CAT 2020 Slot 2 Review / Analysis Out – DILR Toughest, Quant Tougher Than Slot 1, VARC Moderate

CAT 2020 Slot 2 Review and Analysis

CAT 2020 Slot 2 has just ended. We didn’t see any changes in the paper pattern and also the COVID guidelines. Students have been asked to wear masks mandatory, some centers have made it compulsory to not allow students to wear footwear as well as accessories. Lockers were provided to keep your belongings outside at your own risk. Changes in exam will impact cut off in CAT result 2020.

The exam pattern in slot 2, was like slot 1. Questions distribution was as follows.

SectionNo of QuestionsMCQsTITA Questions
VARC26 20
DILR24 18
QA26 20
Total76 6818 

Overall the exam was Tough as compared to 2019 and as compared to Slot 1, Quants was Tougher because it was lengthy and time consuming, VARC was Moderate and DILR as expected Toughest.

The exam focussed on testing your conceptual clarity and how well prepared you are. Selecting the right Questions and managing your time was the key. If you get stuck on one set or one question that was tricky you will lose the battle. 

Sectional Analysis for CAT 2020 Slot 2 Review

Overall Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult


Reading comprehension was dominated in the verbal section. There were two passages with 5 Questions remaining all had 4 questions in each passage. More inference based questions as seen in the Slot 1 as well and not direct easy factual questions. But this section for someone who has been studying and practicing Reading comprehension well with the Rules of RC by Rahul Sir wouldn’t find difficult 

Summary of Questions

  • Reading Comprehension 18 Questions
  • Verbal Ability 8 Questions
  • The Reading comprehension were based on the following themes:
  • Passage 1: Psychology: Aggressive Behaviour 
  • Passage 2: Renewable Energy
  • Passage 3: History 
  • Passage 4: Chinese Currency
  • Verbal ability 8 Questions
  • Parajumbles 3 Questions Easy
  • Parasummary 2 Questions Easy (Similar to the Squat RC concept taught by CATKing)
  • Out of Context 3 Questions Tough

Ideal attempts in VARC Section: 16-20 Questions


LR/DI being Tough, lengthy and time consuming with having a variation with 2 Sets coming with 6 questions each and 3 sets with 4 Questions each. 

This was the Make or Break Section; the set with 8 people arrangement based 6 questions was the most complex and time consuming. Most students messed up this section as they were stuck in this particular set. 

Summary of Questions

  • DILR Sets with 6 Questions: 2 Sets = 12 Questions
  • DILR Sets with 4 Questions: 3 Sets=12 Questions

Ideal attempts in DILR Section: 13 Questions


Quants was a little trickier than always. Though the questions were solvable they were highly time consuming and posed a major threat to most non engineers. Engineers have managed to pave their way in this section with reaching upto 18-20 attempts. Some Questions which were tough based on analytical skills one could use the rule of elimination and narrow down to 2 options, fit them in the answers and use reverse solving techniques to save time and maximize the scores.

Summary of Questions:

  • Arithmetic 80% Questions
  • Geometry More Questions than slot 1
  • Algebra few Questions 
  •  Modern Maths No Questions

Ideal attempts in QA Section: 14 Questions

40-42 Attempts overall with a 90+% accuracy shall fetch you a 99%ile  

Our students (of CAT King) were most happy to relate to the VARC and DILR done in the recent most mocks, Aryan Quoted that RCs gave me the true practice for these kinds of challenging DILR sets and Inference based RCs. Especially the RC 14 was most relatable.

For an in-depth analysis on each section, overall cut-off, which colleges to apply and how to gear up ahead stay tuned to the CATKing Youtube Channel.

Let’s see how the Slot 3 fares and post that we shall come up with a consolidation of expected score versus percentile for you.

Analysis By:

Rahul Singh ( Director CATKing ) – CATKing is a premier MBA Coaching institute of Maharashtra which  focuses on strategic, engaging and high quality education (

Brief Profile of the Author:

Education :

  • Harvard Business School (SPNM)
  • MBA :SP Jain Institute of Management &  Research 
  • Master of Information Technology, Virginia Tech

TEDx Speaker at IIM Calcutta and NMIMS inspiring young minds on Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Leadership

  • Awarded Best Online CAT Coaching in India 2020
  • Awarded Leader in Digital Engagement Strategy  Consulting (Engage7x) 2019
  • Awarded Management Coaching Institute Of the Year – Entrepreneur India Education Congress 2018 
  • Awarded Coaching Institute Of the year 2017 – Higher Education Review
  • Published in Harvard Business School’s “The 20 Years of Impact” across the Global
  • Digital  Entrepreneur of the Year  Awarded for Skill Development & Employability by Times Network, Digital India Summit 2016
  • Social Entrepreneur Award 2015 by Entrepreneurs India

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