Test Analysis, & Strategy 2021 Bull CAT 27

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 tough than the quant section. Verbal section wastoughin 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:
1-11, 14-15, 17, 21, 23, 24

The first passage (1-5) was based on ‘impact of noise on humans. The passage was easy to understand and all the questions based on it were easy. The second passage (6-9) was based on ‘challenges due to drug resistance shown by bacteria’. The passage was a little tricky but the questions based on it were easy. The third passage (10-14) was based on ‘role of cooperation & essentials of team building’. The passage was moderate to tough in terms of understanding and questions based on it were either easy or moderate except Q 13, which was difficult. The fourth passage (15-18) was based on ‘reforms in education & Dewey’s take on it’. The passage was tricky to understand and questions were also a mixed bag. The questions 19,23, & 24) based on summary were easy except Q19, which was moderate. The set of questions (20,22, & 25) based on sentence rearrangement were all difficult. Two questions (21 & 26) were based on finding misfit out of given sentences and were easy & moderate respectively. Overall, the feel of the paper was easy to moderate. One could have easily scored 90+ percentile by attempting 20-22 questions with 80% accuracy.

DI & Reasoning
Easy Questions:
29, 35, 36, 37, 47

The level of this section was moderate to tough. Overall, there were 5easy, 8 moderate and 11 difficult questions. In this paper it is important to attempt easy and moderate questions first and leave the tough questions.

The set on Analytical reasoning (Renovation of Bank Premises) had all 3 easy questions. The set on Tables (Literacy Level of various cities) was overall difficult set with 1 easy and 3 difficult questions. The Data Caselet (Road Accidents) had 1 easy, 1 moderate and 2 difficult questions. The set of Analytical Reasoning (Machines in various cells)had 2 medium and 2 difficult questions. The set on Analytical reasoning (Couples staying in cottages) had all 4difficult questions. Hence this set must be avoided. The set on Analytical reasoning (Natural Numbers) had all 4moderate questions and should have been attempted.

The overall feel of the section was moderate to tough. One could have scored 90+ percentile by attempting around 9 - 10 questions with 90 % accuracy.

Quantitative Ability
Easy Questions:
51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 58, 59, 60, 67, 69, 71

The level of Quantitative section was easy to moderate. This section had 11 easy, 7 medium and 8 difficult questions. In this paper there were 4 questions from Numbers in which 1 was moderate, and 3 were difficult, 4 questions from Algebra in which 2 were medium and other 2 were difficult. There were 2 questions from each of Progressions & Series, Percentage, Geometry & Mensuration and Time, Speed & Distance. There was 1 easy and 1 difficult question from Progressions & Series. Both the questions from Percentage were easy. Both the questions from Geometry & Mensuration were difficult and should have been avoided.There was 1 easy and 1 moderate question from Time, Speed & Distance.There was 1 question each from Time and work, Profit and Loss, P & C, Functions & Inequalities, SI CI, Coordinate Geometry, Alligation & Mixture and Logs out of which Logs and P & C questions were moderate. All other topics had relatively, an easy question.

The difficulty level of this section was easy to moderate. A good student could have scored 90+ percentile by attempting 13-14 questions with approx. 90% accuracy

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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 comparatively difficult in this paper. As far as Quant is concerned it was easier than DI and 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. Moreover, questions such as sentence rearrangement and misfit require analysis and knowledge of tricks to answer the questions.

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