CAT 2019 Paper Analysis: “VARC Section Was Tougher,” Say Experts

CAT 2019 Paper Analysis: 'VARC Section Was Tougher,' Say Experts

CAT 2018 result was announced on January 5, 2019.


NEW DELHI: CAT 2019 was held today in two shifts– 9:00 am to 12:00 noon and 2:30 pm to 5:30 pm. Close to 2.44 lakh candidates are expected to have appeared for the CAT 2019 today at 376 test centres spread across 156 cities. CAT is a three-hour examination comprising three sections: Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC), Quantitative Ability (QA) Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DILR). Candidates get one hour for each section.

CAT 2019 Analysis

According to Vijay Jha, Academic Head, CAT and Aptitude Exams at Gradeup, “The overall difficulty level of the exam was moderate to tough. Out of the three sections, VARC was the toughest while QA and DILR were both equally intimidating.”

In terms of level of difficulty, VARC was slightly trickier this year, with 2 passages on the difficult side. Expect the cutoff in VARC to decrease by about 6 – 8 marks. Both DILR and Quant were slightly easier than last year, said Mr. Gautam Bawa, Vice-President, Career Launcher.

“CAT generates a lot of buzz and discussion every year for one simple reason: it is never the same, and it always has an ace up its sleeve, a new surprise every year. This year’s story was the same. While VARC was slightly more difficult than the relatively easier levels of the previous three years, QA came down a notch in difficulty level. LRDI also became easier as compared to the previous year,” said Mr Ramnath Kankadandi, National CAT Course Director, T.I.M.E.

“The VARC section tightened the screws a little bit, after three years of easy VARC sections. While the broader pattern remained the same – 24 RC questions and 10 VA questions – the difficulty level of the RC questions was a major digression from previous years’ difficulty levels. One can say it was not a breeze even for those well-versed with the language,” he said.

On the QA section, he said, “The difficulty level of QA, one could say, was slightly lower than that of CAT 2018, but this section was by no means as easy as the QA section of CAT 2017.”

“Overall, CAT 2019 appears a little easier than CAT 2018, with two sections (DILR and QA) being on the easier side than those of CAT 2018, and one section (VARC) being tougher,” he added.