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CAT 2019 Slot 1 and 2 Exam Analysis HIGHLIGHTS: Over 2.44 lakh candidates has appeared for CAT examination this year. Check paper analysis, candidates' reactions here

By: Education Desk | New Delhi | Updated: November 25, 2019 11:12:23 pm
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CAT 2019 Slot 1 and 2 Exam Analysis HIGHLIGHTS: The Common Admission Test (CAT 2019) of this year was concluded. The entrance examination for the admission in top B-schools is being conducted at 354 centres in 156 cities across the country.

Nearly 2.44 lakh candidates are expected to appear for CAT on November 24, 2019. The examination was for 180 minutes and the candidates were allotted 60 minutes for answering questions in each section.

READ | CAT 2019 paper analysis 

The test is divided in three sections, A. Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension, B. Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning, C. Quantitative Ability.

Last year, the cut-off for the CAT varied from 90 to 95, with candidates expressed difficulty level high in both the Quant and Mathematics sections. The result of the CAT was declared on January 5.

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CAT 2019 HIGHLIGHTS: Check experts' paper analysis, candidates' reactions

Highlights

    11:00 (IST)25 Nov 2019
    Section wise analysis of slot 2

    The paper was divided into three sections— Verbal and Reading Comprehension (VARC), Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR) and Quantitative Aptitude. Candidates were given an hour to solve each section.

    - Paper analysis by Vijay Jha, Academic Head, Gradeup

    10:57 (IST)25 Nov 2019
    How was slot 2

    The overall difficulty level of the exam of slot two was comparatively similar with the difficulty level of the exam held in slot one. Approximately 1.10 lakh candidates appeared in the second slot.

    10:54 (IST)25 Nov 2019
    CAT 2019: Check analysis of slot 2

    "In slot one, the level of VARC, DILR was tough; in slot two the level of VARC was also tough. DILR section was lengthy and tricky while the level of Quantitative Aptitude was moderate. Exam difficulty level for slot two was moderate to tough," Vijay Jha, Academic Head, Gradeup

    08:00 (IST)25 Nov 2019
    Welcome to CAT 2019 live blog

    Welcome to our CAT 2019 live blog again 

    A total of 2,09,926 candidates successfully appeared for CAT 2019 on Sunday, November 24, 2019. Yesterday, we provided section wise analysis of the CAT papers of both slot 1 and 2.

    Today, we will give you the details of expected cut-off, normalisation process, admission process in the Indian Institute of Managements (IIMs), and other necessary updates 

    19:13 (IST)24 Nov 2019
    CAT 2019 concludes

    Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) announce a successful completion of CAT 2019 that was held on November 24, 2019 (Sunday) in two sessions.

    19:13 (IST)24 Nov 2019
    CAT 2019: Result date and time

    CAT 2019 results will be tentatively announced in the second week of January, 2020

    19:12 (IST)24 Nov 2019
    Over 2.09 lakh candidates appear for CAT 2019

    A total of 2,09,926 candidates successfully appeared for CAT 2019, which was conducted at 376 test centres spread across 156 cities in India

    19:07 (IST)24 Nov 2019
    Who designed software for the first computer-based CAT

    Prometric India Private Limited, the online testing partner, designed the software for the first CBT examination. The examination witnessed lots of technical glitches, which finally resulted in re-examination 

    19:05 (IST)24 Nov 2019
    CAT 2019: Year-wise number of applicants

    2019- 2,44,169

    2018- 2,40,338

    2017- 2,31,000

    2016- 2,32,434

    2015- 2,18,664

    2014- 1,96,988

    2013- 1,94,516

    2012- 2,14,000

    2011- 2,05,000

    2010- 2,04,000

    2009- 2,41,000

    2008- 2,90,000

    2007- 2,50,000. 

    19:04 (IST)24 Nov 2019
    CAT 2019: How many candidates apply this year

    This year, over 2.44 lakh (2,44,169) candidates applied for the Common Admission Test (CAT 2019) examinations conducted by the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Kozhikode, a steep rise in number of candidates from 2018, which was 2,40,338.

    19:03 (IST)24 Nov 2019
    Changes in slots in CAT 2019

    From 2009 to 2013, the CAT was held in a period of 20 days and in 40 different slots.

    In 2014, the CAT was conducted over a period of two days in four different slots. But, 2015 onwards, the B-school entrance examination was held in a single day in two different slots.

    19:01 (IST)24 Nov 2019
    Paper analysis of Verbal Ability

    19:00 (IST)24 Nov 2019
    Analysis of comprehension

    18:58 (IST)24 Nov 2019
    How to calculate scores

    Step 1: Calculate the mean and the standard deviation (SD) of the raw scores in QA section for
    all candidates appearing in the morning session.

    Let Mean = M1 and SD = S1 and G1 = M1 + S1.

    Step 2: Calculate the mean and the standard deviation (SD) of the raw scores in QA section for
    all candidates appearing in the afternoon session.

    Let Mean = M2 and SD = S2 and G2 = M2 + S2.

    Step 3: Calculate the mean and the standard deviation (SD) of the raw scores in QA section for
    all candidates appearing in CAT (i.e. including both morning and afternoon sessions).

    Let Mean = M and SD = S and G = M + S.

    Step 4: Calculate the mean raw score in QA section of the top 0.1% candidates in the morning
    session and denote it by ????1
    0.1.

    Step 5: Calculate the mean raw score in QA of top 0.1% candidates in the afternoon session
    and denote it by ????2
    0.1.

    Step 6: Calculate the mean raw score in QA of top 0.1% candidates appearing in CAT (i.e.
    considering both morning and afternoon session) and denote it by ????0.1.

    18:57 (IST)24 Nov 2019
    Section wise analysis of Reading Comprehension

    18:52 (IST)24 Nov 2019
    Topic wise analysis of DILR section

    18:49 (IST)24 Nov 2019
    Expected scores for 99 percentile

    18:46 (IST)24 Nov 2019
    Cut-off for Quantitative Ability

    The cutoff for QA is expected to increase by about 5-7 marks from last year, which is about 1-2 questions extra from CAT 2018.

    18:44 (IST)24 Nov 2019
    Paper analysis of Quantitative Ability

    Quantitative Ability was also slightly easier than last year. You could have found more sitters this time round than in CAT 2018. The paper had a good number of questions on Arithmetic from topics like Percentages, TSD, Time and Work, etc. Among Algebra, Geometry, and Numbers, the paper had more questions on Algebra and Geometry than on Numbers.

    18:43 (IST)24 Nov 2019
    Cut-off for DILR section

    The cut-off for DILR is expected to increase by about 7-9 marks from last year, which is about 2-3 questions extra from CAT 2018.

    18:42 (IST)24 Nov 2019
    Paper analysis of DILR section

    In this set, different Vendors were ranked on features like Customer Service, Cost, Reliability, etc. This straightforward set required you to solve questions as simple as finding the best vendor on the basis of the average of scores on each of the features.

    18:41 (IST)24 Nov 2019
    Expert's take on DILR section

    Exprert's take on DILR section

    Another set, which was a horizontal bar chart on the different types of crimes in different states, was also easy; and would not have taken more than 5-10 minutes to solve.

    It was good to see a new chart type, i.e. the radar graph, making its way to the CAT 2019 slot 1 paper (the image here shows what a radar chart looks like).

    - Paper analysis by Gautam Bawa, Vice-President, Career Launcher

    18:37 (IST)24 Nov 2019
    Paper analysis of Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning 

    DILR was easier, as compared to last year. About 3 sets, more specifically the ones abou different types of gifts in 100 boxes, the 12 different junctions, and summation of two 6-digi numbers, were easy; and should have surely been attempted.

    18:34 (IST)24 Nov 2019
    Some suprises in VARC section

    Contrary to popular speculation, the paper structure was a replica of that of last year. An attempt of 23 - 25 would be considered good in this section for a 95 percentile.  However, accuracy level will be an issue.

    18:33 (IST)24 Nov 2019
    Why candidates face truble in answering passages

    The RC passages were undoubtedly trickier than that of last year’s CAT paper due to:

    1. Trickier question types: One would encounter questions like “Which of the following if TRUE, will strengthen the argument of the author the least” and “Which of the following will not cause the inversion referred to in the ‘flipping the script’”. The students would have spent quite some time trying to understand what they are required to think about. 2. Close options: RC passages, like the one on the origins of the Aladdin story and on ‘folk culture’ had options which were extremely close to each other. This would have definitely reduced the speed of the student.

    Expect the cutoff of VARC to drop by about 8-10 marks, which is about 2-3 questions lesser than last year.

    18:32 (IST)24 Nov 2019
    How CAT changes through years

    2015: MCQ questions withdrawn

    The exam pattern was again changed in 2015. The IIM-Ahmadabad conducted Common Admission Test (CAT) in 2015 of 100 questions (34 in two sections, and 32 in other).

    The CAT examination was held over a period of 180 minutes. For the first time, the paper was of objective type, without multiple choice questions (MCQs), and the IIM allowed on-screen calculators in the entrance examinations

    READ full story here  

    18:30 (IST)24 Nov 2019
    Paper analysis of VARC section

    The 10 TITA questions were also of slightly higher difficulty level than last year. The para jumble questions were of moderate difficulty level, with some challenges regarding the sequencing of the opening lines. The summary questions were relatively easier; and focused on academics and marketing/advertising. However, the options were not really difficult, and one could eliminate 1-2 options easily. The questions on odd-one-out were relatively easy.

    18:29 (IST)24 Nov 2019
    Section wise analysis of CAT 2019

    18:25 (IST)24 Nov 2019
    18:22 (IST)24 Nov 2019
    Memes on CAT 2019
    18:20 (IST)24 Nov 2019
    CAT 2019: Candidates' complain on poor management at centers
    18:13 (IST)24 Nov 2019
    Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension: Analysis

    The VARC section was of moderate difficulty level. However, the pattern was the same as that of the previous year. There were 34 questions, with 10 Non-MCQ questions. There were 5 passages. One had 4 questions (the passage on Emperor Penguins) while the rest had 5 questions each. The topics of the remaining RC passages were from varied areas. While some were easy to read, there were few that were tedious and had confusing answer options. There were quite a few inference-based questions; and most of these had tricky answer options. However, a student should have followed the POE (process of elimination) to be able to achieve a decent accuracy rate, as the options were not straightforward.

    - Paper analysis by Gautam Bawa, Vice-President, Career Launcher

    18:13 (IST)24 Nov 2019
    How one can fetch 99 percentile

    An overall raw score of around 157-160 should fetch a 99 percentile in CAT 2019.

    18:10 (IST)24 Nov 2019
    How was the paper pattern of CAT 2019

    CAT 2019 did not throw any surprises in paper format. In terms of level of difficulty VARC was slightly trickier this year, with 2 passages on the difficult side. Expect th cutoff in VARC to decrease by about 6 - 8 marks. Both DILR and Quant were slightl easier than last year. Overall, the paper was slightly less difficult, as compared to CAT 2018.

    - Paper analysis by Gautam Bawa, Vice-President, Career Launcher

    18:05 (IST)24 Nov 2019
    Section wise analysis of CAT 2019

    17:55 (IST)24 Nov 2019
    CAT 2019 easier than 2018

    CAT 2019 appears a little easier than CAT 2018, with two sections (DILR and QA) being on the easier side than those of CAT 2018, and one section (VARC) being tougher.

    17:48 (IST)24 Nov 2019
    Paper analysis of QA section

    The QA section didn’t spring any surprises either, with 34 questions from expected topics like Arithmetic (Time, Work and Distance, P&L, Ratios, Equations, AMA and SI-CI), Geometry and Mensuration, Numbers, Algebra, Trigonometry and Permutations & Combinations. The difficulty level, one could say, was slightly lower than that of CAT 2018, but this section was by no means as easy as the QA section of CAT 2017. Further, the students who identified the easy questions and attempted those would have gained a significant advantage. A good number of questions also demanded the use of the on-screen calculator. It could be said that the section was, on the whole, of moderate difficulty level.

    17:39 (IST)24 Nov 2019
    Analysis of DILR section

    The DILR section, contrary to all expectations, was lower in difficulty level compared to what test-takers have been used to facing in previous years. While this doesn’t, by any stretch of the imagination, mean that the section was easy, it wasn’t as challenging as it was in the last three years. While a couple of sets were relatively straight-forward, there were some sets which required a good deal of application. Identifying the easier, straight-forward sets in the paper would play a key role in boosting the score in this section.

    17:31 (IST)24 Nov 2019
    How was VARC section

    The pattern of VARC section was along expected lines. There were no changes in the pattern compared to the previous year – four 5-Q passages and one 4-Q passage with 10 VA questions split between 4 Para Formation Questions, 3 Odd One Out and 3 Para Summaries.

    However, the VARC section tightened the screws a little bit, after three years of easy VARC sections. While the broader pattern remained the same – 24 RC questions and 10 VA questions – the difficulty level of the RC questions was a major digression from previous years’ difficulty levels. One can say it was not a breeze even for those well-versed with the language.

    - Paper analysis by Ankur Jain, chief knowledge Expert, T.I.M.E. Delhi

    17:29 (IST)24 Nov 2019
    2015: MCQ questions withdrawn

    The exam pattern was again changed in 2015. The IIM-Ahmadabad conducted Common Admission Test (CAT) in 2015 of 100 questions (34 in two sections, and 32 in other).

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    CAT 2019 HIGHLIGHTS: Those who clear the exam will be eligible for admission to management courses, including PGP, PGDM, PGPEM, EPGP, PGPBM, PGPEX, at the IIMs and other management colleges across the country. CAT 2019 score is valid only till December 31, 2020, and will accordingly be accessible on the website.