Test Analysis, & Strategy 2020 Bull CAT 16

Overall Brief

On the whole the level of the test was moderate. The test contained many moderate and difficult questions and hence the important factor was selection of right questions. Reasoning section in this paper was more or less had the same level of difficulty as that of Quant section. Verbal section was moderate as regards level of difficulty. The key to getting a good percentile was time management and selection of questions.

DI & Reasoning
Easy Questions:
43-46, 48, 49, 51, 52, 55-62

The level of this section was easy and moderate. Only one set was difficult and remaining sets were easy and moderate. Overall there were 16 easy, 8 moderate and 8 tough questions. So in such a paper it is important to first attempt easy questions and leave the tough questions.

The Analytical reasoning set (In the recent elections held in four cities – Chandigarh, Mahishmati, Raipur and Dibrugarh, four candidates emerged victorious.) was doable. The Data reasoning set (Shyam Super Market is a one stop shop for all customers of Hulabaloo city. Super market deals in only ten types of things) was easy set. The Data reasoning set (The management of a bank wants to renovate the bank which is located in an area of 45 m × 28 m in terms of flooring.) was easy but tricky. The Analytical reasoning set (In 2018 T-20 cricket match series, there were four teams;- India, Australia, New Zealand &Bangladesh.) again manageable set. 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 19-21 questions with 90 % accuracy.

Quantitative Ability
Easy Questions:
8, 69, 71, 74, 77-80, 84, 86, 89, 91, 93, 99, 100

The Quantitative section had 15 easy, 12 medium and 7 difficult questions. This section had most of the questions as moderate and easy. In this paper there were 4 questions from Geometry and all were doable, 3 from basic numbers and they were difficult, 2 questions each from Logs and functions and inequalities which were manageable. There were 13 questions from arithmetic (Percentage/Profit and Loss/Mixtures/Average/SICI/Time and Work/Ratio) were mostly of moderate difficulty. TSD had 3 questions and they were manageable. Other than these topics, questions from mixed topics were asked like Algebra, Permutations, and progressions which were moderate. One question each from percentage, Algebra and Permutation and combination was difficult.

The difficulty level of this section was moderate. A good student could have scored 90+ percentile by attempting 16-18 questions with approx. 90% accuracy.

Verbal Ability
Easy Questions:
1-5, 7, 9, 10, 12-14, 16-23, 26, 28, 33

In verbal ability section, the first RC passage (Q1-5) was related to ‘what is more important: individual or the organization and the struggle between order and freedom (creativity)’. The passage was easy in terms of understanding and identifying answers to the questions.

The second RC passage (Q6-10) was based on ‘a look into the early life and works of one of the most significant photographers of modern era i.e. Andreas Gursky’. The passage was easy in terms of understanding and identifying answers to the questions except Q6 and 8 which were of moderate difficulty.

Third RC passage (Q11-15) was about ‘the chance discovery of a chemical Cisplatin that had the power to arrest other cancers’. The passage was easy to moderate in terms of understanding and interpreting the answers to the questions.

Fourth RC passage (Q16-21) was related to ‘people forsake financial gains in exchange for skill development’. The passage was easy in terms of understanding and identifying answers to the questions.

The last RC passage (Q22-24) was based on ‘The science of moral sense can help clarifying what morality is and how it should steer our actions’. The passage was easy as regards understanding and interpreting the related questions except Q24 which was difficult.

For non-RC questions, it is advisable not to spend too much time on them. Questions (25, 29, 34) (TITA) were based on finding misfit among the given four/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.

Questions (26-28) were based on finding summary of the given paragraph and were easy except Q27 which was of moderate difficulty. Questions (30-33) (TITA) were based on sentence rearrangement and were difficult except Q30 and 33 which were moderate and easy respectively.

The overall feel of this section was easy to moderate. To score 90+ percentile one should have attempted 25-27 questions with 75- 80% accuracy.

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. As far as LR/DI is concerned it was comparatively easier than quant. 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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