Test Analysis, & Strategy 2023 WIN CAT 20

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

MBA Masterclass
Verbal Ability
Easy Questions:
3, 4, 5, 6, 9, 14, 15, 16, 20

The main idea of the 1st passage (Q-1 to 4) is that there is an unwarranted and exaggerated belief in the role of testosterone (T) in explaining male behavior, including aggression and sexual desire, despite a lack of strong scientific evidence supporting these claims. The level of this passage was easy to moderate. The 2nd passage (5-8) highlights unethical practices in the field of Ayurveda, including conducting inadequate animal studies, engaging in bad research practices such as publishing in predatory journals, not disclosing conflicts of interest, manipulating scientific data, and making misleading claims about the safety of herbal remedies. This passage was easy to moderate in difficulty level. The 3rd passage (9-12) explores the duality of human social behavior, highlighting our evolved capacity for both tribal loyalty and tolerance toward outsiders. It emphasizes the role of resource sharing and cooperation, challenging the notion of humans as purely tribal and aggressive. This passage was moderate in difficulty level. The 4th passage explores the complex nature of depression, distinguishing it from grief and sadness. It discusses the blurred lines between chemical and psychological causes of depression and the challenge of addressing its existential aspects in treatment, highlighting cultural differences in addressing mental health. This passage had easy to moderate- level questions. Questions (17-19) were based on sentence rearrangement and these questions were of moderate to difficult. Questions (20-22) were para-summary questions and were easy to moderate in difficultly level. Questions 22-24 were based on the odd one out. These questions were moderate in difficultly level. Overall, the verbal section of this mock was moderate to tough &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:
30, 31, 32, 34, 35, 37

The difficulty level of DI was Hard. There were 6easy,questions and remaining questions were either moderate or difficult. The second and third block (four friend money distribution, 7 friends for post of president of club) 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:
45, 50, 51, 53, 54, 63

Students found this section easier than DI this time. The Quantitative section had 6 easy questions & remaining questions were either moderate or difficult. 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 7-10 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 easier than reasoning section. Verbal section was moderate to tough. 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 or 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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