CAT 2018 v/s CAT 2017: Major Changes

07 Jul, 2018
CAT 2018 v/s CAT 2017: Major Changes

CAT 2018 v/s CAT 2017: Major Changes – CAT 2018, CAT, that is an abbreviation for Common Aptitude Test is a national level exam that is conducted on the rotational basis by its conducting body i.e. Indian Institute of Management. The exam pattern of CAT for the year 2018 will be governed by the IIM authority. Moreover, the candidates need to be aware that the exam of the CAT 2018 will remain the same as per the previous year, only the conducting body will be changed i.e. CAT 2017 was conducted by IIM Lucknow whereas, for the year 2018, IIM Calcutta will take the responsibility to conduct the exam.

The candidates willing to appear in the entrance test of CAT 2018 must go through the article in order to have the detailed information of exam pattern, rating scheme, weightage given to each section etc.

CAT 2017

    No major technical faults were stated. As anticipated, the total number of questions was 100. VARC section was out of 34 questions, DI & LR with 32 questions and Quant section had 34 questions. DILR was the hardest section, while Quantitative with more arithmetic questions was simple. Verbal and RC were temperately hard. Overall, it was projected that the cutoffs would increase by 99% and 95% as the paper was fairly meeker and foreseeable.

    Candidates will have 180 minutes to answer questions. Each section is allocated 60 minutes. Candidates cannot choose any section to start or move from one section to another. They will have to follow the questionnaire chronologically, starting from section 1-3.

    Some questions in each section may not be of multiple choice type, so answers will need to be typed on the screen.

    The use of the screen-based calculator is allowed in the CAT 2018

    Section-Wise Pattern

    Section VARC DILR QA Total
    No. of Questions 34 32 34 100
    Total Marks 102 96 102 300
    Time limit 60 minutes 60 minutes 60 minutes 180


    CAT 2018

    Exam Pattern CAT 2018
    Duration of the Test 180 minutes
    Total Number of Sections 3
    Sectional Duration 60 Minutes
    Total Number of Questions 100
    Total Marks 300
    Marks per question 3
    Negative marking for wrong answer -1


    CAT 2017

    Duration of the Test 180 minutes
    Total Number of Sections 3
    Sectional Duration 60 Minutes
    Total Number of Questions 100
    No. of Multiple Choice Questions 4
    Marks per Question 3
    Negative Marking for Multiple Choice -1
    Negative Marking for Non-Multiple Choice Nil


    Difficulty Level

    Section VARC DILR QA
    Year 2017 2018 2017 2018 2017 2018
    No. Of Questions 34 34 32 32 34 34
    No. of MCQs 24 27 24 24 19 26
    No. of Non-MCQs 10 7 8 8 15 8
    Difficulty Level Moderate-Difficult Moderate Very Difficult Difficult Very Difficult Easy


    Section-Wise Analysis

    Verbal ability and reading comprehension

    • The VARC section was simple and no complex issues were considered.
    • 5 RC were awarded a total of 24 MCQs.
    • 3 para jumbles and 3 para summary questions of medium difficulty were also included.
    • Since the section was moderate, a score over 25 with a 90% accuracy can be considered an excellent attempt.
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    Quantitative suitability

    QA was the simplest section in the CAT 2017 exam.

    • Maximum questions were asked from geometry, arithmetic, and algebra.
    • From the topic of numbers, only 2 questions were included
    • 8 TITA questions were included in the QA paper of both slots
    • Since the QA paper was simple, reaching a score greater than 28 with an accuracy of 85% can be considered a good attempt.

    Data interpretation and logical thinking

    • The LRDI section was the hardest section in the CAT 2017 work.
    • 6 TITA questions were added to both slots.
    • Several time-consuming logical DI and confusing case lets were in the paper.
    • Since the paper was moderately difficult, a value of over 15 with an accuracy of 85% can be considered a good attempt.

    Reservations for CAT 2018 vs. CAT 2017

    According to the Government of India, IIMs and other governmental institutions must comply with the reservation criteria as follows:

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    1. 15% seats have been reserved for the Scheduled Caste
    2. 5% seats are earmarked for Scheduled Tribe aspirants (ST)
    3. 7% are held in reserve for other reverse class candidates for the non-creamy layer (NC-OBC)
    4. 3% of the places are reserved for candidates with different degrees (DA). The three categories of disabilities are:
    5. Low vision sightlessness
    6. Hearing impairment and
    7. Movement of infirmity / cerebral palsy

    According to the policy of the Indian Government, there was seat reservation for CAT 2017 and the seats were reserved as follows:

    1. Schedule Caste (SC) – 15% seats
    2. Schedule Tribe (ST) – 7.5% seats
    3. Other reverse classes (NC-OBC) – 27% seats
    4. PWD applicants with different fallouts (DA) – 3% seats
    5. Candidates demanding a reservation must upload their auxiliary documentation at the time of registration. If uploading such official papers fails, your solicitation will be precluded.

    Now when you are aware of the major changes between CAT 2017 & 2018, then start preparing accordingly.


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