CAT 2018 Paper Analysis

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CAT 2018-Analysis of Paper

The Common Admission Test (CAT) is a computer-based test. The test scores a candidate on the basis of Quantitative Ability (QA), Verbal Ability (VA) and Reading Comprehension (RC), Data Interpretation (DI) and Logical Reasoning (LR). The Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) holds the authority of Conducting this exam and use the test for selecting students for their business administration Programs. The test is conducted every year by one of the IIMs based on a policy of rotation. To get into the IIMs and the other management institutes students work hard all along the year Cracking CAT is one uphill task!

The CAT 2018 slot 1 examination is concluded. The results are to be announced in January 2019.

Here is the review of CAT 2018 Paper:

Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension:

VA & RC section gave students a relaxation leaving them in a thought that the paper is easier than expected. There were 34 questions with 7 Non- MCQ questions. No instructions were provided about the number of questions in each passage. There were 5 passages in which one passage had 4 questions and the reaming had 5. They were easy to reads and answer though included a few inference based question. The student following the process of elimination can attempt with accuracy. The VA section had one major change. There were 4 Subjective Para Jumble questions, and all of these had 4 sentences each. There were 3 Odd sentence para-jumble questions. These questions were easier than expected. A student can easily manage to get 4 out of the 7 questions correct in the para jumbled section. These were TITA questions. The three summary questions were difficult. The paragraphs focused entirely on research methodology and academic concepts. So, they were difficult to read and comprehend. However, the options were not really difficult.

Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning:

The DILR section was assumed to be surprised for the aspirants. They were 32 questions with 8 Non - MCQs when compared to the paper 2017 the section was more conventional. The LR set possessed a combination of easy and moderate questions. Attempting 15-17 questions with accuracy will definitely turn to be a good result.


Quantitative Aptitude:

The IIM-C QA was the last section which left students in shock, rather it would be a disaster section for the aspirants who are a step backwards in QA. The questions where logical intensive, there were 34 including 12 Non-MCQ questions. It is said that this was the hardest QA section in the past four years. The questions were all to test if a student had a strong grasp on fundamental concepts.

Attempting 18-20 questions with accuracy in this section will give a high positive result.

Expecting to achieve 99% the total would be reduced to 15-18 marks compared to last year hence a score of 150-155 can picture 99%.


This is just an analysis the reality may differ, this is just to help the aspirants to understand and picture their performance.

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