CAT 2019 Analysis by IMS Learning
Naureen Gurung, 13 Nov 2019, #CAT
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CAT 2019 Analysis by IMS Learning - The Common Admission Test (CAT) 2019 analysis by IMS Learning is expected to release after the national level test will be conducted successfully by the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Kozhikode. CAT will be conducted in a computer-based mode for admission to MBA/ PGDM courses offered by IIMs as well as other B-schools. CAT 2019 analysis by IMS Learning will be declared right after the exam which will be conducted on November 24, 2019. CAT 2019 will be held in two sessions- forenoon and afternoon, in 374 exam centres located in 147 cities. The CAT analysis 2019 by IMS Learning will contain 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 2019 Exam Pattern

To understand the CAT 2019 analysis by IMS Learning, it is essential for candidates to know the CAT exam pattern. The exam pattern of CAT 2019contains the type of questions, number of questions, time limit, etc.

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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

Since this year’s analysis will be available only after the exam, candidates can check the CAT 2018 analysis by IMS Learning to get a fair idea about the difficulty level of the paper.

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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.

CAT 2019 Cutoff by IMS Learning

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Priyaanka Sarkar Student Expert 21st Nov, 2019

Aparna, CAT is an online examination of 3 hours duration.The questions in the exam will be of MCQ and TITA type totaling 100 questions. MCQ are multiple choice questions, for which candidates get multiple answer choices. Each Question has 3 marks and a wrong answer takes away 1 mark. However Type in the Answer questions are exempted from Negative Marking.

CAT exam paper can be Categorised into 3 parts:

Quantitative Ability

Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension

Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning

There is no predefined syllabus for CAT. But based on the previous question papers, there is a fair idea of how the questions paper might be or what topics might be included. And go through the previous papers to analyse and prepare a comprehensive plan and set priorities according to the importance of different topics across sections. Customise your own study plan based on your strengths and weaknesses. Gauge your preparation from time to time by taking mock tests. Solve questions to check your levels of preparation but not to set any targets. Remember, its ok to have cheat days and relax. But make sure you have a plan and stick to it for the next few months because even Rome wasnt built in a day

The Verbal Ability section and Reading Comprehension has 34 Questions, Data interpretation-Logical Reasoning section has 32 MCQ questions and Quantitative Ability has 34 MCQ questions totalling up to 100 questions. Each Question has 3 marks and a wrong answer takes away 1 mark.


NCERT books will sharpen your basics and you need strong basics for preparing for any entrance examination. Once your basics are in place, because the time period for preparation is quite less, your preparation should be extensive and thorough.

Quantitative Aptitude covers almost 30% of the CAT question paper. QA can be categorised into Arithmetic, Algebra, Geometry and Advanced Mathematics. Practise chapter by chapter and develop mental calculations. Like practise more of basic summation, subtraction, fractions and tables. Numbers, Percentage, Profit and Loss, Simple and Compound Interest, Ratio, Proportionality, Time-Distance, Time-Work, Mixtures, Averages, Partnership, Permutation and Combinations, Probability, Set Theory, Progression and Series, Line, Angles, Triangles, Quadrilaterals, Polygon, Circles, Ares, Volume, Height and Distance, Coordinate Geometry, Basic Trigonometry are few important topics.

Preparation tips:

Because this section involves mathematics and takes most of your time, your focus should be on solving the problems efficiently in the beginning. Even if it takes time, practise upto perfection. Practise as many questions as you can in the conventional way. As and when you get a grip on the subject, you can go for short cuts. Memorise tables, square roots, cube roots, conversion from percent to fraction, etc. Solve sample papers on Mathematics. In the beginning, do not worry about the time it takes. As you practise, you will get the hang of the subject and it will be easier for you.

In Verbal Ability session, command on your English, Grammar, Vocabulary, Understanding of the given paragraph are of more importance. Reading English NewsPaper will also help you in your preparation.

Preparation tips:

Read articles from time to time. Follow newspapers, magazines, and watch the news channels and browse the internet to keep yourself updated. You will need a lot of reading to help you in the comprehension section. You will need speed to help you in this section and you can achieve that only by thorough practise and reading. Take time to understand the question because most answers are interlinked.

Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning needs to be practised as much as possible. Comparison of data, Data Analysis, taking clues, interpreting missing data, coming to conclusions and making future projections will be covered under this Category. The questions here are interlinked and so if you get one formula correct, cracking the next few questions will be easy. So it's important to memorise and practise formulae. You should cover topics like Data tables, Data Charts, Bar Diagrams, Pie Charts, Graphs, Data Comparison and Analysis.

Preparation tips:

As this is the most tricky section, this needs a lot of practise. Solve as many sample papers as possible to get the hang of the section. Make notes when required. Regular practise can help you understand and solve the questions easily as time goes on.

Overall,once you know the syllabus, it's easier from there on.Go through the previous papers to analyse and prepare a comprehensive plan and set priorities according to the importance of different topics across sections. Customise your own study plan based on your strengths and weaknesses. Gauge your preparation from time to time by taking mock tests. Solve questions to check your levels of preparation but not to set any targets. Remember, its ok to have cheat days and relax. But make sure you have a plan and stick to it for the next few months

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Shivam bhardwaj Student Expert 21st Nov, 2019

Hello Aspirant,

Hope you are doing well.

Exams for Studying in Canada . Students have to pass one or more additional tests before they can be considered by most universities for admission. These range from the standardised graduate and college admission tests such as GRE, GMAT and SAT to English Language tests, such as TOEFL and IELTS.

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I HAVE APPLIED FOR FOOD & AGRI BUSINESS MANAGEMENT. APPROXIMATELY HOW MUCH SCORE COULD I GET IN CAT 2019?

Priyaanka Sarkar Student Expert 21st Nov, 2019
You haven't mentioned the Institution that you are interested in and your Category. Now IIM Ahmedabad and IIM Lucknow offer ABM course apart from other top B schools. You can check the complete list of colleges that offer this course at our page: https://bschool.careers360.com/colleges/list-of-agriculture-business-management-colleges-in-india

We shall give you the IIMs cut offs for a fair idea of how much you might have to score:

IIM Ahemdabad:

QA VARC DILR Overall

UR 70 70 70 80

NC-OBC/Trans 65 65 65 75

SC 60 60 60 70

ST 50 50 50 60

PWD 60 60 60 70

ST-PWD 50 50 50 60

Now this is sectional cut offs. The selection procedure is as follows:
10th Rating:

Percent score Rating Score

<= 55 1

> 55 and <= 60 2

> 60 and <= 70 3

> 70 and <= 80 5

> 80 and <= 90 8

> 90 10

The same rating score is used for 12th Science /Commerce Streams. For Arts/Humanities:

Percent score Rating Score

<= 45 1
> 45 and <= 50 2
> 50 and <= 60 3
> 60 and <= 70 5
> 70 and <= 85 8
> 85 10

From each Academic sectors top 5% from each stream and each Category will be short listed. It might look like:


Category Upper Limit

General 100

NC-OBC-cum-transgender 57

SC 32

ST 16

PwD 6

After shortlisting the Candidates, the selected Candidates will have to go through WAT and PI rounds. Selection at this stage will strictly be based on the shortlisting of the candidates done separately for each Category ) on the basis of their Final Composite Score. . The numbers selected in different reservation categories will be in proportions mandated by law.

Personal Interview Multiplication Factor (PIF) = 0.50

AWT Multiplication Factor (AWTF) = 0.10

CAT Score Multiplication Factor for Final Composite Score (CATF_FCS) = 0.25

Application Rating Multiplication Factor for Final Composite Score (ARF_FCS) = 0.15


After the AWT & PI round, admission offers are made by IIMA to successful candidates. The final selection is based on a diverse set of attributes which includes performance in CAT, performance in AWT & PI, academic, co-curricular and extra-curricular achievements, work experience, etc.

IIM Lucknow:

QA VARC DILR Overall

UR 85 85 85 90

NC-OBC 77 77 77 82

SC 55 55 55 70

ST 50 50 50 65

PWD 50 50 50 65

For being shortlisted for Written Ability Test and Personal Interview, the following chart is followed on a composite score of 100:
Scaled CAT Score: 60
12th marks: 10
Graduation: 10
Work Experience: 10
Diversity Factor for Academics: 5
Diversity Factor for Gender: 5
Method of scoring can be found on the official website. Those candidates who are eligible after these 2 rounds are called for Written Ability and Personal Interview Test. The final score is calculated based on this scale:
Common Admission Test: 30
Academic Performance (12th + Graduation): 5+5
Diversity Factor (DF academics +DF gender): 5
Work Experience: 5
Writing Ability Test: 10
Personal Interview: 40
Final Score: 100

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i will clear my backlogs by february 2020,can i appear for cat,mat,icet 2020 exams

Niveditha 21st Nov, 2019

Hi...

Yes you can apply for the exam even if you have the backlog. Candidates who are appearing for the supplementary re-exams are also eligible to apply for CAT,MAT or ICET exams.

While applying foe CAT exam you have to select the "yes" option for the question " Are you in final year of Bachelor degree?". Since your graduation is not complete you have to take the certificate from your college principal or registrar of the university mentioning that you are appearing for the supplementary exam.

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sir, Im a student of Calcutta university in 3rd semester and my semester exam is going to be held in January so Im little bit confused that if I will start my preparations of CAT by february then will it okay to crack CAT in November??

Priyaanka Sarkar Student Expert 21st Nov, 2019

Komal, the best part of CAT is you do not have either a PASS or a FAIL mark. The scores are released in the form of percentiles. Let's say you managed to get 85 percentile, it means that you fared well and scored better than 85 percentage of Candidates who have appeared for CAT. And there are almost more than 1000 participating Institutions which accept CAT score. So getting a good college with your CAT score is reasonably easy. Now the reality is IIMs are everyone's dream and if it is yours too, then you will have to manage to pull off a feat because IIMs and the Top B schools have their own selection criteria. IIMs shortlist candidates for the interview stage based on their own criteria, which may be independent of each other. The process may include Written Ability Test, Group Discussion, and Personal Interviews. Performance in the CAT examination is an important component in the admission process. IIMs may additionally use other factors such as the previous academic performance of the candidates, relevant work experience, gender and academic diversity and other similar inputs in shortlisting and ranking of candidates at various stages of the admission process. The processes, academic cut-offs and the weights allocated to the evaluation parameters may vary across IIMs. The process is more or less the same with top B-Schools. So if your dream is to get into any of the IIMs or top B schools, you should have a clear mind that you have only 9-10 months for preparation and you cannot wonder whether you can prepare or not. If you want to appear for CAT, you fill in the application form that "YOU CAN MAKE IT". You cannot afford any apprehensions and doubts on your hardwork. Now that we are clear that you can crack CAT, we need to figure how to do it.The tricky part in CAT, is there has never been an official release of syllabus. Based on the previous question papers, the syllabus has been assumed. So your job is quite cut out because you know what to expect.

CAT exam paper can be Categorised into 3 parts:

Quantitative Ability: Quantitative Aptitude covers almost 30% of the CAT question paper. QA can be categorised into Arithmetic, Algebra, Geometry and Advanced Mathematics. Practise chapter by chapter and develop mental calculations. Like practise more of basic summation, subtraction, fractions and tables. Numbers, Percentage, Profit and Loss, Simple and Compound Interest, Ratio, Proportionality, Time-Distance, Time-Work, Mixtures, Averages, Partnership, Permutation and Combinations, Probability, Set Theory, Progression and Series, Line, Angles, Triangles, Quadrilaterals, Polygon, Circles, Ares, Volume, Height and Distance, Coordinate Geometry, Basic Trigonometry are few important topics.

Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension: In Verbal Ability session, command on your English, Grammar, Vocabulary, Understanding of the given paragraph are of more importance. Reading English NewsPaper will also help you in your preparation.

Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning: Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning needs to be practised as much as possible. Comparison of data, Data Analysis, taking clues, interpreting missing data, coming to conclusions and making future projections will be covered under this Category. The questions here are interlinked and so if you get one formula correct, cracking the next few questions will be easy. So it's important to memorise and practise formulae. You should cover topics like Data tables, Data Charts, Bar Diagrams, Pie Charts, Graphs, Data Comparison and Analysis.

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