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CAT Slot 2 Analysis 2018 - CAT 2018 Results are declared. IIM Calcutta conducted slot 2 of CAT 2018 on November 25, 2018, from 2.30 PM to 5.30 PM. The exam was similar to that of the forenoon slot. The overall difficulty level can be termed as moderate to tough. Just like slot 1, Quantitative Ability was the toughest section in the second slot as well. Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DI & LR) was of moderate to tough level of difficulty. Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension was easy. Careers360 presents the section-wise CAT slot 2 analysis 2018 for all the students who appeared for it. The CAT 2018 slot 2 analysis consists of the experts’ take on various aspects of the CAT exam like difficulty level of the sections, ideal attempts for each section, changes introduced and ambiguous questions. With the help of CAT slot 2 analysis 2018, candidates can calculate their estimated score. It will allow them to list-down the colleges where they are likely to be eligible to apply. Latest: CAT 2018 Result is available now
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Here is the exam structure of CAT 2018 Slot 2.
CAT slot 2 analysis - exam structure
No. of Questions
No. of non-MCQ
Verbal Ability and Reading comprehension
Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning
Moderate to Difficult
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Let’s take a look at the CAT section-wise analysis for slot 2.
CAT 2018 Slot 2 Analysis - Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension
The VARC section of second slot last year was similar to that of the first slot. As per the experts, most of the questions related to VA were easy. Especially TITA questions were quite easy. Around 28-30 question could be attempted easily with high accuracy to score well in this section.
CAT Slot 2 Analysis - Topic wise question distribution of VARC
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CAT 2018 Slot 2 Analysis - Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning
As per the experts' analysis of CAT slot 2, the DI & LR section was slightly on the moderately difficult side. The section had 8 seats and 2 of them were difficult while 4 were easy to solve and 2 other were moderate. Overall, it was a moderately difficult section to solve. Let's have the topic-wise analysis of the section.
CAT Slot 2 Analysis - Topic wise question distribution of DILR
Around 15-17 questions in this section with 90 percent accuracy are good enough to fetch a high percentile.
CAT 2018 Slot 2 Analysis - Quantitative Ability
The QA section of CAT 2018 slot 2 can be was termed as the toughest section the exam. It was a good thing for the students from the engineering background but for non-engineers, it wasn't a happy ending. According to Arks Srinivas, " QA was tough in both the slots." The section has questions majorly from Algebra, Arithmetic, Modern Math, Geometry, etc. The section had 12 TITA questions. Let's have the topic-wise analysis of the section.
As per the experts', around 18-20 questions with 85 percent accuracy are likely to bring a good score in this section.
CAT Expected Cutoff 2018
An overall score of 150-155 or above should be enough to secure 99 percentile. Around 2 lakh applicants appeared for CAT this year out of around 2.41 lakh registrations. The result of CAT 2018 is likely to be announced in the second week of January 2019.
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Dear Akshat, CAT is exclusively conducted by the IIMs. So the selection for admission to any of the 20 IIMs is through CAT exam. Unfortunately no other score except for CAT score is accepted for IIM Ahmedabad. You can check their selection process at:
Dear Sai, IIMs look for Diversity factor in Academics. They have a special rating scale for Professional courses like MBBS,BDS, CA, etc. We shall help you with the admission process of IIM Ahmedabad just as an example to show how does the selection process work. There are 3 sections in CAT: QA, DILR, VRC. IIM A has released its 2019 cut off percentiles. Only those Candidates who have scored this percentiles will be shortlisted for further rounds. The cut offs are as follows:
VRC DILR QA Overall
General 70 70 70 80
OBC-Transgender 65 65 65 75
SC 60 60 60 70
ST 50 50 50 60
PWD 60 60 60 70
PWD-ST 50 50 50 60
On an average IIMs need a cut off 90 percentile and more for admission to their colleges. You can check the complete selection process of IIM A at:
Now based on these cut offs top 5 percentile from each Category will be short listed for WAT and PI. So inorder to be able to score these cut offs, you need to know the exam pattern and marking scheme. 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.
NCERT books will sharpen your basics and you need strong basics for preparing for any entrance examination. Once your basics are in place, because the time period for preparation is quite less, your preparation should be extensive and thorough.
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.
Because this section involves mathematics and takes most of your time, your focus should be on solving the problems efficiently in the beginning. Even if it takes time, practise upto perfection. Practise as many questions as you can in the conventional way. As and when you get a grip on the subject, you can go for short cuts. Memorise tables, square roots, cube roots, conversion from percent to fraction, etc. Solve sample papers on Mathematics. In the beginning, do not worry about the time it takes. As you practise, you will get the hang of the subject and it will be easier for you.
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.
Read articles from time to time. Follow newspapers, magazines, and watch the news channels and browse the internet to keep yourself updated. You will need a lot of reading to help you in the comprehension section. You will need speed to help you in this section and you can achieve that only by thorough practise and reading. Take time to understand the question because most answers are interlinked.
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.
As this is the most tricky section, this needs a lot of practise. Solve as many sample papers as possible to get the hang of the section. Make notes when required. Regular practise can help you understand and solve the questions easily as time goes on.
Overall,once you know the syllabus, it's easier from there on.Go through the previous papers to analyse and prepare a comprehensive plan and set priorities according to the importance of different topics across sections. Customise your own study plan based on your strengths and weaknesses. Gauge your preparation from time to time by taking mock tests. Solve questions to check your levels of preparation but not to set any targets. Remember, its ok to have cheat days and relax. But make sure you have a plan and stick to it for the next few months
We can recommend a few books for you:
NCERT books to cover the basics from 6th to 10th Class
Quantitative Aptitude for CAT by Nishit Saxena
Quantitative Aptitude Quantum for CAT by Sarvesh Sharma
How to prepare for Quantitative Aptitude for CAT by Arun Sharma
Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Exams by Abhijit Guha
You can also download free downloadable e books at:
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The eligibilitiy is just marks of your 10th and intermediate. The main point is the candidate must have qualified both from a recognised board and must be having PCM as the compulsory subject.
The exam has an age limit to be 23 and there is 5 years relaxation for category reserved candidates.
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