Test Analysis - Bull CAT 09

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:

This section had most of the questions were easy and moderate and only two sets were difficult. The remaining sets were moderate and easy and most of the questions are doable. Overall there were 14 easy, 10 moderate and 8 tough questions. So in such a paper it is important to first attempt easy questions and to leave the tough questions.

The first analytical reasoning set ( Sridhar, Sanjay, Ravi and Ashish are 4 coaches who will take care of fielding, batting, fitness and bowling aspects of the Indian cricketers in the upcoming world cup.) was easy. The analytical reasoning set (The Surendra Sodhi led government has just won its second term in office.) was again easy set. The data reasoning set( On an average working day, an Ice-parlor served 30 orders of ice creams to 30 different customers (one ice cream each customer) having three variants as either small, medium or large.) was easy and manageable and analytical reasoning set ( A set of nesting dolls is a set of five dolls placed one inside the other, with the outermost doll (doll number 1) being the largest and the innermost doll (doll number 5) being the smallest.) was again easy but tricky. Other sets are mostly moderate and difficult.

The overall feel of the section was moderate and one could have scored 90+ percentile by attempting around 16-18 questions with 90 % accuracy.

Quantitative Ability
Easy Questions:

The Quantitative section had 8 easy, 20 medium and 6 difficult questions. This section had most of the questions as moderate and difficult. In this paper there were 4 questions from Geometry, 4 from basic numbers, 2 questions from Logs, 3 from functions and inequalities.2 questions from geometry were difficult. There were 12 questions from arithmetic (Percentages/Time and Work/Mixtures/Percentages/SI-CI/Ratios) were mostly of moderate difficulty. TSD had 3 questions and they were moderate. Other than these topics, questions from mixed topics were asked like Algebra, Permutations, Logs and progressions which were moderate and difficult. Some questions of logs and algebra were easy and doable. The question on trigonometry was easy.

The difficulty level of this section was moderate. A good student could have scored 90+ percentile by attempting 14-16 questions with approx. 90% accuracy

Verbal Ability
Easy Questions:

In verbal ability section, the first RC passage (Q1-4) was related to ‘Culture and biology both contribute to our ability to think’. The passage was easy in understanding and identifying answers to the questions.

The second RC passage (Q5-9) was based on ‘Was writing invented for accounting and administration or did it evolve from religious movements, enchantment and dreams?’. The passage was easy in understanding and identifying answers to the questions except Q5 and Q9 which were moderate and difficult respectively.

Third RC passage (Q10-14) was about ‘hierarchies have a place even in societies built on equality’. The passage was easy in terms of understanding and interpreting the answers to the questions except Q14 which was of moderate difficulty.

Fourth RC passage (Q15-19) was related to ‘crucial role of father in bringing up a child and shaping his growth and development’. The passage was easy in terms of understanding and answering the questions except Q18 which was of moderate difficulty.

The last RC passage (Q20-24) was based on ‘Empathy and Social dutifulness are some of the basic tenets of humanity which are unfortunately losing their presence in contemporary world’. The passage was easy as regards understanding and interpreting the related questions.

The non-rc questions were either difficult or moderate. It is advisable not to spend too much time on these questions especially on sentence rearrangement questions.

Questions (25, 27, 28)(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 difficult, easy and moderate respectively.

Questions (26, 29-31) (tita) were based on sentence rearrangement and were difficult except Q31 which was of moderate difficulty.

Questions (32-34) were based on finding summary of the given paragraph and were easy except Q33 which was of moderate difficulty.

The overall feel of this section was easy to moderate. To score 90+ percentile one should have attempted 26-28 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 comparatively easy in this paper. As far as Quant is concerned it was difficult and most of the questions were from Arithmetic, 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.

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