Test Analysis, & Strategy 2021 Bull CAT 18

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 -18the test was 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:
31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49

The DILR section of this paper was difficult. The first set based on students participating in Olympiads was difficult as well as calculative. The next set was of data interpretation where the data about the sales of the motorcycles was given. This was little bit calculative but doable set. As the remaining sets were difficult, so this should have been attempted. The next set where the arrangement of chocolates was to be done was based on the concept of arithmetic progression and was of moderate type. The fourth set had 6 questions and was based on the four set Ven diagram and was difficult to solve in the given time period. The last was a caselet based on the concept of chain rule and was of moderate type. Out of the 6 questions of this set around 3 – 4 were doable.

One could have scored 90+ percentile by attempting around 7 - 9 questions with 90% accuracy.

Quantitative Ability
Easy Questions:
53, 54, 55, 59, 62, 64, 65, 68, 76

The Quantitative section had 9 easy, 6 medium and 11 difficult questions. This section was of moderate to difficult level having questions from almost all the areas. The majority of the questions were from Algebra. There were 6 questions from this topic out of which 2 were easy, 2 were medium and 2 were difficult. There were four questions on number system and they were difficult to solve. The paper had 3 medium level questions on logarithm and if the student knows the basic properties of logs, then 2 questions were easily doable. There were 2 questions of coordinate geometry and they were difficult. The paper had 3 questions of Time, Speed and Distance out of which 2 were easy to solve. There were 2 moderate level questions of geometry in the paper. The only one question on Permutation and Combination was difficult. There was one question each of Average, Simple and Compound Interest, Profit & Loss, Mixtures and Percentage and they were easy to solve.

A good student could have scored 90+ percentile by attempting 12- 14 questions with approx. 90% accuracy
Verbal Ability
Easy Questions:
5, 7-9, 15, 17, 19, 22, 23, 26

The first passage (1-5) was based on ‘irregular warfare & rationale behind it. Also, how ideologies of various nations & globalization have made it complicated’. The passage was moderate to tough to understand. The questions based on it were either moderate or difficult except Q5, which was easy. The second passage (6-9) was based on ‘finding that impact of teachers’ (behavior & methodologies) the performance of the students. The passage was an interesting read and a little tricky to understand. However, the questions based on it were easy except Q6, which was easy. The third passage (10-13) was based on discussion on ‘judicial independence & judicial accountability and their implications. The passage was moderate to difficult in terms of understanding and questions based on it were either difficult or moderate. The fourth passage (14-18) was based desalination and its various techniques’. The passage moved around scientific rationale and therefore a little tricky to comprehend. The questions based on it were a mixed bag. The questions were either easy or moderate except Q14, which was difficult. The surprise element in this passage was two questions based on mathematical reasoning. One of them was non-MCQ in nature. The questions (20,23, & 25) were based on finding summary of the given paragraph. The questions were either difficult or moderate except Q23, which was easy. The questions (21,22, & 24) were based on sentence rearrangement. This time questions were easy except Q24, which was difficult. The questions (19 & 26) were based on finding the misfit sentence. The overall feel of the section was moderate to tough. One could have scored 90+ percentile by attempting around 14- 15 questions with 80 % accuracy.

Strategy & Tips

The overall feel of the paper was 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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