Test Analysis, & Strategy 2021 Bull CAT 30

Overall Brief

On the whole the level of the test was easy tomoderate. The test contained many moderate and difficult questions and hence the important factor was selection of right questions. The level of difficulty of reasoning section was same as that of the quant section. Verbal section was easy to moderate. The key to getting a good percentile was time management and selection of questions.

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Verbal Ability
Easy Questions:
1, 2, 4, 6, 8-10, 13-16, 18, 23, 25

The first passage (1-5) was based on ‘electrification of SUVs & associated challenges’. The passage was easy to understand and questions based on it were also easy except questions (3 & 5), which were moderate. The second passage (6-10) was based on ‘a new perspective on mass & matter from energy point of view’. The passage was a little tricky to understand but questions based on it were easy except Q7, which was moderate. The third passage (11-14) was based on ‘light pollution and its repercussions’. The passage was moderate in terms of understanding and questions based on it were a mixed bag. The fourth passage (15-18) was based on ‘paradoxes associated with speed’. The passage was easy to understand and questions based on it were also easy except Q17, which was moderate. The set of questions (20,23 &24) was based on sentence rearrangement. The questions were moderate except Q23, which was easy. The questions (19,20 &21) were based on summary and were moderate. The questions (25 & 26) were based on finding misfit among the given sentences and were easy & moderate respectively. Overall feel of the section was easy to moderate. One could have easily scored 90+ percentile by attempting 20-22 questions with 80% accuracy.

DI & Reasoning
Easy Questions:
28, 29, 34, 35, 36, 39, 40, 44, 49, 50

The DILR section of this paper easy to moderate. The first set was based on the information about financial conditions of five families and the activities take up by them. This set was easy to solve. In the next set, entrance test scores of five students for different colleges were given. This set was of moderate type. In the next set, information about different people getting into the car and coming out of the car was given and this set was again doable in the paper. The next set was based on certain conditions where information about corporators from different parties was given and this set was tricky and time-consuming. The next set was a bar diagram in which the information about two persons taking a management entrance test was given. This set was also of moderate type and the first two questions of this set could be solved easily. In the last set a table about the admission criteria for admission in a university was given. This set was also of easy to moderate type.

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

Quantitative Ability
Easy Questions:
51, 52, 55, 59, 64, 66, 68, 70, 72, 74

The Quantitative section had 10 easy, 11 medium and 5 difficult questions.

The majority of the questions in the paper were from Algebra with almost 6 questions from this area. This time these questions were of easy to moderate type. The next major area was Geometry and number system. There were 3 questions of Geometry and they were of moderate type. The number system also had 3 questions which were doable. There were 2 questions of Time, Speed and Distance and one of them was easy and the other was of moderate type. The paper had two questions of Profit & Loss and Time & Work. The questions of these two areas were easy to solve. The paper had one question each from Mixtures, Average, Logarithm, Percentage, Probability, Ratio and SI/CI. Except the questions of logarithm, the rest of the questions were easy to solve. The question of logarithm was of moderate type.

A good student could have scored 90+ percentile by attempting 14-16 questions with approx 90% accuracy.

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Strategy & Tips

The overall feel of the paper was easy to moderate, and 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 DI/LR section was same as that of quant 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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