Test Analysis, & Strategy 2023 WIN CAT 19

Overall Brief

On the whole the level of the test was moderate to slightly tough. The test contained many moderate and difficult questions and hence the important factor was selection of appropriate questions to attempt. Reasoning section was tougher than quant section. Verbal section was moderate to tough. The key to getting a good percentile was time management and selection of questions.

MBA Masterclass
Verbal Ability
Easy Questions:
2, 3, 10, 11, 12, 14, 15, 16, 17, 20, 21

The first passage (1-4)was a descriptive passage on India’s budding development in power generation and production sector. It focused on the potential of growth and exploitation of renewable energy production; and supported it with some data also. The level of this passage was easy to moderate. In the second passage (5-8)author speculates over the lower tax ratio of India in spite of having a more comprehensive tax system in place. Then he discusses certain reasons for it and suggests some possibilities for India to have a higher tax ration even with the low per- capita income. This passage was moderate in difficulty level with just 1 difficult question. The third passage (9-12)presents a critical perspective towards the post-modernity of mid and late 20th century. Author elucidates how it is a mix of post- structuralist and post- culturist ideas and assumptions; and how it has shaped our ideas and ideologies over time. This passage was easy to moderate in difficulty level. In the fourth passage (13-16)author first explores to first find one definition of music, he then goes on to suggest certain limitations of I, supported by Kania’s objection of this definition as very narrow and subjective. This passage had easy to moderate- level questions. Questions (17-18) were based on sentence placement and these questions were of moderate level. Questions (19-21) were para-summary questions and were easy to moderate in difficultly level. Questions 22-24 were based on sentence rearrangement. These questions were moderate to difficult. Overall, the verbal section of this mock moderate to tough and with an expected level of 75-80% of accuracy with 90+ percentile if a candidate attempts around 16 to 18 questions.

DI & Reasoning
Easy Questions:
26, 34, 40, 42

The difficulty level of DI was Hard. There were 4 easy, 11 medium and 5 difficult questions in this section. The first and forth block (Chocolate maker, Car service Station) were easiest and were must do and by attempting a couple of questions from rest of the blocks, one could have fetched a very good percentile.

In this section, one could have fetched 90+ percentile by attempting 8-10 questions with approx. 80 % accuracy.

Quantitative Ability
Easy Questions:
46, 47, 48, 49, 51, 52, 54, 55, 60, 63, 64, 65, 66

Students found this section easier than DI this time. The Quantitative section had 13 easy, 4 medium and 5 difficult questions. Selection of questions was important to crack this section. There were questions from varied topics like Geometry, Basic Numbers, Basic Algebra, Progression and Series, Arithmetic (Percentages/Time and Work/Mixtures/Percentages/SI-CI/Ratios). A good student could have scored 90+ percentile by attempting around 6-9 questions with approx. 80% accuracy.

CAT Score
Strategy & Tips

The overall feel of the paper was moderate to slightly 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. Reasoning section was tougher than quant section. Verbal section was moderate to tough. Most of the questions in quant section 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. Questions such as sentence rearrangement and misfit/best fit require analysis and knowledge of tricks to answer the questions. It is not advisable to spend too much time on TITA questions especially in the verbal section.

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