Test Analysis, & Strategy 2021 Bull CAT 21

Overall Brief

As per the latest guidelines by IIM- Indore, there is a change in the exam pattern of CAT 2020 where in now instead of 180 minutes, the CAT exam will be of 120 minutes. The candidates will be 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. So by incorporating the requisite changes, the Bull CATs (wef. Bull CAT 21) have been updated with a total of 66 questions divided into 22 questions per section.

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. 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 3 passages comprising 15 questions and the non- RC questions including TITA questions were 7 in number. The key to getting a good percentile was time management and selection of questions.

DI & Reasoning
Easy Questions:
23, 24, 26, 27, 31, 32, 39-42, 43

The level of this section was easy and moderate. All sets were of easy and moderate level. Overall there were 11 easy , 11 moderate questions. There were two sets each on Tables, one set on line graph which were easy and doable. In such a paper it is important to first attempt easy questions and leave the tough questions.

The set on Data reasoning (Recently state of Sihar wanted to check the English proficiency of its students. For this they selected six sample schools from its capital) was doable. The Data reasoning set (Raja Sona Singh of Songarh was fond of collecting gold items. Every year on his birthday, he exhibits the gold items to public in his Heera Museums named after his grandfather Heera Singh. ) was time taking but easy set. The set on Tables (Pratham, a student of class XII had a great ambition to become a doctor and started preparing for NEET exam.) was again easy set. The set on Line graphs (Due to TOVID epidemic Raju rickshaw wala decide to start selling oranges. He purchased certain number of oranges from wholesale market and sold them in retail market for consecutive 8 days.) again manageable set. Other sets are mostly moderate.

The overall feel of the section was easy and moderate and one could have scored 90+ percentile by attempting around 13-15 questions with 90 % accuracy.

Quantitative Ability
Easy Questions:
45, 48, 49, 51, 52, 53, 58, 59, 61, 63, 66

The Quantitative section had 11 easy, 7 medium and 4 difficult questions. This section had most of the questions as moderate and easy. In this paper there were 4 questions from Geometry and 2 were difficult, 2 from basic numbers and they were doable, 1 question from Coordinate geometry and 2 questions from functions and inequalities was manageable. There were 6 questions from arithmetic (Percentage/Profit and Loss/Mixtures/Average/SICI/Time and Work/Ratio) were mostly of easy and moderate difficulty. TSD had 2 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 Algebra and SI/CI was difficult.

The difficulty level of this section was moderate. A good student could have scored 90+ percentile by attempting 14-16 questions with approx. 90% accuracy.

Verbal Ability
Easy Questions:
8, 9, 11, 13, 15, 16, 17

In verbal ability section, the first RC passage (Q8-12) was related to ‘Food inflation is a matter of concern, but growth revival of the Indian economy should be the priority’. The passage was easy to moderate in terms of understanding and identifying answers to the related questions.

The second RC passage (Q13-17)was based on ‘youth are the future of the nation and naturally they should have say in it’.The passage was easy to moderate in terms of understanding and identifying answers to the questions.

Third RC passage(Q18-22)was about ‘Urban India not being the jobs generator can weaken the potential benefits of demographic transition’. The passage was moderate in terms of understanding and interpreting the answers to the questions except Q19 which was of easy.

For non-RC questions, it is advisable not to spend too much time on them.

Questions (1,2) were based on finding summary of the given paragraph and were difficult and moderate respectively.

Questions (3-5) (TITA) were based on finding misfit among the given five sentences. The key is to find the sentence that is lying outside the theme in the remaining sentences. The questions were of moderate difficulty except Q4 which was difficult.

Questions (6,7) (TITA) were based on sentence rearrangement where four sentences from an article were given in jumbled form to be arranged in a coherent manner. The questions were difficult and moderate respectively.

The overall feel of this section was moderate. To score 90+ percentile one should have attempted 14-16 questions with 75- 80% 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 3 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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