Test Analysis - Bull CAT 05

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 was moderate.

DI & Reasoning
Easy Questions:

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 14 Moderate and 18 Difficult questions.Selection of blocks once again proved to be important for obtaining good percentile.

The block (Atul has been assigned the task of allotting offices to six faculty members) based on linear arrangement was doable and should have been attempted. There were two more moderate blocks, one related to Ministers and allocation of their offices and the last set is again based on arrangementThese two must have been attempted in order to clear cut off in this section. There were also a few pick and choose questions in other blocks which otherwise were difficult.

The overall feel of the section was moderate and one could have scored 90+ percentile by attempting 14 -16 questions with 85% accuracy.

Quantitative Ability
Easy Questions:

The Quantitative section had 9 Easy, 21 Moderate and 4 Difficult questions. In this paper there were 13 questions from arithmetic ( Ratio,SI/CI,Percentages/Profit Loss/Time and Work/Mixtures/Time speed and distance)most of which were easy and moderate. There were 7 questions on geometry and mensuration and one question from coordinate geometry which were moderate in nature. As usual algebra dominated the paper with 11 questions and two questions from Numbers.

A good student could have scored 90+ percentile by attempting 22 – 24 questions with 80-85% accuracy.

Verbal Ability
Easy Questions:

In verbal ability section, the first RC passage (Q1-6) was based on ‘ending energy poverty.’ The passage was difficult in terms of understanding as well as marking correct options to the questions based on it. The second passage (Q9-11) was about ‘to stop trying to be perfect and to start being remarkable’. The passage was easy to understand. All the questions based on this passage were easy except Q9 which was moderate. Third passage (Q14-19) was based on ‘better communication through fewer simplified languages’. The passage was moderate in terms of understanding; also solving the questions based on it. Fourth passage (Q22-24) was based on ‘philosophical perspectives in education’. Answers to the questions based on this passage were easy to locate except Q22 which was moderate. The last passage (Q27-32) was based on ‘the unexpected benefit of celebrating failure ’. The passage was of moderate difficulty and all the related questions were also moderate. Questions (7, 13, 21, and 34) were based on sentence rearrangement wherein Q7 and 13 were difficult and Q21 and 34 were respectively easy and moderate. Questions (12, 25, and 33) were based on finding summary of the given paragraph and were moderate. Questions (8, 20, and 26) 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, but it is advisable not to spend too much time on these questions .The overall feel of this section was moderate. To score 90+ percentile one should have attempted 25-27 questions with 75- 80% accuracy and the underlying strategy is good reading aptitude along with rational interpretation competency.

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.