Test Analysis - Bull CAT 04

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 right questions. Reasoning section in this paper was comparatively difficult than the Quant section. Verbal section was moderate to tough as regards level of difficulty. The key to getting a good percentile was time management and selection of questions.
DI & Reasoning
Easy / Moderate Questions:
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 7 easy and 21 moderate questions. There was no block which was completely avoidable/tough; rather some blocks had 1-2 tough questions. So in such a paper it is important to not waste time on tough questions and move on to the easy/moderate questions of next set.
The first block on the distilleries can be solved easily. In fact the first 3 questions of this set do not require any calculation. Set 2 about Nutrition and patients is a must attempt and a student having good grasp of percentages can crack it in no time. Set 3 about literacy can again be solved with percentages easily. Once you have the information organized in a table, all questions can doable. Set 4 about 8 students can also be solved easily. Set 5(VGCET) and Set 6 (cricket players) and Set 7(Newspapers) can be left in exam situation or attempted at the end if time permits. Set 8 is a sitter and can easily be attempted. A student could easily target 5 sets in this paper.
The overall feel of the section was moderate and one could have scored 90+ percentile by attempting around 17 questions with approx. 80 % accuracy.
Quantitative Ability
Easy / Moderate Questions:
The Quantitative section had 5 easy, 8 medium and 21 difficult questions. In this paper there were 10 questions from algebra including equations, functions, sequences etc. Most of these were moderate/tough level questions barring a couple and 10 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 and all were tough. Other than these topics, questions from mixed topics were asked like TSD, Number system, PnC etc. This section was a tough one.
A good student could have scored 90+ percentile by attempting 10 questions with 80 - 85% accuracy.
Verbal Ability
Easy Questions:

In verbal ability section, the first RC passage( Q1-5) was based on the people thought to be critical for fear, actually lack a brain structure and can still experience the emotion . ’. The passage was easy to understand and interpret the questions except Q1 and 4 which were moderate. The second passage (Q8-11)was based on  ‘some points of difference between Oriental and Western civilizations and also how the former blends into the latter.’ The passage was moderate in terms of understanding and questions were also moderate except Q10 which was difficult. Third passage (Q14-18) was about ‘The author Toby Young’s debate about rise and fall of meritocracy thereby having completely different opinion from his father Michael Young who was of the view that there is  rise of meritocracy in aristocracy  ’. The passage was moderate in terms of understanding and interpreting the questions. Fourth passage (Q22-26) was based on ‘how free market ideology distorts the vocabulary of democracy.’ The passage was of moderate difficulty in terms of understanding and answering the questions except Q23 and 25 which were easy. The last passage (Q30-34) was based on ‘Cervantes , who brought forward a new way of telling a story i.e. where ambivalence (confusion/ dilemma) was not to be resolved but embraced and expressed through characters who are not real but seem so’. The passage was easy to moderate as regards understanding and interpreting the related questions except Q30 which was difficult. 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 (6,19,27) were based on finding summary of the given paragraph and were easy except Q6 which was moderate. Questions (7,13,21,29) were based on sentence rearrangement and the questions were difficult. Questions (12,20,28) 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 except Q28 which was easy. The overall feel of this section was moderate to tough. To score 90+ percentile one should have attempted 23-25 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.