Test Analysis, & Strategy 2021 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 he Quant section. Verbal section was moderate as regards level of difficulty. The key to getting a good percentile was time management and selection of questions.

DI & Reasoning
Easy Questions:
35, 37, 38, 57, 59

The level of this section was moderate to difficult.Overall, there were 5easy, 14moderate and 13 difficult questions.There were two sets on Multiple Graphs which have doable questions. In such a paper it is important to first attempt easy questions and leave the tough questions.

Theset on Multiple graph (Worst Price, a leading retailer, was running a special sales promotion at its outlet in which. was doable. The Multiple graph set (Graph 1: shows volume wise share of various companies in BIKE market in India, for March 2015.) was manageable but a lengthy set. The first set on Analytical reasoning(Five Mice Sniff, Scurry, Hem, Haw and Snob have different number of pieces of cheese with them) was a manageable set. The set on Data caselet (Rahul had a sports equipment shop, decided to put all its equipment on Stock Clearance Sale)again manageable but a little tricky set.

The overall feel of the section wastough.One could have scored 90+ percentile by attempting around 9-11 questions with 90 % accuracy.

Quantitative Ability
Easy Questions:
74, 79, 82, 86, 88, 90, 92,100

The Quantitative section had 8easy, 12 medium and 14 difficult questions. This section had most of the questions as moderate or tough. In this paper there were 4 questions from Geometry in which two are difficult, 4 from basic numbers in which one is difficult and others were doable, 4 questions from Algebra in which all were difficult. There were 2 questions each from Time speed&distance, Time and Work, Average, functions, Percentage, Profit and Loss, Permutations and probability, Progressions. One question each from Time and work, Permutation and Progression was difficult and others were manageable. Remaining questions were from Mixtures, Logs,Ratio, which were doable. The difficulty level of this section was moderate. A good student could have scored 90+ percentile by attempting 10-12 questions with approx. 90% accuracy

Verbal Ability
Easy Questions:
3-7, 9, 10, 14, 17, 18, 21-23, 34

In verbal ability section, the first RC passage(Q1-5) was based on ‘challenging the notion of brain drain’. The passage was easy to moderate interms of understanding and identifying answers to therelated questions.

The second RC passage (Q6-10)was based on ‘drawing a parallel between the processes of choosing a mate and choosing a job’.The passage was easyin terms ofunderstanding and identifying answers to therelated questions except Q8 which was of moderate difficulty.

The third RC passage(Q11-15)was about‘conflicts that led to the cold war between the United States and the Soviet Union’.The passage was moderatein terms of understanding and interpreting the answers to the related questions except Q14 which was easy.

The fourth RC passage(Q16-18) was related to ‘the change in the social behavior brought by the adoption and eventually addiction to digital media’. The passage was easy in terms of understanding and identifying answers to the related questions except Q16 which was moderate.

The last RC passage(Q19-24) was based on ‘multilateral imperial politics triggered an indigenous arm race and led to the violent transformation of native America.’ The passage was easyto 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 (25, 27, 28, 29) (TITA) were based on sentence rearrangement where five sentences from an article were given in jumbled form to be arranged in a coherent manner. The questions were difficult.

Questions (26, 30, 31) (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 moderate except Q30 which was difficult.

Questions (32-34) were based on finding summary of the given paragraph and were moderate except Q34 which was easy.

The overall feel of this section was 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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