CAT 2019 - Paper Analysis

CAT 2019 exam was conducted on 24th November in two slots. To provide you the right analysis of CAT 2019 question paper, we spoke to a bunch of students of our classroom course. Based upon the feedback that we received, given below is the detailed analysis of the CAT 2019 exam.

Highlights of CAT 2019 Exam Analysis

There were no major surprises in the CAT 2019 exam. It was on the expected lines.

1) Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation was the toughest section. But it was easier than previous years.

2) Quantitative Aptitude was on the easier side. The questions were simple and not that calculation intensive. Probably the easiest in last 3-4 years. There were a lot of TITA questions as well.

3) Verbal Ability was on the easier side when compared to other sections, as it has been the case for past few years. However, if you compare it with previous year papers it was on the harder side.

4) Overall the paper would end up being easier than CAT 2018 because the impact of the level of Quant questions and a little bit because of LRDI.

CAT 2019 Exam Analysis Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension

Question Structure

Reading Comprehension: 24 questions

4 passages (with five questions) and 1 passage (with four questions)

Parajumbles: 4 questions

Odd one out: 3 questions

Summary: 3 questions

All Reading Comprehension and Summary questions were objective type questions. The passages this year were significantly harder to read than previous years. Also, they were a bit longer. The questions were inferential in nature.

Para-jumbles and odd one out were Type in the answer / Fill in the Blanks type questions. The Para-jumbles questions in CAT 2019 were a little bit easier than earlier years with smaller sentences and only 4 sentences. It made sense to attempt them because it would not take too long and hopefully you would get couple of them right. Even if you didn't, at least it won't have any negative marking.
So, a total of 27 questions had negative marking for incorrect answers whereas the other 7 did not.

The section was on the easier side. We could say that it was slightly easier than the CAT 2018 exam. You would need to do around 14-16 questions correctly for scoring 90%ile in the Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension section in the CAT 2019 exam.

CAT 2019 Exam Analysis Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation

Question Structure

There were 8 sets of 4 questions each. We can say that there were 2 sets of Data Interpretation and 6 sets for Logical Reasoning but the Data Interpretation sets required a lot of logic to solve them as well. It would be better to put them in the ˜Logical DI' category, if something like that exists.

A total of 24 questions had negative marking for incorrect answers whereas the other 8 did not. Also, these 8 Type-In-The-Answer type questions were distributed across multiple sets. There was no set that all 4 TITA questions.

As far as the difficulty level is concerned, it was on the difficult side. It was definitely easier than CAT 2018 where a few sets were doable. In my personal opinion, it is unfair to have one section significantly easier than the other two, which was the case with this year's Verbal section.

This section was really tough. It was easier than CAT 2018 but still tough. You would need to do around 12-13 questions correctly to score 90%ile in the Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation section in the CAT 2019 exam.

CAT 2019 Exam Analysis Quantitative Ability

Question Structure

Arithmetic dominated the Quantitative Aptitude section in the CAT 2019 exam. There were 11-12 questions on it.
Geometry, Algebra, Modern Maths were in the next tier with 6-7 questions.
There were 3-4 questions purely on Number System.

A total of 22 questions had negative marking for incorrect answers whereas the other 12 did not. The number of TITA questions is higher than what it was in the earlier years and it is definitely higher than the number of TITA questions in the other sections.

This section was on the easier side. You could say it was almost as easy as the CAT 2017 quant section. You would need to solve around 14-16 questions correctly to score 90%ile in the Quantitative Aptitude section in the CAT 2019 exam.

Expected Cutoffs for CAT 2019 Exam

To get a 90%ile, we believe you would need the following number of questions to be correct (0 errors) in the CAT 2019 Exam

Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension 15-17 questions
Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation 11-13 questions
Quantitative Aptitude 14-16 questions

From an overall exam perspective, we believe you would need to the following number of questions to be correct (Net Correct) in the CAT 2019 exam

To get 90%ile 38-40 questions
To get 95%ile 45-47 questions
To get 98%ile 50-52 questions
To get 99%ile 55-57 questions

CAT 2019 Question paper - Section-wise Comparison with CAT 2018 Question paper

Section Name CAT 2019
as Compared to
CAT 2018
Quantitative Aptitude (QA) Easy
Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC) Moderate
Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR) Moderate
Overall M. Easy

The CAT 2019 examination was taken place on 24 November 2019 across various cities in the country. The CAT exam is the gateway of getting into various business schools across India - including the prestigious Indian Institute of Management (IIM), MDI, FMS etc. The CAT exam is taken by close to two lakh candidates across the country each year.

IM Kozhikode (IIM-K) is the official organiser of the CAT 2019 exam. The CAT 2019 Slot 1 is on-going from 9:00 am and will extend till 12:00 p.m. across 156 test cities. 

There were 100 questions (3 Sections) and the time allotted was 3 hours. 

Total Questions in CAT Exam 100
Total Marks 300
Total Sections 3
Total Exam Duration 3 Hours
Mode of Paper Online Only
Question Types MCQs and Non MCQs (TITA)
Marking Scheme +3 For Correct Answers
-1 For Incorrect Answers
0 For Unattempted Questions
Section Names 1. Quantitative Aptitude
2. Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension
3. Logical Reasoning & Data Interpretation

The three sections were as follows:

Section Name Number of Questions Duration (mins)
Quantitative Aptitude (QA) 34 60
Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC) VA:10 60
Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR) DI:16 60
TOTAL 100 180 (3 hours)

B-School Cut-offs
The CAT score is used as a primary screening tool by business schools for short listing candidates for the GD/PI round. Apart from CAT percentile, other factors which are taken in to account for generating calls include academic performance in 10th, +2, graduation and duration of work experience. Normally, the cut offs for old IIMs are higher than those for new IIMs.
Proton will soon share the detailed CAT exam analysis for slot 1 on this page as and when the exam is over. Stay tuned here to get the complete analysis of CAT 2019 exam.
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Previous year CAT Exam Analysis - Overview

As per the reviews of the CAT exam takers, last year, the CAT exam conducted in slot 1 was more difficult than the exam conducted in slot 2. Quant section was calculation intensive. However, the exam conducted in Slot 1 paper was logical. The experts at also shared the expected CAT cut-off as mentioned under for the CAT exam takers after keen observations collated from the exam takers: