Test Analysis, & Strategy 2023 WIN CAT 28

Overall Brief

On the whole the level of the test was moderate. The test contained many moderate and difficult questions and hence the important factor was selection of appropriate questions to attempt. Quant section was slightly easier than reasoning section. Verbal section was easy to moderate. The key to getting a good percentile was time management and selection of questions.

CAT Analysis
Verbal Ability
Easy Questions:
1, 3, 4, 8, 9, 10, 12, 13, 14, 16, 17, 20, 24

The 1st passage (Q-1 to 4) discusses Bhadla, an inhospitable region in India's Thar desert, now hosting the world's largest solar farm. While the project brings investment, it faces challenges like maintenance, land compensation issues, and concerns about the impact on local farming and future land acquisition for renewable energy projects. The level of this passage was moderate. The 2nd passage discusses the complexity of judicial accountability, emphasizing that it should balance with judicial independence to ensure impartiality and neutrality. It advocates for modernizing accountability measures, including soft tools, in response to the judiciary's evolving role in policy-making and public matters. This passage was again moderate in difficulty level. The 3rd passage explores why humans often prioritize social belonging over factual accuracy, suggesting that maintaining social connections and tribal affiliations can outweigh the importance of holding true beliefs, and that friendships, rather than facts, are more influential in changing minds. In level of difficulty, this passage had a set of easy and difficult questions. The 4th passage discusses India's move to commercialize coal block allocation, aiming to boost domestic coal production, attract private investment, and reduce coal imports. This reform is expected to generate significant revenue, make industries more competitive, and establish a fair coal market price. This passage had a mix of easy and moderate-level questions. Questions (17-19) were based on the sentence rearrangement and these questions were a mix of easy, moderate in difficulty level. Questions (20-22) were based on para-summary and were easy to difficult. Questions 23 &24 were based on sentence placement. These questions were easy to moderate in difficultly level respectively. In this mock a student would have scored decent marks by attempting the 1st, 3rdand 4thpassage, and some para-summary and Sentence placement and sentence rearrangement questions. Overall, the verbal section of this mock was easy to moderate and with an expected level of 75% of accuracy one would have scored 90+ percentile if one attempts around 16 to 18 questions.

DI & Reasoning
Easy Questions:
29, 30, 31, 38, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44

The difficulty level of DI was moderate. There were 9 easy, 3 medium and 8 difficult questions in this section. The second and last (two teams of three members, in a grid of 6 rows and 6 column) 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 8 -11 questions with approx. 80 % accuracy.

Quantitative Ability
Easy Questions:
47, 49, 54, 55, 56, 57, 59, 61, 65

Students found this section easier than DI this time. The Quantitative section had 9easy, 7 medium and 6 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 7-10 questions with approx. 80% accuracy.

CAT Score
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. Quant section was slightly easier than reasoning section. Verbal section was easy to moderate. 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 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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