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September 18, 2021

MAH MBA CET Exam Analysis 2021: Difficulty Level, Key Changes, Cut offs

MAHCET 2021 exam is over on September 18, 2021. This year MAH CET was conducted on September 16, 17 and 18, 2021 in multiple sessions. This was the first MAH CET exam year when MAH MBA CET was conducted in three days instead of earlier two days. The exam was conducted in the morning and afternoon sessions. MAH MBA CET was conducted by the DTE Maharashtra CET Cell and each exam slot had a time duration of 150 minutes (2½ hours).

 

Below is published the MBAUniverse.com MAH CET 2021 exam analysis with the key changes in test pattern, sectional and overall difficulty level, expected cut offs and other key highlights of the exam. MBAUniverse.com has also published MAH CET analysis by the experts from top coaching institutes like IMS, CL among others. Check Below

 

Difficulty Level & Surprise Element in MAH CET 2021

  • As per the MAH CET question paper, the exam had moderate difficulty level but with a few changes and surprises.
  • The question paper was easier than last year
  • The Test paper had 200 mixed questions which were not segregated section wise
  • Many new types of questions appeared in the exam.
  • This year the navigating buttons like Mark for Review appeared on the bottom of the screen
  • Quantitative Aptitude section remained moderate
  • Verbal Ability was on slightly higher difficulty side. 

 

Difficulty Level & Surprise Element in MAH CET 2021

  • As per the MAH CET question paper of the first and second slot, the exam had moderate difficulty level but with a few changes and surprises.
  • The question paper was easier than last year
  • The Test paper had 200 mixed questions which were not segregated section wise
  • Many new types of questions appeared in the exam.
  • This year the navigating buttons like Mark for Review appeared on the bottom of the screen
  • Quantitative Aptitude section remained moderate
  • Verbal Ability was on slightly higher difficulty side.

MAH CET 2021 Exam Analysis: Overall Pattern
MAH MBA CET 2021 exam pattern has remained within its syllabus as released by DTE Maharashtra. The number of questions, sectional composition, scoring pattern and other details for the MAH CET 2021 have remained as under:

  • MAH CET 2021 is conducted in three days as against two days last year.
  • The exam was divided in multiple sessions
  • MAH CET 2021 was an online computer based test.
  • Each test slot was of 150 minutes (2 and half hours) duration
  • Exam consisted of only Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs).
  • Total number of questions are 200
  • There were 5 answer options for each question in MAH CET 2021 question paper.
  • The MAH CET 2021 questions did NOT carry negative marking for any wrong answer.
  • Although MAH MBA CET 2021 paper had questions on 4 sections, they were not divided in separate sections in the test paper. Besides, effectively the exam consisted of 3 sections as the 100 questions on Reasoning were based on Logical reasoning and Abstract Reasoning
MAH CET 2021 Section name
Number of questions
Marks per question
Total marks for the section
Logical Reasoning
75
1
75
Abstract Reasoning
25
1
25
Quantitative Aptitude
50
1
50
Verbal Ability/Reading Comprehension
50
1
50
Total marks for the test
 
 
200

MAH CET 2021 Exam Slots
MAH CET exam is conducted in two slots on each testing day. The slot wise timing and duration for MAH CET exam is as below:

Slot-1 Time
Slot-2 Time
Day-1: 9 AM to 11.30 AM
2 PM to 4.30 PM
Day-2: 9 AM to 11.30 AM
2 PM to 4.30 PM
Day 3: 9 AM to 11.30 AM
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MAH CET 2021 Analysis by IMS

The first slot of CET-2021 took place today (September 16, 2021 between 9 am and 11:30 am). CET 2021 is being held on three days from September 16th to September 18th.

 

This is the Day 1 (Slot 1) Analysis of CET 2021 based on the feedback received from IMS students and experts who appeared for the test.

 

Though CET-2021 maintained a total of 200 questions, the question paper was not divided into different tests with separate tabs for each test on the screen, as was done in previous 5 years. The questions on different sections were mixed as was the case prior to 2016. This was a major surprise in CET-2021. In terms of Level of Difficulty, the test was much easier as compared to previous 4-5 years, more equivalent to the Level of Difficulty of SSC-CGL paper. The test layout also underwent a change from previous years. This year, the buttons such as mark for review etc appeared in the bottom of the screen.

 

OVERVIEW

Area Name
Approx No.
of Questions
Difficulty Level
Good Attempts*
Logical Reasoning
70 to 75
Easy to Moderate
170-175
Abstract Reasoning
20 to 25
Easy
Quantitative Aptitude
50 to 55
Easy
Verbal Ability & Reading
Comprehension
45 to 50
Moderate
Total
200
Moderate

Based on the feedback received from several candidates we estimate the scores and percentiles** to be as follows:

Institutes
Score
Percentile
JBIMS
155+
99.9+
SIMSREE, Welingkar
140+
99.5+
PUMBA, COEP, SIES, Xavier, Chetana
128+
98.5+
MET, Lala, Indira, Thakur
115+
95+

VERDICT

  • First slot of CET-2021 was easier than CET 2020.
  • As usual, CET 2021 consisted of 200 questions to be attempted in 150 minutes
  • Since there is NO Negative Marking in CET, candidates are expected to attempt all 200 questions.
  • IMS estimate of good attempts refers to the number of serious attempts and excludes the randomly marked answers.

Following is the approximate area wise breakup of the test.

 

Verbal Ability/Reading Comprehension (50 questions)

VARC consisted of 45 to 50 questions with about 30 VA questions and around 15 RC questions. Overall, the VARC was easier than in the previous year.

 

While the number of Reading Comprehension questions was roughly the same as last year, there were four passages instead of the usual two. The passages were challenging to read and were accompanied by mostly inference-based questions.

 

The VA section had familiar question types.

  • There were around 6 to 8 grammar questions in the spot-the-error format - a statement was divided into 4 parts and the part carrying an error had to be marked as the answer.
  • There were 2 jumbled paragraph questions but the format was slightly different. Each set of statements had just one question to be answered unlike last year when 4 to 5 questions were to be answered from a single set of statements.
  • A majority of vocabulary questions were in a format in which 4 words were provided and one had to identify two words that were either similar or opposite in meaning.

Most of the VA questions were easy and could be answered quickly with high accuracy.

Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension
No. of Questions (Approx.)
Vocabulary
13 – 15
Grammar
6 - 8
Jumbled Paragraphs
2
Miscellaneous
5
Reading Comprehension
15 - 17
Total
Around 50

Quantitative Aptitude
There were about 50 questions on Quantitative Aptitude in the first slot of CET. Major Surprise was that there were no questions on Data Interpretation. Similarly, a major deviation from recent years was that there were no questions on Quantitative Comparison, Approximations and Data Sufficiency. The level of difficulty of the questions on Quantitative Aptitude was easier as compared to recent years.

 

The questions on Quantitative Aptitude were dominated by questions on Arithmetic. There were about 25 questions on Arithmetic and all the subtopics in Arithmetic (such as Time-Speed-Distance, Averages, Ratio-Proportion, Time & Work, Mixtures & Allegations, Percentages, Simple and Compound Interest) were represented.

 

Other topics on which questions were asked on Quantitative Aptitude were Numbers (4 to 5 questions on factors & multiples and surds), Geometry (3 to 4 questions- questions on mensuration and circles), Modern Mathematics (4 questions- questions on Logarithms, Probability, AP-GP) and Algebra (2 to 3 questions). In addition to these, there were 5 standalone questions on number series.

 

Following was the approximate overall break-up of the topics in this test:

Topics
Approximate
Arithmetic
25
Geometry
3 to 4
Modern Math
4
Numbers
4 to 5
Algebra
2 to 3
Number Series
5
 
Around 50

Logical Reasoning
Questions on Logical Reasoning were dominated by questions on non-verbal reasoning. There were about 50 to 55 questions on Non-Verbal Reasoning and 20 questions on Verbal Reasoning. Out of the 55 questions on Non-Verbal Reasoning, 40 questions were set based (8 sets of 5 questions each) and there were 15 standalone questions. There were no questions on Sequential Output or Selection Criteria.

 

Out of the 8 sets, four sets were on arrangements. Two sets were on matrix arrangement while one set was on linear arrangement, combined with family relations. One set combined linear arrangement and conditionalities. One set was based on only family relations. There was one case let, which combined the concepts of time and work. That set was slightly complicated. There was one set on scheduling.

 

The 15 standalone questions on non-verbal reasoning were on different topics such as directions, letter coding and puzzles.

 

In Verbal Reasoning, there were around 19 to 20 questions of the following types: Cause-Effect reasoning, Assertion - Reason, Strengthen / Weaken the Argument, Analogies and Syllogisms. Syllogism questions formed the major chunk of verbal reasoning questions and owing to the familiarity of the question type, were simpler to answer. The rest of the verbal reasoning questions were in the easy to moderate difficulty range.

 

Following is the summary of the approximate break-up of this section.

Topics
Description
Total
Non-Verbal Reasoning (55 questions)
Arrangement
4 sets of 5 question each.
(Two sets each on matrix arrangement and
linear arrangement)
20
Family Tree
One set of 5 questions
5
Scheduling
One set of 5 questions
5
Caselet
One set of 5 questions on Time & Work
5
Standalone questions
Total 15 questions on directions, letter
coding and puzzles
15
Verbal Reasoning (15-20 questions)
Cause - Effect
2 - 3
Assertion - Reason
2 - 3
Strengthen - Weaken
2 - 3
Syllogisms
8 - 9
Analogies
2 - 3
Total
Around 75

Overall difficulty of the questions on Logical Reasoning was easy to moderate.

 

Abstract Reasoning
There were about 25 questions on Abstract Reasoning. There were questions on series completion, analogies and odd man out like in the recent years. Additionally, questions on paper folding made a comeback to CET after several years. There was one question which combined multiple odd man out questions. That was somewhat complex but all other questions were rather easy.

Day 2  - September 17, 2021

The first slot of Day 2 CET-2021 took place today (September 17, 2021 between 9 am and 11:30 am).  CET 2021 is being held on three days from September 16th to September 18th.

 

This is the Day 2 (Slot 1) Analysis of CET 2021 based on the feedback received from IMS students and experts who appeared for the test.

 

Though CET-2021 maintained a total of 200 questions, the question paper was not divided into different tests with separate tabs for each test on the screen, as was done in previous 5 years. The questions on different sections were mixed as was the case prior to 2016. This was a major surprise in CET-2021. In terms of Level of Difficulty, the test was just slightly easier as compared to previous 4-5 years. The test layout also underwent a change from previous years. This year, the buttons such as mark for review, next, previous etc appeared at the bottom of the screen.

 

OVERVIEW

Area  Name
Approx No. of Questions
Difficulty Level
Good Attempts*
 
Logical Reasoning
80 - 85
Easy to Moderate
 
 
         Around  160
Abstract Reasoning
8 - 10
Moderate
Quantitative Aptitude
55 -  60
Easy
Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension
45 - 50
Moderate
Total
200
Moderate

VERDICT

  • There were no sections and questions of various sections were mixed up throughout the paper. 
  • As usual, CET 2021 consisted of 200 questions to be attempted in 150 minutes
  • Since there is NO Negative Marking in CET, candidates are expected to attempt all 200 questions. 
  • IMS estimate of good attempts refers to the number of serious attempts and excludes the randomly marked answers.  

Following is the approximate area wise breakup of the test.

 

Verbal Ability/Reading Comprehension (50 questions)

VARC consisted of around 50 questions with about 40 VA questions and around 10 RC questions. 

 

While the number of Reading Comprehension questions came down to 10, there was only one question per passage. The length of passages varied from 50 words to 250 words. Some of the passages were challenging to read and were accompanied by inference-based questions. The other questions types were: Specific Detail questions, Tone of the passage, Source of the passage etc. Overall, the Reading Comprehension questions were of moderate difficulty level.  

 

The VA section had various question types. 

Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension
No. of Questions (Approx.)
FIB – I Blank
5
Replace the underlined word in the passage with a similar word
2
Jumbled Paragraphs (5 Statements)
6
Select the odd on form word-meaning pairs
8
Choose the correct spelling
8
One Word Substitution (Passage-based)
2
Antonyms
5
Anagram-based odd word
3
Reading Comprehension
10
Total
Around 50

Quantitative Aptitude
There were about 60 questions on Quantitative Aptitude in the second slot of CET. Major Surprise was that there were only 3 questions on Data Interpretation and only 1 question on Data Sufficiency. Similarly, a major deviation from recent years was that there were a few questions Limits, Integration, Differential Equations, Inductive functions which were never included in this exam.  The level of difficulty of the questions on Quantitative Aptitude was easier as compared to recent years. 

 

The questions on Quantitative Aptitude were dominated by questions on Arithmetic. There were about 12 questions on Arithmetic and all the subtopics in Arithmetic (such as Time-Speed-Distance, Averages, Ratio-Proportion, Time & Work, Mixtures & Alligations, Percentages, Simple and Compound Interest) were represented. 

 

Other topics on which questions were asked on Quantitative Aptitude were Numbers (7 questions- questions on factors & multiples and surds), Geometry (10 questions- questions on mensuration and circles), Modern Mathematics (12 questions- questions on Logarithms, Probability, AP-GP) and Algebra (4 questions). In addition to these, there was 1 question on approximation.

 

Following was the approximate overall break-up of the topics in this test:

Topics
No of Questions
Arithmetic
12
Arithmetic
10
Algebra
4
Modern Math
12
Numbers
7
Approximation
1
Limits, Integration, Differential Equations, Statistics
8
Data Interpretation
3
Data Sufficiency
1
Miscellaneous
2
Total
60

Logical Reasoning 
Questions on Logical Reasoning were dominated by questions on non-verbal reasoning. There were 70 questions on Non-Verbal Reasoning and 20 questions on Verbal Reasoning. Out of the 70 questions on Non-Verbal Reasoning, only 15 questions were set based and all other questions were standalone. There was a set of 2 questions on Sequential Output and 1 question on Data Sufficiency.

 

All the 5 sets were on Arrangements. Three sets were on matrix arrangement while two sets were based on circular arrangement. A set of 2 questions on Sequential output and a set of 2 questions on Selection Criteria were also included.

 

The standalone questions on non-verbal reasoning were on different topics such as directions (6 questions), Linear Arrangement (9 questions), Coding (7 questions), Family Tree (5 questions) and Data Sufficiency (3 questions).

 

In Verbal Reasoning, there were around 20 questions of the following types: Critical Reasoning, Statement-Conclusion, Statement-Assumption, Courses of Action, Situation-Response, Syllogisms, and Statement-Assertion. The verbal reasoning questions were of easy to moderate difficulty.

 

Following is the summary of the approximate break-up of this section.

Topics
Description
Total
Non-Verbal Reasoning (Around 70 questions)
Arrangement
5 sets and 11 standalone questions (Three sets on matrix arrangement and two sets Circular arrangement)
26
Family Tree
5 standalone questions
5
Coding
7 standalone questions
7
Directions
6 standalone questions
6
Selection Criteria
Set of 2 questions
2
Data Sufficiency
3 standalone questions
3
Sequential output
2 standalone questions 
2
Miscellaneous
Standalone questions 
19
Verbal Reasoning (20 questions)
Critical Reasoning (Weaken the argument)
1
Statement-Conclusion (2 conclusions; 5 conclusions)
9
Statement-Assumption
1
Courses of Action (2 CoA; 5 CoA)
4

Overall difficulty of the questions on Logical Reasoning was moderate. 

 

Abstract Reasoning
There were about 10 questions on Abstract Reasoning. There were questions on series completion and paper folding. The questions were not easy like previous year papers.


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 MAH CET Exam: Previous Analysis
Below is shared previous years MAH CET exam analysis

 

MAH CET Exam 2020 Analysis: Key Highlights

  • Verbal Ability Questions on Para completion, choosing the correct sentence had close options
  • Questions on Fill in the blanks in Jumbled sentences
  • Questions on Fill in the blanks based on RC Passages
  • Match the column questions with three columns and three rows with a sentence fragment in each cell. Candidates had to match them to form grammatical sentences with first column which was fixed.
  • Phrase-replacement questions were introduced. A highlighted phrase was to be replaced with the correct phrase/combination of phrases from the given options 
  • Questions on picking the odd sentence out of the paragraph was found tricky in the jumbled paragraph
  • Logical Reasoning had lengthy question set on seating arrangement
  • Quant section had more questions on Arithmetic
  • More than 20 questions were on Data Interpretation in Quant section

Overall MAH CET 2020 Analysis
MAH CET 2020 was conducted by IBPS which is as per standard layout of IBPS tests. At a few test venues, some of the test takers faced difficulty of system-hang for a brief span, but it got rectified or the students were allotted alternative systems.

Total questions
200
Mode of exam
Online computer based test (CBT)
Medium of Test
English
Type of questions
Multiple choice type (MCQs)
Number of sections
4
Time available
2½ hours (10 AM to 12.30 PM & 2 PM to 4.30 PM)
Sectional cut off
Applicable to determine percentile score
Scoring pattern
1 mark for each correct answer
Total marks
200
Negative marking
No
Answer options for each question
5
Overall Exam Difficulty level
Moderate to difficult

Time Management in MAH CET: Big Issue before Test Takers
Less than 1 Minute per Question was available for the test takers with 200 questions to be attempted in 150 minutes. Candidates gasped for more time during the exam.

 

Candidates had to choose one of the 5 answer options which again demanded a little more time even after using any tips and tricks to solve the question. The only positive was that there was no negative marking and the candidates fighting against the shortage of time resorted to more guess work.

 

Positives for MAH CET 2020 Test Takers

  • No fear of negative marking encouraged test takers to solve 100% questions
  • It improved the chances of scoring more
  • Fixed number of questions with uniform scoring helped to keep balance among the four sections
  • Many questions were found on easier side which helped candidates to attempt them first and score high in uniform marking pattern
  • Logical & Abstract Reasoning with 100 questions commanded 50% weight in the exam. Questions in Abstract reasoning were found on easier side as reported by the test takers.
  • No technical glitches helped the candidates to concentrate more.

Difficult to Score High in MAH CET 2020

  • As per the scoring pattern in MBACET 2020, the equi-percentile and calculation of equated scoring process based on difficulty level of the test, across the sections can place the low scorer at a higher percentile also.
  • Guess work, if gone correct by chance, higher score cannot be ruled out even for those who have not made so many good attempts.

MAH CET Analysis: Sectional composition and difficulty level
MAH CET Exam 2020 had 4 sections. However, effectively there were 3 sections only as 100 Reasoning questions were based on Logical and Abstract Reasoning.

S No
Section Name
Number of Questions
Mark Per Question
Total marks for the section
Difficulty level
1
Logical Reasoning
75
1
75
Difficult
2
Abstract Reasoning
25
1
25
Moderate
3
Quantitative Aptitude
50
1
50
Moderate
4
Verbal Ability/Reading Comprehension
50
1
50
Moderate to Difficult
 
Total marks for the test
 
 
200
 

MAH CET Exam 2020: Sectional Analysis
All the four sections in MAH CET 2020 are referred to as tests and not as sections. The detailed sectional analysis by experts for each of the four tests in MAH CET 2020 is as below:

 

Section-1: Test of Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension

Total questions
50
Marks per question
 1
Answer options per question
 5
Total marks
50
Verbal Ability questions
35
RC Based Questions (2 RC Passages followed by 7-8 questions each)
15
Difficulty level
Moderate to difficult
Good attempts
34-36

Changes & Surprises

  1. Verbal Ability section MAH CET 2020 had a major change in the question pattern. The section consisted of questions based on errors in Grammar, contextual use of Vocabulary, English Language usage, Para completion, new type of Para jumble, Synonyms Antonyms among other topics. 
  2. Questions based on RC passages were doable although a few of them were difficult and very close ones. Questions on Verbal Ability also included Verbal reasoning and were moderate to difficult. Out of the 50 questions in this section, 12 were based on short Reading Comprehension passages while remaining others were on Verbal Ability and Verbal reasoning.
  3. The section had mixed level of difficulty. Number of questions based on RC passages like spotting out correct contextual vocabulary usage, phrase, synonyms, antonyms were not difficult.
  4. Test takers found it difficult and time consuming to solve the questions based on grammatical errors. Many candidates lost the track of the subject, predicate in the sentences formed with the grammatical errors and found them tricky enough.
  5. Questions like completion of paragraph, choosing the correct sentence was another challenge for the students as the options were very close. The CAT like question in picking out the odd sentence out of the paragraph was not very difficult to solve.
  6. Reading Comprehension passages were neither very long nor were difficult. The questions based on both the RC passages could be attempted with a little concentrated reading of the passage. The questions based on RC passages had many vocabulary based questions which were not very difficult.
  7. Picking out the errors in parts of sentences or choosing the ‘No error’ option, in some cases was also very difficult. There were questions followed by answer options to replace the bold part of the sentence with the correct answer. The sentences were based on use of tenses, grammar, pronouns, verbs, conditions etc.  

The overall types of questions that appeared in Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension section in MAH CET 2020 is:

Topics of questions
Number of questions
Difficulty level
Reading comprehension passages – 600 to 800 words
15
Moderate
Vocabulary (Synonyms, antonyms, contextual usage, formation of words with specific letters, matching the words, Fill in the blanks)
15
Moderate
Para jumble, Para placement, completion, out of context, Fill in the blanks
5
Tricky
Error correction in Sentences
 6
Moderate to difficult
Passage Inference
 1
Moderate
Replacement of Phrases
 5
Moderate to Difficult
Fill in the blanks - Phrase
 1
Moderate to difficult
Interchanging the words
 3
Moderate to difficult

Important note on Verbal Ability Test

  • Questions on error corrections in sentences were similar to the ones as appear in various recruitment examinations of Banks, Insurance companies, Central and state Governments.  Sentences were divided in four sections and the error from one of the sections had to be spotted. If there was no error option 5 of ‘ No error’ had to be marked as answer.
  • Another type was that of re-writing the parts of sentences containing errors. The question sentence had one part marked in bold and the test taker had to figure out whether there is any error in that part of the sentence. 5 answer options followed the question. In case there was an error, candidate had to choose the right answer option and if it had no error, option 5 had to be marked.
  • The questions were formed on core grammar like Active passive; reported speech; conditionals; modifiers and picking out correct synonyms and antonyms. Apart from this, moderate questions on analogy also made their presence in Verbal Ability section.
  • There were questions to place the para to fill in the blanks in a paragraph. With simple and correct understanding of grammar and vocabulary usage, candidates could answer the same well.
  • The RC passages were short but were followed by number of questions including questions like synonyms, antonyms as used in the passage. The level of difficulty was moderate but the options were close and time was short.
  • Candidates who could get around 32-34 questions correct in this section, would improve their overall percentile to a good extent to get admission in one of the top MBA colleges

Section-2: Test of Logical and Abstract Reasoning
This section had 75 questions on Logical Reasoning and 25 questions on Abstract Reasoning.

 

Test of Logical Reasoning

Total questions
75
Marks per question
 1
Answer options per question
 5
Total marks
75
Difficulty level
Moderate to difficult
Good Attempts
42-44
  • There were 75 questions of varying type in the Logical Reasoning section. It had questions sets following the given data; questions on series, statements – inferences/conclusions, true false, coding-decoding among others.
  • 59-60 questions were on Non-Verbal Reasoning and rest 15-16 questions were based on verbal reasoning
  • Questions on various types of Arrangements, statements, letter rearrangements, family tree are the favourite areas in MBA CET exam. The questions were in sets as well as individual ones. The questions were lengthy in nature and needed more time to solve.
  • Sets in Logical Reasoning were difficult to solve. The candidates who marked the answer option and moved on were benefitted as they could solve more questions which were on moderate side.
  • Verbal Reasoning part in logical reasoning section has more questions on Critical Reasoning, Syllogism among others. The Syllogisms were overall moderate but time consuming across all the slots. Strong weak arguments, cause effect questions  also consumed some time of the test takers. These questions were not as difficult as the other questions and were doable.
  • 5 questions were on Logical Inequality, 5 on sentence based coding; set of 4 questions on Directions  and 3 questions were on data sufficiency.
  • A new question type was there in the test. There were 3 questions in this category. A set of 5 questions based on Sequential Input Output was asked in one of the 4 slots.
  • 15-16 questions were on Verbal Reasoning and most of them were on Critical Reasoning like, strengthen the argument, weaken the argument
  • 4 questions were on syllogism (4 statements followed by 2/3 conclusions]
  • 2 questions were on implicit statements 

Type of questions

Question topics
Number of questions
Difficulty level
Arrangements-Seating, Linear, Matrix, Square etc.
28
Moderate to difficult
Statement-conclusion, inference, cause effect
  7
Moderate to difficult
Direction
  5
Moderate
Family tree-blood relationship
  5
Moderate
Syllogism
  6
Moderate to difficult
Critical reasoning
 15
Moderate
Assumption
  3
Moderate
Data sufficiency
  4
Moderate to difficult
Letter re-arrangements
  2
Moderate

A good attempt of 42-44 questions in Logical Reasoning would lead to a high percentile in MBACET 2020.

 

Test of Abstract reasoning

Total questions
25
Marks per question
 1
Answer options per question
 5
Total marks
25
Difficulty level
Moderate
Good Attempts
18-20

Abstract Reasoning with 25 questions was a moderate difficulty test and candidates were found busy in maximising the attempts in this section. Questions were formed on series, Analogy, puzzles among others and were found doable. Most of the questions in Abstract Reasoning were similar to visual reasoning questions that appeared earlier in MBACET exam.

 

Type of questions

Question topics
Number of questions
Difficulty level
Series Completion
11-12
Moderate to difficult
Analogy
 6-7
Moderate to difficult
Matching of Pair
7-8
Moderate

A good attempt of 18-20 questions would lead to high percentile.

 

Section-3: Test of Quantitative Aptitude

Total questions
50
Marks per question
 1
Answer options per question
 5
Total marks
50
Difficulty level
Moderate
Good Attempts
34-36
  • This section was moderate to difficult in terms of difficulty level. Questions in this section were doable but time consuming. Apart from a few questions in Quantitative Aptitude section, the remaining were on the easier side. Though many questions involved some tricks but aspirants with basic conceptual clarity were able to solve these questions. There were more questions on Arithmetic. A few questions from Algebra also made their appearance in the test.  Data Interpretation (DI) questions in this test were more calculation based but doable.
  • Out of 50 questions in the Quant section, 18-20 questions were on Data Interpretation and the remaining were on Quantitative Aptitude. The DI questions were in three sets of problems.
  • The 3 sets of questions on Data Interpretation included prominent topics like Table, Pie chart, analytical data, case lets, bar graph. All the sets needed concentration and were calculation intensive.
  • In Mathematics, there were 5-6 questions each on approximations and number series and 10 questions on Quantitative Comparison
  • Major topics in Quant on which questions were based are: Number system, Arithmatic – constituting percentage, time, speed, distance, integers, Geometry, Algebra among others.

Type of Questions

Question topics
Number of questions
Difficulty level
Arithmetic (Percentage, P&L, TSD, ratio etc)
10
Moderate
Geometry
  2
Moderate to difficult
Modern Maths
  1
Moderate
Graph, Pie charts, Table, case lets (DI questions)
20
Moderate to difficult
Data sufficiency
  4
Moderate
Others including Algebra, odd man out
  8
Moderate to difficult
Approximation
 5
Moderate

Good attempt of 34-36 questions would lead to high score.

 

Cut off Percentile
99+ percentile is expected to at a score of 130-132 marks

 

MAH CET 2020 Cut Off: JBIMS, SIMSREE, KJ Somaiya, PUMBA
Difficulty level in MBA CET 2020 has remained moderate except for questions in VARC and Reasoning sections. Going by the trend, it can be observed that a good attempt of around 150 questions plus guess work would lead to a percentile of 99. If the slot you have appeared in, is considered more difficult, you may even get a higher percentile on low scores.

 

Expected Cut offs for JBIMS, SIMSREE, K J Somaiya
All India candidates can expect admission to top MBA colleges accepting MAH CET 2020 score like JBIMS, SIMSREE, K J Somaiya, PUMBA at a score of 138 and above as shared below

  • JBIMS Mumbai: 138-142
  • SIMSREE: 134-136
  • K J Somaiya: 128-130
  • PUMBA: 124-126

Many candidates were allotted centres other than they opted for at the time of completing their registration form. This fact was already clarified by State CET Cell which conducted MBA CET 2020 exam, “If sufficient number of candidates does not opt for a particular centre for "Online" examination, Competent Authority reserves the right to allot any other adjunct centre to those candidates OR if the number of candidates is more than the capacity available for online exam for a centre, Competent Authority reserves the right to allot any other centre to the candidate.”

 

MAH MBACET 2020witnessed around 15% less turnout out of 1 lakh plus candidates vying for admission in JBIMS, SIMSREE, PUMBA, K J Somaiya, N L Dalmia among other top MBA colleges in Maharashtra. MAH MBA CET 2020is conducted in more than 40 test cities across the country.

MAH CET Exam: Past Analysis

MAH CET 2019 exam on March 9, 2019 has got over now with many changes and surprises to the test takers. The MBA CET 2019 was marked with a lengthy and difficult Logical Reasoning but moderate Abstract Reasoning. While Quantitative Aptitude section remained moderate, Verbal Ability was on higher difficulty side. Overall exam difficulty level was similar to last year with expected cut off at JBIMS remaining around 140+. 

 

MAH CET 2019 was found on changed pattern. Different type of questions in Verbal Ability, Logical Reasoning were placed in the exam.

 

MAHCET 2019 exam in slot-1 and slot-2 began on time on March 9, 2019 at 10AM and 2PM respectively.  The MBA CET 2019 is conducted in multiple sessions by DTE Maharashtra CET Cell in 2 days test window on March 9& 10, 2019 across the country.  Session timings for both the days are from 10AM to 12.30PM and from 2PM to 4.30PM.  At some centres the test had interruptions due to minor technical glitches as computer systems were getting disrupted during the test duration. However, all the answers marked by the candidates were automatically saved without posing any further problem to the candidates.

 

IBPS MAHCET 2019
MAHCET 2019is conducted by IBPS which is as per standard layout of IBPS tests. At a few test venues, some of the test takers faced difficulty of system-hang for a brief span, but it got rectified or the students were allotted alternative systems.

 

MAHCET 2019: Overall Analysis

Total questions
200
Mode of exam
Online computer based test (CBT)
Medium of Test
English
Type of questions
Multiple choice type (MCQs)
Number of sections
4
Time available
2½ hours (150 minutes)
Sectional cut off
Applicable to determine percentile score
Scoring pattern
1 mark for each correct answer
Total marks
200
Negative marking
No
Answer options for each question
5

Time Management in MAH CET: Big Issue before Test Takers
Less than 1 Minute per Question was available for the test takers with 200 questions to be attempted in 150 minutes. Candidates gasped for more time all the while.

 

Candidates had to choose one of the 5 answer options which again demanded a little more time even after using any tip and trick to solve the question. The only positive was that there was no negative marking and the candidates fighting against the shortage of time resorted to more guess work.

 

Factors Supporting MAHCET 2019 Test Takers

  • No fear of negative marking encouraged test takers to solve 100% questions
  • It improved the chances of scoring more
  • Fixed number of questions with uniform scoring helped to keep balance among the four sections
  • Many questions were found on easier side which helped candidates to attempt them first and score high in uniform marking pattern
  • Logical & Abstract Reasoning with 100 questions commanded 50% weight in the exam. Questions in Abstract reasoning were found on easier side as reported by the test takers.
  • No technical glitches helped the candidates to concentrate more.

Obstacles in Scoring High in MAHCET 2019

  • As per the scoring pattern in MAHCET 2019, the equi-percentile and calculation of equated scoring process based on difficulty level of the test, across the sections can place the low scorer at a higher percentile also.
  • Guess work, if gone correct by chance, higher score cannot be ruled out even for those who have not made so many good attempts.

Sectional components and difficultylevel
MAHCET 2019 had 4 sections. The test of Reasoning contained 100 questions comprising Logical Reasoning & Abstract Reasoning sections separately.

S No
Section Name
Number of Questions
Mark Per Question
Total marks for the section
Difficulty level
1
Logical Reasoning
75
1
75
Difficult
2
Abstract Reasoning
25
1
25
Moderate
3
Quantitative Aptitude
50
1
50
Moderate
4
Verbal Ability/Reading Comprehension
50
1
50
Difficult
 
Total marks for the test
 
 
200
 

Sectional Analysis
All the four sections in MAHCET 2019 are referred to as tests and not as sections. The detailed sectional analysis by experts for each of the four tests in MAHCET 2019 is as below:

Section-1: Test of Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension

Total questions
50
Marks per question
 1
Answer options per question
 5
Total marks
50
Difficulty level
Moderate to difficult
Good attempts
32-34

Verbal Ability section MAHCET 2019 had a major change in the question pattern. The section consisted of questions based on errors in Grammar, contextual use of Vocabulary, English Language usage, Para completion, new type of para jumble, Synonyms Antonyms among other topics. 

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Questions based on RC passages were doable although a few of them were difficult and very close ones. Questions on Verbal Ability also included Verbal reasoning and were moderate to difficult. Out of the 50 questions in this section, 12 were based on short Reading Comprehension passages while remaining others were on Verbal Ability and Verbal reasoning.

 

The section had mixed level of difficulty. Number of questions based on RC passages like spotting out correct contextual vocabulary usage, phrase, synonyms, antonyms were not difficult.

 

Test takers found it difficult and time consuming to solve thequestions based on grammatical errors. Many candidates lost the track of the subject, predicate in the sentences formed with the grammatical errors and found them tricky enough.

 

Questions like completion of paragraph, choosing the correct sentence was another challenge for the students as the options were very close. The CAT like question in picking out the odd sentence out of the paragraph was not very difficult to solve.

 

Reading Comprehension passages were neither very long nor were difficult. The questions based on both the RC passages could be attempted with a little concentrated reading of the passage. The questions based on RC passages had many vocabulary based questions which were not very difficult.

 

Picking out the errors in parts of sentences or choosing the ‘No error’ option, in some cases was also very difficult. There were questions followed by answer options to replace the bold part of the sentence with the correct answer. The sentences were based on use of tenses, grammar, pronouns, verbs, conditions etc.  

 

The overall types of questions that appeared in Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension section in MAHCET 2018 is:

Topics of questions
Number of questions
Difficulty level
Reading comprehension passages – 600 to 800 words
12
Moderate
Vocabulary (Synonyms, antonyms, contextual usage, formation of words with specific letters, matching the words)
15
Moderate
Faulty Construction sentences-rewriting
5
Moderate to difficult
Mark the Error in sections
4
Difficult
Para jumble, Para placement, completion, out of context
 8
Tricky
Sentence written in different ways
 6
Moderate to difficult

Important note on Verbal Ability Test

  • Questions on error corrections in sentences were similar to the ones as appear in various recruitment examinations of Banks, Insurance companies, Central and state Governments.  Sentences were divided in four sections and the error from one of the sections had to be spotted. If there was no error option 5 of ‘ No error’ had to be marked as answer.
  • Another type was that of re-writing the parts of sentences containing errors. The question sentence had one part marked in bold and the test taker had to figure out whether there is any error in that part of the sentence. 5 answer options followed the question. In case there was an error, candidate had to choose the right answer option and if it had no error, option 5 had to be marked.
  • The questions were formed on core grammar like Active passive; reported speech; conditionals; modifiers and picking out correct synonyms and antonyms. Apart from this, moderate questions on analogy also made their presence in Verbal Ability section.
  • There were questions to place the para to fill in the blanks in a paragraph. With simple and correct understanding of grammar and vocabulary usage, candidates could answer the same well.
  • The RC passages were short but were followed by number of questions including questions like synonyms, antonyms as used in the passage. The level of difficulty was moderate but the options were close and time was short.
  • Candidates who could get around 32-34 questions correct in this section, would improve their overall percentile to a good extent to get admission in one of the top MBA colleges

Section-2: Test of Quantitative Aptitude

Total questions
50
Marks per question
 1
Answer options per question
 5
Total marks
50
Difficulty level
Moderate
Good Attempts
30-32
  • This section was moderate to difficult in terms of difficulty level. Questions in this section were doable but time consuming. Apart from a few questions in Quantitative Aptitude section, the remaining were on the easier side. Though many questions involved some tricks but aspirants with basic conceptual clarity were able to solve these questions. There were more questions on Arithmetic. A few questions from Algebra also made their appearance in the test.  Data Interpretation (DI) questions in this test were more calculation based but doable.
  • Out of 50 questions in the Quant section, more than 20 questions were on Data Interpretation and the remaining were on Quantitative Aptitude. The DI questions were in three sets of problems.
  • Prominent topics on which DI questions were based are – Table, Pie chart, analytical data, caselets. All the sets needed concentration and were calculation intensive.

Major topics in Quant on which questions were based are: Number system, Arithmatic – constituting percentage, time, speed, distance, integers, Geometry, Algebra among others.

 

Type of Questions

Question topics
Number of questions
Difficulty level
Arithmetic (Percentage, P&L, TSD, ratio etc)
10
Moderate
Geometry
  2
Moderate to difficult
Modern Maths
  1
Moderate
Graph, Pie charts, Table, case lets (DI questions)
22
Moderate to difficult
Data sufficiency
  4
Moderate
Others including Algebra, odd man out
11
Moderate to difficult

Good attempt of 34-36 questions would lead to high score.

 

Section-3: Test of Logical  Reasoning

Total questions
75
Marks per question
 1
Answer options per question
 5
Total marks
75
Difficulty level
Moderate to difficult
Good Attempts
42-44
  • There were 75 questions of varying type in the Logical Reasoning section. It had questions sets following the given data; questions on series, statements – inferences/conclusions, true false, coding-decoding among others.
  • Around 55 questions were there on Non-Verbal Reasoning and rest on Verbal Reasoning in MAHCET exam. Questions on various types of Arrangements, statements, letter rearrangements, family tree are the favourite areas in MAHCET exam. The questions were in sets as well as individual ones. The questions were lengthy in nature and needed more time to solve.
  • Sets in Logical Reasoning were difficult to solve. The candidates who marked the answer option and moved on were benefitted as they could solve more questions which were on moderate side.
  • Verbal Reasoning part in logical reasoning section has more questions on Critical Reasoning, Syllogism among others. The Syllogisms were overall moderate but time consuming across all the slots. Strong weak arguments, cause effect questions  also consumed some time of the test takers. These questions were not as difficult as the other questions and were doable.

Type of questions

Question topics
Number of questions
Difficulty level
Arrangements-Linear, Matrix, Square etc.
28
Moderate to difficult
Statement-conclusion, inference, cause effect
  7
Moderate to difficult
Direction
 5
Moderate
Family tree-blood relationship
5
Moderate
Syllogism
  6
Moderate to difficult
Critical reasoning
15
Moderate
Assumption
  3
Moderate
Data sufficiency
4
Moderate to difficult
Letter re-arrangements
2
Moderate

A good attempt of 42-44 questions in Logical Reasoning would lead to a high percentile in MAHCET 2019.

 

Test of Abstract reasoning

Total questions
25
Marks per question
 1
Answer options per question
 5
Total marks
25
Difficulty level
Moderate
Good Attempts
18-20

Abstract Reasoning with 25 questions was a moderate test and candidates were found busy in maximising the attempts in this section.The difficulty level of this section was slightly higher than last year. Questions were formed on series, Analogy, puzzles among others were found doable. Most of the questions in Abstract Reasoning were similar to visual reasoning questions that appeared earlier in MAHCET exam.

 

Analogy, series were the major topics on which questions were framed in this test. A good attempt of 18-20 questions would lead to high percentile.

 

Overall score and cut offs: JBIMS, SIMSREE, KJ Somaiya, PUMBA
Difficulty level in MAHCET 2019 has gone up across the sections. Last year MAHCET was less difficult than a year before exam. In fact the 99.99 percentile in MAH CET exam was very low in 2017 exam as compared to other test years. Below is shared the last 4 years of scoring pattern in MAH MBA CET exam:

MAHCET exam year
Highest percentile
Overall raw score
Remarks
2018
99.99
165-149
14 candidates
2017
99.99
145 - 136
11 candidates
2016
99.99
165 - 151
  9 candidates
2015
99.993
165 - 155
 3 candidates. Many questions were found wrong and the entire list was changed. The candidate with higher scores were awarded lower percentile.

Going by the trend, it can be observed that a good attempt of around 150 questions plus guess work would lead to a percentile of 99. If the slot you have appeared in, is considered more difficult, you may even get a higher percentile on low scores.

 

Expected Cut offs for JBIMS, SIMSREE, K J Somaiya
All India candidates can expect admission to top MBA colleges accepting MAHCET 2019 score like JBIMS, SIMSREE, K J Somaiya, PUMBA at a score of 140 and above as shared below

  • JBIMS Mumbai: 140 and above
  • SIMSREE: 135 and above
  • K J Somaiya: 129 and above
  • PUMBA: 123 and above

Many candidates were allotted centres other than they opted for at the time of completing their registration form. This fact was already clarified by State CET Cell, the MAHCET 2019 exam conducting authority, “If sufficient number of candidates does not opt for a particular centre for "Online" examination, Competent Authority reserves the right to allot any other adjunct centre to those candidates OR if the number of candidates is more than the capacity available for online exam for a centre, Competent Authority reserves the right to allot any other centre to the candidate.”

 

MAHCET 2019witnessed around 20% less turnout in all slots of the MBA/MMS aspirants out of 80000 plus candidates vying for admission in JBIMS, SIMSREE, PUMBA, K J Somaiya, N L Dalmia among other top MBA colleges in Maharashtra. MAHCET 2019 was conducted in more than 40 test cities across the country.

 

MAH CET 2018 Analysis 

MAH CET 2018 final analysis: Verbal and Logical reasoning go easier than first day; expect higher cut offs
Curtains for MAH CET 2018 were drawn on March 11, 2018 at 4.30 PM after State CET Cell concluded the afternoon exam session for the 2nd consecutive day. The exam on last day in slot-3 and slot-4 of MAH CET 2018 was easier than on yesterday slot-1 and slot-2.

 

Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning sections in last two slots were easier than yesterday. Quantitative Aptitude was a little more difficult than yesterday.

 

Surprise elements which appeared yesterday were not prominent on the last day. With slightly changed pattern of the exam this year, MAH CET 2018 on the last day will have higher cut offs as compared to first day.

 

MAH CET 2018: Post Result Activity till MBA Admission

MAH MBA CET 2018 result has been declared on March 19. It’s time to gear up for MBA admission in JBIMS, SIMSREE, K J Somaiya, PUMBA and other 300+ MBA colleges. In next two months beginning from March to June 2018, DTE will finalize all the activities regarding the MBA admission by conducting CAP and making seat allotment as under:

Activity details

Key dates*

Remarks

MAH CET 2018 result release

March 19, 2018

Scores go up, higher cut offs expected in JBIMS, SIMSREE

DTE CAP 2018 Notification

May 10, 2018

On DTE Maharashtra Website

CAP 2018 Registration starts

May 15, 2018

Fill up form online at DTE website with application fee

CAP 2018 Registration ends

June 2, 2018

Online at DTE Website

CAP document verification starts at FC

May 15, 2018

180+ Facilitation Centres across Maharashtra

CAP document verification ends at FC

June 2, 2018

Better to do it before last date

Display of Provisional Merit List for Admission

June 5, 2018

On website, at FCs

Last date to submit grievances at FCs

June 6 & 7, 2018

Submit by 5PM, if any

Display of final Merit list of candidates

June 11, 2018

Seat Allocation is done as per merit score. Separate merit list for Maharashtra and All India category candidates

Reporting for Admission

At ARC immediately after seat allotment

Candidates should report and confirm admission at Admission Reporting Centre (ARC) else admission will stand cancelled

*All dates tentative

 

Cut offs across the four slots

MAH CET 2018 cut offs for admission to MBA/MMS 2018-20 across the four slots in top MBA colleges in Maharashtra are to remain as follows:

 

All India Candidates

MAH CET 2018 cut offs in top MBA colleges in Mumbai and Pune for All India candidates are expected to remain as under:

 

Name of the college
Slot-1 cut offs
Slot-2 Cut offs
Slot-3 Cut offs
Slot-4 cut offs
JBIMS Mumbai
135
137
138
140
SIMSREE Mumbai
130
132
134
135
K J Somaiya, Mumbai
126
130
130
130
Welingkar (We School) Mumbai
122
124
125
125
SIES Mumbai
117
120
120
120
PUMBA Pune
117
120
120
120
N L Dalmia, Mumbai
112
115
118
115
Chetna, Mumbai
110
115
115
115
IESMCRC, Mumbai
110
112
112
112
XIMR, Mumbai
110
112
112
112

 

Maharashtra State Candidates

MAH CET 2018 cut offs in top MBA colleges in Mumbai and Pune for Maharashtra State candidates for un reserved category are expected to remain as under:

 

Name of the college
Slot-1 cut offs
Slot-2 Cut offs
Slot-3 Cut offs
Slot-4 cut offs
JBIMS Mumbai
126
130
138
132
SIMSREE Mumbai
120
125
134
127
K J Somaiya, Mumbai
116
122
130
124
Welingkar (We School) Mumbai
115
118
125
120
SIES Mumbai
110
115
120
117
PUMBA Pune
110
115
120
117
N L Dalmia, Mumbai
106
110
118
115
Chetna, Mumbai
104
106
115
110
IESMCRC, Mumbai
100
105
112
106
XIMR, Mumbai
100
105
112
106

 

MAH CET 2018 threw many surprises before the test takers on March 10 – the day 1 of the exam. There were many questions in Verbal Ability section which were new and not known how to solve by the test takers. Logical Reasoning section also had different type of questions with more questions on blood relations.

 

Surprise Elements in MAH CET 2018 exam
Following are the important changes in the exam which surprised the test takers:

  • No questions on close test passages
  • Question pattern on Para jumbles were changed. A combination of para completion and para jumble. The right place where the short para could be inserted had to be chosen. It was opposite to regular random para jumble
  • Questions on multiple statements placed in the exam
  • New type of Vocabulary questions introduced. A long word was written and the number of words had to be prepared with specific selected letters from the long word
  • Matching the pairs of vocabulary words
  • More questions on critical reasoning and syllogisms in Logical reasoning
  • Linear puzzles questions with Blood Relationship and many more such questions with blood relationship included in it
  • 3 sets of Data Interpretation in Quant section

Complete Analysis       
MAH CET 2018 exam on March 10 was on changed pattern and different type of questions in Verbal Ability, Logical Reasoning were placed in the exam. The test was marked with a lengthy and difficult Logical Reasoning but moderate Abstract Reasoning. Quantitative Aptitude section remained moderate, Verbal Ability was found difficult to solve. Overall exam difficulty level was similar to last year with expected cut off at JBIMS remaining around 135 to 140.

 

MAH CET 2018 exam in slot-1 and slot-2 began on time on March 10, 2018 at 10AM and 2PM respectively.  The test is conducted in multiple sessions by DTE Maharashtra in 2 days test window on March 10 & 11, 2018 across the country.  Session timings for both the days are from 10AM to 12.30PM and from 2PM to 4.30PM.  At some centres the test had interruptions due to minor technical glitches and computer systems were getting disrupted during the test duration. However, all the answers marked by the candidates were automatically saved which gave a sign of relief to the test takers.

 

Candidates gasping for more time
The MAH CET 2018 test paper which was held as online computer based test comprising 200 questions left test takers gasping for more time as with total allotted time of 150 minutes, less than one minute was available to solve a question. Candidates had to choose one of the 5 answer options which again demanded a little more time even after using any tip and trick to solve the question.

 

The only positive was that there was no negative marking and the candidates fighting against the shortage of time resorted to more guess work.

 

MAH CET: Exam conducted by IBPS
MAH CET 2018 is conducted by IBPS which is as per standard layout of IBPS tests. At a few test venues, some of the test takers faced difficulty of system-hang for a brief span, but it got rectified or the students were allotted alternative systems.

 

MAH CET 2018: Overall Exam Analysis

Total questions
200
Mode of exam
Online computer based test (CBT)
Medium of Test
English
Type of questions
Multiple choice type (MCQs)
Number of sections
4
Time available
2½ hours (150 minutes)
Sectional cut off
Applicable to determine percentile score
Scoring pattern
1 mark for each correct answer
Total marks
200
Negative marking
No
Answer options for each question
5

 

Positives of MAH CET 2018

  • No fear of negative marking encouraged test takers to solve 100% questions
  • It improved the chances of scoring more
  • Fixed number of questions with uniform scoring helped to keep balance among the four sections
  • Many questions were found on easier side which helped candidates to attempt them first and score high in uniform marking pattern
  • Logical & Abstract Reasoning with 100 questions commanded 50% weight in the exam. Questions in Abstract reasoning were found on easier side as reported by the test takers.
  • No technical glitches helped the candidates to concentrate more.

Negatives of MAH CET 2018

  • As per the scoring pattern in MAH CET 2018, the equi-percentile and calculation of equated scoring process based on difficulty level of the test, across the sections can place the low scorer at a higher percentile also.
  • Guess work, if gone correct by chance, higher score cannot be ruled out even for those who have not made so many good attempts.

Exam components and sectional difficulty level
MAH CET 2018 had 4 sections. The test of Reasoning contained 100 questions comprising Logical Reasoning & Abstract Reasoning sections separately.

S No
Section Name
Number of Questions
Mark Per Question
Total marks for the section
Difficulty level
1
Logical Reasoning
75
1
75
Difficult
2
Abstract Reasoning
25
1
25
Moderate
3
Quantitative Aptitude
50
1
50
Moderate
4
Verbal Ability/Reading Comprehension
50
1
50
Difficult
 
Total marks for the test
 
 
200
 

Sectional Analysis
All the four sections in MAH CET 2018 are referred to as tests and not as sections. The detailed sectional analysis by experts for each of the four tests in MAH CET 2018 is as below:

 

Test of Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension

Total questions
50
Marks per question
 1
Answer options per question
 5
Total marks
50
Difficulty level
Moderate to difficult
Good attempts
32-34

Verbal Ability section MAH CET 2018 had a major change in the question pattern. The section consisted of questions based on errors in Grammar, contextual use of Vocabulary, English Language usage, Para completion, new type of para jumble, Synonyms Antonyms among other topics. 

 

Questions based on RC passages were doable although a few of them were difficult and very close ones. Questions on Verbal Ability also included Verbal reasoning and were moderate to difficult. Out of the 50 questions in this section, 12 were based on short Reading Comprehension passages while remaining others were on Verbal Ability and Verbal reasoning.

 

The section had mixed level of difficulty. Number of questions based on RC passages like spotting out correct contextual vocabulary usage, phrase, synonyms, antonyms were not difficult.

 

Test takers found it difficult and time consuming to solve the questions based on grammatical errors. Many candidates lost the track of the subject, predicate in the sentences formed with the grammatical errors and found them tricky enough.

 

Questions like completion of paragraph, choosing the correct sentence was another challenge for the students as the options were very close. The CAT like question in picking out the odd sentence out of the paragraph was not very difficult to solve.

 

Reading Comprehension passages were not very long and were doable. The questions based on both the RC passages could be attempted with a little concentrated reading of the passage. The questions based on RC passages had many vocabulary based questions which were not very difficult.

 

Picking out the errors in parts of sentences or choosing the ‘No error’ option, in some cases was also very difficult. There were questions followed by answer options to replace the bold part of the sentence with the correct answer. The sentences were based on use of tenses, grammar, pronouns, verbs, conditions etc.    

 

The overall types of questions that appeared in Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension section in MAH CET 2018 is:

Topics of questions
Number of questions
Difficulty level
Reading comprehension passages – 600 to 800 words
12
Moderate
Vocabulary (Synonyms, antonyms, contextual usage, formation of words with specific letters, matching the words)
15
Moderate
Faulty Construction sentences-rewriting
 5
Moderate to difficult
Mark the Error in sections
 4
Difficult
Para jumble, Para placement, completion, out of context
 8
Tricky
Sentence written in different ways
 6
Moderate to difficult

Important note on Verbal Ability Test
Questions on error corrections in sentences were similar to the ones as appear in various recruitment examinations of Banks, Insurance companies, Central and state Governments.  Sentences were divided in four sections and the error from one of the sections had to be spotted. If there was no error option 5 of ‘ No error’ had to be marked as answer.

 

Another type was that of re-writing the parts of sentences containing errors. The question sentence had one part marked in bold and the test taker had to figure out whether there is any error in that part of the sentence. 5 answer options followed the question. In case there was an error, candidate had to choose the right answer option and if it had no error, option 5 had to be marked.

 

The questions were formed on core grammar like Active passive; reported speech; conditionals; modifiers and picking out correct synonyms and antonyms. Apart from this, moderate questions on analogy also made their presence in Verbal Ability section.

There were questions to place the para to fill in the blanks in a paragraph. With simple and correct understanding of grammar and vocabulary usage, candidates could answer the same well.

 

The RC passages were short but were followed by number of questions including questions like synonyms, antonyms as used in the passage. The level of difficulty was moderate but the options were close and time was short.

 

Candidates who could get around 32-34 questions correct in this section, would improve their overall percentile to a good extent to get admission in one of the top MBA colleges

 

Test of Quantitative Aptitude

Total questions
50
Marks per question
 1
Answer options per question
 5
Total marks
50
Difficulty level
Moderate
Good Attempts
30-32

 

Apart from a few questions in Quantitative Aptitude section, the remaining were on the easier side. This section was moderate to difficult in terms of difficulty level. Questions in this section were doable but time consuming. Though many questions involved some tricks but aspirants with basic conceptual clarity were able to solve these questions. There were more questions on Arithmetic. A few questions from Algebra also made their appearance in the test.  Data Interpretation (DI) questions in this test were more calculation based but doable. 

 

Out of 50 questions in the Quant section, more than 20 questions were on Data Interpretation and the remaining were on Quantitative Aptitude. The DI questions were in three sets of problems.

 

Prominent topics on which DI questions were based are – Table, Pie chart, analytical data, caselets. All the sets needed concentration and were calculation intensive.

 

Major topics in Quant on which questions were based are: Number system, Arithmatic – constituting percentage, time, speed, distance, integers, Geometry, Algebra among others.

 

Type of Questions

Question topics
Number of questions
Difficulty level
Arithmetic (Percentage, P&L, TSD, ratio etc)
10
Moderate
Geometry
  2
Moderate to difficult
Modern Maths
  1
Moderate
Graph, Pie charts, Table, case lets (DI questions)
22
Moderate to difficult
Data sufficiency
  4
Moderate
Others including Algebra, odd man out
11
Moderate to difficult

 

Good attempt of 34-36 questions would lead to high score.

 

Test of Logical  Reasoning

Total questions
75
Marks per question
 1
Answer options per question
 5
Total marks
75
Difficulty level
Moderate to difficult
Good Attempts
42-44

There were 75 questions of varying type in the Logical Reasoning section. It had questions sets following the given data; questions on series, statements – inferences/conclusions, true false, coding-decoding among others.

 

Around 55 questions were there on Non-Verbal Reasoning and rest on Verbal Reasoning in MAH CET exam. Questions on various types of Arrangements, statements, letter rearrangements, family tree are the favourite areas in MAH CET exam. The questions were in sets as well as individual ones. The questions were lengthy in nature and needed more time to solve.

 

Sets in Logical Reasoning were difficult to solve. The candidates who marked the answer option and moved on were benefitted as they could solve more questions which were on moderate side.

 

Verbal Reasoning part in logical reasoning section has more questions on Critical Reasoning, Syllogism among others. The Syllogisms were overall moderate but time consuming across all the slots. Strong weak arguments, cause effect questions  also consumed some time of the test takers. These questions were not as difficult as the other questions  and were doable.

 

Type of questions

Question topics
Number of questions
Difficulty level
Arrangements-Linear, Matrix, Square etc.
28
Moderate to difficult
Statement-conclusion, inference, cause effect
  7
Moderate to difficult
Direction
  5
Moderate
Family tree-blood relationship
  5
Moderate
Syllogism
  6
Moderate to difficult
Critical reasoning
 15
Moderate
Assumption
  3
Moderate
Data sufficiency
  4
Moderate to difficult
Letter re-arrangements
  2
Moderate

A good attempt of 42-44 questions in Logical Reasoning would lead to a high percentile in MAH CET 2018.

 

Test of Abstract reasoning

Total questions
25
Marks per question
 1
Answer options per question
 5
Total marks
25
Difficulty level
Moderate
Good Attempts
18-20

Abstract Reasoning with 25 questions was a moderate test and candidates were found busy in maximising the attempts in this section. The difficulty level of this section was slightly higher than last year. Questions were formed on series, Analogy, puzzles among others were found doable. Most of the questions in Abstract Reasoning were similar to visual reasoning questions that appeared earlier in MAH CET exam.

 

Type of questions

Question topics

Number of questions

Difficulty level

Analogy

12

Moderate

Series

13

Moderate

 

A good attempt of 18-20 questions would lead to high percentile.

Overall score and cut offs: JBIMS, SIMSREE, KJ Somaiya, PUMBA
Difficulty level in MAH CET 2018 has gone up across the sections. Last year MAH CET was more difficult than a year before exam. In fact last 3 years of scoring pattern reflects sliding score for award of highest percentile

 

MAH CET exam year
Highest percentile
Overall raw score
Remarks
2017
99.99
145 - 136
11 candidates
2016
99.99
165 - 151
  9 candidates
2015
99.993
165 - 155
 3 candidates. Many questions were found wrong and the entire list was changed. The candidate with higher scores were awarded lower percentile.

 

Going by the trend, it can be observed that a good attempt of around 150 questions plus guess work would lead to a percentile of 99. If the slot you have appeared in, is considered more difficult, you may even get a higher percentile on low scores.

 

Expected Cut offs for JBIMS, SIMSREE, K J Somaiya
All India candidates can expect admission to top MBA colleges accepting MAH CET 2018 score like JBIMS, SIMSREE, K J Somaiya, PUMBA at a score of 130 and above as shared below

 

JBIMS Mumbai: 135 and above

SIMSREE: 130 and above

K J Somaiya: 125 and above

PUMBA: 120 and above

 

Many candidates were allotted centres other than they opted for at the time of completing their registration form. This fact was already clarified by State CET Cell, the MAH CET 2018 exam conducting authority, “If sufficient number of candidates does not opt for a particular centre for "Online" examination, Competent Authority reserves the right to allot any other adjunct centre to those candidates OR if the number of candidates is more than the capacity available for online exam for a centre, Competent Authority reserves the right to allot any other centre to the candidate.”

 

MAH CET 2018 witnessed around 20% less turnout in all slots of the MBA/MMS aspirants out of 90000 plus candidates vying for admission in JBIMS, SIMSREE, PUMBA, K J Somaiya, N L Dalmia among other top MBA colleges in Maharashtra. MAH CET 2018 was conducted in 40 test cities across the country.

 

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MAH CET 2018 exam Analysis reveals that it is a high scoring exam without any negative marking. MAH CET 2018 remains an online exam for admission to AICTE approved MBA/MMS/ PGDM courses 2018-20 batch in JBIMS, SIMSREE, PUMBA, K J Somaiya, Dy Patil, N L Dalmia, Welingkar among other 300+ MBA colleges across the state of Maharashtra. No structural and content based changes in MAH CET 2018 were announced by DTE Maharashtra.

 

Immediately after MAH CET 2018 exam is over on March 10 and 11, 2018, MBAUniverse.com will publish the MAH CET exam analysis with difficulty level and expected cut offs by experts.

 

Overall Analysis
Overall MAH CET 2018 exam remains on the same pattern as that of last year with a mix of easy and difficult questions. Following is a broad analysis of MAH CET 2018 exam

 

Mode of Examination: Online computer based test

Medium of exam: English

Total questions: 200

Total marks: 200

Time duration: 2½ hours (150 minutes)

Maximum Marks per right answer: 1

Negative marks for each wrong answer: 0 (No negative marking)

Type of questions: Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs)

Number of sections: 4

Number of answer options for each MCQ: 5

 

Components and section-wise allotted marks

Name of Test section
Number of questions
Marks allotted
Logical Reasoning
 75
 75
Abstract Reasoning
 25
 25
Quantitative Aptitude
 50
 50
Verbal Ability/Reading Comprehension
 50
 50
Total
200
200

There is no restriction on sectional movement in MAH CET 2018. Candidates can attempt any question at any point of time within the 150 minutes allotted for MAH CET exam.

 

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MAH CET 2017 was conducted on March 4 and March 5, 2017 in multiple sessions. The exam saw the candidates gasping for more time as the  Reasoning with 100 questions was found a bit lengthy and questions on Verbal Ability also consumed a little more time.

 

Out of 94000 plus registered candidates for MAH CET 2017, 88226 candidates appeared in the exam across 40 test cities in India. The first day of computer based on line MAH CET 2017 in revamped mode of sections with highest number of questions in reasoning test called for more time to solve the questions. Besides, more questions on short RC passages also needed more time to attempt the exam.

 

MAH CET 2017 began on time on March 4 and 5, 2017. The test was held in multiple sessions in 2 days test window on March 4 & 5, 2017 across the country.  At some centres the test had interruptions due to minor technical glitches and computer systems were getting disrupted during the test duration. However, all the answers marked by the candidates were automatically saved which gave a sign of relief to them.

 

There were certain questions in Verbal Ability area which were not mentioned in the sample paper shared by State CET Cell in its notification, although most of the questions were on the similar pattern and topics. MBAUniverse.com had already advised  the aspirants to prepare for such surprise elements.  Test takers found the test moderate although it had some difficult questions also. Most of the candidates were fresh after taking CAT/XAT/CMAT/MAT and had good preparation level, this helped them a lot in cracking the right answers.

 

Many students were found doing more guess work as there is no negative marking in MAH CET 2017.

 

Overall Exam

Total Questions Number of sections Time available Sectional cut offs Scoring pattern Total marks Negative marking Answer options per question
200 3 150 Minutes (2½ hrs) Applicable in determining percentile score 1 mark for each correct answer 200 No 5

 

Exam pattern

MAH CET 2017 had 3 sections. The test of Reasoning contained 100 questions comprising Logical & Abstract Reasoning questions separately.

 

S No Section Name Number of Questions Mark Per Question Total marks for the section
1 Logical Reasoning 75 1 75
2 Abstract Reasoning 25 1 25
3 Abstract Reasoning 50 1 50
4 Verbal Ability/Reading Comprehension 50 1 50
  Total marks for the test     200

 

Sectional Analysis with difficulty level

 

Test of Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension
Total Questions Marks per question Answer options per question Total marks Difficulty level Good attempts
50 1 5 50 Moderate (Few questions in error corrections and out of context sentences were found a little difficult) 32-34

 

 

Type of questions
Reading comprehension passages
Vocabulary
Faulty Construction sentences
Mark the Error in sections
Cloze Passages with blanks
Jumbled Paragraph
Sentence starters & joiners
Out of context sentences

 

In the changed pattern total questions in this section have been reduced to 50. Questions on error corrections in sentences were similar to the ones as appear in various recruitment examinations of Banks, Insurance companies, Central and state Governments.  Sentences were divided in four sections and the error from one of the sections had to be spotted. If there was no error option 5 of ‘ No error’ had to be marked as answer.

 

Another type was that of re-writing the parts of sentences containing errors. The question sentence had one part marked in bold and the test taker had to figure out whether there is any error in that part of the sentence. 5 answer options followed the question. In case there was an error, candidate had to choose the right answer option and if it had no error, option 5 had to be marked.

 

The questions were formed on core grammar like Active passive; reported speech; conditionals; modifiers and picking out correct synonyms and antonyms. Apart from this, moderate questions on analogy also made their presence in Verbal Ability section.

 

There were questions to fill in the blanks with appropriate words in a short paragraph. With simple and correct understanding of grammar and vocabulary usage, candidates could answer the same well.

 

The RC passages were short but were followed by number of questions including questions like synonyms, antonyms as used in the passage. The level of difficulty was moderate but the options were close and time was short.

 

Candidates who could get around 30-32 questions correct in this section, would improve their overall percentile to a good extent to get admission in one of the top MBA colleges

 

Test of Logical and Abstract Reasoning

Total Questions Marks per question Answer options per question Total marks Difficulty level Good attempts
100 (75 on Logical Reasoning and 25 on Abstract Reasoning) 1 5 100 Moderate to difficult (Section was lengthy and needed more time) 60-66

 

 

 

Type of questions
Data sufficiency 
Sentence coding
Circular and linear arrangement
Inequalities
Syllogism 
Argument –Strengthen; weaken 
Critical reasoning
Assumption
Series
Analogy

 

Questions on Data sufficiency, arrangement needed more time to solve. It would be better that the candidates appearing in the exam tomorrow should solve them after attempting other questions from the section.

This section included Analytical Reasoning, Verbal and Non Verbal Reasoning. The first part was on Logical reasoning followed by second part on Abstract Reasoning. There were 75 questions of varying type in the first part while the second part on Abstract Reasoning contained 25 questions.

The first part had questions set following the given data; questions on series, statements, true false among others. Second part had questions like formation of words in a coded language and the candidates were required to find out the correct code for the given word.  Questions on series, arrangements, puzzles were although not very difficult but consumed a lot of time. A good number of questions on Visual reasoning also appeared in the exam. Both types of reasoning taken together, constituted 100 questions out of total 200 questions. 

 

Test of Quantitative Aptitude

Total Questions Marks per question Answer options per question Total marks Difficulty level Good attempts
50 1 5 50 Moderate (Few questions on Modern Maths were difficult) 30-34

 

Type of Questions
Arithmetic 
Geometry
Modern Maths
Graph, Pie charts
Data sufficiency
Caselets
Comparison, Odd man out 

 

Apart from 1-2 questions in QA, the remaining were on the easier side. This section was moderate to difficult in terms of difficulty level. Questions in this section were doable but time consuming. Though many questions involved some tricks but aspirants with basic conceptual clarity were able to solve these questions. There were more questions on Arithmetic. A few questions from Algebra also made their appearance in the test.  The DI questions in this test were more calculation based and time consuming. 

 

Tips for MAH CET 2018

  • Begin from easy to difficult question right from the first test section
  • Don’t scan entire test paper and avoid wastage of time
  • Maximize attempts
  • Focus on strong areas first and only after that go for guess work
  • Balance your attempts in all the sections
  • Reasoning has maximum questions and if you have good command on it finish it in first 60 minutes
  • RC passages are short and easy. They are followed by more questions. Better to get maximum out of them
  • Quant is good scoring test. Make sure to hit the maximum in it.
  • Time is short; manage it and don’t stick to one question. If found difficult, move on to next question

 

Cut offs for JBIMS, SIMSREE, K J Somaiya

All India candidates can expect admission to top  MBA colleges accepting MAH CET scores like JBIMS, SIMSREE, K J Somaiya, PUMBA at a score of 130 and above as shared below

JBIMS Mumbai SIMSREE K J Somaiya PUMBA
130 and above 120 and above

110 and above

100 and above

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