Test Analysis - Bull CAT 08



Overall Brief

On the whole the level of the test was moderate to tough. The test contained many difficult questions in the sections and accordingly the important factor was selection of right questions. Quant section in this paper was comparatively a little tougher than the Reasoning section. The key to getting a good percentile was time management and selection of questions. Verbal section was moderate. On the whole the level of the test was closer to moderate.



Verbal Ability
Easy Questions:

The first passage, Q (1-3) based on finding correlation between size and life span, was moderate in terms of understanding. All the questions based on it were moderate except Q3, which was difficult. Second passage, Q (7-11), was based on defining morality in terms of black & white and not assigning any justification to 'grayness' in morality. All the questions were either easy or moderate except Q8, which was difficult. Third passage, Q (15-18), was based on giving more importance to innovation over quality. The passage was easy to understand. All the questions based on it were easy except Q 16, which was moderate. Fourth passage, Q (21-26), was based on perception of the society about homosexuality. All the questions based on it were either moderate or easy. Fifth passage, Q (29-34), was based on quality versus quantity in writing/publishing books. The passage was interesting in terms of subject discussed in it. All the questions based on it were either moderate or difficult except Q (33), which was easy. The set of questions (4, 5, 13 &14) was based on sentence rearrangement. All the questions were difficult. The set of questions (6, 18, 19, & 27) was based on finding odd one out of the given sentences. The questions were either moderate or difficult. There were two summary based questions (20 & 28). The questions were moderate and easy respectively. The overall feel of this section was moderate to tough. One could have scored 90+ percentile by attempting 18-20 questions with 70% accuracy.




DI & Reasoning
Easy Questions:
37, 39, 41-42, 47-50, 52, 59-63

The DI & LR section in this paper was of easy to moderate level having total of 32 questions out of which 14 were easy, 9 were of medium level and 9 were difficult.
In DI, 1st set on Line graph relating to annual wheat production had 3 easy (Q39, 41, 42) and 1 moderate (Q40) level questions. 2nd Data & reasoning set (Q43-46) based on formation of a Venn diagram of 50 students choosing one out of four subjects was of difficult level. 3rd set consisting of bar & pie charts showing sales of different vehicles of Tata motors had 3 medium (Q51, 53, 54) and 1 easy (Q52) questions. A Data Sufficiency question (Q63) was of easy level. Last data table set pertaining to growth rate of GDP for different years (Q64-66) was of difficult level.
In AR section, the 1st set related to three types of fish in a pond (Q35-36) was of medium level. 2nd set on arrangement of anti-encroachment drive on six roads on six different days of a week (Q47-48) was of easy level. 3rd set (Q49-50) on arrangement of 7 sprinters on seven lanes of a race track was also easy. 4th set on division of a cube into smaller cubes had 2 medium (Q55-56) and 2 difficult (Q57-58) questions. 5th set on arrangement of 8 persons around a circular table (Q59-62) was easy.
The overall feel of the section was easy to moderate and one could have scored 90+ percentile by attempting 20-22 questions with 75-80% accuracy.




Quantitative Ability
Easy Questions:
69, 74-75, 79-80, 82, 87, 90, 94-95, 97-100

The Quantitative section was moderate with 14 easy, 12 medium and 8 difficult questions.
The major areas covered in the section were as usual Geometry (Q80, 82, 87, 90 Easy; Q85, 86 Medium; Q83, 88 Difficult), Algebra (Q74, 75, 98 Easy; Q70, 72, 73 Medium) and Number system (Q69, 95, 99 Easy; Q77, 84, 89 Medium; Q71, 81 Difficult). 1 to 2 questions each were from the topics like Alligation rule (Q67 Medium; Q68 Difficult), Logs (Q91 Medium), Profit & Loss (Q97 Easy; Q96 Difficult), Percentages (Q92 Difficult), SI/CI (Q100 easy) and Probability (Q94 Easy; Q93 Difficult). In addition, 3 questions on Time & Speed (Q79 easy; Q76, 78 Medium) were also there.
One could have scored 90+ percentile by attempting around 16-18 questions with 80-85% 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 had mostly moderate or difficult level questions, thus selection of questions was important. As far as Quant is concerned most of the questions were from Algebra, Numbers & Geometry and since most of the questions were easy or moderate, thus selection of easier and doable questions was important. For verbal section, one should have good reading skills as there were 5 RC’s and questions were based on paragraph summary also in which reading skills were requisite. Moreover, questions like sentence rearrangement and misfit require analysis and tricks to answer.



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