The Second slot of CAT 2019 took place today (November 24) between 2:30 and 5:30 pm.
The conduct of both the slots was without any technical or other glitches.
There was no change in the overall pattern or in the types of questions in both the slots from the last three years’ pattern.
|Section No.||Section Name||Total Number of Questions||Number of Multiple Choice Questions||Number of TITA Questions||Level of Difficulty|
|I||Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension||34||27||07||Medium|
|II||Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning||32||24||08||Medium|
Based on the initial feedback received from several candidates we estimate the scores and percentiles*** to be as follows. Final percentile mapper will follow later.
|Percentile||Score VA-RC||Score DI-LR||Score QA||Overall Score|
Of the 10 Non-RC (VA) questions (Shuffled) - 7 were TITA and 3 were MCQs.
|Area / Questions||No of Qs.||Type||LOD|
|Reading Comprehension||24||MCQ||Overall: Medium to Difficult|
|RC-1: British Colonialism||5||MCQ||Difficult|
|RC- 2: Language and Cultural Identity||4||MCQ||Medium|
|RC-3: Digital Colonialism by Google||5||MCQ||Medium|
|RC-4: Decentralization of Central Governments||5||MCQ||Easy|
|RC-5: Squatter Colonies||5||MCQ||Easy|
|Verbal Ability||10||MCQ & TITA||Overall: Medium to Difficult|
|Parajumbles ( 4 sentences)||4||TITA||Easy-1, Medium-1, Difficult-2|
|Out of Context sentence||3||TITA||Medium-2, Difficult-1|
|Summary||3||MCQ||Easy-1, Medium-1, Difficult-1|
Overall, an attempt of 23 to 25 questions in this section with 85% accuracy should be a good bet.
A detailed description of the sets in this section is given below for your reference:
|Set No.||Area||Set Description||Number of Questions||Level of Difficulty||Question Type|
|1||Data Interpretation – Reasoning based||3 x 3 grid coins in pouches||4||Medium||4 TITA|
|2||Logical Reasoning - Scheduling||Table – 3 doctors schedule||4||Difficult||4 MCQ|
|3||Data Interpretation – Reasoning based||Caselet on two proposals being considered in a college– Mathematical reasoning||4||Medium||2 MCQ
|4||Logical Reasoning||Caselet – professors setting papers for Mid-Term and Final exams.||4||Difficult||MCQ|
|5||Data Interpretation – Calculation based||Spiderweb chart- Revenue and Cost of three products over three years||4||Easy||2 TITA
|6||Data Interpretation – Observation based||Scatterplot – Rainfall in 16 cities||4||Easy||4 MCQ|
|7||Logical Reasoning - Games||Set on Rifle Shooting tournament||4||Medium||4 MCQ|
|8||Logical Reasoning – Grouping & Conditionalities||5 people speaking different languages and formation of teams||4||Medium||4 MCQ|
Overall the section was marginally easier as compared to last year CAT. An attempt of around 5 sets (18-20 questions) in this section with 85%-90% accuracy should see percentile in the vicinity of 99 percentile in this section. Compared to Slot 1 of CAT 2019, DI LR section of slot 2 was marginally tougher.
This section was about easy to medium in terms of level of difficulty. It was easier than QA section in CAT-2018.
Following was the areawise break-up of the questions in this section.
|Area||Number of questions||Total|
Our initial estimate for 99 percentile is 60, for 95 percentile, it will be 42, for 90 percentile it will be 33, and for 85 percentile, it will be 28. Compared to Slot 1 of CAT 2019, QA section of slot 2 was marginally easier.
Around 2.44 lakh candidates have registered for CAT 2019 and will be appearing for it across both the slots in 370 exam centers in 156 cities across India.
The test interface was exactly what IMS students are used to in the SimCATs and specifically in the PreCAT.
It was a very user friendly interface and exactly the one provided in the official CAT Mock Test.
There were no sub-divisions within each section. The VA-RC questions were NOT interspersed within the section. Questions 1 to 24 were RC. However, the different VA question types were shuffled.
Similarly the DI and LR sets were also NOT interspersed
A simple calculator was provided, and not a scientific one. There was an arrow provided near the question palette which when clicked expanded the question window to full screen view by hiding the question palette & vice versa
At the end of the test, a summary of number of questions attempted, visited and not visited was displayed for each section.
There was a button marked ‘Question Paper’ which opened up a screen containing all the questions of the section. This was used by students for planning their approach for the section.
CAT 2019 in the second slot similar to the first slot and overall a slightly more difficult than Slot 1 in two sections
Each section was timed for 60 minutes. One could not go back and forth between sections.
The marking scheme was also similar to last year with +3 for every correct & -1 for incorrect answers for MCQs. There was no negative marking for TITA questions. However since the ratio remains the same for all students we do not see this as a cause of concern.
CAT 2019 Official Answer Key is OUT
Know your Score & Estimated PercentileCalculate Now