Analysis of Maharashtra MBA CET 2019 Slot 2

Analysis of Maharashtra MBA CET 2019 Slot 2.

Maharashtra MBA CET 2019 Details

  • Date : 9th March 2019 (Saturday)
  • Slot : 2:00 pm to 4:30 pm
  • Total Number of Questions : 200
  • Total Time allotted : 150 minutes
  • No. of Choices per question : 5 choices
  • No. of Sections : 4
  • Negative Marks : No negative marking

CET 2019 Paper Pattern

Area No. of Questions
1 Logical and Critical Reasoning 75
2 Abstract Reasoning 25
3 Quantitative Aptitude 50
4 Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension 50
Total 200

Section wise Analysis

Section 1 : Logical and Critical Reasoning:

Students reported that amongst all the sections, this was very time consuming. Based on the student feedback the overall difficulty level of this section could be described as moderate to slightly difficult. However, they felt that one could have skipped a few difficult questions, and thereby utilized that time in attempting the other sections. According to them an attempt of 45-50 questions in 70 mins would have been a good strategy. One could have decided to spend even less time in this section and utilize it in the other sections.

They said there were questions asked from areas like Blood Relations, Input Output, Data Sufficiency. There were more than 40 questions from Analytical puzzles. A good strategy would have been to use the pre-decided time for this section but one should have attempted questions in the following order: Analytical Reasoning, Critical/Verbal Reasoning and then the Analytical puzzles. The students have recollected that the combination of questions in this section was as follows.

Logical Reasoning
Topic No. of questions Easy Moderate Difficult
Analytical Puzzles
Comparisons 5 5
Distribution 18 12 6
Linear Arrangement 12 6 6
Circular Arrangement 6 6
Sub-Total 41 0 29 12
Input Output 6 6
Direction Sense 3 3
Deductions 5 5
Symbols & Notations 2 2
Coding & Decoding 1 1
Miscellaneous 4 4
Data Sufficiency 3 3
Sub-Total 24 15 3 0
Critical / Verbal Reasoning 10 5 4 1
TOTAL 75 24 33 18

Analytical Puzzles:

This area had the maximum number of questions. There were many regular type questions like Linear Arrangement, Circular Arrangement, Distribution, and Arrangement of people on different floors. There were 7 sets with 6 sets followed by 6 questions each, one set with 5 questions. There were 2 questions on Data Sufficiency, one on floor arrangement and one on distribution which were of a moderate level. The three sets on distribution were comparatively easier and should have been attempted. Along with them, the set on circular arrangements and comparison should have been attempted. The other sets should have been left. Thus, 29 out of the 41 questions were doable. However, attempting all 29 questions could have consumed a lot of time. Instead of that, one could have attempted analytical reasoning first and then utilized the remaining time for tackling analytical puzzles. Certain types of sets were predicted by T.I.M.E. & were included in our end course workshops and AMMCETs. This would have made life easier for our students.

Analytical Reasoning:

Deductions: Various questions types were covered like 4 statements and 5 conclusions, 3 statements and 3 conclusions. There were also conclusions involving possibility. Any student who was well-versed with the basic concepts would have been able to answer all the questions accurately.

Symbols and Notations: There were 2 questions. In each question, the data was given in inequality format. There were single statement followed by 5 conclusions. These were must-attempt questions.

Direction Sense: This was a new question type that T.I.M.E. had correctly predicted & included in our study Material and AMMCETs. There were three questions based on common data given. It was a must attempt question.

Coding – Decoding: There was only a single question asked on this topic, which was very easy to solve.

Miscellaneous : There were 4 individual questions. They belonged to the word arrangement, meaningful word, odd man out and pairs of letters having the same gap as alphabetical series. They were also quite easy.

Critical/ Verbal Reasoning:

  • This sub section had a total of 10 Qs:
  • There were questions on
  • Statements and Assumptions
  • Statements and Conclusions
  • Statements and Inferences
  • Course of Action
  • Finding the reason/ causes.
  • Finding the discrepancy
  • Neither Strengthen nor Weaken
  • A good student would have been able to solve 7 questions out of 10 questions in 12 mins

Section 2 : Abstract Reasoning

There were no Surprises in this section but the difficulty was slightly higher than CET 2018. One could have easily attempted around 18-20 questions in 20 minutes. The analogies and Odd pair was manageable, but some questions of Series were of a high difficulty level i.e. they were time consuming.

Abstract Reasoning (Non-verbal Reasoning)
Topic No. of questions Easy Moderate Difficult
Series (Find Next Fig.) 12 6 6
Analogies 5 3 2
Odd pair out 8 6 2
TOTAL 25 9 10 6

Section 3 : Quantitative Aptitude:

Students felt that the difficulty level of this section ranged from moderate to slightly difficult. They said that the DI sets were quite comprehendible and could be solved easily. More than a few quant questions were moderately lengthy and should have been skipped. A good student would be able to solve around 30-35 questions in 45 mins. The students have recollected that the combination of questions in this section was as follows.

Quantitative Ability
Topic No. of questions Easy Moderate Difficult
Quantitative Ability
Approximations 6 4 2
Time & Distance 2 1 1
Mensuration 1 1
Ratio 2 2
Percentages 1 1
SICI 1 1
Partnership 1 1
AMA 1 1
Profit and Loss 1 1
Sub-total 16 6 8 2
Data Interpretation
Line Graph 6 4 1 1
Pie Chart + Table 6 3 3
Bar Graph + Table 6 1 3 2
Caselet 6 4 2
Sub-total 24 5 11 8
Data Sufficiency 4 2 2
Number Series 6 2 2 2
TOTAL 50 15 23 12

The overall difficulty of the Section can be classified as moderate. A judicious selection of questions would have ensured that a student would be able to attempt around 35 questions from this section with high accuracy.

Quantitative Ability

According to student feedback, the Quantitative Ability section was of moderate difficulty. The questions demanded that the student have put in efforts in mastering the topic. The questions were mostly from Arithmetic topics. The usual focus areas like Ratio, Percentages, Profit Loss, Time Speed Distance were tested. The Approximations question type made a reappearance which was greeted by students with a gusto! These questions appeared to be difficult but the student needed to remember that the question demanded approximations which rendered the calculations very doable!

Data Sufficiency:

The four Data Sufficiency questions were a mixture of easy and moderate questions. The topics tested were numbers, equations and percentage. Couple of these questions were very easy and could be done in a very short time. The others involved more calculations and hence took more time.

Number Series :

Six questions of number series were present. The student had to find the missing number in the series. Two questions were sitters and could be cracked quickly. Two were moderate and two difficult questions. Practicing a large number of questions of this type would have helped the student to crack 4 questions in this type.

Data Interpretation:

The DI section was moderate to high difficulty. The students reported that the sets all required lengthy calculations. The sets had large variations with Tables, Line Graphs, Bar Graphs, Pie Charts and Caselets all making an appearance. The calculations were primarily Percentages based. Students having strong background in Percentages, Profit Loss would have been able to attempt around 10 questions. Judicious selection of sub questions was required,

Section – 4: Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension

There were a few new question types, but the areas tested were not new. The way of presenting the questions was new. In addition, it was observed that there were 3 Reading Comprehension passages. A well-prepared student would have been able to attempt 40 questions in 35 minutes and answered around 35 questions correctly. The combination of questions in this section was as follows:

Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension
Topic No. of questions Easy Moderate Difficult
Reading Comprehension
Passage 1 7 5 2
Passage 2 5 3 2
Passage 3 3 2 1
Sub Total 15 10 5
Error Spotting ( Cloze Passage based) 7 4 3
Fill in the Blanks (New format) 6 5 1
Sub Total 13 9 4
Phrase Sequencing 6 4 2
Error identification- multiple errors 3 1
Sub Total 9 6 3
Para Based Questions
Para Sequencing 6 4 2
Out of Context 5 3 2
Para Jumbles 2 2
Sub Total 13 7 6
Total 50 32 18

Based on the student feedback on the overall, the paper can be classified as moderately difficult. From what the students have reported, the correct selection of questions is the key to a good score. Since there wasn’t any element of surprise in the type of questions, a judicious distribution of time and choice would have ensured a comfortable number of attempts with a good accuracy. A good student should have attempted around 115-120 questions. However, students aiming for the top colleges should have attempted around 125-130 questions.