Maharashtra MBA CET 2011 – Paper Pattern and Analysis

The CET 2011 paper that was held on 27th February 2011 was nothing short of traumatic for most of the students.  It was by far the toughest one out of the last 8 years CET papers. The question types, the paper pattern and the distribution of marks were different when compared to the last 8 years papers.  The paper had many speed breakers which shouldn’t have been attempted by the students.

CET 2011 Paper Pattern   

Total Number of Questions             : 200

Total Time allotted                       : 150 minutes

No. of Choices per question           : 5 choices

Negative Marks                            : No Negative Marks

Number of Sections                      : No sections – jumbled paper

Q Nos

Area

Type of Question

Level of Difficulty

1

Verbal Reasoning

Small passage and inference on that

Difficult

2 to 5

Verbal reasoning

Passage + 5 statements + Effect, Conclusion, Weakening , Substantiate

Easy

6 to10

Analytical Reasoning

Number Series ( Two Rows)

Moderate

11 to 17

Verbal Ability

Reading Comprehension

Easy

18 to 20

Quantitative Ability

HCF, P& C and Geometry

Moderate

21 to 22

Data Sufficiency

Quant based DS with two statements

Moderate

23

Quantitative Ability

Question on Arithmetic Progression

Difficult

24 to 27

Verbal Reasoning

Passage + 5 statements + Apprehension, assumption , Weakening , Course of action,

Moderate

28 to 33

Verbal Ability

Reading Comprehension

Moderate

34 to 39

Quantitative Ability

Quantitative Comparison

Moderate

40 to 45

Analytical Reasoning

Deductions

Easy

46 to 57

Verbal Ability

Reading Comprehension: View and counter-view

Moderate

58 to 66

Quantitative Ability

Geometry, Mensuration, Numbers, Ages, Partnership, SI, Equations

Moderate

67 to 71

Non-verbal Reasoning

Analogy

Easy

72

Verbal Reasoning

Weakening the Argument

Moderate

73

Verbal Reasoning

Inference

Moderate

74 to 75

Quantitative Ability

Geometry : Circle inscribed in a square

Moderate

76 to 77

Quantitative Ability

Geometry : Pythagoras Theorem

Easy

78 to 82

Non-verbal Reasoning

Series : Five Fig series - Find missing fig.

Moderate

83 to 92

Verbal Ability

Cloze Passage

Easy

93 to 97

Data Interpretation

Line Graph : Expenditure on Arms by different countries

Easy

98 to 105

Analytical Puzzles

Circular Arrangement : Arrangement and blood Relations

Difficult

106 to 108

Verbal Ability

Insert the missing sentence

Moderate

109 to 113

Non-verbal Reasoning

Odd man out : Dissimilar Pair

Easy

114 to 118

Data Interpretation

Table : Scores of students in QA, Verbal, Reasoning and Cut off

Very Easy

119 to 125

Verbal Ability

Reading Comprehension

Moderate

126 to 132

Analytical Puzzles

Car Parking

Difficult

133 to 137

Non Venal Reasoning

Series : Five Figure series - find next Figure

Moderate

138 to 145

Verbal Ability

Assumption, Cause, Inference

Easy

146 to 147

Analytical Puzzles

Arranging Students according their weights

Easy

148 to 152

Data Interpretation

Table : Income and Exp of Four Families for Jan, Feb and March

Easy

153 to 155

Analytical Puzzles

Circular Arrangement

Difficult

156 to 157

Analytical Reasoning

Direction Sense

Easy

158 to 160

Data Sufficiency

Logic based DS with two statements

Easy

161 to 165

Verbal Ability

Error Spotting

Easy

166 to 170

Analytical Reasoning

Coding

Easy

171 to 175

Non-verbal Reasoning

Series : Five Fig series - Find next Fig

Moderate

176 to 180

Data Interpretation

Pi Charts : Contribution of Industrial sectors to GDP in 2008 and 2009

Difficult

181 to 185

Analytical Puzzles

Seven people owing seven floors and six Business Houses

Easy

186 to 191

Analytical Reasoning

Input and Output

Moderate

192 to 195

Analytical Puzzles

Five people going for industrial visit in a week from Mon to Sun

Easy

196

Analytical Reasoning

Formation of a word from selected letters of the word

Moderate

197 to 199

Analytical Reasoning

Odd Man Out from given Five words

Easy

200

Analytical Reasoning

Analogy : Words

Easy

 

Area-wise Analysis:

AREA

No. Of Questions

Analytical Puzzles

30

Analytical Reasoning

28

Data Interpretation

20

Data Sufficiency

5

Non Verbal Reasoning

25

Quantitative Ability : Pure Math

18

Quantitative Comparison

5

Reading Comprehension

32

Verbal Ability

18

Verbal Reasoning

19

TOTAL

200

 

Analytical Puzzles :

This area had the maximum number of questions in the paper. The students were stumped to see a set on circular arrangement in which the people were facing inside or outside. The other difficult set was the one in which the student had to consider blood relations when considering the circular arrangement. The smart thing to do was to leave these sets alone and focus on the others. A good score in this section would have been around 12 marks.

Analytical Reasoning :

This was the easiest section in the paper. There were no surprises at all as fas as the types of questions were concerned. However, the presence of Input Output questions prima-facie would have made the student to jump to attempt them but once into the questions they would have come across a surprise. The method used is quite different from the traditional methods. It would have taken the students a lot of time to understand the pattern. This was a high scoring area and a good score would have been around 26 marks.

Data Interpretation :

This section also remained true to expectations and the sets were easy to attempt. There was a set consisting of 2 pie-charts which was difficult.  The remaining sets were easy to understand and involved moderate calculation.  A good score would have been around 16 marks.

Data Sufficiency :

DS Questions were easy.  Quant based Data sufficiency questions could have been solved if one knew the basic concepts of Numbers. Logic based DS questions were based on concepts like coding. 

Non-verbal Reasoning :

After finding a few difficult questions in Analytical puzzles, the wise move was to solve Non-verbal Reasoning. Analogy and similar pair questions were easy and one could have scored 7 out of 10 . Remaining 15 questions were based on series. The key to solve these questions was to work on options and eliminate the options to get the final correct answer. Someone who was familiar with the basic concepts of series type’s questions could have easily scored 8 marks. Hence, a good score would have been around 15 marks.

Quantitative Ability:

Almost all the students were turning the pages eagerly to find BODMAS and Approximations questions. But there was not a single BODMAS question in the paper against students’ expectation of 10 questions.  Many students panicked on seeing 8 questions on Geometry.  But out of these 8 questions 5 questions were easily solvable using concepts like Area and circumference of circle, Pythagoras theorem, Area of square. The questions on other topics like Numbers, Ages, Partnership, Simple interest, Equations were quite manageable.

Quantitative Comparison : 

Though the format was different, students were familiar with these types of questions. A score of 4 will be a good score.

Reading Comprehension :

Any student who had hoped to skip RC in the exam would have been dismayed to find that it dominated the verbal section with 4 passages and 32 questions. This is more than a 100% jump, from 15 questions till last year to 32 questions this year. The nature of questions also underwent a shift, from direct ones to inference and partially inference types. But, the passages on Financial reforms and UMC were easy to attempt. The one which stunned the students was the passage which presented both, the view and the counter-view on a topic. It was lengthy, difficult to understand and not something the student would have encountered before. And to add to all these, it had 12 questions which tempted to students to have a go at it.

Verbal Ability :

This section provided some relief to the students as it did not spring any surprises. The cloze passage was very easy, as were the sentence correction and paragraph completion questions.

Verbal Reasoning :

“What have I done to deserve these questions?” This was the lament heard all around where verbal reasoning was concerned. The questions were only 19 in number, but since they were scattered throughout the paper, they seemed more than 19. Such questions have never before been seen in the CET. However, a student who had focused on the concepts of assumptions, conclusions and inferences would have found these questions manageable. A calm approach and a careful reading of these questions would have surely helped the students attempt this section with confidence instead of bemoaning their fate.

Overall, the paper can be classified as a difficult one. And what all the students need to remember is that it was difficult for everyone. Everyone is sailing in the same boat. Please do not get despondent about your performance in the paper as CET is a relative exam. What is more important is how you fared in comparison to the other aspirants. So, keep your chin up and start preparing for the next round, i.e., the GD and PI round.

After yesterday’s CET 2011 paper, the one question on everybody’s mind is “What will the cut-offs be ?” The average number of attempts has fallen this year and this will reflect on the cut-offs as well. Also, the students need to keep in mind that, because of the no negative marking, almost all the aspirants have attempted 200 questions. Hence, the questions which have been answered randomly will also carry some weight this year. We have calculated the cut-offs keeping these factors in mind and after assuming that the student will score 30 out 40 marks allocated to GD/PI, Past Academic Record and Work Experience.

Expected Cut offs for Top 10 colleges (Out of 200):

College Name

Open

OBC

SC

AI

  Jamnalal Bajaj

135

119

112

129

 Sydenham (MMS)

130

116

105

124

 Sydenham (PGDMB)

126

115

105

122

 K. J. Somaiya

123

NA

NA

120

Welingkar

121

114

102

118

 S.I.E.S.

118

NA

NA

114

N. L. Dalmia

115

NA

NA

112

PUMBA

115

110

102

110

 MET

113

105

97

103

 Bombay St. Xavier College

112

NA

NA

103

 

 

All the best of luck to each and every one of you!