CAT 2019 Paper Analysis

CAT 2019 was conducted on November 24, 2019, by IIM Kozhikode. The exam was conducted in 2 Slots i.e. Slot 1 (Morning Slot from 9 AM to 12 PM) and Slot 2 (Afternoon Slot from 2:30 PM to 5:30 PM). The CAT 2019 Analysis in detail is mentioned below:

CAT 2019 Exam Highlights & Changes

  • VARC Section was tricky compared to last year
  • DILR & QA Sections were easy-moderate in terms of level of difficulty
  • Overall the CAT level of difficulty was between moderate to difficult

The detailed CAT Exam 2019 analysis of Slot 1 and 2 is given below. One can refer to the Change in CAT Pattern over the past 5 years article to know the comprehensive analysis of last 5 years

The overall CAT 2019 Exam Pattern & Exam Analysis is mentioned below.

Section

No. of Questions

No. of MCQs questions

No. of non-MCQ questions

Difficulty Level

Verbal Ability & Reading

Comprehension (VARC)

34

27

7

Moderate – Difficult

Data

Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR)

32

24

8

Easy – Moderate

Quantitative

Aptitude

34

23

11

Easy – Moderate

Total

100

74

26

CAT 2019 Slot 1 and Slot 2 Analysis

CAT 2019 Slot 1 took place on November 24, 2021, between 9 AM to 12 PM. The pattern and format of this year’s CAT exam was similar to the CAT 2018 exam.

CAT 2019 VARC Analysis: Slot 1 & Slot 2

  • VARC included 34 total questions
  • 24 RC based questions were included (4 Passages of 5 Questions Each and 1 Passage of 4 Questions)
  • Verbal Ability questions were 10 which included 2 Para Jumbles
  • 7 Non-MCQs were included

VARC Topic Name

Total Questions

Weightage

Reading

Comprehension Passages

5 Passages, 34 questions

72

Para

Jumbles

1

3

Para

Summary

2

6

Odd

Sentence Out

2

6

Overall

34

102

There were 5 passages out of which one had 4 questions (the passage on Emperor Penguins) and the rest had 5 questions each. For the rest of the RC passages, the subjects were from different areas. Some were readable, but then few were tough and confusing. While few inference-based questions were included, most of these were tricky. Since the options were not so straightforward, to score a high accuracy rate, students should have opted for the POE (process of elimination). The difficulty level of the 10 TITA was also higher than last year. The difficulty level of para jumble questions was moderate, with some tough problems with respect to the sequencing of the opening lines. The summary questions were comparatively easier and centered more on academics and marketing/advertising.

Altogether, the options were not difficult and one could eliminate 1-2 options easily. The questions on odd-one-out were comparatively easier.

VARC was undoubtedly tougher than last year’s CAT paper owing to:

Tougher questions: questions like “Which of the following if TRUE, will strengthen the argument of the author the least” and “Which of the following will not cause the inversion referred to in the ‘flipping the script’” were included in the paper. These questions were time-taking and pushed students to spend more time trying to understand the question itself.

Close options: Options which seemingly felt close were included in the RC passages questions, such as the one on the origins of the Aladdin story and on ‘folk culture’. This would have definitely bolted the rhythm and speed of the student.

Thus, the cut-off of VARC is expected to drop by 8-10 marks, which is 2-3 questions lower than last year.

Overall, VARC was diffic than the other three sections.

CAT 2019 DILR Analysis: Slot 1 & Slot 2

  • The DILR section was easier compared to last year
  • 8 sets of 4 questions in each were included
  • 12 questions were easily solvable in this section
  • Overall 32 Questions are asked including 8 questions were non-MCQ type

LRDI Topic Name

Total Questions

Weightage

Data

Interpretation

12

36

Logical

Reasoning

20

60

Total

32

96

The difficulty level for DILR was easier compared to the previous year. Questions in approximately 3 sets, especially the ones about different types of gifts in 100 boxes, the 12 different junctions, and summation of two 6-digit numbers were easier and surely would have been attempted. Another set about a horizontal bar chart on the different types of crimes in different states was also easy to solve. It was refreshing to see a new chart type, i.e. the radar graph, being included in the CAT 2019 Slot 1 paper.

The DILR section was slightly trickier than CAT 2018.

CAT 2019 QA Analysis: Slot 1 & Slot 2

  • 11 Non-MCQs were included from the total of 34 questions
  • The Quants session was easier as compared to CAT 2018
  • This section was easy-moderate in terms of level of difficulty
  • Arithmetic and Algebra based questions dominated the section

Topic

No. of Questions

Weightage

Number System

2

6

Algebra

13

39

Arithmetic

14

42

Modern Math

1

3

Geometry and Mensuration

4

12

Total

34

102

The difficulty level for QA was slightly easier than last year. More sitters were seen this time than CAT 2018. A large number of questions were added on Arithmetic, specifically on topics like Percentages, TSD, Time and Work, etc. The paper included more questions on Algebra and Geometry than on Numbers.

The QA section was easy to moderate.

CAT 2019 Marking Scheme

The CAT 2019 exam had 34 questions which consisted of MCQ and Non-MCQ type questions. The MCQs have a one-third negative marking while the TITA questions have none.

Question Type

Total Questions

Marks/ Question

Marking Scheme

MCQ

74

3

-1 For Each incorrect Attempt

TITA (Non-MCQ)

26

3

None

CAT 2019 Score & Percentile Mappin

Score v/s Percentile

VARC

DILR

Quant

Overall

2019

2019

2019

2019

99.5

68

57

69

170

99

62

53

63

157

95

50

38

43

120

90

41

32

34

90

80

30

24

23

75

To learn more about CAT score and percentile, visit the linked article. Check out the previous year analysis and other details of the sectional and overall percentile and the score of CAT exam in detail there.

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