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 right questions. Reasoning section in this paper was comparatively difficult than the Quant section. Verbal section was moderate as regards level of difficulty. The key to getting a good percentile was time management and selection of questions.
DI & Reasoning
This section was full of moderate and difficult sets and overall it can be said that it was between relatively moderate to difficult level with a total of 32 questions having 17 Moderate and 15 Difficult questions. Selection of blocks and speed is important for obtaining good percentile.
The caselet (38 fruits, apples, oranges, plums and guavas, are distributed among 4 people A, B, C and D. Each one gets a minimum of one fruits of each type and a maximum of four fruits of each type.) Was doable and should have been attempted. There were one set from table graph which was difficult. There was a set of multiple graphs which was also difficult.
The overall feel of the section was moderate and difficult and one could have scored 95+ percentile by attempting 12-15 questions with 90 % accuracy.
The Quantitative section had 5 Easy, 15 Moderate and 14 Difficult questions. In this paper there were 15 questions from arithmetic ( Ratio, SI/CI ,Percentages/Profit Loss/Time and Work/Mixtures/Time speed and distance)most of which were easy and moderate. There were 6 questions on geometry and menstruation out of which 4 were difficult. There are 12 questions from Algebra out which 3 questions from functions which were difficult and 1 question from Logs which was difficult.
A good student could have scored 90+ percentile by attempting 12-15 questions with 90% accuracy.
In verbal ability section, the first RC passage was based on the ‘to appreciate how interesting microbes are, rather than viewing them as sources of disease or dirt, to actually realize they are important parts of the world around us; actually there is no such thing as a good or a bad microbes ’. The passage was easy to understand and questions were also easy to interpret. The second passage was about ‘legality of gay marriages and how transgender rights across the world are changing the LANGUAGE.’ The passage was of moderate difficulty and the questions based on this passage were moderate except Q11 which was easy. Third passage was about ‘philosopher Mengzi providing alternative to Aristotelian account of human virtues ’. The passage was easy to moderate in terms of understanding and interpreting the questions except Q17 which was difficult. Fourth passage was based on ‘Intellectuals (a category of academicians, opinion journalists and think-tank experts who specialize in the life of ideas) tend to be extremely atypical of their societies i.e. they are the freaks.’ The passage was easy to interpret and questions based on this passage were also easy to moderate. The last passage was based on ‘why human color vision is so odd i.e. to help us survive, our eyes have to make certain sacrifices ’. The passage was of moderate difficulty as regards understanding and interpreting the related questions. All non- rc (tita) questions were either difficult or moderate. It is advisable not to spend too much time on these questions especially on sentence rearrangement questions. Questions (7,22,29) were based on finding summary of the given paragraph and were of moderate difficulty except Q7 which was easy. Questions (6,14,21,28) were based on sentence rearrangement and the questions were difficult. Questions (13,15,27) were based on finding misfit among the given four sentences. The key is to find the sentence that is lying outside the theme in the remaining three sentences. The overall feel of this section was moderate to tough. To score 90+ percentile one should have attempted 25-27 questions with 75- 80% accuracy.
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. 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 answer the questions.