CET 2020   FIRST DAY ANALYSIS (Both Slots)
March 14, 2020 (10 am-12:30 pm & 2:00- 4:30 pm)

The first two slots of CET 2020 took place today (March 14, 2020 between 10 am and 12:30 pm and 2 to 4:30 pm).  CET 2020 is being held in 4 slots on March 14 (2 slots) and March 15 (2 Slots).
This is the IMS Day 1 Analysis of CET 2020 based on the feedback received from IMS students and experts who appeared for the tests.
We will follow this up with a detailed overall analysis after the four slots are done.
CET 2020 both the slots retained the overall structure and the types of questions of the past four years’ with minor differences. The broad pattern and the IMS estimate of difficulty level are as follows: 


Section Name

No. of Questions


Difficulty Level

Good Attempts*

Logical Reasoning 75 75 Medium to Difficult  42-45
Abstract Reasoning 25 25 Easy to Medium  18 to 20
Quantitative Aptitude 50 50 Easy to Medium  38 to 40
Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension 50 50 Easy 36 -38
Total 200 200 134 to 143

Based on the feedback received from several candidates we estimate the scores and percentiles** to be as follows:





135- 137





  • Both the slots of CET-2020 were more or less on similar lines and overall slightly easier than CET 2019.  A  few new question types were introduced in the VARC, LR  and QA sections.
  • As usual, CET 2020 consisted of 200 questions to be attempted in 150 minutes with NO Sectional restrictions.
  • Since there is NO Negative Marking in CET, candidates are expected to attempt all 200 questions. 
  • *IMS estimate of good attempts refers to the serious attempts and excludes the randomly marked answers.  


** Subject to revision after all the four slots are done.


Test of Verbal Ability/Reading Comprehension (50 questions)
VARC consisted of 50 questions with 35 VA questions and 15 RC questions. Overall, in both the slots the section was easier than in CET 2019.

While the number of Reading Comprehension questions remained the same as last year, there were two passages in both the slots instead of three. All the passages were easy to read and comprehend and many of the questions could be answered without cross checking.
The VA section had a combination of new and old question types. There was a new type of match the column question, which had three columns and three rows with a sentence fragment in each cell; one is expected to match them to form grammatical sentences(the first column is fixed). There were phrase-replacement questions, where a highlighted phrase was to be replaced with the correct phrase (or combination of phrases) from the given choices. Some of the old types included:
-Spotting the error: a sentence with 4 highlighted parts, two of which have errors.
-Word usage: a set of 3 words used in 4 different ways (in 4 sentences).
-Vocabulary: a sentence with 5 highlighted words in shuffled order.

The options in most questions were combinations of given choices, like A&B, C&E etc.  This made the option elimination process rather easy. Overall the section  was easy.

Topics Easy Medium Difficult Total
Match the columns 1 1 - 2
Spot the error 3 - - 3
Sentence with highlighted words in shuffled order 2 1 - 3
Incorrect word usage 2 1 - 3
Phrase Replacement 2 1 1 4
Fill in the Blanks 2 - - 2
Jumbled Paragraph 1 2 1 4
Odd Sentence Out 2 1 1 4
Word Exchange 2 2 1 5
Cloze Passage 3 2 - 5
Reading Comprehension 10 3 2 15
Total 30 14 6 50

In both the slots, a genuine  attempt of around 36-38 questions  would be considered good.


Test of Quantitative Aptitude

The Level of Difficulty of the test of Quantitative Aptitude was easier as compared to the previous years. 
The Test of Quantitative Aptitude had 18 questions on Data Interpretation and the remaining questions on Mathematics. There were three sets of Data Interpretation questions. These included one set each on Table, Line and Caselet. All the sets were easy and must attempt sets. The table and the line set were on the whole easier than the other two sets.   
In Mathematics, there were 6 questions on approximations, 6 questions on number series and 10 questions on Quantitative Comparison. In Quantitative Comparison, 6 questions were based on Arithmetic and 4 questions were based on Quadratic Equations. Of the 10 Questions on Quantitative Aptitude 10* were  from Arithmetic (Weighted average -1, Percentage - 2, Profit and loss - 1, SI-CI - 2, Ratio proportion -1, TSD - 1 , Mixtures - 1, Partnership - 1) and 2* from Numbers. The section was easier than the previous year’s CET.
 Following was the approximate overall break-up of the topics in this test (for   first 2  slots):

Topics Easy Medium Difficult Total
Numbers  0 1 1 2*
Arithmetic 2 7 1 10
Approximations 3 2 0 5
Number series (Wrong Number) 2 1 2 5
Quantitative Comparison 3 7 0 10
Data Interpretation 0 9 9 18
Total QA -DI 10 27 13 50

*only in one of the slots
A genuine attempt of around 38-40  questions would be a good attempt in both the slots.

Test of Logical Reasoning 
The Test of Logical Reasoning section was dominated by questions on Non-Verbal Reasoning (about 59 questions). The remaining 16 questions were on Verbal Reasoning. The questions on Non-Verbal Reasoning were dominated by questions on arrangements. There were 41 questions spread across 7 sets.  One set was Circular arrangement, one on Linear arrangement, one on Two rows, one on Vertical Arrangement (stack of boxes), one on scheduling and one on scheduling + Matrix. The sets were lengthy and time consuming.  Two (or at the most 3) sets can be solved comfortably.
There were 5 questions on Logical Comparison (easy), 5 questions on sentence based coding (easy), 1 set of 4 questions on Directions (Moderate) and 3 questions on data sufficiency. A new question type was there in the test. There were 3 questions in this category.
The Verbal Reasoning questions were largely easy. There were altogether 16 Verbal Reasoning questions and majority of them structured Critical Reasoning Questions like, strengthen the argument, weaken the argument etc. There were four syllogisms of three statements and a couple of questions on implicit statements etc. Some sets in Logical Reasoning – especially those on arrangements - were on the difficult side. 
Following is  the summary of the approximate break-up of this section for both the slots.

Topics Easy Medium Difficult Total
Arrangements 0 6 10 16
Family Tree 0 6 0 6
Scheduling 0 9 3 12
Direction Test     (Set based) 1 3 0 4
Matrix 0 2 2 4
Data sufficiency 0 3 0 3
Coding       (Sentence based) 0 5 0 5
Symbol based Comparison 0 5 0 5
Miscellaneous 2 1 1 4
Verbal Reasoning 11 3 2 16
Total 14 43 18 75

A genuine attempt of around 42-45 questions would be a good attempt would be considered good in both slots.

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 based on Series completion (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 11  (Easy to Medium)
Analogies  ( A:B :: C: ?) 7  (Easy to Medium)
Find the similar pair 7  (Easy to Medium)
Grand Total 25

A genuine attempt of around 18-20 questions  in this section would be considered a good attempt in both the slots..


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