Test Analysis, & Strategy 2021 Bull CAT 14

Overall Brief

On the whole the level of the test was moderate.The test containedmany moderate anddifficult questions and hence the important factor was selection of right questions. Reasoning section in this paper was difficult than the Quant section. Verbal section was easy to moderate in terms of level of difficulty.The key to getting a good percentile was time management and selection of questions.

DI & Reasoning
Easy Questions:
39-42, 43, 55, 63 - 66

The DILR section of this paper was of moderate to difficult level with 2 easy sets and 3 moderate sets with few easy questions. The first set about the safety ratings of car was moderate. The next set was on the survey of customers and it was easy to solve. The third set was based on the network diagrams and it was again difficult with 2 easy questions. The next set was about an apartment complex and it was calculative and should have been avoided. The next set on Venn diagram was moderate. The set about the students taking B- school entrance exam was calculative with one easy question. There was one set based on crypto coding and it should have been avoided. The last set about the river system of India was easy and should have been attempted.

The overall feel of the section was moderate to difficult. One could have scored 90+ percentile by attempting around 10 - 12 questions with 90 % accuracy.

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Quantitative Ability
Easy Questions:
67, 69, 70, 72, 74, 75, 76, 77, 79, 80, 82, 85, 89, 93, 95

The Quantitative section had 15 easy, 14 medium and 5 difficult questions.

This section was of easy to moderate level. The paper was having majority of the questions from algebra and number system. There were 6 questions of algebra out of which 2 were easy and 3 were medium. The 4 questions of number system were easy to solve. There were 3 questions on geometry and mensuration out of which 2 were easy. The 3 questions of Time and Work were easy. There were 2 questions each of Ratio, Time speed and distance, Progressions, Percentage, Profit and Loss. The questions Percentage and Profit and Loss were easy. The questions of Ratio were also doable. The paper had 2 questions of P & C and Probability and 2 questions on Logarithms which were of moderate type. There was one question each of average, Coordinate Geometry and Aliigation and Mixture and they were doable. A good student could have scored 90+ percentile by attempting 17 - 19 questions with approx. 90% accuracy

Verbal Ability
Easy Questions:
1, 3, 4, 6, 8, 9, 11-14, 16, 18-20, 24, 30-34

The first RC (1-5) talked about ‘higher and lower pleasure’ in the light of philosophy. The passage was a little tricky in terms of understanding but questions based on it were easy except questions (2 & 5), which were moderate. The second RC (6-10) was based on features of Buddhist meditation and western philosophical meditation. The passage was moderate in terms of understanding but again the questions based on it were easy except questions (7& 10), which were moderate. The third passage (11-15) was based on fall of an empire due to lack of literacy. The passage was easy in terms of understanding and questions based on it were easy except Q 15, which was moderate. The fourth passage (16-19) was based on exploitation of African – American by law enforcement agencies. The passage was an interesting read and easy to moderate in terms of understanding. All the questions based on it were easy except Q17, which was moderate. The last passage was based on reasons behind ‘recession’ in an economy and one of the major reasons is when firms & people are not able to utilize available resources. The passage was moderate to tough in terms of understanding. The questions based on it also tricky except questions (20&24), which were easy. The questions (25-28) were based on sentence rearrangement and all were difficult. The questions (29-31) were based on finding the misfit and all these questions were easy. Last three questions were based on finding the summary of the given paragraph and again these questions were doable.

The overall feel of this section was easy to moderate. To score 90+ percentile one should have attempted 26-28 questions with 75- 80% accuracy.

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Strategy & Tips

The overall feel of the paper was moderate, 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 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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