Test Analysis - Bull XAT 01

Overall Brief

On the whole the level of the test was moderate to tough. Most of the questions were of moderate & difficult level barring a few easy questions so the key to getting a good percentile was selection of questions so as to leave difficult questions and save the time for easy and moderate level questions.

AR and Decision Making
Easy Questions:

This section was moderate. There was 3 AR sets, out of which 2 sets of 5 questions (Q57-61-4 moderate & 1 easy, Q 68-72- 4 easy & 1 moderate) and an AR sets had 3 questions (Q 52-54) of moderate level. There were 8 questions based on 3 sets of different cases for decision making which had 3 easy, 3 moderate & 2 difficult level questions. The overall feel of the section was easy to moderate and one could have scored 90+ percentile by attempting 11-13 questions with 80-85% accuracy.

Easy Questions:

The Quantitative section was moderate to difficult with 5 easy, 14 medium and 8 difficult questions. The major areas from Quant covered in this section were Geometry (Q39, 51 - 1 moderate & I Difficult) & Number system (1 easy, 1 medium). While the other topics were Algebra (5 questions – 4 moderate & 1 Difficult), P &C (1 medium), SI & CI (1 moderate), functions & inequalities (1 Moderate), & Quant miscellaneous (1 easy). The section ended with 4 sets of DI with 1st set on Multiple graphs 3 questions which were of moderate to difficult level. Thus, DI was more towards the higher difficulty level. One could have scored 90+ percentile by attempting 11-13 questions with 80-85% accuracy.

Easy Questions:
16, 18, 21

The Verbal section was moderate to difficult. 1st question, based on complete Para Jumbling, was of medium level. The Questions (2, 7, 11, and 12) were based on critical reasoning which were of medium level again. Questions, (4 & 6) based on sentence completion, were of moderate level as the choices were very tricky. 1st paragraph Q (8-10) talked about deliberative democracy, discourse and desire and built a relationship among them. All the questions based on it were difficult except Q8, which was moderate. 2nd paragraph (13-16) talked about the story of a judge and two lawyers who were discussing about the brutality of criminals and had put their views. All questions were of medium level except (16) which was easy. 3rd paragraph (17-20) talked about driverless vehicles-an advancement in the era of robotics. All questions were of medium level except Q 18, which was easy. 4th paragraph (21-24) talked about Gatz intense research on Alzheimer's disease and dementia. All questions were of medium level except Q (21) which was easy. One has to do 11-13 questions with 80-85% accuracy in order to score 90%ile.

Easy Questions:

This section of the paper was moderate. The paper covered current affairs, Business and economy, international and national organizations, finance and banking, science and technology. Very less time should be devoted to this section of the paper. In order to generate a percentile of 90+ a student should have ideally attempted 8-11 questions with 85 – 90% 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. AR and DI were mostly selective in this paper. As far as Quant is concerned most of the questions were from Algebra and Number system. While solving decision making questions, one should remain within the context of the given passage. GK section should have been devoted very less time and attempting only those questions which one knows. One should have a good knowledge of vocabulary and critical reasoning to score well. Also one should read a lot to score well in reading comprehensions as this was the dominant section in the verbal section.

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