Test Analysis, & Strategy 2023 WIN CAT 25

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 to score well was selection of appropriate questions to attempt. Reasoning section was slightly tougher than quant 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, 9, 11, 12, 19, 20, 21

The primary idea of 1st passage (Q-1 to 4) is, that Zepto, a grocery delivery startup founded by 19-year-olds Kailvalya Vohra and Aadit Palicha in Mumbai in 2021, has experienced rapid growth and success. They prioritized customer experience, built a strong team, and achieved early financial success, with the idea originating during the COVID-19 lockdown in 2020. The level of this passage was easy to moderate. The passage highlights the historical and contemporary issues surrounding population control policies in India. It argues that such policies have often been used to deflect from developmental failures, disproportionately harm marginalized groups, and undermine democratic representation, and that they are no longer a priority due to India's replacement-level fertility rate. This passage was moderate in difficulty level and had just 1 difficult-level question. The 3rdpassage discusses the historical context of the Durand Line, border delineation between the British Empire and Afghanistan. It highlights the complex motivations behind its creation, including British efforts to control tribal areas and protect against Russian expansion, and how this border remains a source of tension and conflict today. In level of difficulty, this passage was easy to moderate. The main theme of the 4th passage is about the court's decision to grant bail to climate activist Disha Ravi highlights important principles related to dissent, democracy, and the law on sedition. The court emphasized that sedition requires evidence of violence, defended the importance of dissent in a democracy, and questioned the need for custodial interrogation when serious charges are involved. This passage had moderate to difficult-level questions. Questions (17-18) were based on finding the misfit sentence and these questions were easy in difficulty level. Questions (19-21) were based on para-summary and were all easy, in difficulty level. Questions 22-24 were based on sentence rearrangement. These questions were moderate in difficultly level. Overall, the verbal section of this mock was moderate to tough and for 90+ percentile a candidate attempts should be around 16 to 18 questions with 70-75% accuracy.

DI & Reasoning
Easy Questions:
25, 26, 27, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38

The difficulty level of DI was moderate. There were 9 easy, 0 medium and 11 difficult questions in this section. The first and second (Cyber Spectrum, Tambola Party) 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 -11 questions with approx. 80 % accuracy.

Quantitative Ability
Easy Questions:
45, 49, 51, 52, 57, 59, 63, 64, 66

Students found this section easier than DI this time. The Quantitative section had 9easy, 8 medium and 5 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. Reasoning section was slightly tougher than quant 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 placement 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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