All the slots of CET-2019 were marked by exams which were on the difficult side. In general, the exam was more difficult than CET-2018.
CET-2019 , like in the earlier years, 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|
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 difficult questions. The Test of Quantitative Aptitude was marked by a mix moderate and difficult 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.
Following is the overall analysis of individual tests.
VARC consisted of 50 questions as earlier with 35 VA questions and 15 RC questions. Overall, in all the four slots the section was easier than in CET 2018.
While the number of Reading Comprehension questions remained the same as last year, there were three passages in all slots instead of two. The number of questions per passage varied in different slots - from 4 to 8 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 of the passages had a blank to be filled in by an appropriate word.
There were three-four new types of questions in the VA section. In one new type, a set of four sentences was 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. Match-the-column and correct-usage questions were also easy. Overall the section was easy.
In all the slots, a genuine attempt of around 38-40 should have been possible.
|Reading Comprehension (All 4 slots)||15||Easy|
|Sequenced Sentences (All 4 slots)||2-5||Easy|
|Set of sentences with four words marked in bold (All 4 slots)||6-7||Easy|
|Replace words in bold (Slots 1 and 3)||5-6||Easy|
|Cloze passage (Slots 2 and 4)||6-7||Easy|
|Correct grammar and context (All 4 slots)||2-5||Easy|
|One word three blanks (All 4 slots)||4-7||Easy|
|Phrase in bold ( All four slots)||5-6||Easy|
|Connector word (Slots 1, 3 and 4)||3-4||Medium|
|Para jumble ( All four slots)||5-7||Medium|
|Correct sentence from given four options (Slots 3 and 4)||3-4||Easy|
|Correct grammar and context (Slots 2 and 3)||3||Medium|
|Match the column (Slots 3 and 4)||3||Medium|
|Odd sentence from the paragraph (Slot 2)||3||Medium|
|Synonym-Antonym (Slots 3 and 4)||2-3||Medium|
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 all 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 (6 questions) and a Pie Chart + Tables (6 questions). The sets had questions of mixed difficulty levels and thus selection of questions was crucial.
In Mathematics, there were 6 questions on identifying the wrong term in a number series (traditionally such questions have appeared in Logical Reasoning). The questions on Mathematics were dominated by questions on Arithmetic (8 t0 10 questions). There was 1 question on Modern Mathematics (Probability) and 1 question on Mensuration. There were 6 questions on Quantitative Comparison which were primarily based on Quadratic Equations. In some slots there were 4 questions on Quantitative Comparison which were based on Arithmetic.
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 24 questions)|
|*Line Graph + Table/ Bar graph||6||Easy-Medium|
|Pie chart (1 or 2 pie charts)||6||Medium-Difficult|
|Arithmetic (8 - 10 questions)|
|Time & Work||1||The difficulty level of these questions was Easy to difficult.|
|Profit and Loss||1|
|Algebra (Total 1 question)|
|Geometry (1 question)|
|Modern Mathematics 1 question)|
|Number Series (Total 6 questions)|
|Find the wrong term||6||Easy - Medium|
|Quantitative Comparison (6 questions)|
*only in some of the slots
A genuine attempt of around 34-36 questions on Day 1 slots and 38 to 40 questions on Day 2 slots would have been a good attempt.
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. 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 , one set of 4 questions on Logical Inequalities and one set on coding with 5 questions. There was a set on Symbol based Comparison (6 questions). 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 based on Verbal Reasoning. The Verbal Reasoning questions were familiar and easy too. In some slots, 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 of 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 is 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 questions - one set||Medium|
|*Sequential Input Output||6 questions||Difficult|
|*Family Tree||5 questions||Easy to Medium|
|Logical Inequalities||2 to 5 questions||Medium to difficult|
|Coding||1 to 5 questions||Easy|
|Directions||4 questions||Easy to medium|
|Data Sufficiency||3 to 4 questions||Medium|
|Verbal Reasoning (16 questions)
|Critical Reasoning||11 questions||Easy to medium|
*only in some of the slots
In general 44-46 questions on Day 1 slots and 38-40 questions on Day 2 slots for this section would be considered good attempt.
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:
|Complete the series||12 (Medium to difficult|
|Analogies ( A:B :: C: ?)||5 (Easy to Medium)|
|Analogies (Find the dissimilar pair)||8 (easy)|
A genuine attempt of around 18-20 in this section would have been considered a good attempt in all the slots..
Overall a genuine attempt of around 135 to 140 questions would have been considered a good attempt.
Based on the analysis of all slots of CET 2019 , we expect a score of 130-132 will fetch a percentile score of around 99.90., a score of 119-121 will fetch a percentile score of around 99.50 and a score of 113-115 will fetch a percentile score of around 99.
Students need not worry about the varying levels of difficulty in the different slots as normalization of scores across the slots is likely to be done.