Test Analysis, & Strategy 2023 WIN CAT 02

Overall Brief

On the whole the level of the test was moderate to tough. The test contained many moderate and difficult questions and hence the important factor was selection of appropriate questions to attempt. Quant section was slightly tougher than reasoning section. Verbal section was moderate to tough. The key to getting a good percentile was time management and selection of questions.

CAT Analysis
Verbal Ability
Easy Questions:
8, 11, 20, 21, 24

The subject area of the first passage was fisheries and the questions (1-4) were moderate in difficulty level. The passage highlighted the challenges faced by the trout farmers of Himachal Pradesh in terms of not just infrastructure but also the natural calamity and the competition from government. The second passage is from sciences and particularly talking about force and momentum. The author took up gravitation in particular to highlight that no significant progress has been made to explain gravitation. All the questions (5-8) were moderate to easy on difficulty level. The third passage is about how people use social media apps to showcase their vacation place. The passage is particularly based on the Chinese people and an app named ‘Douyin’. The questions (9-12) were moderate to easy. The fourth passage is based on the pre-British era of Indian society, primarily about the economic functioning of villages. The questions (13-16) are moderate on difficulty level. Questions (17-19) were based on Para-jumbles and these questions were moderate to difficult on difficulty level. Questions (20-22) were based on Para-summary and the questions were easy to understand. Questions 23 and 24 were based on ‘fit the sentence appropriately’ in the paragraph. These were also easy on difficulty. Overall, the verbal section of this mock was moderate to tough. One could have easily scored 90+ percentile by attempting 16-18 questions with 75-80% accuracy.

DI & Reasoning
Easy Questions
25, 26, 27, 28, 34, 37

The difficulty level of DI was moderate. There were 6 easy, 6medium and 8 difficult questions in this section. The first blocks (At Mind Tree Education Pvt. Ltd., each employee can avail 12 casual leaves every year and) was easiest and was must do and by attempting a couple of questions from rest of the blocks, one could have fetched a very good percentile.

In this section, one could have fetched 90+ percentile by attempting 8-10 questions with approx. 80 % accuracy.

Quantitative Ability
Easy Questions:
45, 46, 49

Students found this section tougher than DI this time. The Quantitative section had 3 easy, 9 medium and 12 difficult questions. Selection of questions was important to crack this section. There were questions from varied topics like Geometry, Basic Numbers, Basic Algebra, Progression and Series, Arithmetic (Percentages/Time and Work/Mixtures/Percentages/SI-CI/Ratios).

A good student could have scored 90+ percentile by attempting around 8-10 questions with approx. 80% accuracy.

CAT Score
Strategy & Tips

The overall feel of the paper was moderate to tough, though for the students who knew how to manage the time available to the best i.e., not wasting much time in lengthy and difficult questions, could easily manage an overall good attempt. Quant section was slightly tougher than reasoning section. Verbal section was moderate to tough. Most of the questions in quant section were from Arithmetic, Algebra, Number system and Geometry. For verbal section, one should have good reading skills as there were 4 RC’s and also a few questions based on paragraph summary. One must focus on contextual vocabulary as well to understand and score well in RC passages. Questions such as sentence rearrangement and misfit require analysis and knowledge of tricks to answer the questions. It is not advisable to spend too much time on TITA questions especially in the verbal section.

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