CAT 2020 Slot 1 Exam Analysis.(HT file)
CAT 2020 Slot 1 Exam Analysis.(HT file)

CAT 2020 Slot 1 Exam Analysis: Difficulty level was moderate to tough

This year, CAT is being conducted in three slots having a duration of 120 minutes. The timing of the morning shifts was 8.30am to 10.30 am while the timing of the other two shifts are 12.30 pm to 2.30 pm and 4.30 pm to 6.30 pm.
By Vijay Jha
UPDATED ON NOV 29, 2020 02:31 PM IST

CAT 2020, a national level MBA entrance exam, was conducted by IIM Indore on Sunday, November 29, 2020. This year, CAT is being conducted in three slots having a duration of 120 minutes. The timing of the morning shifts was 8.30am to 10.30 am while the timing of the other two shifts are 12.30 pm to 2.30 pm and 4.30 pm to 6.30 pm.

There were three sections— Verbal & Reading Comprehension (VARC), Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR) and Quantitative Aptitude. The overall difficulty level of the exam was moderate to tough, similar to last year. Out of the three sections, VARC was the toughest while Quantitative Aptitude and DILR were Moderate.

The exam had two types of questions: a) MCQ (Multiple Choice Questions) b. Non-MCQs. Negative marking was assigned only to the MCQs. The marking scheme is as follows: three marks for every correct answer and negative marking of 1 mark for every incorrect answer.

Highlights of the exam:

1. The total marks of CAT 2020 is 228 (76*3).

2. The level of Reading Comprehension was high. Level of Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning was moderate to difficult.

3. Quantitative section was moderate.

4. Total MCQ Questions were 57 and Non MCQ (TITA) were 19.

5. There was a deviation in the pattern of the paper, compared to the last few years. The deviation was that the DILR section had 2 sets of 6 questions each. It has happened for the first time in the last 6 years.

Section Wise Analysis:

1. Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning

The level of DILR was moderate. There were a total of 5 sets of questions. 2 sets of 6 questions each and 3 sets of 4 questions each. There were 6 TITA (Type in The Answer) questions out of the 24 questions asked in this section. An important attribute of this section was this time there were 2 sets of 6 questions each which has never happened in the last 5 years.

2. Quantitative aptitude

Around 17-18 questions were asked from Arithmetic and Algebra. The overall level of this section was moderate. There were 8 TITA (Type in The Answer) questions out of the 26 questions asked in this section. No questions were asked from Permutation & Combination.

3. Verbal and Reading Comprehension

There were a total of 4 sets of reading comprehension questions. Two sets of RC were of 4 questions each and the other two sets of RC had 5 questions each. The overall level of this section was difficult.

According to the official CAT 2020 notification, the result of this exam is expected to be declared in the second week of January 2021 while the official answer sheet and the question paper is expected to be released in the first week of December.

Students who are planning to appear for the exam next year should focus on achieving a raw score of 125-130 for 99.5 percentile. One must aim to attempt 50-52 questions with more than 90% accuracy to crack the exam.

(Author Mr. Vijay Jha is a President, Academics, Gradeup. Views expressed here are personal.)

SHARE THIS ARTICLE ON
app
Close
The Haryana government will provide free books to Scheduled Caste students studying in state-run colleges, officials said on Wednesday.(ANI file)
The Haryana government will provide free books to Scheduled Caste students studying in state-run colleges, officials said on Wednesday.(ANI file)

Haryana govt to provide free textbooks to Schedule Caste college students

PTI
PUBLISHED ON JAN 27, 2021 07:46 PM IST
The Haryana government will provide free books to Scheduled Caste students studying in state-run colleges, officials said on Wednesday.
Close
NHRC Recruitment 2021(HT File)
NHRC Recruitment 2021(HT File)

NHRC Recruitment 2021: Application closing soon for 26 vacancies, check details

Edited by Nandini
PUBLISHED ON JAN 27, 2021 07:46 PM IST
  • National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has invited applications for recruitment against 26 vacancies for Stenographer, Research Assistant and other posts.
Close
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said it would not be possible to reopen schools in February, but that he hoped the vaccination programme would allow them to open their doors from March 8..(Bloomberg)
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said it would not be possible to reopen schools in February, but that he hoped the vaccination programme would allow them to open their doors from March 8..(Bloomberg)

UK PM Johnson pushes back school reopening until March 8

Reuters
PUBLISHED ON JAN 27, 2021 07:33 PM IST
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said it would not be possible to reopen schools in February.
Close
JNVST 2021 admit card out (HT file)
JNVST 2021 admit card out (HT file)

JNVST 2021: Navodaya Vidyalaya class 9 entrance exam admit card out

Edited by Nandini
PUBLISHED ON JAN 27, 2021 06:50 PM IST
  • Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya on Wednesday released admit card for Class 9th entrance exam- JNVST 2021
Close
ISRO has short-listed 20 space-based experiment proposals from Russia, France, Sweden and Germany for its proposed Venus orbiter mission ‘Shukrayaan’ to study the planet for more than four years, sources in the Bengaluru- headquartered space agency said.(PTI/ File photo)
ISRO has short-listed 20 space-based experiment proposals from Russia, France, Sweden and Germany for its proposed Venus orbiter mission ‘Shukrayaan’ to study the planet for more than four years, sources in the Bengaluru- headquartered space agency said.(PTI/ File photo)

Students of college in Coimbatore develop satellite for ISRO

PTI
PUBLISHED ON JAN 27, 2021 06:15 PM IST
Students of Sri Shakti Institute of Engineering and Technology, in Coimbatore, have designed and developed a satellite at a cost of 2.5 crore.
Close
A view of NDLS as the Indian Railways prepare to partially resume passenger train services from tomorrow, at New Delhi Railway Station (NDLS), in Ajmeri Gate, New Delhi, India.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
A view of NDLS as the Indian Railways prepare to partially resume passenger train services from tomorrow, at New Delhi Railway Station (NDLS), in Ajmeri Gate, New Delhi, India.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)

RRB CBT 3rd phase admit card 2020 to be released today

Edited by Nandini
PUBLISHED ON JAN 27, 2021 05:42 PM IST
  • The Railway Recruitment Board (RRB) will on Wednesday release the admit card for the RRB phase 3 non-technical popular category (NTPC) recruitment exam.
Close
The Old Students Association (OSA) of Hindu College in New Delhi has disbursed grants worth over <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>13 lakh to students of their alma mater who are facing financial difficulties due to the COVID-19 pandemic.(HT file)
The Old Students Association (OSA) of Hindu College in New Delhi has disbursed grants worth over 13 lakh to students of their alma mater who are facing financial difficulties due to the COVID-19 pandemic.(HT file)

COVID-19: Hindu College alumni provide over 13 lakh to help students

PTI
PUBLISHED ON JAN 27, 2021 05:22 PM IST
To offset the challenges of online classes and providing learning aids to the students, the OSA is also in the process of procuring used laptops in working condition and will be distributing them among needy students.
Close
CAG Recruitment 2021.(Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)
CAG Recruitment 2021.(Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)

CAG Recruitment 2021: Application begins for over 10,000 vacancies

Edited by Nandini
PUBLISHED ON JAN 27, 2021 04:59 PM IST
  • The Comptroller of Auditor General (CAG) has invited applications for recruitment against over ten thousand vacancies for auditor and accountants.
Close
NVS Admissions 2021
NVS Admissions 2021

NVS Class 9 entrance test admit card 2021 released, here's link to download

Edited by Nilesh Mathur
PUBLISHED ON JAN 27, 2021 04:27 PM IST
  • Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti (NVS) has issued the admit cards of entrance test to admit students in Class IX against the vacant seats.
Close
Bhupendrasinh Chudasama currently holds charge of the education, law and justice, legislative and parliamentary affairs, and some other departments in the Vijay Rupani government.(Twitter/Bhupendrasinh Chudasama)
Bhupendrasinh Chudasama currently holds charge of the education, law and justice, legislative and parliamentary affairs, and some other departments in the Vijay Rupani government.(Twitter/Bhupendrasinh Chudasama)

Gujarat schools to reopen from February 1 for classes 9, 11

ANI
PUBLISHED ON JAN 27, 2021 03:49 PM IST
Schools in Gujarat to be reopened from February 1 for Classes 9 and 11 amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Gujarat Education Minister Bhupendrasinh Chudasama said on Wednesday.
Close
**EDS: FILE PHOTO** New Delhi: In this July 11, 2019 file photo, Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant at Goa Niwas in New Delhi. Sawant said he has tested positive for the coronavirus on Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020. (PTI Photo/Kamal Kishore)(PTI02-09-2020_000073B) (PTI)
**EDS: FILE PHOTO** New Delhi: In this July 11, 2019 file photo, Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant at Goa Niwas in New Delhi. Sawant said he has tested positive for the coronavirus on Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020. (PTI Photo/Kamal Kishore)(PTI02-09-2020_000073B) (PTI)

Goa govt will give jobs to kin of freedom fighters: Sawant

PTI
PUBLISHED ON JAN 27, 2021 02:51 PM IST
Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Wednesday assured to fulfil the demand of government jobs to family members of freedom fighters in the state.
Close
Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’(PTI)
Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’(PTI)

Education minister to participate in virtual interaction on NEP 2020 tomorrow

Edited by Nilesh Mathur
PUBLISHED ON JAN 27, 2021 02:43 PM IST
  • The Education minister will discuss the changes to be incorporated in the CBSE curriculum and the school processes from the academic session 2021-22.
Close
LSAT India . (Screengrab)
LSAT India . (Screengrab)

LSAC reschedules LSAT—India 2021 due to CBSE exams

Edited by Nilesh Mathur
PUBLISHED ON JAN 27, 2021 01:25 PM IST
  • The Law School Admission Council (LSAC) on Wednesday announced that it will reschedule the 2021 Law School Admission Test (LSAT) India
Close
Representative image(Getty Images)
Representative image(Getty Images)

23 states, 8 UTs abolished interviews for govt jobs: Minister

PTI
UPDATED ON JAN 27, 2021 01:11 PM IST
Interviews for certain categories of government jobs have been abolished in 23 states and 8 Union Territories to eliminate the scope of allegations of nepotism or corruption, Union Minister Jitendra Singh said on Monday.
Close
Those waiting for HSC exam results are worried about the impact of CBSE results on college admissions(HT File (Representational Image))
Those waiting for HSC exam results are worried about the impact of CBSE results on college admissions(HT File (Representational Image))

IRMA Admissions 2021: Application window closing soon

Edited by Nandini
UPDATED ON JAN 27, 2021 12:14 PM IST
  • Institute of Rural Management Anand (IRMA) will close the application window for Post Graduate Diploma in rural management admission test on January 31.
Close
SHARE
Story Saved
OPEN APP