Disclaimers Ahead: This is a CAT 2019 Score prediction based on years of experience from taking this exam. However, like every other prediction, there are great chances of this being proved true or otherwise. Start off with this assumption:
CAT 2019 Score Prediction
This article will give you a sense of what could be expected from CAT 2019. If you are preparing for CAT, for the last few months, this article might mean a reasonable starting point in terms of what to aim for, if you are planning for a set of b schools, for instance b-schools in the top ten ranking. These numbers give you a good anchor point to start with.
Before we jump in to CAT 2019 Score prediction, we will look at the assumptions made and the predicted scores section wise. At the end of the Article you can find “The Winning Strategy” for CAT 2019!
Quantitative Aptitude for CAT 2018 was much tougher than CAT 17. So the assumption is that CAT 2019 Quantitative Aptitude section will be a smidgen easier than CAT 2018.
Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning
About 3+ full sets should pitch you north of 99th Percentile in the DILR Section. Slightly below 3 full sets should be around 95th percentile in the DILR Section. To top it off, if you get two sets right, you are crossing 90th percentile, looking at the past 3-4 year trends.
Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension
VARC sectional percentiles hinge on accuracy, and pretty much on accuracy only. The difference between 99.5 and a 95 is not going to be insanely different attempts, but pretty much the accuracy game and nothing else.
Overall CAT 2019 Score Vs Percentile
Overall, you should focus on insanely high Accuracy on Quants and DILR, and about 80+ % accuracy in the VARC Section. Natural tendency is to push the Attempts number high, if we want to maximise the score. But try and refrain from it. In reality, how much you get right, how much control you have over your attempts is what matters the most.
Understanding your strengths and weaknesses and cross a score equivalent of 90th percentile and then shoot for the stars. Sometimes being overambitious can mess up with your exam execution. Be wary of that.
Winning Strategy for a Fantastic CAT Percentile
An Analogy on how to use these CAT 2019 Score Prediction percentiles would be thinking about a Cricket Team. The team plans for a score of about 310 if they know the nature of the pitch. You need to remember that the team does not exactly consider all external factors, but from experience, recollects playing in a similar turf in the past and anchor around 310 as a par score.
However, once into the game, the team has to recalibrate itself. So sometimes, if the pitch seems to be batting friendly, team should try to push the score to about 350 to maximise your chances of winning the match. If it is the other way round, the team should think about scoring anything north of 260. But the key idea is, team should try to maximise its chances of winning.
How to apply the Winning Strategy?
Go into the exam with an open mind. In those three hours, see that you do not make mistake such as holding on to a question for longer than necessary. Do not keep worrying about how many questions have you answered by let’s say the 30 minute mark and other variants of the same worry.
See how you can maximise your percentile by maximising your attempts (with near 100% accuracy) in those three hours. Do not go in wanting to chase 12 questions in DILR. If the paper is easier than before, you shall be looking to answer more than 18 question, or if it is otherwise, it will be about 10 questions. Be flexible. Be prepared to be flexible.
Best Wishes for CAT 2019!
Rajesh Balasubramanian takes the CAT every year and is a 4-time CAT 100 percentiler. He likes few things more than teaching Math and insists to this day that he is a better teacher than exam-taker.