CAT 2020 Highlights

CAT 2020 Highlights

Dear MBA aspirants, take a look at the highlights of CAT 2020 analysis of Slot 1, Slot 2 and Slot 3 by our IMS test prep experts.

By Team PG India

 

SLOT 1

Here is the section-wise break–up of questions:

Section No. Section Duration MCQs TITA Total
I VARC 40 min 21 5 26
II DI & LR 40 min 18 6 24
III QA 40 min 18 8 26
Total 120 min 57 19 76

Based on the feedback received from several candidates who appeared in the first slot, we estimate the scores and percentiles*** as follows:

 Percentile Score VA-RC Score DI-LR Score QA Overall Score
99.5 %ile 44 39 49 120
99 %ile 40 34 44 110
97 %ile 37 31 40 100
95%ile 35 29 38 94
90%ile 30 26 34 81
85%ile 27 23 31 72

Key observations:

VA-RC

  • The VA-RC section was similar to CAT 2019, with no Grammar and Vocabulary Qs.
  • Comprehension had 4 passages in all—2 passages with 4 Qs each and 2 passages with 5 Qs each.
  • Most of the questions were Medium to Difficult.
  • IMS students reported that very few questions were easy!
  • VA did not offer any surprise. Despite the change in the total number of questions.
  • VA repeated the usual question types – Summary, Odd sentence, and the all-time favourite – paragraph jumbles.

Overall, an attempt of 15 to 17 to questions with high accuracy (85-90%) should be a good in this section.

Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning

  • The DI-LR section underwent a change in CAT-2020
  • A total 5 sets, out of which two sets had 6 questions 
  • The remaining three had 4 questions each.
  • The three sets with 4 questions – one set had all the 4 TITA questions while the remaining two had all 4 MCQ questions.
  • The two sets with 6 questions – one set had all 6 MCQ questions while the other set had 4 MCQ and 2 TITA questions.
  • There were three DI sets and two LR sets.

Overall, this section was medium to difficult.

QA

  • This section was medium in terms of Level of difficulty
  • It was dominated by Arithmetic (10 questions), followed by Algebra (8 questions).
  • There were 3 questions on Modern Maths, 3 questions on Geometry and 2 questions on Numbers.
  • In Arithmetic, the questions were dominated by Time- Speed-Distance and Mixtures and Alligations.
  • One surprise this year was relatively lower emphasis on Geometry and higher emphasis on Algebra.
  • There were 8 TITA Qs this year. Overall this section was at Medium level of difficulty.

Selecting the right questions to attempt was the key.

VERDICT

IMS students found a great deal of similarity between the SimCATs and the CAT. Several students gave the feedback that the CAT appeared an extension of the SimCATs and the e-Maxmiser Workshops.

SLOT 2

Section No. Section Duration MCQs TITA Total
I VARC 40 min 21 5 26
II DI & LR 40 min 18 6 24
III QA 40 min 18 8 26
Total 120 min 57 19 76

The overall difficulty level of Slot 2 was slightly more than that of Slot 1 – bordering on the difficult with two sections (QA and DILR) being more difficult and VARC being on par with Slot 1. We estimate the scores and percentiles to be as follows:

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 Percentile Score VA-RC Score DI-LR Score QA Overall Score
99.5 %ile 45 37 46 115
99 %ile 42 32 41 105
97 %ile 38 29 37 95
95%ile 35 26 35 89
90%ile 31 23 31 76
85%ile 28 20 28 67

Key Observations:

VA-RC

  • The VA-RC section was similar to the first slot in segmentation and difficulty level.
  • The majority of the questions were of medium difficulty and even difficult.
  • Very few questions were easy.
  • Comprehension had 4 passages in all—2 passages with 4 Qs each and 2 passages with 5 Qs each.
  • Most of the questions were Medium to Difficult rather heavy on application and reasoning.
  • Despite the change in the total number of questions, VA repeated the usual question types – Summary, Odd sentence, and the all-time favorite – paragraph jumbles.

Overall, an attempt of 16 or 17 questions with high accuracy (85-90%) should be good in this section.

Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning

  • The second slot of CAT-2020 had a total 5 sets, out of which two sets had 6 questions while the remaining three had 4 questions each.
  • Out of the three sets with 4 questions, one set had all the 4 TITA questions while the remaining two had all 4 MCQ questions.
  • Out of the two sets with 6 questions, one set had all 6 MCQ questions while the other set had 4 MCQ and 2 TITA questions.
  • There were two DI sets and three LR sets. The DI sets had a tinge of Logical Reasoning.

Overall, this section was medium to difficult.

QA

  • The QA section of Slot-2 of CAT-2020 was dominated by Arithmetic (10 questions) like in Slot 1
  • Algebra had 8 questions.
  • There were 3 questions on Modern Maths
  • 3 questions on Geometry and 2 questions on Numbers. Like Slot-1, the Slot-2 also had a number of questions on Time-Speed-Distance.
  • There were 8 TITA Qs this year.
  • Overall this section was at Medium level of difficulty.
  • Selecting the right questions to attempt was the key.

Overall, this section was medium in terms of Level of difficulty but had a number of time-consuming and tricky questions. Overall, we rate this section one notch more difficult than the one in CAT-2019 but not as tough as the one in CAT-2018.

SLOT 3

The third slot had the same structure as the first two slots and was similar in the overall difficulty level.

Section No. Section Duration MCQs TITA Total
I VARC 40 min 21 5 26
II DI & LR 40 min 18 6 24
III QA 40 min 18 8 26
Total 120 min 57 19 76

Based on the feedback received from IMS students, we estimate the scores and percentiles for Slot 3 as follows:

 Percentile Score VA-RC Score DI-LR Score QA Overall Score
99.5 %ile 45 35 48 114
99 %ile 41 30 43 104
97 %ile 37 27 39 94
95%ile 35 24 37 88
90%ile 30 21 33 75
85%ile 27 18 30 66

Like in the earlier slots, the test started with the VARC Section followed by DILR and QA sections. Each section was timed for 40 minutes. One could not go back and forth between sections. The marking scheme was +3 for every correct and -1 for incorrect answers. There was no negative marking for TITA Qs.

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Key Observations

VA-RC

  • The VA-RC section in all the three slots was similar in difficulty level and had the same segmentation.
  • The majority of the questions were of medium difficulty and quite a few questions even difficult.
  • Very few questions were easy.
  • Comprehension had 4 passages —2 passages with 4 Qs each and 2 passages with 5 Qs each.
  • The majority of the questions were reasoning and application-based.
  • VA questions too did not give much respite. They also needed careful deliberation to arrive at the answer.
  • The only comfort was that one was dealing with familiar questions types of Summary, Odd Sentence, and Paragraph Jumble questions.

Overall, an attempt of 15 to 17 questions with high accuracy (85-90%) should be good in this section

Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning

  • Like in slot 1 and 2, the third slot of CAT-2020 had a total 5 sets,
  • Two sets had 6 questions while the remaining three had 4 questions each.
  • The number of TITA questions in different sets in slot 3 showed slight variation as compared to the first two slots.
  • Out of the three sets with 4 questions, one set had 2 TITA questions while the remaining two had all 4 MCQ questions.
  • Out of the two sets with 6 questions, one set had all 6 MCQ questions while the other set had 2 MCQ and 4 TITA questions.

There were two DI sets and three LR sets. Overall, this section was medium to difficult. Identification of right sets to attempt was the key. Sets 1 and 5 must not have been missed.

QA

  • Like Slots 1 and 2, the QA section of Slot-3 of CAT-2020 was also dominated by Arithmetic (10 questions). However, the emphasis on Algebra was slightly lower than in the first two slots.
  • There were 4 questions on Algebra.
  • Similarly, there were 5 questions on Modern Maths
  • 4 questions on Geometry.
  • 3 questions on Numbers.
  • Like the first two slots, the Slot-3 also had a number of questions on Time-Speed-Distance.
  • There were 8 TITA Qs this year.

Overall this section was at Medium level of difficulty. Selecting the right questions to attempt was the key.