CAT 2018 Exam Analysis for Slot 1 and Slot 2

01 Dec, 2018

CAT 2018 Exam Analysis – CAT 2018 exam has been conducted in Slot 1 and 2 by IIM Calcutta. The slot 1 examination was conducted from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm whereas, slot 2 examination was conducted from 2:30 pm to 5:30 pm. Candidates, in this article, will get detailed information about the CAT 2018 exam analysis for both slot 1 and 2. Therefore, as per the experts and candidates who have appeared in the exam, the questions asked in Slot 1 had most difficult questions in Quant section whereas, VARC and DILR had the moderate and somewhat difficult level of questions. Similarly, the questions asked in Slot 2 had the difficulty level as similar to slot 1. However, there was no any change in scoring pattern but the distribution of questions in RC passages had changed in CAT 2018. So, lastly, the candidates are recommended through the article carefully and also, fetch all the information furnished below regarding CAT 2018 Exam Analysis.

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CAT 2018 Exam Analysis

CAT 2018 Exam Analysis: Slot 1

    The slot 1 examination of CAT 2018 concluded at 12:00 pm which was started from 9:00 am. Coming to the difficulty level of Slot 1 examination, it was more difficult than the previous year’s. Now, for the benefits of the candidates, we have provided the CAT 2018 exam analysis for Slot 1 which is mentioned below in detail:

    Section

    Total Questions

    No. of MCQs

    No. of Non-MCQs

    Difficulty Level

    QA

    34

    22

    12

    Difficult

    VARC

    34

    27

    7

    Moderate

    DILR

    32

    24

    8

    Moderate to Difficult

    Overall Changes in CAT 2018 Exam Pattern: Slot 1

    • In Slot 1 examination of CAT 2018, the total number of Non-MCQs type increased as compared to the previous which was 26 in number and in CAT 2018, it was 27.
    • Moreover, the total number of Non-MCQs increased in VARC section as well.
    • The distribution of questions in Reading Comprehension passages changed in CAT 2018 as compared to CAT 2017.
    • In Slot 1 of CAT 2017, 10 Non-MCQs were asked whereas, in CAT 2018, it increased to 12.
    • RC-based questions were 24 in number out of which 4 RC passages had 5 questions each and 1 RC passages had 4 questions in CAT 2018 while the previous year, there was 6 questions and 3 questions format.
    • However, there was no change in marking scheme i.e. the candidates will score 3 marks for each correct answer and deduction of 1 mark for the incorrect one.

    CAT 2018 Exam Analysis for Slot 1: Section-Wise

    Quantitative Aptitude

    • The total number of 34 questions were asked out of which this section had the highest number of Non-MCQs type i.e. 12.
    • Among all the three sections in Slot 1, the section of quantitative was the toughest one.
    • However, candidates who had either appeared in previous year CAT exam or with an engineering background found this section easy.
    • The questions asked in this section were not theory-based and based on calculation, logic etc. wherein the topics such as Number System, Arithmetic, Geometry, Algebra, and Mensuration were included.

    Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning

    • Total 32 questions were asked from DILR which were too difficult for the candidates to solve. Thus, the candidates could not have attempted more than 10-12 questions.
    • As compared to last year, the difficulty level of the section was easier.
    • Most of the questions in Data Interpretation were based on Tables, Pie Chart, and Set Theory.
    • The total number of sets in DILR was 8 out of which 4 were in DI and 4 in LR respectively. However, the questions were not calculation-based.

    Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension

    • The total number of 34 questions asked in VARC section
    • The section of VARC had easy to moderate level of questions.
    • There were 5 passages in Reading Comprehension in which 4 passages had 5 questions each and 1 passage had 4 questions.
    • Coming to the Verbal Ability in which the questions included the topics such as Odd One Out, Summary, and Para Jumbles.

    CAT 2018 Exam Analysis for Slot 2

    CAT 2018 Slot 2 exam was conducted from 2:30 pm to 5:30 pm in different exam centres across the country. The difficulty level of Slot 2 was the replica of Slot 1 as the quant had the difficult questions and those in DILR and VARC were moderate to difficult or somewhat difficult in level. Now, let’s have a look at the below-given table and exam analysis of slot 2 in detail:

    Section

    Total No. of Questions

    No. of MCQs

    No. of Non-MCQs

    Difficulty Level

    QA

    34

    22

    12

    Difficult

    VARC

    34

    27

    7

    Moderate

    DILR

    32

    24

    8

    Moderate to Difficult

    Overall Changes in CAT 2018 Exam Pattern: Slot 2

    • Passages in Reading Comprehension were lengthy and time-consuming
    • Questions from DILR were somewhat difficult and those asked in Quantitative Aptitude required intensive calculation
    • Total number of Non-MCQs in VARC was 7, DILR had 8 and 12 in Quant
    • RC Passages had 24 questions out of which 5 RC passages had 5 questions each and 1 passage had 4 questions.
    • As similar to the Slot 1, more questions were asked from Arithmetic and Algebra portion.
    • Furthermore, there was no change in marking scheme, that means a candidate could acquire 3 marks for each correct answer and for incorrect, 1 mark would be deducted.

    CAT 2018 Exam Analysis for Slot 2: Section-Wise

    Quantitative Aptitude

    • This section had the total number of 34 questions out of which 12 were Non-MCQs type.
    • Most of the questions were asked from arithmetic and algebra portion which required intensive calculation.
    • Overall, it can be said that the difficulty level was somewhat difficult.

    Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension

    • VARC section had total number of 34 questions as similar to slot 1.
    • Out of 34 questions, 24 were Reading Comprehension based and the rest on Verbal Ability.
    • Moreover, 7 questions were Non-MCQs type without any negative marking
    • Total 5 passages were asked in Reading Comprehension based on topics such as Meritocracy and Diversified Teams, Human Resources, Use of Technology for Employee Assessment, Saturn Ring and their age, and Grover Snails.

    Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning

    • DILR Section had the total number of 32 questions of moderate to difficult level.
    • Two sets of DI were moderate to difficult in level whereas, the other two were slightly difficult in nature.
    • However, 1 set was direct and could be solved with basic calculations
    • The sets on Logical Reasoning were of moderate to difficult level.
    • Most of the questions were from the topics such as Coding, Set Theory, Room and Time Arrangement etc.

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