CAT 2020 Slot-3 Analysis (Topic-wise weightage & Score Vs Percentile)

CAT 2020 slot-3 analysis
CAT 2020 slot-3 analysis

CAT 2020 Slot-3 Analysis:

The third slot of CAT 2020 took place between 4:30 pm and 6:30 pm. According to inputs of students, the third slot was slightly difficult than the other two slots with DILR surely being tougher than earlier two slots. The overall pattern is the same as the 1st and 2nd slots. The conduct of the test in three slots was nearly smooth and without glitches.

Section Number of Questions Duration MCQs TITA
VARC 26 40 min 21 5
DILR 24 40 min 18 6
QA 26 40 min 18 8
Total 76 120 min 57 19

Similar to the earlier slots, the test started with VARC followed by DILR which is followed by QA. One can’t skip the section and should complete 40min in each section to proceed to the next section.

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Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension:

The VARC section in all three slots is similar to the majority of the RC’s asking Inference type of questions. The overall difficulty is Moderate-Tough. There were two passages with 5 questions each and two passages with 4 questions each. Verbal is easier compared to RC, it has 3 Para Summary, 3 Para Jumbles, 2 odd sentences out type questions. A decent attempt would be 17-19 questions with 85% accuracy.

Areas of Questions Topic Number of questions Overall Difficulty level
RC I Economic Crisis 4 Easy-Medium
RC II On travel writing 5 Medium-Hard
RC III Screen Time 4 Easy-Medium
RC IV Views on Human Nature 5 Medium-Difficult
Verbal Ability
Para Summary 3 2 Easy-Medium, 1 Hard Easy-Medium
Para Jumbles 3 1 Easy-Medium, 2 Medium-Hard Medium-Hard
Odd sentence out 2 2 Easy-Medium Easy-Medium
Over ALL 26 Medium-Hard


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Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning:

DILR in surely the toughest section in all three slots and the difficulty level of slot 3 is more than slot 1 and slot 2. So, one can expect a increase in score during normalisation. Like slot 2 and slot 1, there are total of 24 questions in 5 sets with 6 questions each in two sets and 4 questions each in 3 sets.

The overall difficulty of this section is more that of CAT 2019 and 2018.

Set Type Topic Number of Questions Overall Difficulty
4 set-Venn Diagram Different Facilities in schools 4 Easy
Data Interpretation Organisation Delivering groceries 4 Medium-Hard
Logical Reasoning Game of Six rounds 6 Hard
Logical Reasoning Patients’ blood test 4 Easy-Medium
Logical Reasoning Farmer and his daughters 6 Hard
Over All 24 Hard

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Quantitative Aptitude:

This section is a relief after two back-back difficult sections but the approach to this section with a positive attitude was very important. The level of difficulty of this section is similar to that of CAT 2019.

Topic No of questions Difficulty
Numbers 3 2 Easy-Medium, 1 Hard
Algebra 4 3 Easy, 1 Hard
Arithmetic 10 4 Easy, 4 Medium, 2 Hard
Geometry 4 3 Easy, 1 Medium
Modern Math 5 3 Easy-Medium, 2 Medium-Hard
Over All 26 Easy-Medium


CAT Score Vs Percentile:

Based on the feedback received from CrackU students and our team, the estimated marks vs percentile for individual sections and overall is as follows:

Estimated Percentile VARC DILR QA Total
99.5 44 33 47 112
99 39 27 42 102
95 34 21 38 90
90 30 18 34 77
85 26 15 30 69
80 23 14 27 63
70 19 11 21 57


Note: These are only expected percentiles as per our deep understanding and actual percentiles may vary from these.

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