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 moderate. The key to getting a good percentile was time management and selection of questions.
This section was full of difficult sets and overall it can be said that it was between relatively moderate to difficult level with a total of 32 questions having 16 Moderate and 16 Difficult questions.Selection of blocks once again proved to be important for obtaining good percentile.
The block (there are ten fruits of four varieties – apples, oranges, mangoes, and bananas.) and the set (The Best Beer Store was raided by the Central Excise Department.) were doable and should have been attempted. There were two more moderate blocks, one set of Line graph other set of Table graph should have been attempted. These two must have been attempted in order to clear cut off in this section. There were also a few pick and choose questions in other blocks which otherwise were difficult.
The overall feel of the section was moderate and one could have scored 90+ percentile by attempting 18-20 questions with 90% accuracy.
The Quantitative section had 6 Easy, 26 Moderate and 2 Difficult questions. In this paper there were 14 questions from arithmetic ( Ratio,SI/CI,Percentages/Profit Loss/Time and Work/Mixtures/Time speed and distance)most of which were easy and moderate. There were 8 questions on geometry and mensuration and one question from coordinate geometry which were moderate in nature. As usual algebra dominated the paper with 11 questions and one questions from Numbers.
This time quant section is more difficult. A good student could have scored 90+ percentile by attempting 18 – 20 questions with 85% accuracy.
In verbal ability section, the first RC passage, (Q1-6) was based on the ‘India may be new China’. The passage was difficult. All the questions based on this passage were difficult to interpret. The second passage (Q9-11) was about ‘innovations in agriculture through science and ICT’. The passage was moderate, but the questions based on it were a little tricky except Q11 which was easy. Third passage (Q14-19) was based on ‘according to research there are ways to reduce racial bias ’. The passage was moderate in terms of understanding. All the questions based on this passage were moderate except Q15&18 which were difficult. Fourth passage (Q22-24) was based on ‘humans are the primary cause of mega faunal extinction in Australia’. Questions based on this passage were moderate. The last passage (Q27-32) was based on ‘how free market ideology corrupts the language of democracy’. The passage was of moderate difficulty as regards understanding as well as questions to be answered. Questions (Q 13, 26, 33) based on finding summary of the given paragraph and were easy to interpret except Q26 which was moderate. Questions (7,8, 12 ,20 ,21 , 25 ,34) were based on sentence rearrangement. All the questions were moderate except Q7, 8, 21 which were difficult. The overall feel of this section was moderate to tough. To score 90+ percentile one should have attempted 24-26 questions with 75- 80% accuracy.
The overall feel of the paper was moderate, 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.