Test Analysis, & Strategy 2021 Bull CAT 08

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:
46, 48, 49, 54, 66

The level of this section was extremely difficult. Overall, there were 5easy, 10 moderate and 17 difficult questions. There were two sets on Multiple Graphs which had 7 difficult and 1 easy question. So, these 2 sets should have been avoided. In such a paper it is mandatory to attempt easy questions first and leave the tough questions initially. The set on Analytical reasoning (Fathers, Sons and Daughters discussing about their ages etc.) was a manageable set.The Data Caselet set (Five friends, their places of residing and their salaries) was a doable set. The first set of AR (A circular railway track going through a city has eight stations, at equal distances arranged in the clockwise direction in that order) was a difficult set.The set of AR (Various roads connecting the two cities, A and M and the various routes pass through different cities) had 3 difficult questions and 1 easy question. So, this set should have been tried in the end. The set of AR (Children from three families, the Lalwanis, the Mangwanis and the Nagranis, are working on five different projects) was a manageable set. This must have been attempted. The Data Caselet set (A man has n (n ≤ 1000) identical green balls of diameter 1 cm each) was a difficult set and should be avoided.The overall feel of the section was tough. One could have scored 90+ percentile by attempting around 10 -11 questions with 90 % accuracy.

Quantitative Ability
Easy Questions:
67, 68, 70, 79, 80, 82, 83, 92

The Quantitative section had 8 easy, 16 medium and 10 difficult questions. This section had most of the questions as moderate or tough. In this paper there were 4 from Basic Numbers in which all were of moderate level,4 questions from Geometry in which 3 were moderate and 1 was difficult,4 questions from Algebra in which 1 was easy and 3 were difficult. There were 2 questions from Time Speed & Distance out of which 1 question was easy and 1 was moderate. Both questions of Progressions & Series were difficult. There were 2 questions from P & C, Probability out of which 1 question was difficult and 1 was moderate. There were 2 questions each from Percentage & Profit Loss out of which 3 questions were moderate and 1 was easy.There were 2 questions from Work & Chain Rule out of which 1 question was difficult and 1 was moderate.Functions & Inequalities had 3 questions in which 2 were easy and 1 of medium level. There were 2 questions from Average out of which 1 question was difficult and 1 was easy. There were 1 question each from Ratio & Partnership, SI & CI, Alligation & Mixture, Logs and Coordinate Geometry out of which 2 questions were easy, 2 were moderate and 1 question was difficult.

The difficulty level of this section was moderate. A good student could have scored 90+ percentile by attempting 16-17 questions with approx. 90% accuracy

Verbal Ability
Easy Questions:
1, 4, 6-9, 11, 12, 15-18, 21, 23, 24, 28, 33, 34

In verbal ability section, the first RC passage(Q1-5) was based on‘the incredible pros and the inevitable cons of narcissism: modern day parenting resulting in a surge of narcissism in their kids’. The passage was easy to moderate interms of understanding and identifying answers to the related questions except Q5 which was difficult.

The second RC passage (Q6-10) was based on ‘An academic analysis of Keynesian economic theory and its application in economic downturn such as the Great Depression in the US as well as Indian scenario’.The passage was easyin terms of understanding and identifying answers to the related questions except Q10 which was of moderate difficulty.

The third RC passage (Q11-15)was about‘work of Richard Thaler in the domain of behavioral economics and its implication, that is, how it is difficult for Economics as a field to be exact about human actions’.The passage was easy in terms of understanding and interpreting the answers to the related questions except Q13 and 14 which were difficult and moderate respectively.

The fourth RC passage (Q16-19) was related to ‘graffiti and street art can be controversial but can also be a medium for voices of social change, protest or expressions of community desire’. The passage was easy in terms of understanding and identifying answers to the related questions except Q19 which was moderate.

The last RC passage (Q20-24) was based on ‘whether Bitcoin is an alternative currency or just a speculative asset.’ The passage was easy to moderate as regards understanding and interpreting the related questions.

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

Questions (28, 30, 31) (TITA) were based on finding misfit among the given four sentences. The key is to find the sentence that is lying outside the theme in the remaining sentences. The questions were easy, moderate and difficult respectively.

Questions (25-27, 29) (TITA) were based on sentence rearrangement where four sentences from an article were given in jumbled form to be arranged in a coherent manner. The questions were moderate except Q29 which was difficult.

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

The overall feel of this section was easy to moderate. To score 90+ percentile one should have attempted 23-25 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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