Test Analysis, & Strategy 2020 Bull CAT 17

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 comparatively difficult than the Quant section. Verbal section was easy to moderate as regards level of difficulty. The key to getting a good percentile was time management and selection of questions.

DI & Reasoning
Easy Questions:
38-40, 43-45, 52, 54, 59-62, 63

The level of this section was easy and moderate. Two sets were difficult and remaining sets were easy and moderate. Overall there were 13 easy, 11 moderate and 8 tough questions. There were two sets on Tables out of which one is difficult. In such a paper it is important to first attempt easy questions and leave the tough questions.

The set on Tables (The diagram given represents the nearness of different departments to that of the other departments and the reason for it. Ex; in the OPD row and ENT) was tricky but doable. The Analytical reasoning set (Six friends namely Anshul, Priya, Khushi, Manav, Misha and Shikha were taking test series of a reputed coaching institute.) was easy set. The Data reasoning set (Table below shows the Final Rankings after T-20 tournament.) was time consuming but manageable. The Analytical reasoning set (In a Singing Competition, seven males and seven females participated. P, Q, R, S, T, U and V were the Female participants) 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 16-18 questions with 90 % accuracy.

Quantitative Ability
Easy Questions:
68, 69, 78, 80, 82, 83, 88-91, 93, 96

The Quantitative section had 12 easy, 16 medium and 6 difficult questions. This section had most of the questions as moderate and easy. In this paper there were 4 questions from Geometry and 3 were difficult, 3 from basic numbers and they were doable, 1 question each from Logs and functions and inequalities was 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 out of which one was difficult. Other than these topics, questions from mixed topics were asked like Algebra, Permutations, and progressions which were moderate. One question each from Mixtures and Algebra 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, 9-23, 25, 30, 33, 34

In verbal ability section, the first RC passage (Q1-4) was related to ‘Any gains in life expectancy have to be seen in the context of the healthy habits in which a population engages rather than our reliance on doctors and prescription medicine to ensure population longevity ’. The passage was easy in terms of understanding and identifying answers to the related questions.

The second RC passage (Q5-10)was based on ‘The triumph of E-mail: why does one of the world’s most reviled technologies keep winning’.The passage was easy in terms of understanding and identifying answers to the questions except Q6 and Q8 which were of moderate difficulty.

Third RC passage (Q12-16) was about‘why is the world so loud and how noise is becoming more of health hazard affecting our cognitive and behavioral faculties rather than just a nuisance’. The passage was easy in terms of understanding and interpreting the answers to the questions.

Fourth RC passage (Q17-20) was related to ‘Antibiotic resistance is rising to dangerously high levels in all parts of the world and the world urgently needs to change the way it prescribes and uses antibiotics’. The passage was easy in terms of understanding and identifying answers to the related questions.

The last RC passage (Q21-25) was based on ‘cognitive diversity boosts collective intelligence and this perspective may help the companies to boost their returns’. 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 (11, 33, and 34) were based on finding summary of the given paragraph and were easy.

Questions (26-28) (TITA) were based on sentence rearrangement where 4-5 sentences from an article were given in jumbled form to be arranged in a coherent manner. The questions were of moderate difficulty.

Questions (29-32) (TITA) were based on finding misfit among the given 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 Q30 and Q32 which were easy and difficult respectively.

Questions (29-32) (TITA) were based on finding misfit among the given 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 Q30 and Q32 which were easy and difficult respectively.

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 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 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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