CAT 2019 Exam Analysis Slot 2

CAT 2019 Exam Analysis Slot 2

It has been interesting to observe the changing hues and colours of CAT over the last few years. The 100 questions, 3 sections CAT started first by taking DI/LR to a different level. This was followed by a challenging and standard QA sectional last year. This year, CAT seems to have reached its supreme point with VA turning out to be dense and tricky, along with a standard QA and DILR as in the previous years.

CAT Slot 2 was similar to Slot 1 in format, with 34 questions in Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension, 32 questions in Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning, and 34 questions in Quantitative Ability. The paper was for 3 hours, with each sectional being given 60 minutes.

The conduction process was smooth, with quick frisking and verification by well-trained teams. The overall test-taking experience was a good one with no major technical glitches. The test interface was friendly as in the previous years and showed no change.

The sectional, in-depth CAT 2019 Exam analysis Slot 2 is as follows:


This was reminiscent of the bygone years of tough VA sectionals – dense RCs, challenging questions, and tricky options. The 5 RCs carried a total of 24 questions distributed as 5, 5, 5, 5 and 4 per RC. The 10 VA questions had 4 Para-jumbles, 3 Out of Context, and 3 Summary questions.  All the Para-jumbles and Out of Context questions were the key-in type with no negative marking.

The RCs had a length of 500 to 650 words with topics as diverse as digital colonialism, green cities, language and identity, British colonialism, disgorging capital cities. Of the 10 VA questions, the 4 Para-jumbles were comparatively easier with 4 sentences each, though the topics were abstract and the language a little dense. The 3 Summary questions also had options that were close. 1 Summary question was really challenging. Out of Context had 5 sentences and required close reading to identify the odd sentence.

An attempt of about 24 questions with 80% accuracy can be said to fetch a 98 percentile.

Topic Sub-Topic Number of Questions
Reading Comprehension Digital Colonialism – Google CyArk 5
Reading Comprehension Language and Identity 4
Reading Comprehension Disgorging Capital Cities 5
Reading Comprehension British Colonialism 5
Reading Comprehension Green Cities 5
Verbal Ability Summary 3
Verbal Ability Para-jumbles 4
Verbal Ability Out of Context 3


The much-discussed and anticipated sectional turned out to be a soother to frayed nerves. It was definitely a notch lower than the last few years and can be termed moderate. The 32 questions had 8 sets of 4 questions each, 2 sets being DI, 4 sets being LR, 1 set game-based and 1 set, a set theory based caselet. A smart test-taker could easily attempt about 2 questions each in 3 sets without solving the entire set. 4 sets could be solved entirely by any well-prepared test taker. There were 8 key-in questions with no negative marking.

An attempt of about 19 questions with 80% accuracy can be said to fetch a 98 percentile. 

Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning -Type Description Difficulty-Level
New Age DI

Rainfall and LPA based

Scatter Graph

New Age DI

Revenue and Cost

Miscellaneous Graph

Games Games and Tournament Easy to Moderate
Traditional LR

Languages and Name

Matrix and Grouping

Easy to Moderate
New Age LR

Doctors and Clinic timing

Miscellaneous Reasoning

Easy to Moderate
New Age LR Pockets based Rows and Columns Moderate to Difficult
New Age LR Mid Term Exam based Arrangement Moderate
Caselets Set Theory-Tables Difficult


This again was a soother to frayed nerves. In comparison to last year, the QA sectional was easier, with Permutation Combination and Probability questions starkly missing. The sectional was less time-consuming. With a large number of Arithmetic questions (about 12), the sectional would certainly have appealed to a diverse audience of test-takers. For 3 or 4 questions, the calculator would have been handy. While there were 7 questions of Geometry and Mensuration, Co-ordinate Geometry was missing. This section had 10 key-in questions with no negative marking.

An attempt of about 24 questions with 80% accuracy can be said to fetch a 98 percentile. 

Quantitative Ability Number of Questions
Percentage, Profit and Loss , SICI 5
Ratio & Proportion 2
Time & Work 1
Time Speed Distance 3
Alligations & Mixtures 1
Geometry & Mensuration 6
Algebra 6
Logarithm 2
Progression 3
Function 1
Inequalities 1
Numbers 3

Here is the CAT 2019 Exam analysis with predicted sectional and overall raw scores versus sectional and overall percentiles :

Percentile Overall Verbal LRDI Quant
99 148-151 62 48 61
98 131-134 57 42 54
95 111-114 50 35 45
90 100-103 45 27 38
80 88-91 36 22 27

Wishing all the best to all the test takers for the results!

Check out CAT 2019 Exam Analysis for Slot 1 below:


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1 comment thought on “CAT 2019 Exam Analysis – Slot 2”

  1. VARC 21 attempt 11 correct 10 wrong
    DILR 11 attempt 8 correct 3 wrong
    QUANT 18 attempt 10 correct 8 wrong

    Net score: VARC- 27
    DILR- 23
    QUANT- 24


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