – Moderate to Tough

  • The section was almost similar to the first slot, but the easy and tough sets were very clearly delineated.

  • Like CAT 2018 and the morning slot, the sets had a mix of both MCQ and NE questions. Some of the sets were a combination of both LR and DI, though their proportion was slightly less this year.

  • Two sets were purely DI based (scatter plot on Rainfall and spider chart on Profit/loss) and resembled typical NMAT sets more than CAT sets. These were the easiest sets of the test and should definitely have been attempted

  • Also, the set on Venn diagrams was easy and should have been tried.

  • The sets on pouches in different rows/columns and on teams with languages were deceptively tricky and time consuming. These should have been left for later.

  • The sets on tournaments, doctors and setting of the paper are being considered as the toughest sets and could have been skipped.

  • It was possible to attempt 18-19 questions in this section to get a 99 percentile or above.


CAT 2019 Slot 2 Analysis for Quantitative Ability

  • LOD – Easy to Moderate

  • Unlike CAT 2018, the QA section was definitely easier compared to the previous three years. There were a number of easy questions, especially in Arithmetic and Modern Maths.

  • A key feature of the questions this year was that a number of questions tested a mixture of concepts. So, candidates had to qualitatively know the significance of various properties and concepts, and apply them accordingly.

  • The section was dominated by Arithmetic (13 questions), followed by Algebra (10 questions), Modern Maths (6 questions) and Geometry (5 questions)

  • There were fewer NE questions (11) compared to earlier CATs.

  • Solving 21-22 questions with 85-90% accuracy would be a good performance of this section to get 99 percentile.


On the whole, both the morning and evening slots of CAT were similar and well balanced. However, individually the difficulty level of sections varied. A redeeming feature for students was that no new question types were reported.

An overall performance of 64-66 questions with 85-90% accuracy can be considered a good performance for this slot.

The corresponding marks for a 99 percentile would be:

VA: 65
DILR: 49
QA: 60
Overall: 166-168


Previous Year Analysis

CAT 2018 Analysis by IMS Learning

Summary - All in all, the paper structure of CAT 2018 was considered similar to that of CAT 2017. However, there were differences in the difficulty level. QA was the hardest nut to crack whereas DILR was unexpectedly deemed to be the easiest section. As compared to the VARC section in CAT 2017, the previous year’s was considered easier.

Section I – Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC)

Slot 1 - The exam started with the Verbal Section including 34 questions- 24 RC and 10 VA (27 MCQs and 07 TITA) questions. RC consisted of 4 passages with 5 questions each & 1 passage with 4 questions, making up to 24 questions in total. The questions asked in RCs could be matched with Critical Reasoning questions. The length of the passages ranged from 450 words to 800 words. In terms of the type of questions, VARC section was identical to that of 2017 as the Grammar and Vocabulary questions were absent. As the overall section was easy to solve, most of the candidates could complete the section within the time-limit.

Highlights of VARC section:

  • 7 out of 10 VA questions were TITA and 3 were MCQs.

  • 3 Out-of-context sentences – TITA (Easy to Medium)

  • 4 Paragraph Jumbles – TITA (Easy to Medium)

  • 3 Paragraph summary/ Author’s opinion questions– MCQs (Medium to Difficult- with negative marking)

  • It was possible to attempt 28 to 30 questions with high accuracy in the test. An accuracy of 80% and above to these attempts were sufficient for a score in the 95-99 percentile bracket.

Slot 2 - The second slot was similar to that of slot 1. There were no questions about Grammar or Vocabulary. RC had 24 questions similar to the forenoon session (four passages with five questions and one passage with four questions). The other topics which were covered were summary, para jumble and out of context sentences. The number of questions from each of these and the difficulty level was exactly the same as that of the first slot. The sectional difficulty level was considered easy.

Section-II: Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DI & LR)

Slot 1 - The DI-LR section had 8 sets with 4 questions each. Data Interpretation comprised of 3 sets while Logical Reasoning included 4 and 1 set was a combination of DI and LR. There were 4 easy sets, 2 moderately difficult and 2 difficult sets. The key to performing well was to select the right set to start with. Some of the sets were time-consuming as they had questions which had additional information to be taken into account while solving. Like the previous year, no set was completely TITA- the TITA questions were dispersed across 4 individual sets with 2 TITA each. 4 sets were completely MCQ. There were a total of 8 TITA questions. Some of the sets that were easy to attempt were the ones based on the committee selection, magic square, multi-layered pie chart and arrangement of 8 students (4 males and 4 females).

Overall the section was slightly easier as compared to last year’s slot 1. If candidates solved around 5 sets (18-20 questions) in this section with 85% accuracy, then they would be in the safe zone.

Slot 2 - The second slot was a replica of the first one. There were 8 sets with 4 questions each. Like the first slot, there were 4 easy, 2 moderate and 2 tough sets. The TITA questions were spread across the sets and questions and there was no single set of completely TITA or non-MCQs. This section was of easy to moderate difficulty level.

Section III – Quantitative Ability (QA)

Slot 1 - As per test takers, the difficulty level of this section ranged from moderate to difficult. In fact, it was considered the toughest QA section in recent years. This section was dominated by 14 Arithmetic questions, followed by 10 questions on Modern Math, 6 on Geometry, and a couple of questions from Algebra and Numbers each. There were 12 TITA questions in CAT 2018. If one went through the entire section, there were only 8 to 10 sitters for the taking while 6-8 questions that gave a tough time to the candidates.

Slot 2 - The afternoon slot of Quantitative Ability was the same as that of the forenoon slot. The topics and distribution of questions were also the same for Arithmetic, Algebra and Numbers. The overall difficulty level was notably high.

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