CAT Answer Keys (Slot 1 & 2), Response Sheets, Question Papers and Paper Analysis

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    IIM Kozhikode has declared that the provisional answer keys will remain unchanged. The objections received against questions in CAT 2019 were carefully examined by the expert panels. No objections have been approved by the experts and hence, the provisional answer keys are the final answer keys. CAT Result will be based on this answer key only.

    Candidates challenged CAT 2019 Answer Keys through the Objection Management Tab which was activated by IIM Kozhikode from December 4 – 6, 2019 (5.00 PM). An objection against responses given in the official CAT Answer Key could be raised for a charge INR 1200. There is a provision to refund the amount, if the claim is found to be correct after expert verification. 

    CAT 2019 Answer Keys, Response Sheets and Question Papers for both slot 1 and 2 were released on November 29, 2019. CAT Answer Key PDFs contain all the questions, candidate’s response and the correct answer to the questions asked in CAT 2019. Answer keys for both the slots i.e. Forenoon and Afternoon have been released separately. CAT 2019 was conducted on November 24, 2019.

    Direct Link to Download CAT 2019 Answer Keys

    • Candidates can download CAT 2019 Answer Key from the official website.
    • There will be a single PDF which will have the questions asked in CAT 2019, your responses to them and their correct answers.
    • CAT 2019 Paper Analysis for Slot 1 and 2 is now available. Surprisingly, this year, VARC was the toughest section as compared to DILR and QA sections. Read Detailed CAT Paper Analysis 
    • CAT Result will be released on January 7, 2020 (tentative)

    About CAT CAT 2019 received a total of 2.44 lakh applications, which is the highest in the past 10 years. Common Admission Test or popularly recognized as CAT, is the most significant management entrance examination of the country. Read More

    The exam is a gateway to 20 IIMs and 100+ premier management institutes and is conducted annually by one of the older IIMs on a rotational basis. CAT judges a candidate’s ability through 3 sections - Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension, Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning and Quantitative Aptitude.

    CAT 2019 Answer Keys PDF (Released)

    ParticularsCAT 2019 Answer Keys
    CAT 2019 Slot 1 9:00 AM – 12:00 PMCAT 2019 Answer Key PDF
    CAT 2019 Slot 2 2:30 PM – 5:30 PMCAT 2019 Answer Key PDF

    CAT 2019 Answer Key Sample

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    How to Download Answer Keys?

    Candidates need to follow the given steps to download CAT 2019 Answer Key:

    Step 1: Visit the official portal of CAT 2019, i.e. Direct link to Download CAT Answer Keys 

    Step 2: On the homepage, click on ‘Candidate login’ Link.

    Step 3: Enter your issued Registration/ User ID and Password to go ahead.

    CAT Login

    Step 4: After login, click on “Candidate’s Response” option that is available at the top bar.

    Your CAT Answer Key PDF will be displayed on the screen which will also show your responses along with the correct answers. You can download the PDF and match your recorded responses from the response sheet with CAT 2019 Answer Key to calculate your score. 

    Check CAT 2019 Paper Analysis

    Steps to Challenge CAT 2019 Answer Keys

    Candidates who are not satisfied with the released responses in CAT answer key can challenge any answer by submitting an objection form along with an amount of Rs 1200.  

    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 will be available for a limited period of time. 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 raise an objection against CAT 2019 Answer Key can follow these steps:

    • On logging on for answer key using your CAT Registration ID and password, you will find an ‘Objection Form’
    • Use ‘+’ icon to raise any objection.
    • Select details like section name, question number, type of question from the dropdown menu.
    • Pick one of the options out of the 3- i) None of the options are correct; ii) More than one option is the correct choice; iii) The answer key is not correct
    • You can add remarks (up to 500 words) in support of your claim. 
    • An applicant can file as many objections as they want.
    • Once submitted, no objection will be available for an edit/addition.

    Check CAT MCQ Questions 2019

    CAT 2019 Question Paper

    CAT 2019 Question Paper is now available to the candidates at the official website of CAT 2019. CAT 2019 Exam Pattern remained the same as the previous years. Features of CAT 2019 Question Paper are as follows:

    • CAT Question paper comprises 3 sections and candidates can attempt the next section only after submitting the previous section.
    • Order in which sections appear in CAT 2019 Question Paper is fixed. No flexibility is given to the aspirant in this regard. The order is: i) VARC section; ii) DILR section; iii) QA section
    • Candidates can’t devote any extra time to a particular section. Sectional time limit of 1 hour is fixed for each section and is this remains unaffected if there is any extra time remaining in a particular section. 
    • Candidates must save and move to the next question for an attempt to count in CAT 2019 Question Paper.
    • MCQs and Non- MCQs were asked in CAT Question Paper. The marking scheme for MCQs is +3 for a correct response and -1 for an incorrect response. Non- MCQ questions carry +3 for correct responses and no negative marking. There is no negative marking for unattempted questions. 

    Check CAT 2019 Syllabus

    CAT 2019 Response Sheet

    • CAT Response Sheet is the record of responses marked by candidates in the exam and is released along with CAT Answer Key.
    • It can be accessed using the login credentials of candidates.
    • By comparing CAT Answer Key with your responses, you can count correct or incorrect responses and calculate your score.

    Calculate Score Using Answer Key

    To calculate your CAT Score with the help of CAT 2019 Answer Key, candidates can follow the given steps:

    • Compare the answers in your response sheet and official CAT 2019 Answer Key.
    • Count the number of correct and incorrect responses by you. Marking scheme for CAT 2019 is tabulated below:
    Marking SchemeMCQsNon-MCQs
    Correct Answer+3+3
    Incorrect Answer-10
    • Use the following formula to calculate your CAT Raw Score:
    3 X (Number of correct responses)  – 1 X (Number of incorrect MCQ responses)

    Please note that there is no negative marking for unattempted questions. 

    CAT 2018 Answer Keys

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

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

    CAT Answer Key by T.I.M.E.

    After CAT 2019 will be conducted, popular coaching institutes like T.I.M.E, Career Launcher etc will release the answer keys for the CAT 2019 Paper. Since the official answer key won’t be out till a weak after the exam. Candidates can refer to these answer keys and based on the memory of their responses get an idea of their score.

    CAT Answer Key by T.I.M.E. for the previous year is as follows:

    CAT Slot 1 Answer KeyAvailable SoonClick Here
    CAT Slot 2 Answer KeyAvailable SoonClick Here

    CAT 2018 Paper Analysis

    Once CAT 2019 exam will conclude, we will come up with a detailed paper analysis, till then, candidates can go through the previous year paper analysis given below. 

    CAT Year 2018 2017 2016 2015 
    Exam Date November 25 November 26 December 4 November 29
    CAT Exam Conducting IIM IIM Calcutta IIM Lucknow IIM Bangalore IIM Ahmedabad 
    Total Questions 100 100 100 100
    Sections | Duration 3 | 3hrs 3 | 3hrs 3 | 3hrs 3 | 3hrs 
    Marking Scheme Correct Answer: +3 Correct Answer: +3 Correct Answer: +1 Correct Answer: +3 
    Wrong Answer: -1 Wrong Answer: -1 Wrong Answer: -1 Wrong Answer: -1 
    Number of MCQs 75 74 75 72 
    Number of Non-MCQs 25 26 25 28 
    Difficulty Level Difficult Few questions were easy, few were moderate and some were difficult Moderate to Difficult Moderate to Difficult 
    Name of Sections and Number of Questions 

    VARC – 34 

    DILR – 32 

    QA – 34 

    VARC – 34 

    DILR – 32 

    QA – 34 

    VARC – 34 

    DILR – 32 

    QA – 34 

    VARC – 34 

    DILR -32 

    QA – 34 

    CAT 2018 Section-wise Analysis 

    Check the table given below to get an idea about the section wise analysis of CAT 2018 exam: 

    CAT 2018 was conducted by IIM Calcutta on November 25. More than 2 lakh candidates appeared to take the test. 

    • The overall difficulty level of the exam was high. 
    • DILR was difficult and the quant section was intensively calculative
    • RC passages were very lengthy
    Section Total Number of Questions Non-MCQs MCQs Difficulty Level 
    Slot 1 Slot 2Slot 1 Slot 2  Slot 1 Slot 2 Slot 1 Slot 2 
    VARC 34347727 27Moderate Moderate 
    DILR 3232882424 Moderate – Difficult Difficult 
    Quant 34 34 121222 22 Moderate – Difficult Moderate – Difficult 

    CAT Previous Year 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 four sentences were easy and concise. As there was no negative marking, one should have attempted all without wasting any time.
    Summary3The para was 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 (the 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 Previous Year Analysis: Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DILR)

    • CAT 2019 was held on November 25, 2019 in two slots 
    • There were a total of 32 questions in the DILR section of CAT 
    • Among 32 questions, there were 8 non MCQs without negative marking 
    • The overall difficulty level of the section was difficult 

    CAT 2018 Slot 1 DI / LR Paper Analysis 

    Section Topic Number of Questions Level Good Attempt 
    Date InterpretationHappiness Index Difficult 
    Matrix Moderate 
    Routes Moderate – Difficult 
    Flight Operation Moderate 
    Logical Reasoning Projects 4Difficult 1-2 
    Burgers / Fries Easy – Moderate 
    Children Survey 4Easy 
    PCM Difficult 

    CAT 2018 Slot 2 DI / LR Paper Analysis 

    Section Topic Number of Questions Level Good Attempt 
    Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning Chess Easy – Moderate 3-4 
    Pizza Easy 
    Dorms Medium – Difficult 2-3 
    Asset Management Medium 2-3 
    Airplane  Difficult 1-2 
    Biometric Difficult 
    Tea Easy – Moderate 
    Elective Difficult Too difficult to attempt

    Check  Detailed DI / LR Paper Analysis

    CAT Previous Year Analysis: Quantitative Aptitude

    • CAT 2018 was held on November 25, 2019 and was conducted in two slots – morning and afternoon
    • Quantitative section consisted of 34 questions in total
    • Section had a time limit of 60 minutes 

    CAT 2018 Slot 1 QA Paper Analysis 

    • 11 questions were non-MCQ and 23 questions were MCQs 
    • The level of questions was easy 
    • Arithmetic and Algebra dominated the section with 20 – 21 questions
    • A good attempt of 25 – 27 questions with 90% accuracy could fetch 99%ile 
    Topic Number of Questions Good Attempt 
    Number System 
    Algebra 10-11 8-10 
    Arithmetic 11 7-9
    Modern Math
    Geometry and Mensuration 6-7 4-5 

    CAT 2018 Slot 2 QA Paper Analysis 

    • 8 questions were non- MCQ, and 24 questions were MCQs 
    Topic Number of Questions Good Attempt 
    Number System 2-3 
    Algebra 12 9 -10 
    Arithmetic 12 9-10 
    Modern Math 
    Geometry and Mensuration 42-3

    Check Detailed CAT Paper Analysis of QA Section


    • This section came as a 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 the 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.

    CAT 2019 Result

    IIM Kozhikode will release CAT 2019 Result expectedly in the 1st week of January. CAT Result will be based on the final CAT Answer Key. The raw scores of the candidates will be calculated which shall be further converted into scaled scores and percentile. You can access CAT 2019 Result on the official CAT website using your login credentials. 

    CAT Answer Keys FAQs

    Ques. What if any given response in the official answer key is wrong?

    Ans. Candidates can challenge the official CAT 2019 Answer Key by filling an objection form on the CAT official website. The steps to challenge CAT 2019 Answer Key are as follows:

    Step 1: Visit CAT 2019 official website. 

    Step 2: Click on ‘CAT 2019 Answer Keys’ Link, on the homepage. 

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

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

    Ques. What is the amount for challenging CAT Answer Key?

    Ans. In 2018, the amount of challenging the answer key had been increased from INR 1000 to INR 1200. It is expected to remain the same this year.

    Ques. How to calculate score using CAT Answer Key?

    Ans. Candidates can calculate their CAT Score by comparing CAT Answer Key with your response sheet. Count your correct and incorrect responses and use the following formula:

    CAT Raw Score= 3 X Number of correct responses  – 1 X Number of incorrect responses.

    Please note that there will be no negative marking for Non-MCQ questions and unattempted questions.

    Ques. Will I get a refund for the amount I pay for challenging the official answer key?

    Ans. If your claim is found to be correct, only then your amount shall be refunded. Otherwise, there will be no initiation of refund by the conducting body.

    Ques. When will CAT 2019 Answer Key be released?

    Ans. CAT 2019 Answer keys have been released on November 29, 2019 containing the questions and candidate’s responses. Students can calculate their score by comparing CAT Answer Key with their responses.

    Ques. What if my challenge claim is rejected as wrong and I am not satisfied?

    Ans. Upon receiving a claim that challenges the official CAT answer key, it will be crosschecked and verified by experts. However, the decision of the conducting authority shall be considered final. 



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