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All four slots of CET-2015 had a surprise for the students. CET-2015 was considerably easier than the CET exam offered any time in recent past. There were only four options per question, as opposed to five in the past. Several students were reported to have finished all the 200 questions, with some students finishing as much as 30 minutes in advance.
There were reports of technical glitches in several places. A number of questions were either wrong or had no option with the correct answer. In some questions, either part of the question or the options were not visible. A few questions were reported to have two identical options. Due to technical difficulties, test started and finished late in several centres.
Previously, the CET exam used to have around 20-25 questions on QA. However, the number of questions on QA in the different slots of CET-2015 was around 40-45. In all the slots, QA questions were dominated by Arithmetic (Averages, Ratio-Proportion, Time and Work, Time-Speed-Distance). In one slot, there were two questions each on determinants and Stocks and Debentures that have traditionally not been tested in the CET. In two slots, there were also questions on functions and maxima-minima as well as remainder theorem, which have also previously not been tested in the CET. Some slots also had questions on probability and Permutation and Combination (mainly Fundamental Principle of Counting). The majority of the questions in QA were straightforward and involved simple calculations.
There were around 10-15 questions on DI in the four slots of CET-2015. In one slot, there were two sets having 4-5 questions while in one other slot, there were three sets having five questions each. DI sets were based on tables, line graphs and bar graphs. In one slot, a set on pie chart was also asked. All the questions in DI were straightforward and involved simple calculations. There was no question on Data Sufficiency in any of the slots.
Logical Reasoning questions in CET-2015 took the students by surprise. There were around 45 questions on LR in the four slots. The questions were dominated by alphanumeric series and linear arrangement. Questions on directions and coding-decoding were also reported. However, the usual sets on matrix arrangement and sequential output did not appear in any of the slots. One slot contained a question set on selection criteria. Standalone questions on Circular Arrangement were reported but there was no set on circular arrangement in any of the slots of CET-2015.
There were around 25 questions on Visual Reasoning in CET-2015. The questions were dominated by series completion questions. Most of the questions had about 4 figures in each block, with a few questions also having up to 6 figures. Questions on paper folding were also reported in one slot. The majority of questions were straightforward and were amenable for option elimination.
The number and type of English questions (VA+VR+RC) in the four slots covered a wide range. The number of English questions ranged from 62 to 80. There were only 5 RC questions in two of the slots, but 18 in the other two. The first slot had a particular emphasis on grammar questions, which was not seen in the other slots. Certain new constructs were introduced in the later slots, such as ‘Necessary part of the word’, but were not found in the first slot.
Still it is possible to draw some general observations regarding the English questions in this year’s CET across all the slots. The emphasis on VR was significantly down from the past, and there were fewer hard-core reasoning questions this year. The number of VA and VR questions used to be roughly the same in the past, but this year, there were far more VA questions. There were a number of vocabulary-based questions, though the level of vocabulary tested was not high – indeed, some of the words were extremely simple. Other very simple constructs such as Spelling errors also made their appearance.
On the whole, the English questions were quite easy, and anyone who had done even a moderate amount of preparation would have had little trouble tackling them in any of the slots. The only exceptions were the few new question types, such as the Parts of speech questions in the first slot, which required knowledge of technical grammatical terminology. Some of the English questions also required some general knowledge to answer correctly.