Maharashtra MBA CET 2012 – Paper Pattern and Analysis

 

The CET 2012 paper which was held on 11th March, 2012 bore more than a fleeting resemblance to the CET 2010 paper. Our students who went to write the test expecting a repeat of last year’s horror show were pleasantly surprised to find that CET did not have any such pitfalls this year. This can be attributed to the type of questions which were asked regularly in the AIMCETs conducted by T.I.M.E. and also in the preparatory material and handouts. Any candidate who had prepared diligently in addition to attending our workshops would have found the going very easy. It’s almost as if CET knew that it was breathing its last, and so decided to resist the students’ attempts in a peaceful manner instead of behaving aggressively.

CET 2012 Paper Pattern

Total Number of Questions: 200

Total Time allotted: 150 minutes

No. of Choices per question: 5 choices

Negative Marks: No negative marking

Number of Sections: No sections – jumbled paper

Q Nos

Area

Type of Question

Level of Difficulty

1 to 5

Verbal Ability

Reading Comprehension

Moderate

6 to 11

Analytical Reasoning

Deductions

Easy

12 to 16

Analytical Reasoning

Number Series

Moderate

17 to 21

Verbal Ability

Phrase Replacement

Moderate

22 to 26

Data Sufficiency

Logic based DS with two statements

Moderate

27 to 33

Analytical Reasoning

Mathematical Statements and Conclusions

Moderate

34 to 38

Data Interpretation

Line graph : % of profit for A and B from 2005 to 2011

Moderate

39 to 40

Verbal Reasoning

Inference and Parallel Example

Moderate

41 to 45

Non Verbal Reasoning

Series : Five Figure series - Find the missing figure

Moderate

46 to 50

Verbal Ability

Error Spotting : Inappropriate usage or incorrect spelling

Easy

51 to 55

Verbal Ability

Para jumble

Moderate

56 to 62

Analytical Puzzles

Eight people sitting around a square table

Moderate

63 to 68

Quantitative Ability

Quantitative Comparison

Easy

69

Quantitative Ability

Geometry

Easy

70

Quantitative Ability

Permutation and Combination

Easy

71 to 73

Verbal Reasoning

Strengthen the argument + Reason for a statement + Conclusion

Moderate

74

Verbal Reasoning

Logical Interpretation

Moderate

75

Verbal Reasoning

Inference

Moderate

76 to 80

Verbal Ability

Cloze passage

Easy

81 to 82

Data Sufficiency

Quant based DS with two statements

Moderate

83

Quantitative Ability

Time and Distance

Easy

84 to 86

Non Verbal Reasoning

Series : Five Figure series - Find the missing figure

Moderate

87 to 89

Non Verbal Reasoning

Series : Five Figure series - Find the next figure

Moderate

90 to 95

Quantitative Ability

Probability, Equation, SI/CI, Equation, LCM concept

Moderate

96 to 100

Verbal Ability

Cloze passage

Easy

101 to 102

Analytical Reasoning

Direction Sense

Easy

103 to 109

Non Verbal Reasoning

Analogy : 4 Figures

Moderate

110 to 111

Non Verbal Reasoning

Series : Five Figure series - find the next figure

Difficult

112 to 114

Quantitative ability

Time and work, Equations, Time and Distance

Easy

115 to 119

Data Interpretation

Pie Chart : % of employees across various departments

Table : % of men in each department

Moderate

120 to 124

Verbal Ability

Combine 2 sentences to form a coherent starting point

Moderate

125 to 129

Verbal Ability

Synonyms & Antonyms

Easy

130 to 136

Analytical Puzzles

Circular Arrangement : not everyone facing the center

Difficult

137 to 141

Data Interpretation

Table : No of Outlets, Average Sales per outlet, Total Profit

Moderate

142 to 146

Analytical Reasoning

Venn Diagram : No. of projects handled - Sanjana, Rahul,Trupti

Easy

147 to 151

Verbal Ability

Reading Comprehension

Moderate

152 to 158

Analytical Puzzles

Six events scheduled from Mon to Sun, one day off

Easy

159 to 160

Non Verbal Reasoning

Series : Five Figure series - Find the missing figure

Moderate

161 to 164

Non Verbal Reasoning

Analogy : 4 Figures

Moderate

165 to 169

Quantitative Ability

Probability

Moderate

170 to 174

Verbal Ability

Para completion by inserting sentences

Moderate

175 to 182

Analytical Puzzles

Eight people : Four Facing north and Four facing South

Difficult

183

Non Verbal Reasoning

Analogy : Four Figures

Easy

184 to 186

Non Verbal Reasoning

Series : Five Figure series - find the next figure

Difficult

187 to 193

Analytical Reasoning

Input Output

Easy

194 to 196

Analytical Puzzles

Seven people living on seven floors

Easy

197 to 198

Verbal Ability

Odd Man out

Easy

199 to 200

Analytical Puzzles

Formation of words from the given letters

Easy

 

Area-wise Analysis :

AREA

No. Of Questions

Analytical Puzzles

34

Analytical Reasoning

32

Data Interpretation

15

Data Sufficiency

7

Non Verbal Reasoning

30

Quantitative Ability : Pure Math

17

Quantitative Comparison

6

Reading Comprehension

10

Verbal Ability

42

Verbal Reasoning

7

TOTAL

200

 

Analytical Puzzles :

This area had significant weightage in the paper. The students were familiar with these types of sets, sincethese types were already covered in T.I.M.E. material, mock papers and handouts. The question on circular arrangement in which people were facing inside or outside was best left alone. A good score in this area would be 27.

Analytical Reasoning :

The questions based on direction sense, deductions, input output and venn diagram were easy to attempt. In deductions, the new type of question introduced was a testing one and it was about checking the possibility of a certain statement in addition to the usual checking of the conclusion. The number series questions were relatively difficult. A good score in this area would be 28.

Data Interpretation :

This section held absolutely no surprises or fear for the students because all the sets were easy to attempt. There were a few traps which were set so as to misguide the student, but not anything that was difficult. A good score in this section would be 13.

Data Sufficiency :

The data sufficiency questions were of moderate difficulty level. The logic based questions were a wee bit taxing. A good score in this area would be 6 marks.

Non verbal Reasoning :

The one constant factor in CET was true to its past avatars. There were 30 questions in this area with 9 questions on analogies which were all very doable and 21 questions on series, out of which 10 questions should have been attempted. A good score in this section would be 17.

Quantitative Ability:

It would have taken considerable brilliance on the part of any student to answer a question incorrectly. The 17 questions which were in this section should not have posed any threat to even the most underprepared student. A good score in this section is 17.

Quantitative Comparison :

There were 6 questions in this area, all of which were quite easy. A good score in this area would be 5.

 

Reading Comprehension :

When we analyze reading comprehension, it’s almost as if the prayers of most students were answered ! The number of questions went down from 32 last year to 10 this year. That’s a drop of nearly 70 %. There were 2 passages with 5 questions each. The questions were direct, indirect and inference based. The first passage was based on the foreword written for the book ‘The Beautiful Tree’. It was easy to read and more importantly, easy to attempt answering as well. The second passage, based on the crisis faced by Europe because of low labour productivity, was on the same lines when it came to the difficulty level. All in all, R.C. should have been a breeze for anyone who prepared for it in earnest !

Verbal Ability :

This section had 42 questions. There were 2 Cloze passages, of 5 questions each, which were very easy to answer. The vocabulary of most candidates would have been barely tested by the 5 synonym / antonym questions and the 2 odd man out questions. The jumbled paragraph, on the other hand, was a tricky creature. If one understood the flow of ideas, getting 5 on 5 would be a piece of cake. But, and that’s a very valid but, if one did not get the flow correct, it would have surely spelt doom in this question type. An everything or nothing situation ! The 5 paragraph completion questions should have been tackled according to one’s level of proficiency. There were 15 grammar based questions. And it was no surprise that all were usage based. This was a section one could actually bank on to score good marks.

Verbal Reasoning :

The bad news is that there were verbal reasoning based questions. The good news, nay – make that great news, is that there were only 7 questions. That should have come as a huge relief to the students who were on tenterhooks anticipating a dismal showing in this area. But, having said that, the 7 questions were not impossible to attempt; especially for someone who was well grounded in the basics of reasoning.

Overall, the paper can be classified as a moderately easy one, albeit a bit lengthy. After today’s CET 2012 paper, the one question on everybody’s mind is  “What will the cut-offs be ?” The average number of attempts has gone up as compared to last year and this will be reflected in the cut-offs for sure. Also, the students need to keep in mind that, because of the no negative marking factor, almost all the aspirants have attempted 200 questions.

Expected Cut offs for Top 10 colleges (Out of 240: Written Exam + GDPI score)

College Name

Open

OBC

SC

All India

Jamnalal Bajaj

175

155

144

173

Sydenham (MMS)

168

150

140

166

Sydenham (PGDM)

164

148

137

162

K. J. Somaiya

162

NA

NA

161

Welingkar

160

145

132

159

S.I.E.S.

150

NA

NA

147

N. L. Dalmia

145

NA

NA

142

PUMBA

144

141

131

141

MET

141

132

126

139

 

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