Test Analysis, & Strategy 2023 WIN CAT 18

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

CAT Analysis
Verbal Ability
Easy Questions:
1, 2, 6, 9, 10, 11, 14, 16, 20

The first passage (1-4 )was about the phenomenal growth of LIC and the reasons why it shouldn’t be privatized or parted with. With the help of the statistics, author enumerated many other factors that make LIC a valuable asset for our country. The level of this passage was easy to moderate. The second passage (5-8)elucidates the different factors responsible for forming stereotypes and prejudices; what role emotions play in shaping it; how can we reduce it; and why is it crucial to reduce the prejudices. Author wonderfully explains it from a social neuroscientist’s research, that how social justice and inequality is absolutely necessary and is core of a democratic society. This passage was easy to moderate in difficulty level. The third passage (9-12)portrays the chronological narrative of origin and development of inequality; and eventually privatization of the land, water and air in almost all the parts of the world. This passage was easy to moderate in difficulty level. In the fourth passage (13-16)author discusses the idea of agent-regret which is different from remorse caused by malicious intent. By exploring ideas of philosopher Bernard Williams and Emmanuel Kant, he proposes that one should not indulge in extreme sorrow or regret, if his conduct was unimpeachable or unquestionable. This passage had easy to moderate- level questions. Questions (17-19) were based on sentence rearrangement and these questions were of difficult level. Questions (20-22) were para-summary questions and were moderate to difficult- level questions. Questions 23 and 24 were based on ‘fit the sentence appropriately’ in the paragraph. These questions were moderate in difficultly level. Overall, the verbal section of this mock was moderate to slightly difficult with an expected level of 70-75% of accuracy with 90+ percentile if a candidate attempts around 16 to 18 questions.

DI & Reasoning
Easy Questions:
26, 37, 38, 43

The difficulty level of DI was Hard. There were 4 easy,12 medium and 4 difficult questions in this section. The first and forth block (Wholesale dealer of hardware, the premises of a bank are to be renovated) 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 8-10 questions with approx. 80% accuracy.

Quantitative Ability
Easy Questions:
49, 52, 60

Students found this section easier than DI this time. The Quantitative section had 3 easy, 8 medium and 11 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 6-9 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 attempt. Quant section was slightly tougher than reasoning section. Verbal section was moderate to slightly difficult. 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/Best fit 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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