Analysis of Maharashtra MBA CET 2019 Slot 3

Maharashtra MBA CET 2019 Details

  • Date : 10th March 2019 (Sunday)
  • Slot : 10:00 am to 12:30 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:

According to student feedback, this section was very time consuming. Overall difficulty of the section was moderate but solving the questions in stipulated time was a task. Skipping the lengthy questions would have helped and the time could be utilized to solve other sections. Solving 50 Questions in 60 minutes could have been a good strategy. If a student found this section difficult, he/she could have left it for the last and focused on scoring in other sections. But a minimum attempt of 40 questions was necessary to get good overall score, for which the student had to dedicate at least 50 minutes time.

As per their report, questions were based on Analytical Reasoning topics like Blood Relation, Direction Sense, Coding Decoding, Input Output, Data Sufficiency, Direction sense. As many as 36 Questions were from Analytical Puzzles. Around 11 questions were on Verbal Reasoning. A good strategy would have been to attempt Questions on Analytical reasoning first, then Verbal Reasoning and then go for 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
Distribution 12 6 6
Linear Arrangement 18 18
Circular Arrangement 6 6
Sub-Total 36 18 6 12
Analytical Reasoning
Input Output 6 6
Direction Sense 3 3
Deductions 3 3
Coding & Decoding 7 1 5 1
Inequalities 4 4
Miscellaneous 1 1
Series 1 1
Data Sufficiency 3 3
Sub-Total 28 16 8 4
Critical / Verbal Reasoning 11 3 4 4
TOTAL 75 37 18 20

Analytical Puzzles:

This area had the maximum number of Questions. Majority of the questions were Linear Arrangement, Circular Arrangement and Distribution. There were 6 sets with 6 questions in each set.

The set on Linear Arrangement had people facing in both directions. This set was easy to attempt and could be solved in 5-7 minutes.

The set on Circular Arrangement had family members sitting around a circle, all facing center. It was a difficult set and it would be recommended to leave this set for later.

A distribution puzzle had 3 parameters of Name, Flowers and Country. This set was of moderate difficulty and could be solved in 9-10 minutes.

A floor arrangement set was easy and could be solved in 6-7 minutes.

The next puzzle had boxes stacked one above the other and were of different color. Again an easy set which could be solved in 7-8 minutes.

The last puzzle was the most difficult one, based on distribution. It would be recommended to leave this set.

Analytical Reasoning:

Deductions: 3 questions having 4 statements and 2 conclusions were asked and the level of the questions was easy but use of words like at least, a few,etc. could confuse the students.

Input Output: 6 questions were asked on Input Output. Input had word and number series. Input for all the questions was same. These were the must – attempt questions.

Direction Sense: 3 questions, where two people start from the same point and they have their own path and all the questions were based on the points they have retraced.

Coding – Decoding: Total 7 questions were asked on the topic. A set of 5 questions had common word common code logic and difficulty of the set was moderate. One question had a word coded and another words code was asked. The logic for this question was difficult. One last question had group of 3 words and we had to find the odd one out of them, which was very easy.

Inequalities: 2 Statements having 4-5 variables each were followed by 2 conclusions. These were also a must-attempt questions.

Data Sufficiency: 3 Questions asked were of moderate level of difficulty but very time consuming. These questions were based on Linear Arrangement and Circular Arrangement.

Series: Only one question based on Letter series was asked, which was easy to solve.

Critical/ Verbal Reasoning:

This sub section had a total of 11 Qs:

There were questions on

  • Statements and Assumptions
  • Statements and Conclusions
  • Course of Action
  • Finding the reason/ causes.
  • Strengthen and Weaken

A good student would have been able to solve 7-8 questions out of 11 questions in 10 mins

Section 2 : Abstract Reasoning

Compared to last year, this year questions on Dissimilar pair asked instead of Similar pair. The best strategy was to attempt Analogy and Dissimilar Pair questions first in which 1 question could have been solved in 1min. Level of difficulty of Series questions was highest as compared to that in the last four years. There were a few series questions which were worth leaving. If one decides to attempt only 4 to 5 questions from series it could have been a good decision saving a lot of time.

Abstract Reasoning (Non-verbal Reasoning)
Topic No. of questions Easy Moderate Difficult
Series (Find Next Fig.) 11 4 3 4
Analogies 6 1
Odd pair out (Dissimilar Pair) 8 8
TOTAL 25 9 10 6

Section 3: Quantitative Aptitude:

Most of the students are generally worried about this section. Though it is Quant and DI, but quant questions were asked in multiple formats like Pure Quant, Data Sufficiency, Quantitative Comparison and Number Series. So the order of attempting these areas becomes important. Overall difficulty level of this section was moderate to difficult. While solving this section a well-prepared student would be confident about the accuracy but at the same time, he/she would realize that a lot of time was needed to solve this section.. So a good strategy could have been to attempt 30 to 35 questions. 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
Percentages 1 1
Simple Interest 2 1 1
Time and Distance 3 1 2
Time and Work 1 1
AMA 3 1 2
Mensuration 1 1
Sub-total 11 3 6 2
Data Interpretation
Caselets 5 3 2
Table 5 3 2
Line Graph 6 2 4
Pie Chart 6 3 3
Sub-total 22 8 12 2
Data Sufficiency 5 2 2 1
Number Series 6 2 2 2
Quadratic Comparison 6 6
TOTAL 50 21 22 7

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 were of moderate difficulty Level. The questions were mostly from Arithmetic topics. The usual focus areas like Percentages, Profit Loss, Time and Distance, Time and Work and AMA were tested. But to solve these questions students should have prepared well for these topics. Also these questions were time consuming. There were around 3 questions where approximate values were given. E.g. Approximate Train speed 17.99 km/hr. That value should have been considered to be 20 km/hr. But students were not comfortable with this change. For one odd question data was given in fractions, hence resulting in more steps for the final answer. As observed in the past three years, no questions were asked on Geometry but one question was based on Mensuration. A good strategy would have been attempt around 5 to 6 questions.

Data Sufficiency:

For each question, order of the option was different. So that was unnecessarily waste of time as one had to go through all options to mark correct option. Questions asked were from the areas like Simple Equations, Mensuration, Profit and Loss, Simple Interest and Time Distance. Compared to Pure Quant questions, these were manageable except one. So one could have attempted 4 questions with 100 percent accuracy.

Number Series:

These questions were of mixed difficulty level. A good strategy was to spend around 1 min per question. With that students could have easily solved three questions and three questions could have been left.

Data Interpretation:

Like previous two slots, in this slot also there were four DI sets including one Caselet. One DI set was based on Time and Distance Basics. If one knew how to solve Time and Distance questions using variation, then it was a very easy set. One could have got all questions correct in around 7 to 8 min. For other sets following a “Some Of All” Strategy would have helped as more questions could be attempted in less time. One should have attempted selected easy to moderate questions from all sets rather than attempting all questions from each set. With that one could have attempted around 3 questions from each of the remaining set, making total attempts of 14 out of 22.

Quantitative Comparison:

These were the easiest questions of this section. One could have solved all these 6 questions in 5 min with all correct.

Section – 4: Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension

questions in this section was as follows:

Quantitative Ability
Topic No. of questions Easy Moderate Difficult
Reading Comprehension
Passage 1 3 3 0 0
Passage 2 5 2 3 0
Passage 3 7 2 3 2
Sub-total 15 7 6 2
Cloze Test 7 0 7 0
Fill in the Blanks (2 blanks) (Each question has two sentences with one blank in each. to be filled with 1 word from the 5 options) – New format 5 3 2 0
Sub-total 12 3 9 0
Sentence correction (with blanks) (New Format) 3 0 3 0
Sentence had 3 highlighted parts, we needed to place them in correct sequence in the same sentence. 5 2 2 1
Sub-total 8 2 5 1
Para Based Questions
Para Jumbles 6 4 2 0
Odd Sentence 4 0 4 0
whole sentence was jumbled in different parts a,b,c,d, proper sequence was needed. (Phrase sequencing) 5 3 2 0
Sub-Total 15 7 8 0
TOTAL 50 19 28 3