The second and last slot of CAT 2019 concluded at 5:30 PM today. With this, the Common Admission Test for 2020-21 admission session is over, and the countdown for answer key, results begin.
As per reports, 1.1 lakh candidates were appeared in the second shift, registering around 10% absentees. An almost equal number had been slated for slot 1.
CAT 2019 exam was a computer based test, with 100 questions, divided into three sections in this order with these many questions – 34 in Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension, 32 in Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning, and 32 in Quantitative Ability. The sections had to be attempted in 1 hour each, with no option to skip between the sections. It was a moderate-difficult exam.
Marking scheme is +3, -1 for MCQs, and +3, 0 for TITA type questions.
CAT 2019 Slot 2 Overall Analysis
A raw score of 156-162 should be good enough for 99%ile, suggest coaching centers.
Above 65 in VARC, 48 in DILR, 55 in QA should be good enough for CAT 2019 slot 2 as per the exam analysis.
While CAT test takers expect an easy VARC, and difficult QA, this time the tables seem to have turned with VARC questions seeing an upgrade.
CAT 2019 Slot 2 Analysis for section I – VARC
The section had 5 RC passages. Just like in slot 1, 4 passages had 5 questions each, and 1 had 4 questions. All questions of reading comprehension were multiple choice with negative marking.
Under verbal ability, all questions were TITA type. There were 4 para summary, 3 odd one out, 3 parajumble.
CAT 2019 Slot 2 Analysis for section II – DILR
The 32 questions were divided into 8 sets of 4 questions each.
It was a mix of easy to do sets, and slightly difficult ones. Identifying which is which was the key to crack this section.
CAT 2019 Slot 2 Analysis for section III – QA
Arithmetic dominated QA with 12-13 questions of easy to medium variety.
Algebra also had a fair share with 8-9 questions that were medium to hard.
Geometry was scoring with 6-7 questions that were easy to moderately difficult.
Modern maths questions were 3-4 in number, that were slightly hard.
Number system related questions were 2-3 in number, that were moderately difficult.
IIM Kozhikode is expected to release the answer key of CAT 2019, following in the footsteps of IIM Calcutta. There is over a month’s wait for the results though, which will be released in the second week of January 2020. The Indian Institutes of Managements have already released their admission criteria on their respective websites. Soon after the CAT result, IIM selection lists will start releasing, after which, shortlisted candidates will get to attend GD PI WATs.
CAT is India’s most popular MBA entrance exam, with several B Schools besides the IIMs accepting CAT scores for MBA / PGDM admissions.
With the exam over, candidates can also check CAT analysis by Career Launcher, TIME, and several other coaching centers online. They have been published either as blog articles, or videos, on the official websites of these institutes.