As per the latest guidelines by IIM- Indore, there is a change in the exam pattern of CAT 2020 wherein now instead of 180 minutes; the CAT exam will be of 120 minutes. The candidates will be allotted exactly 40 minutes for answering questions in each section and they will not be permitted to switch from one section to another. The syllabus, marking scheme and number of options per question remain unchanged. As there is reduction in the time duration, it is expected that the number of questions per section will also be reduced. So by incorporating the requisite changes, the Bull CATs (w.e.f. Bull CAT 21) have been updated with a total of 66 questions divided into 22 questions per section.
On the whole the level of the test was moderate. The test contained many moderate and difficult questions and hence the important factor was selection of right questions. Reasoning section in this paper was comparatively difficult than the Quant section. Verbal section was easy to moderate as regards level of difficulty. Instead of 5 RC passages, there were 3 passages comprising 15 questions and the non- RC questions including TITA questions were 7 in number. The key to getting a good percentile was time management and selection of questions.
The level of this section was easy to moderate. All sets were of easy or of moderate level. Overall there were 15 easy , 11 moderate and 3 difficult questions. There were two sets each on Tables out of which one is difficult, one set on Multiple graphs was easy and doable. In such a paper it is important to first attempt easy questions and leave the tough questions.
The set on Tables (On a particular day, six persons, A through F, got into and got down a car at seven different stops - P1 through P7) was doable. The set on Multiple graph (The following line graph gives the number of students placed from a B-school in the years 2010-15) was time consuming but easy set. The set on Analytical reasoning (Three best friends, Roshni, Suvam and Puja go to KFC and while about to place the order, were confused about which food item to opt for) was again an easy set. The set Analytical reasoning (Of the five boys Vishal, Ishmeet, Roshan, Amrit and Tamim two are good, one is poor and two are average in studies) was again a manageable set. Other sets are mostly moderate in terms of difficulty level.
The overall feel of the section was easy to moderate and one could have scored 90+ percentile by attempting around 15-17 questions with 90% accuracy.
The Quantitative section had 9 easy, 7 medium and 6 difficult questions. This section had most of the questions as moderate and easy. In this paper there were 2 questions from Geometry and 1 was difficult, 3 from basic numbers and they were doable, 3 questions from functions and inequalities out of which, one was difficult. There were 5 questions from arithmetic(Percentage/Profit and Loss/Mixtures/Average/SICI/Time and Work/Ratio) were mostly of easy and moderate difficulty. TSD had 1 question which was manageable. 3 questions from permutations out of which, 2 were difficult. Other than these topics, questions from mixed topics were asked like Algebra, Logs, and progressions which were moderate. One question from Algebra was difficult.
The difficulty level of this section was moderate. A good student could have scored 90+ percentile by attempting 12-14 questions with approx. 90% accuracy.
In verbal ability section, the first RC passage (Q8-12) was related to ‘Rajasthan’s laws on lynching, honor killing are inevitable responses to rising hate crimes’. The passage was easy to moderate in terms of understanding and identifying answers to the related questions.
The second RC passage (Q13-17)was based on ‘Fish farms are depriving their children of essential micronutrients, so if coastal communities were able to keep back a fraction more of their catches, that would mean more micronutrients for children’.The passage was easy to moderate in terms of understanding and identifying answers to the questions.
Third RC passage (Q18-22) was about ‘Tax burden does not fall evenly on various companies within a sector’. The passage was easy in terms of understanding and interpreting the answers to the questions except Q18 which was of moderate difficulty.
For non-RC questions, it is advisable not to spend too much time on them.
Questions (1, 2) were based on finding summary of the given paragraph and were moderate and easy respectively.
Questions (3, 4) (TITA) were based on finding misfit among the given five sentences. The key is to find the sentence that is lying outside the theme in the remaining sentences. The questions were of moderate difficulty.
Questions (5, 6, 7) (TITA) were based on sentence rearrangement where four sentences from an article were given in jumbled form to be arranged in a coherent manner. The questions were difficult except Q5 which was moderate.
The overall feel of this section was easy to moderate. To score 90+ percentile one should have attempted 16-18 questions with 75- 80% accuracy.
The overall feel of the paper was moderate, though for the students who knew how to manage the time available to the best i.e. not wasting much time in lengthy and difficult questions, could easily manage an overall good attempt. AR and DI were mostly selective in this paper. As far as Quant is concerned most of the questions were from Algebra, Number system and Geometry. For verbal section, one should have good reading skills as there were 3 RC’s and also a few questions based on paragraph summary. One must focus on contextual vocabulary as well to understand and score well in RC passages. Moreover, questions like sentence rearrangement and misfit require analysis and knowledge of tricks to answer the questions.