Test Analysis, & Strategy 2023 WIN CAT 29

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 tougher 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, 3, 4, 7, 8, 9, 11, 12, 13, 15, 16, 21, 24

The 1st passage (Q-1 to 4) challenges the common belief in 'brain drain,' arguing that the emigration of skilled workers from developing countries, often seen as harmful, actually leads to 'brain gain,' benefiting their home countries by promoting trade and reducing business risks. The level of this passage was easy to moderate. The 2nd passage discusses how transnational parks in Africa, initially aimed at wildlife conservation, offer a promising approach for decolonization and regional integration by redefining state borders and fostering micro-regions that empower local communities and promote fluid movement of people. This passage was again easy to moderate in difficulty level. The 3rdpassagehighlights India's growing significance in the global financial sector, despite its domestic challenges. With its strong computing and engineering capabilities, India has become a key hub for international banks, driving innovations and handling complex financial operations efficiently. In level of difficulty, this passage was easy to moderate. The 4th passage explains the unique role of human fatherhood, evolved due to our species' distinct anatomy and life history. Fathers became essential for children's survival and development, teaching vital skills and forming bonds through hormonal and brain changes, distinct from maternal roles. This passage was also easy to moderate. Questions (17-19) were based on the sentence rearrangement and these questions were moderate to difficult in level. Questions (20-22) were based on para-summary and were easy to moderate in difficulty level. Questions 23 &24 were based on sentence placement. These questions were easy to moderate in difficultly level. Overall, the verbal section of this mock was moderate to tough and with an expected level of 70-75% of accuracy , one could have scored 90+ percentile easily by attempting around 16 to 18 questions.

DI & Reasoning
Easy Questions:
25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 34, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 43

The difficulty level of DI was easy. There were 16 easy, 3 medium and 1 difficult question in this section. The First, second and last (Singing Competition, Rohit appeared in 8 tests, Dramatic society of a college) 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 14 -16 questions with approx. 80% accuracy.

Quantitative Ability
Easy Questions:
46, 49, 51, 55, 60, 62

Students found this section tougher than DI this time. The Quantitative section had 6easy, 12 medium and 4 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 9-12 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 tougher 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 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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