CAT 2020 Exam Analysis & Answer Key by T.I.M.E. - Check Detailed Section-Wise Analysis Here

Abhinav Chamoli
Abhinav ChamoliPublished On: November 30, 2020 | CAT

CAT 2020 is being conducted with a reduced duration of 2 hours in 3 shifts. Check the detailed section-wise analysis of the CAT 2020 question paper by T.I.M.E. institute here.

CAT 2020 Exam Analysis by T.I.M.E. - Check Detailed Section-Wise Analysis Here

T.I.M.E. has released a detailed CAT 2020 analysis for Slot 1, Slot 2 and Slot 3 of CAT 2020 conducted on November 29, 2020. Candidates who appeared for CAT can go through the exam analysis given here to understand the difficulty level, section-wise important topics and the pattern of the question paper.

CAT 2020 was conducted in three slots this year - Forenoon, Afternoon and Evening. The MBA exam experts at T.I.M.E. have released a detailed exam analysis of Slot 1, Slot 2 and Slot 3 after each slot.

The analysis of CAT 2020 question paper updated here and includes the section-wise difficulty level, topic-distribution and other insights from the question paper.

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CAT 2020 Exam Date and Shift Timings

CAT 2020 exam is being conducted on November 29, 2020. Candidates must ensure that they have their CAT 2020 Admit Cards ready along with any other documents required before the exam day. Here are the shift timings for CAT 2020.

SlotTimingsExam Analysis
Slot 18:30 am - 10:30 amCAT 2020 Slot 1 Analysis by T.I.M.E.
Slot 212:30 pm - 2:30 pmCAT 2020 Slot 2 Analysis by T.I.M.E.
Slot 32:30 pm - 4:30 pmCAT 2020 Slot 3 Analysis by T.I.M.E.

CAT 2020 Exam Pattern & Marking Scheme

Following is the exam pattern and marking scheme being followed for CAT 2020.

SectionNo. of QuestionsTimeMarking Scheme
VARC3440 minutes+3 marks for a correct answer
-1 mark for an incorrect answer
No negative marking for non-MCQs
DILR3240 minutes
QA3440 minutes
TOTAL100120 minutes

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CAT 2020 Answer Key by T.I.M.E.

The CAT 2020 Answer Key for Slot 1, Slot 2 and Slot 3 will be released by T.I.M.E. experts after the exam is conducted on November 29.

SlotAnswer Key
Slot 1CAT 2020 Slot 1 Answer Key by T.I.M.E. - coming soon
Slot 2CAT 2020 Slot 2 Answer Key by T.I.M.E. - coming soon
Slot 3CAT 2020 Slot 3 Answer Key by T.I.M.E. - coming soon

CAT 2020 Slot 1 Overall Analysis by T.I.M.E.

Given below is the overall analysis of CAT 2020 as provided by T.I.M.E. institute.

Section
No. of Questions
Area
No. of Questions
No. of TITA
Section-Wise Pattern
VARC
26
RC
18
0
2 passage with 5 questions each
2 passage with 4 questions each
VA
8
5
Para Formations - 3
Odd One Out - 2
Para Summary - 3
DI&LR
24
24
6
2 Sets having 6 questions each
3 Sets having 4 questions each
QA
26
26
8
26 Questions

CAT 2020 Slot 2 Overall Analysis by T.I.M.E.

Following is an analysis of Slot 2 of T.I.M.E.

Section
Total No. of Questions
Area
No. of Questions
No. of Non-MCQs
Section-Wise Pattern
VARC
26
RC
18
0
2 passages - 5 questions each
2 passages - 4 questions each
VA
8
5
Para Formations - 3
Odd One Out - 2
Para Summary - 3
DILR
24
DILR
24
6
2 Sets with 6 questions each
3 Sets with 4 questions each
QA
26
QA
26
8
26 Questions
Total
76
--
--
19
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CAT 2020 Slot 3 Overall Analysis by T.I.M.E

Given below is an analysis of the Slot 3 of CAT 2020.

Section
Total No. of Questions
Area
No. of Questions
No. of Non-MCQs
Section-Wise Pattern
VARC
26
RC
18
0
2 passages of 5 questions each
2 passages of 4 questions each
VA
8
5
3 Para Formations
2 Odd One Out
3 Para Summary
DILR
24
DILR
24
6
2 sets with 6 questions each
3 sets with 4 questions each
QA
26
QA
26
8
26 Individual Questions
Total
76
19

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CAT 2019 Exam Analysis by T.I.M.E.

CAT 2019 was conducted on November 24, 2019 in two slots and T.I.M.E. released a detailed exam analysis of both Slot 1 and Slot 2, which can be checked here. Check the detailed exam analysis of CAT 2019 here.

CAT 2019 Exam Pattern

SectionNo. of QuestionsNo. of Non-MCQsTime
VARCVA10 questions7 Non-MCQs60 minutes
RC24 questions
DILR8 sets x 4 questions = 32 questions8 Non-MCQs60 minutes
QA34 questions11 Non-MCQs60 minutes
TOTAL100 questions26 Non-MCQs180 minutes

CAT 2019 Exam Analysis Highlights

Following are some of the important highlights from the CAT 2019 exam analysis by T.I.M.E.

  • CAT 2019 question paper was based on the same exam pattern as last year and the number of questions was also the same.
  • The difficulty level of CAT 2019 was easier as compared to the previous year's question paper. There were no surprise elements in the test.
  • VARC proved to be the most difficult section while DILR and QA were comparatively easier to attempt.

CAT 2019 Slot 1 Section-Wise Analysis

SectionDifficulty Level
VARCModerate - Difficult
DILRDifficult
QADifficult

CAT 2019 Slot 1 VARC Analysis

The VARC section of CAT 2019 Slot 1 was as per the established exam pattern faced by the candidates. The RC passages were of moderate length but were not easy to read. The questions were also not direct and hence candidates faced some difficulty in answering them.

  • There were a total of 5 RC passages from different topics 1 having a total of 24 questions in this section.
  • The options were quite close to each other and hence candidates faced difficulty in selecting the correct one.
  • Verbal Ability questions were a bit easier providing some relief to the candidates.

The topic-wise distribution of question in Slot 1 of VARC is as follows.

Section
Topic
Number of Questions
Difficulty level
Reading Comprehension
Passage 1: Topophilia
5
Moderate
Passage 2: Folk Music
5
Difficult
Passage 3: Emperor Penguins
4
Difficult
Passage 4: Aladdin
5
Difficult
Passage 5: Shopping & Choice Anxiety
5
Moderate
Verbal Ability
Para Formation (PFQ)
4
Moderate
Para Summary
3
Moderate
Odd One Out
3
Easy

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CAT 2019 Slot 1 DILR Analysis

The DILR section came as a relief to the candidates as it was easier in comparison to the previous year i.e. CAT 2018 and CAT 2017. However, the section on its own was still difficult but students had anticipated a much tougher section going by the previous year question papers.

There were a total of 8 sets containing 4 questions each in this section. Out of these, 2 were very difficult while the other 6 mostly ranged from easy to moderate. Candidates who followed the strategy of identifying easy sets and going for it were able to excel in this section.

Check the topic-wise analysis of the DILR section in Slot 1 of CAT 2019 given below.

Topic
No. of Questions
Difficulty level
100 boxes with different types of items
4
Moderate - Difficult
16 shelves and 12 items
4
Moderate
Addition of 6-digit numbers
4
Moderate
Spider Web
4
Moderate
Tournament
4
Very Difficult
Dancers and composers
4
Moderate
Intersection and network
4
Moderate - Difficult
Crime Rate
4
Very Difficult

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CAT 2019 Slot 1 QA Analysis

As per T.I.M.E. experts, the QA section in the Forenoon shift of CAT 2019 was much easier as compared to the previous year with a significant number of doable questions. Arithmetic held the largest share in the number of questions in this section followed by algebra. Again, candidates who could recognize easier questions could put in a good attempt but there were many difficult questions as well. For candidates aiming for the top percentile, this was a challenging section to attempt.

Given below is the topic-wise analysis of the QA section in Forenoon shift of CAT 2019.

Topic

Sub-Topics

No. of Questions

Difficulty Level

Arithmetic

Percentage, Profile & Loss, Ratio Proportion Variation, Time & Work, Time & Distance, SI and CI, Averages, Mixtures and Alligations etc.

14

Easy-Moderate

Algebra

Quadratic Equations, Progressions, Functions, Graphs

11

Moderate - Difficult

Geometry

Geometry, Coordinate Geometry, Trigonometry, Mensuration

6

Moderate

Number System

Numbers

3

Difficult

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CAT 2019 Slot 2 Section Wise Analysis

SectionDifficulty Level
VARCModerate - Difficult
DILRDifficult
QAModerate - Difficult

CAT 2019 Slot 2 VARC Analysis

The RC passages that appeared in Slot 2 of CAT 2019 were more difficult than those in the 1st slot. There were 5 RC passages in this section, all of a moderate length with four of them containing 5 questions and one containing 4 questions. Candidates were faced with quite complex passages this season and the questions were also reasoning based and difficult to understand. The Verbal Ability section was also quite difficult in this Slot, giving no respite to the candidates.

Check the topic-wise distribution of questions in Slot 2 of VARC section in CAT 2019 given below.

SectionTopicNo. of QuestionsDifficulty level
Reading ComprehensionPassage 1: Dense Cities5Difficult
Passage 2: Google and archaeology5Difficult
Passage 3: British Colonial Policy5Very Difficult
Passage 4: Language& Culture5Moderate
Passage 5: Distributing Bureaucracy4Difficult
Verbal AbilityPara Formation4Difficult
Para Summary3Moderate - Difficult
Odd One Out3Moderate - Difficult

CAT 2019 Slot 2 DILR Analysis

The DILR section in Slot 2 of CAT 2019 also proved to be quite difficult. Candidates faced 8 sets of information in this section with 4 questions in each. Two sets provided to be very difficult while the rest ranged from Moderate to Difficult. Candidates had to use foresight in choosing the easier sets to solve for a good score. The Venn Diagram set was reported to be easy to attempt as compared to the others.

Here is a topic-wise analysis of the DILR section in Slot 2 of CAT 2019.

TopicNo. of QuestionsDifficulty
Venn Diagram4Moderate - Difficult
Doctors and Rooms4Moderate - Difficult
Languages and Teams4Moderate - Difficult
Grid with Bag of Coins4Moderate
Rainfall4Moderate
Radar Chart4Moderate
Mid-Term and End-Term Exams4Very Difficult
Shooting Tournament4Very Difficult

CAT 2019 Slot 2 QA Analysis

QA section in the 2nd slot of CAT 2019 was easier as compared to the previous slot. There were a lot of questions from Arithmetic and most of which were doable. The Algebra questions from topics such as Graphs, Progressions and Quadratic Equations were a bit on the difficult side but could be done. Geometry questions were a bit balanced in terms of difficult but questions based on Numbers proved to be challenging.

Here is a topic-wise distribution of questions in Slot 2 QA of CAT 2019.

TopicDescriptionNo. of QuestionsDifficulty Level
ArithmeticRatio Proportion Variance, Averages Mixtures and Alligations, Time & Work, SI and CI etc.14Easy-Moderate
AlgebraQuadratic Equations, Graphs, Functions, Progressions11Moderate - Difficult
GeometryGeometry, Mensuration, Trigonometry, Co-ordinate Geometry6Moderate
Number SystemNumbers3Difficult

Source: T.I.M.E.

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