Test Analysis - Bull CAT 17

Overall Brief

On the whole the level of the test was moderate. The test contained many difficult questions, so the important factor was selection of right questions. Quant section in this paper was comparatively tougher than the Reasoning section. The key to getting a good percentile was time management and selection of questions. Verbal section was moderate.

DI & Reasoning
Easy Questions:

This section was filled with easy sets and overall it can be said that it was an easy section with a total of 32 questions having only 19 Easy and 8 Moderate questions. Selection of easy sets is important in such a paper so as to maximize the score and attempt.

Student can start from Set 1 (election in 4 cities) and attempt entire set. After this, the candidate can more to set 3 ( phone password ) and get the first 3 questions in no time. Set 4 ( pie chart ) is also a very easy set and can be solved pretty quickly. Set 2 ( T 20 ) can be tried after this which again has 3 easy ones. From here, candidate can move to set 6 ( perfumes ). If still time permits, then student can try set 5 ( recruitment test ) after this.

One could have scored 90+ percentile by attempting around 22 questions with 80 % accuracy.

Quantitative Ability
Easy Questions:

The Quantitative section had 20 easy, 10 medium and 4 difficult questions. Arithmetic (18) was the major contributor to this paper. Arithmetic had questions from all sections (percentage/profit loss/Mixtures/Ratios/Time and Work and out of these 13 were easy. Algebra had only 5 questions from areas like progressions/functions/area of curve and had 2 easy questions. Geometry had 4 questions out of which 2 were easy and remaining moderate ones. Logs and Number system each had 1 question. PnC had 3 questions out of which 1 was easy and TSD also had 2 questions which were both doable.

A good student could have scored 90+ percentile by attempting 27 questions with approx. 80 % accuracy.

Verbal Ability
Easy Questions:

In verbal ability section, the first RC passage (Q1-6) was based on 'bringing about the comparison between two pricing models; CPC and CPA of online advertising'. The passage as well as the related questions was easy to moderate. The second passage (Q7-12) was 'to draw forth the correlation between the process of choosing a soul mate and choosing a job.' The passage as well as the questions based on this passage was easy except Q9 which was moderate. Third passage (13-18) was based on 'how matters are worked out away from media gaze as in case of Kulbhushan Jadhav '. The passage was also moderate in terms of understanding. All the questions based on this passage were moderate except Q16 and 17 which were easy. Fourth passage (Q19-21) was based on 'how free expression of opinion or thoughts can result in prejudiced interpretation and thereby malevolent actions.' Questions based on this passage were easy. The last passage (Q22-24) was based on 'severe global water crisis, its negative effects and suggesting some remedial measures '. The passage was easy to interpret and identify the answers except Q22 which was of moderate difficulty. Questions (25-27) were based on finding summary of the given paragraph and were easy to moderate. Questions (31-34) were based on sentence rearrangement and the questions were moderate to difficult. Questions (28-30) were based on finding misfit among the given four sentences and were difficult. The key is to find the sentence that is lying outside the theme in the remaining three sentences. 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, 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 had mostly moderate or difficult level questions, thus selection of questions was important. As far as Quant is concerned most of the questions were from Algebra, Numbers & Geometry and since most of the questions were easy or moderate, thus selection of easier and doable questions was important. For verbal section, one should have good reading skills as there were 5 RC's and questions were based on paragraph summary also in which reading skills were requisite. Moreover, questions like sentence rearrangement and misfit require analysis and tricks to answer.