Test Analysis, & Strategy 2023 WIN CAT 12

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 appropriate questions to attempt. Reasoning section was slightly tougher than quant section. Verbal section was moderate to tough. The key to getting a good percentile was time management and selection of questions.

MBA Masterclass
Verbal Ability
Easy Questions:
1, 4, 14, 20, 21, 22

The first passage (1-4) brings forth the motive behind anti-aging technologies and different critics’ arguments against it. Though the author presents arguments of both the sides, but he underscores the scientific, ethical, economic and social implications of extending lifespan unnaturally. The level of difficulty of this passage was easy to moderate. The second passage (5-8) expounds the current employment situation of Indian women in general and married women in specific; and their struggles to find a job after the maternity break. Author discusses the potential of rise in Indian economy if women were to be given equal opportunities. He also explains different reasons for this disproportionate fall in number of working women; mainly attributing it to the patriarchal setup and gender-based roles in India. This passage was moderate to difficult in difficulty level. In the third passage (9-12) author criticizes the growing reliance on AI and the way it’s treated like humans. His argument here is that computers run on algorithm and not on emotions or intuitions like humans. By the end of the passage, he suggests that there should be some water-mark to how much we can rely on AI. This passage was moderate in difficulty level. The fourth passage (13-16)highlights the lack of proper legal way of punishing the culprit. Author states different reasons through which witnesses, judges and even the prosecution is manipulated; which makes encounters an easy method to dispense justice. Then he goes on to give different measures that can ensure just and fair criminal trials. This passage has 1 easy, 2 moderate and 1 difficult level question. Questions (17-19) were based on Sentence Rearrangement and these questions were moderate to difficult. Questions (20-22) were Para- summary questions and were all easy-level questions. Questions 23 and 24 were based on ‘fit the sentence appropriately’ in the paragraph. This included moderate level questions. Overall, the verbal section of this mock was more on moderate to tough level of difficulty with an expected level of 85% of accuracy with 90+ percentile if a candidate attempts around 16 to 18 questions.

DI & Reasoning
Easy Questions:
27, 28, 29, 40

The difficulty level of DI was Hard. There were 4 easy, 7 medium and 9 difficult questions in this section. The first blocks (Mrs. and Mr. Mittal took their nine grandsons to a famous toy shop) were easiest and was a 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 7-9 questions with approx. 80 % accuracy.

Quantitative Ability
Easy Questions:
45, 51, 52, 53, 56, 57, 66

Students found this section easier than DI this time. The Quantitative section had 7 easy, 4 medium and 11 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 7-9 questions with approx. 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. Reasoning 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& comprehension skills as there are4 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 finding best placement require analysis, understanding the context 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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