CAT 2018 Analysis - Slot 1 and Slot 2

CAT 2018 Exam Slot 1 Answer Key

IIMCAT has released the official CAT answer key for slot 1 and slot 2. You can go to iimcat website and login to download the same. To make your life easier, 2IIM has posted both CAT answer key here in a easy to download link. You can use this CAT answer Key of CAT 2018 to compare with your responses and find your Exact CAT raw score. CAT answer key downloads available below:

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CAT 2018 Exam Slot 2 Answer Key

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CAT 2018 Exam Analysis

The story of CAT 2018 was the level of difficulty of the Quant section. I (Rajesh Balasubramanian) have taken 8 of the last 10 CATs and I can confidently say that this was the toughest Quant section I have seen thus far. We have done a CAT 2018 Analysis of Slot 1 and Slot 2 on Youtube. Scroll down to have a look at that. I am going to jot down a few thoughts here.

Quant substantially tougher, VARC and DILR at same level of 2017

Quant was onerous; every question was multi-layered and time-consuming. To give a comparison with CAT 2017, I would estimate that a score of 60-65% of the corresponding 2017 score would fetch the same percentile. On the other hand VARC and DILR were at around the same level of difficulty. Because of this jump in difficulty in Quant, the scores required for 99th or 95th percentile should also be lower than CAT 2017.

Our estimates for CAT 2018 percentiles and scores are given below for both slot 1 and slot 2.Note that these are merely estimates and are not based on statistical analysis.

CAT 2018 Slot 1 percentile
CAT 2018 Slot 2 percentile

CAT 2018 Slot 1 Expert Analysis Video

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CAT 2018 Slot 2 Expert Analysis Video


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CAT 2018 Topic-wise breakdown in Quant

As far as the CAT syllabus was concerned, a great many questions were from Arithmetic. Number Theory was not heavily tested at all whereas Geometry featured reasonably well.

CAT 2018 Topic Wise Breakdown Quant

CAT 2018 Topic-wise breakdown in VARC

CAT 2018 Topic Wise Breakdown VARC

CAT 2018 TITA-MCQ breakdown in Quant, VARC and DILR

CAT 2018 MCQ Breakdown

There were 27 questions of TITA kind.

CAT 2018 Analysis and overview from Quora

Rajesh Balasubramaian has this to say about the Quant section “I was geared to decimating Chris Harris and without warning I was suddenly facing Marshall and Ambrose on a Perth track from the 90’s.” Bharathwaj had this to say “DILR was brilliantly tough. Puzzle selection matters. And nothing else. :)”

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