As per the latest guidelines, there is a change in the total allotted time for CAT 2021 wherein now instead of 180 minutes, the CAT exam will be of 120 minutes. The candidates will be allotted exactly 40 minutes for answering questions in each section and they will not be permitted to switch from one section to another. The syllabus, marking scheme and number of options per question remain unchanged. As there is reduction in the time duration, it is expected that the number of questions per section will also be reduced and it is likely that questions per section will same as they were in 2020. So, by incorporating the requisite changes, the Bull CATs (w.e.f. Bull CAT 16) have been updated with a total of 76 questions. On the whole the level of BULL CAT -16 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 moderate as regards level of difficulty. Instead of 5 RC passages, there were 4 passages comprising 18questions and the non- RC questions including TITA questions were 8 in number. The key to getting a good percentile was time management and selection of questions.
The DILR section of this paper was of easy to moderate level. The first set of four varieties of fruits was easy to solve. The second set where the data about B- school placements was given was a little bit calculative but not difficult. The third set about the juggler had 6 questions and it was of easy to moderate type and could have been attempted. The fourth set about newspapers distribution also had 6 questions. It was also calculative but otherwise easy. The last set where people have Rs 5 and Rs 10 notes with them was also of moderate type. The overall feel of the section was easy to moderate. One could have scored 90+ percentile by attempting around 15- 16 questions with 90 % accuracy.
The Quantitative section had 16 easy, 5 medium and 5 difficult questions. This section was of easy to moderate level. The paper was having majority of the questions from algebra. The rest of the sections were evenly balanced. There were 7 questions of algebra out of which 3 were easy and 2 were of moderate type. The paper had 2 questions of Time and work and they were doable. There were 2 questions of Number system and one of them was difficult. The paper had 2 questions of P & C and they were also of moderate level. There were 2 questions of Geometry and one question of coordinate geometry and they were also of moderate type. There were 2 questions each on profit and loss and percentage and they were easy to solve. There was one question each of average, Ratio, logs and alligation mixture and they were easy.
A good student could have scored 90+ percentile by attempting14-16questions with approx. 90% accuracy
The first passage (1-5) was based on ‘importance of entrepreneurship and reasons its decline in recent years. The passage was easy to moderate in terms of understanding. All the questions based on it were easy except questions (4 &5), which were moderate. The second passage (6-10) was based on ‘policy reforms and reactions against upholding the same’. This passage was moderate in terms of understanding. Also, all questions based on it were moderate except (9 & 10) which were easy. The third passage (11-14) was based on ‘whether reforms should focus on domestic or foreign interests and role of navy in maintaining US dominance in smooth flow of trade via sea’. The passage was moderate to tough in terms of understanding and questions based on it were also tricky. However, question (14) based on it were easy. The last passage (15-18) was based on ‘role of natural environment especially trees in maintaining health of mind & body’. The passage was easy to understand. All the questions based on it were easy except question 15, which was moderate. The questions (19-21) were based on sentence rearrangement. All the questions were difficult except question 21, which was moderate. The questions (22 & 23) were based on finding the misfit sentence. Both the questions were moderate. The questions (24-26) were based on finding the summary of the given paragraph. All the questions were moderate except question 24, which was easy. The overall feel of this section was moderate. To score 90+ percentile one should have attempted 16-18 questions with 75- 80% accuracy.
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 comparatively difficult in this paper. As far as Quant is concerned it was easier than DI and most of the questions 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. Moreover, questions like sentence rearrangement and misfit require analysis and knowledge of tricks to answer the questions.