Test Analysis, & Strategy 2023 WIN CAT 01

Overall Brief

On the whole the level of the test was moderate to tough. The test contained many moderate and difficult questions and hence the important factor was selection of appropriate questions to attempt. Quant & reasoning sections were equally tough as there were no easy questions in these sections. Verbal section was moderate. The key to getting a good percentile was time management and selection of questions.

CAT Analysis
Verbal Ability
Easy Questions:
4, 5, 6, 7, 10, 17, 18, 23

In the first passage (1-4), author draws very subtle analogy between the task of finding a suitable job and finding a mate. Based on the study of an economist, Paul Oyer, the passage goes on explaining the parallels between how these two ventures are same and how they often lead to unsatisfactory results for some. The level of difficulty of this passage was easy to moderate.In the second passage (5-8),author underscores and warns us against the deleterious effects of environmental degradation. He highlights that all the organisms and every natural thing in our ecosystem need to be well taken care of because it’s part of the larger system (universe). He concludes the passage with enlisting remedial measures. This was again of easy to moderate level difficult, with one difficult question (8).The third passage (9-12) highlights how RBI has grown excessively powerful with time aided with lack of accountability. Even after being filled against under PIL, it still failed to showcase needed accountability and transparency; further causing lack of faith in India’s banking system. This passage was overall moderate in level of difficulty. The fourth passage (13-16), basically based on explaining certain baffling paradoxes presented by Zeno of Elea, and evokes a keen critical understanding in readers. Entire passage is based on explaining some of his paradoxes which eventually questions nature of time, space, and infinity so much so that one comes to a point of doubting the validity of assumption in the first place. This passage was moderate to difficult in level. The set of questions (17-19) was based on para-summary. These questions were of easy to moderate in difficulty level. The set of questions (20-22) was based on sentence rearrangement. The questions were all a little tricky or difficult. The set of questions (23&24), easy to moderate in level, were based on fitting the given sentence in the right place in paragraph. Overall feel of the section was of moderate level. One could have scored 90+ percentile by attempting 16-18 questions with 80-85% accuracy.

DI & Reasoning

The difficulty level of DI was moderate to tough. There were 10 medium and 10 difficult questions in this section. There were five blocks of 4 questions each. None of the block was fully solvable. So, one could have got a good percentile by solving couple of questions from 3-4 blocks.

In this section, one could have fetched 90+ percentile by attempting 5-6 questions with approx. 80 % accuracy.

Quantitative Ability

The difficulty level of quant moderate to tough. The Quantitative section had12 medium and 10 difficult questions.. In this paper, there were clusters of medium and difficult questions, so one had to skip the difficult cluster and to move to moderate level. 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 6-8 questions with approx. 80% accuracy.

CAT Score
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 attemptQuant & reasoning sections were equally tough as there were no easy questions in these sections. Verbal section was 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 misfit 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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