Test Analysis - Bull CAT 03

Overall Brief

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


DI & Reasoning
Easy Questions:

35-37, 40-44, 46, 48, 52-54

The DI & LR section in this paper was of easy to moderate level having total of 32 questions out of which 13 were easy, 11 were of medium level and 8 were difficult.
In DI, 1st tabular set on information regarding some leading Thai restaurants (Q40-42) was of easy level. 2nd Line graph set on prices of soda, mineral water and juice between 1995 and 2001 had 3 medium (Q47, 49, 50) and 1 easy (Q48) question. 3rd tabular set on arrival of ships on Mumbai port had 3 medium (Q55, 56, 58) and 1 difficult (Q57) question. 4th set on admission of students in five branches of IIT Kanpur (Q59-62) was of difficult level.
In AR section, 1st question on meeting of trains (Q35) was easy. 2nd set on arrangement of 7 teachers enrolled for a Faculty development program had 2 moderate (Q38-39) and 2 easy (Q36-37) questions. 3rd set on singing competition between 7 males and 7 females had 3 easy (Q43, 44, 46) and 1 medium (Q45) question. 4th set on arrangement of 6 subject exams on 6 days had 1 medium (Q51) and 3 easy (Q52-54) questions. Last set on distribution of boys and girls participating in a sport had 1 moderate (Q63) and 3 difficult level (Q64-66) questions.
The overall feel of the section was moderate and one could have scored 90+ percentile by attempting 16-18 questions with 80-85% accuracy.


Quantitative Ability
Easy Questions:

74-76, 81, 83, 89-90, 94, 96

The Quantitative section was difficult with 9 easy, 13 medium and 12 difficult questions.
The major areas covered in the section were Geometry (Q82, 85 medium, Q67, 77, 86, 92, 93 difficult), Algebra (Q74, 83, 89, 96 easy; Q73, 87, 95, 97 medium; Q84 difficult), Number system (Q70 medium, Q68, 79, 91 difficult) and Ratio & Alligation (Q94 easy; Q71, 80 medium; Q99 Difficult). 1 to 3 questions each were from the topics like Work & Time (Q88 difficult), TSD (Q98, 100 medium), Profit & Loss (Q76, 81, 90 easy), Percentage (Q75 Easy; Q78 medium), P&C (Q69 difficult) and Logarithms (Q72 Medium).
One could have scored 90+ percentile by attempting around 18-20 questions with 75-80% accuracy.


Verbal Ability
Easy Questions:

The Verbal section was moderate to difficult. 1st paragraph Q(1-3) talked about companies with different cultural environments technologies and practices that can create meaningful synergies by understanding each others' requirements and competencies. Questions were based on inference, tone and facts. All questions were easy except Q(2) which was of medium level. 2nd paragraph Q(7-12)talked about English language and its conciseness and also author described a comparison of English with other languages. Questions were based on theme, fact and author's perspective. All questions were of medium level except Q(10,12) which were easy and Q(8) which was difficult. 3rd paragraph Q(16-21) was based on repetitive pattern of news which has lost the coherence and conclusion. Questions were based on facts and understanding of the passage. All questions were easy. 4th paragraph Q(24-26) was based on the functioning of eye and perception of retina. All questions were factual and were of medium level. 5th paragraph Q(29-34) talked about an alternate way of interpreting a certain action that has been viewed from a traditional lens so far .Questions were based on central idea and perspective of author. All questions were of medium level except Q(30) which was difficult. Next set of questions Q(4,5,13,14) were based on sentence rearrangement. All questions were difficult except Q(4) which was of medium level. Another set of questions Q(22,27,28) was based on sentence misfit. All questions were of medium level. Last set of questions Q(6,15,23) was based on paragraph summary and were of medium level except Q(6) which was easy. One should attempt 17-20 questions with 80-85% accuracy to get 90%ile.



Strategy & Tips

The overall feel of the paper was moderate to difficult, 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 doable in this paper. As far as Quant is concerned most of the questions were from Algebra, Ratio & Alligation rule, Numbers & Geometry and since most of the questions were moderate & difficult, 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.


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