Test Analysis, & Strategy 2023 WIN CAT 10

Overall Brief

On the whole the level of the test was tough. The test contained many moderate and difficult questions and hence the important factor was selection of appropriate questions to attempt. LR/DI section was tougher than Quant section. Verbal section was moderate to tough. The key to getting a good percentile was time management and selection of questions.

CAT Analysis
Verbal Ability
Easy Questions:
10, 14, 16, 19, 24

In the first passage (1-4), author emphasizes on the acceptance of evolutionary biology with all its mysteries, dynamism and uncertainties. By discussing Charles Darwin’s theory, Gregor Mendel’s theory and Modern Synthesis of biological evolution of organisms, he stresses upon the fact that living things and organisms are complex beings and it’s difficult to have one unified theory of evolution. The level of difficulty of this passage was moderate to difficult. The second passage (5-8)is an excerpt from an article based on some children fiction and cartoons published during World war. The writers of these fictions and the cartoonist tried to encapsulate the feelings, experiences and imagination of the German Children during those miserable times. Through this article, the writer tried to give us a peep into the lives of people who experienced sadness and fear during war-time and have given justified portrayals in these works. This passage was of moderate to difficult level. In the third passage (9-12), the author simply talks about ‘the default effect’, which is our tendency to go with the status quo even when a different option would be better for us. And then he suggests certain strategies and steps that we can follow to make some intentional decisions in our life and take control of it. This passage was easy to moderate in difficulty level. The fourth passage (13-16) simply highlights huge domestic demand of drones in India. Author propounds that certain individuals and firms are confident that there will be demand for drones and people to fly them. The level of this passage was again moderate. Questions (17-19) were based on Para-summary and 2 of these questions were difficult and one easy. Questions (20-22) were sentence rearrangement questions and were a mix of easy to moderate level questions. Questions 23 and 24 were based on ‘misfit’ and ‘fit the sentence appropriately’ in the paragraph. This included moderate level questions. Overall, the verbal section of this mock was moderate to tough level of difficulty with an expected level of 80% of accuracy with 90+ percentile if a candidate attempts around 16 to 18 questions.

DI & Reasoning
Easy Questions:

The difficulty level of DI was very high. There were 1 easy, 10 medium and 9 difficult questions in this section. The last block (A water-tank A supplies 6000 liters of water.) was easiest and were must do and by attempting a couple of questions from rest of the blocks, one could have fetched a very good percentile.

In this section, one could have fetched 90+ percentile by attempting 3-6 questions with approx. 80 % accuracy.

Quantitative Ability
Easy Questions:
47, 54, 55, 58, 64, 65

Students found this section easier than DI this time. The Quantitative section had 6 easy, 7 medium and 9 difficult questions. Selection of questions was important to crack this section. There were questions from varied topics like Geometry, Basic Numbers, Basic Algebra, Progression and Series, Arithmetic (Percentages/Time and Work/Mixtures/Percentages/SI-CI/Ratios). A good student could have scored 90+ percentile by attempting around 6-9 questions with approx. 80% accuracy.

CAT Score
Strategy & Tips

The overall feel of the paper was 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. LR/DI section was tougher than Quant section Verbal section was moderate to tough. Most of the questions in quant section were from Arithmetic, Algebra, Number system and Geometry. For verbal section, one should have good reading skills as there were 4 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. Questions such as sentence rearrangement and misfit/best placement require analysis and knowledge of tricks to answer the questions. It is not advisable to spend too much time on TITA questions especially in the verbal section.

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