In verbal ability section, the first RC passage( Q1-5) was based on the people thought to be critical for fear, actually lack a brain structure and can still experience the emotion . ’. The passage was easy to understand and interpret the questions except Q1 and 4 which were moderate. The second passage (Q8-11)was based on ‘some points of difference between Oriental and Western civilizations and also how the former blends into the latter.’ The passage was moderate in terms of understanding and questions were also moderate except Q10 which was difficult. Third passage (Q14-18) was about ‘The author Toby Young’s debate about rise and fall of meritocracy thereby having completely different opinion from his father Michael Young who was of the view that there is rise of meritocracy in aristocracy ’. The passage was moderate in terms of understanding and interpreting the questions. Fourth passage (Q22-26) was based on ‘how free market ideology distorts the vocabulary of democracy.’ The passage was of moderate difficulty in terms of understanding and answering the questions except Q23 and 25 which were easy. The last passage (Q30-34) was based on ‘Cervantes , who brought forward a new way of telling a story i.e. where ambivalence (confusion/ dilemma) was not to be resolved but embraced and expressed through characters who are not real but seem so’. The passage was easy to moderate as regards understanding and interpreting the related questions except Q30 which was difficult. 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 (6,19,27) were based on finding summary of the given paragraph and were easy except Q6 which was moderate. Questions (7,13,21,29) were based on sentence rearrangement and the questions were difficult. Questions (12,20,28) 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 of moderate difficulty except Q28 which was easy. The overall feel of this section was moderate to tough. To score 90+ percentile one should have attempted 23-25 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 answer the questions.