Test Analysis, & Strategy 2020 Bull CAT 19

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. Quant section in this paper was comparatively difficult than the Reasoning section. Verbal section was easy to moderate in terms of difficulty level.The key to getting a good percentile was time management and selection of questions.

Verbal Ability
Easy Questions:
2, 3, 6-8, 12-14, 17, 19-26, 28

In verbal ability section, the first RC passage (Q1-5) was related to ‘Impact of the U.S. dollar variation on internal trade & economy and its impact on the economies and trade around the world’. The passage was easy to moderate in terms of understanding and identifying answers to the related questions except Q1 which was difficult.

The second RC passage (Q6-11)was based on ‘free expression can be a valuable asset but it can have limitations in terms of biased evaluation and nasty actions’.The passage was easy to moderate in terms of understanding and identifying answers to the questions except Q10 which was difficult.

Third RC passage (Q12-15) was about ‘do unto the environment as you do unto yourself’. The passage was easy in terms of understanding and interpreting the answers to the questions except Q15 which was of moderate difficulty.

Fourth RC passage(Q16-19) was related to ‘Finland’s Prime Minister to regain his position in upcoming elections due to good works done in previous tenure’. 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 ‘critical analysis of Indian investment environment by the Japanese investors’. The passage was easy as regards understanding and interpreting the related questions.

For non-RC questions, it is advisable not to spend too much time on them. Questions (25-27) were based on finding summary of the given paragraph and were easy except Q27 which was of moderate difficulty.

Questions (28-30) (TITA) were based on finding misfit among the given four/five sentences. The key is to find the sentence that is lying outside the theme in the remaining sentences. The questions were easy, difficult and moderate respectively.

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 difficult except Q31 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:
39 ,40 ,43, 45, 46, 47-49, 51-54, 60, 61, 63

The level of this section was easy to moderate. Two sets were difficult and remaining sets were of easy or moderate. Overall there were 15 easy, 10 moderate and 7 tough questions. There were one set each on Tables, Pie chart and multiple graphs which were easy and doable. First set on DI was tough. In such a paper, it is important to first attempt easy questions and leave the tough questions.

The set on Tables (Activities taken-up by the families during weekends (Saturday and Sunday) in the month of August.) was doable. The Analytical reasoning set( Children from three families, the Lalwanis, the Mangwanis and the Nagranis, are working on five different projects, P1, P2, P3, P4 and P5) was time consuming but an easy set. The Pie chart (ABC Company conducts a survey. It is taken among 9000 people about their favourite junk food. Chart I shows the percentage breakup of their favourite food, was manageable he set Multiple graphs (The following graph shows the Revenues and Profits, in crores, of ten companies in the Agrochemical sector for the year 2012.) again a manageable set. Other sets are mostly moderate or difficult.

The overall feel of the section was moderate and one could have scored 90+ percentile by attempting around 17-19 questions with 90 % accuracy.

Quantitative Ability
Easy Questions:
69-72, 75, 77, 78, 80, 82, 85, 88, 92, 93, 96, 99

The Quantitative section had 15 easy, 13 medium and 6 difficult questions. This section had most of the questions as moderate or easy. In this paper there were 5 questions on Geometry and out of which, 2 were difficult, 3 on basic numbers and were doable, 1 question on Logs and 3 questions on functions and inequalities were manageable. There were 13 questions on arithmetic (Percentage/Profit and Loss/Mixtures/Average/SICI/Time and Work/Ratio) were mostly of easy and moderate difficulty. TSD had 3 questions which were manageable. Other than these topics, questions on mixed topics were asked such as Algebra, Permutations, and progressions, which were moderate. One question each on 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 17-19 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 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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