Test Analysis - Bull CAT 24

Overall Brief

On the whole the level of the test was moderate. The test contained many easy questions, so the important factor was selection of right questions. Quant section in this paper was comparatively easier than the DILR section. The key to getting a good percentile was time management and selection of questions. Verbal section was moderate.

DI & Reasoning
Easy Questions:

This section had a plethora of easy sets. Overall it can be said that it was an easy section with a total of 32 questions having 19 Easy and 7 Moderate questions. Selection of easy sets is important in such a paper so as to choose the doable sets and to not end up wasting time in tough set.

Set 1 (Revenue and Profits) is an easy one based on simple graph and calculations and all 4 questions can be attempted. Set 2 (5 students and mistakes) is also an easy one and all questions are doable. After this, the student can move to Set 4 (ACT, CAT, GMAT, and SAT) and attempt all questions, it is typical arrangement/conditions based question. Set 5 (pie charts) is also a doable set and must be attempted. Set 7 (college XYZ) is also a straight forward set based on percentages and must be attempted. If time permits, the student can attempt Set 8 (placements) now and get all questions.

One could have scored 90+ percentile by attempting around 21 questions with 80 % accuracy.

Quantitative Ability
Easy Questions:

The Quantitative section had 19 easy, 13 medium and 2 difficult questions. The top section in terms of questions was Arithmetic having a total of 12 questions, followed by Geometry (7) and Algebra (6) questions. Arithmetic again had questions from Percentage/Time and Work/Profit loss/Mixtures/Ratios, and 7 out of these were easy and 5 moderate. Algebra also had mixed questions based on Progressions/Equations/functions etc and comprised of all easy and medium questions. Geometry had questions from Mensuration/Coordinate geometry/theorem based and all were from easy/moderate category. TSD made an appearance with 4 questions and 3 out of these were easy. The remaining questions were from topics like Number system/Probability/PnC and had mostly easy/medium questions.

A good student could have scored 90 percentile by attempting 26 questions with approx. 80 % accuracy.

Verbal Ability
Easy Questions:
1,4,5-6,8,12,14 -16,18,21-22,29-34

In verbal ability section, the first RC passage (Q1-6) was based on ‘the frictions between Russia and the West would not bloom into an all-out war but cannot rule out completely unwanted or uncontrolled escalation of hostility among various nations’. The passage as well as the related questions was easy to moderate. The second passage (Q9-11) was related to ‘artists’ fighting the power of market and the internet in the era of digital globalization.’ The passage as well as the questions based on this passage was of moderate difficulty level. Third passage (14-18) was related to ‘at least 75% of our DNA really is a useless junk ’. The passage as well as questions based on it was easy to interpret and understand except Q17which was of moderate level. Fourth passage (Q21-26) was based on ‘modern interpretation of Zeno’s (a pre-Socratic Greek philosopher) arguments on motion.’ The passage was moderate in terms of understanding. Questions based on this passage were also moderate except Q21 and 22 which were easy. The last passage (Q30-33) was based on ‘impact of modern medicine on increasing our life expectancy’. The passage was easy in terms of understanding and identifying the answers. Questions (12, 29, and 34) were based on finding summary of the given paragraph and were easy. Questions (13, 20, and 28) were based on sentence rearrangement and the questions were difficult. Questions (7, 8, 19, and 27) were based on finding misfit among the given four sentences and were of moderate difficulty except Q8 and Q19 which were easy and difficult respectively. The key is to find the sentence that is lying outside the theme in the remaining three sentences. The overall feel of this section was moderate. To score 90+ percentile one should have attempted 26-28 questions with 75- 80% accuracy.

Strategy & Tips

The overall feel of the paper was easy, 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 had mostly easy/moderate level questions, thus selection of easy questions was important. As far as Quant is concerned most of the questions were from Algebra, Arithmetic & Geometry and since most of the questions were easy or moderate, thus selection of easier and doable questions was important. For verbal section, one should have good reading skills as there were 5 RC’s and questions were based on paragraph summary also in which reading skills were requisite. Moreover, questions like sentence rearrangement and misfit require analysis and tricks to answer.