Test Analysis, & Strategy 2023 WIN CAT 26

Overall Brief

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 appropriate questions to attempt. Quant section was tougher than reasoning section. Verbal section was moderate to tough. The key to getting a good percentile was time management and selection of questions.

MBA Masterclass
Verbal Ability
Easy Questions:
5, 15, 21, 22, 23

The 1st passage (Q-1 to 4) discusses the historical potential of solar energy through the story of George Cove, suggesting that fossil fuel interests might have sabotaged renewable energy developments early on, which could have altered the course of energy innovation and potentially mitigated the climate crisis. The level of this passage was moderate to difficult. The 2nd passage explains the Red Queen hypothesis, which describes an evolutionary arms race where species must continually adapt not just to their environment, but also to competing organisms, maintaining a constant state of co-evolution and mutual influence. This passage was moderate in difficulty level and had just 1 easy-level question. The 3rdpassage criticizes the Supreme Court's willingness to question the Places of Worship Act 1991, highlighting historical instances of temple destruction by Hindu kings to challenge the unique condemnation of Muslim rulers, and suggests that Adivasis are the most in need of the Act’s protections. In level of difficulty, this passage was easy to moderate. The 4th passage highlights how Companies like Dabur India and Nestlé are strategically expanding their product ranges with Low Unit Price (LUP) packs and investing in rural markets to tap into increasing demand, with a focus on affordability, value, and robust distribution. Digital penetration is also transforming access to products and services in these areas, shifting consumer focus towards value. This passage had a mix of easy, moderate and difficult-level questions. Questions (17-19) were based on finding the sentence rearrangement and these questions were easy to moderate in difficulty level. Questions (20-22) were based on para-summary and were easy, in difficulty level. Questions 23 &24 were based on sentence placement. These questions were easy and moderate in difficultly level respectively. In this mock a student would have scored decent marks by attempting the 2nd and 3rd passage, and all para-summary and Sentence placement questions. Overall, the verbal section of this mock was moderate to tough and with an expected level of 75% of accuracy with 90+ percentile if a candidate attempts around 16 to 18 questions.

DI & Reasoning
Easy Questions:
25, 27, 30, 31, 33, 34, 35, 36, 38, 40, 42, 43, 44

The difficulty level of DI was easy. There were 13 easy, 5 medium and 2 difficult questions in this section. The first, third and last block (Ms. Babita visited a store, a team is selected out of 10 people, car light show) were easiest and were must do and by attempting a couple of questions from rest of the blocks, one could have fetched a very good percentile.

In this section, one could have fetched 90+ percentile by attempting 10 -13 questions with approx. 80 % accuracy.

Quantitative Ability
Easy Questions:
46, 55, 61, 64

Students found this section tougher than DI this time. The Quantitative section had 4easy, 9 medium and 9 difficult questions. Selection of questions was important to crack this section. There were questions from varied topics like Geometry, Basic Numbers, Basic Algebra, Progression and Series, Arithmetic (Percentages/Time and Work/Mixtures/Percentages/SI-CI/Ratios). A good student could have scored 90+ percentile by attempting around 8-10 questions with approx. 80% accuracy.

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. Quant section was tougher than reasoning section. Verbal section was moderate. to tough. Most of the questions in quant section 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. Questions such as sentence rearrangement and misfit / best fit require analysis and knowledge of tricks to answer the questions. It is not advisable to spend too much time on TITA questions especially in the verbal section.

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