Test Analysis, & Strategy 2021 Bull CAT 19

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 willbe 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 -19the 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.

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DI & Reasoning
Easy Questions:
31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37

The DILR section of this paper was of moderate to difficult level. The first set based on the delegates from different countries was of moderate type. The next set was based on different restaurants and their ratings was easy and should have been attempted. The third set where 5 people participated in adventure sports was also doable. The fourth set based on the rankings of magazines was of moderate type. The next set where the information about the boat racing was given was tricky and difficult to solve. This set should have been avoided in the paper. The last set was of moderate type and could have been attempted.

One could have scored 90+ percentile by attempting around 13 - 14 questions with 90 % accuracy.

Quantitative Ability
Easy Questions:
52, 55, 58, 64, 66, 67, 68, 72, 75

The Quantitative section had 9easy, 10medium and 7 difficultquestions. This section was of moderate to difficult level having questions from almost all the areas.The majority of questions were from Ratio and mixture. There were a total of 7 questions from this area and they were of easy to moderate type. There were three questions on number system and they were of moderate to difficult level. This time there were 3 questions of algebra and they were also of moderate type. The three questions of Time and Work were easy and should have been attempted. There were 2 questions of Time, Speed and Distance and they were easy to solve. This time, there was only one question of Geometry and that was tricky. There were 3 questions from Profit and Loss and Percentage and they were easy to solve. The paper had 3 questions of Permutation, Combination and Probability and they were of moderate type. The one question of Logarithm in the paper was easy to solve,

A good student could have scored 90+ percentile by attempting15- 16questions with approx. 90% accuracy

Verbal Ability
Easy Questions:
2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 14, 17 ,18

The first passage (1-5) was based on ‘problems caused by floods in the rivers, & distribution of water and solution proposed to overcome the same’. The passage was moderate in terms of understanding. All the questions based on it were moderate except questions (2,3), which were easy. The second passage (6-10) was based on ‘Role of RBI’. The passage was tricky in terms of understanding and options were also very close. Again, all the questions based on it were moderate except questions (7 & 8), which were easy. The third passage (11-14) was based on ‘challenges faced while exploring planet mercury & role of gravity, distance etc. The passage was tough in terms of understanding the overall context. All the questions based on it were difficult except Q14, which was easy. The fourth passage (15-18) was based on ‘fish farming and its feasibility’. The questions based on it were a mixed bag. It had two easy questions. The questions (19-21) were based on finding the summary of a given text. All the questions based on summary were moderate. The questions (22-24) were based on sentence rearrangement. All the three questions were either moderate or difficult. The last two questions (25-26) were based on finding misfit among the given sentences. The questions were difficult and moderate respectively. The overall feel of the section was moderate to tough. One could have scored 90+ percentile by attempting 15-16 questions with 80% of accuracy.

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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 mostly selective in this paper. As far as Quant is concerned most of the questions were from 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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