MH- CET 2014 AnalysisAnisha Mukhija
MH- CET 2014 Analysis
After a gap of one year, MH-CET returned as the traditional last exam of the exam season. However, unlike earlier exams, there was a lot of anticipation in terms of the nature and difficulty level of the exam as it went online for the first time. The exam was conducted over a two-day period on 15 and 16 March in two slots per day. While the exam retained its distinctive flavour, there were some changes in terms of increased difficulty level of some question types, a couple of new types, change in approach required for online questions (in areas like Visual Reasoning etc). Also, the exam interface had some plus and minus points which will be discussed in greater detail later. MH- CET 2014 Analysis
Quantitative Aptitude and Data Interpretation:
Compared with earlier CETs, BODMAS and calculation based questions were missing in this paper. The focus this year was a lot more on Arithmetic and Geometry. The old CET exams often used had grouped questions on Probability or P & C. However, this year’s paper had grouped questions on Geometry in most slots. Also, the QA questions were interspersed between the questions from other sections. So, identifying them was difficult.
There were 3-4 DI sets (basic bar, line, pie and table) in each slot. While the questions were conceptually simple, the challenge in answering them was created by the interface. Since a lot of questions were based on manipulation of total values across rows/columns, a paper-based set could have been solved much faster. Hence, these were relatively time consuming.
There were also 5 questions on Data Sufficiency and Quantitative Comparison which were reasonably simple.
On the whole, questions from this area were manageable and scoring.
Despite this being the most difficult and time consuming but it was also the most important; as approximately half the paper was from this area.
Each slot had 3-4 arrangement based sets having 6-8 questions each. Not only were the sets complicated and time-consuming but the questions were also tricky. Identifying the easiest couple of sets was a challenge. Apart from this, the typical CET favourites like input-output tracing, family relationships, identifying the correct coded inequality that was valid, syllogisms etc were also asked and these were not very difficult. However, the questions based on Number Series and finding the odd number in the series were reasonably difficult. There were approximately 25-30 Visual Reasoning based questions. However, unlike earlier exams, there were not asked in bunches. These questions were scattered throughout the paper. So, it made sense to avoid them initially (unless the question was a sitter) and come back to them in the latter part of the exam. The common question types like Completing the Series, Finding the right Analogy, Finding the Odd Man Out were all covered. On the whole, this section was moderate to difficult and question selection here would have been critical in terms of performance in the entire exam.
This section was easy, not time consuming and scoring. Unlike earlier papers, two new question types (main idea and identify appropriate sentence starters) were introduced. The other VA question types were:
CET 2014 Analysis
On the whole, MH-CET 2014 was moderately difficult.