CAT 2019 Analysis by T.I.M.E.
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CAT 2019 Analysis by T.I.M.E. - The CAT 2019 was held on November 24, 2019, across the country in 156 test cities. The exam was conducted in two slots, morning and afternoon sessions. Careers360 presents the complete CAT 2019 analysis by T.I.M.E prepared by the experts. In both, the slots candidates found the VARC section time consuming as the candidates found the passages quite lengthy. The result for CAT 2019 will release on January 4, 2020. CAT 2019 Analysis by T.I.M.E. will help students in getting an overview regarding the cutoff that will be released by various institutes accepting CAT score. T.I.M.E has released the CAT 2019 slot 1 analysis by considering various parameters of CAT. Read this article by Careers360 to know in detail about the exam analysis and expected cutoff for CAT 2019 slot 1 and slot 2. Registration for CAT 2019 has been closed on September 28, 2019, correction window for photograph and signature was available from September 28, 2019 to September 30, 2019 till 5:00 PM.
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CAT 2019 Exam Pattern

CAT exam pattern 2019 involves the name of the sections, marking scheme, duration of the examination and so on. Refer to the table below to know in detail about CAT 2019 exam pattern:

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CAT Exam Pattern 2019

Feature

Detail

Name of the examination

Common Admission Test

Mode of Examination

Computer-based

Duration of CAT 2019

3 Hours

4 Hours (PwD candidates)

Number of sections

three

Duration for each section

1 hour (20 minutes extra for PwD candidates)

Total number of questions

100

Marking for every correct answer

3 marks

Marking for every wrong answer

-1 mark


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Sections

Total number of Multiple Choice Questions

Total Number of Non-Multiple Choice Questions

Total number of questions

Time duration

Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC)

24

10

34

60 minutes for each section

80 minutes for PwD candidates

Quantitative Ability (QA)

27

7

34

Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR)

24

8

32

CAT Analysis 2019 by T.I.M.E.- Section wise

CAT 2019 Analysis by T.I.M.E. has been released. To get an insight into the expected cutoff of CAT 2019, candidates can refer the details mentioned below:

The overall structure of the paper is provided below.

Section

Number of Questions

Question Breakup

Number of Non-MCQ questions

Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension

RC: 24 Questions


4 Passages of 5 Questions

1 Passage of 4 Questions

7

VA: 10 Questions


4 PFQs

3 Odd One Out

3 Para Summaries

Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning

32 Questions: 8 Sets of 4 Questions each

8

Quantitative Ability

34 Questions

11


The pattern of VARC section was along expected lines. There were no changes in the pattern compared to the previous year – four 5-Q passages and one 4-Q passage with 10 VA questions split between 4 Para Formation Questions, 3 Odd One Out and 3 Para Summaries.

However, the VARC section tightened the screws a little bit, after three years of easy VARC sections. While the broader pattern remained the same – 24 RC questions and 10 VA questions – the difficulty level of the RC questions was a major digression from previous years’ difficulty levels. One can say it was not a breeze even for those well-versed with the language.

The DILR section, contrary to all expectations, was lower in difficulty level compared to what test-takers have been used to facing in previous years. While this doesn’t, by any stretch of the imagination, mean that the section was easy, it wasn’t as challenging as it was in the last three years. While a couple of sets were relatively straight-forward, there were some sets which required a good deal of application. Identifying the easier, straight-forward sets in the paper would play a key role in boosting the score in this section.

The QA section didn’t spring any surprises either, with 34 questions from expected topics like Arithmetic (Time, Work and Distance, P&L, Ratios, Equations, AMA and SI-CI), Geometry and Mensuration, Numbers, Algebra, Trigonometry and Permutations & Combinations. The difficulty level, one could say, was slightly lower than that of CAT 2018, but this section was by no means as easy as the QA section of CAT 2017. Further, the students who identified the easy questions and attempted those would have gained a significant advantage. A good number of questions also demanded the use of the on-screen calculator. It could be said that the section was, on the whole, of moderate difficulty level.

Remark: Overall, CAT 2019 appears a little easier than CAT 2018, with two sections (DILR and QA) being on the easier side than those of CAT 2018, and one section (VARC) being tougher.

CAT Slot 2 Analysis by T.I.M.E

The afternoon session of CAT 2019 appeared to be on similar lines as the forenoon session, with only minor differences. As with the forenoon session, there was no change in pattern compared to CAT 2018 in any of the sections.

SLOT 2 Analysis of VARC by T.I.M.E

The VARC section was markedly more difficult compared to that of CAT 2018, with RCs proving to be quite challenging. The DI & LR section was marginally easier compared to that of CAT 2018. The QA section too was relatively easier compared to that of CAT 2018.

The overall structure of the paper for VARC is provided below.

Section

Number of Questions

Question Breakup

Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension

RC: 24 Questions


4 Passages of 5 Questions

1 Passage of 4 Questions

VA: 10 Questions


4 PFQs

3 Odd One Out

3 Para Summaries

Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning

32 Questions: 8 Sets of 4 Questions each

Quantitative Ability

34 Questions


The RC part of the VARC section was on the denser side, with some heavy reading involved. The questions too were not relatively as simple as those seen in the previous years. Unlike in the forenoon session, there was no respite for test-takers even in the VA part. This was since there were absolutely no sitters (something that was seen in the forenoon session and in CAT 2018).

CAT 2019 Slot 2 Analysis of DI & LR by T.I.M.E

Test-takers would have found the DI & LR section relatively easier compared to those from the last couple of years. This may slightly balance a difficult VARC section, in the overall tally. Of the eight sets, there were four which could be attempted by students with a reasonable degree of comfort, something that students are not used to expecting with the DI & LR section in general. Test-takers with conceptual clarity and speed would have greatly benefited from this not-so-difficult section.

CAT 2019 Slot 2 Analysis of QA by T.I.M.E

The QA section, as with the forenoon session, had questions from expected topics like Arithmetic (Time, Work and Distance, P&L, Ratios, Equations, AMA and SI-CI), Geometry and Mensuration, Numbers, Algebra, etc. The section was significantly easier compared to that of CAT 2018, thanks to less wordy questions. There were some formula-based questions that could have been solved in a quick time.

Overall, the afternoon session of CAT 2019, like the forenoon session, appears a little easier than CAT 2018, with two sections (DILR and QA) being on the easier side than those of CAT 2018, and one section (VARC) being tougher.



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CAT Exam SLOT 1 Analysis:

Data Interpretation Logical Reasoning - The difficulty level of the questions in this section was comparatively easy with that of previous year CAT 2017. As per the experts of T.I.M.E. this section was a relief to students, except for the few questions of interpretation which were a bit uncertain in nature.

Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension - This section consisted of a total of 4 questions in one passage and other passage contained 5 questions. The questions of the passages were easy, similar to that of previous year CAT 2017.

Quantitative Ability - This section included total of 34 questions inclusive of 8 non-MCQ’s. The difficulty level was a bit higher than moderate as this section saw more questions from Geometry.

CAT Exam SLOT 2 Analysis:

Data Interpretation Logical Reasoning - This section consisted of total 24 MCQ’s and 8 non-MCQ’s. The difficulty level of this section was difficult in comparison with Slot 1 and previous year. Questions from the topics , ‘probability and market share’ and ‘rot numbers’ were relatively easy. The questions involved deep reasoning and were time-consuming.

Verbal and Reading Comprehension - Slot 2 VARC questions were comparatively difficult to that of Slot 1. The passages were given from the topics like Sociology, Science, Biology and Environment. Whereas, para formations questions were easy to that of previous year.

Quantitative Ability - The quantitative ability section included more questions from the topics like Arithmetic, Mensuration and Geometry. This section was concluded to be moderately difficult with total of 22 MCQ’s and 12 non-MCQ’s.

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