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 littletougher than the Quant section. The key to getting a good percentile was time management and selection of questions. Verbal section wasmoderate.

DI & Reasoning
Easy Questions:
35,36,38, 47-50,53,59-62, 63, 64, 66

This section was full of difficult sets and overall it can be said that it was between relatively moderate to difficult level with a total of 32 questions having 15 moderate and 17difficultquestions.Selection of blocks once again proved to be important for obtaining good percentile.

The first block on the magazine subscription was doable. Downside to this question is that it has calculations involved and hence error prone, but if a student can do calculations well and fast, then this set was scoring.The second set about Olympics was a tough nut and should be avoided. Then there was anAR set about four families which was again of moderate level but doable. The next set about areas required a very good understanding of Geometry and good command on calculations, better to be avoided and attempted if there is spare time in the end. The next set about 4 Venn diagrams must be avoided. Then came the set about students in various classes, this too is moderate level and can be attempted at the end. The next set about nutrition is attemptable. A possible order for attempt could be: 47-50 followed by 63-66 followed by 35-38.

The overall feel of the section wasmoderate and one could have scored 90+ percentile by attempting 12 -14 questions with 80 – 85% accuracy.

Quantitative Ability
Easy Questions:

The Quantitative section had 15 easy, 15 medium and 4difficult questions. In this paper there were10 questions from arithmetic (Percentages/Profit Loss/Time and Work/Mixtures)most of which were easily doable. Time speed and distance had only 2 questions and they were of easy to moderate type. The second major area covered in the paper was of algebra where 8 questions from functions, inequalities, AP/GP were asked. Again they were a mix of easy and moderate questions. No other topic had such an impact in the exam. Numbers/Permutations/Logs each had 2-3 questions as well and mostly these were doable.

A good student could have scored 90+ percentile by attempting 23 – 26 questions with 80 - 85% accuracy.

Verbal Ability
Easy Questions:
2-4, 11,14,16-18,22-23,26027,29-30,33-34

In verbal ability section, the first RC (1-6) passage was based on the ‘scenario of publishing industry in 18th and 19th century’. The passage was easy to moderate. All the questions based on this passage were either moderate or difficult except questions (2, 3 & 4), which were easy. The second passage (9-11) was about ‘perception of modernity in the mind of each generation’. The passage was easy to understand, but the questions based on it were a little tricky. All the questions based on this passage were moderate or difficult except Q11, which was easy. Third passage (13-18) was based on ‘perception of importance of vaccination and how media is not doing its duty in right direction’. The passage was moderate in terms of understanding. All the questions based on this passage were either moderate or easy. Fourth passage (21-23) was based on ‘our understanding of survival of human without food or water and its repercussions. Questions based on this passage were easy except questions (21), which was moderate. The last passage (26-31) was based on ‘philosophy of education as per Dewey and various political parties. The passage was a little tricky to understand but questions based on this passage were easy except questions (28 &31), which were moderate or difficult. All non- rc (tita) questions were either difficult or moderate except Q (33 &34), which were easy. As these questions do not carry negative marks except summary based questions. It is advisable not to spend too much time on these questions especially on sentence rearrangement or parajumbles. Questions (20 & 34) were based on finding summary of the given paragraph. They were moderate & easy respectively. Questions (7, 8, 12 & 19) were based on sentence rearrangement. All the questions were difficult except Q (8), which was moderate. Questions (24, 25, 32 & 34) were based on finding misfit among the given four sentences. The key is to find the sentence, which is lying outside the theme of the remaining three sentences. To score 90+ percentile one should have attempted 26-28 questions with 80% accuracy.

Strategy & Tips

The overall feel of the paper was moderate, 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 had mostly moderate or difficult level questions, thus selection of questions was important. As far as Quant is concerned most of the questions were from Algebra, Numbers & Geometry and since most of the questions were easy or moderate, thus selection of easier and doable questions was important. For verbal section, one should have good reading skills as there were 5 RC’s and questions were based on paragraph summary also in which reading skills were requisite. Moreover, questions like sentence rearrangement and misfit require analysis and tricks to answer.