Test Analysis, & Strategy 2020 Bull CAT 18

Overall Brief

On the whole the level of the 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 in terms of level of difficulty. The key to getting a good percentile was time management and selection of questions.

Verbal Ability
Easy Questions:
1-6 ,9, 11, 12, 15, 16, 18, 22, 24, 27, 32, 33

In verbal ability section, the first RC passage (Q1-5) was related to ‘The analysis of Keynesian economic theory and its application in economic problems of the U.S. as well as India’. The passage was easy in terms of understanding and identifying answers to the related questions.

The second RC passage (Q6-10)was based on ‘modern day parenting resulting in a surge of narcissism in their kids’.The passage was easy to moderate in terms of understanding and identifying answers to the questions except Q10 which was difficult.

Third RC passage (Q11-15)was about‘ works of Richard Thaler on behavioral economics and how it is tough for economists to be precise about human actions’. The passage was easy in terms of understanding and interpreting the answers to the questions except Q13 and Q14 which were of moderate difficulty.

Fourth RC passage (Q16-19) was related to ‘Good teaching requires excellence, sacrifice, mistakes, enormous efforts and full engagement in the activity’. The passage was easy to moderate in terms of understanding and identifying answers to the related questions.

The last RC passage (Q20-24) was based on ‘creating ideal work culture in the organization so that people enjoy working’. The passage was moderate as regards understanding and interpreting the related questions except Q22 and Q24 which were easy.

For non-RC questions, it is advisable not to spend too much time on them. Questions (25, 26, 28) (TITA) were based on sentence rearrangement where five sentences from an article were given in jumbled form to be arranged in a coherent manner. The questions were of moderate difficulty except Q28 which was difficult.

Questions (27, 29-31) (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 Q27 and Q29 which were easy and difficult respectively. Questions (32-34) were based on finding summary of the given paragraph and were easy except Q34 which was of moderate difficulty.

The overall feel of this section was moderate. To score 90+ percentile one should have attempted 23-25 questions with 75- 80% accuracy.

DI & Reasoning
Easy Questions:
43-46, 47-50, 52, 54, 60, 61

The level of this section was moderate to difficult. Two sets were difficult and remaining sets were a mixed bag. Overall there were 12 easy, 8 moderate and 12 tough questions. There were two sets on Tables which were easy and doable. There was one set which was based on Line graph, Multiple graphs, Venn diagram and two sets were based on analytical reasoning. In such a paper it is important to first attempt easy questions and to leave the tough questions.

Although the set on Tables (Six participants A, B, C, D, E and F participated in a tournament which had 3 Tasks.) was tricky yet doable. The Analytical reasoning set(At a prestigious Business School, six experts in Finance, HR, Information Systems, Marketing, Operations and Strategy have been short-listed for the post of Director.) was time consuming but easy . The Line diagram set (questions were based on the following graph showing the prices per can of mineral water and soda, and per 800 gm pack, price of juice.) was manageable. The set on Tables (There are four experts, E1, E2, E3 and E4, who rate two products, P1 and P2 on three features, F1, F2 and F3.) again was a manageable set. Other sets were mostly moderate to difficult.

The overall feel of the section was difficult and one could have scored 90+ percentile by attempting around 12-14 questions with 90 % accuracy.

Quantitative Ability
Easy Questions:
68, 71 ,73-78, 84, 85, 93, 95, 96, 99

The Quantitative section had 14 easy, 13 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 2 were difficult, 3 from basic numbers and they were doable, 1 question each from Logs and functions and inequalities was manageable. There were 12 questions from arithmetic (Percentage/Profit and Loss/Mixtures/Average/SICI/Time and Work/Ratio) and were mostly of easy or moderate. TSD had 3 questions out of which one was difficult. Other than these topics, questions from other topics were asked such as Algebra, Permutations, and progressions which were moderate. One question each from Permutations and Time and Work 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.
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 a little 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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