The first passage (1-4) was based on ‘management of water in rivers such as Brahmaputra & Kosi and impact of floods in them on the people of the region’. The passage was moderate in terms of understanding. The questions based on it were either moderate or difficult except Q2, which was easy. The second passage (5-8) was based on inability of RBI to ensure safe &sound monetary regulations. The passage was a little tricky in terms of understanding. The questions based on it were either moderate or easy. The third passage was based on ‘lack of management & impact of outdated policies & technologies used by trout farming people’. The passage was easy to moderate in terms of understanding. The questions based on it were either easy or moderate except Q9, which was difficult. The fourth passage was based on ‘role & functionality of caste system’. The passage was difficult to understand and questions based on it were also either difficult or moderate. The questions (17 & 18) were based on finding odd one out and were moderate. The questions (19-21) were based on sentence rearrangement and were either moderate or difficult. The questions (22-24) were based on finding summary of the given paragraph. The questions were easy except Q24, which was moderate. The overall feel of the section was moderate to difficult. One could have scored 90+ percentile by attempting 14-16 questions with 80% accuracy.
The overall feel of the paper was moderate to difficult, 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 difficult in this paper. As far as Quant is concerned it was easier than DI 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 4 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. Questions such as sentence rearrangement and misfit require analysis and knowledge of tricks to answer the questions. It is not advisable to spend too much time on TITA questions especially in the verbal section.