On the whole the level of the test was moderate. The test contained many difficult questions in the sections and accordingly the important factor was selection of right questions. Reasoning section in this paper was comparatively tougher than the Quant section. The key to getting a good percentile was time management and selection of questions. Verbal section was moderate to difficult. On the whole the level of the test was closer to moderate.
The DI & LR section in this paper was of moderate to tough level having total of 32 questions out of which 6 were easy, 18 were of medium level and 8 were difficult.
In DI, the section started with a caselet on comparison of two engineering entrance training institutes had 3 medium (Q39-41) and 1 difficult (Q42) question. 2nd data & reasoning set (Venn diagrams) regarding study of 3 foreign languages by some students had 3 medium (Q47-49) and 1 difficult question (Q50). 3rd set having a scatter plot representing GDPs of African nations had 2 difficult (Q55, 58) and 2 moderate questions (Q56-57). 4th Data caselet set on research on nutrient retention and utilization had 2 moderate (Q59-60) and 2 difficult (Q61-62) questions. Last set on production and efficiency of 10 plants manufacturing cellular phones had 1 easy (Q63), 1 moderate (Q64) and 2 difficult level (Q65-66) questions.
In AR section, the 1st set on arrangement of five mathematics sessions (Q35-36) was of easy level. 2nd set on arrangement of 6 household chores (Q37-38) was also of easy level. 3rd set on savings made by 4 couples during the whole year had 1 easy (Q44) and 3 medium (Q43, 45-46 questions. Another question on arrangement of ingredients to make different potions in practical exam (Q51) was of medium level. Next set of questions having arrangement of 7 different species of animals (Q52-53) was also of medium level. Another question on arrangement of students to form an organizing committee (Q54) was of medium level.
The overall feel of the section was moderate to tough and one could have scored 90+ percentile by attempting 12-15 questions with 75-85% accuracy.
The Quantitative section was easy to moderate with 11 easy, 16 medium and 7 difficult questions.
The major areas covered in the section were Geometry (Q73, 75, 99 Easy; Q77, 79, 86, 95, 100 medium; Q90, 92 difficult), Algebra (Q83, 89 easy; Q88 medium; Q70 difficult) and Number system (Q91 easy; Q68, 72, 85 medium; Q84 difficult). 1 to 2 questions each were from the topics like Ratio & mixtures (Q81, 96 medium; Q97 difficult), Work & Time (Q69 Easy), TSD (Q76 Easy; Q71 medium), Profit & Loss (Q82 Easy; Q93 medium), SI/CI (Q94 easy; Q67 medium) & Percentages (Q74 medium). Some questions from Higher maths also appeared in the section - P&C (Q98 difficult), Probability (Q87 Difficult), Logs (Q78 Easy) & Sets (Q80 Medium).
One could have scored 90+ percentile by attempting around 15-18 questions with 75-85% accuracy.
The Verbal section was moderate to difficult. Questions were based on reading comprehension, paragraph summary, sentence misfit and rearrangement. 1st paragraph Q (1-3) talked about yawning and its causes and also related sleepiness with that. Questions were based on theme, facts and understanding of the passage. All questions were of medium level except Q(1) which was difficult. 2nd Paragraph Q (4-9) talked about Priestley and his work. The author thought did not like the work but appreciated his efforts. Questions were based on facts and inference. All questions were of medium level except Q(6) which was easy and Q(5,8) which were difficult. 3rd paragraph Q(13-18) talked about the graffiti culture and the artists who have kept the culture alive through archaeology. Questions were factual and based on inference. All questions were of medium level except Q(14,15,17) which were easy. 4th paragraph Q(21-23) talked about humility, leadership and moral behavior. Questions were based on facts mostly. All questions were easy except Q(23) which was of medium level. 5th paragraph Q(27-32) talked about science and how moral intuitions can’t be explained by it. Questions were mostly factual and based on the understanding. All questions were of medium level except Q(28) which was easy and Q(32) which was difficult. Next set of questions Q(10,11,19,20,33,25,26,34) was based on Complete Para Jumbling. All questions were based on sentence rearrangement except Q(25,26,34) which were based on sentence misfit. All questions were difficult except Q(25,26) which were of medium level and Q(34) which was easy. Last set of questions Q(12,24) was based on paragraph summary. Q(12) was easy while the Q(24) was of medium level. One should attempt 15-18 questions with 80-85% accuracy to get 90%ile.
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 had mostly moderate or difficult level questions, thus selection of questions was important. As far as Quant is concerned most of the questions were from Algebra, Numbers & Geometry and since most of the questions were easy or moderate, thus selection of easier and doable questions was important. For verbal section, one should have good reading skills as there were 5 RC’s and questions were based on paragraph summary also in which reading skills were requisite. Moreover, questions like sentence rearrangement and misfit require analysis and tricks to answer.