CAT 2020 Analysis by Career Launcher – Check for Slot 1, 2, and 3

CAT 2020 Analysis by Career Launcher – CAT slot 1, 2, and 3 analysis by Career Launcher is now available. The experts at one of the best MBA coaching centers, Career Launcher, have come up with an extensive analysis of the papers. The CAT 2020 paper analysis by Career Launcher has been given based on the initial reaction of the candidates after the exam. In both the slots there were 26 questions in VARC and QA sections. While the DILR section had 24 questions. Check full analysis of CAT 2020 slot 1, 2 and 3by Career Launcher from this page.

CAT 2020 Analysis by Career Launcher – Slot 3 (Evening)

Check the slot 3 analysis of CAT 2020 slot 3 below:

#1. Overall Analysis for Slot 3

CAT 2020 Paper Pattern & Section-wise expected score for 99%ile+ is as follows:

Section NameTotal QuestionsTime LimitScore for 99%ile
Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC)2640 Minutes40-42
Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR)2440 Minutes26-28
Quantitative Ability (QA)2640 Minutes40-42
Total76120 Minutes103-105

Marking scheme in all 3 sections:

  • +3/-1 (for MCQs)
  • +3/0 (for non-MCQs)

#2. CAT 2020 VARC Analysis by Career Launcher in Slot 2

  • VARC continued to be a slightly lengthy section, with close options and tricky questions asked.
  • VARC of Slot 2 was of moderate level of difficulty.
  • 5 questions were non-MCQs (all in Verbal). The RC passages were around 450-500 words each. They were easy to read. Questions were moderately difficult, with tricky options. It was more like a test of critical reasoning.
  • Since there were 4 passages, 3 would have been an ideal attempt. 4 would have been a risk.
  • VA was fine, as usual. Para Summary questions were in non-MCQ format; and had short answers.
  • Summary questions had very close options.
  • Para Jumbles were of a higher level of difficulty, and were of non-MCQ format.

Overall, an attempt of 18-20 with 75% accuracy, leading to a score of 40-42, can be considered good for a 99%ile. All the TITA (Non-MCQ questions) should have been attempted.

TopicNo. of QuestionsIdeal Attempt
Reading Comprehension18 (5+5+4+4)14-15
Verbal Ability – Parajumbles33
Verbal Ability – Summary33
Verbal Ability – Parajumbles (Odd-sentence out)22

#3. CAT 2020 DILR Analysis by Career Launcher in Slot 2

  • In terms of LOD, DILR section of CAT Slot-3 was tougher than what was seen in Slot 1 and Slot 2.
  • There were 24 questions distributed across 5 sets (6+6+4+4+4). DILR went back to CAT 2016-18 levels 
  • The number of non-MCQs was 6.

In the given time duration of 40 minutes, an attempt of 10-12 with 90% accuracy, leading to a score of 26-28, can be considered ideal for a 99+ percentile in DILR.

TopicNo. of QuestionsLevel of difficulty
HI-LO6Difficult
People & Area4Difficult
Venn Diagram4Easy – Moderate
Vials & People4Moderate
Orders4Moderate

#4. CAT 2020 QA Analysis by Career Launcher in Slot 2

  • QA section of CAT 2020 was similar to that of CAT 2019, in terms of level of difficulty.
  • It had 26 short questions to be attempted in 40 minutes. The section had 6 non-MCQs.
  • As expected, Arithmetic and Algebra ruled the roost. In contrast to CAT Slot 1 QA, which had no questions from Modern Maths, Slot 2 had 2 such questions.
  • Most QA questions could be solved by elimination of options.

An attempt of 17-19 questions, with 80-85% accuracy, leading to a score of 40-42, would be ideal for a 99+ percentile in the QA section of CAT 2020 Slot 3.

TopicNo. of Questions (MCQ/non-MCQ)Ideal Attempt
Number System32
Algebra73
Arithmetic106-7
Co-ordinate Geometry32
Geometry & Mensuration52-3

CAT 2020 Analysis by Career Launcher – Slot 2 (Afternoon)

Slot 2 of CAT 2020 was held form 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm. The candidates can check here slot 2 analysis of the exam as per the experts of Career Launcher.

#1. Overall Analysis for Slot 2

CAT 2020 Paper Pattern & Section-wise expected score for 99%ile+ is as follows:

Section NameTotal QuestionsTime LimitScore for 99%ile
Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC)2640 Minutes40-42
Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR)2440 Minutes28-30
Quantitative Ability (QA)2640 Minutes40-42
Total76120 Minutes100-102

Marking scheme in all 3 sections:

  • +3/-1 (for MCQs)
  • +3/0 (for non-MCQs)

#2. CAT 2020 VARC Analysis by Career Launcher in Slot 2

  • VARC continued to be a slightly lengthy section, with close options and tricky questions asked.
  • VARC of Slot 2 was of moderate level of difficulty.
  • 5 questions were non-MCQs (all in Verbal). The RC passages were around 450-500 words each. They were easy to read. Questions were moderately difficult, with tricky options. It was more like a test of critical reasoning.
  • Since there were 4 passages, 3 would have been an ideal attempt. 4 would have been a risk.
  • VA was fine, as usual. Para Summary questions were in non-MCQ format; and had short answers.
  • Summary questions had very close options.
  • Para Jumbles were of a higher level of difficulty, and were of non-MCQ format.

Overall, an attempt of 18-20 with 75% accuracy, leading to a score of 40-42, can be considered good for a 99%ile. All the TITA (Non-MCQ questions) should have been attempted.

TopicNo. of QuestionsIdeal Attempt
Reading Comprehension18 (5+5+4+4)13-15
Verbal Ability – Parajumbles33
Verbal Ability – Summary33
Verbal Ability – Parajumbles (Odd-sentence out)22

#3. CAT 2020 DILR Analysis by Career Launcher in Slot 2

  • Slot 2’s DILR section was tougher than what was seen in Slot 1, in terms of level of difficulty. 
  • There were 24 questions distributed across 5 sets (6+6+4+4+4). DILR went back to CAT 2016-18 levels 
  • Number of non-MCQs was 6.

In the given time duration of 40 minutes, an attempt of 10-12 with 90% accuracy, leading to a score of 28-30, can be considered ideal for a 99+ percentile in DILR.

TopicNo. of QuestionsIdeal Attempt
Voters64
Revenue & Cost42
Parking Caselet42-3
Grid-Based Filling4Best left alone
Arrangement64

#4. CAT 2020 QA Analysis by Career Launcher in Slot 2

  • QA section of CAT 2020 was similar to that of CAT 2019, in terms of level of difficulty.
  • It had 26 short questions to be attempted in 40 minutes. The section had 6 non-MCQs.
  • As expected, Arithmetic and Algebra ruled the roost. In contrast to CAT Slot 1 QA, which had no questions from Modern Maths, Slot 2 had 2 such questions.
  • Most QA questions could be solved by elimination of options.

An attempt of 16-18 questions, with 80-85% accuracy, would be ideal for a 99+ percentile in the QA section of CAT 2020 Slot 2.

TopicNo. of Questions (MCQ/non-MCQ)Ideal Attempt
Number System32
Algebra74
Arithmetic106-7
Modern Math21
Geometry & Mensuration42-3

CAT 2020 Analysis by Career Launcher – Slot 1 (Morning)

Career Launcher has shared the slot 1 analysis. Slot 1 of CAT 2020 exam was held from 8:30 AM to 10:30 AM. The questions in the paper have been reduced from 100 to 76. Apart from that other things of the exam pattern were the same. Check the detailed analysis below:

#1. Overall Analysis for Slot 1

CAT 2020 Paper Pattern & Section-wise expected score for 99%ile+ is as follows:

Section NameTotal QuestionsTime LimitScore for 99%ile
Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC)2640 Minutes40-42
Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR)2440 Minutes32-34
Quantitative Ability (QA)2640 Minutes46-48
Total76120 Minutes105-110

Marking scheme in all 3 sections:

  • +3/-1 (for MCQs)
  • +3/0 (for non-MCQs)

#2. CAT 2020 VARC Analysis by Career Launcher in Slot 1

  • The RC passages were around 450-500 words each. They were easy to read. Questions were moderate with tricky options.
  • Since there were 4 passages, 3 would have been an ideal attempt. 4 would have been a risk.
  • VA was fine, as usual. Para Summary had short answers; and the options were tricky. Summary questions had very close options. Para Jumbles were of a higher level of difficulty.

Overall, an attempt of 20-22 with 75% accuracy, leading to a score of 40-42, can be considered enough for a 99%ile. An 85%ile should lead to around 24-26 marks. All the TITA (Non-MCQ questions) should have been attempted, as usual.

TopicNo. of Questions (MCQ/non-MCQ)Ideal Attempt
Reading Comprehension18 (5+5+4+4)14-16
Verbal Ability – Parajumbles33
Verbal Ability – Summary33
Verbal Ability – Parajumbles (Odd-sentence out)22

#3. CAT 2020 DILR Analysis by Career Launcher in Slot 1

  • DILR section had 24 questions distributed across 5 sets (6+6+4+4+4). DILR went back to CAT 2016- 18 levels.
  • The number of non-MCQs was 6. 3 Sets were manageable.
  • Venn diagram and the set on cab driver was easy. The table set was somewhat difficult.
  • There were 2 sets with 6 questions and 3 sets with 4 questions each.

In the given time duration of 40 minutes, an attempt of 12-13 with 90% accuracy, leading to a score of 30-32, can be considered ideal for 99+ percentile in DILR. An 85 percentile should be around 18 marks.

TopicNo of QuestionsIdeal Attempt
Drivers and Ratings44
Students and Exams63
Set on P atients43
Institutes  Vendors63
Set on M usicians44

#4. CAT 2020 QA Analysis by Career Launcher in Slot 1

  • QA section of CAT 2020 was similar to that of CAT 2019, in terms of level of difficulty. 
  • It had 26 short questions to be attempted in 40 minutes. The section had 6 non-MCQs.

An attempt of 18-19 questions, with 80-85% accuracy, would be ideal for 99+ percentile in the QA section of CAT 2020.

TopicNo of Questions (MCQ/non-MCQ)Ideal Attempt
Number System53-4
Algebra85-6
Arithmetic107-8
Modern Math 
Geometry & Mensuration31-2

CAT 2020 Exam Pattern

The exam pattern of CAT remains constant each year. However, the part of the pattern that changes each year is the distribution of the questions in the sections and the number of MCQs and non-MCQ type questions.

The exam pattern of CAT 2020 shall be as follows:

Mode of the exam: CAT 2020 will be a computer based test.

Exam duration: The exam will be of 2 hours duration.

Marking scheme: +3 for correct answer and -1 for incorrect answer.

Language: The question paper will be set in English language only.

Number of sections in the exam: There will be 3 sections in the exam, they are:

  • VARC: Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension.
  • DILR: Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning.
  • QA: Quantitative Ability.

Changes in CAT 2020 exam pattern

This year the CAT 2020 exam will be of 2 hours duration. The exam times have been reduced from 3 hours to 2 hours. This means there are chances, that the number of questions in the exam can be reduced.

CAT 2020 Types of Questions in The Exam

The candidates have to face 2 types of questions in CAT 2020: Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) and Type in the answer (TITA). The distribution of TITA and MCQs also vary in the exam every year. Mostly the number of MCQs is more in the exam than the TITA questions. TITA questions help students to score better and these should be definitely attempted on the exam day.

1. MCQs (Multiple choice Questions) – Choose 1 answer options multiple choices.
2. TITA (Type in the answers type) – Type the answer using the virtual keyboard

CAT Exam Analysis for the Past 5 years

Here is how the CAT exam has been over the past 5 years:

The difficulty level of the section: The candidates check the difficulty level of each of sections in CAT over the years in the table below:

YearVARCQADILR
2019Easy to moderateEasyEasy but tricky
2018Easy to moderateToughTough
2017EasyModerateTough
2016Easy to moderateModerateTough
2015EasyEasyTough

The number of MCQs and TITA Questions of the Years: The distribution of the TITA and MCQ questions in each of the section of CAT over the years is as follows:

YearVARCQADILR
2019TITA: 7
MCQ: 27
TITA: 11
MCQ: 23
TITA: 8
MCQ: 24
2018TITA: 7
MCQ: 27
TITA: 12
MCQ: 22
TITA: 8
MCQ:24
2017TITA: 7
MCQ: 27
TITA: 7
MCQ: 27
TITA: 6
MCQ: 26
2016TITA: 10
MCQ: 24
TITA: 7
MCQ: 27
TITA: 8
MCQ: 24
2015TITA: 10
MCQ: 24
TITA: 14
MCQ: 20
TITA: 8
MCQ: 24

Number of questions: The number of questions in each section of CAT over the years is as follows:

YearVARCQADILRTotal
2019343432100
2018343432100
2017343432100
2016343432100
2015343432100

CAT 2020

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