Test Analysis, & Strategy 2022 WIN CAT 20

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 appropriate questions to attempt. Reasoning section was slightly tougher than Quant section. Verbal section was the toughest this time. The key to getting a good percentile was time management and selection of questions.

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Verbal Ability
Easy Questions:

The first passage (1-4) presents caustic arguments against life and other such long sentences, which actually do not deter people from committing crimes, moreover these punishments are very inhumane. Author further criticizes the punishment of life sentence for the young people as being baseless and paradoxical. The passage was of moderate to difficult level. The questions based on itwere all moderate level except Q2. The second passage (5-8)is a kind of apology (defense) of ‘mischief’, being simple misbehavior, rather than any deliberate benevolent act. Author goes on to state general features of mischief which can be used profitably to challenge various kind of authority and make this world a lot more amusing and interesting. The passage was of moderate to difficult level. The third passage (9-12) elaborates upon life and efforts of Shivkumar Sharma who introduced a redesigned version of ‘santoor’ into the worth of high-brow Hindustani classical music, which was very daunting and innovative, a task to be accomplished. The passage can again be counted under easy to moderate RC category. The 4th(13-16) passage reflects upon medical malpractices especially by pharmaceutical companies and doctors who prescribe and promote sales of certain drugs unethically, which might actually have some side-effects. In the concluding lines, author mentions the demand of FMRAI for full functioning of UCPMP to deal with medical corruption. Level of this RC was moderate to difficult. The set of questions (17-19) was based on sentence rearrangement. These questions posed some difficultly because of tricky choices. The set of questions (22-24) was based on finding the summary of the given paragraph. The questions were moderate. The set of questions (20&21) was based on finding the misfit sentence. Overall feel of the section was moderate to difficult. One could have scored 90+ percentile by attempting 14-16 questions with 75-80% accuracy.

DI & Reasoning
Easy Questions:
27, 37, 38, 40

DI section was as usual difficult. There were 4 easy, 6 medium and 10 difficult questions in this section.There was only one easy block (Five friends Akash, Bharat, Chandu, Deepak, Ekam and Faizal decided to visit Taj Mahal) & was a must do block to clear the cut off. The block on Venn diagram (A survey was conducted on a group of 145 people, 70 like Pizza) was difficult and time consuming and should have been avoided.3-4 questions from rest of the blocks should have been attempted to clear the cutoff. One could have fetched 90+ percentile by attempting around 6-8 questions with approx. 80 % accuracy.

Quantitative Ability
Easy Questions:

Quant section moderate to tough this time. The Quantitative section had 6 easy, 10 medium and 6 difficult questions. In 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). Other than these topics, questions from mixed topics were asked like of P n C, Logs and Coordinate Geometry.

A good student could have scored 90+ percentile by attempting 10-12 questions with approx. 80% 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. Reasoning section was slightly tougher than Quant section. Verbal section wasthe toughest. 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 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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