Test Analysis, & Strategy 2021 Bull CAT 24

Overall Brief

On the whole the level of the test was easy to moderate. The test contained many moderate and difficult questions and hence the important factor was selection of right questions.Quant section in this paper was comparatively easy than the reasoning section. Verbal section was easy to moderate in terms difficulty level. The key to getting a good percentile was time management and selection of questions.

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Verbal Ability
Easy Questions:
1-3, 5, 7-10, 13, 17, 20, 21, 23-25

The first passage (1-5) was based on; origin of inequality and its impact on sharing resources in earlier &contemporary times’. The passage was easy to understand and questions based on it were also easy except Q4, which was moderate. The second passage (6-9) was based on ‘changed perspective on hiring’. The passage was a little tricky to understand but the questions based on it were easy except Q6, which was moderate. The third passage (10-13) was based on ‘nature & distribution of work in different economies. The passage was moderate to tough in terms of understanding and questions were also a mixed bag. The fourth passage (17-21), was based on ‘essence & objectives of learning’. The passage was moderate to tough in terms of understanding but questions based on it were either easy or moderate except Q19, which was difficult. The set of three questions (14,16 & 22) was based on sentence rearrangement. All the three questions were difficult. The questions (15 &23) were based on finding odd one out of the given sentences. The questions were easy & moderate respectively. The questions (23,24 &26) were based on finding summary of the given text. All the questions were easy except Q26, which was moderate. The overall feel of the section was easy to moderate. One could have easily scored 90+ percentile by attempting 18-20 questions with 80% accuracy.

DI & Reasoning
Easy Questions:
31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 47, 48, 49, 50

The DILR section of this paper was of easy to moderate level. The first set based on science project was difficult and should be avoided. The next set where luggage charges between different cities were given was the easiest set of the section. The next set where the information about two types of shakes was given was moderate set and could have been attempted. The next set was based on the selection of different courses by students and was easy to solve. The fifth set was based on bar diagram and was of moderate to difficult type. The last set where six friends and their six cities were given was also easy to solve.

One could have scored 90+ percentile by attempting around 14-16 questions with 90 % accuracy.

Quantitative Ability
Easy Questions:
54, 55, 58, 60, 64, 65, 66, 67, 71, 72, 73, 76

The Quantitative section had 12 easy, 9 medium and 5 difficult questions. The majority of the questions in the paper were from Number System and Algebra. There were 5 questions on number system and they were of easy to moderate type. The paper had 4 questions of Algebra and they were again of easy to moderate type. There were two questions of Time and Work and they were easy. Two questions were from Time Speed and Distance and they were also doable. There was one question each of Alligation & Mixtures, Coordinate Geometry, Logarithm, SI/CI, Average and Permutation and Combination. Except the P & C, rest all were easy to solve. There were around three questions of Profit and Loss and they were also doable. There were 2 questions each of Ratio and Geometry. The questions of Ratio were easy whereas the questions of Geometry were of moderate type.

A good student could have scored 90+ percentile by attempting 14-16 questions with approx. 90% accuracy

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Strategy & Tips

The overall feel of the paper was easy to 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 comparatively tough in this paper. In quant, most of the questions 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. Knowledge of critical reasoning fundamentals is also required to score well in RCs. Moreover, questions like sentence rearrangement and misfit require analysis and knowledge of tricks to answer the questions.

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