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 -20the test was moderate to 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.
The first passage (1-5) was based on ‘impact of environmental regulations on companies and its repercussions’. The was easy to understand and all the questions based on it were easy except Q1. Which was moderate. The second passage (6-10) was based on ‘uselessness of laws to curb lynching and honour killings. The passage was moderate in term of understanding and all the questions based on it were also moderate except Q9, which was easy. The third passage (11-14) was based on ‘perceptions & role of Nehru in context of Indian politics & post-independence. The passage was a good read and questions based on it were a mixed bag. Out of four questions based o it, two were easy & two were moderate. The last passage (15-18) was based on ‘validity & reliability of mastectomy procedures. The passage was moderate to difficult in terms of understanding. The questions based on it were either difficult or moderate except Q17, which was easy. The questions (19-21) were based on sentence rearrangement and were moderate except Q21, which was easy. The questions (22,23, & 25) were based on summary. Again, the questions were moderate except Q23, which was easy. The questions (24 & 26) were based on finding odd sentence out of given sentences. Both the questions were easy. The overall feel of the section was moderate. A good student could have scored 90+ percentile by attempting 16- 18 questions with approx. 80% accuracy
The DILR section of this paper was of moderate to difficult level.There were 2 sets of 6 questions each and 3 sets of 4 questions each. The first set where the partners of a firm change their offices had 6 questions and was difficult to solve. The next set about the ships entering and exiting the ports on different days was of moderate type with 1 – 2 easy questions. The third set was about the redecoration of a house and it was easy to solve and should have been attempted. The next set where the CSR of different companies was given was also avoidable. The last set where the information about four friends distributing money among themselves was given was also easy to solve and should have been attempted.
One could have scored 90+ percentile by attempting around 14 - 15 questions with 90 % accuracy.
The Quantitative section had 14easy, 7medium and 5 difficult questions.
This section was of easy to moderate level with very few difficult questions. This time the majority of the questions were from Ratio and Mixtures and Algebra. There were 6 questions of Algebra and out which 3 – 4 were doable. 5 questions were from Ratio and Mixture and out of that 4 were easy. Geometry had 3 questions and they were of mixed difficulty level. One question was from Coordinate Geometry and it was easy whereas the only question from logarithm was of moderate type. The paper had 2 questions each on Profit & Loss, Percentage and Time & Work and they were easy to solve. There were 2 questions of Permutation Combination and were of moderate level. There was one question each of Time, Speed and Distance and Number System. The question of TSD was easy whereas the question of Numbers was of moderate type.
A good student could have scored 90+ percentile by attempting17- 18questions with approx. 90% accuracy
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 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 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. Knowledge of critical reasoning fundamentals is also required to score well in RCs. Moreover, questions like sentence rearrangement and misfit require analysis and knowledge of tricks to answer the questions.