CAT Slot 1 Analysis 2018 - The Common Admissions Test (CAT) 2018 has been scheduled for November 25, 2018. The CAT exam will be conducted in online mode in two slots - Slot 1 (9 AM to 12 PM) and Slot 2 (2.30 PM to 5.30 PM). The overall and section-wise CAT 2018 slot 1 analysis will be published on Careers360 immediately after the exam concludes. In this article, we will look at the CAT slot 1 Analysis of previous year to get an idea of what to expect for first slot of CAT this year. The CAT 2018 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 CAT 2017 was rated as moderate in terms of difficulty level by test takers and experts. It is expected to be on the similar lines of difficulty and pattern this year as well. According to Arks Srinivas, National Head, MBA Prep, Career Launcher, the Quantitative Ability section was the easiest, followed by Verbal and Reading Comprehension. Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning section was the toughest. “Overall the section was very similar to that of last year. DI & LR continues to be tough with a lot of reasoning based DI and LR.”
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CAT 2018 Slot 1 Analysis
CAT consists of three sections, Verbal and Reading Comprehension (VARC), Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DI & LR) and Quantitative Ability (QA). The table below brings to you the exam pattern and structure of CAT exam. Aspirants of CAT 2018 can get a fair idea of how many MCQs and non MCQs to expect in each section. This will aid them in devising their exam-taking strategy better and set their percentile goal.
CAT Slot 1 Analysis
Total No. of Questions
No. of MCQs
No. of Non-MCQs
Easy to moderate
DI & LR
Easy to moderate
Each question carried three marks and there was negative marking of one mark for each wrong answer, except the non-MCQs. The marking scheme for CAT 2018 will be same as this.
The order in which the sections appeared is VARC, DI & LR and QA. Each section was timed for one hour and candidates are not allowed to toggle between sections. However, there is no restriction in the order of attempting questions within the section.
CAT Slot 1 Analysis 2018 - Sectional
Candidates can check the sectional analysis of slot 1 of CAT of previous year below:
CAT 2018 Slot 1 Analysis - Verbal and Reading Comprehension
As per the CAT slot 1 analysis of previous year, the VA part had 7 questions which were non-MCQ in nature and 3 were MCQ's. The RC part had 24 questions, of which 5 were passages. It was exactly like that of last year. The topics of Verbal Ability were as follows:
CAT Slot 1 Analysis - Verbal Ability Topics and Questions
Number of Questions
Out of the context sentence
Easy to Moderate
Easy to Moderate
Easy to Moderate
CAT 2018 Slot 1 Analysis - Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning
The DI & LR section of CAT exam of previous year was observed to be on the difficult side. There were many questions which were mainly based on reasoning. According to CAT slot 1 Analysis by experts, the DI & LR section had 8 sets of 4 questions each which were quite indirect and tricky in nature. The Data Interpretation questions were from Tables, Bar Graph and Charts, Line Graph and the Logical Reasoning questions were in the form of caselets. Four sets were completely MCQ whereas the remaining four were a combination of TITA and MCQs.
CAT Slot 1 Analysis 2018 - Quantitative Ability
According to students and experts of CAT slot 1 Analysis, the Quant was the easiest section as the questions were direct in nature. Most of the questions were from Arithmetic, which could be a big gain for non-engineers.
Students claimed the Quant section had a difficulty level of 10th standard. The section had questions from different topics including numbers, percentage, numbers, progression, profit & loss and ratio & proportion. Students said that the questions were easily manageable and were not time-consuming at all.
CAT Expected Cutoff
According to experts, owing to a trickier paper, the CAT cutoff of 2017 was expected to go up. CAT 2018 is likely to witness a similar cutoff as previous year. However, CAT cutoff will depend 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
T.I.M.E. experts predicted that an overall score of 140 or above should be enough to secure 99 percentile and for 97.5 percentile, score of 128+ is enough.
As many as 1,99,632 applicants appeared for the test in 2017 out of 2,31,067 registered candidates. This year 2.41 lakh candidates registered for CAT. The CAT 2018 result is expected to be announced in the second week of January 2019.
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