CAT 2020 Exam Analysis – Slot 1,2 & 3

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CAT 2020 Exam Analysis – Slot 1,2 & 3

CAT 2020 exam was held by IIM Indore on Sunday, 29th November 2020. Nearly 2.27 lakh students appeared for the exam. The CAT 2020 paper pattern and difficulty level were on expected lines however the overall questions and time limit was reduced.

Top 10 Highlights of CAT 2020:

  1. CAT 2020 exam was conducted in three slots instead of two –
    1. Slot 1 – Morning – 8.30 am to 10.30 am
    2. Slot 2 – Afternoon – 12.30 pm to 2.30 pm
    3. Slot 3 – Evening – 4.30 pm to 6.30 pm
  2. The duration of the exam was reduced to two hours from three hours.
  3. The sectional time limit was 40 minutes instead of the usual 60.
  4. The exam was conducted across 430 centres un 159 cities.
  5. There were no major technical glitches experienced.
  6. There was no change in the CAT marking scheme –
    1. Correct Answer MCQs: +3
    2. Correct Answer non-MCQs: +3
    3. Incorrect Answer MCQs: -1
    4. Incorrect Answer non-MCQs: 0
  7. The overall questions were 76
    1. VARC – 26
    2. DIRL – 24
    3. QA – 26
  8. The overall difficulty of the CAT 2020 paper across the slots was moderate as compared to previous years
  9. As per popular and expert opinion, Slot 2 was trickiest of all three slots.
  10. All the CAT exam centres followed strict health protocols w.r.t COVID-19.

The difficulty of any section/exam per say is subjective. The below analysis is based in the set of students and experts who have interacted with MBA Rendezvous.

VARC Section-wise Analysis – Slot 1,2 & 3

Duration: 40 mins

Total Questions: 26

Overall Difficulty: Moderate

Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension

Slot 1

Slot 2

Slot 3

MCQs

21

21

21

Non MCQs

5

5

5

 

Reading Comprehension

Total Questions

18

 

18

18

Topics

Science, Language, Political Science, Economics

Environment, Trade, Psychology, Philosophy

Literature, Economics, Current Affairs

Level of Difficulty

Moderate

Difficult

Moderate

 

Verbal Ability

Total Questions

8

8

8

Break Up

PJs – 3

Summary – 3

Odd Sentence Out – 2

PJs – 3

Summary – 3

Odd Sentence Out – 2

PJs – 3

Summary – 3

Odd Sentence Out – 2

Level of Difficulty

Moderate

Tough

Moderate

Ideal Attempts

17 – 20

16 – 19

16 – 20

DILR Section-wise Analysis – Slot 1,2 & 3

Duration: 40 mins

Total Questions: 24

Overall Difficulty: Tough

Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning

Slot 1

Slot 2

Slot 3

MCQs

18

18

18

Non-MCQs

6

6

6

DI

Total Questions

14 (6+4+4)

14 (6+4+4)

14 (6+4+4)

Topics

Drivers & Ratings, Students, Patients,

Revenue & Costs, Parking, Voters

Veinn diagram, Cumulative tables, Game based

Level of Difficulty

Tough

Moderate

Tough

 

LR

Total Questions

10 (6+4)

10 (6+4)

10 (6+4)

Topics

Vendors and Musicians

Colour Beads Arrangement and Seminar Schedule

Orders, Blood Test

Level of Difficulty

Tough

Moderate

Tough

Ideal Attempts

12 - 14

9 - 13

10 - 12

QA Section-wise Analysis – Slot 1,2 & 3

Duration: 40 mins

Total Questions: 26

Overall Difficulty: Tough

Quantitative Ability

Slot 1

Slot 2

Slot 3

MCQs

20

20

20

Non-MCQs

6

6

6

 

 

Topics

Arithmetic

11

10

10

Algebra

9

8

5

Numbers

3

3

3

Geometry

3

3

5

Modern Math

 

2

3

Level of Difficulty

Moderate

Tough

Tough

Ideal Attempts

17 - 19

15 - 17

16 - 18

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