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CAT 2018 Slot II Answer Key and Paper Analysis – Check Here

CAT 2018 is successfully conducted on November 25, Sunday in two sessions. The second slot for CAT 2018 was scheduled from 2.30pm to 5.30pm. The initial reactions from students and experts are pouring in for CAT 2018 Slot II.

The quantitative section was definitely tough like Slot I. DILR  and VARC sections were surprisingly tougher than the Slot I exam according to experts. Overall, the paper was difficult in comparison to previous years. The detailed analysis and expected answer key will be uploaded shortly.

CAT 2018 Slot II Question Paper uploaded below. Click on the link below to download:

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Official CAT Answer Key 2018 will be released shortly. However, before the official CAT 2018 Slot II Answer Key is released, several coaching institutes and experts will release their unofficial CAT answer key and analysis.

Note- You can download the CAT 2018 Cut off by second week of January 2019.

CAT 2018 Slot II Answer Key will show the correct answers marked in green color and prefixed with a tick symbol. While the incorrect answers will be marked in red color and prefixed with ‘x’ symbol. You can login to the official site to download the PDF of CAT Answer Key 2018.

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CAT 2018 Slot II Paper Analysis in Detail

The pattern of CAT 2018 Slot II was fairly similar to that of slot I. The second slot of CAT 2018 also had 27 Non-MCQs out of 100 questions. An attempt of 60 out of 100 can be considered good as per the opinion of most experts. Quants as expected after slot I examination was a tough nut to crack for most aspirants.


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+

VARC (Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension)

A total of 34 questions were asked in this section with 7 Non-MCQs. The Reading Comprehension contained 5 passages. There no official instructions on any of the passages. One passage had a 4 questions while the other 4 had 5 questions each.

Only a small portion of RC questions (4-5) were can be termed tricky. Most of the questions were inference based, but the options provided were relatively easy.

The VA (Verbal Ability) section contained 4 subjective para jumble questions with 4 questions and 3 Odd sentence para jumble questions. All of them were TITA (Type in The Answer) questions.

Three para summary questions appeared to be of moderate difficulty level. Most of the questions in fact were easier to attempt as compared to slot I. Overall, 16-17 attempts with near 90% accuracy will be considered good attempt.

Area Topic No. of Questions
Reading Comprehension
(24 Questions)
Reading Comprehension 24
Verbal Ability
(10 Questions)
Para-jumble 4
Summary 3
Para-jumble (Odd sentence out) 3

Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DILR)

Out of 32 questions in the DILR section, 8 were NON-MCQs. One major change compared to CAT 2017 was that the theme of all the sets were rather much more conventional. One of the sets in DI was in fact very straightforward with rather direct calculations.

The emphasis for candidates should have been on selecting the right question sets from the section than focusing on the number of sets being solved. There were actually couple of questions/sets which should would be better to left alone. Some of the sets did involve calculations but they were relatively on the easier side.

LR sets can be scaled on moderate on the difficulty level. Again, an attempt of 15-17 questions with 90% accuracy can be called good.

Section Topic No. of Questions Good Attempts
Data Interpretation Currency Exchange and rate changes 4 2-3
Smartphones and market share 4 4
Box Diagram of 3 companies/products 4 1-2
Logical Reasoning Interview Arrivals (Arrangement) 4 3-4
Coding (Alphabet/digits) 4 2-3
Set theory (3 games, Ludo, Kho-kho, Gilli Danda) 4 2
Institute Accreditation 4 2-3
Tickets to a show, old, young and middle aged people 4 2-3

Quantitative Aptitude

Following all the reactions and discussions after CAT 2018 Slot I, students couldn’t have hoped for an easy Quants sections and in fact it was not to be. Most of the questions were calculation and logic intensive rather than theory intensive.

The section contained 12 Non-MCQs out of a total of 34 questions. Most experts argued that this was toughest section in last 4 editions of CAT. The quants section reinforced IIM Calcutta’s preference for a tough Quants section.

Quants section was dominated by Arithmetic and Geometry questions. The emphasis clearly seemed to be on testing candidates’ fundamental knowledge and clarity of concepts. Options were rather tricky to answer in some of the questions. Total 3-4 questions were asked from Logarithm and Number System.

A good attempt will be about 18-20 questions with near about 85% accuracy.

Section Topic No. of Questions Good Attempts
Quantitative Ability Number System 2 1
Algebra 8-9 4-5
Arithmetic 13-14 8-9
Modern Math 3 1-2
Geometry and Mensuration 7 3-4

How to download CAT Answer Key 2018

You can download CAT Answer Key by following some easy steps which are mentioned below-

Step 1- Visit the site and login with your credentials- CAT registration number and password.

Step 2- Select the shift for which you want to download CAT Answer Key.

Step 3- Click on the Download option and save the CAT Answer Key 2018 PDF.

Benefits of CAT Answer Key 2018

By having a look at CAT Answer Key, you have the following advantages-

  • Knowing your competition
  • Analyzing your performance in comparison to others
  • Matching your score with previous year cut off to know the choices of college
  • Looking for alternatives to pursue MBA

You can also check your rank by entering your details in CAT Percentile Predictor Tool

Objections for CAT Answer Key 2018

You can challenge CAT Answer Key 2018 by filling an objection against it. If you find any discrepancy in the answer key, you can avail the facility by filling a form and submitting some fees. You need to follow the below mentioned steps in order to file an objection-

Step 1- Visit the official site of CAT and click on the ‘answer key’ link.

Step 2- Enter your login details and password to proceed.

Step 3- To add an objection, click on the “+” sign.

Step 4- After entering details, click on “Submit and Pay the Objection Fee” option.

Step 5- Pay the objection fee of Rs. 1000 per question.

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