Test Analysis - 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 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 had most of the questions were moderate and difficult and 3 sets were easy. The remaining sets were moderate and difficult out of them some questions are doable. Overall there were 12 easy , 9 moderate and 11 tough questions. So in such a paper it is important to first attempt easy questions and leave the tough questions.

The first block containing (5 girls, Tanushree, Amisha, Raveena, Preeti and Nandita, are sitting in the first row in a mathematics class.) was doable. The analytical reasoning set (Five friends, Amol, Mandar, Piyu, Shashi and Reena attended Sagar’s birthday party, where they partook of the sumptuous snacks and dinner.) was again manageable. The data reasoning set(V.C. Gupta School of management is an institute famous for its IIT Degree course.) was manageable and second data reasoning set (GoEngg and GetEngg are two training institutes that prepare XI and XII grade students to take various Engineering Entrance Exams. )was difficult. The pie chart question based on ice cream produced was manageable set.

The overall feel of the section was moderate to difficult and one could have scored 90+ percentile by attempting around 14-16 questions with 85 % accuracy.
Quantitative Ability
Easy Questions:
The Quantitative section had 10 easy, 13 medium and 11 difficult questions. This section had most of the questions as moderate and difficult. In this paper there were 6 questions from Geometry, 3 from basic numbers, one question from Logs, 3 from functions and inequalities. There were 11 questions from arithmetic (Percentages/Time and Work/Mixtures/Percentages/SI-CI/Ratios) were mostly of moderate difficulty. TSD had 2 questions and one easy and other difficult. Other than these topics, questions from mixed topics were asked like Algebra, Permutations, and progressions which were moderate and difficult.

The difficulty level of this section is quite high. A good student could have scored 90+ percentile by attempting 13-15questions with approx. 90% accuracy
Verbal Ability
Easy Questions:
2,3,5,6, 8,9,12,14,17,19,22,24,28, 32

In verbal ability section, the first RC passage(Q1-5) was related to ‘A picture may say a thousand words but what if the photograph has been fabricated; there are ways to spot a fake photograph---- you just have to look closely enough’. The passage was easy to understand and identify answers to the questions except Q1 and Q4 which were of moderate difficulty.

The second RC passage( Q6-9) was based on ‘The importance of Durand Line Recognition----- how a colonial blunder grew into a part of the war on terror’. The passage was easy to understand and identify answers to the questions except Q7 which was of moderate difficulty.

Third RC passage(Q10-15) was about ‘why neo-liberalism’s obsession with markets destroyed the heart and soul of key jobs’. The passage was moderate in terms of understanding and moderate to difficult in interpreting the answers to the questions except Q12 and 14 which were easy.

Fourth RC passage(Q15-19) was related to ‘The book of the dead: the Egyptians inside guide to the after life’. The passage was easy to moderate in terms of understanding and answering the questions.

The last RC passage(Q20-24) was based on ‘Children today are cosseted and pressured in equal measure; without freedom to play they will never grow up’. The passage was easy to moderate as regards understanding and interpreting the related questions.

Most of the non- rc (tita) questions were moderate to difficult. It is advisable not to spend too much time on these questions especially on sentence rearrangement questions.

Questions (25-27) were based on finding misfit among the given five sentences. The key is to find the sentence that is lying outside the theme in the remaining four sentences and all were difficult except Q26 which was moderate.

Questions (28-31) were based on sentence rearrangement and the questions were difficult except Q28 and Q29 which were easy and moderate respectively.

Questions (32,33,34) were based on finding summary of the given paragraph and were of moderate difficulty except Q32 which was easy. The overall feel of this section was moderate. To score 90+ percentile one should have attempted 22-24 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 comparatively easy in this paper. As far as Quant is concerned it was difficult and most of the questions were from Arithmetic, 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.

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