CAT 2019 Slot 1 Analysis - (Detailed analysis of CAT 2019 will be live at 4 PM)

CAT 2019 did not throw any surprises in paper format. 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. Overall, the paper was slightly less difficult, as compared to CAT 2018. An overall raw score of around 157-160 should fetch a 99%ile in CAT 2019.

Section-wise expected score for 99%ile


Expected score for 99%ile









VARC Analysis

VARC had the usual paper structure every CAT 2019 aspirant is familiar with. There were 24 questions on RCs, which were broken up into 4 RCs of 5 questions each, and 1 RC of 4 questions.

VARC was undoubtedly trickier than that of last year’s CAT paper due to:

  • Trickier question types: One would encounter questions like “Which of the following if TRUE, will strengthen the argument of the author the least” and “Which of the following will not cause the inversion referred to in the ‘flipping the script’”. The students would have spent quite some time trying to understand what they are required to think about.
  • Close options: RC passages, like the one on the origins of the Aladdin story and on ‘folk culture’ had options which were extremely close to each other. This would have definitely reduced the speed of the student.

Expect the cutoff of VARC to drop by about 6-8 marks, which is about 2-3 questions lesser than last year.

DILR Analysis

DILR was easier, as compared to last year. About 3 sets, more specifically the ones which talked about different types of gifts in 100 boxes, the 12 different junctions, and summation of two 6-digit numbers, were easy and should have surely been attempted.

Another set, which was a horizontal bar chart about the different types of crimes in different states, was also easy; and would not have taken more than 5-10 minutes to solve.

It was good to see a new chart type, i.e. the radar graph, making its way to the CAT 2019 slot 1 paper (the image here shows what a radar chart looks like).

In this set, different Vendors were ranked on features like Customer Service, Cost, Reliability, etc. This straightforward set required you to solve questions as simple as finding the best vendor on the basis of the average of scores on each of the features.

The cutoff for DILR is expected to increase by about 7-9 marks from last year, which is about 2-3 questions extra from CAT 2018.

QA Analysis

QA was also slightly easier than last year. You could have found more sitters this year than in CAT 2018. The paper had a good number of questions on Arithmetic from topics like Percentages, TSD, Time and Work, etc. Among Algebra, Geometry, and Numbers, the paper had more questions on Algebra and Geometry than on Numbers.

The cutoff for QA is expected to increase by about 5-7 marks from last year, which is about 1-2 questions extra from CAT 2018.

Go through the previous year CAT exam analysis to be prepared for surprises