CAT 2018 Analysis by T.I.M.E.
Aditi Garg, 26 Nov 2018, #CAT
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CAT 2018 Analysis by T.I.M.E. - CAT 2018 result declared on January 5, 2019. CAT 2018 was conducted on November 25, 2018, across the country in 142 test cities. IIM Calcutta conducted CAT which was taken by almost two lakh test takers aspiring for top B-schools in the country. The exam was conducted in two slots, morning and afternoon session. Careers360 presents the complete CAT 2018 analysis by T.I.M.E prepared by the experts. The analysis is made on various parameters such as difficulty level, expected cutoff, types of questions, etc. Aspirants who appeared for CAT can check the CAT 2018 analysis of first slot and second slot by T.I.M.E.  It will allow them to know their expected score and which B-school they can probably apply for on the basis of their cutoff.
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CAT 2018 Analysis by T.I.M.E.

Before moving towards detailed section-wise and overall CAT exam analysis by T.I.M.E, let us take a look at the CAT exam pattern. As per the exam pattern of CAT 2018, the paper consists of three sections – Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC), Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DI & LR) and Quantitative Ability (QA) with 34, 32 and 34 questions respectively. Each section had a sectional time limit of 60 minutes.

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CAT Exam Analysis by T.I.M.E. - Slot 1


No. of Questions

No. of Non MCQ Questions

Difficulty level

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Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning




Quantitative Ability







CAT 2018 Analysis by T.I.M.E. - Section Wise  

Last year, the forenoon session was considered challenging. Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension section had 34 questions. Followed by it was Logical Reasoning & Data Interpretation section which had 32 questions. The last section, Quantitative Ability, had 34 questions.  

Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension - The VARC section of CAT 2018 contained four 5-Question passages and one 4-Question passage compared to last years 6-Question and 3-Question passages. The passages were mostly readable and most od the questions were easy. As per the experts the questions were also similar to previous year's CAT examination. 

 Data Interpretation Logical Reasoning - CAT 2018 aspirants were in for a surprise in regard to the difficulty level of this section. Compared to the previous years, the LRDI section was easier. As per the experts at T.I.M.E. candidates who could keep their calm and remain composed could have scored well in this section. the difficulty level of the LRDI section going down was a relief for the candidates. The LRDI section questions were not difficult except for a few in terms of interpretation and the questions were also tricky in nature. 

Quantitative Ability - The Quantitative ability section of CAT 2018 has a total of 34 Questions with 8 Questions from the Non-MCQ type. Questions related to Geometry were higher compared to others in which some questions were difficult. As per the experts at the institute the  difficulty level Quantitative ability was slightly higher than moderate. 

CAT 2018 Analysis by T.I.M.E. - Slot 2

The second slot of CAT 2018 was not any different from the first slot although as per experts at the institute, the slot 2 of CAT 2018 was slightly tougher than slot 1. the difficulty level for the VARC section was the same for both the slots by the tough section according to candidates was the DILR and Quantitative Ability sections.  

Verbal and Reading Comprehension - The VARC section as per experts was of moderate level for candidates in slot 2. Compared to slot 1 of CAT 2018, there was a marginal increase in difficulty level of RC section for slot 2. the topics from which the passages were asked included Biology, Environment, Sociology and Science. In the VA section the Para Formation Questions were simpler compared to those last year. 

Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning - According to experts at T.I.M.E the difficulty level for this section was better compared to that of CAT 2017. also, when compared with slot 1, the this section in slot 2 was slightly difficult for candidates. there were 24 MCQ's and 8 MCQ's. Although having said that it must be noted that there were a few questions which were relatively easy such as 'room numbers' and 'probability and market share'. Most odf the sets of questions were lengthy and time consuming according to experts. another factor noted was that some of the questions were difficult to comprehend owing to the depth of reasoning involved in each. 

Quantitative Ability - The Quantitative Ability section for slot 2 of CAT 2018 had 22 MCQ's with 12 questions of Non-MCQ type. The trend of low weightage for Numbers was seen in this years slot 2 as well. Arithmetic questions were favoured more. There were a good amount of questions from Geometry and Mensuration. Talking about the difficulty level, the experts at T.I.M.E suggest that this section can be classified as moderate to difficult. 

CAT 2018 Cutoff by T.I.M.E.As per the expected CAT cutoff predicted by T.I.M.E. experts for slot 1 an overall score of 148 or above is expected to be enough to secure 99 percentile and for 97.5 percentile, score of 134+ was expected to be enough.

The expected cutoff for CAT 2018 slot 2 as per experts is 97.5 percentile (126+) to 99 percentile (140+)

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