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CAT 2020 HIGHLIGHTS: Amid pandemic, 83.5% attendance registered

CAT 2020 Slot 1 and 2 Exam Analysis HIGHLIGHTS: A total of 2.27 lakh (2,27,835) candidates had applied to appear for CAT this year. Check candidates' reactions, paper analysis

By: Education Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: November 29, 2020 9:20:28 pm
CAT 2020IIM CAT 2020 HIGHLIGHTS: Check candidates' reactions, paper analysis. Express photo by Partha Paul/ Representational

CAT 2020 Exam Analysis HIGHLIGHTS: The Indian Institute of Management (Indore) Common Admission Test (CAT 2020) was held today. A total of 2.27 lakh (2,27,835) had applied to appear for the entrance exam this year which are conducted at 156 test cities.

CAT 2020 | Check paper analysis, candidates’ reactions  

This year, there was a change in the exam pattern considering the COVID-19 scenario. The duration of CAT has been reduced from three to two hours. As per the sectional time duration of CAT, it has been reduced to 40 minutes from 60 minutes with each section, verbal ability and reading comprehension, data interpretation and logical reasoning, and quantitative ability- getting 40 minutes each.

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For all MCQs, there would be negative marking while for other questions, no marks will be deducted for the wrong answers.

Last year, the candidates reviewed the paper as difficult, with questions from both quant and mathematics sections had higher difficulty level. The result was announced on January 4.

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IIM CAT 2020 paper analysis HIGHLIGHTS: Check candidates' reactions, cut-off 

20:15 (IST)29 Nov 2020
83.5% attendance registered

Amid COVID-19 pandemic, around 83.5 per cent candidates appeared for b-school entrance exam, CAT this year, said IIM Indore director Himanshu Rai. Around 2.27 lakh candidates had applied to appear for the CAT this year.

18:58 (IST)29 Nov 2020
Paper analysis of QA

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.

- Vijay Jha, President, Academics, Gradeup

18:20 (IST)29 Nov 2020
How twitterati reacted on CAT
18:02 (IST)29 Nov 2020
Unofficial answer key

The unofficial answer key of the Common Admission Test, CAT 2020 will be released soon. Check various online platforms to check and download answer key 

17:42 (IST)29 Nov 2020
'Technical snag'
17:22 (IST)29 Nov 2020
Paper analysis of slot 2

Srinivas Belvi, Academic Head - South, Endeavor Careers reviewed slot 2 as similar to slot 1. "Slot 2 was quite similar to slot 1 both with respect to difficulty level and distribution of questions. However it was notch difficult when compared with slot-1 primarily because of scaling up the difficulty level of reading comprehension and DILR," Srinivas Belvi said. 

16:40 (IST)29 Nov 2020
Candidates expecting 99 percentile
16:34 (IST)29 Nov 2020
How was DILR section?

DILR was tough as compared to last year's paper. There were two sets of six 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. 

- Vijay Jha, President, Academics, Gardeup 

16:27 (IST)29 Nov 2020
Check section wise paper analysis of slot 2

Vijay Jha, President, Academics, Gradeup rated the slot 2 more difficult, with difficulty level of VARC section was high followed by Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning, Quantitative section. The candidates can expect a score of 99.5 percentile.

Highlights of the exam:

- The total marks of CAT 2020 is 228.

- The level of VARC was difficult.

- The level of Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning was also difficult.

- Quantitative section was of moderate level.

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

- VARC - 26 Qs (21 MCQs + 5 TITA)

- DILR - 24 Qs (18 MCQs + 6 TITA)

- QA - 26 Qs (18 MCQs + 8 TITA)

15:59 (IST)29 Nov 2020
'Slot 2 difficult than slot 1'

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 the level of Quantitative Ability was moderate.

- Vijay Jha, President, Academics, Gardeup

15:51 (IST)29 Nov 2020
Candidate complain of mismanagement at centres
15:44 (IST)29 Nov 2020
How was the paper?

CAT 20 morning slot was a balanced paper both with respect to difficulty level as well as number of questions. There were 76 questions with about 20 TITA questions. Below is the beak up.

LRDI- 24

Quant- 26

Verbal- 26

Someone with adequate preparation would have handled this paper with ease. There were no glitches and any kind of lapses with respect to test administration. 

- Srinivas Belvi, Academic Head - South, Endeavor Careers 

14:44 (IST)29 Nov 2020
Expert's view

CAT 2020 was well managed and conducted in the pandemic time with strong checks at most centers for temperature, masks being mandatory and the COVID positive students being given a separate room to take the exam. Overall the exam was Tough as compared to 2019 with DILR and VARC both being Time consuming and lengthy.

- Rahul Singh, Director, CATKING

14:40 (IST)29 Nov 2020
Slot 2 concludes

The slot 2 of CAT was concluded at 2:30 pm. Check candidates' reactions, paper analysis 

13:19 (IST)29 Nov 2020
Expert's reaction

Philip Thomas, product head, TIME Bangalore reviewed the paper as easier 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 cutoffs go higher, overall. Section-wise, cutoff for verbal ability would remain the same while for rest two sections it could go higher than last year," TIME Bangalore product head said 

12:32 (IST)29 Nov 2020
Slot 2 to begin at 12:30 pm

The second slot will begin at 12:30 pm. Candidates need to reach exam centre in advance to allow time for frisking, verification and staggered entry. Gates will be closed 15 minutes ahead of the exam, as per rules

11:29 (IST)29 Nov 2020
Candidates' paper analysis
11:22 (IST)29 Nov 2020
'VARC section difficult', check candidates' reactions

Harshita Rai, a CAT aspirant reviewed the paper as moderate, with VARC section a bit difficult. According to Harshita, "There are in total 76 questions. The VARC section is a bit difficult, while sections like LRDI, Quant are easy to answer."

11:09 (IST)29 Nov 2020
New paper pattern

This year, there was a change in the exam pattern considering the COVID-19 scenario. The duration of CAT exam has been reduced from three to two hours. As per the sectional time duration of CAT, it has been reduced to 40 minutes from 60 minutes with each section- verbal ability and reading comprehension, data interpretation and logical reasoning, and quantitative ability- getting 40 minutes each

10:38 (IST)29 Nov 2020
Slot 1 ends, candidates' reactions

The slot 1 of Common Admission Test (CAT 2020) was concluded at 10:30 am. A total of 2.27 lakh had applied to appear for the entrance. Check candidates' reactions, paper analysis  

 

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IIM CAT 2020 paper analysis HIGHLIGHTS: Those who clear the exam will be eligible for admission to management courses, including PGP, PGDM, PGPEM, EPGP, PGPBM, PGPEX, at various IIMs and other B-schools across the country. In case of any issue, candidates can get in touch with authorities through toll-free number – 1-800-209-0830 from 9 am to 6 pm or email at cathelpdesk@iimcat.ac.in. One can also call at 0495-2809219 from Monday to Friday, 9:30 am to 5:30 pm.

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