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CAT 2018 Analysis: Check Section-Wise Details, Score, Cut-off Here

CAT, successfully conducted on November 25, 2018 had mixed reactions from the examinees. CAT 2018 was conducted in 2 slots with slot 1 from 9 am to 12:30 pm and slot 2 from 2:30 pm to 5 pm. As per CAT 2018 analysis, section-wise questions for each slot remained the same. However, there was a variation in the difficulty level of both slots. According to experts, CAT 2018 slot 1 was difficult than CAT 2018 slot 2 as well as CAT 2017.

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You can check the section-wise questions distribution from the table below-

Section Total Questions Non-Multiple Choice Questions Difficulty level
Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension 34 7 Easy
Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning 32 8 Moderate-difficult
Quantitative Aptitude 34 12 Difficult
Overall 100 27 Moderate

Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension is the first section of CAT entrance. With a total 34 questions, this section is bifurcated into Verbal Ability section of 10 questions and Reading Comprehension of 24 questions. Following are the highlights of VARC as per CAT 2018 analysis-

  • There were 5 passages in the section
  • Each passage had a word limit of 500-550 words
  • Passages were time-consuming
  • VARC section was at par with the previous year difficulty level
  • Attempting 28+ questions is considered good

Here is the in-depth analysis of VARC section-


Area Topic Questions Description
Verbal Ability and Reading comprehension Reading comprehension 24 Total passages-5 Word limit- 500-550 word each Passage 1 Topic: genetics Questions: 4 Difficulty: tedious Other 4 passages Topic: India’s views on its legacy of World War II, plastic pollution, Consumer Behavior studies, elephant society.
Verbal Ability 10 Para jumble questions Questions: 4 Difficulty: easy Sentences in each question: 4

CAT 2018 Analysis- Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DILR)

This section of CAT 2018 is subject to multiple reactions. In the opinion of some, this was a difficult section, while some believed that the section varied from easy to moderate. The theme of sets was more conventional than the last year’s paper. There was one direct DI set with basic calculations. The section has total 32 questions with 8 non-MCQs. Here is the CAT 2018 analysis for DILR section-

Section Topic Number of questions Doable
Data Interpretation Currency Exchange and rate changes 4 2-3
Smartphones and market share 4 4
Box diagrams of 3 companies/products 4 1-2
Logical Reasoning Interview Arrivals(arrangement) 4 3-4
Coding (Alphabets/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 2 2-4

CAT 2018 Analysis- Quantitative Aptitude

AS per CAT 2018 analysis, Quantitative Aptitude was the toughest of all sections. For the non-engineering students, it added up to the difficulty as the section was engineering dominated. This section can be called a ‘tricky’ one. With the total 34 questions, 12 were non-MCQs. Here is the CAT 2018 analysis for Quant section-

Section Topic Number of questions Doable
Quantitative aptitude Number System 2 1
Algebra 8-9 4-5
Arithmetic 13-14 8-9
Modern Math 3-4 1-2
Geometry and Mensuration 7 3-4

Students’ Reaction for CAT 2018

With over 2 lakh students appearing for CAT 2018, there were different thoughts that summed up CAT 2018 analysis. Those who re-appeared this year felt that the exam was quite similar to the previous year papers. While some students feel DI (Data Interpretation) and Arithmetic questions were tough, others feel that IIM-C’s favorite section Quantitative Aptitude was the most difficult.

In both slots, Quants section was calculation and logic intensive rather than being theory-intensive. As per experts, students attempted the least questions in this section.

Expected Score in CAT 2018

In the opinion of experts CAT 2018 varied between moderate to difficult level. Where DILR and Quants sections were difficult, VARC section’s easy level compensated for them. If you are thinking what is a good score as per CAT 2018 Analysis, then you should consider the below mentioned table-

Section Good Attempts
Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension 28+
Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning 16+
Quantitative Aptitude 15+

Those who have successfully scored a raw score of 156-157, can expect 98-99 percentile as per CAT 2018 analysis. CAT 2018 result is expected to be released on January 7, 2019 along with the scorecard on the official site of CAT. Students can download their CAT result using their login credentials.

CAT 2018 Cut-off

After the declaration of CAT 2018 result, the authority will release the CAT 2018 cut-off. It is on the basis of CAT cut-off that your admission to IIMs and other B-schools will be decided. The announcement of cut-off will be followed by counselling which includes Group Discussion, Personal Interview before your admission is confirmed.

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:

Click Here to Read CAT 2018 Slot II Paper Analysis in Detail

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 I Answer Key and Paper Analysis – November 25

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.

Check CAT 2018 Slot I Detailed Analysis

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.