Test Analysis, & Strategy 2024 WIN CAT - 09

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. The quant section was comparatively hard than reasoning section. One peculiar thing in this paper was that there were clusters of medium and difficult questions, so one had to skip the difficult cluster and to move to medium difficulty level cluster quickly. Verbal section was moderate. The key to getting a good percentile was time management and selection of questions.

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Verbal Ability
Easy Questions:
10, 17-18, 22-24

The first passage (1-4) based on ‘Critical analysis of NEP, wrt. Capitalistic orientation’ was an interesting read but questions based on it were tricky. The second passage (5-8) based on ‘flaws and lack of accountability in system’ was easy to understand but the questions based on it were either moderate or difficult. The third passage (9-12) based on ‘correlation between size & evolution’ was a little tricky to understand & questions based on were either moderate or difficult except Q10, which was easy. The fourth passage (13-16) based on ‘advantages for foreign companies’ was moderate and questions based on it were also moderate or difficult. The questions other than based on RCs were comparatively easier except questions based on sentence rearrangement, which were moderate. Overall feel of the section was moderate to tough. However, one could have easily scored 90+ percentile by attempting 16-18 questions with 75-80% accuracy.

DI & Reasoning
Easy Questions:
27, 28, 29, 38

The difficulty level of DI was Moderate to tough. There were 4 easy, 11 medium and 5 difficult questions in this section. The first block (Get a brew Cafe) was easiest and was 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 6 - 9 questions with approx. 80 % accuracy.

Quantitative Ability
Easy Questions:
47, 50, 56

Students found this section slightly difficult than DI this time. The Quantitative section had 3 easy, 10 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 9-11 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. The quant section was comparatively hard than reasoning section. Verbal section was tough. Most of the questions in quant section were from Arithmetic, Algebra, Number system and Geometry. For verbal section, one should have good reading speed & comprehension skills as there were 4 RCs based on different areas and also a few questions based on other areas such as summary, SR, best-fit & odd one out. One must focus on contextual vocabulary to understand and score well in passages &summary-based questions. Questions such as sentence rearrangement and misfit/Best-fit 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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