CET 2019: Result Analysis

I hope the last few posts have helped you with your test taking strategy and mock analysis. In this post, I will analyze CET 2019 result, compare it with CET 2018, and share some insights on what it means to aspirants. Some key statistics before we begin:

CET 2019 was taken by 1,02,851 candidates. The number of takers saw an increase of roughly 4% over CET 2018 which was taken by 98,602 aspirants. CET has witnessed 90-95% attendance rate in almost all the years. The number of registered students are typically more than 1.1 lac, however, the actual test takers are around 1 lac.

If we look at the Number of candidates in a particular score range, we get some really interesting observations:

Score RangeCET 2019PercentileCET 2018Percentile
161 to 165399.99299.99
156 to 160799.99199.99
151 to 1551099.98799.99
146 to 1502499.961599.97
141 to 1455399.913599.94
136 to 14010299.816099.88
131 to 13519099.6213599.74
126 to 13030899.3223999.5
121 to 12546898.8737899.12
116 to 12069698.1955098.56
111 to 11594397.2786897.47
106 to 110129496.02117496.49
101 to 105161294.45145695.01
96 to 100197792.53184793.14
91 to 95224990.34226990.84
86 to 90276387.65260188.2
81 to 85328484.46304085.12
76 to 80372280.84356281.5
71 to 75438276.58424977.19
Score range wise number of candidates

There is hardly any difference between the number of students in a particular range. Also, more students were able to achieve a particular score in CET 2019 as compared to CET 2018. Typically, if a test retains its overall difficulty level (no change in number of questions, absolute and relative difficulty, or composition), people tend to score higher as the test becomes more predictable and students get to solve more questions of similar difficulty through mocks. An easier test in 2019, would have resulted in significant rise in topper’s score and the number of students in each range. The differences aren’t that significant at lower score levels. For example, in both the years roughly 2,250 candidates were in the range of 91 to 95. However, at higher levels, this difference is felt, especially in percentage terms. For example, 102 students scored between 136 to 140 range in CET 2019 as compared to only 60 in CET 2018.

2019 vs 2018 comparison

This helps us draw two important inferences:

  1. If the test continues to remain the same in terms of difficulty, we’ll see similar or better performances from students in CET 2020.
  2. As the score range wise distribution is similar, in the event of CET 2020 being similar to CET 2018 and/or CET 2019, the previous year cutoffs can be relied upon.

At this point of time, most of the students are struggling with SimCETs because of the difficulty level of our mocks. The Logical Reasoning puzzles of SimCETs on average tend to be more difficult and wordy compared to the Logical Reasoning puzzles of actual CET on average. SimCET toppers are in the range of 120 in the last two mocks and that’s a gap of nearly 40 if you compare with the actual CET topper performance. I happened to talk to some of the top scorers of SimCETs, and most of them have cracked other tests such as NMAT with 220+ and SNAP with 99+ percentile scores which puts these guys at the top of the speed hierarchy. But even they’re finding it difficult to cross 130 in proctored SimCETs.

Though some might say that the mock should not be so difficult, I am of the view that it’s better to be exposed to difficult questions and face easier ones in the actual test. If you keep taking easier mocks, the scores tend to be inflated and when faced with a difficult paper, people end up with lower scores. SimCETs are preparing you for the maximum difficulty that you can come across in CET. If we look at some of the past CETs, though most of them have had similar distribution, there were a few that surprised us. For example, CET 2017 topper was at 145/200. And that’s why one shouldn’t assume anything with respect to CET difficulty level.

My suggestion to all the readers is to look at the key matrices shared in my earlier posts on SimCET analysis. In addition to that, look at the topper’s score and understand the gap that you need to cover. CET scores are good benchmarks to keep in mind, but don’t chase them in SimCETs without improving your content.

Reference: CET 2019 Result | CET 2018 Result


Though the frequency of articles on the blog has gone down, I am focusing more on quality than quantity. I hope you’re finding these posts useful and I am grateful for all the comments and appreciation that I’ve received. If there are any queries, please leave them in the comments below and allow me a few days to get back. Share this with your friends and co-aspirants. Happy prepping! šŸ™‚

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