Test Analysis - Bull CAT 09

Overall Brief

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

DI & Reasoning
Easy Questions:

This section was full of difficult sets and overall it can be said that it was between relatively moderate to difficult level with a total of 32 questions having 23 Moderate and 9 Difficult questions. Selection of blocks once again proved to be important for obtaining good percentile.

The block (Six friends, Anannya, Jaanvi, Kashin, Medha, Riya and Sonal, dropped into an Ice-cream Parlour after watching a movie) and the set( Sourav's Fish Salon serves a special Friday night seafood banquet consisting of seven courses - hilsa, pomfret, Indian shrimp, rahu, kingfish, lobster) were doable and should have been attempted. There were two sets from Table graph which were manageable. There is a Bar chart set which is manageable and should have been attempted. There was a set of multiple graphs which was manageable. There were also a few pick and choose questions in other blocks which otherwise were difficult.

The overall feel of the section was moderate and one could have scored 90+ percentile by attempting 16-20 questions with 85% accuracy.

Quantitative Ability
Easy Questions:

The Quantitative section had 15 Easy, 11 Moderate and 8 Difficult questions. In this paper there were 12 questions from arithmetic ( Ratio,SI/CI,Percentages/Profit Loss/Time and Work/Mixtures/Time speed and distance)most of which were easy and moderate. There were 6 questions on geometry and mensuration out of which 2 are difficult. Algebra dominated the paper with 13 questions and 3 questions from Numbers out of which two are easy.

This time quant section is moderate to difficult. A good student could have scored 90+ percentile by attempting 15 – 18 questions with 90% accuracy.

Verbal Ability
Easy Questions:

In verbal ability section, the first RC passage (Q1-3) was based on ‘the elaboration of tension between order and freedom that exists virtually within all types of organizations.’ The passage was easy in terms of understanding and attempting questions except Q3 which was moderate. The second passage (Q7-11) was about ‘the play, Merchant of Venice: by Shakespeare ’. The passage was easy to understand and also to identify the answers except Q10 which was of moderate difficulty. Third passage (Q14-16) was based on ‘what causes depression in human – beings and how to overcome it’. The passage was easy to moderate in terms of understanding and solving the questions. Fourth passage (Q18-22) was based on ‘how Keynes overcome the economic problem and application of the solution as regards infra structure in India as well’. The passage was easy in understanding and identifying answers. The fifth passage (Q25-29) was based on ’examining Indian investment environment.’ The passage was easy to interpret and to find answers. The last passage (Q32-34) was based on ‘Gandhiji’s philosophy on education, country’s work-force and India of his dreams ’. The passage was moderate in terms of understanding and answering questions except Q34 which was difficult. Questions (6, 17, and 24) were based on identifying the misfit and were difficult except Q17 which was easy. The key is to find the sentence that is lying outside the theme in the remaining three sentences .Questions (5, 13, 23, 31) were based on sentence rearrangement and were difficult except Q13 and 31 which were moderate. Questions (4, 12, and 30) were based on finding summary of the given paragraph and were easy to attempt except Q30 which was of moderate difficulty. The overall feel of this section was easy to moderate. In this paper there were six RC passages which were to be read and understood. Although understanding was not the problem as regards all the passages but it was quite time consuming. To score 90+ percentile one should have attempted 26-28 questions with 80- 85% accuracy and the underlying strategy is good reading aptitude and time management.

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 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.