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 easy to moderate as regards level of difficulty. The key to getting a good percentile was time management and selection of questions.
This section had most of the questions were doable questions and only 1 set which had 3 difficult questions. Most of the questions were easy or moderate. Overall there were 10 easy , 19 moderate and 3 tough questions. So in such a paper it is important to first attempt easy questions and leave the tough questions.
The first block containing (A deck of cards has 52 cards, 13 each belonging to four different sets (called suits)) was doable. The bar graph set (The management of Vaishali Restaurant has conducted a survey to determine how long customers are willing to wait) was tricky but manageable. The data case lets based on India played a total of five matches with Pakistan, of which two matches were played in India and three in Pakistan and second caselet of The courses for the DP1 students at an IB school were doable sets. The pie chart question based on ice cream produced was manageable set.
The overall feel of the section was moderate to tough and one could have scored 90+ percentile by attempting around 14-16 questions with 85 % accuracy.
The Quantitative section had 2 easy, 16 medium and 16 difficult questions. This section had most of the questions as moderate and difficult. In this paper there were 3 questions from Geometry,3 from basic numbers, 5 questions from Logs, functions and inequalities etc. There were 12 questions from arithmetic (Percentages/Time and Work/Mixtures/Percentages/SI-CI/Ratios) were mostly of moderate difficulty. TSD had 2 questions and one moderate and other difficult. Other than these topics, questions from mixed topics were asked like Sets, Algebra, Permutations, and each had around 1-3 questions.
A good student could have scored 90+ percentile by attempting 9-12 questions with approx. 85% accuracy
In verbal ability section, the first RC passage( Q1-5) was related to ‘patient inertia leading to the development of serious diseases among people’. The passage was easy to understand and identify answers to the questions except Q1 and Q3 which were moderate and difficult respectively. The second RC passage( Q6-10)was based on ‘the unexpected benefit of celebrating failure i.e. people actually feel comfortable handling risky projects and exploring audacious ideas’. The passage was easy to understand and identify answers to the questions except Q9 and Q10 which were difficult and moderate respectively. Third RC passage(Q11-15) was about ‘reconciling the enlightenment role of the spiritual leader with mediation function played by modern day gurus’. The passage was easy to moderate in terms of understanding and interpreting the questions. Fourth RC passage(Q16-20) was related to ‘the hazards of empathy that can go to the extent of disturbing our reasoning abilities and making us biased as well as cruel’. The passage was easy to moderate in terms of understanding and answering the questions. The last RC passage(Q21-24) was based on ‘India’s valuable but diminishing resource i.e. groundwater which is in really precarious condition’. The passage was easy as regards understanding and interpreting the related questions except Q21 and 23 which were moderate and difficult respectively. Most of the non- rc (tita) questions were difficult. It is advisable not to spend too much time on these questions especially on sentence rearrangement questions.
Questions (25-27) 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 and all were difficult except Q26 which was moderate.
Questions (28-31) were based on sentence rearrangement and the questions were difficult except Q28 which was easy.
Questions (32,33,34) were based on finding summary of the given paragraph and were difficult, moderate and easy respectively. The overall feel of this section was moderate. To score 90+ percentile one should have attempted 22-24 questions with 75- 80% accuracy.
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 comparatively easy in this paper. As far as Quant is concerned it was difficult and most of the questions were from Arithmetic, 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.