Test Analysis, & Strategy 2023 WIN CAT 11

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. Reasoning section was slightly tougher than Quant section. Verbal section was moderate. The key to getting a good percentile was time management and selection of questions.

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Verbal Ability
1, 2, 7, 10, 12, 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 23, 24

The first passage (1-4) brings forth the ironical reality of the social media. Though we feel that Today’s Information Age is a boom that gives us reality and demystifies everything around us, but it may sometimes be misleading and can have repercussions, in terms of prejudiced interpretation and malevolent actions. So, author isn’t disfavoring the free flow of information, he’s is just suggesting to be cautious against the gullibility of trusting anything and everything. The level of difficulty of this passage was easy to moderate. The second passage (5-8) simply expounds on the exceptional qualities and orbiting pattern of mercury around the sun. Also, we get to know certain exceptional facts about it, like its orbit is elliptical; bringing it either too close or taking it too far from the sun. He also explains how it has no atmosphere. This passage was easy to moderate in difficulty level. The third passage (9-12) focuses on discussing the problems of floods in certain sates like Bihar and Assam on one hand and unequal distribution of water in some other areas of our country. Author suggests alternate ways that can help connecting different rivers to solve the above-mentioned issues faced by Indian states. This passage was easy to moderate in difficulty level. In the fourth passage (13-16) author wants to highlight the growing potential of India as a huge consumer market for investors. So, after discussing apprehensiveness of some MNC’s from entering India due to several reasons, author goes on to state the true nature of Indian Market and tries to draw attention to immense economic opportunities in India. The level of this passage was again easy to moderate. Questions (17-19) were based on Sentence Rearrangement and these questions were 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 easy level questions. Overall, the verbal section of this mock was more on moderate level of difficulty with an expected level of 80% of accuracy with 90+ percentile if a candidate attempts around 16 to 18 questions.

DI & Reasoning
33, 34, 35, 44

The difficulty level of DI was Hard. There were 4 easy, 8 medium and 8 difficult questions in this section. The third blocks (4 player plays a series of games.) 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 7-9 questions with approx. 80 % accuracy.

Quantitative Ability
47, 49, 52, 53, 60

Students found this section easier than DI this time. The Quantitative section had 5 easy, 9 medium and 8 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 6-8 questions with approx. 80% accuracy.

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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. Reasoning section was slightly tougher than Quant 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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