**CAT Exam Pattern 2019**

Section |
No.of MCQs |
No.of Non-MCQs |
Total Questions |

Verbal and Reading Comprehension | 24 | 10 | 34 |

Quantitative Aptitude | 24 | 8 | 32 |

Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning | 24 | 10 | 34 |

Total |
72 |
28 |
100 |

- Total marks will be 300.
- Total time for the exam will be 180 minutes (60 minutes for each section).
- The questions will be asked in English language only.
- Candidates will be awarded 3 marks for each right answer while 1 mark will be deducted for each wrong answer.

**CAT 2019 Marking Scheme**

CAT paper will have two types of question MCQs and Non-MCQs. Both types of questions will carry equal marks. There will be a total of 100 questions.

The table given below provides a brief of the marking scheme, expected to be followed for CAT 2019.

Type of Questions |
Correct Answer |
Incorrect Answer |
Un-attempted Question |

MCQ | +3 | -1 | 0 |

Non-MCQ | +3 | 0 | 0 |

**CAT 2019 Exam Syllabus**

**1.Verbal and Reading Comprehension**

- This section will have questions from the English language and grammar. It tests a candidate’s language and comprehension skills. A total of 34 questions will be asked from this section, which will be further divided into 24 MCQ and 10 Non-MCQs.
- The comprehension questions will test the ability to comprehend the meaning from a given passage.
- Questions about language usage and their rules are also expected to appear in the exam. Testing the understanding of basic grammar is also part of the exam.
- Candidates reading and verbal ability will be examined in this section.
- Candidates will have to complete this section in 60 minutes.

**Important Topics for Verbal and Reading Comprehension**

Sentence Correction | Word usage |

Fill in the blanks | Para Jumble |

Para completion | Fact Inference Judgement |

Analogies | Idioms |

**Expected Topic-wise Weightage for VA section in CAT 2019**

The section will have around 34 Questions and RC will have Heavy weightage and is the most important top.

Topic Expected Weightage |
Expected Weightage |

Reading Comprehension | 24Q (4 to 5 RC’s with 3-6 Questions for each RC |

Para jumbles | 4Q |

Para Summary | 3Q |

Odd one out | 3Q |

**2. Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning**

- This section will focus on two aspects-Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning.
- Subjects from Data Interpretation (DI) focus on a candidate’s ability to derive conclusions from a given set of data.
- There will be a total of 32 questions from this section. They will be further divided into 24 MCQ & 8 Non-MCQs.

**Important Topics in Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning**

Bar Graph | Caselet | Statements |

Line Graph | Combination of Graphs | Sets |

Pie Chart | Data Sufficiency | Venn Diagram |

Tables | Venn Diagram | Data Arrangement |

Seating Arrangement | Blood Relations | Assumptions |

Syllogism | Puzzles | Clocks and Calendars |

Propositions | - | - |

**Expected Topic-wise Weightage for DI-LR section in CAT 2019**

Topic |
Expected weightage |

Data Interpretation | 16Q |

Logical reasoning | 16Q |

**4.Quantitative Aptitude**

- This section focuses on numerical problems and will test a candidate’s mathematical knowledge.
- It is a test of speed, accuracy, and precision.
- There is a total of 34 questions in this section.
- They will be further divided into 24 MCQ and 10 Non-MCQs. Candidates will have to complete this section in 60 minutes.

**Important Topics in Quantitative Aptitude **

Variation | Time and Work | Time, Speed and Distance |

Linear and Quadratics Equations | Surds and Indices | Inequalities |

Logarithms | Mensuration and Geometry | Tables and Case lets |

Probability/ Profit or Loss | Critical Path | Averages and Partnerships |

Allegations and Mixtures | Algebra | Percentage |

**Expected Topic-wise Weightage for QA (Quant) section in CAT 2019**

Divisibility, Remainder Theorems | LCM-HCF 0-2 Q |

Number Systems and related questions | 1-3 Q |

Linear Equations | 0-2 Q |

Quadratic Equations | 0-2 Q. |

Polynomial Equations | 0-2 Q |

Inequalities | 0-2 Q |

Profit, Loss and Interest | 3-5 Q. |

Ratio, Proportions and Mixtures | 2-5 Q... |

Time, Speed, Distance and Work | 3-6 Q. |

Geometry | 6-8 Q. |

Venn diagrams | 1-3 Q |

Functions and Graphs | 1-3 Q |

Probability and Combinatorics | 1-3 Q |

Progressions and Series | 3-5 Q. |

Data Sufficiency | 0-2 Q |

Logarithms | 0-1 Q |

**CAT Exam Analysis: Slot 1 Analysis and Slot 2 Analysis**

**CAT 2018 Slot 1 & Slot 2: Exam Composition**

Both the slots in CAT 2018 had a similar number of questions divided into MCQs with 1/3 negative marking and Non-MCQs without Negative marking:

Section |
No. Questions |
No. of non-MCQ questions |

Verbal Ability and Reading comprehension | 34 | 7 |

Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning | 32 | 8 |

Quantitative Ability | 34 | 12 |

Total | 100 | 27 |

**CAT 2018 Slot 1 Analysis**

**Slot 1 of CAT 2018 didn't throw surprises but there were some changes, across sections.**

- Number of lengthy questions in QA have gone up
- Order of the questions and the order of the options for various questions were different for different students
- QA proved to be much tougher than expected compared to CAT 2017 due to the lengthy and involved nature of the questions.
- VARC remained more or less at the same level and DILR a bit easier as compared to CAT 2017.
- The cutoffs this year are expected to move marginally upwards, compared to CAT 2017.

**Section -1: Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC)**

VARC Sections |
Topics |
Questions |
Difficulty Level |

Reading Comprehension | 5 passages | 24 | Moderate |

Verbal Ability | Para-Formation | 4 | Easy-Moderate |

Para Odd Man Out | 3 | Moderate | |

Summary | 3 | Moderate-Difficult |

**Section-2: Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR)**

- DILR difficulty level has gone down in CAT 2018 slightly.
- Some of the DI sets were not difficult in terms of interpretation and the questions too in these sets were not tricky in nature.

Section |
Topic |
No. of Questions |
Difficulty Level |

Data Interpretation | Matrix | 4 | Moderate |

ATM Machine | 4 | Moderate+ | |

Pie-Chart | 4 | Easy | |

Satellites | 4 | Difficult | |

Logical Reasoning | Committee | 4 | Moderate+ |

Pipes | 4 | Moderate | |

Institutes | 4 | Difficult | |

Exam ( diff sections ) | 4 | Difficult |

**Section 3: Quantitative Ability (QA) Analysis**

- The number of questions on Geometry was on the higher side and some of them can be considered to be moderately difficult.
- The difficulty level of this section can be classified as being slightly higher than moderate level

Topics |
Sub-topics |
No. of Questions |
Difficulty level |

Geometry & Mensuration | Geometry & Mensuration | 7 | Moderate |

Numbers | Numbers | 2 | Moderate+ |

Arithmetic | AMA, TW, CI, TD, P&L, Ratio, Equations | 15 | Moderate |

Algebra | QE, Logs, Inequalities, Progressions, Coord. Geometry, Surds | 7 | Moderate+ |

P&C/Venn diagrams | 3 | Moderate |

**CAT 2018**

**Slot 2 Analysis**

- No Surprise in the second slot of CAT 2018
- Overall, it turned out to be slightly tougher than the morning slot
- While the VARC section was more or less at the same difficulty level as that of the morning slot, the bump up in the difficulty level is largely on the back of relatively tougher DILR and Quant sections.

**Section 1: VARC Analysis**

- VARC section in Slot 2 saw a marginal increase in the difficulty level of the RC section compared to CAT 2017. The RC passages were from topics on Biology, Environment, Sociology, Science.
- In VA, the Para Formation Questions were simpler compared to those of CAT 2017.
- Same Question pattern as that of Morning slot was repeated
- The passages were not too straight forward to read
- The VA questions, on Para Formation/Para Odd-One-out, were quite simple to crack
- The Odd-One-Out questions were relatively easy to crack and so were the Para Summary Questions.

Area |
Topic |
No. of Qs |
Difficulty level |

Reading Comprehension | 5 passages | 24 | Moderate |

Verbal Ability | Para-Formation Questions | 4 | Moderate |

Para-Formation Odd Man Out | 3 | Moderate | |

Para Summary | 3 | Moderate |

**Section 2: DILR**

- The difficulty level of this section was slightly higher than the difficulty level in the morning slot.
- There were relatively easier sets such as the one with ‘room numbers’ and the one with ‘profitability and market share’ which should have been solved comfortably.
- Most of the sets were found to be lengthy and time-consuming.
- Some of them were quite difficult to comprehend, owing to the depth of reasoning involved.

Area |
Topic |
No. of Qs |
Difficulty level |

Data Interpretation | Square chart | 4 | Difficult |

Profitability and Market share | 4 | Moderate | |

Currency conversion | 4 | Difficult | |

B-School grading | 4 | Difficult | |

Logical Reasoning | Coding-Decoding | 4 | Difficult |

Platinum – gold tickets | 4 | Difficult | |

Room Numbers and timings | 4 | Easy | |

Venn Diagrams | 4 | Moderate-Difficult |

**Section 3: Quantitative Ability Analysis**

- The Quant section had 22 MCQs and largest number of 12 questions of non-MCQ type.
- The low weightage trend for Numbers continued this year in the afternoon slot as well.
- Arithmetic was heavily favoured. There were a good number of questions from Geometry and Mensuration.
- The difficulty level of this section can be classified as being moderate to difficult level.

Topic |
Description |
No. of Qs |
Difficulty level |

Geometry& Mensuration | 6 | Moderate+ | |

Numbers | 4 | Moderate | |

Arithmetic | AMA, TW, CI, TD,P&L, RPV, Equations | 14 | Moderate+ |

Algebra | QE, Logs, Inequalities,Functions | 8 | Difficult |

Miscellaneous | 2 | Difficult |

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