CAT Slot 2 Analysis 2018
Aditi Garg, 6 days ago, #CAT

CAT Slot 2 Analysis 2018 - IIM Calcutta will conduct slot 2 of CAT 2018 on November 25, 2018 from 2.30 PM till 5.30 PM. Immediately after the exam concludes, the overall and section-wise CAT slot 2 analysis 2018 will be published by Careers360. The CAT 2018 slot 2 analysis consists of the experts’ take on various aspects of the exam like difficulty level of the sections, ideal attempts for each section, changes introduced and ambiguous questions.

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With the help of CAT slot 2 analysis of previous year, candidates can get a fair idea of what to expect from slot 2 of CAT exam this year. Similar to Slot 1, the second slot of CAT was rated moderate in terms of difficulty level by test takers and experts. Slot 2 of CAT 2018 is expected to be on the similar lines of difficulty and pattern this year. As per previous year CAT slot 2 analysis by experts, the Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning section was slightly easier in slot 2 while the Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension was similar to the first slot. The number of TITA or non-MCQs were also more or less the same as last year and Slot 1 of CAT last year. The following table brings to you the CAT slot 2 analysis of previous year.

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CAT 2018 slot 2 analysis


The exam structure of CAT 2018 Slot 2 is expected to remain similar to last year’s. 


CAT slot 2 analysis - exam structure

Section

No. of Questions

No. of non-MCQ questions

Difficulty Level

Good Attempts

Verbal Ability and Reading comprehension

34

7

Easy-moderate

25-27

Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning

32

8

Difficult

12-14

Quantitative Ability

34

8

Easy-Moderate

25-26

Total

100

23

 

64-68


CAT 2018 Slot 2 Analysis – Section-wise

Let’s take a look at the CAT section-wise analysis for slot 2 of previous year.

 

CAT Slot 2 Analysis 2018 - Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension


The VARC section of second slot last year was similar to that of the first slot. The questions were either direct or inference based. TITA or non-MCQs were from the Verbal Ability or English Usage area. However, the English Usage questions were easy to moderate in terms of difficulty.

The topics covered for the English Usage part included vocabulary and the question types were fill in the blanks, sentence correction, para jumbles, odd man out etc. There were no questions on grammar. Refer to the below table for the number of questions and topics. 

 

CAT Slot 2 Analysis - Topic wise question distribution of VARC

Area

Topic

No. of Questions

Reading Comprehension

(24 Questions)

Reading Comprehension

24

Verbal Ability

(10 Questions)

Para-jumble

4

Summary

3

Para-jumble (Odd sentence out)

3


CAT 2018 Slot 2 Analysis - Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning

As per the experts' analysis of CAT slot 2 of last year, the DI & LR section was slightly easier compared to the first slot due to which marks may go up by 3 to 4 times. However, the overall difficulty level of the DI & LR section is classified as tough. Few students also claimed that the section was tough and hence they faced problem in solving them.

 

CAT slot 2 Analysis - Topic wise question distribution of DI & LR

Section

Topic

No. of Questions

Data Interpretation

And Logical Reasoning

Chess – Easy to Moderate

4

Pizza - Easy

4

Dorms - Medium

4

Asset Management - Medium

4

Airplane - Medium

4

Biometric - Difficult

4

Tea – Easy to Moderate

4

Elective - Difficult

4


CAT 2018 Slot 2 Analysis - Quantitative Ability

The QA section of CAT slot 2 which was termed to be easy in the first slot turned out to be easy in the second slot as well. According to Arks Srinivas of Vistamind, " QA was easy in both the slots, the surprising element in CAT 2017 was the quant section which turned out to be easy in terms of difficulty level. It was similar to the one witnessed in CAT 2015". 

 

CAT Slot 2 Analysis - Topic wise question distribution of Quantitative Ability

Section

Topic

No. of Questions

Quantitative Ability

Number System

4

Algebra

12

Arithmetic

12

Modern Math

2

Geometry and Mensuration

4


CAT Expected Cutoff 2018

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

Experts at T.I.M.E. 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 CAT last year out of 2,31,067 registered candidates. The result of CAT 2018 is likely to be announced in the second week of January 2019. 

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