Test Analysis, & Strategy 2021 Bull CAT 28

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. The level of difficulty ofReasoning section andquant section was almost same. Verbal section wasagain moderate in terms difficulty level. The key to getting a good percentile was time management and selection of questions.

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DI & Reasoning
Easy Questions:
30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41

The level of this section was easy to moderate. Overall, there were 12 easy, 6 moderate and 6 difficult questions. In this paper it is best to attempt easy and moderate questions first as they are more in number and leave the tough questions.The set on Data Caselets (Average of the readings) had 3 moderate and 1 easy question.The set on Tables (Distribution of employees) had all 4 easy questions and must have been done. The Data Reasoning Set (Birth year of 8 people) had all 4 easy questions.The set on Data Caselets (Scores of players in T20 match) had 3 easy and 1 moderate question.The set on Analytical reasoning (Stalls in a school) had 2 moderate and 2 difficult questions.So, this set should have been avoided.The set on Data Reasoning (Selection of batsmen) had all 4 difficult questions and should have been avoided.
The overall feel of the section was easy to moderate. One could have scored 90+ percentile by attempting around 13 – 14 questions with 90 % accuracy.

Quantitative Ability
Easy Questions:
52, 54, 57, 58, 59, 61, 62, 65, 67, 68, 69, 70

The level of Quantitative section was easy to moderate. This section had 12 easy, 7 medium and 7 difficult questions.In this paper there were 3 questions from Numbers in which 2 were difficult and 1 was moderate, 3 questions from Functions & Inequalities in which 2 were easy and 1 was moderate.There were 2 questions from each of Progressions & Series, Percentage, Geometry & Mensuration, Alligation &Mixture, P & C, HCF & LCM and Algebra.Each of the above-mentioned topics had 1 easy and 1 difficult question except HCF & LCM and Alligation & Mixture which had 1 difficult and 1 moderate level question and Geometry which had 1 easy and 1 moderate level question. There was 1 question each from Time and work, Profit and Loss, SI CI, Coordinate Geometry, Logs, Quant Misc and Percentage out of which question of TSD and Quant Misc 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 13-14questions with approx. 90% accuracy

Verbal Ability
Easy Questions:
2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 12, 14, 16, 18, 24, 26

The first passage (1-5) was based on ‘role of amygdala in responding to fear & experience of fear’. The passage was a little tricky to understand but question based on it were easy except questions (1, & 4), which were moderate. The second passage (6-9) was based on ‘what goes into writing fiction and case in point was a novel written by Miguel. The passage also focused on the life of this writer’. The passage was easy to understand but the questions had close options. The third passage (10-13) was based on ‘role of factors, other than medicines, impacting longevity. The passage was tricky to understand and questions based on it were also moderate except Q12, which was easy. The fourth passage (14-18) was based on ‘managing mails & associated challenges. The passage was easy to understand and questions based on it were also easy except questions (15 & 17), which were moderate. The questions (19 & 20) were based on sentence rearrangement and were moderate. The questions (21-23) were based on finding the misfit out of given sentences. All the three questions were moderate. The questions (24-26) were based on finding summary of the given paragraph. These questions were a mixed bag. Overall feel of the section was moderate. One could have easily scored 90+ percentile by attempting 19-20 questions with 80% 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 have managed an overall good attempt. Difficulty level of quant section was same as it was of DI/LR section. 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. Moreover, questions such as sentence rearrangement and misfit require analysis and knowledge of tricks to answer the questions.

 
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