Test Analysis - Bull CAT 08

Overall Brief

On the whole the level of the test was moderate. 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:

This section was full of easy. There were only 18 easy and 7 moderate and 7 tough questions. So in such a paper it is important to not waste time on tough questions and maximize score by choosing the correct set. The first block about four soft drinks based on 4 sets can be avoided. Set 2 about junior smart school though tricky was doable once a student cracks the logic. Set 3 about five friends and party was very easy and must be attempted. Set 4 about students average scores was again a sitter and must attempt. Set 5 about Google data centers is also easy and must attempt. Set 6 about Coffee consumption had mix of easy and moderate questions and can be attempted at the end.Set 7 about speakers is a very easy one.Set 8 based on DS can also be attempted if time permits. The overall feel of the section was easy and one could have scored 90+ percentile by attempting around 25 questions with approx. 80 % accuracy.

Quantitative Ability
Easy Questions:

The Quantitative section had only 12 easy, 16 medium and 6 difficult questions. In this paper there were 7 questions from algebra including equations, functions, sequences etc. Most of these were easy level questions. There were 11 questions from arithmetic (Percentages/Profit Loss/Time and Work/Mixtures) having many easy ones. Geometry had around 6 questions based on mensuration, theorem based questions and most of these were moderate/tough. Other than these topics, questions from mixed topics were asked like TSD, Number system, PnC etc. This section was a moderate one. A good student could have scored 90+ percentile by attempting 24 questions with 80% accuracy.

Verbal Ability
Easy Questions:

In verbal ability section, the first RC passage ( Q1-5) was based on ‘The preservation of world’s wilderness comes at a high cost to indigenous communities.’ The passage was easy to understand and interpret the questions except Q1 which was moderate. The second RC passage ( Q9-13) was based on ‘humans are real threat to the life of other species on the Earth .’ The passage was easy in terms of understanding and questions were also easy. Third RC passage (Q18-22) was about ‘we can expect fewer but simpler languages on every continent for better communication in coming times.’ The passage was easy to moderate in terms of understanding and interpreting the questions. Fourth RC passage (Q24-28) was based on ‘problems faced in terms of energy consumption as well as renewable based electrification networks in India and other countries.’ The passage was easy to moderate in terms of understanding and answering the questions. The last RC passage (Q30-33) was based on ‘the positive and negative impacts of convenience in our day-to-day life.’ The passage was easy as regards understanding and interpreting the related questions except Q30 which was of moderate difficulty. All non- rc (tita) questions were either difficult or moderate. It is advisable not to spend too much time on these questions especially on sentence rearrangement questions. Questions (23,29,34) were based on finding summary of the given paragraph and were easy except Q34 which was of moderate difficulty. Questions (6,7,8) 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 three sentences and all were easy to moderate. Questions (14,15,16,17) were based on sentence rearrangement and the questions were difficult. The overall feel of this section was easy to moderate. To score 90+ percentile one should have attempted 27-29 questions with 75- 80% accuracy.

Strategy & Tips

The overall feel of the paper was moderate, 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 answer the questions.