Test Analysis, & Strategy 2021 Bull CAT 04

Overall Brief
On the whole the level of the test was moderate to tough. The test containedmany moderate anddifficult questions and hence the important factor was selection of right questions. Reasoning section in this paper was comparatively difficultthanthe Quant section. Verbal section wasmoderate to difficult as regards level of difficulty.The key to getting a good percentile was time management and selection of questions.
DI & Reasoning
Easy Questions:
35-38, 47, 48, 51, 53, 60
The level of this section was moderate to difficult. Overall, there were 9 easy, 10 moderate and 13 difficult questions. There were four sets on Data reasoning out of which only one was moderate. In such a paper it is important to first attempt easy questions and leave the tough questions.

The set on Analytical reasoning (In a game exactly six inverted cups stand side by side in a straight line and each has exactly one ball hidden under it.) was doable. The Data reasoning (In 2016, the Flora Car Company recalled 3,40,000 cars on account of faulty airbags.) was manageable set. The set on Analytical reasoning (Deepak, the coach of a tennis team, has to select a team from among a group of 8 players, P through W.) was again doable set. The set on Data reasoning (Kushdeep conducted a survey on the latest mobile Xeon with twenty people.) again manageable set.

The overall feel of the section was moderate to tough. One could have scored 90+ percentile by attempting around 13-15 questions with 90% accuracy.
Quantitative Ability
Easy Questions:
74, 77, 80, 81, 83, 84, 85, 86, 87, 89, 95
The Quantitative section had 11 easy, 12 medium and 11 difficult questions. This section had most of the questions either moderate or tough. In this paper there were 3 questions from Geometry in which 2 were difficult, 4 from basic numbers in which two were difficult and other were doable, 6 questions from Algebra in which 3 were difficult and others were manageable. There were 2 questions each from Time speed distance, Ratio, Functions and SI/CI which were difficult. Permutations and Probability had 3 question which were moderate. Remaining were from Mixtures, Time and work and Logs, Average, Mixtures and Progressions which were doable.

The difficulty level of this section was moderate. A good student could have scored 90+ percentile by attempting 14-16 questions with approx. 90% accuracy
Verbal Ability
Easy Questions:
5, 7, 8, 10, 13, 15, 16, 18-20, 34

In verbal ability section, the first RC passage(Q1-6) was based on‘How the market model is undermining professionalism; from medicine to education, market imperatives rule public life’. The passage was moderate interms of understanding and the related questions were moderate to difficult except Q5 which was easy.

The second RC passage (Q7-11)was based on ‘The Egyptian book of the Dead--helped Egyptians prepare for the afterlife where Osiris, god of the underworld, would judge them’. The passage was easy to moderate in terms of under standing and identifying answers to the related questions.The third RC passage(Q12-15)was about‘The play deficit: Children today are cosseted and pressured in equal measure. Without the freedom to play, they will never grow up’.The passage was easy to moderatein terms of understanding and interpreting the answers to the related questions.

The fourth RC passage(Q16-20) was related to ‘how capitalism has led to disintegration of labor.’The passage was easy in terms of understanding and identifying answers to the related questions except Q17 which was moderate.

The last RC passage(Q21-24) was based on ‘What the government’s dietary guidelines may get wrong.’ The passage was moderate as regards understanding and interpreting the related questions except Q22 which was difficult.

Fornon-RCquestions, it is advisable not to spend too much time on them. Questions (25, 26, 30, 31) (TITA) were based on sentence rearrangement where five sentences from an article were given in jumbled form to be arranged in a coherent manner. The questions were difficult.

Questions (27-29) (TITA) 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 sentences. The questions were of moderate difficulty.

Questions (32-34) were based on finding summary of the given paragraph and were moderate except Q34 which was easy.

The overall feel of this section wasmoderate to difficult. To score 90+ percentile one should have attempted 20-22 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 attempt properly.

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