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Updated on November 29, 2020
CAT Exam Slot 1 Analysis 2020 by MBAUniverse.com is the first CAT analysis released immediately after the CAT exam. This year CAT exam has gone with multiple changes and the CAT 2020 slot wise analysis from MBAUniverse.com consists of changes in exam pattern, difficulty level, expected cut offs, good attempts etc.
CAT 2020 Slot 1 Analysis

Observing COVID 19 precautions, Slot 1 of CAT 2020 exam was held successfully from 8.30 AM to 10.30 AM today. CAT 2020 greeted the test takers with many changes and surprises! Read this MBAUniverse.com report on CAT 2020 Exam Analysis with likely cut off, first information about important changes in exam pattern, number & type of questions, difficulty level overall and section-wise.

CAT 2020 Exam Analysis for Slot 1
CAT Exam Slot 1 Analysis 2020 by MBAUniverse.com is the first CAT analysis released immediately after the CAT exam. This year CAT exam has gone with multiple changes and the CAT 2020 slot wise analysis from MBAUniverse.com consists of changes in exam pattern, difficulty level, expected cut offs, good attempts etc.

Key highlights of CAT 2020 Slot 1 Exam Analysis:

  • Total Duration: 120 Mins
  • Total Number of Questions: 76
  • Non MCQs: 22
  • Number of Question in Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC): 26 
  • Number of Question in Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR): 24
  • Number of Question in Quantitative Ability (QA): 26
  • Overall Difficulty Level: Paper was lengthy but with moderate difficulty.
  • Nature of questions was similar to last year.

CAT 2020: Major Changes in Exam Pattern  
CAT 2020 Centre has substantially changed the CAT 2020 exam pattern

  • CAT 2020 Exam had 76 Questions as against 100 questions earlier
  • Difficulty level in CAT 2020 was similar to earlier CAT exam
  • CAT 2020 Exam duration was changed to 2 hours from earlier 3 hours
  • 40 Minutes were allotted to attempt each section instead of earlier 60 minutes
  • MCQs had 1/3 negative marking and Non-MCQs do not carry penalty of negative marking
  • 4 answer options for each MCQ type question
  • Answer had to be typed in the given space on computer screen for Non-MCQ.
  • Score awarded for each correct answer: + 3 marks
  • Negative marking (Applicable for wrong answers in MCQs): - 1 mark

CAT 2020 Slot 1 Question Paper Pattern & Changes

The CAT 2020 question paper of 2 hours duration with key changes had the following pattern and sectional composition. CAT exam sectional order from Section-1 to Section-3, number and type of questions in each section, questions with and without negative marking and total maximum marks available for each section are as below:

Section as per CAT exam Pattern
Total questions
Total MCQs (With negative marking)
Total Non-MCQs (Without negative marking)
Highlights
Section-1: Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC)
26
18
8
4 RC Passages with 18 Qs – All MCQs
All Non MCQs divided into Para jumbles, Para Summary, and Out of Context Sentences
Section-2: Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR)
24
18
6
LR – 14 Ques
DI – 10 Ques
All in Sets of 6 & 4 Qs
Section-3: Quantitative Ability (QA)
26
18
8
High on Arithmetic. Other on Log, Geometry, Roots, Algebra
Total
 
 
 
 

Source: MBAUniverse.com analysis

First Analysis by Career Launcher for MBAUniverse.com

Mr Arks Srinivas, National Head MBA Prep (India & Abroad), Career Launcher, shared this first analysis at a Live Sessions on MBAUniverse.com at 11.15 AM today.

Overall, CAT 2020 was a more difficult paper that CAT 2019.

Verbal & RC

  • Total 26 Questions, lengthy paper with 4 RC Passages
  • Not straight forward questions, Inference based questions

DILR Verbal & RC

  • Total 24 Questions
  • 5 Sets of questions makes it difficult
  • 1 set on Set Theory was difficult
  • 1 Set was easy
  • 12-14 Qs is a good attempt
  • Tougher than CAT 2019 Paper

Quant

  • A lot of easy questions like CAT 2017
  • Arithmetic, Algebra & Log Question made this section easier

Career Launched CAT 2020 Cut off Predictions based on Slot 1 Exam
Arks share following predictions for getting 99%.

Section

CAT 2020 99%

Verbal & RC

40-42 Marks

DILR Verbal & RC

30-32 Marks

Quant

47-50 Marks

Overall

105-110 Marks

First Analysis by IMS Coaching for MBAUniverse.com

Hemang Panchmatia, Program Director, PG-India, IMS Learningshared this first analysis at a Live Sessions on MBAUniverse.com at 11.30 AM today.

Overall
CAT 2020 Slot 1 is a slightly more difficult paper that CAT 2019.

Verbal & RC

  • Total 26 Questions
  • Slightly more difficult – similar to CAT 2019
  • 4 RC Passages making time management became very important
  • 8 VA Questions
    • No Grammar, No Vocab!
    • 3 Parajumble Questions
    • 2 Odd man out
    • 3 Summary Questions

DILR Verbal & RC

  • Total 24 Questions
  • Equal or slightly more difficult than CAT 2019
  • 5 Sets of questions makes it difficult
  • Element of section is key

Quant

  • Total 26 Questions
  • A lot of easy questions
  • Arithmetic 10 Qs, Algebra & Log Question made this section easier
  • Positive Surprise

IMS Learning CAT 2020 Cut off Predictions based on Slot 1 Exam
Hemang shared following predictions for getting 99%.

 

CAT 2020 - 99%

Overall Marks

105-110 Marks

Message for Slot 3 test takers

  • Take Mocks mentally
  • Easy quant, so plan accordingly
  • Don’t change too much at this last minute

Stay tuned to MBAUniverse.com for more updates.