Test Analysis, & Strategy 2022 WIN CAT 14

Overall Brief

On the whole the level of the test was tough. The test contained many moderate and difficult questions and hence the important factor was selection of appropriate questions to attempt. Reasoning section was tougher than quant section. Verbal section was also tough. The key to getting a good percentile was time management and selection of questions.

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Verbal Ability
Easy Questions:
1, 4, 14

The first passage (1-4) was based on ‘feasibility of finding alien life in the universe’. The passage was moderate to difficult in terms of understanding and questions based on it were difficult except questions (1 & 4), which were easy. The second passage (5-8) was based on ‘perspectives on criticizing national figures & possible fallout of these tendencies. The passage was again tricky to understand as the arguments in the passage were a little abstract. All the questions were moderate. The third passage (9-12) was based on ‘critical analysis of the idea of selling LIC (profitable PSU).’ The author did not see any logic in divesting in LIC. The passage was a little to understand and questions based on it were either moderate or difficult. The fourth passage (13-16) was based on neural mechanism underlying social biases. Only this passage was a little easier to understand but questions based on it were moderate except Q 14, which was easy. The questions (17 & 18) were based on finding misfit and were moderate. The questions (19-21) were based on sentence rearrangement and were all difficult. The questions (22-24) were based on finding summary of the given paragraph. The questions were either moderate or difficult. The overall feel of the exam was difficult. One could have scored 90+ percentile by attempting 14-16 questions with 70-80% accuracy.

DI & Reasoning
Easy Questions:
27, 28, 33

After easier DI section in last two mock, DI again came back to its usual difficulty level and was tougher than quant this time. There were 3 easy, 9 medium and 8 difficult questions in this section. One block (Mind Tree Education Pvt. Ltd.) was a must do block to clear the cutoff in this section and another block (Air India, Air Express, Go First) was manageable. The block (An octagon is cut into 8) was difficult and should have been avoided. Rest blocks should have been attempted partially to get good percentile in this section. This time the order in which these blocks were attempted was important to crack this section.

One could have scored 90+ percentile by attempting around 6-8 questions with approx. 80 % accuracy.

Quantitative Ability
Easy Questions:
45, 46 ,47, 51, 53, 57

Students this time found this section easier than last two mocks. The Quantitative section had 6 easy, 11 medium and 5 difficult questions. In 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). Other than these topics, questions from mixed topics were asked like of P n C, Logs and Coordinate Geometry. This section was moderate to difficult.

A good student could have scored 90+ percentile by attempting 10-12 questions with approx. 80% accuracy.

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Strategy & Tips

The overall feel of the paper was 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 very tough in this paper. Most of the questions in quant section were from Arithmetic, Algebra, Number system and Geometry. For verbal section, one should have good reading skills as there were 4 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 misfit require analysis 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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