CAT 2020 Comprehensive Analysis

Thousands of students appear for CAT entrance and aspire to make to the prestigious IIMs and other top-ranking MBA colleges. The common admission test (CAT) paves the way for management education thereby leading individuals to a successful career in the corporate sector. To score well in CAT, students prepare a strategy and focus on each subject. There are three areas in the CAT exam namely Verbal Ability Reading Comprehension, Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning and Quantitative Ability where the student’s knowledge is put to test. Many private and government universities offering PGDM/MBA degrees accept CAT score for the final admission process.
CAT Exam Pattern - Total Number of MCQ Vs Non-MCQ Questions
Past achievers have asserted that to get a decent score in the CAT exam one should cover the entire syllabus and have an in-depth understanding of each topic. Proper scheduling and consistent practice along with a focus on time management skills result in improved performance in the actual CAT exam. In the previous year (CAT 2019), CAT exam consisted of 100 questions that students had to complete within 180 minutes. CAT aspirants have to manage their time and focus on accuracy while attempting the questions. The Quantitative Ability section had 34 questions, Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension had 34 questions and Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning had 32 questions. As there were 24 questions devoted to Reading Comprehension in the VARC section therefore students should strengthen their reading skills by reading from diverse areas and increase their reading speed.
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The sections contained the following segmentation:
Section No.
Section Name
Total Number of Questions
Number of Multiple Choice Questions
Number of Non-MCQs (TITA Questions) Tentative
I
Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension
34
27
7
II
Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning
32
24
8
III
Quantitative Ability
34
23
11
 
TOTAL
100
74
26

CAT section-wise analysis:-
Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC):-
In this section, there are a number of passages of varied length and students have to comprehend the main idea of each para to get the questions correct. Those CAT aspirants who have been reading from diverse areas have a better chance to do well as they are comfortable in sifting through different paragraphs. VARC section tests a student’s reasoning abilities as the critical reasoning question focusses on words such as inference, assumption, conclusion, etc.Having a good grasp on vocabulary helps one to understand the underlying context of a paragraph thus enabling him/her to score better.
Quantitative Ability (QA):-
Students should focus on covering each topic in detail. Sometimes, students gain a superficial understanding of a topic and then attempt the questions half-heartedly which leads to an incorrect answer. Therefore each topic in the mathematics section has to be practiced with a focus on time-saving tricks. The choice of question that a CAT aspirant makes at the time of attempting the CAT exam is an important factor. Therefore “question selection” is a skill that needs to be developed in order to get a good score in this section. Students should understand that as there is a sectional time limit of 60 minutes to complete this section, therefore time-management becomes extremely crucial.
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Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning:-
The selection of the question set is of utmost importance in this section. Here a student’s reasoning and analytical skills are put to test. It is advised that one should practice a number of question types so as to be comfortable while attempting the actual CAT exam. CAT aspirants’ decision-making abilities are put to test while appearing for the CAT exam as there is increased pressure of getting the answer correct in the limited time.
NOTE:- TITA questions help students to score better and these should be definitely attempted.
A detailed CAT 2020 analysis will be uploaded immediately after the actual CAT 20 exam.
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