Analysis of Maharashtra MBA/MMS CET 2020 Slot 1

Maharashtra MBA/MMS CET 2020 Details

• Date: 14th March 2020 (Saturday)
• 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 2020 Paper Pattern

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

Section wise Analysis

Section: Logical and Critical Reasoning:

Students reported that amongst all the sections, this was most time consuming. Based on the student feedback the overall difficulty level of this section could be described as easy to moderate. However, they felt that one could have skipped a few time-consuming Analytical Puzzles questions, and thereby utilized that time in attempting the other sections. According to them an attempt of 42-45 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.

Most of the set were from Data Arrangements. There were 47 questions on Arrangements in 8 different sets. The sets were time consuming. Apart from data arrangement, there was one set on Blood relation along with linear arrangementand one set on coding and decoding. There was no set on Selection criteria and Input Output.Instead of that there was one set on Direction Sense. A good strategy would have been to use the pre-decidedtime 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
Linear Arrangement 17 11 6
Circular Arrangement 6 6
Vertical arrangement 6 6
Distribution 11 11
Sub-Total 40 0 34 6
Analytical Reasoning
Direction Sense 5 5
Deductions 4 4
Logical Inequalities 4 4
Coding & Decoding 5 5
Miscellaneous 4 3 1
Sub-Total 22 21 1
Data Sufficiency 3 3
Critical / Verbal Reasoning 10 8 2
TOTAL 75 29 39 7

Analytical Puzzles:

This area had the maximum number of questions. There were many regular type questions like Linear Arrangement, Circular Arrangement, Distribution,and Vertical Arrangement. There were total 7 Sets. The sets on linear arrangement combined with blood relation were comparatively more difficult and should not have been attempted. The remaining 6 sets were of moderate difficulty Level. In each set two cases need to be checked simultaneously and at the end one case would get eliminated based on given conditions. All conditions given were in the proper order connecting each other. Out of these one could have attempted 3 to 4 sets in the following order : 1 Linear arrangement Set, 1 vertical arrangement set, 1 circular arrangement set and 1 Distribution set. Thus, 24 out of the 40 questions were doable in the given time limit. However, attempting all 40 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: Four statements were given, followed by 5 options and each option had one conclusion. Nothing easier than this can be expected. There were no statements of the type Some As are not B. 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.

Logical Inequalities: There were 4 questions. In each question, the data was given in inequality format. There were two statements of four variables each followed by two conclusions. These were must-attempt questions.

Coding – Decoding: These were usual types of questions where four statements were given with their codes and by checking common word and common code, one could have answered them. In few questions additional data was given to answer the question.These were the easiest questions in this section and one couldn’t have afforded to not attempted these questions.

Miscellaneous: There were four individual questions. Three were very easy and one difficult

Data Sufficiency:

All data sufficiency questions were Analytical Puzzles based. Though they were manageable, they were time consuming. One could have skipped them and would have attempted Analytical Reasoning questions.

Critical/Verbal Reasoning :

This sub section had a total of 10 Q of which 9 were Verbal Reasoning and 1 Critical Reasoning. For Verbal Reasoning, there were questions on

• Strengthening the Claim
• Possible Reason
• Not a Conclusion
• Can be inferred.

In totality, the questions from CR and VR were pretty easy, with a couple of moderate questions and would be scoring areas for a well prepared student. He/she could have got around 7-8 correct out of 10 Q in around 10-15 minutes.

Section 2: Abstract Reasoning

Students found this section moderate as compared to other sections. There were no Surprises in this section. Compared to last year along with Dissimilar Pair, Similar pair questions were also asked. The difficulty level of this section was east to Moderate. One could have easily attempted around 17-19 questions in 20 minutes. Preferred order of attempting questions will be Analogy, Similar Pair, Series and Dissimilar Pair. The students have recollected that the combination of questions in this section was as follows.

Abstract Reasoning (Non-verbal Reasoning)
Topic No. of questions Easy Moderate Difficult
5 Fig Series - Find Next Fig. 11 6 4 1
Find Missing Fig. 6 4 2 0
Similar Pair 4 4 0 0
Dissimilar Pair 4 0 2 2
TOTAL 25 14 8 3

Section 3: Quantitative Aptitude:

Students felt that the difficulty level of this section ranged from easy to moderate. They said that the DI sets were easy. More than a few quant questions were moderately lengthy and should have been skipped. A good student would be able to solve around 28 to 30 questions in 45 mins.The students have recollected that the combination of questions in this section was as follows.Preferred order of solving questions in sections would have been

• BODMAS
• Quantitative Comparison
• Data Interpretation
• Quant
Quantitative Ability
Topic No. of questions Easy Moderate Difficult
Quantitative Ability
Percentages : Expenses and Saving 1 1
Profit and Loss 1 1
Percentages 1 1
Averages 1 1
Compound Interest 1 1
Mixtures 1 1
Partnership 1 1
Simple Equations : Two Digit Number 1 1
Simple Interest 1 1
Profit and Loss 1 1
Boats and Streams 1 1
Quantitative comparison 5 3 1 1
Sub-total 16 7 6 3
Data Interpretation
Table + Ratio 6 6
Line Graph 6 4 2
Table 6 4 2 0
Sub-total 18 4 12 2
Quadratic Comparison 4 3 0 1
Number Series 6 2 1 3
BODMAS 6 6 0 0
TOTAL 50 22 19 9

Quantitative Ability

Students reported that most of the questions in Quantitative Ability were from the Arithmetic section. However, the data was not straightforward. The better the clarity of concepts, the easier a student would have found it to answer! Also, enough practice would have enabled a student answer the questions faster & with a high accuracy. Students who didn’t bother much with practicing would have found this section difficult. Also, the overall time taken per question in this section would have been slightly more.One should have attempted the DI, BODMAS and Quantitative comparison questions before attempting the Quantitative Ability questions.

Quantitative Comparison:

There were 9 questions on Quantitative comparison (Arithmetic - 5 questions, Quadratic equations - 4 questions). According to the students Data Comparison questions were based on only Quadratic Equations. These Quadratic Equations could have been factorized easily. One could workon signs of coefficients to decide comparison without solving.

Number Series:

There were 6 questions, out of which 3 questions were doable. In each question a series was given with one missing number which had to be found. Most questions had only two and three digit numbers.

Data Interpretation:

There were 3 sets. So compared to CET 2019, it was one set less. All the sets were different in nature. Most other questions were straight forward and involved basic calculations. Knowing the basic concepts of Percentage would have been helpful in solving all three sets. Considering the difficulty level and amount of time required, one should have attempted DI questions before Quantitative Ability questions. Instead of attempting all questions in each set it would have been better to attempt selected questions from each set. In that way 12 questions with 100 percent accuracy would have been a good attempt.

Section – 4 : Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension

Students have reported that the Verbal section was easy, but time consuming .There were 2 RC Passages, totaling to 15 Questions (1P*8 Q, 1P*7Q). Under Vocabulary, there were Fill in the Blanks (both Vocab and Grammar based) and a Cloze Test (1P*6Q). Under Grammar, there were questions on Identifying the correct/incorrect sentences and Match the columns to create a grammatically complete sentence. There was a single set of Para Jumbles with 5 questions. One of the lines had a word in bold whose synonym had to be marked. There were some Out of Context questions too.

As mentioned earlier, these questions ranged from Easy to Moderately difficult, but were very time consuming as a lot of data had been given. A well-prepared student should have attempted 30-35 questions in 35-40 minutes.

Based on the student feedback on the overall, the paper can be classified as moderately difficult but lengthy. 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 120-125 questions. However, students aiming for the top colleges should have attempted around 130-135 questions with good accuracy.

NOTE-. It has been mentioned in the hall ticket that the scores will be adjusted to get a normalized score.