(14th & 15th March 2020)

CET 2020 took place on two days on March 14 and 15 in four slots.
Overall, CET 2020 in all the slots retained the structure and the types of questions of the past four years with a few minor differences. The broad pattern and the perceived difficulty level of each section (after taking account of the feedback received for all 4 slots) are briefly indicated in the table below.


Section Name No. of Questions Marks Difficulty Level Good Attempt*
Logical Reasoning 75 75 Medium to Difficult 42-45
Abstract Reasoning 25 25 Easy to Medium 18 - 20
Quantitative Aptitude 50 50 Easy to Medium 38 -  40
Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension 50 50 Easy 35 - 40
Total 200 200   135 to 145

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



146-148 99.95
135- 137 99.75
130-132 99.50



  • CET-2020 was more or less similar in the four slots and, overall, slightly easier than CET 2019.The Logical Reasoning Section, however, was a little more difficult than last year and bordered on the  difficult in the 3rd slot.
  • 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. 



Test of Verbal Ability/Reading Comprehension (50 questions)

The VARC section was generally easy across all the four slots but lengthy, and consisted of 35 VA questions and 15 RC questions. The types of questions were more or less the same across the slots though a few new question types were introduced. These new types, however, were minor  variations of the types in the SimCETs.
There were 15 Reading Comprehension questions set on 2 passages with 7 and 8 questions. So, there was a little less reading to do as last year there were 3 passages.  Most of the passages across the different slots were easy to read and comprehend. Most of the RC questions were inference-based; a few of them were based on contextual vocabulary.
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 set of choices. There were as many as 6 jumbled sentence questions, all of which were very easy; in this question type, one fragment of the given sentence was fixed in each question. Some of the old types included:
-Spotting the error: a sentence with 4 highlighted parts, two of which have errors.
-Incorrect word usage: a passage with a word and the forms of the same word are given in bold. E.g. starts; starting; starts.
-Vocabulary: a sentence with 5 highlighted words in shuffled order.
The options in most questions were combinations of the given choices, like A&B, C&E etc.  This made the elimination process rather easy. Overall the section was easy.
Following was the approximate overall break-up of the topics in this test (for  all 4   slots):

Topics Easy Medium Difficult Total
Jumbled Sentence (6 Parts) 5 - - 5
FIB- Synonym 5 1 - 6
Probable Starter(s) - 2 - 2
Incorrect Word Usage 2 2 - 4
Phrase Replacement 2 1 2 5
Fill in the Blanks 6 1 - 7
Words Interchange - 2 1 3
Short Passage- Inference - 1 - 1
FIB- Phrase - 1 - 1
Connectors- 3 Sentences - 1 - 1
RC 6 5 4 15
Total 26 17 7 50

A genuine attempt of around 35-40  questions would be a good attempt.

Test of Quantitative Aptitude (50 Questions)
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. Most slots  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 easier  compared to the caselet . In one of the slots there was a bar graph instead of a line graph. 
In Mathematics, there were 5-6 questions each on approximations and  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. In general , in all 4 slots ,of the 11-12 Questions on Quantitative Aptitude, approximately about 9-10 were from Arithmetic (Weighted average -1, Percentage - 2, Profit and loss - 1, SI-CI - 2, Ratio proportion -1, TSD - 1 , Mixtures - 1, Partnership - 1),1 was on Geometry/Mensuration  and 1   from Numbers /Modern Math (on Probability).
Following was the approximate overall break-up of the topics in this test (for  all 4   slots):

Topics Easy Medium Difficult Total
Numbers * 0 1 0 1
Arithmetic 2 7 1 10
Geometry/Mensuration 0 1 0 1
Modern Math* 0 1 0 1
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 10 28 12 50

*Asked in only some slots
A genuine attempt of around 38-40  questions would be a good attempt.

Test of Logical Reasoning (75 Questions)
The Test of Logical Reasoning section was dominated by questions on Non-Verbal Reasoning (about 59-60 questions). The remaining 15-16 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.  Most slots had one set on Circular arrangement, one on Linear arrangement, one on Two rows, one on Vertical Arrangement , one on scheduling and one on scheduling + Matrix. In all slots ,most of the  arrangement based sets were lengthy and time consuming. A good strategy would have been to solve the questions other than the  set based arrangement questions first and then move on to the arrangement based sets .  Two (or at the most 3) of the arrangement based sets could have been  solved comfortably.
In general, there were 5 questions on Logical Inequality 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. A set of 5 questions  based  on Sequential  Input Output was asked in one of the 4 slots.
The Verbal Reasoning questions were largely easy. In general, there were around  16 Verbal Reasoning questions and majority of them were structured Critical Reasoning Questions like, strengthen the argument, weaken the argument etc. There were four syllogism questions [4 statements followed by 2/3 conclusions] and a couple of questions on implicit statements.
Following was the approximate overall break-up of the topics in this test (for  all 4   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      (Logical Inequalities) 0 5 0 5
Sequential Input   -Output * 0 5 0 5
Miscellaneous 2 1 1 4
Verbal Reasoning 11 3 2 16
Total 14 43 18 75

 *Asked in only some slots

A genuine attempt of around 42-45 questions would be a good attempt.

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.
Following was the approximate overall break-up of the topics in this test (for  all 4   slots):

Topics Total
Complete the series 11  (Easy to Medium)
Analogies  ( A:B :: C: ?) or (A:B :: ?: D) 7  (Easy to Medium)
Find the similar pair 7  (Easy to Medium)
 Total 25
A genuine attempt of around 18-20  questions would be a good attempt.


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