CAT 2018 Review: More Women take CAT this year; IIM Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Calcutta to Improve Diversity

CAT 2018 Review
Tuesday, November 27 2018, 06:02 PM
Registering a growth of more than 8% in CAT 2018, 84,350 women are among the total 2.41 lakh registered candidates for the exam as compared to 78009 last year. With the increase in number of candidates for CAT 2018, IIM Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Calcutta have devised the strategy to improve academic and gender diversity in class rooms for 2019-21 batch.

Moving ahead with the agenda to improve diversity in IIM classrooms, the IIMs are giving leverage to women to increase diversity in classrooms. Out of 2.41 lakh total registered candidates for CAT 2018, the number of women candidates has gone up to 84,350 as compared to 78009 last year. With the increase in number of candidates for CAT 2018, IIM Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Calcutta have devised the strategy to improve academic and gender diversity in class rooms for 2019-21 batch. 

Post CAT Exam Review of CAT 2018, which was held on November 25, 2018 in Slot 1 and Slot 2 has revealed that IIM Calcutta who conducted Common Admission Test (CAT) 2018 kept up it reputation with offering a higher difficulty level exam especially the Quantitative Ability section.

CAT 2018 Analysis by TIME, CL, IMS: Likely Scores, Cut offs for 99 percentile

CAT test takers’ review post exam has revealed that most of them found the DILR and Quant section beyond their normal reach and could not go beyond a certain level in the exam. On the other hand, CAT preparation experts and mentors while sharing the CAT 2018 exam review have expressed the opinion that for MBA admission 2019 in top IIMs like IIM Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Calcutta, Lucknow or FMS Delhi, the cut off percentile can be achieved at a lower raw score.

CAT 2018 Exam Review by Test Takers
MBAUniverse.com while speaking to the CAT 2018 test takers found that the exam put many off track. Glimpses of CAT 2018 Review and Analysis with key changes in the CAT exam are:

  • Quant was found most difficult in CAT 2018 as compared to past 3 years of CAT exam
  • Candidates coming from Arts, Humanities, Commerce and such bank grounds were not able to make a good break through in Quant section
  • Candidates from Engineering background found Quant doable to a large extent
  • DILR was a bit trickier and some of the DI questions were calculation intensive also

CAT 2018 Review by Experts
Experts’ CAT exam review reveals the following changes in difficulty level of the exam:

  • CAT 2018 was more difficult as compared to CAT 2017
  • The higher difficulty level in Quant will bring down the cut offs paving the way for admission in top IIMs at lower score than last year
  • IIM Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Calcutta can have cut offs at a moderate score of 140 to 150 marks in CAT 2018

We share below the CAT 2018 comprehensive Review by top CAT preparation Centres – T.I.M.E, CL, IMS. The CAT Review consists of following details:

  • CAT 2018 Slot-1 Review
  • CAT 2018 Slot-2 Review
  • CAT 2018 Overall Review with expected cut off percentile and score range
  • The Detailed CAT exam Review 2018 contains Overall and Section wise difficulty level, expected percentile viz-a-viz Raw Score in CAT 2018

CAT 2018 Slot 1 & Slot 2: Exam Composition
Both the slots in CAT 2018 had similar number of questions divided into MCQs with 1/3 negative marking and Non-MCQs without Negative marking:

Section
No.  Questions
No. of non-MCQ questions
Verbal Ability and Reading comprehension
34
7
Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning
32
8
Quantitative Ability
34
12
Total
100
 27

CAT 2018 Slot 1 Review
The Slot 1 Review of CAT 2018 by T.I.M.E, CL and IMS is presented below:

Slot 1 Review by T.I.M.E.
Slot 1 of CAT 2018 didn't throw surprises but there were some changes, across sections.

  • Number of lengthy questions in QA have gone up
  • Order of the questions and the order of the options for various questions were different for different students
  • QA proved to be much tougher than expected compared to CAT 2017 due to the lengthy and involved nature of the questions.
  • VARC remained more or less at the same level and DILR a bit easier as compared to CAT 2017.
  • The cutoffs this year are expected to move marginally upwards, compared to CAT 2017.

Section -1: Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC)

VARC Sections
Topics
Questions
Difficulty Level
Reading Comprehension
5 passages
24
Moderate
Verbal Ability
Para-Formation
4
Easy-Moderate
Para Odd Man Out
3
Moderate
Summary
3
Moderate-Difficult

Section-2: Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR)

  • DILR difficulty level has gone down in CAT 2018 slightly.
  • Some of the DI sets were not difficult in terms of interpretation and the questions too in these sets were not tricky in nature.
Section
Topic
No. of Questions
Difficulty Level
Data Interpretation
N*N Matrix
4
Moderate
ATM Machine
4
Moderate+
Pie-Chart
4
Easy
Satellites
4
Difficult
Logical Reasoning
Committee
4
Moderate+
Pipes
4
Moderate
Institutes
4
Difficult
Exam ( diff sections )
4
Difficult

Section 3: Quantitative Ability (QA) Review

  • The number of questions on Geometry was on the higher side and some of them can be considered to be moderately difficult.
  • The difficulty level of this section can be classified as being slightly higher than moderate level
Topics
Sub topics
No. of Questions
Difficulty level
Geometry & Mensuration
 
7
Moderate
Numbers
 
2
Moderate+
Arithmetic
AMA, TW, CI, TD, P&L, Ratio, Equations
15
Moderate
Algebra
QE, Logs, Inequalities, Progressions, Coord. Geometry, Surds
7
Moderate+
P&C/venn diagrams
 
3
Moderate

Expected Cut off Percentile
85 is the minimum required sectional percentile in IIMs. T.I.M.E has shared following good attempts to score 85 percentile in each section in CAT 2018 slot 1 exam:

Section
Good Attempts
Expected Percentile
VARC
24
85
DILR
15
85
Quant
15
85

CAT Slot 1 Review by Career Launcher (CL)
IIM-C kept its reputation intact, with its emphasis on the QA section. So, the break-up of the paper was as follows:

Section
No. of Questions
No. of non-MCQ questions
Difficulty Level
Good Attempts
Verbal Ability and Reading comprehension
34
7
Easy
28+
Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning
32
8
Moderate
16+
Quantitative Ability
34
12
Difficult
15+
Total
100
 27
 
60+

CAT Review of VERBAL ABILITY AND READING COMPREHENSION

Area
Topic
No. of Questions
Description
Reading Comprehension (24 Questions)
Reading Comprehension
24
There were 5 passages – All of them had similar word limit (around 500-550 words each). The passage on Genetics had four questions and it was slightly tedious to read. The other four passages came from familiar areas like India’s view on its legacy of Second World War, Plastic Pollution, Elephant society, and Consumer behaviour studies. Each of these had five questions. On an average, every passage had 1-2 inference based questions. The passage on 2ndWorld War would have been the easiest to attempt closely followed by the passage on plastic pollution. Options were not very tricky. A student could have attempted 20-21 questions easily with more than 85% accuracy.
Verbal Ability (10 Questions)
Para-jumble
4
All had four sentences each and the sentences were pretty easy and concise. As these had no negative marking, one should have attempted all without wasting a lot of time. However, two of these would be tricky to answer without options. The trick was to identify the opening sentence and go ahead with the mandatory pair. There were quite a few clue words. Prior practice and awareness of deductive paragraphs were the key.
Summary
3
The paragraphs were short (within 80 words each). However, these were really difficult to read, and the options became confusing because of the genres of the paragraphs. So, only one of these should have been attempted. These questions carried negative marks. 
Para-jumble (Odd sentence out)
3
The question (the one on bumblebee) had an incomplete sentence. This coupled with the PJ on erosion would have been difficult. The other question was a sitter.

CAT Review of DATA INTERPRETATION AND LOGICAL REASONING

Section 
Topic 
No. of Questions 
Doable
Data Interpretation
Pie Chart-Annual/half yearly/Quarter Sales-Moderate
4
4
ATM -Denominations of 100,200 and 500-Moderate
4
2-Jan
Set Theory-1600 rockets were launched-Moderate
4
2-Jan
Logical Reasoning
Matrix-Adjacent cells-Easy
4
3-Feb
10 friends -scores in DI/WE/GK- Difficult
4
2-Jan
4 Females ,4 Males-Minor and major-Easy
4
4
3 Committees-research/teaching/economist – moderate
4
3-Feb
 
1-20 petrol pumps-Moderate
4
3-Feb

Overall,15-17 attempts, with accuracy of 90% would be considered good.

CAT Review of QUANTITATIVE APTITUDE:

Section Topic No. of Questions Doable
Quantitative Ability Number System 2 2
Algebra 8 5-Apr
Arithmetic 14 7-Jun
Modern Math 3 2
Geometry and Mensuration 7 4-Mar

An overall attempt of 18-20 with 85% accuracy would be very good.

Overall Percentile in Slot-1

  • Overall, a 99 percentile score could reduce by about 15-18 marks as compared to last year.
  • Thus, a score of 150-155 should fetch a 99 percentile.

This CAT 2018 Slot 1 Review is written by Mr Gautam Bawa (Group Product Head, Career Launcher). He holds a Master’s Degree from IIM Calcutta with CAT percentile of 99.97 in 2011.

CAT Slot 1 Review by IMS

Section 1: VARC

  • The overall difficulty level of VA RC Section of CAT 2018 was easier than CAT 2017.
  • A few questions were direct and very easy - about 6 questions. Inferential questions were first step inferences and were easy to medium.
  • There were about 5 questions in RC, which looked like Critical Reasoning (or Application) questions.  
  • The passages were also longer. The length of the passages varied from 450 words to 800 words.
  • Another major deviation was in the Paragraph Jumbles Questions. 4 sentences to rearrange instead of 5 made the 4 Paragraph Jumbles questions refreshingly easy.
  • Of the 10 VA questions 7 were TITA and 3 were MCQs.
  • 3 Out-of-context sentence – TITA
  • 4 Paragraph Jumbles – TITA
  • 3 Paragraph summary/Author’s opinion questions – MCQs. (With negative Marks)
Area / Questions
No of Qs.
Type
LOD
Reading Comprehension
24
MCQ
 (Overall: Easy to Medium)
RC-1:  Happiness and Economics.  Approx. 500 words
5
MCQ
Easy – Medium  
RC- 2: Human elephant relationship  Approx. 500 words
5
MCQ
Easy
RC-3: Absence of WWII memorials in India
Approx. 500 words
5
MCQ
Easy
RC-4: Problem of single use plastic. Approx. 800 words
5
MCQ
Easy
RC-5: Influence of parental gene in mice. – Approx. 600 words
4
MCQ
Medium
Verbal Ability
10
MCQ & TITA
 Overall: Easy to Medium
Parajumbles ( 4 sentences)  
4
TITA
2 Medium 2 Easy
Out of Context sentence
3
TITA
1 Easy 2 Medium
Summary
3
MCQ
1 Easy 1 Medium 1 Difficult

Section-2: DILR

  • The DI-LR section had a total of 8 sets with 4 questions in each set.
  • There were 3 sets of Data Interpretation and 4 sets of Logical Reasoning while 1 set was a combination of DI and LR.
  • There were 4 easy sets, 2 easy to moderate and 2 difficult sets.
  • Some of the sets were time consuming as they had questions which had additional information to be taken into account while solving. So Selection of the right sets to solve was key to a good performance in this section.
  • Some of the sets that could have been definitely solved were the ones based on the multi layered  pie chart ,committee selection, magic square and  arrangement of 8 students (4 males and 4 females).
  •  Just like last year, no Set was completely TITA - the TITA questions were dispersed across 4 individual sets with 2 TITA each. 4 sets were completely MCQ.
  • There were a total of 8 TITA questions
Set No.
Area
Set Description
Number of Questions
Level of Difficulty
Question Type
1
Data Interpretation - Calculation Based
Multi-layered  pie chart based on  LED sales of Electronics outlet for 2 years.
4
Easy
MCQ
2
Data Interpretation - Reasoning Based
Satellite - Venn Diagram
4
 Difficult
MCQ
3
Logical Reasoning - Arrangement Based
Contamination Details of 20 pipelines
4
Easy-Moderate
MCQ
4
Logical Reasoning - ArrangementBased
8 Students (4 Males+4 Females) to be arranged across 4 parameters
4
Easy
   MCQ
5
Logical Reasoning - Grouping & Conditionalities
Committee Selection(Research,Administration, Teaching)
4
Easy
MCQ+TITA
6
Data Interpretation -Reasoning Based
ATM Money disbursal
4
 Difficult
MCQ+TITA
7
Data Interpretation -Reasoning Based
Written Test Marks in 3 subjects
4
Easy-Moderate
MCQ + TITA
8
Logical Reasoning - Puzzle Based
Magic Square (n*n matrix)
4
Easy
MCQ+TITA

Section-3: Quantitative Ability (QA)

  • QA section was moderate to difficult. As per student feedback it seems to be amongst the toughest QA section in recent years.
  • This section was dominated by Arithmetic with 14 questions  followed by Modern Math with 10 questions, Geometry with 6, with a couple of questions from Algebra and Numbers each.
  • There were 12 TITA questions this year
  • There were only 8 to 10 sitters for the taking while 6-8 questions that made students sweat.  
Area
Topic
No. of Questions
Total No. of Questions
Level of Difficulty
Numbers
Indices
1
2
Moderate
Reverse number
1
Moderate
Algebra
Quadratic Equations
1
2
Easy-Moderate
High Degree Equations
1
Moderate
Arithmetic
Ratios & Percentage
2
14
Easy
Averages
2
Moderate
Time-Speed-Distance
3
Easy-Moderate
Profit & Loss
1
Moderate-Difficult
Mixture & Alligation
2
Easy-Moderate
Work & Time
2
                  Easy-Moderate
Compound interest (Annual installment)
1
Moderate
Pipes & Cisterns
1
Easy-Moderate
Geometry
Circles
2
6
Easy-Moderate
Parallelogram
1
Moderate
Rectangle
1
Easy
Mensuration - Cone & Frustum
1
Easy
Square
1
Moderate-Difficult
Modern Math
Logarithm
3
10
Moderate
Sequence & Series (AP & GP)
2
Easy-Moderate
Functions
2
Easy-Moderate
Set theory
2
Easy
P & C
1
Moderate
 
TOTAL
34
34
 

Expected Cut off Percentile: Slot 1

Section Wise

Section
Good Attempts & Accuracy Level
Expected Percentile
VARC
28-30 (With 80% Accuracy)
95-99
DILR
18-20 (With 85% Accuracy)
95-99
Quant
19-21 (With 85% Accuracy)
95-99

Overall

Total Good Attempts in Slot 1
Accuracy Percent
Expected Overall Percentile in Slot 1
68-70
85%
95-99

CAT 2018 Slot 2 Review by T.I.M.E., CL, IMS

CAT Slot 2 Exam 2018 has been reported as bit more difficult than the morning slot of CAT 2018. The detailed analysis for Slot-2 with expected cut off percentile score is shared below:

CAT Slot 2  Review by T.I.M.E

  • No Surprise in the second slot of CAT 2018
  • Overall, it turned out to be slightly tougher than the morning slot
  • While the VARC section was more or less at the same difficulty level as that of the morning slot, the bump up in the difficulty level is largely on the back of relatively tougher DILR and Quant sections.

Section 1: VARC Review

  • VARC section in Slot 2 saw a marginal increase in the difficulty level of the RC section compared to CAT 2017. The RC passages were from topics on Biology, Environment, Sociology, Science.
  • In VA, the Para Formation Questions were simpler compared to those of CAT 2017.
  • Same Question pattern as that of Morning slot was repeated
  • The passages were not too straight forward to read
  • The VA questions, on Para Formation/Para Odd-One-out were quite simple to crack
  • The Odd-One-Out questions were relatively easy to crack and so were the Para Summary Questions.
Area
Topic
No. of Qs
Difficulty level
Reading Comprehension
5 passages
24
Moderate
Verbal Ability
Para-Formation Questions
4
Moderate
Para-Formation Odd Man Out
3
Moderate
Para Summary
3
Moderate

Section 2: DILR Review

  • The difficulty level of this section was slightly higher than the difficulty level in the morning slot.
  • There were relatively easier sets such as the one with ‘room numbers’ and the one with ‘profitability and market share’ which should have been solved comfortably.
  • Most of the sets were found to be lengthy and time-consuming.
  • Some of them were quite difficult to comprehend, owing to the depth of reasoning involved.
Area
Topic
No. of Qs
Difficulty level
Data Interpretation
Square chart
4
Difficult
Profitability and Market share
4
Moderate
Currency conversion
4
Difficult
B-School grading
4
Difficult
Logical Reasoning
Coding - Decoding
4
Difficult
Platinum – gold tickets
4
Difficult
Room Numbers and timings
4
Easy
Venn Diagrams
4
Moderate-Difficult

Section 3: Quantitative Ability Review

  • The Quant section had 22 MCQs and largest number of 12 questions of non-MCQ type.
  • The low weightage trend for Numbers continued this year in the afternoon slot as well.
  • Arithmetic was heavily favoured. There were a good number of questions from Geometry and Mensuration.
  • The difficulty level of this section can be classified as being moderate to difficult level.
Topic
Description
No. of Qs
Difficulty level
Geometry& Mensuration
 
6
Moderate+
Numbers
 
4
Moderate
Arithmetic
AMA, TW, CI, TD,P&L, RPV, Equations
14
Moderate+
Algebra
QE, Logs, Inequalities,Functions
8
Difficult
Miscellaneous
 
2
Difficult

Expected Percentile Cut offs

Section
Good Attempts
Expected Percentile
VARC
23
85
DILR
12
85
Quant
12
85

CAT 2018 Slot 2 Review by Career Launcher (CL)

Students who went into the second slot expecting a similar paper as that of the first slot (or for that matter the CAT 2017 paper) were on the right track. It too started with an ‘easy’ VARC section. The passages were on similar lines as those of the first slot. The DILR section continued to give a sigh of relief to the students. However, some are of the opinion that it was slightly tougher than the first slot’s DILR section. Overall, it was of a moderate level of difficulty. And the reign of QA continued. It remained the toughest section in the second slot too.

The break-up of the paper was as follows:

Section
No. of Questions
No. of non-MCQ questions
Difficulty Level
Good Attempts
Verbal Ability and Reading comprehension
34
7
Easy
28+
Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning
32
8
Moderate
16+
Quantitative Ability
34
12
Difficult
15+
Total
100
 27
 
60+

Let’s take a look at the three sections individually.

CAT Review of VERBAL ABILITY AND READING COMPREHENSION

Area Topic No. of Questions Description
Reading Comprehension Reading Comprehension 24 There were 5 passages – All of them had similar word limit (around 450-500 words each). The passage on Grover Snails had four questions. The other four passages came from familiar areas like Meritocracy and diversified teams, use of technology in essential services, rings of Saturn and their age, and a passage on human resource and learning. Each of these had five questions. On an average, every passage had 1-2 inference-based questions. The passage on white-lipped shelled snails would have been the easiest to attempt closely followed by the passage on essential services and technology. From the remaining passages, one was slightly tough to read. Options were not very tricky. A student could have attempted 20-21 questions easily with more than 85% accuracy.
(24 Questions)
Verbal Ability Para-jumble 4 All had four sentences each and the sentences were pretty easy and concise. As these had no negative marking, one should have attempted all without wasting a lot of time. However, two of these would be tricky to answer without options. The trick was to identify the opening sentence and go ahead with the mandatory pair. There were quite a few clue words. Prior practice and awareness of deductive paragraphs were the key.
(10 Questions) Summary 3 The summary paragraphs were easier as compared to those of the first slot. The paragraphs were short and slightly difficult to read. However, only one summary question can be called difficult.  
  Para-jumble (Odd sentence out) 3 The questions were tricky, especially the one with the bird songs. This coupled with the PJ on business elites would have been difficult. The other question was a sitter.

Review of DATA INTERPRETATION AND LOGICAL REASONING

Section  Topic  No. of Questions  Doable
Data Interpretation Currency Exchange and rate changes 4 3-Feb
Smartphones and market share 4 4
Box Diagram of 3 companies/products 4 2-Jan
Logical Reasoning Interview Arrivals (Arrangement) 4 4-Mar
Coding (Alphabet/digits) 4 3-Feb
Set theory (3 games, Ludo, Kho-kho, Gilli Danda) 4 2
Institute Accreditation 4 3-Feb
  Tickets to a show, old, young and middle aged people 4 3-Feb

Overall,15-17 attempts, with accuracy of 90% would be considered good.

Review of QUANTITATIVE APTITUDE:

Section Topic No. of Questions Doable
Quantitative Ability Number System 2 1
Algebra 9-Aug 5-Apr
Arithmetic 13-14 9-Aug
Modern Math 3 2-Jan
Geometry and Mensuration 7 4-Mar

An overall attempt of 18-20 with 85% accuracy would be very good.

Overall Percentile

  • Overall, a 99 percentile score could reduce by about 15-18 marks as compared to last year.
  • Thus, a score of 150-155 should fetch a 99 percentile.

This CAT 2018 Slot 2 Review is written by Mr Arks Srinivas (National Head MBA Prep – India and Abroad). He holds a Master’s Degree from IIM Calcutta.

CAT 2018 Slot 2 Review by IMS

  • Level of difficulty in Slot 2 is on par with the level of difficulty of Slot 1 for the VARC and DILR sections
  • There is a marginal difference in the difficulty level of the QA section in both slots. 
  • The QA Section was reported as difficult in comparison to that of the QA section of the CAT of recent years.

Section 1: VARC Review

Area / Questions
No of Qs.
Type
LOD
Reading Comprehension
24
MCQ
Overall Easy to Medium
RC-1:  Evolution of white lipped snails  Approx.-  550 words
4
MCQ
Easy
RC- 2: Saturn’s rings and several of its moons –Approx.  600 words
5
MCQ
Easy to Medium
RC-3: Evaluation based on metric fixation-  Approx. 500 words
5
MCQ
Easy
RC-4: Access of the poor to government Services   – Approx. 700 words
5
MCQ
Easy to Medium
RC-5:  – Fallacy of Meritocracy- Approx. 650 words. (The same passage was a part of SimCAT6)
5
MCQ
Easy to Medium
Verbal Ability
10
MCQ & TITA
Overall Easy to Medium
Parajumbles
4
TITA
4 Easy
Out of Context sentence
3
TITA
2 Easy 
1 Medium
Summary
3
MCQ
1 Easy 
2 Medium

Section 2: DILR Review

Set No.
Area
Set Description
Number of Questions
Level of Difficulty
Question Type
1
Data Interpretation
Venn diagram set on students playing 3 games
4
Moderate -Difficult
MCQ+TITA
2
Data Interpretation
Profitability of the products launched by three companies
4
Difficult
MCQ
3
Data Interpretation
Sales and profits on four smartphone handsets
4
Easy
MCQ
4
Data Interpretation
Exchange rate of three currencies and buying and selling of the three currencies
4
Moderate
MCQ+TITA
5
Logical Reasoning
Coding
4
Difficult
MCQ
6
Logical Reasoning
Arrangement set involving students facing interviews in three rooms
4
Easy-Moderate
MCQ
7
Logical Reasoning
Accreditation of 8 educational institutes
4
Moderate
MCQ + TITA
8
Logical Reasoning
Set on tickets of a monument
4
Easy-Moderate
MCQ+TIT

Section 3: Quantitative Ability Review

  • This section was on the difficult side and dominated by Arithmetic with 14 questions followed by Geometry and Modern Maths with 6 questions each, Algebra with 5 questions and Numbers with 3 questions.
  • There were 12 TITA questions this year - compared to last year when there were 11
  • The level of difficulty of this section was one notch higher than last year.
  • Many of the questions in this section tested multiple concepts.
Area
Topic
No. of questions
Total No. of questions
Level of Difficulty
Arithmetic
Mixtures & Alligations
4
14
2 Easy, 1 Medium, 1 Difficult
 
Time-Speed-Distance
3
1 Easy, 1 Medium, 1 Difficult
 
Work, Pipe & Cisterns
2
2 Medium
 
Averages
2
2 Medium
 
Ratio
1
1 Easy
 
Time & Work
1
1 Easy
 
Simple & Compound Interest
1
1 Difficult
Geometry
Quadrilaterals
2
6
1 Easy, 2 Medium, 3 Difficult
 
Circles
2
 
Triangle + Circle
1
 
Co-ordinate Geometry
1
Modern Maths
Logarithms
3
6
Medium to Difficult
 
P & C
1
Medium
 
AP-GP
1
Medium
 
Set Theory
1
Easy
Algebra
Maxima-Minima
2
5
1 Medium, 1 Difficult
 
Inequalities
2
2 Medium
 
Miscellaneous
1
1 Medium
Numbers
Surds & Indices
1
3
Easy
 
Miscellaneous
2
Easy - Medium

CAT Review on Expected Cut Offs

Section
Good Attempts
Expected Percentile
VARC
26-30 (With 80% Accuracy)
95-99
DILR
18-20 (With 85-90% Accuracy)
95-99
Quant
18-20 (With 85-90% Accuracy)
95-99

Overall CAT exam Review & Cut offs

  • CAT 2018 Slot-1 and Slot-2 had a marginal difference in their difficulty level
  • Quant in Slot 2 was rated slightly more difficult than Slot 1 exam
  • A few questions in DILR were rated a little more difficult.
  • VARC has remained easy in both the slots

Expected Cut Offs
Overall cut offs for CAT 2018 by T.I.M.E., CL, IMS are shared below:

CAT 2018 Percentile Cut offs by T.I.M.E.
Slot wise and Overall CAT 2018 percentile cut offs by T.I.M.E. are:

Slot 1 Sectional Cutoff Score

Percentile
VARC
DILR
QA
85
46 ± 1
25 ± 1
25 ± 1
95
59 ± 1
35 ± 1
41 ± 1
99
70 ± 1
52 ± 1
50 ± 1

Slot 1 Overall Cutoff Score

Percentile
Overall
97.5
134 ± 2
99
148 ± 2

Slot 2 Sectional Cutoff Score

Percentile
VARC
DILR
QA
85
45 ± 1
23 ± 1
22 ± 1
95
58 ± 1
33 ± 1
38 ± 1
99
69 ± 1
48 ± 1
49 ± 1

Slot 2 Overall Cutoff Score

Percentile
Overall
97.5
126 ± 2
99
140 ± 2

CAT 2018 Percentile Cut offs by Career Launcher (CL)

Overall Score in Slot 1 Slot 1: Expected Percentile Overall Score in Slot 2 Slot 2: Expected Percentile
150-155 99 150-155 99

CAT 2018 Percentile Cut offs by IMS
IMS has predicted following CAT percentile cut offs at different range of scores:

Percentile VA-RC Score DI-LR Score QA Score Overall Score
85% 40 to 41 28 to 29 25 to 26 90 to 95
90% 45 to 46 32 to 33 29 to 30 95 to 100
95% 50 to 51 38 to 39 35 to 36 105 to 110
97 to 98% 54 to 55 46 to 47 44 to 45 120 to 125
99% 58 to 60 50 to 52 48 to 50 140 to 145

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