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 moderate and difficult and 2 sets were easy. The remaining sets were moderate and difficult out of them some questions are doable. Overall there were 6 easy, 18 moderate and 8 tough questions. So in such a paper it is important to first attempt easy questions and leave the tough questions.
The first data reasoning set (The total production of Wheat, Sugarcane, Rice, Soya Bean and Maize in 1980 was 324 million tonnes and in 2010 was 1024 million tonnes.) was moderate and calculative. The analytical reasoning set (There is a group of seven persons A, B, C, D, E, F and G.) was again easy set. The data reasoning set(Four of the top B-Schools in India – IAMA, IAMB, IAMC and IAML – had uploaded the list of candidates who had been selected for the 2-year MBA programme) was moderate but manageable and analytical reasoning set (A firm has three types of employees – managers, technical officers and non-technical officers.) was moderate. Other sets are mostly difficult.
The overall feel of the section was moderate to difficult and one could have scored 90+ percentile by attempting around 10-12 questions with 90 % accuracy.
The Quantitative section had 8 easy, 14 medium and 12 difficult questions. This section had most of the questions as moderate and difficult. In this paper there were 4 questions from Geometry, 1 from basic numbers, 1 question from Logs, 3 from functions and inequalities. There were 14 questions from arithmetic (Percentages/Time and Work/Mixtures/Percentages/SI-CI/Ratios) were mostly of moderate difficulty. TSD had 2 questions and one easy and other difficult. Other than these topics, questions from mixed topics were asked like Algebra, Permutations, Logs, sets and progressions which were moderate and difficult. Some questions of logs and algebra were easy and doable. The question on trigonometry was easy.
The difficulty level of this section is quite high. A good student could have scored 90+ percentile by attempting 12-14 questions with approx. 90% accuracy.
In verbal ability section, the first RC passage( Q1-5) was related to 'How will artificial intelligence transform the digital marketing in 2019'? The passage was moderate in understanding and identifying answers to the questions except Q2 which was easy.
The second RC passage (Q6-10)was based on 'We must take proactive and preventive steps to restore trust across government , business and civic institutions otherwise societies around the world may be at greaterrisk of chaos and conflict'. The passage was easy in understanding and identifying answers to the questions except Q10 which was of moderate difficulty. Third RC passage(Q11-14) was about 'Graffiti and street art can be controversial but can also be a medium for voices of social change, protest or expressions of community desire'. The passage was easy to moderate in terms of understanding and interpreting the answers to the questions. Fourth RC passage (Q15-19) was related to 'John Dalton and his place in context of important findings in atomic theory'. The passage was easy in terms of understanding and answering the questions except Q15 and 17 which were of moderate difficulty. The last RC passage(Q20-24) was based on 'Whether bitcoin is an alternative currency or just a speculative asset'. The passage was easy as regards understanding and interpreting the related questions except Q20 and 22 which were of moderate difficulty. Most of the non-rc questions were of moderate difficulty. It is advisable not to spend too much time on these questions especially on sentence rearrangement questions. Questions (25-27,32) (tita) were based on sentence rearrangement and the questions were of moderate difficulty. Questions (28, 33, 34) were based on finding summary of the given paragraph and were easy. Questions (29-31)(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 except Q29 which was easy. The overall feel of this section was moderate. To score 90+ percentile one should have attempted 26-28 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 difficult 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.