On the whole the level of the test was moderate to tough. The test containedmany moderate anddifficult questions and hence the important factor was selection of right questions. Reasoning section in this paper was comparatively difficultthanthe Quant section. Verbal section wasmoderateas regards level of difficulty.The key to getting a good percentile was time management and selection of questions.
The DILR section of this paper was of moderate level with 2 easy sets and 3 moderate sets with few easy questions. The first set where coins are arranged was difficult. Next set where 5 girls are arranged in Mathematics class was of moderate level. The next set of telephone connections was calculative but 2 questions from this set were easy and should have been solved. Next set was of network diagram and was difficult. The set of ice cream parlor was easy and should have been attempted. The next set where three type of employees in a firm are given was calculative and should have been avoided. The next set was of DI and was calculative. The last set was of 4 set Venn diagrams. If you know the concept of Venn diagram then this was also doable.
The overall feel of the section was easy to moderate. One could have scored 90+ percentile by attempting around 10 - 12 questions with 90 % accuracy.
The Quantitative section had 14 easy, 10 medium and 10 difficult questions.
This section was of easy to moderate level. The paper was having majority of the questions from algebra and P&C, Probability. There were 9 questions of algebra and 3 -4 question were easy. There were 4 questions of P&C, probability and out of which 1 was easy and remaining were moderate. Number system had 4 questions and were of easy to moderate type. There were 2 – 3 questions of geometry and mensuration. The paper had 2 questions each of percentage and SI/CI and they were easy. There were 3 questions of ratio and out of them, 2 were easy. The rest questions were from progressions, work, mixture, log and profit and loss and they were again of easy to moderate type.
A good student could have scored 90+ percentile by attempting 14-16 questions with approx. 90% accuracy.
In verbal ability section, the first RC passage(Q1-5) was based on‘Climate change can also transform language; as our world warms, warps and melts, metaphors of the past take on new meaning’. The passage was easy interms of understanding and identifying answers to therelated questions except Q2 which was moderate.
The second RC passage (Q6-10)was based on ‘mindfulness promotes itself as value-neutral but it is loaded with troubling assumptions about the self and the cosmos’.The passage was easyin terms ofunderstanding and identifying answers to the questions except Q10 which was moderate.
The third RC passage(Q11-15)was about‘Our jobs have become prisons from which we do not want to escape; we are essentially trapped in our roles especially higher-level professionals who have an unending need to strive for more’.The passage was moderatein terms of understanding and interpreting the answers to the questions except Q13which waseasy.
The fourth RC passage(Q16-20) was related to ‘A picture may say a thousand words but what if the photograph has been fabricated; the hidden signs that can reveal a fake photo, we just have to look closely enough.’The passage was easy in terms of understanding and identifying answers to the related questions except Q16 which was moderate.
The last RC passage(Q21-24) was based on ‘The importance of Durand Line recognition- how a colonial blunder grew into a part of the war on terror and the consequences continue to shape world politics.’ The passage was easyto moderate as regards understanding and interpreting the related questions.
For non-RCquestions, it is advisable not to spend too much time on them. Questions (25-27) (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.
Questions (28-31) (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 Q30 and Q31 which were difficult. Questions (32-34) were based on finding summary of the given paragraph and were easy except Q34 which was moderate.
The overall feel of this section wasmoderate. To score 90+ percentile one should have attempted 20-22 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 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.