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.

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!