The third slot of CAT 2020 took place today between 4:30 pm and 6:30 pm.
With the third slot of CAT 2020 being over, it is now clear that CAT 2020 was more difficult than CAT 2019 and more like CAT 2018. Pandemic and the related SOPs notwithstanding the conduct of the test in three slots was smooth and without glitches.
Though the CAT had announced a significant reduction in the test duration from 3 hours to 2 hours earlier, candidates were kept guessing about the other changes with the IIMs making no further announcements. The suspense came to an end only with the first slot.
The third slot had the same structure as the first two slots and was similar in the overall difficulty level.
|Section No.||Section Name||Duration||MCQs||TITA||Total|
|II||DI and LR||40 min||18||6||24|
The overall difficulty level of Slot 3 was tougher than the earlier 2 slots , with the LOD of the DILR Section being more difficult than both the earlier slots, and VARC and QA sections being on par with Slot 1.
Based on the feedback received from IMS students, we estimate the scores and percentiles for Slot 3 as follows:
|Percentile||Score VA-RC||Score DI-LR||Score QA||Overall Score|
Like in the earlier slots, the test started with the VARC Section followed by DILR and QA sections. Each section was timed for 40 minutes. One could not go back and forth between sections. The marking scheme was +3 for every correct and -1 for incorrect answers. There was no negative marking for TITA Qs.
The VA-RC section in all the three slots was similar in difficulty level and had the same segmentation. The majority of the questions were of medium difficulty and quite a few questions even difficult. Very few questions were easy. Comprehension had 4 passages —2 passages with 4 Qs each and 2 passages with 5 Qs each. The majority of the questions were reasoning and application-based. VA questions too did not give much respite. They also needed careful deliberation to arrive at the answer. The only comfort was that one was dealing with familiar questions types of Summary, Odd Sentence, and Paragraph Jumble questions.
|Area / Questions||No of Qs.||Type||LOD|
|Reading Comprehension||18||MCQ||Overall: Medium to Difficult|
|RC-1: On Travel Writing||5||MCQ||Medium to Difficult|
|RC-2: Economic crises||4||MCQ||Easy to Medium|
|RC-3: Views on Human Nature||5||MCQ||Medium to Difficult|
|RC-4: Screen Time and class||4||MCQ||Easy to Medium|
|Verbal Ability||08||MCQ & TITA||Overall: Medium|
|Para jumbles ( 4 sentences)||3||TITA||Medium to Difficult|
|Out of Context sentence||2||TITA||Medium to Difficult|
|Summary||3||MCQ||Easy to Medium|
Overall, an attempt of 15 to 17 questions with high accuracy (85-90%) should be good in this section
Like in slot 1 and 2, the third slot of CAT-2020 had a total 5 sets, out of which two sets had 6 questions while the remaining three had 4 questions each. However, the number of TITA questions in different sets in slot 3 showed slight variation as compared to the first two slots. Out of the three sets with 4 questions, one set had 2 TITA questions while the remaining two had all 4 MCQ questions. Out of the two sets with 6 questions, one set had all 6 MCQ questions while the other set had 2 MCQ and 4 TITA questions.
There were two DI sets and three LR sets. Overall, this section was medium to difficult.
|Set No.||Area||Set Description||Number of Questions||Level of Difficulty||Question Type|
|1||Data InterpretationFour facilities in a school||Elections||4||Easy to Medium||2 TITA + 2 MCQ|
|2||Data Interpretation||Organization delivering groceries||4||Medium to Difficult||4 MCQ|
|3||Logical Reasoning||Game of six rounds||6||Medium to Difficult||4 TITA + 2 MCQ|
|4||Logical Reasoning||Farmer and four daughters||6||Medium to Difficult||6 MCQ|
|5||Logical Reasoning||Patients undergoing blood test||4||Easy to Medium||4 MCQ|
Identification of right sets to attempt was the key. Sets 1 and 5 must not have been missed. A good student should have been able to solve 11 to 13 questions in the given time limit.
Like Slots 1 and 2, the QA section of Slot-3 of CAT-2020 was also dominated by Arithmetic (10 questions). However, the emphasis on Algebra was slightly lower than in the first two slots. There were 4 questions on Algebra. Similarly, there were 5 questions on Modern Maths, 4 questions on Geometry and 3 questions on Numbers. Like the first two slots, the Slot-3 also had a number of questions on Time-Speed-Distance.
There were 8 TITA Qs this year. Overall this section was at Medium level of difficulty. Selecting the right questions to attempt was the key. Good students should have been able to attempt about 16 to 18 questions in the given time.
Overall, this section was medium in terms of Level of difficulty.
|Area/Q Type||No of Questions||LOD|
|Arithmetic||10||Easy to medium|
|Algebra||4||Medium to difficult|
IMS students found a great deal of similarity between the SimCATs and the CAT. Several students gave the feedback that the CAT appeared an extension of the SimCATs and the e-Maxmiser Workshops.
The test interface was very user friendly and exactly the one provided in the official CAT Mock Test. There were no subdivisions within each section. The Comprehension and VA questions were NOT interspersed within the section. Similarly, the DI and LR sets were also NOT interspersed A simple calculator was provided, and not a scientific one. There was an arrow provided near the question palette which when clicked expanded the question window to full-screen view by hiding the question palette & vice versa
At the end of the test, a summary of the number of questions attempted, visited, and not visited was displayed for each section.
There was a button marked ‘Question Paper’ that opened up a screen containing all the questions of the section. This was used by students for planning their approach for the section.