MH-CET 2019 Overall Analysis (Day 1)

Both the slots on Day 1 of CET-2019 were marked by exams which were on the difficult side. In general, the exam was more difficult than CET-2018.

The structure of the test was the same with the following four sections:

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

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

The question types in each section were different for the 2 slots. The Test of Logical Reasoning was marked by much lengthy and medium to difficult level puzzles. The test of Abstract Reasoning was having Easy to difficult 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.

Like in Slot 1, sets in Logical Reasoning – especially those on arrangements - were on the much lengthy and moderate to difficult. 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. Like in slot 1, the slot 2 was also a smooth affair as far as the computer interface is concerned.

Following is the overall analysis of individual tests.

Test of Verbal Ability/Reading Comprehension (50 questions)

In both the slots, there were 35 VA questions and 15 RC questions, making a total of 50 – as in CET 2018.

There were 15 questions on Reading Comprehension. While the number of Reading Comprehension questions remained the same as last year, there were three passages instead of two. In the first slot, the passages had 4, 5 and 6 questions while in the second slot there were 8, 3 and 4 questions.  All the passages were easy to read and comprehend and many of the questions could be answered without cross checking. There were several vocabulary based questions and one passage had a blank to be filled in by an appropriate word.

There were three new types of questions in the VA section. Two questions had a set of four sentences given in sequence. One was asked to choose the preceding sentence to the sequence and the crux of the four sentences - a paragraph summary in other words. Another new type of question had a paragraph of six sentences, with each sentence marked from I to VI. Each of the sentences had four words in bold, marked A, B, C and D. One of these was incorrect and that was to be the answer from the given options. This set was confusing because the directions did not specify how many questions were based on the given set of sentences. Another set of five questions had one or two errors; each and these was to be replaced by the correct ones if required from the options. This was a slightly varied version of a familiar question type and required both grammatical and  contextual clarity. There were six FIB questions where one word fit into three of the blanks. These were easy again with words like Even, Fine, Number, Drain, Empty, Worn etc. Phrases in bold and their correct usage was tested in five-six questions, with phrases like Drop of a Hat and Memory like a Sieve etc. Paragraph Jumble questions were also unusual. Six to seven sentences were provided out of which the third one marked C was fixed. The first question in this set asked for a correct rephrasing of sentence A or the first one in the jumble. Sentence C also had a blank on which a question was based. The other three questions were based on the positions of the sentences after sequencing them.

Overall the test was easy.

A genuine  attempt of around 38-40 for both slots should have been possible.

Area Easy Medium Difficult Total
Slot 1
Reading Comprehension (Improper use of metrics) 4 1 0 5
Reading Comprehension (Online shopping in Indonesia) 4 1 1 6
Reading Comprehension (Measurements pervade life) 3 1 0 4
Sequenced Sentences 0 2 0 2
Set of sentences with four words marked in bold 6 0 0 6
Replace words in bold 5 0 0 5
Correct grammar and context 0 2 0 2
One word three blanks 6 1 0 7
Phrase in bold 4 1 0 5
Connector word 3 0 0 3
Para jumble 0 3 2 5
Total 35 12 3 50
Slot 2
Reading Comprehension (Voice Assistants and AI) 5 2 1 8
Reading Comprehension (New Technologies) 2 1 0 3
Reading Comprehension (Electronic Personal Assistants) 3 1 0 4
Sequenced Sentences 4 1 0 5
Replace words in bold in the Cloze passage 7 0 0 7
Correct grammar and context 1 2 0 3
One word three blanks 5 1 0 6
Phrase in bold 5 1 0 6
Odd sentence from the paragraph 0 1 2 3
Para jumble 3 1 1 5
Total 35 11 4 50

Test of Quantitative Aptitude

Out of 50 questions in the Test of Quantitative Aptitude, 24 questions were on Data Interpretation and the remaining 26 questions were on Quantitative Aptitude (in both the slots). The 24 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 + Table(6 questions) and a Pie Chart (6 questions). The sets had questions of mixed difficulty levels and thus selection of questions was crucial.

In Mathematics, there were 6 questions on ‘wrong term’ in a number series (traditionally such questions have appeared in Logical Reasoning) and no questions on Data Sufficiency. In slot 1, there were 10 questions on Quantitative comparison (Arithmetic - 4 questions, Quadratic equations - 6 questions) and 10 questions on Quantitative Aptitude ( Arithmetic - 8 questions, Mensuration - Geometry - 1 question, Probability - 1 question).  In slot 2, there were 4 questions on Data Sufficiency ,6 questions on Approximations and 10 questions on Quantitative Aptitude ( Arithmetic - 9 questions, Mensuration - Geometry - 1 question).

The questions on Number Series were easy and must not have been missed.   

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

Topic Number of questions Level of difficulty
Data Interpretation (total 24 questions)
Table 6 3 Easy, 2 Medium
Caselet 6 1 Medium, 5 difficult
*Line Graph/ Bar Chart 6 6 Easy
Pie chart + Table 6 4 Easy, 2 Medium
Arithmetic (9 questions)
Time & Work 1 Medium
Time-Speed-Distance 2 Medium
Percentage 1 Easy
Ratio-Proportions 2 Medium
LCM HCF 1 Easy
Profit and Loss 1 Medium to difficult
Partnership 1 Medium

*Quantitative Comparison (10 questions)
*Quadratic Equations 6 Medium
*Arithmetic Based 4 Medium
**Approximations 6 Easy
Geometry (Total 1 questions)
Mensuration 1 Medium
*Data Sufficiency
**Data Sufficiency 4 Easy
Modern Mathematics (Total 1 question)
* Probability 1 Easy
Number Series (Total 6 questions)
Find the wrong term 6 Easy (Slot 1)/ Medium (Slot 2)

*Questions appeared only in slot 1              **Questions appeared only in slot 2

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 (75 questions)

There were 59 questions on Non-Verbal Reasoning and 16 questions on Verbal Reasoning in both the slots. The questions on Non-Verbal Reasoning were dominated by questions on Arrangements. There were 24 questions on Arrangements in 4 different sets. One or two sets on Grouping and conditionalities was there. Like in Slot 1, the sets on arrangements were data heavy and were time consuming. There was one set on family tree (4 questions), one on directions (4 questions), one set on Sequential Output with 6 questions (Only in slot 2), one set of 4 questions on Logical Inequalities (Only in slot 2) and one set on coding with 5 questions. There was a set on Symbol based Comparison (6 questions) in slot 1. There was no set on Selection criteria in any of the slots.

As we had mentioned earlier, some sets in Logical Reasoning – especially the ones on arrangements - were on the difficult side. If the level of difficulty of Logical Reasoning in tomorrow’s slot is the same, it is better to move to mark some option and move to the next question/set. Some students could even explore the possibility of solving sets apart from the arrangement type sets first and attempt arrangement sets only if they have time.

There were 16 VR questions in this section in both the slots. The Verbal Reasoning section was familiar and easy too. In slot 1, there were two critical reasoning questions which were not of the usual type, but were based on the definitions provided in the paragraph. All the other questions were the familiar types. The verbal reasoning questions were scattered over the LR section. 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 summary of the approximate break-up of this section for both the slots.

Non-Verbal Reasoning (59 questions)
Matrix Arrangement 12 questions (2 sets of 6 questions 6 Medium, 6 difficult
Circular Arrangement 6 (One set of 6 questions) Medium
Linear Arrangement 12/18 (2/3 sets of 6 Q. ) Medium
*Vertical  Arrangement 6 - one set Medium
**Sequential Input Output 6 Difficult
*Family Tree 5 Easy to Medium
Logical Inequalities 2(in slot 2)/5(in slot 1) Medium to difficult
Coding 1 (in slot 2)/ 5( in slot 1) Easy
Directions 4 Easy to medium
Data Sufficiency 3(in slot 2)/4(in slot 2) Medium

Verbal Reasoning (16 questions)
Critical Reasoning 11 Easy to medium
Syllogisms 5 Easy

*only in slot 1    ** only in slot 2

A genuine attempt of around 44-46 questions in Logical Reasoning section would have been considered a good attempt.

Test of Abstract Reasoning

This was the easiest section in both the 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 12 (Medium to difficult
Analogies  ( A:B :: C: ?) 5 (Easy to Medium)
Analogies (Find the dissimilar pair) 8 (easy)
Grand Total 25

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


Both the slots seem to be more or less of the same difficulty level. Overall, a genuine attempt of around 135-140 questions in both slots would be considered a good attempt.

Based on the analysis of both  slots of day 1 of CET 2019 , we expect that a total score of 131  to 133 will fetch a percentile score of 99.90%.

Students need not worry about the varying levels of difficulty in the different slots, as scores across the slots are generally normalized.


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