Test Analysis - Bull CAT 05

Overall Brief

On the whole the level of the test was moderate. The test contained many moderate and difficult questions and hence the important factor was selection of right questions.  Verbal section was easy to moderate as regards level of difficulty. The key to getting a good percentile was time management and selection of questions..

DI & Reasoning
Easy Questions:
This section was full of easy doable sets and overall it can be said that it was easy level with a total of 32 questions having 23 easy and 7 moderate questions. There was no block which was completely avoidable/tough, rather only 1 block had 2 tough questions. So in such a paper it is important to not waste time on tough questions and maximize score by increasing speed and attempt.
The first block about seven people and their professions can be solved easily. Set 2 about Ghosh babu and companies was also easy and a student having good grasp of percentages can crack it in no time. Set 3 about MBA presentations is also doable easily. Set 4 about bearing manufacturing is a basic DI set and can also be solved easily. Set 5 about management course is also doable. Set 6 about entrance test can be attempted at the end.Set 7 about inverted cups is a sitter and can easily be attempted.Set 8 about 10 students is tricky but doable. A student could easily target 6 sets in this paper.
The overall feel of the section was easy and one could have scored 90+ percentile by attempting around 31 questions with approx. 80 % accuracy.
Quantitative Ability
Easy Questions:
The Quantitative section had 7 easy, 12 medium and 15 difficult questions. In this paper there were 9 questions from algebra including equations, functions, sequences etc. Most of these were moderate/tough level questions barring one and 8 from arithmetic (Percentages/Profit Loss/Time and Work/Mixtures) having only 4 easy ones. Geometry had around 7 questions based on mensuration, theorem based questions and all were moderate/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 14 questions with 80% accuracy.
Verbal Ability
Easy Questions:

In verbal ability section, the first RC passage( Q1-5) was based on ‘the comedy play Merchant of Venice by Shakespeare.’ The passage was easy to understand and interpret the questions except Q4  which was moderate. The second RC passage( Q6-10)was based on  ‘works of Richard Thaler on behavioral economics and how it is tough for economists to be precise about human actions.’ The passage was easy to moderate in terms of understanding and questions were easy except Q8 and 9 which were difficult and moderate respectively. Third RC passage(Q11-15) was about ‘the analysis of Keynesian economic theory and its application in economic problems of the U.S. as well as India.’ The passage was easy in terms of understanding and interpreting the questions. Fourth RC passage(Q16-19) was based on ‘Finland’s Prime Minister to regain his position in upcoming elections due to good works done in previous tenure.’ The passage was easy to moderate in terms of understanding and answering the questions except Q16 and 18 which were moderate. The last RC passage (Q20-24) was based on ‘critical analysis of Indian investment environment by the Japanese investors.’ The passage was easy as regards understanding and interpreting the related questions except Q23 which was moderate. 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 (25,26,27) were based on finding summary of the given paragraph and were moderate except Q25 which was easy. Questions (28,29,30) 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. Questions (31,32,33,34) were based on sentence rearrangement and the questions were difficult except Q31 which was moderaate. The overall feel of this section was moderate. To score 90+ percentile one should have attempted 26-28 questions with 75- 80% accuracy.

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 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.