Test Analysis, & Strategy 2021 Bull CAT 07

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: 35 ,36, 48, 49, 51, 52, 53, 54, 65

The level of this section was moderate to difficult.Overall, there were 9easy, 14moderate and 9 difficult questions.There were two sets on Tables which have 1 difficult,2 easy and 5 moderate questions. In such a paper it is important to first attempt easy questions and leave the tough questions.

Thes et on Analytical reasoning (A commando trainer decided to design a very tough training regime for all the new recruits) was doable. The Data reasoning set (The Grand Idol singing competition this year had 4 finalists, named Shakira, Mayanti, Daljit and Kapil) was manageable but lengthy. The first set on Tables(The diagram given represents the nearness of different departments to that of the other departments and the reason for it)was a manageable set. The set on Data reasoning (The change in the patterns and the timings of a premier Business School Entrance Test has made Atul worried.)again manageable but tricky.

The overall feel of the section was moderate and tough.One could have scored 90+ percentile by attempting around 14-15 questions with 90 % accuracy.

Quantitative Ability
Easy Questions: 68, 69, 76, 77, 78, 79, 83, 90, 97

The Quantitative section had 9 easy, 17 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 all are moderate, 4 from basic numbers in which one is difficult and others were doable, 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, Functions, Percentage, Profit and Loss, Permutations and probability, Progressions out of which one question each from Time and work, Permutation and Progression was difficult and others were manageable. Functions had 3 question in which one is difficult. Remaining were from Mixtures, SI/CI, Ratio, which were doable. Questions from Logs and Coordinate geometry were difficult.

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, 5-9, 12-16, 18, 22, 30, 32

In verbal ability section, the first RC passage(Q1-5) was based on‘how AI has transformed the Digital Marketing field.’The passage was moderate interms of understanding and identifying answers to the related questions except Q2 and 5 which were easy.

The second RC passage (Q6-10)was based on ‘finding solution to the problem of declining trust by examining different strategies that might help to reduce trust deficit.’The passage was easy in terms of understanding and identifying answers to the related questions except Q10 which was moderate.

The third RC passage (Q11-15)was about‘Dalton and his role in atomic theory ’.The passage was easyin terms of understanding and interpreting the answers to the related questions except Q11 which was moderate.

The fourth RC passage(Q16-19) was about‘to get into the students’ zone to make them learn, it is important that the teacher be totally involved.’The passage was easy to moderate in terms of understanding and identifying answers to the related questions.

The last RC passage (Q20-24) was based on ‘what's better company culture and how to bring about such a culture which begins by hiring/ recruiting the right people.’ The passage was moderate as regards understanding and interpreting the related questions except Q21 and Q22 which were difficult and easy respectively.

For non-RC questions, it is advisable not to spend too much time on them.

Questions (27,29,30,31) (TITA) 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 sentences. The questions were of moderate difficulty except Q29 and 30 which were difficult and easy respectively.

Questions (25, 26, 28) (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 Q26 which was moderate.

Questions (32-34) were based on finding summary of the given paragraph and were moderate except Q32 which was easy.

The overall feel of this section was easy to moderate. To score 90+ percentile one should have attempted 25-27 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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