CAT 2020 Exam Analysis | Difficulty Level, Types of Qs Asked | Slot 1, 2 & 3

CAT 2020 is being conducted today i.e 29 November 2020 across India in multiple shifts. This year CAT exam has gone with multiple changes and the CAT 2020 Exam Analysis will consist of changes in exam pattern, difficulty level, expected cut-offs, good attempts among others. With the reduction in the number of attempts in comparison to last year, CAT exam aspirants are expected to score a good percentile at a lower score than last year. Let us begin with the detailed section-wise CAT 2020 Exam analysis

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CAT 2020 Exam Analysis | Exam Pattern

As per the latest notification released IIMs have made some changes in the exam pattern for CAT 2020 entrance examination.

The revised duration of the test will be 120 minutes. There will be three sections:

Section I: Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension
Section II: Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning
 Section III: Quantitative Ability

  • Candidates will be allotted exactly 40 minutes for answering questions in each section, and they will not be allowed to switch from one section to another while answering questions in a section.
  • Some questions in each section may not be of multiple-choice type. Instead, direct answers will have to be typed on the screen. Also, they will allow the use of a basic on-screen calculator for computation.
Section Name Time Limit Marking Scheme
Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC) 40 Minutes +3/-1 (for MCQs)
+3/0 (for non-MCQs)
Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR) 40 Minutes +3/-1 (for MCQs)
+3/0 (for non-MCQs)
Quantitative Ability (QA) 40 Minutes +3/-1 (for MCQs)
+3/0 (for non-MCQs)
Total 120 Minutes +3/-1 (for MCQs)
+3/0 (for non-MCQs)

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CAT 2020 Exam Analysis | All Shifts

CAT 2020 Overall Exam Analysis | Slot 3

Just like the 1st shift CAT 2020, 76 questions were asked in the 2nd shift as well and the time duration of 120 minutes. VARC had 26 questions, DILR contains 24 questions and the quant part comprises 26 questions.  TITA questions were easy again, 2 puzzles (Time slot for seminars and election data) in DILR part was easily solvable giving you 8 correct answers in first 10 minutes. Quant questions were less tricky compared to 2019 as the length of question (in terms of words) were less and candidates could figure out the solutions in lesser time. Just like the 1st shift RC was tough and time-consuming. A right approach would have been finding out the paragraph that was familiar and answering then first followed by paragraph summary, sequencing of sentences, and picking the odd on out.  

Sections Total number of questions Difficulty Level
Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC) 26 Moderate to Difficult
Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR) 24 Moderate
Quantitative Ability (QA) 26 Easy to Moderate
Total 76 Moderate

CAT 2020 Section-Wise Exam Analysis

The MCQ & Non MCQ Bifurcation of each section is given in the following table:

Section Total MCQs Total Non-MCQs
Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC) 21 5
Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR) 18 6
Quantitative Ability (QA) 18 8

CAT 2020 VARC sectional Composition

The VARC consisted of the following sections:

Topic No. of Questions
Reading Comprehension 18 (4 passages )
Para jumbles 3
Para Summary 3
Out of context Sentences 2

99 Percentile Score can be achieved with 17-18 attempts with high accuracy.

CAT 2020 Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR) sectional Composition

Topic No. of Questions
Logical Reasoning 14
Data Interpretation 10
  • In CAT 2020 examination DILR section had 5 sets with 2 sets having 6 questions while the remaining 3 sets had 4 questions each.
  • The difficulty level of the DILR section was hardest of all shifts of CAT 2019.

An attempt of 12-15 questions with good accuracy will fetch 99%ile.

CAT 2020 Quantitative Ability (QA) sectional Composition

    • This section consisted of 26 questions and the maximum questions were asked from arithmetic & algebra (TSD, Percentage, etc.). Other questions were based on topics like on Geometry, Roots, Log, etc. and the level of questions asked was easy.
    • The difficulty level of this section was also similar to the CAT 2006 examination.

An attempt of 15-19 questions with good accuracy level will fetch 99%ile

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CAT 2020 Overall Exam Analysis | Slot 2

Just like the 1st shift CAT 2020, 76 questions were asked in the 2nd shift as well and the time duration of 120 minutes. VARC had 26 questions, DILR contains 24 questions and the quant part comprises 26 questions.  TITA questions were easy again, 2 puzzles (Time slot for seminars and election data) in DILR part was easily solvable giving you 8 correct answers in first 10 minutes. Quant questions were less tricky compared to 2019 as the length of question (in terms of words) were less and candidates could figure out the solutions in lesser time. Just like the 1st shift RC was tough and time-consuming. A right approach would have been finding out the paragraph that was familiar and answering then first followed by paragraph summary, sequencing of sentences, and picking the odd on out.  

Sections Total number of questions Difficulty Level
Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC) 26 Moderate to Difficult
Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR) 24 Moderate
Quantitative Ability (QA) 26 Easy to Moderate
Total 76 Moderate

CAT 2020 Section-Wise Exam Analysis

The MCQ & Non MCQ Bifurcation of each section is given in the following table:

Section Total MCQs Total Non-MCQs
Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC) 18 8
Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR) 18 6
Quantitative Ability (QA) 18 8

CAT 2020 VARC sectional Composition

The VARC consisted of the following sections:

Topic No. of Questions
Reading Comprehension 18 (4 passages )
Para jumbles 3
Para Summary 3
Out of context Sentences 2

Expected 99 Percentile Score: 38-40 marks.

CAT 2020 Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR) sectional Composition

Topic No. of Questions
Logical Reasoning 14
Data Interpretation 10
  • In CAT 2020 examination DILR section had 5 sets with 2 sets having 6 questions while the remaining sets had 4 questions each.
  • The difficulty level of the DILR section was found easier than that of CAT 2019.

Expected 99 Percentile Score: 32-34 marks.

CAT 2020 Quantitative Ability (QA) sectional Composition

  • This section consisted of 26 questions and the maximum questions were logarithms-3, TSD–3, P&L-1, Averages-1, Geometry-4, Algebra-5, Time and Work – 2, Alligation-2, others-2. Commercial maths and ratio based topics like percentage, profit & loss and others had the most number of questions. Overall the quant section was easy.
  • Overall the quant section was moderate to difficult.

Expected 99 Percentile Score: 48-50 marks.

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CAT 2020 Overall Exam Analysis | Slot 1

A total of 76 questions were asked and the time duration of 120 minutes is given. VARC part contains 26 questions, DILR contains 24 questions and the quant part comprises 24 questions. According to a candidate who had appeared in the exam, TITA questions were easy and one should attempt them on priority. DILR part was easier among all and English consists of tricky questions. 

Sections Total number of questions Difficulty Level
Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC) 26 Moderate to Difficult
Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR) 24 Moderate
Quantitative Ability (QA) 26 Easy to Moderate
Total 76 Moderate

CAT 2020 Section-Wise Exam Analysis

The MCQ & Non MCQ Bifurcation of each section is given in the following table:

Section Total MCQs Total Non-MCQs
Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC) 18 8
Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR) 18 6
Quantitative Ability (QA) 18 8

CAT 2020 VARC sectional Composition

The VARC consisted of the following sections:

Topic No. of Questions
Reading Comprehension 18 (4 passages )
Parajumbles 3
Para Summary 3
Out of context Sentences 2

Expected 99 Percentile Score: 40-42 marks..

CAT 2020 Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR) sectional Composition

Topic No. of Questions
Logical Reasoning 14
Data Interpretation 10
  • In CAT 2020 examination DILR section had 5 sets with 2 sets having 6 questions while the remaining sets had 4 questions each.
  • The difficulty level of the DILR section was found similar to that of CAT 2019.

Expected 99 Percentile Score: 32-34 marks.

CAT 2020 Quantitative Ability (QA) sectional Composition

  • This section consisted of 26 questions and the maximum questions were asked from arithmetic & algebra (TSD, Percentage, etc.). Other questions were based on topics like on Geometry, Roots, Log, etc. and the level of questions asked was easy.
  • The difficulty level of this section was also similar to the CAT 2019 examination.

Expected 99 Percentile Score: 46-48 marks.

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CAT Previous Year Exam Analysis & Cut-Off

CAT 2019 Exam Analysis & Cut-Off

Section Name Total Questions Total number of MCQs Non-MCQs Cut Off
99%ile 95%ile 90%ile
Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC) 34 27 7 65 57 50
Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR) 32 24 8 48 39 32
Quantitative Ability (QA) 34 23 11 55 43 33
Total 100 74 26 160 123 108

CAT 2018 Exam Analysis & Cut-Off

Section No. of Questions No. of non-MCQ questions Difficulty Level Good Attempts
Verbal Ability and Reading comprehension 34 7 Easy 28+
Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning 32 8 Moderate 16+
Quantitative Ability 34 12 Difficult 15+
Total 100 27 60+

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