On the whole the level of the test was moderate t. The test contained many easy to moderate and difficult questions and hence the important factor was selection of right questions. Reasoning section in this paper was comparatively difficult than the Quant section. Verbal section was easy to moderate in terms of level of difficulty. The key to getting a good percentile was time management and selection of questions.
The level of this section was easy to moderate. Overall there were 16 easy, 8 moderate and 8 difficult questions. There were two sets on Data Caselets which were tough, one set on DI misc. which was moderate but doable. In such a paper it is important to first attempt easy questions and to leave the tough questions.
The set on Analytical reasoning (A study was conducted to ascertain the relative importance that employees in five different countries assigned to five different traits in their Chief Executive Officers) was doable. The Data reasoning (Six contestants – M, N, P, Q, R and T participated in the buzzer round of a quiz competition) was time taking set. The set on Analytical reasoning (Five Students Aamya, Bani, Carl, Dinesh and Eshwar wrote GMAT in 2015 and 2016) was again an easy set. The set on Analytical reasoning (India played a total of five matches with Pakistan, of which two matches were played in India and three in Pakistan.) again manageable set. The overall feel of the section was easy to moderate. One could have scored 90+ percentile by attempting around 15-17 questions with 90% accuracy.
The Quantitative section had 16 easy, 15 medium and 3 difficult questions. This section had most of the questions as moderate or easy. In this paper there were 3 questions from Geometry in which are manageable, 4 from basic numbers in which two were difficult and other was doable, 6 questions from Algebra in which 1 is difficult and others were manageable. There were 2 questions each from Time speed distance, Ratio, Functions and SI/CI which were doable. Permutations and Probability had 3 question which were moderate. Remaining questions were from Mixtures, Time and work and Logs, Progressions which were doable.
The difficulty level of this section was moderate. A good student could have scored 90+ percentile by attempting 12-14 questions with approx. 90% accuracy
In verbal ability section, the first RC passage (Q1-5) was based on ‘the chance discovery of a chemical Cisplatin, a well-known chemotherapeutic drug that has been used for the treatment of various types of cancers’. The passage was easy to moderate in terms of understanding and identifying answers to the related questions.
The second RC passage (Q6-11) was based on ‘the growing importance of human capital that tends to create greater equality between the genders, it tends to create greater inequality between those people who have been assiduous in acquiring knowledge and mastering skills and those who have not’.The passage was easy in terms of understanding and identifying answers to the questions. The third RC passage (Q12-14) was about ‘moralization switch that can flip inside us and lead us to label acts amoral, moral or immoral on multiple instances’. The passage was easy in terms of understanding and interpreting the answers to the questions except Q14 which was difficult.
The fourth RC passage (Q15-19) was related to ‘how a father’s role in bringing up a child is of crucial importance and that it is different from that of a mother’s.’ The passage was easy in terms of understanding and identifying answers to the related questions except Q18 which was of moderate difficulty.
The last RC passage (Q20-24) was based on ‘making people aware of the Bystander Effect, its problems and consequences and suggest ways to handle this issue.’ The passage was easy as regards understanding and interpreting the related questions. For non-RC questions, it is advisable not to spend too much time on them.
Questions (25, 27, 28) (TITA) were based on finding misfit among the given five sentences. The key is to find the sentence that is lying outside the theme in the remaining sentences. The questions were of moderate difficulty except Q27 which was easy.
Questions (26, 29, 30, 31) (TITA) were based on sentence rearrangement where four/five sentences from an article were given in jumbled form to be arranged in a coherent manner. The questions were moderate except Q26 and Q31 which were difficult and easy respectively.
Questions (32-34) were based on finding summary of the given paragraph and were easy.
The overall feel of this section was easy to moderate. To score 90+ percentile one should have attempted 26-28 questions with 75- 80% accuracy.
The overall feel of the paper was moderate, 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. AR and DI were mostly selective in this paper. As far as Quant is concerned most of the questions were from Algebra, Number system and Geometry. For verbal section, one should have good reading skills as there were 5 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. Moreover, questions like sentence rearrangement and misfit require analysis and knowledge of tricks to attempt properly.