Test Analysis, & Strategy 2021 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 difficultthanthe 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
35, 53,5 5, 59, 60

The level of this section was moderate to difficult.Overall, there were 5 easy, 17moderate and 10 difficult questions. There were two sets on Tables which have 6 difficult and 2 moderate questions. In such a paper it is important to first attempt easy questions and leave the tough questions.

The set on Analytical reasoning (Eight friends Aan, Baan, Chand, Dhaan, Elesh, Farukh, Geet, and Harsh are born in the year 1983, but in different months among January) was doable. The Analytical reasoning set (Recently, Munish and three fellow workers challenged one another to follow a strict diet for a month) was manageable but lengthy set. The set on Data Reasoning(A cellular phone manufacturer has 10 plants, A to J across the country.)was time taking set. The set on Analytical reasoning (Mr. Ali, Mrs. Bali, Mr. Chopra, Mr. Dogra, Mrs. Emily, Mr. Farhan, Mr. Gupta, Mr. Honda, Ms. Iva and Mr. Jacob, all went to Mr. Kamat’s house for a party) again manageable but a tricky set.

The overall feel of the section was moderate and tough.One could have scored 90+ percentile by attempting around 10-12 questions with 90 % accuracy.

Quantitative Ability
Easy Questions:
67, 75, 81, 88, 89, 91, 100

The Quantitative section had 7easy, 19 medium and 8 difficult questions. This section had most of the questions as moderate or tough. In this paper there were 4 questions from Geometry in which 1 was difficult, 4 from basic numbers which were manageable, 4 questions from Algebra in which 1 was difficult and others were manageable. There were 2 questions each from Time speed distance, Time and work, Average, Percentage, Profit and Loss, Permutations and probability, Progressions out of which questions on Time speed distance, Permutation and one question on Progression were difficult and others were manageable. Functions had 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 attempting 13-15 questions with approx. 90% accuracy

Verbal Ability
Easy Questions:
2, 3, 6-8, 12-14, 32-34

In verbal ability section, the first RC passage(Q1-5) was based on‘the impact of US dollar variation on internal trade and economy and its influence on the economies and trade around the world.’The passage was moderate in terms of understanding and the related questions were also moderate except Q1 and 4 which were difficult.

The second RC passage (Q6-11)was based on ‘free expression, though a valuable asset, can have repercussions in terms of prejudiced interpretations and malevolent actions.’The passage was easy to moderate in terms of understanding and identifying answers to the related questions except Q9 and 11 which were difficult.

The third RC passage(Q12-15)was about‘ pointing out the effects of environmental degradation and suggesting remedial measures’.The passage was easy in terms of understanding and interpreting the answers to the related questions except Q15 which was moderate.

The fourth RC passage(Q16-20) was related to ‘by giving religious injunctions to preserve the social classifications, the caste-system secured society against fixedness.’The passage was moderatein terms of understanding and identifying answers to the related questions.

The last RC passage(Q21-24) was based on ‘need to re-look at the borders which separate the countries in Africa since they are of no use now and colonial era borders required to be redrawn.’ The passage was moderate as regards understanding and interpreting the related questions except Q21 which was difficult.

For non-RCquestions, 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 of moderate difficulty.

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 except Q31 which was moderate.

Questions (32-34) were based on finding summary of the given paragraph and were easy.

The overall feel of this section wasmoderate. 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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