Test Analysis, & Strategy 2020 Bull CAT 14

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 and quant section in this paper were more or less same in terms of difficultly level. Verbal section was easy to moderate. The key to getting a good percentile was time management and selection of questions.

DI & Reasoning
Easy Questions:

The level of this section was moderate. Two sets were difficult and remaining sets were easy and moderate. Overall there were 15 easy, 6 moderate and 11 tough questions. So in such a paper it is important to first attempt easy questions and leave the tough questions.

This time we have three sets on Tables out of which one set is very easy and other two sets have mix level of questions. The first data caselet( Guddu, Yuvi, Chunnu, Munnu and Buvi are five friends living in five different cities named Kurukshetra, Jaipur, Varanasi, Bahadurgarh and Palampur, not necessarily in that order) was easy. The Analytical reasoning set (A commando trainer decided to design a very tough training regime for all the new recruits. ) was tricky but doable set. The set on Tables (10000 students were divided into 2 groups of 5000 students each. These students were given tests in exactly one area) was easy but tricky. The venn diagram (2500 students applied for an MBA program in three major colleges IMI, FMS and MDI.) was difficult. 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 14-16 questions with 90 % accuracy.

Quantitative Ability
Easy Questions:

The Quantitative section had 16 easy, 10 medium and 8 difficult questions. This section had most of the questions as moderate and easy. In this paper there were 4 questions from Geometry,1 from coordinate geometry 3 from basic numbers in which 2 were difficult, 1 question from Logs, 3 from functions and inequalities out of which one is difficult.1 question from geometry was difficult. There were 13 questions from arithmetic (Percentage/Profit and Loss/Mixtures/Average/SICI/Time and Work/Ratio) were mostly of moderate difficulty. TSD had 2 questions and they were manageable. Other than these topics, questions from mixed topics were asked like Algebra, Permutations, Logs and progressions which were moderate. Questions of logs and algebra were easy and doable. One question each from Mixture and SI/CI was difficult.

The difficulty level of this section was easy to moderate. A good student could have scored 90+ percentile by attempting 18-20 questions with approx. 90% accuracy

Verbal Ability
Easy Questions:
1-4, 6, 8-12, 14, 16, 18, 21-25, 29, 30, 32

In verbal ability section, the first RC passage (Q1-5) was related to ‘How can an employer create positive optimistic work atmosphere’. The passage was easy in terms of understanding and identifying answers to the questions except Q5which was of moderate difficulty.

The second RC passage (Q6-9) was based on ‘philosophy in the world of democracy and education’.The passage was easy in terms of understanding and identifying answers to the questions except Q7 which was moderate.

Third RC passage(Q10-14) was about ‘the people thought to be critical for fear, actually lack a brain structure and can still experience the emotions’.The passage was easy in terms of understanding and interpreting the answers to the questions except Q13 which was of moderate difficulty.

Fourth RC passage (Q15-19) was related to ‘how free market ideology distorts the vocabulary of democracy’. The passage was moderate in terms of understanding and identifying answers to the questions except Q16 and 18 which were easy.

The last RC passage(Q20-24) was based on ‘Cervantes, who brought forward a new way of telling a story i.e. where ambivalence (confusion/ dilemma) was not to be resolved but embraced and expressed through characters who are not real but seem so’. The passage was easy as regards understanding and interpreting the related questions except Q28 which was difficult.

For non-RC questions, it is advisable not to spend too much time on them. Questions (25, 29, and 32) were based on finding summary of the given paragraph and were easy. Questions (26, 28, 31, 33)(TITA) were based on sentence rearrangement and were difficult except Q26 which was of moderate difficulty.

Questions (27, 30, 34) (TITA) were based on finding misfit among the given four or five sentences. The key is to find the sentence that is lying outside the theme in the remaining sentences. The questions were of moderate difficulty, except Q30which was easy.

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.

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. In Quant most of the questions were from Arithmetic, Algebra, Number system and Geometry. One should be able to select or reject the LR/DI sets to score well and save time to maximize the attempts. 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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