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CAT 2020 Exam Analysis by TIME Slot 1 Section-Wise Analysis, Difficulty Level

Tanzim Hazarika

CAT 2020 Exam Analysis by TIME Slot 1: Candidates across the country attempted CAT 2020 on 29th November 2020. With the change in the number of slots and the reduction in the duration of the exam in CAT 2020, most of you would have expected a change in the pattern of the exam. It should come as no surprise that the number of questions in the exam was reduced, although not exactly in proportion to the reduced duration of the exam. The number of questions in the exam reduced from 100 in the previous years’ papers to 76. The experts at TIME have shared a detailed analysis of CAT 2020 for Slot 1 conducted from 8.30 AM to 10.30 AM. Get complete CAT 2020 exam analysis of TIME Slot 1 including section-wise difficulty, number of good attempts, section-wise question structure and more.

CAT 2020 Exam Analysis by TIME Slot 1 - Exam Pattern and Structure

The split of questions in CAT 2020 Slot 1 across the three sections include:

Section

Total No. of Questions

Area

No. of Questions

No. of Non-MCQs

Pattern

VARC

26

RC

18

0

2 passage of 5 questions each

2 passage of 4 questions each

VA

8

5

3 Para Formations

2 Odd One Out

3 Para Summary

DILR

24

DILR

24

6

2 Sets of 6 questions each

4 Sets of 3 questions each

QA

26

QA

26

8

26 Individual Questions

Total

76

 

 

19

 

CAT 2020 Slot 1 Analysis by TIME - Section Wise Difficulty Level

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Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension

The VARC section in this year’s morning slot was slightly more difficult than that of last year. This is because of two factors:

Passage

Number of Questions

Readability

Overall Difficulty Level

Anarchism

5

Difficult

Very Difficult

Migration of Northern Seals

5

Difficult

Difficult

Currency of Tang Dynasty

4

Moderate

Moderate-Difficult

Grammar/Vocabulary

4

Moderate

Moderate

Verbal Ability

Question Type

Number of Questions

Difficulty Level

Para Formation Questions

3

Very Difficult

Odd One Out

2

Difficult

Para Summary

3

Moderate-Difficult

Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning

The details of the sets in the section are given below:

Set

Area

Topic

No. of Questions

No. of Non-MCQs

Difficulty Level

Cabs & Drivers

DI

Maxima-Minima

4

0

Moderate-Difficult

Musicians

LR

Distribution

4

0

Moderate

Medicines

DI

Venn Diagrams

4

4

Moderate-Difficult

Companies & Contracts

LRDI

Reasoning based DI

6

0

Difficult

Average Marks

LRDI

Reasoning based DI

6

2

Difficult

A net score of 20-22 would be a decent score for a test-taker to be able to get 85 percentile (sectional cut-off).

Quantitative Ability

The topic-wise distribution in this section was as below

Topic

No. of Questions

No. of Non-MCQs

Difficulty Level

ERPV

1

1

Moderate

Percentages, Profit & Loss

2

1

Easy

SI-CI

2

1

Easy

Time & Distance

4

0

Easy-Moderate

Averages-Mixtures-Alligations

1

1

Easy-Moderate

Numbers

3

1

Moderate-Difficult

Mensuration

3

0

Moderate-Difficult

Logarithms

3

1

Easy-Moderate

Functions & Graphs

2

1

Moderate

Indices & Surds

1

0

Difficult

Quadratic Equations

2

0

Difficult

Special Equations

1

0

Moderate

Statistics

1

0

Moderate

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