Test Analysis, & Strategy 2021 Bull CAT 13

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:
39, 51 ,52, 54, 59, 60, 61, 63, 66

This section had 3 doable sets that too were at the last of paper. Easiest of all was of ranking of 12 students on basis of score and this block should have been attempted. Other two blocks that were to be attempted were of portion division (swaranthali) and grid-based. Overall, there were 9 easy, 11moderate and 12 tough questions. So, in such a paper it is important to firstattempt easy questions and avoids the tough questions.The block on coins required conceptual clarity, should be done after the paper, even if not attempted in paper. The overall feel of the section was moderate and one could have scored 90+ percentile by attempting around16 questions with approx. 80 % accuracy.

Quantitative Ability
Easy Questions:
71, 73, 74, 76, 78, 81, 85, 89, 91, 93

The Quantitative section had 10 easy, 16 medium and 8 difficult questions. In this paper there were 4 questions from Geometry,4 from basic numbers,4 from basic algebra, 2 from progression and series,2 functions etc. There were 9 questions from arithmetic (Percentages/Time and Work/Mixtures/Percentages/SI-CI/Ratios) were mostly of moderate difficulty. TSD also had 3 questions were moderate ones. Other than these topics, questions from mixed topics were asked like P n C, Logs and each had around 2 questions. This section was moderate.A good student could have scored 90+ percentile by attempting 18questions with approx. 80% accuracy.

Verbal Ability
Easy Questions:
2, 4-7, 9-13, 16, 24-25, 30-33

The first passage was based on ‘why people are not concerned about their health and major reason being ‘cognitive bias’. The passage was moderate in terms of understanding. All the questions based on it were easy except Q1&Q3, which were moderate and difficult respectively. The next passage was based on ‘how spiritual gurus help in eliminating guilt and also keen in selling their own products’. The passage was easy to moderate in terms of understanding. All the questions based on it were easy except Q8, which was moderate. The passage based on ‘moonshot and how some institutions encourage failure to be successful’ was moderate in terms of understanding. A few questions (13,14 &15) based on it were a little tricky as they were based on application of understanding of the passage. The passage based on ‘weird sense of fashion’ was easy to moderate in terms of understanding. All the questions based on it were moderate except 16, which was easy. The passage based on ‘difference in interpreting art by humans and machines’ was moderate to tough in terms of understanding. All the questions based on it were moderate except Q24, which was easy. The questions (25,26,27, &31) based on sentence rearrangement were difficult except questions (25 & 31), which were easy. Three questions (28,29, & 30) were based on finding the odd one out of the given sentences. The questions were moderate except Q30, which was easy. The questions (32,33, &34) were based on finding summary and were easy except Q34, which was difficult.
The overall feel of this section wasmoderate. To score 90+ percentile one should have attempted 24-26 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. Include variety in your reading as passages are based on different areas. Moreover, questions like sentence rearrangement and misfit require analysis, understanding the context and knowledge of tricks to attempt properly.

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