Test Analysis, & Strategy 2021 Bull CAT 10

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 moderate as regards level of difficulty.The key to getting a good percentile was time management and selection of questions.

DI & Reasoning
Easy Questions:
43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 49, 50, 51, 52, 54, 57, 59, 60

The level of difficulty of this sectionwasmoderate.Overall, there were 13 easy,10 moderate and 9 difficult questions.In such a paper it is important to first attempt easy questions and leave the tough questions.

Theset on Analytical reasoning (A set of nesting dolls is a set of five dolls placed one inside the other, with the outermost doll (doll number 1)) was doable. TheData reasoningset (Uncle Chen brought a bagful of jelly beans when he visited his mischievous nephews) was manageable set. The set on Analytical reasoning (In the recent elections held in four cities – Chandigarh, Mahishmati, Raipur and Dibrugarh, four candidates emerged victorious) was manageable but lengthy set. The set on Analytical reasoning(In a Singing Competition, seven males and seven females participated) again manageable but tricky set.

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

Quantitative Ability
Easy Questions:
67, 70, 71, 74, 79, 82, 84, 92, 94, 96, 100

The Quantitative section had 11easy, 12medium and 11 difficult questions. This section had most of the questions as moderate to tough. In this paper there were 4 questions from Geometryin which one is difficult, 4 from basic numbers in which all are doable, 4 questions from Algebra in which one is difficult. There were2questions each from Logs, Time and Work, Average, functions, Percentage, Profit and Loss, Permutations and probability, Progressions out of which one question each from Time and work, Logs, Permutation and progression was difficult and others were manageable. Remaining were from mixtures, Time speed distance, which were doable. The difficulty level of this section was moderate. A good student could have scored 90+ percentile by attempting13-15questions with approx. 90% accuracy

Verbal Ability
Easy Questions:
1-3, 5-7, 11, 13, 15, 18, 20-22, 33

In verbal ability section, the first RC passage(Q1-5) was based on ‘business and economic strategies that will work in country like India’. The passage was easy in terms of understanding and identifying answers to the related questions.

The second RC passage (Q6-10)was based on ‘certain paradoxes that still evoke serious deliberation and are important to understand’.The passage was moderate in terms of understanding and identifying answers to the related questions except Q6 and Q7 which were little easy. The third RC passage(Q11-15)was about many old theories of gravitation that have no real consequence’.The passage was easy to moderate in terms of understanding and interpreting the answers to the related questions except Q14 which was little tricky.

The fourth RC passage(Q16-19) was related to ‘disapproval of bragging about exploits in a war and objection of viewing a victory in war as victory of culture’. The passage was easy to moderate in terms of understanding and identifying answers to related questions except Q16 and Q17 which were little tricky.

The last RC passage(Q20-24) was about ‘a hypothesis with evidence to prove it and mainly based on functional genes’. The passage was easy to moderate in terms of understanding and interpreting the related questions.

Fornon-RCquestions, it is advisable not to spend too much time on them. Questions (27, 29, 30, 31) (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 (25, 26, 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 except Q28 which was moderate.

Questions (32-34) were based on finding summary of the given paragraph and were moderate except Q33 which was easy. The overall feel of this section was moderate. To score 90+ percentile one should have attempted 22-25 questions with 75- 80% accuracy.

Strategy & Tips

The overall feel of the paper wasmoderate 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 difficult in this paper. As far as Quant is concerned it was easier than DI 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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