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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:

CAT 2018 Slot II Question Paper CAT 2018 Slot II Answer Key

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.

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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.

CAT 2018 Slot I Question Paper CAT 2018 Slot I Answer Key

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.

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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

Event Dates
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 34 7 Easy 28+
DILR 32 8 Moderate 16+
QA 34 12 Difficult 15+
Total 100  27  – 60+

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.

Quantitative Aptitude

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:

  1. Visit the official website for CAT 2018.
  2. Use your login credentials: CAT Registration Id and Password.
  3. Choose from Shift1/Shift2 question paper.
  4. Download the PDF file on your device or view the same on the browser window.
  5. Correct Responses are marked in green prefixed with a tick mark while the others are marked in Red with a “X” prefix.
Marking Scheme MCQs Non-MCQs
Correct answer 3 3
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?

  1. Visit CAT 2018 Official site and locate link to Challenge CAT Answer Key
  2. Login with the credentials
  3. On the tab ‘Objection Form’, click on ‘+’ sign to add objection
  4. Next, select section name, question number and type of objection from the following objections:
    1. None of the options is a correct answer
    2. More than one option is a correct answer
    3. Answer Key is incorrect
  5. Additional remarks can also be added up to 500 words.
  6. Submit your objection and deposit stipulated fee of INR 1000 per question.
  7. There is no limit to the number of objections a candidate can file.
  8. The fee is refundable only in case the objection is validated by the IIM Expert Panel on review (excluding transaction charges).
  9. 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.

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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
VARC 28-30 75+
DILR 14-16 48+
Quantitative Aptitude 16-18 48+