Test Analysis, & Strategy 2023 WIN CAT 08

Overall Brief

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

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Verbal Ability
Easy Questions:
1, 2, 3, 4, 10, 11, 12, 20, 21

In the first passage (1-4), author tried to raise a concern over the sluggish entrepreneurial industry and startup slump, as it curbs the overall growth of an economy and increases unemployment. After this author states some of the factors responsible for the decline in entrepreneurship. The level of difficulty of this passage was easy. The second passage (5-8) simply expounds the views of Robert Legnold on annexation of Crimea (2014) by Russia and the growing animosity between Russia and NATO. With reference to Legnold’s book, ‘Return to Cold War’, author tries to explain how the present situation is different from that of the previous one. He states various reasons for why these countries are avoiding declaring a war against each other. Also, he has mentioned different measures that should be taken by these nations to end this animosity. This passage was overall easy in level of difficulty. The third passage (9-12) was based upon explaining the term- ‘biophilia’, supported by the arguments presented by different writers and magazines, and from real life examples of great sages. The argument was further strengthened by some scientific evidences that promulgate the view, that trees augment wellbeing of humans. This passage was easy to moderate in difficulty level. The fourth passage (13-16) expounds upon the caste system and it’s religious, functional, administrative and social moorings and relevance. Author explains how these caste systems formed structures in societies and assigned different roles to people from sections of society. He adds how these caste-perspectives narrowed people’s scope of desired jobs to the ascertained role. The level of this passage was again moderate. Questions (17-19) were based on Sentence Rearrangement and these questions were all a little difficult. Questions (20-22) were Para-summary questions and were a mix of easy to moderate level questions. Questions 23 and 24 were based on ‘fit the sentence appropriately’ in the paragraph. This included one moderate and one difficult question. Overall, the verbal section of this mock was more on moderate level of difficulty with an expected level of 85% of accuracy with 90+ percentile if a candidate attempts around 16 to 18 questions.

DI & Reasoning
Easy Questions:
25, 26, 27, 33, 34, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 44

The difficulty level of DI was moderate. There were 11 easy, 4 medium and 5 difficult questions in this section. The first, third and fourth blocks (BE Tech aptitude test software, 5 student test score and Controller of Examination) 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 12-14 questions with approx. 80% accuracy.

Quantitative Ability
Easy Questions:
48, 50, 51, 52, 54, 55, 61

Students found this section tougher than DI this time. The Quantitative section had 7 easy, 6 medium and 9 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 10-12 questions with approx. 80% 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. Quantsection was slightly tougher than reasoning section 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 best placement questions 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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