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CAT 2018 Answer Key, Objection Form, Paper Analysis (Slot 1 & 2)

Last Updated - December 10, 2018

IIM Calcutta has released the answer keys of CAT 2018 on December 7,  2018. The management exam was conducted on November 25 in two slots in CBT mode.

CAT 2018 Answer KeyLink
CAT 2018 Shift 1 Answer KeyClick Here
CAT 2018 Shift 2 Answer KeyClick Here

Latest: Candidate’s response sheet released at CAT’s official portal. Check the same using your login credentials.

Along with the keys, the following documents will also be released on the official website of CAT i.e.

  • CAT Question Papers in PDF format for all the sets
  • Objection Form for the question paper
CAT 2018 ResultCAT Cut OffCAT Score Calculation

CAT 2018 Answer Keys

IIMs started releasing the answer keys only from last year (CAT 2017). This year too, the solutions for each slot will be released by the coordinating body. Steps to check the same are:

Step 1: Visit the official portal of CAT 2018, i.e.

Step 2: On the homepage, click on ‘CAT 2018 Answer Keys’ Link.

Step 3: Enter the issued Registration ID and Password to go ahead.

Step 4: After log in, an option to download the answer key will be available there, download it as the slot they appeared in.

CAT 2018 Answer Key for Slot 1

Candidates may check the following file to view the answers: -

Available Shortly!

CAT 2018 Answer Key for Slot 2

Candidates may check the following file to view the answers: -

Available Shortly!

CAT 2018 Objection Form

With the release of answer keys, Query-cum-objection form is also released. Candidates who are not satisfied with CAT answer keys can challenge any answer by submitting the objection to CAT center 2018 to get the same redressed after paying requisite fee of INR1000. If an objection raised by a candidate is found to be valid, the remedial measures taken by IIMs will be applicable to all the candidates.

The form is available for a limited period of time, until December 8. The objections received by the CAT center will be reviewed. If there is no change perceived by experts in the CAT answer key, the objection will not be entertained

Candidates who want to file such objection can follow the below-mentioned steps: -

  • Visit the official website of CAT 2018
  • Click on the “Objection Form” button available on the homepage of the website.
  • Candidates will need to enter their Registration ID and Password here. 
  • Further, candidates can click on the ‘+’ sign to add a new objection.
  • After this, candidates can enter the Question Number against which the objection is to be reported.
  • Further, candidates will need to pay the fee for their objection. As mentioned earlier, a fee of INR 1000 will be charged for each question.
  • Once an objection is filed, it cannot be changed or undone.

CAT 2018 Paper Analysis

As per the experts, Quants section was tough. However, other sections like DILR’s difficulty level was moderate. Highlights of section-wise paper analysis is tabulated below:

SectionNo. of Ques.No. of non-MCQsDifficulty LevelGood Attempts
Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension347Easy28+
Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning328Moderate16+
Quantitative Aptitude3412Difficult15+
Total10027 -60+

CAT 2018 Analysis: Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC)

  • Difficulty Level: Easier than expected
  • Pattern: Didn’t match that of the sample paper provided by CAT officials.
  • Total Questions: 34 with 7 Non-MCQs
AreaTopicMax. Ques.Description
Reading ComprehensionReading Comprehension24There were 5 passages of around 500 – 550 word limit each.
Genetics passage had four questions and was tedious to read
The other four passages were from familiar areas like India’s view on its legacy of 2nd world war, Plastic Pollution, Elephant Society and Consumer Behaviour.
Each of these passages had 5 questions.
Verbal AbilityPara-jumble4All the four sentences were easy and concise. As there was no negative marking, one should have attempted all without wasting any time.
Summary3The para were short, but difficult to read.


  • There were quite a few inference-based questions, but these were easy to attempt.
  • Only 4-5 questions from RC were tricky. However, a student should have followed the POE (process of elimination) to be able to achieve a decent accuracy rate as the options were not straight forward.
  • VA section had one major change. There were 4 Subjective Para Jumble questions, and all of these had 4 sentences each.
  • The three summary questions were difficult. The paragraphs focused entirely on research methodology and academic concepts. So, they were difficult to read and comprehend.

CAT 2018 Analysis: Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DILR)

  • Difficulty Level: Easier than expected
  • Pattern: came as a pleasant surprise
  • Total Questions: 38 with 8 Non-MCQs
SectionTopicNo. of Ques.Good Attempts
Data InterpretationPie-chart annual44
 -ATM – Denominations of 100,200 and 500-moderate41-2
Set Theory41-2
Logical ReasoningMatrix42-3
 -10 scores-scores in DI/ WE41-2
4 Females and 4 Males44
3 Committees-Research/ Teaching/ Economist42-3
1-20 Petro Pumps42-3


  • Unlike last year’s paper, the theme of the questions in each set was more conventional.
  • With smart selection, around 4 sets in the section could have been attempted very easily with good accuracy.
  • A couple of sets had 1 ‘difficult to crack’ question each.
  • And a student should have been wise enough to leave these aside. Calculation wasn’t required at all in the DI sets.
  • On the other hand, the LR sets were easy-moderate in terms of level of difficulty

CAT 2018 Analysis: Quantitative Aptitude

  • Difficulty Level: Very difficult
  • Total Questions: 34 with 12 Non-MCQs
SectionTopicNo. of Ques.Good Attempts
Quantitative AbilityNumber System22
Modern Math32
Geometry and Mensuration73-4


  • This section came as shocker and the toughest of all sections. However, for the ‘engineering-dominated’ group, this was not impossible to attempt.
  • The questions were calculation and logic intensive, not theory intensive.
  • It was arguably the toughest QA section in the last four years.
  • The questions were designed to test the grasp of basic fundamentals of the concepts.
  • Arithmetic and Geometry questions dominated the section. In some of MCQs, options were very confusing to get the answer.
  • Number System and Logarithm each had at least 2 questions.



1 Comment
Pragathi Manohar

I am doing my 11th science, and wanna do CAT. How do I go about?

11 Dec, 2018 14:56
Akansha Expert

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