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CAT PREPARATIONNovember 24, 2019

CAT 2019 Exam Analysis – Slot 1 & Slot 2

CAT 2019 Paper Pattern – No Change

VARC – 34

LRDI – 32

QA – 34

Detailed Analysis of VARC

Here is the detailed analysis of VARC section of slot 1 of cat 2019:

1. Unlike the RCs of the last three years, the CAT RCs of 2019 were not so easy to comprehend. While two passages, one on “Penguins of Antarctica” and the other on “commentary on the author of the Arabian Nights”, can be categorised as moderate, there were three others which were tough. Each of the five passages came from different subject areas. There was one that discussed “Topophilia”, then there was one more that talked about “consumer behaviour”; the fifth was on “folk music”. The passages on folk music, topophilia and Arabian Nights were not so easy to comprehend, while the ones on consumer behaviour, and penguins of Antarctica were a little easy to comprehend.

The other thing was the question variety. The answers of very few questions could be found directly in the pasaage. To answer the questions, it was very important for the student to understand the passage. Most of the questions were of the critical reasoning type.

2. The VA part of slot 1 was a lifeline for those who attempted the questions. The 4-3-3 format was found this year as well. Two parajumbles had four sentences, and two had five sentences. Two parajumbles were very easy, while one was tough and one other moderate. Sentence exclusion, each of which had 5 sentences, was moderate, and out of the three summary questions, one was tough and the other two were easy.

3. People who missed solving VA questions are likely to suffer the most, for VA was the only silver lining in the dark varc cloud. It was easy to get 6 questions out of 10 correct.

4. In the reading comprehension part, caution would have paid rich dividends. Reckless attempt of the questions is likely to result in lower accuracy.


CAT 2019 first slot: LRDI

This was easier than the previous years. There were 3-4 sets which could be attempted.

The 8 sets were based on the following:

1) DI calculation based which is based on web diagram.
2) reasoning based DI with stacked bar graph
3) LR based on alphanumeric puzzle
4) LR based on Linear arrangement of multiple objects of three different kinds
5) LR based on numerical puzzle
6) LR based on games and tournaments
7) LR based on tabular arrangement
8) LR based on arrangement

A attempt of 10-11 questions with good accuracy will fetch 90 %ile, 13-14 for 95 percentile and 16-17 for 99 percentile


This year QA was easier than last year but tougher than 2017. Major focus was on algebra with many good quality concept based questions which makes the paper a little difficult. Many questions of modules, series and log.
The questions on arithematic, and geometry were comparitively easier.

An attempt of around 12-13 questions with good accuracy will fetch 90%ile. 16-17 for 95 percentile and 20-21 for 99 percentile with a score of 50-53 should get a 99 percentile.


5 RCs of 5 questions each, one RC of 4 questions, 4 questions of parajumble, 3 of odd sentence and 3 of summary.

Slot 2

Here is the VARC analysis of the second slot:

As far as difficulty is concerned, the second slot varc was very similar to the first slot. The passages were not easy to read, and the options were too close for comfort.

Let’s take each part separately:

1. The pattern and question distribution was the same as last year’s, with 24 questions from rc and 10 questions from va. The VA part had 4-3-3 division, 4 Pjs, 3 odd sentence, and 3 summary.

2. The parajumbles had 4 sentences each, and apart from one question, the arrangement in the other three was not so easy to work out. The odd sentences were of moderate difficulty, wheras two questions in summary were easy, and one quite difficult.

3. One reading comprehension was based on “economic scenarios in India during British colonialism”. This passage was difficult to understand, and had questions whose options were too close. There was one passage on “positives of high population density in cities”. Though the passage was not so difficult to read, the questions were quite difficult with very close options. Then there was one passage on the advantages of having two capital cities in the same country. It, too, was not so difficult to understand but had questions with very close choices.

4. The bigger picture is that varc in both slot 1 and slot 2 was difficult, because of difficult RC, though VA questions might give the students something to cheer about. However, the general perception is that VA of second slot was slightly more difficult that of the first slot.

If there is something that we can conclude from CAT 19, it is that your varc percentile will decide whether you are in or out.

Slot 2 LRDI & QA

LRDI Slot 2

Sets of DI were easy to moderate
Should have been attempted first

LR was moderate to difficult
Questions could take a little of time and therefore selective questions could have done

12 – 13 question with a good accuracy – 95%ile
14 – 16 question with a good accuracy – 99%ile

QA Slot 2

QA was overall easy to moderate
Questions were almost from all topics, questions were straight forward but had a small catch

It was easy to jump on wrong answer
Calculation involved

Someone who smartly used calculator could have done better.

17 – 18 question with a good accuracy – 95%ile
20 – 22 question with a good accuracy – 99%ile