Test Analysis, & Strategy 2020 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 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 moderate and difficult only two sets were easy. The remaining sets were moderate and difficult. Overall there were 7 easy, 16 moderate and 9 tough questions. So in such a paper it is important to first attempt easy questions and leave the tough questions.

The first analytical reasoning set (Five cars – Audi A3, BMW 5 GT, Mitsubishi Lancer, Nissan Altima and Volvo S 60I.) was easy. The analytical reasoning set (Six friends, Anannya, Jaanvi, Kashin, Medha, Riya and Sonal, dropped into an Ice-cream Parlour after watching a movie.) was tricky but manageable set. The data reasoning set (Rahul had a sports equipment shop, decided to put all its equipment on Stock Clearance Sale.) was again easy but tricky. The analytical set (In Jindal Brothers Ltd., there are four employees – Alia, Shraddha, Kartik and Irfan. Each of them works in different department among Marketing, Finance, HR and Operations) was manageable. 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 12-14 questions with 90 % accuracy.

Quantitative Ability
Easy Questions:

The Quantitative section had 15 easy, 12 medium and 7 difficult questions. This section had most of the questions as moderate and easy. In this paper there were 5 questions from Geometry, 2 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 2 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 easy and moderate. A good student could have scored 90+ percentile by attempting 15-17 questions with approx. 90% accuracy.

Verbal Ability
Easy Questions:

In verbal ability section, the first RC passage (Q1-5) was related to ‘‘bringing forward the correlation between the process of finding a mate and choosing a job’. The passage was easy in understanding and identifying answers to the questions except Q5 which was of moderate difficulty.

The second RC passage (Q6-10) was based on ‘why smart people should be encouraged to leave developing countries’.The passage was moderate in understanding and identifying answers to the questions except Q8 and Q9 which were easy.

Third RC passage (Q11-14) was about ‘victory in war should not be misconceived by Germans’. The passage was of moderate difficulty in terms of understanding and interpreting the answers to the questions except Q12 which was easy.

Fourth RC passage (Q15-19) was related to ‘The situation between Russia and the U.S. would not escalate into a full-blown war-like hostility’. The passage was easy to moderate in terms of understanding and answering the questions.

The last RC passage (Q20-24) was based on ‘new research suggests at least 75% of human genome is junk DNA’. The passage was easy as regards understanding and interpreting the related questions except Q24 which was of moderate difficulty.

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, 26, 29)(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 Q29 which was moderate. Questions (27, 30, and 32) were based on finding summary of the given paragraph and were easy except Q32 which was difficult. Questions (28, 31, 33, 34) (tita) were based on sentence rearrangement and were difficult.

The overall feel of this section was easy to moderate. To score 90+ percentile one should have attempted 24-25 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 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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