Test Analysis & Strategy 2020 Bull CAT 20

Overall Brief

On the whole the level of the test was moderate. 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 easy to moderate as regards level of difficulty. The key to getting a good percentile was time management and selection of questions.

Verbal Ability
Easy Questions:
1-6, 8, 9, 11-20, 30

In verbal ability section, the first RC passage (Q1-5) was related to ‘Climate change can also transform language’. The passage was easy in terms of understanding and identifying answers to the related questions.

The second RC passage (Q6-10) was based on ‘Mindfulness is loaded with troubling metaphysical assumptions about the self and the cosmos’. The passage was easy in terms of understanding and identifying answers to the questions except Q7 and Q10 which were of moderate difficulty.

Third RC passage (Q11-15) was about ‘Our jobs have become prisons from which we don't want to escape’. The passage was easy in terms of understanding and interpreting the answers to the questions.

Fourth RC passage (Q16-20) was related to ‘how capitalism has led to disintegration of labour’. The passage was easy in terms of understanding and identifying answers to the related questions.

The last RC passage (Q21-24) was based on ‘what the government got wrong regarding nutrition and how to fix it’. The passage was of moderate difficulty 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, 26, 33, 34)(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 difficult.

Questions (27-29)(TITA) were based on finding misfit among the given four sentences. The key is to find the sentence that is lying outside the theme in the remaining sentences. The questions were of moderate difficulty.

Questions (30-32) were based on finding summary of the given paragraph and were of moderate difficulty except Q30 which was easy.

The overall feel of this section was easy to moderate. To score 90+ percentile one should have attempted 26-28 questions with 75- 80% accuracy.

DI & Reasoning
Easy Questions:
35-37, 43, 44, 51, 52, 54-58

The level of this section was easy and moderate. Two sets were difficult and remaining sets were of easy to moderate. Overall there were 12 easy , 12 moderate and 8 tough questions. There were one set each on Tables, Pie chart and multiple graphs which were easy and doable. First set from DI was tough. In such a paper it is important to first attempt easy questions and leave the tough questions.

The set on Tables (Aluminum water-based paints (AWPs) contain aluminium (Al) flakes that give surfaces a shiny, metallic appearance.) was doable. The Data reasoning set (Three girls, Jaisha, Kavita and Lalita are participating in a 5 km race around a circular track of length 400 meters.) was time consuming but easy set. The bar graph (A management entrance test has to be solved in total 150 minutes. There are no negative marks for wrong answers) was manageable. The set on Analytical reasoning (Five students Alpha, Beta, Gamma, Theta, Delta took an examination for which 100 was the maximum possible score. After they received their marks (all different), they noted the following facts) was 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 16-18 questions with 90 % accuracy.

Quantitative Ability
Easy Questions:
68, 70, 73, 75, 78, 79, 82, 84-86, 89-91, 93, 95-97

The Quantitative section had 17 easy, 13 medium and 4 difficult questions. This section had most of the questions as moderate or easy. In this paper there were 5 questions from Geometry and 2 were difficult, 4 from basic numbers out of which 2 are difficult, one question from coordinate geometry was easy, 2 question from Logs and 3 questions from functions and inequalities was manageable. There were 10 questions from 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 from mixed topics were asked like Algebra, Permutations, and progressions which were moderate. One question each from quant miscellaneous and Time and Work was difficult.

The difficulty level of this section was moderate. A good student could have scored 90+ percentile by attempting 19-21 questions with approx. 90% accuracy.

Strategy & Tips

The overall feel of the paper was moderate, 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 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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