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
Area-wise Analysis :
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.
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)
All the best of luck to each and every one of you !!!