MH-CET 2018 Overall Test Analysis

All the slots  of CET-2018 were marked by exams which were on the difficult side. In general, the exam was more difficult than CET-2016 but  easier than CET 2017

Furthermore, like CET 2017, CET-2018 all the slots  were divided into the following four sections.

Test Area Number of questions
Test of Verbal Ability/Reading Comprehension 50
Test of Quantitative Aptitude 50
Test of Logical Reasoning 75
Test of Abstract Reasoning 25
Total 200

There were 5 options per question and the total time allotted was 150 minutes.

A few of the question types in each section were different for the 4 slots. The Test of Logical Reasoning was marked by difficult arrangement based sets. The Test of Abstract Reasoning was having easy to medium questions. The Test of Quantitative Aptitude was marked by a mix moderate level DI sets and also easy to medium QA questions  while the Test of Verbal Ability/ Reading Comprehension section was marked by questions at lower levels of difficulty in comparison to the same section last year.The VA section had a few new question types.

In general ,sets in Logical Reasoning – especially those on arrangements - were on the difficult side. The sets in Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation required students to make use of scroll bars to view the passage and/or all the options, which made the test taking experience inconvenient.  

Operations at the test centres were smooth and so far we have not received any major reports of glitches or break-down of computers. Some students faced difficulty in terms of hanging of computers or automatic logout. However the authorities assigned such students a different computer and ensured that such students did not lose any time during the test.

Following is the overall analysis of individual tests.

Test of Verbal Ability/Reading Comprehension

There were 35 VA questions and 15 RC questions, making a total of 50 – just as  in CET 2017.

Across all four slots, there was emphasis on grammar in the VARC section and these comprised the brutal majority of the VARC set this year.  A number of new question formats were introduced – which were more of a tweak of the older formats. In slots 1 and 2, one set of 5 questions had two columns containing part of a sentence in the first column and its other half in the second column. One had to pair the ABC in column 1 with the DEF in column D and choose those combinations which were correct. Among the vocabulary & usage questions, synonyms/antonyms were combined into one question type, which asked you to identify pairs of words that featured both the synonym and antonym of the given word. The words themselves were easy – familiar ones like ‘initial’ and ‘volatile’.

The VA questions across all slots, were thus, mostly of types not seen in the last few CETs. They had lengthy instructions and parts of the directions were highlighted as important. Having said that, the questions themselves were not difficult to solve and so both the grammar and usage questions were not demanding. The novelty of the  directions is likely to have increased the time taken to solve them. In a couple of cases, it could have impacted accuracy. But keeping in mind that this is an aptitude test, an alert and cautious attitude would have helped overcome this challenge.

Across all four slots, the RC passages were two in number, and comprised 15 questions. The passages had marked the paragraphs and numbered them. A couple of vocabulary questions were included in the RC set. Except for the fourth slot which had easy questions, the RC questions were in the medium difficulty range in the other three slots.

The overall difficulty level of the VARC section was easy-medium. While the papers did not demand enhanced knowledge of grammar, usage and comprehension, they did require focus on the objective of each question.

The approximate  overall break-up of the questions in the VARC test across all four slots  was as follows:

Area Easy Medium Difficult                  Total
FIBs 3 0 0 3
Match parts the columns 1 3 1                         5
Choose grammatically wrong part 7 0 0 7
Multiple Sentence Correction - Choose grammatically correct sentences 3 3 0 6
Word with synonym antonym combination 1 1 0 2
j  Join the given sentences 2     2
Rewrite sentences with same meaning   2   2
Correctly used phrase (3 sentences, 5 options) 3     3
Para jumble 0 3 2 5
RC - Passage-1 1 3 3 7
RC - Passage-2 2 4 2 8
Total 23 19 8 50

A genuine attempt of around 34-36 questions would have been a good attempt in this section.

Test of Quantitative Aptitude

Out of 50 questions in the Test of Quantitative Aptitude, 23 questions were on Data Interpretation and the remaining 27 questions were on Quantitative Aptitude (in all the slots). The 23 questions on Data Interpretation were spread across four sets. These four sets included one set each on Table (6 questions), Caselet – calculation based (6 questions), Line Graph (6 questions) and a Double Pie Chart (5 questions). The sets had questions of mixed difficulty levels and thus selection of questions was crucial.

In Mathematics, there were 6 questions on odd man out in a number series (traditionally such questions have appeared in Logical Reasoning) and 5 questions on Data Sufficiency. In general , the questions on Mathematics were dominated by questions on Arithmetic (13 questions including Data Sufficiency). There were 1-2 questions on Modern Mathematics (Probability) and a couple of questions on Mensuration ( 3-D objects).Questions on number properties were only in some of the slots.There were 6 questions on Quantitative Comparison which were primarily based on Quadratic Equations

The questions on Number Series and Quantitative Comparison were on the  easier side and should not have been missed.

Following was the approximate overall break-up of the topics in this test (for all  the slots):

Topic Number of questions Level of difficulty
Data Interpretation (total 23 questions)
Table 6 Easy-Medium
Caselet 6 Medium -Difficult
Line Graph 6 Easy-Medium
Pie chart 5 Medium-Difficult
Arithmetic (7-8 questions)
Time & Work 1 Mostly easy with a few moderate level questions
Time-Speed-Distance 1
Percentage 1
Ratio-Proportions 1
Profit and Loss 1
Partnership 1
SI/CI                          1
Quantitative Comparison (6 questions)
Quadratic Equations 6 Easy-Medium
Geometry (Total 2 questions)
Mensuration 2 Easy -Medium
Modern Mathematics (Total 1 question)
Probability 1 Medium
Data Sufficiency
Data Sufficiency -QA 5 Easy  to Medium
Number Series (Total 6 questions)
Odd man out 6 Easy - Medium

In Data Sufficiency questions, different questions had different order of options. It was important to keep this fact in mind before marking the answers.

A genuine attempt of around 34-36 questions would have been a good attempt.

Test of Logical Reasoning

In general across all 4 slots,there were 59 questions on Non-Verbal Reasoning and 16 questions on Verbal Reasoning . The questions on Non-Verbal Reasoning were dominated by questions on Arrangements. In most slots,there were around 36 questions on Arrangements in 6 different sets.  The sets on arrangements were data heavy and were time consuming.Amongst other set based questions, was one set on family tree (4 questions), one on directions (4 questions), one set on comparison of variables ( 5 questions),one set on Sequential Output with 6 questions (in some slots) and one set on coding with 5 questions( again only in some of the slots).In general there were 3-4 standalone questions in Logical Reasoning

As the arrangement based sets were on the difficult side ,some students found it better to move to mark some option and move to the next question/set. Some students even reported to have  solved sets apart from the arrangement type sets first and then attempted arrangement based sets only if they had time.

There were around 16 VR questions in this section. Most of them were of familiar types, though there was one or two questions in each slot that was a slight tweak on existing formats: it described a situation and asked you to identify the possible reasons for it. In some slots,one critical reasoning question looked like a maths-based one at first glance, as it involved percentages, but a closer look showed that there was no calculation involved. In general ,there were 6 syllogisms, which were fairly easy.

The overall difficulty level of the VR questions was also easy-medium.

In general, this section was characterized by a majority of time-consuming questions which were of medium difficulty level.

Following was the  approximate break-up of this section for all the slots.

Non-Verbal Reasoning (59 questions)
Arrangements( Matrix,Linear ,Circular, Square, Scheduling etc) 30-36 (5-6 sets) Medium to Difficult
*Sequential Input Output 6 Medium to Difficult
Family Tree 4-5 Easy to Medium
Logical Comparison 4 Medium to Difficult
*Coding 5 Medium
Directions 4 Easy to Medium
*Data Sufficiency-(primarily Arrangements based) 4-6 Medium

Verbal Reasoning (16 questions)
Critical Reasoning 10 Easy to medium
Syllogisms (3 questions having 5 variables and 3 questions having 4 variables) 6 Medium to difficult

*These question types were only in some of the slots

The Verbal Reasoning across all slots was similar. There were 6 syllogisms. The 4th slot included syllogisms of 5 variables and had confusing premises like “Some A is possibly not B”. But the other slots had the usual 4 and 3 variables sets for syllogisms. The Critical Reasoning questions were familiar and were based on cause and effect, conclusions, assumptions and inferences. The level of difficulty for this section across all slots was easy to medium.

In general the LR section of Slot 1 and Slot 3 had tougher arrangement based sets. Due to this the average attempts by test takers in Slot 1 and Slot 3 for this section was a lot less. In general  38-40 attempts in slot 1 and 44-46 attempts in Slot 2 and Slot 4 for this section would be considered good.

Test of Abstract Reasoning

This was the easiest section in all 4 slots of this CET. There were 25 questions in the test, mostly at easy to medium level of difficulty. The questions were complete the series (either the last term or a middle term in the series was missing) or analogies types of questions. The questions in this test were very similar to Visual Reasoning questions that appeared in earlier CET exams.

The break-up of the questions in this test was as follows:

Topics  Total
Complete the series 15
Analogies 10
Grand Total 25

A genuine attempt of around 18-20 in this section would have been considered a good attempt.


Overall a genuine attempt of around 120 questions in  Slot 1 and Slot 3 and 130 questions in Slot 2 and Slot 4 would have been considered a good attempt.

Based on the analysis of all slots  of CET 2018 , we expect that a total score of 127 to 129 in Slot 1 and Slot 3 and 134-136 in Slot 2 and Slot 4  will fetch a percentile score of around 99.90%.

Students need not worry about the varying level of difficulty in the different slots as normalization of scores across the slots is likely to be done.


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