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CAT Slot 1 Analysis 2018 - CAT 2018 result has been declared by IIM Calcutta on January 5, 2019. The first slot of the Common Admission Test (CAT) 2018 was conducted from 9 am to 12 pm on November 25, 2018, Sunday. As per CAT 2018 slot 1 analysis by the test takers, the overall difficulty level was moderate to difficult. However, candidates reacted differently when asked about the sectional difficulty level. Some are of the opinion that the Verbal section was difficult while some said it was the easiest section. The same goes for the Quant section. For some students, it was the most difficult section in the exam while others commented that the Quant section had the easiest questions among the three sections. The DILR was unanimously rated as moderate in terms of difficulty. The detailed analysis of CAT 2018 slot 1 will reveal the topic-wise difficulty level of the test and expected cutoff. According to the academic experts, VARC section was easy to solve; DILR was moderately tough and QA was difficult. Based on the opinion of test takers and experts, Careers360 presents the overall and section-wise CAT slot 1 analysis 2018. CAT exam is conducted for admission to 20 IIMs and around 100 other B-schools in the country. Latest: CAT 2018 Result is available now
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There were candidates who came out with happy faces stating that Maths was all about 9th and 10th standards; verbal section comprised the arrangement of sentences, however, the difficult part was the formula based questions and ratio questions pertaining to quant section.
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According to Arks Srinivas, National Head, MBA Prep, Career Launcher, 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 was 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 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.
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 2018 slot 1 in detail, let's have a look at the exam structure.
CAT 2018 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 2018 was VARC, DI & LR and QA. Each section was timed for one hour and candidates were not allowed to toggle between sections. However, there was no restriction in the order of attempting questions within the section.
Now, let's have a look at the section-wise analysis of CAT 2018 Slot 1.
Candidates can check the sectional analysis of slot 1 of CAT 2018:
CAT 2018 Slot 1 Analysis - Verbal and Reading Comprehension
As per the CAT slot 1 analysis 2018 of the VARC section, it was overall an easy section to solve. The section had 24 RC questions and 10 VA questions. The RC part had a total of five passages with a similar word limit. Four passages had five questions each and one passage had four questions. The passage on Genetics was apparently difficult and slightly tedious to read. Other passages were related to Second World War, Elephant Society, Consumer Behaviour Policy and Plastic Pollution. 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 had both MCQs and non-MCQs. Para-jumble questions were easy to solve. However, odd sentence out questions were 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 2018 Slot 1 Analysis - Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning
According to CAT slot 1 Analysis 2018 by experts, the DILR section was moderately tough on the difficulty scale. The section had 32 questions divided into 24 MCQs and 8 non-MCQs. Out of the total sets given in the section, 4 sets were easy to solve. The best part of DI sets was that no calculation was required in any of the sets to solve. Let's have a look at the topic-wise analysis of DILR.
CAT 2018 Slot 1 Analysis - DILR Topic-wise Analysis
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 2018 - 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 2018 Slot 1 Analysis - QA Topic-wise Analysis
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 2.41 lakh candidates registered for CAT 2018 and apparently, more than 2 lakh have appeared for it. The CAT 2018 result is expected to be announced in the second week of January 2019.
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