Test Analysis, & Strategy 2022 WIN CAT 22

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. Quant section was slightly tougher than reasoning section. Verbal section was difficult. The key to getting a good percentile was time management and selection of questions.

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Verbal Ability
Easy Questions:
2, 4, 7

The first passage (1-4) highlights how ants are an exception to other animals as they exhibit much more increase in longevity by production of anti-insulin protein that blocks a portion of the chemical pathway in the body. And in this way queen ants are able to reproduce more offspring than most animals. The passage was of easy to difficult level. The second passage (5-8), is an excerpt from an article based on business startup experience of two young students, who channelized their energy and potentiality in a very right direction to build an ‘instant delivery’ business. The reason for the steep growth in their venture was that they shrewdly hired the best-in-class leaders in supply chain instead of themselves going through the learning curve. The passage was again of easy to mode rate level. The third passage (9-12) brings to light the fact that punitive population-control measures are harmful and a way to distract people from the real problem of inequality in resource distribution and policy failure. This had been a weapon of colonial and post- colonial politicians to justify their failures. This passage can again be counted under moderate RC category. The 4th passage(13-16) presents a detailed study and observations of some scientists and astronomer who tried to explain why Jupiter doesn’t have rings more spectacular than Saturn’s rings. Through their study they also tried to explain that how size of the moons plays a defining role in determining the size of rings. Level of this RC was moderate. The set of questions (17-19) was based on sentence rearrangement. These questions were moderate to difficult level. The set of questions (22-24) was based on finding the summary of the given paragraph. The questions were again of moderate to difficult level. The set of questions (20&21), moderate in level, were based on finding the misfit sentence. Overall feel of the section was difficult. One could have scored 90+ percentile by attempting 18-20 questions with 70-75% accuracy.

DI & Reasoning
Easy Questions:
31, 32, 33-36, 37-40

The level of this section was easy to moderate. Overall, there were 10easy, 5 moderate and 9 difficult questions. There was one set on Multiple Graphs which had all 6easy questions. In this paper it is important to attempt easy and moderate questions first and leave the tough questions.

DI section was easier than Quant this time. There were 10 easy, 4 medium and 6 difficult questions in this section. The block (The dramatics society of a college planned) was easiest of all and required only basic understanding of permutation and combination. This block was a must do block. Another block that should have been attempted was based on TSD (Eight trains depart from Delhi to different cities and at different times of the day). In addition to these two blocks, a couple of questions from rest of the blocks could have fetched a very good percentile.

In this section, one could have fetched 90+ percentile by attempting around 12 questions with approx. 80 % accuracy.

Quantitative Ability
Easy Questions:
48, 52, 55-57, 62

Students found this section moderate tough this time. The Quantitative section had 6 easy, 10 medium and 6 difficult questions. Paper was dominated by moderate difficult level questions. 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 around 10 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. Quant section was slightly tougher than reasoning section Verbal section was moderate. 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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