Test Analysis, & Strategy 2021 Bull CAT 05

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 as regards level of difficulty. The key to getting a good percentile was time management and selection of questions.
DI & Reasoning
Easy Questions:
39, 50, 51, 52, 55, 57, 58, 59
The level of this section was moderate to difficult. Overall, there were 8easy,17moderate and 7 difficult questions. There were four sets on Data case let 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 Data case let (Ram and Shyam have just learnt that the digital root of a positive integer is the single digit value obtained by an iterative process of summing up the digits of the integer) was doable. TheAnalytical reasoning set (Sridhar, Sanjay, Ravi and Ashish are 4 coaches who will take care of fielding, batting, fitness and bowling aspects of the Indian cricketers in the upcoming world cup) was manageable but lengthy set. The set on Data caselet (Every year, premier graduate schools conduct an exam known as Rational Aptitude Test (RAT) for the admission of different program in the various parts of country.) was again double set. Theseton Analytical reasoning(There are thirty people in an office. They make a tea club for their evening tea and snacks for which they hire a vendor.) again manageable but tricky set.
The overall feel of the section was moderate to tough.One could have scored 90+ percentile by attempting around 12-14 questions with 90 % accuracy.
Quantitative Ability
Easy Questions:
67, 68, 70, 83, 88, 94, 96, 100
The Quantitative section had 8easy, 16medium and 10 difficult questions. This section had most of the questions as moderate and tough. In this paper there were 4 questions from Geometryin which 1isdifficult,4 from basic numbers which manageable, 4 questions from Algebra inwhich2were difficult and others were manageable. There were2questions each from Time speed distance, Time and work, Average, Percentage, Profit and Loss, Permutations and probability, Progressions which were manageable. Functionshad 3 question in which one is difficult. Remaining were from Mixtures, SI/CI, Ratio, which were doable.
The difficulty level of this section was moderate. A good student could have scored 90+ percentile by attempting13-15questions with approx. 90% accuracy
Verbal Ability
Easy Questions:
1, 3, 4, 7, 10, 19, 20, 22-25, 32, 33

In verbal ability section, the first RC passage (Q1-5) was based on ‘The roots of the gender pay gap lie in childhood; women follow in their mothers’ footsteps when choosing whether to scale back their careers after having children. The passage was easy in terms of understanding and the related questions were easy to moderate.The second RC passage (Q6-10)was based on ‘Crowds of tourists are ruining popular destinations; massive crowds are causing environmental degradation, dangerous conditions, and the immiseration and pricing-out of locals. The passage was easy to moderate in terms of understanding and identifying answers to the related questions except Q6 which was difficult. The third RC passage(Q11-15)was about ‘Due to their British-oriented education, Indians have become since the past century, too literal, too much caught up with mere words and phrases’. The passage was moderate in terms of understanding and interpreting the answers to the related questions. The fourth RC passage(Q16-19) was related to ‘Finland’s down-to-earth President is set to sail to re-election.’ The passage was moderate in terms of understanding and identifying answers to the related questions except Q16 and Q19 which were difficult and easy respectively. The last RC passage(Q20-24) was based on ‘pros and cons of the investment scenario of India as perceived by the Japanese.’ The passage was easy as regards understanding and interpreting the related questions except Q21 which was moderate.
For non-RC questions, it is advisable not to spend too much time on them. Questions (25-27) (TITA) were based on finding misfit among the given four/five sentences. The key is to find the sentence that is lying outside the theme in the remaining sentences. The questions were easy, difficult and moderate respectively. Questions (28-31) (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 (32-34) were based on finding summary of the given paragraph and were easy except Q34 which was moderate. The overall feel of this section was moderate. 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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