CAT Examination Results in January 2019

As the Common Entrance Test (CAT) 2018 slot two examinations for the admission of various Indian Institute of Management (IIMs) pan India got over on November 25, 2018, the results are likely to come in January 2019. Quoting an expert saying, the NDTV report said both the slot one and slot two were similar, while VARC and DLIR sections were bitten tougher in the afternoon session. A candidate, who wrote the examination, said that in the second slot, the DLIR questions were more robust than the other two sections.

IIM Calcutta, the official organiser or IIM CAT 2018, conducted this prestigious management entrance examination for more than 2, 00,000 students in various centres across the country in two slots or shifts. The first shift was concluded at 12.15 p.m. on November 25, 2018.

Slot Two Analysis

A candidate who came out of an exam centre said his experience was of “mixed reactions”.  “The Math part was lengthier and had to sit through a lot over questions. The English part was not too confusing, and most questions were “straightforward,” he said and added:  “In DLIR, questions were tough… equivalent to what happened last year.”

An expert told NDTV that slot 2 was as similar as the slot one while VARC and DILR sections were a bit tougher than the morning slot. “Like slot 1, slot 2 was slightly difficult when compared to 2017. Quant was difficult, with 99 percentile estimated at a score of 50. DILR was easier as compared to the previous year with 99 percentile expected at a score of 48-50. A 99 percentile in VARC is expected at a score of 75; it was easier compared to 2017. Overall 99 percentile is estimated with a score of 155-160, a drop of 15 marks compared to last year,” said analysis posted by the Career Launcher portal.

CAT 2018 was a Digital or Computer Based Test (CBT), not an Internet-Based Test (IBT); i.e. a candidate did not need to take the test on an internet site.  Instead of reading the questions from a Paper booklet and darkening the ovals on the answer booklet, the candidates were allowed to read the questions on a computer console and choose the answer by clicking on the correct option for the MCQs and non-MCQs on the console.

The answers were allowed to be inserted using the mouse and the onscreen keyboard in the space provided for.  During the CAT 2018 examinations process, the candidates were allowed to leave the test lab only on completion of the 180 minutes, even if they would have attempted all questions before the set time.

Ashwin Siddu, a candidate who had appeared for the examination, was quoted as saying by the report in a Tweet: “My effective time was 2.15 hours and the last 45 minutes I was wondering who the hell designed the quant section…must be a sadist.”


CAT 2018 Exam Format

  • For all Candidates, the medium of the CAT 2018 was English.


The CAT 2018 test consisted of three Sections:

  • Section 1: Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC),
  • Section 2: Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DILR) and
  • Section 3: Quantitative Ability (QA)
  • Some questions were of Multiple Choice Question (MCQ) type with Options to select while some were a non-MCQ type.
  • The candidates will not be awarded any mark for questions which are not attempted.
  • There would be no negative marks for a non-MCQ type question.
  • In CAT 2018, each Section was allotted 60 minutes – with the total time for the Exam being 180 minutes.

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