CAT 2019 analysis slot 1: VARC most difficult in three years, QA relatively easier
CAT 2019 analysis slot 1: The Common Admission Test or CAT 2019 was held on Sunday i.e. November 24, 2019 at 354 centres in 156 cities across the country. The examination is conducted for admission in top B-schools and saw the participation of nearly 2.44 lakh candidates.
CAT 2019 analysis slot 1: The Common Admission Test or CAT 2019 was held on Sunday i.e. November 24, 2019 at 354 centres in 156 cities across the country. The examination is conducted for admission in top B-schools and saw the participation of nearly 2.44 lakh candidates. The examination was for 180 minutes and the candidates were allotted 60 minutes for answering questions in each section. Ankur Jain, Chief Knowledge Expert, T.I.M.E. Delhi believes that while VARC was slightly more difficult than the relatively easier levels of the previous three years, QA came down a notch in difficulty level too. "LRDI also became easier as compared to the previous year," he said. Here is the full analysis of CAT 2019 slot 1 by Jain -
Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC) section:
The pattern of VARC section was along expected lines. There were no changes in the pattern compared to the previous year – four 5-Q passages and one 4-Q passage with 10 VA questions split between 4 Para Formation Questions, 3 Odd One Out and 3 Para Summaries.
However, the VARC section tightened the screws a little bit, after three years of easy VARC sections. While the broader pattern remained the same – 24 RC questions and 10 VA questions – the difficulty level of the RC questions was a major digression from previous years’ difficulty levels. One can say it was not a breeze even for those well-versed with the language.
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Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DILR) section:
The DILR section, contrary to all expectations, was lower in difficulty level compared to what test-takers have been used to facing in previous years. While this doesn’t, by any stretch of the imagination, mean that the section was easy, it wasn’t as challenging as it was in the last three years. While a couple of sets were relatively straight-forward, there were some sets which required a good deal of application. Identifying the easier, straight-forward sets in the paper would play a key role in boosting the score in this section.
Quantitative Aptitude (QA) section:
The QA section didn’t spring any surprises either, with 34 questions from expected topics like Arithmetic (Time, Work and Distance, P&L, Ratios, Equations, AMA and SI-CI), Geometry and Mensuration, Numbers, Algebra, Trigonometry and Permutations & Combinations. The difficulty level, one could say, was slightly lower than that of CAT 2018, but this section was by no means as easy as the QA section of CAT 2017. Further, the students who identified the easy questions and attempted those would have gained a significant advantage. A good number of questions also demanded the use of the on-screen calculator. It could be said that the section was, on the whole, of moderate difficulty level.
Overall, CAT 2019 appears a little easier than CAT 2018, with two sections (DILR and QA) being on the easier side than those of CAT 2018, and one section (VARC) being tougher.
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