IIM CAT 2020: Around 2 lakh candidates appeared in the Common Admission Test this year which was held in three slots today. Himanshu Rai, IIM-Indore director told indianexpress.com, “Amid COVID-19 pandemic, around 83.5 per cent candidates appeared for b-school entrance exam this year.” Harshita Rai, a CAT aspirant said that it was a balanced paper, with VARC section a bit difficult. “The questions from VARC as usual was a lot tricky, including English, while sections like DILR a bit difficult, QA easier than last year,” said Harshita. She is expecting around 90 percentile marks.
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Another candidate Shreya Mukherjee said that apart from DILR section, others were balanced and easy. “There are in total 76 questions, with equal weightage to every sections, VARC- 26, QA- 26, DILR- 24. The difficulty level of the VARC section is high followed by DILR, while QA section is quite easy. The QA section consists of 10 questions from modern math, 8 from algebra, mensuration- 2, and rest arithmetic,” Shreya said.
Philip Thomas, product head, TIME Bangalore reviewed the paper as easy as compared to previous year. “The first section, VRC was as tough as last year while quants and verbal ability sections were comparatively easier. May be due to COVID, the sections were kept at a level where someone with a basic understanding could also solve a couple of questions. This could make the cut-off go higher. Section-wise, cut-off for verbal ability would remain the same while for rest two sections it could go higher than last year,” said TIME Bangalore head.
Abhishek Patil, CEO, Oliveboard reviewed the paper as moderate, with English section a bit tricky. “TITA questions were easy, and one should attempt them on priority. DILR part was easier among all and English consisted of tricky questions,” Abhishek said. Candidates can expect 99 percentile score varying from 46 to 48 marks, CEO Oliveboard said.
Check analysis of slot 2
Vijay Jha, President, Academics, Gradeup analysed the slot two as more difficult than slot one. “The overall difficulty level of the CAT 2020 slot two was difficult compared to the difficulty level of the exam held in slot one. In slot two, the level of VARC was difficult. The DILR section was also difficult, while quantitative ability section was moderate.”
Section wise analysis
DILR was tough as compared to last year’s paper. There were 2 sets of 6 questions each. There were 6 TITA (Type in The Answer) questions out of the 24 questions asked in this section. In DILR, out of 24 questions, there were 18 MCQs and 6 TITA based questions.
Quantitative Ability (QA)
This time, the majority of the questions were from Arithmetic and Algebra. The overall level of the section was moderate and tougher than last year. Around 8-10 questions asked from Arithmetic, out of which 5- 6 questions were of easy level. Algebra – There were around 10 questions in which 3-4 questions were of easy level. In QA, out of 26 questions, there were 18 MCQs and 8 TITA based questions.
The candidates can expect a good attempt of 125 to 130 which can fetch 99.5 percentile, according to Vijay Jha, Gradeup.
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