Test Analysis, & Strategy 2020 Bull CAT 24

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. 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 easy to 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:
26, 29-36, 37, 43

The level of this section was easy to moderate. All sets were of easy and moderate level. Overall there were 11 easy, 7 moderate and 4 difficult questions. There was one set on Tables which was lengthy but manageable, one set on Multiple graphs 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 Tables (Who were the most influential political leaders on Twitter? How active were they last week) was lengthy but doable. The set on Multiple graphs (Of the 500 students who took the entrance exam of a leading B-School in 2012, 42% were girls. In the chart below, for the period from 2013 to 2018) was time taking but easy set. The set on Analytical reasoning (A sports journalist attended the annual derby where six horses – Annapolis, Black Beauty, Crimson Shadow, Dark Warrior, Eldorado and Ferngully – were competing for the Chairman’s Cup.) was again easy set. The set on Data reasoning (The 20 countries participating in the FIFA World Cup are divided into two pools of 10 countries each. In the league round, every team in a particular pool will play against each of the other 9 teams in the same pool exactly once) again manageable set. Two questions on Venn diagram were easy. The overall feel of the section was easy and moderate and one could have scored 90+ percentile by attempting around 14-16 questions with 90 % accuracy.

Quantitative Ability
Easy Questions:
46-48, 52-58, 65, 66

The Quantitative section had 12 easy, 8 medium and 2 difficult questions. This section had most of the questions as moderate and easy. In this paper there were 3 questions from Geometry and they are manageable, 8 from basic numbers and they were doable, 2 questions from Algebra which were manageable. There were 5 questions from quant miscellaneous(Dice, cubes and chess board) were mostly of easy and moderate difficulty. TSD and Average had 1 question each which were manageable. 2 questions from permutations out of which 1 was difficult and other was doable. The difficulty level of this section was moderate. A good student could have scored 90+ percentile by attempting 15-17 questions with approx.90% accuracy

Verbal Ability
Easy Questions:
1-4, 8-10, 12-14, 17, 19, 20

In verbal ability section, the first RC passage (1-5) was related to ‘Technocratic management, no matter how brilliant, cannot unwind structural inequalities; what consequences has the rise of management consulting had for the organization of American business and the lives of American workers’. The passage was easy in terms of understanding and identifying answers to the related questions except Q5 which was of moderate difficulty. The second RC passage (Q6-10) was based on ‘What makes Warren Buffett a ‘prime example’ of the failure of American capitalism.’ The passage was easy in terms of understanding and identifying answers to the questions except Q6 and Q7 which were of moderate difficulty.

In verbal ability section, the first RC passage (1-5) was related to ‘Technocratic management, no matter how brilliant, cannot unwind structural inequalities; what consequences has the rise of management consulting had for the organization of American business and the lives of American workers’. The passage was easy in terms of understanding and identifying answers to the related questions except Q5 which was of moderate difficulty. The second RC passage (Q6-10) was based on ‘What makes Warren Buffett a ‘prime example’ of the failure of American capitalism.’ The passage was easy in terms of understanding and identifying answers to the questions except Q6 and Q7 which were of moderate difficulty.

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Strategy & Tips

The overall feel of the paper was moderate, 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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