Nearly, 2 lakh aspirants are expected to appear for CAT 2018 in two slots on November 25, Sunday across 374 CAT Exam Centres spread in the country. After conclusion of the slot I, reactions and comments from students and experts keeps streaming in from social media and internet. Based on preliminary analysis Quantitative Ability was the toughest and trickiest section this year, with the section being arithmetic heavy.
CAT 2018 candidates’ responses released by IIM Calcutta. Click below to download CAT Question Paper for Slot I.
|CAT 2018 Slot I Question Paper||CAT 2018 Slot I Answer Key|
VARC (Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension) section was by far the most scoring section following trends from previous years. Overall, CAT 2018 was difficult when compared to previous year. Here are the important takeaways for candidates from CAT 2018 Slot I:
- Arithmetic heavy questions appeared in CAT 2018 slot I in the quantitative section.
- In VARC, 5 passages had 5 questions each while 1 passage had 4 questions.
- Total number of Non-MCQ type of questions was 30 as compared to 26 in CAT 2017 along with varying number of questions in each section.
- 10 Non-MCQs in VARC section as compared to 8 last year.
- 12 Non-MCQs in the Quant section being the highest this year as compared to 10 Non-MCQs in CAT 2017 slot-1.
- Several Non-MCQS also had options this year. Correct answers had to be mentioned in the space provided.
- Unchanged scoring pattern for CAT 2018: +3 for correct answer and -1 for incorrect responses for MCQs and +3 for correct responses and 0 negative marking incorrect responses in Non-MCQs
As the official press release by IIM Calcutta indicates, the exam will be conducted in two sessions – Morning (09.00 am to 12.00 pm) and Afternoon (02.30 pm to 05.30 pm).The official answer key for CAT 2018 Slot I is slated for release in the first week of December, 2018.
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IIMs have also introduced the objection mechanism for CAT Answer Key since last year. In case of any discrepancy suspected by candidates in the official key, they can file an objection the same by paying a stipulated fee (last year it was INR 1000). The link to download official answer key will be shortly published on this page after its released. Read on to check the steps for downloading CAT Answer Key, preliminary analysis of CAT 2018 Slot I and steps of filing an official challenge.
Important Dates for CAT 2018 Answer Key
|CAT 2018 Exam||November 25, 2018|
|CAT Answer Key and Question paper||1st week of December 2018|
|Deadline for submitting Objection form||2nd week of December 2018|
|CAT 2018 Result||2nd week of January 2019|
Detailed Analysis for CAT 2018 Slot I
The Slot I of CAT 2018 was surprisingly a lot tougher than what many aspirants actually expected. IIM-C maintained its reputation with a tough Quants section. As explained by one of the subject matter expert from Career Launcher, an overall attempt of 18-20 attempts with near accuracy of 85% would be quite good. A score of somewhere about 150-155 should be good enough to fetch 99 percentile in CAT this year.
|Section||No. of Questions||No. of non-MCQ questions||Difficulty Level||Good Attempts|
VARC Section Analysis
The section was easier than expected by most candidates. A total of 34 questions were asked in the section including 7 Non-MCQs. A total of 5 passages were asked in the section. While 4 out of 5 passages had five questions each, one section had 4 questions.
The topics for passages were familiar enough and some of the questions were inference based. None of the passages contained any instructions and the question paper didn’t match the pattern of the official CAT Mock tests. Overall, the passages were easy to read and the section was easy to attempt.
DILR Section Analysis
This section has a total of 32 questions with 8 Non-MCQs. The expert from Career Launcher rated the section much easier to attempt compared to last three years.
The themes of the sets were much more conventional. 4 sets were relatively easy to attempt with good accuracy. No calculation were required in any of the questions. A couple of difficult questions were asked in couple of sets which students should have smartly left alone.
QA (Quantitative Aptitude) can be termed as the ‘tragic section of CAT 2018′ as suggested by shocked students’ reactions on twitter and other social platforms. Bulk of the questions were calculation and logic intensive. The section had a total of 34 questions with 12 Non-MCQs. For students with Engineering background, the section would have been slightly easier than others. As per the comment from Career Launcher Expert, QA section was the toughest in past 4 years.
Steps to Download CAT 2018 Answer Key Slot I
The answer key for CAT 2018 Slot I and the question paper will be uploaded on the official site, iimcat.ac.in. Follow the steps mentioned below to download your keys:
- Visit the official website for CAT 2018.
- Use your login credentials: CAT Registration Id and Password.
- Choose from Shift1/Shift2 question paper.
- Download the PDF file on your device or view the same on the browser window.
- Correct Responses are marked in green prefixed with a tick mark while the others are marked in Red with a “X” prefix.
|Negative marks||-1||No negative marking|
|Unattempted questions||No marks||No marks|
After the declaration of CAT Answer Key 2018, the following steps must be taken:
- Calculate your expected score based on CAT Answer Key and overall analysis.
- In case of any objection, file your challenge on the official portal.
How to Raise Objection Against CAT 2018 Answer Key?
- Visit CAT 2018 Official site and locate link to Challenge CAT Answer Key
- Login with the credentials
- On the tab ‘Objection Form’, click on ‘+’ sign to add objection
- Next, select section name, question number and type of objection from the following objections:
- None of the options is a correct answer
- More than one option is a correct answer
- Answer Key is incorrect
- Additional remarks can also be added up to 500 words.
- Submit your objection and deposit stipulated fee of INR 1000 per question.
- There is no limit to the number of objections a candidate can file.
- The fee is refundable only in case the objection is validated by the IIM Expert Panel on review (excluding transaction charges).
- The panel will suggest edits in the key on valid recommendations from candidates and the same will be notified to all candidates via the official site.
Objection Fee: Transaction Processing Charges
|Mode Of Payment||Transaction Fees|
|Credit Card (Visa/Master)||1.20% of the value of the transaction|
|Credit Card (Amex/Diners Club)||2.85% of the value of the transaction|
|Debit Card (Visa/Master/Rupay )||0.75% of the value of the transaction for value up to INR 2000 and 1.00% for value more than INR 2000|
|ATM-cum-Debit Cards||0.75% of the value of the transaction for value up to INR 2000 and 1.00% for value more than INR 2000|
|Net Banking||INR 18.00 per transaction for HDFC, ICICI, AXIS and SBI; INR 15.00 per transaction for rest of the banks|
|Cash Card & Wallet||1.75% of the value of the transaction.|
CAT Percentile Predictor
CAT Percentile Predictor is an excellent tool for near accurate predictions of expected percentile and colleges available based on those percentiles. All the candidates need to provide certain personal details such as name, roll number, etc. and tool will calculate results based on the details provided. Both the sectional and overall percentile will be calculated by CAT Percentile Predictor tool.
The prediction is done based on previous year data and trends along with other available data modeling methods. Using the percentile predictor, candidates will be an advantageous position to prepare ahead for CAT Selection Process and subsequent steps involved to land at desired b-schools.
Expected CAT 2018 Cutoff
Based on the overall difficulty of exam and judging by reactions from students, the sectional cut off for CAT 2018 is indicated below:
|Section||Good Attempts (No. of Questions)||Expected Cut-Off for 99 percentile|