Test Analysis, & Strategy 2020 Bull CAT 23

Overall Brief

As per the latest guidelines by IIM- Indore, there is a change in the exam pattern of CAT 2020 wherein 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 (w.e.f. 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, 25, 26, 31-33, 35-42

The level of this section was moderate. All sets except two sets were of easy and moderate level. Overall there were 14 easy, 2 moderate and 6 difficult questions. There were 3 sets each on Data Reasoning which were manageable. In such a paper it is important to first attempt easy questions and leave the tough questions. The set on Data Reasoning (Three companies X, Y and Z have a total of 6,840 employees in the ratio 10:13:15.) was doable. The set on Data Reasoning (Two Engineering colleges, A and B have a record of 100% placements of students across all streams. The following tables give data of placement statistics of these two colleges.) was easy set. The set on Analytical reasoning (The paper setting committee at an engineering college is made up of a Professor and an Assistant Professor, each from five departments – Electrical, Civil, Computer, Telecommunication and Mechanical.) was again easy set. The set Data reasoning (Five racing drivers, Alan, Bob, Chris, Don, and Eugene, enter into a contest that consists of 6 races. The results of all six races are listed below) again manageable set. Other sets are mostly tough. The overall feel of the section was moderate and one could have scored 90+ percentile by attempting around 14-16 questions with 90% accuracy.

Quantitative Ability
Easy Questions:
45-48, 50, 52-55, 59, 61-66

The Quantitative section had 16 easy, 5 medium and 1 difficult question. This section had most of the questions as moderate and easy. In this paper there were 4 questions from Geometry and 1 was difficult, 2 from basic numbers and they were doable, 2 questions from functions and inequalities which were doable. There were 7 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. 1 question from permutations which was doable. Other than these topics, questions from mixed topics were asked like Algebra, Logs, and progressions which were moderate.

The Quantitative section had 16 easy, 5 medium and 1 difficult question. This section had most of the questions as moderate and easy. In this paper there were 4 questions from Geometry and 1 was difficult, 2 from basic numbers and they were doable, 2 questions from functions and inequalities which were doable. There were 7 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. 1 question from permutations which was doable. Other than these topics, questions from mixed topics were asked like Algebra, Logs, and progressions which were moderate.

Verbal Ability
Easy Questions:
1-3, 6-9, 11, 13-15

In verbal ability section, the first RC passage (1-5) was related to ‘Benefits of Exsys CORVID as an approach towards decision making and problem solving’. The passage was easy in terms of understanding and identifying answers to the related questions except Q4 and Q5 which were difficult and moderate respectively.

The second RC passage (Q6-10) was based on ‘how did feeling good become a matter of relentless competitive work; a never to be attained goal which eventually makes us gloomy’.The passage was easy in terms of understanding and identifying answers to the questions except Q10 which was moderate.

Third RC passage (Q11-15) was about ‘humans are genetically coded towards favoring their own kind but they are also tolerant towards outsiders as a unique human instinct’. The passage was easy in terms of understanding and interpreting the answers to the questions except Q12 which was difficult.

For non-RC questions, it is advisable not to spend too much time on them. Questions (16, 19) (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.

Questions (17, 21, 22) (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 except Q21which was moderate.

Questions (18, 20) were based on finding summary of the given paragraph and were of moderate difficulty. The overall feel of this section was moderate. To score 90+ percentile one should have attempted 16-18 questions with 75- 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. 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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