Test Analysis, & Strategy 2021 Bull CAT 25

Overall Brief

On the whole the level of the test wasmoderate. 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 easy than the quant 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, 3-6, 8, 11, 12, 17, 18, 20, 21, 23, 24

The first passage (1-5) was based on ‘Tendencies of borrowers & investor in changing market conditions. The passage was a little tricky to understand but the questions based on it were easy except Q2, which was moderate. The second passage (6-9) was based on ‘demarcation between authority & respect with respect to their essence in Indian context. The passage highlighted the paradigm shift in this perspective in today’s time. The questions based on it were a mixed bag. The third passage (10-14) was based on ‘vote bank politics & perceptions related to it’. The passage was moderate in term s of understanding and questions based on it were either easy or moderate except Q13, which was difficult. The fourth passage 15-18) was based on ‘criticisms of medical science and a few changes required to plug in the loopholes. The passage was moderate to difficult in term of understanding. The questions based on it were either moderate or difficult except questions (17 & 18) which were easy. Three questions (19,22, & 26) based on sentence rearrangement were difficult. Two questions (20 & 25) were based on finding misfit among given sentences. The questions were easy & moderate respectively. The questions (21,23, & 24) were based on finding summary. The questions were easy. Overall feel of the section was easy to moderate. One could have easily scored 90+ percentile by attempting 19-21 questions with 80% accuracy.

DI & Reasoning
Easy Questions:
31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46

The DILR section of this paper was of easy to moderate level.

The first caselet where the data about the automobiles was given was although easy but was calculative and should have been avoided. The next set based on four employees in different departments was easy to solve. The third set where the students were required to choose the electives was of moderate type. The next set was based on the information about the teams participating in T-20 cricket tournament and this set was doable. The fifth set of the paper was based on the information about the students in a primary school and this set was of moderate type. The last set was based on cryptography and these kinds of sets should be avoided considering the time constraints.

One could have scored 90+ percentile by attempting around 12-14 questions with 90 % accuracy.

Quantitative Ability
Easy Questions:
52, 58, 63, 66, 67, 68, 69, 70, 71, 73

The Quantitative section had 10 easy, 6 medium and 10 difficult questions.

The majority of the questions in the paper were from algebra with almost 7 questions from this area. They were mostly of medium to difficult level. There were 3 questions of Geometry and they were of easy to moderate level. The paper had 2 questions of Number System and they were difficult. There were 2 questions of Time, Speed and Distance and they were easy. The paper had two questions each of Profit and Loss, Ratio and Time and Work. The questions of Profit and Loss and Ratio were easy and one question of Time and Work was of moderate type. There was one question each of Average, P & C, Logs, Percentage and Simple and Compound Interest. These questions were mostly easy. A good student could have scored 90+ percentile by attempting 10-12 questions with approx. 90% accuracy

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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 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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