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CAT Slot 1 Analysis 2019 - Indian Institute of Management, Kozikhode will conduct the Common Admission Test (CAT) on November 24 in computer-based mode. After the conclusion of the exam, CAT slot 1 analysis 2019 will entail the overall difficulty level of the entrance exam as well as of each section. The CAT 2019 slot 1 analysis will include the experts’ take on various aspects of the exam like difficulty level of the sections, ambiguous questions, ideal attempts for each section, and changes introduced. The first slot of the Common Admission Test (CAT) 2019 will be held from 9 am to 12 pm on November 24, 2019, Sunday. As per CAT 2019 slot 1 analysis by the test takers, candidates will let us know what the overall difficulty level of the exam was as in whether it is easy, difficult or moderate. The CAT slot 1 analysis 2019 will also provide how the students reacted on being asked about sectional difficulty level. According to slot 1 analysis of CAT 2019, candidates will let us know the difficulty level of the verbals section, quantitatve ability and data interpretation and logical reasoning. The detailed analysis of CAT 2019 slot 1 will reveal the topic-wise difficulty level of the test and expected cutoff. Academic experts will also provide the CAT slot 1 analysis 2019. Based on the opinion of test takers and experts, Careers360 will present the overall and section-wise CAT slot 1 analysis 2019. CAT exam is conducted for admission to 20 IIMs and around 100 other B-schools in the country. CAT 2019 result will be announced by IIM Kozikhode tentatively between January 6 and 10, 2019. Latest: CAT Admit Card 2019 Released on October 23.
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Technical Glitch - In this part of CAT slot 1 Analysis, after speaking to the candidates, Careers360 will let them know if there was any kind of technical glitch at the centres covered by the team. In 2018, some of the CAT test aspirants encountered technical glitches in the exam hall. Even before the exam had started, the system showed an error, however, the concerned authority resolved it on time.
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According to Arks Srinivas, National Head, MBA Prep, Career Launcher, in CAT 2018, the Quantitative Ability section was difficult, while the Verbal and Reading Comprehension was easy. The Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning section was easier than the previous year. He says, "The level of difficulty of the paper was higher as compared to last year. VARC continued to be easy; DILR was easier than last year with sets that took less time to solve. 1-2 sets were difficult to solve though. However, Quant was tougher this year. An overall raw score of around 155 should fetch a 99 percentile in CAT 2018."
The CAT exam will be conducted in computer based mode in two slots - Slot 1 (9 AM to 12 PM) and Slot 2 (2.30 PM to 5.30 PM).
CAT consists of three sections, Verbal and Reading Comprehension (VARC), Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DI & LR) and Quantitative Ability (QA). Before knowing the analysis of CAT 2019 slot 1 in detail, let's have a look at the exam structure.
CAT 2019 Slot 1 Analysis - Exam Structure and Sectional Difficulty Level
Total No. of Questions
No. of MCQs
No. of Non-MCQs
Easy to moderate
DI & LR
Moderate to Difficult
Each question carried three marks and there was negative marking of one mark for each wrong answer, except the non-MCQs. The order in which the sections appeared in CAT 2019 are likley to be VARC, DI & LR and QA. Each section will be of three hours and candidates will not be allowed to toggle between sections. However, there will be no restriction in the order of attempting questions within the section.
Now, let's have a look at the section-wise analysis of CAT 2019 Slot 1.
Candidates can check the sectional analysis of slot 1 of CAT 2019:
CAT 2019 Slot 1 Analysis - Verbal and Reading Comprehension
As per the CAT slot 1 analysis 2019 of the VARC section, candidates will get to know after the exam if it was overall an easy section to solve or not. The section will number of questions that have been asked. In 2018 24 RC questions and 10 VA questions were asked. The RC part is likley to have a total of five passages with a similar word limit. Four passages will probably have five questions each and one passage will have four questions. According to CAT 2019 slot 1 analysis we will update the difficulty level of the different passages that will be asked. As per the experts, around 20-21 questions with 85 percent accuracy can bring a good score in this part of the section.
VA part will have both MCQs and non-MCQs. The difficulty level of Para-jumble questions will be updated after the conclusion of Slot 1. It will also mention how was the odd sentence out questionsas whether they are difficult or slightly difficult. Let's have a look at the overall analysis of the VA part through the table given below:
CAT Slot 1 Analysis - Verbal Ability Questions and Difficulty Level
No. of Questions
Para-jumble (Odd Sentence out)
CAT 2019 Slot 1 Analysis - Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning
According to CAT slot 1 Analysis 2019 by experts, they will provide inputs about whether the DILR section will be moderately tough or will be on the difficulty scale. The section is likely to have 32 questions divided into 24 MCQs and 8 non-MCQs. Out of the total sets given in the section, CAT 2019 slot 1 analysis will mention if it questions are easy to solve. As per 2018 analysis, the best part of DI sets was that no calculation are required in any of the sets to solve. Let's have a look at the topic-wise analysis of DILR.
CAT 2019 Slot 1 Analysis - DILR Topic-wise Analysis*
*This is the probable analysis and will be updated soon after the conclusion of Slot 1 of the exam
Going with the experts' opinion, around 15-17 questions with 90 percent accuracy is considered as good to get a high score.
CAT Slot 1 Analysis 2019 - Quantitative Ability
Considering the difficulty scale, this section was clearly on the tougher side, especially for non-engineers. The section had questions from Arithmetic (14), Modern Math (10), Geometry (six) with a couple of questions from Algebra and Numbers each. There were around eight to 10 sitter questions in this section. According to experts, Arithmetic, Algebra and Geometry questions were on the tougher side. Let's have a look at the topic-wise analysis of QA section.
CAT 2019 Slot 1 Analysis - QA Topic-wise Analysis*
*The analysis given above in the table is based on past year and will be updated soon after the conclusion of the exam.
If a candidate attempts 18-20 questions with 85 percent accuracy, s/he can expect a good percentile in this section.
CAT Expected Cutoff
According to experts, a score of around 150-155 is likley to fetch 99 percentile. The CAT cutoff depends on various factors like:
Difficulty level of exam
Number of test takers
Number of candidates qualifying for the next rounds
Number of seats
Institute repute or ranking
Around 2.44, 169 lakh candidates registered for CAT 2019 and apparently, more than 2 lakh are likely to appear for the entrance test. The CAT 2019 result is expected to be announced in the second week of January 2020.
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Ayush, CAT exam paper can be Categorised into 3 parts:
Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension
Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning
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.
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.
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 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.
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. Now based on your Category, to be shortlisted for an IIM, you should score atleast 85 and more percentile.
Now the IIMs part has been cleared, you need to decide one among MBA in India via CAT or go abroad for higher studies. You cannot be double minded on this. You know your strengths and capabilities and so this should be completely your call.
If you are planning to get your details corrected in the form of CAT 2019, then now you don't have any option as it is now too late. The exam is scheduled for 24th November, 2019 which is just a week away.
However, in the meantime you can ask on the helpline for any assistance if they can provide.
Hope this helps. Thank you.
Yes I'll enlist down some of the top institutes for MBA whose cutoffs are between 80 to 90 percentile.
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