CAT 2020 Exam Analysis & Answer Key by IMS - Section-Wise Difficulty, Topics, No. of Non-MCQs

Abhinav Chamoli
Abhinav ChamoliPublished On: November 29, 2020 | CAT

IMS CAT coaching institute releases detailed section-wise analysis of the CAT question paper every year with key insights about the difficulty level, topic-distribution, number of non-MCQs etc. Here are its details.

CAT 2020 Exam Analysis by IMS

The Common Admission Test (CAT) 2020 is being conducted today, on November 29, 2020, by the Indian Institute of Management Indore (IIMI). The first two slots of CAT 2020 are over and IMS Institute has released a detailed exam analysis of them both. The coaching institute will publish the analysis of the third slot of CAT 2020 after the exam is conducted. The experts at IMS Institute provide a section-wise analysis of the CAT 2020 question paper along with the number of good attempts and CAT 2020 expected cutoff. All of the details regarding the CAT 2020 exam analysis by IMS Institute can be checked here.

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CAT 2020 Exam Timings

CAT 2020 will be conducted in three slots on the same day, details regarding which can be found in the under-mentioned table.

ShiftExam TimingReporting byExam Analysis
Forenoon8:30 am - 10:30 am8:15 amCAT 2020 Slot 1 Analysis (LIVE)
Afternoon12:30 pm - 2:30 pm12:15 pmCAT 2020 Slot 2 Analysis (LIVE)
Evening4:30 pm - 6:30 pm4:15 pmCAT 2020 Slot 3 Analysis (LIVE)

CAT 2020 Exam Pattern & Marking Scheme

The revised exam pattern of CAT 2020 and its marking scheme is provided in the table below.

SectionTotal No. of QuestionsNo. of Non-MCQsTimeMarking Scheme
VARC26540 minutes+3 marks for every right answer
-1 mark for every wrong MCQ
No Negative marking for non-MCQs
DILR24640 minutes
QA26840 minutes
TOTAL7619120 minutes

CAT 2020 Section-Wise Break Up by IMS

The tables given below provide a section-wise break up of all the slots of CAT 2020.

Slot 1-

Section No.

Section Name

Time Allocated

MCQs

TITA

Total Questions

1

VARC

40 minutes

21

5

26

2

DI & LR

40 minutes

18

6

24

3

QA

40 minutes

18

8

26

Total

120 minutes

57

19

76

Slot 2-

Section No.

Section NameTime AllocatedMCQsTITATotal Questions

1

VARC40 minutes21526

2

DI & LR40 minutes18624

3

QA40 minutes18826

Total

120 minutes571976

Slot 3-

Section No.

Section NameTime AllocatedMCQsTITATotal Questions

1

VARC40 minutes------

2

DI & LR40 minutes------

3

QA40 minutes------

Total

120 minutes------

CAT 2020 Answer Key by IMS

IMS Institute is a trusted source for CAT 2020 Answer Key. The institute will release the answer key for all three slots of CAT 2020 on November 29. Download the CAT 2020 Answer Key by IMS here.

SlotAnswer Key
Slot 1CAT 2020 Slot 1 Answer Key by IMS [PDF] - coming soon
Slot 2CAT 2020 Slot 2 Answer Key by IMS [PDF] - coming soon
Slot 3CAT 2020 Slot 3 Answer Key by IMS [PDF] - coming soon

CAT 2020 Exam Analysis by IMS

The 2020 analysis of the CAT question paper will be released by IMS on November 29. The information will be updated here once it is released by the institute.

CAT 2020 Slot 1 Analysis by IMS

SectionDifficulty LevelGood Attempts
VARCMedium to Difficult15 - 17
DILRMedium to Difficult13 - 15
QAMedium16 - 18

Highlights

  • The difficulty level of DI&LR and QA was the same as that of the last few years.
  • A total of 19 TITA questions were asked, comprising about 25% of the exam.
  • VARC had 4 passages on which 18 questions were asked.
  • In DILR, there were 2 sets of 6 questions each and 3 sets of 4 questions each.

Expected Scores and Percentile for CAT 2020 Slot 1

The estimated scores along with their percentiles for the Slot 1 of CAT 2020 as per IMS has been mentioned below. 

Percentile

VARC Score

DI&LR Score

QA Score

Overall Score

99.5 percentile

44

39

49

120

99 percentile

40

34

44

110

97 percentile

37

31

40

100

95 percentile

35

29

38

94

90 percentile

30

26

34

81

85 percentile

27

23

31

72

Section-Wise CAT 2020 Slot 1 Analysis by IMS

VARC-

Topic

Number of Questions

Type of Question

Difficulty Level

Reading Comprehension

18

MCQ

Medium to Difficult

RC-1: Currency in the Tang Empire

4

MCQ

Easy to Medium

RC- 2: Elephant Seal Migration

5

MCQ

Medium to Difficult

RC-3: the importance of Grammar

5

MCQ

Easy to Medium

RC-4: Subsets of Anarchist philosophy

4

MCQ

Medium to Difficult

Verbal Ability

8MCQ and TITAMedium

Out of Context sentence

2

TITA

Easy to Medium

Para Jumbles (4 sentences)

3

TITA

Medium to Difficult

Summary

3

MCQ

Easy to Medium

DI & LR-

Set

Topic

Description of Set

Number of Questions

Question Type

Difficulty Level

1

Data Interpretation

6 students appearing for an exam in 5 subjects

6

4 MCQs & 2 TITA

Medium

2

Logical Reasoning

4 companies competing for contracts

6

6 MCQs

Difficult

3

Data Interpretation

1,000 patients getting treated with 4 different drugs

4

4 TITA

Easy to medium

4

Data Interpretation

10 musicians

4

4 MCQs

Medium to difficult

5

Logical Reasoning

Payment to taxi drivers

44 MCQs

Medium to difficult

QA-

Topic

Number of Questions

Difficulty Level

Numbers

2

Medium

Algebra

8Medium

Arithmetic

10

Easy to medium

Geometry

3

Easy to medium

Modern Maths

3

Medium

CAT 2020 Slot 2 Analysis by IMS

SectionDifficulty LevelGood Attempts
VARCMedium to Difficult16 - 17
DILRMedium to Difficult12 - 14
QAMedium16 - 18

Expected Scores and Percentile for CAT 2020 Slot 2

The estimated scores along with their percentiles for the Slot 2 of CAT 2020 as per IMS has been mentioned below. 

PercentileVARC ScoreDI&LR ScoreQA ScoreOverall Score
99.5 percentile453746115
99 percentile423241105
97 percentile38293795
95 percentile35263589
90 percentile31233176
85 percentile28202867

Section-Wise CAT 2020 Slot 2 Analysis by IMS

VARC-

TopicNumber of QuestionsType of QuestionDifficulty Level
Reading Comprehension18MCQMedium to Difficult
RC-1: Piracy in International Waters4MCQEasy to Medium
RC- 2: Renewable Energy Technologies5MCQMedium to Difficult
RC-3: The Study of Visual Culture5MCQEasy to Medium
RC-4: Aggression - Theories and Models4MCQMedium to Difficult
Verbal Ability08MCQ & TITAMedium
Para Jumbles3TITAMedium to Difficult
Out of Context Sentence2TITAEasy to Medium
Summary3MCQEasy to Medium

DI&LR-

SetTopicDescription of SetNumber of QuestionsDifficulty LevelQuestion Type
1Data InterpretationElections6Medium4 MCQ & 2 TITA
2Logical ReasoningSet on the scheduling of seminars6Difficult6 MCQ
3Data InterpretationApparel and home decor of 4 cities over two years4Medium4 MCQ
4Logical ReasoningParking lot4Easy to Medium4 MCQ
5Logical ReasoningMatrix arrangement set on beads of different colours4Medium to difficult4 TITA

QA-

TopicNumber of QuestionsDifficulty Level
Number Systems1Medium
Arithmetic9Easy to medium
Geometry5Medium
Algebra7Medium to difficult
Modern Maths4Medium

CAT 2020 Slot 3 Analysis by IMS

SectionDifficulty LevelGood Attempts
VARC----
DILR----
QA----

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CAT 2019 Exam Analysis by IMS

CAT 2019 was conducted on November 24, 2019, in two slots -- Forenoon or Slot 1 from 9 am to 12 noon and Afternoon or Slot 2 from 2:30 pm to 5:30 pm. IMS released a detailed exam analysis for both the slots as well as the ideal number of attempts in CAT 2019, which can be checked here.

CAT 2019 Estimated Scores and Attempts

The following table provides an estimate of the candidate's score vs percentile in CAT 2020 as per IMS.

VARC ScoreDILR ScoreQA ScoreOverall ScorePercentile
7049 - 5157 - 60161 - 16499 percentile
58 - 5938 - 4040 - 42127 - 13095 percentile
50 - 5232 - 3431 - 33106 - 11090 percentile
42 - 4527 - 2927 - 2892 - 9885 percentile

CAT 2019 Slot 1 Analysis by IMS

Following is an analysis of the forenoon shift of CAT 2019 by IMS experts.

Slot 1 Section 1: VARC

Highlights

  • The overall difficulty was higher than the previous year's question paper.
  • Type of questions was the same as last year with no grammar questions.
  • Passage length was around 400-500 for RCs.
  • Para Jumbles had 4 sentences in each question.

Topic-Wise Number of Questions and Difficulty

TopicNo. of QuestionsDifficulty Level
Reading Comprehension - 24 MCQs
RC Passage 1: Emperor Penguins4Easy
RC Passage 2: Topophilia5Moderate
RC Passage 3: Story of Alladin5Moderate
RC Passage 4: Internet Shopping and Choice Anxiety5Moderate
RC Passage 5: British Folk Music5Difficult
Verbal Ability - 10 MCQs + TITA questions
EasyModerateDifficult
Summary3111
Para Jumbles4121
Out of Context Sentences3021

Also Read: How to Prepare for CAT VA&RC Section - Expert Advice, Tips

    Slot 1 Section 2: DI & LR

    Highlights

    • 8 sets were asked with 4 questions in each.
    • Some sets were time-consuming and better to be skipped.
    • 1 set had all TITA questions, 5 were all MCQs while 2 were mixed.

    Topic-Wise Number of Questions and Difficulty

    TopicNo. of QuestionsDifficulty
    MCQTITA
    Set 1: LR Puzzle - Coding--4Easy - Moderate
    Set 2: LR Puzzle - Prizes in 100 boxes22Moderate
    Set 3: LR Puzzle - Street Intersection4--Moderate - Difficult
    Set 4: LR Arrangement - Super Market4--Moderate
    Set 5: LR Arrangement - Dancers & Composers4--Easy - Moderate
    Set 6: LR Games & Tournaments - Archery4--Difficult
    Set 7: DI Reasoning - Spider Chart Vendors22Easy - Moderate
    Set 8: DI Calculation - Crimes in States22Difficult

    Also Read: How to Prepare for CAT DI LR Section - Expert Advice, Tips and Tricks

    Slot 1 Section 3: QA

    Highlights

    • The overall difficulty of this section was Moderate.
    • Most of the questions were from Arithmetic.
    • Around 6 - 8 questions were of very high difficulty.

    Topic-Wise Number of Questions and Difficulty

    TopicDifficulty-Wise No. of Questions
    EasyModerateDifficultTOTAL
    Arithmetic112--13
    Modern Maths--538
    Geometry2417
    Algebra--325
    Numbers1----1

    Also Read: How to Prepare for CAT QA Section - Expert Advice, Tips and Tricks

    CAT 2019 Slot 2 Analysis by IMS

    Here is a detailed analysis of the CAT 2020 Slot 2 Analysis as per the IMS Institute.

    Slot 2 Section 1: VARC

    Highlights

    • The difficulty level of VARC in the second shift was higher than in the first shift.
    • The type of questions was similar to the first shift with no Grammar questions.
    • Length of RC passages was also 400 to 500 words with no direct questions.
    TopicNo. of QuestionsDifficulty Level
    Reading Comprehension - 24 MCQs
    RC Passage 1: Decentralization of Central Governments5Easy
    RC Passage 2: Language and Cultural Identity4Moderate
    RC Passage 3: Squatter Colonies5Easy
    RC Passage 4: British Colonialism5Difficult
    RC Passage 5: Digital Colonialism by Google5Moderate
    Verbal Ability - 10 MCQs + TITA questions
    EasyModerateDifficult
    Para Jumbles4112
    Summary1111
    Out of Context Sentence3021

    Also Read:Toppers Tips for CAT 2020: Check How Toppers Prepare for CAT, Strategy & Study Tips to Score 99 Percentile

    Slot 2 Section 2: DILR

    Highlights

    • The DILR section in the second shift was reported to be slightly easier than the previous year.
    • Again, candidates who were able to select the easier sets to attempt first were able to succeed.
    • Some of the sets were reported to be quite easy.

    Topic-Wise Number of Questions and Difficulty

    TopicNo. of QuestionsDifficulty
    MCQTITA
    Set 1: LR Scheduling - Doctors4--Difficult
    Set 2: LR Caselet - Professors Setting Papers4--Difficult
    Set 3: LR Groupings - Team Formation4--Moderate
    Set 4: LR Games - Rifle Shooting Tournament4--Moderate
    Set 5: DI Calculation - Spiderweb22Easy
    Set 6: DI Reasoning - Coins in pouches22Moderate
    Set 7: DI Reasoning - Proposals in College22Moderate
    Set 8: DI Observation - Rainfall22Easy

    Also Read:Types of Reading Comprehension Questions in CAT 2020: Sectional Analysis and Tips

    Slot 2 Section 3: QA

    Highlights

    • The QA section this year was easier than the previous year's trends.
    • Arithmetic again was the dominant subject followed by Algebra and Geometry.

    Topic-Wise Number of Questions and Difficulty

    TopicDifficulty-Wise No. of Questions
    EasyModerateDifficultTOTAL
    Arithmetic93113
    Geometry1326
    Algebra3216
    Modern Maths3115
    Numbers2024

    Source: IMS

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