Test Analysis, & Strategy 2023 WIN CAT 21

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. The key to getting a good percentile was time management and selection of questions.

MBA Masterclass
Verbal Ability
Easy Questions:
1, 2, 4, 9, 10, 11, 12, 14, 15, 16, 22, 23, 24

The 1st passage (Q-1 to 4) explores universal moral themes prevalent across cultures, emphasizing their evolutionary origins. These ingrained moral values, shaped by survival and cooperative needs, have persisted due to their significance in ensuring the continuity and well-being of human societies. The level of this passage was easy to moderate. The 2nd passage (5-8) examines the influence of neoliberal ideology on higher education governance, emphasizing the evaluative state model's prominence in global contexts. While supra-national trends and actors impact educational coordination, nation-states ultimately retain the primary authority in shaping their higher education systems. This passage was moderate in difficulty level. The 3rd passage (9-12) delves into the human quest for meaning and the psychological implications of existential contemplation, emphasizing two levels of meaning. It discusses the emotional repercussions of seeking purpose, the positive effects of finding it, and how people manage the inherent fear of mortality. Seemingly a difficult passage, as it was on ‘existentialism’; this passage actually featured all easy questions. The 4th passage explores Twitter's transformation from a microblogging site to a powerful political platform and shows how it mirrors modern political communication's soundbite culture, driven by its design, algorithms, and external influences. While it democratizes discourse, it also raises concerns about misinformation and increasing polarization. This passage had easy to moderate- level questions. Questions (17-19) were based on sentence rearrangement and these questions were o moderate to difficult. Questions (20-21) were sentence- placement questions and were moderate in difficultly level. Questions 22-24 were based on para- summary. These questions were all easy in difficultly level. Overall, the verbal section of this mock was more on moderate level of difficulty 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:
28, 29, 30, 32, 41, 42, 43, 44

The difficulty level of DI was Hard. There were 8 easy, 8 medium and 4 difficult questions in this section. The second and last block (Allum coaching centre and DI block) 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 9 -12 questions with approx. 80 % accuracy.

Quantitative Ability
Easy Questions:
45, 48, 51, 52, 55, 57, 59, 65

Students found this section easier than DI this time. The Quantitative section had 8easy, 5 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 69 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. 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 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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