Test Analysis, & Strategy 2021 Bull CAT 17

Overall Brief

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 -17the 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.

DI & Reasoning
Easy Questions:
27, 31, 33, 35, 39, 40, 41, 42

The DILR section of this paper was of moderate to difficult level. The first set on global mobile data traffic was easy to moderate. The second set based on the dartboard game was again of moderate level. The third set was based on students in a playschool and was moderate type but was of a common type of set. So, if someone has done this type of set in past then it was doable. The next set based on fruits distribution among friends was easy to solve. The fifth set was of bar diagram where the information about the number of juicers in use in different years was given. This set was of moderate type and the first two questions of this set were easy to solve. The last set was of Venn diagram and it was difficult to solve and could have been avoided under time constraints.

One could have scored 90+ percentile by attempting around 14-16 questions with 90 % accuracy.

Quantitative Ability
Easy Questions:
51, 52, 53, 56, 60, 61, 62, 63, 65, 67, 72, 74, 75

The Quantitative section had 13 easy, 9 medium and 4 difficult questions. This section was of moderate level. The paper was having majority of the questions from algebra. The rest of the sections were evenly balanced. There were 6 questions of algebra out of which 2 were easy and 3 were of moderate type. The paper had 2 questions of Time and work and out of which one was easy. There were 3 questions of number system and these were of moderate level. Paper had two questions of percentage and profit Loss each, which were easy. There were 2 questions of Time, speed and distance and they were easy to solve. Out of the two questions of Geometry, one was moderate and the other was difficult. There were 2 questions of Permutation & Combination and they were also of moderate type. There was one question each of Mixtures, Coordinate geometry, Ratio, logarithm and Simple and compound interest. They were of easy to moderate type and could have been attempted.

A good student could have scored 90+ percentile by attempting 15- 17 questions with approx. 90% accuracy

Verbal Ability
Easy Questions:

The first RC (1-5) was based on ‘the impact of age of the society on economy’. The passage was a little tricky to understand and questions based on it were also tricky except Q2, which was easy. The second RC (6-10) was based on ‘increase in inflation and its repercussions & reasons’. The passage was again a little tricky to understand. However, questions based on it were easy except questions (6 & 9), which were easy. The third passage (11-14) was based on ‘rising population of tigers and concerns related to it’. The passage was easy in terms of understanding but the questions were a mixed bag. All the questions based on it were either easy of moderate except Q13, which was difficult. The fourth passage (15-18) was based on ‘perception that laws are selectively enforced based on different issues. The passage was moderate in term of understanding and questions based on it were also moderate except Q 15, which was easy. It is important to be extra careful while attempting inference and reasoning-based questions. The questions (19 & 20) were based on finding the misfit out of the given sentences. There difficult and moderate respectively. The questions (23-25) were based on finding the summary of the given paragraph. These questions were either moderate or difficult. The questions (21,22 & 26) were based on sentence rearrangement. Again, these questions were either difficult or moderate. Overall, the feel of this section was moderate to tough. To score 90+ percentile one should have attempted 14-16 questions with 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. 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. Knowledge of critical reasoning fundamentals is also required to score well in RCs. Moreover, questions like sentence rearrangement and misfit require analysis and knowledge of tricks to answer the questions.

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