Test Analysis, & Strategy 2020 Bull CAT 06

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

This section had most of the questions were moderate and difficult and 2 sets were easy. The remaining sets were moderate and difficult out of them some questions are doable. Overall there were 7 easy , 8 moderate and 17 tough questions. So in such a paper it is important to first attempt easy questions and leave the tough questions.

The first data reasoning set (Mr. Keshri, the CEO of Keshri Foods Inc. is facing a vital business decision. ) was easy and doable. The analytical reasoning set (Seven candidates in the Lok Sabha elections are to speak at a voters rally.) was again easy set. The data reasoning set(Six contestants – M, N, P, Q, R and T participated in the buzzer round of a quiz competition. ) was moderate but manageable and analytical reasoning set (Reliable Construction Company is renowned for completing their projects on or before time. )was moderate. Other sets are mostly difficult.

The overall feel of the section was moderate to difficult and one could have scored 90+ percentile by attempting around 12-14 questions with 90 % accuracy.

Quantitative Ability
Easy Questions:

The Quantitative section had 9 easy, 15 medium and 10 difficult questions. This section had most of the questions as moderate and difficult. In this paper there were 4 questions from Geometry, 2 from basic numbers, 2 questions 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, Logs, sets and progressions which were moderate and difficult. Some questions of logs and algebra were easy and doable The difficulty level of this section is quite high. A good student could have scored 90+ percentile by attempting 12-14 questions with approx. 90% accuracy.

Verbal Ability
Easy Questions:

In verbal ability section, the first RC passage ( Q1-5) was related to 'Persistence of caste system in Indian society or in other words social stratification in India'. The passage was moderate in understanding and identifying answers to the questions.

The second RC passage (Q6-9) was based on 'There is a need for redrawing of the colonial era borders of Africa'. The passage was easy to moderate in understanding and identifying answers to the questions except Q 6 which was difficult.

Third RC passage (Q10-14) was about 'Indigenous education in India at the beginning of 18th century'. The passage was moderate in terms of understanding and interpreting the answers to the questions except Q12 and 14 which were easy.

Fourth RC passage (Q15-19) was related to 'The roots of the gender pay gap lie in the childhood'. The passage was easy in terms of understanding and answering the questions except Q 15 and 16 which were moderate.

The last RC passage (Q20-24) was based on 'Massive crowds of tourists are ruining popular destinations causing environmental degradation and other dangerous conditions'. The passage was moderate as regards understanding and interpreting the related questions except Q21 which was easy.

Most of the non-rc 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 summary of the given paragraph and were easy.

Questions (28-30)(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 and all were of moderate difficulty.

Questions (31-34) (tita) were based on sentence rearrangement and the questions were difficult except Q 32 which was of moderate difficulty.

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 difficult 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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