Test Analysis - Bull CAT 03

Overall Brief

On the whole the level of the test was moderate. The test contained many difficult questions, so the important factor was selection of right questions. Reasoning section in this paper was comparatively a little tougher than the Quant section. The key to getting a good percentile was time management and selection of questions. Verbal section was moderate.

DI & Reasoning
Moderate Questions:
35,36,38, 47-50,53,59-62, 63, 64, 66
This section was full of doable sets and overall it can be said that it was between easy to moderate level with a total of 32 questions having 10 easy and 14 moderate questions. Selection of blocks as always proved to be important for obtaining good percentile.
The first block on the students marks can be solved easily once the information is organized properly in a table format. Set 2 about ice-creams is a must attempt and a student having good grasp of percentages can crack it in no time. Set 3 about activities order can be avoided in exam situation. Set 4 about frequency of students can also be avoided. Set 5 about various doctors is again easy and doable. Set 6 about four players can again be left in exam situation. Both the Set 7 and Set 8 are sitters and must attempt sets. A student could easily target 4-5 sets in this paper.
The overall feel of the section was moderate and one could have scored 90+ percentile by attempting around 14 questions with 80 % accuracy.
Quantitative Ability
Easy/Moderate Questions:
The Quantitative section had 2 easy, 15 medium and 17 difficult questions. In this paper there were 9 questions from algebra and mostly moderate level questions and 7 from arithmetic (Percentages/Profit Loss/Time and Work/Mixtures) most of which were tricky. Geometry had around 5 questions based on mensuration, theorem based questions. Other than these topics, questions from mixed topics were asked like TSD, Number system, logs, Ratios etc. This section was a tough one.
A good student could have scored 90+ percentile by attempting 11-12 questions with 80 - 85% accuracy.
Verbal Ability
Easy Questions:
5,6,10,11,15,16,18,19,24,29,32 - 34

In verbal ability section, the first RC passage was based on the ‘women are essentially an organism that contains atleast two different sets of DNA i.e how pregnancy changes the mothers’ very DNA. ’. The passage was of moderate difficulty as regards understanding it and interpreting the questions except Q1 which was difficult. The second passage was based on  ‘there are two types of thinking characterized by fast thoughts that move quickly and slow thoughts that require huge amount of energy as they move slowly.’ The passage was easy to moderate in terms of understanding and questions were also easy to moderate except Q9 which was difficult. Third passage was about ‘how micro-credit and other market based programs can improve the lives of the poor all over the world ’. The passage was easy in terms of understanding and interpreting the questions except Q17 which was of moderate difficulty. Fourth passage was based on ‘plants too have cognitive capacities.’ The passage was of moderate difficulty in terms of understanding and answering the questions except Q27 which was difficult. The last passage was based on ‘migration is a positive global phenomenon that powers economic growth , reduces inequalities and connects diverse societies ’. The passage was easy as regards understanding and interpreting the related questions. All non- rc (tita) questions were either difficult or moderate.  It is advisable not to spend too much time on these questions especially on sentence rearrangement questions.  Questions (7,21,29) were based on finding summary of the given paragraph and were of moderate difficulty except Q29 which was easy. Questions (8,14,20,22) were based on sentence rearrangement and the questions were difficult. Questions (13,30,31) were based on finding misfit among the given four sentences.  The key is to find the sentence that is lying outside the theme in the remaining three sentences and all were of moderate difficulty. The overall feel of this section was moderate. To score 90+ percentile one should have attempted 25-27 questions with 75- 80% accuracy.

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.  AR and DI were mostly selective in this paper. As far as Quant is concerned most of the questions were from Algebra, Number system and Geometry. For verbal section, one should have good reading skills as there were 5 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. Moreover, questions like sentence rearrangement and misfit require analysis and knowledge of tricks to answer the questions.