On the whole the level of the test was moderate. The test contained many difficult questions, so the important factor was selection of right questions. Reasoning section in this paper was comparatively a little easier than the Quant section. The key to getting a good percentile was time management and selection of questions. Verbal section was moderate.
This section had a number of doable sets and overall it can be said that it was between easy to moderate level with a total of 32 questions having 20 Easy and 6 Moderate questions. Selection of blocks once again proved to be important so as to not get caught in tough sets when there were many easy sets available as well.
The first block about donuts, Maggie and Pancake was easy and should definitely be attempted. The next set about quiz was based on linear arrangements and again a must attempt. The next 2 sets on IIT and cricket team are better to be left alone as they had much data and had mix of mostly tough and few moderate questions. The set based on five friends was again a very easy one and quickly solvable. The next set about number of boys and girls needs a bit of equation work but the questions of this set are easy. The next set about NRI students was purely based on percentages and was very easy. Possible order of attempt : 39-42,55-58,59-62, 51-54 and 35-38.
The overall feel of the section was easy and one could have scored 90+ percentile by attempting 25 -27 questions with 80 – 85% accuracy.
The Quantitative section had 11 easy, 13 medium and 10 difficult questions. In this paper there were 5 questions from arithmetic (Ratio/Profit Loss/SI-CI/Mixtures) having few easy and few tough ones. Time speed and distance had only 2 questions and they were of easy to moderate type. The major area covered in the paper was that of algebra where 11 questions from functions, inequalities, AP/GP were asked. Out of these there were 7 easy/moderate questions. No other topic had such an impact in the exam. Numbers had 4 questions and Permutations/Logs each had 2-3 questions as well and these too were mostly of moderate/tough level.
A good student could have scored 90+ percentile by attempting 16-18 questions with 80 - 85% accuracy.
In verbal ability section, the first RC passage (Q1-6) was based on ‘an economist's view on behavioral economics as to how decision-making in human beings is afflicted by emotion and irrationality.' The passage was easy to moderate in terms of understanding and attempting questions except Q5 which was difficult. The second passage (Q11-13) was about ‘roots of gender gap that lie in childhood'. The passage was moderate to understand wherein Q12 and 13 were difficult and easy respectively. Third passage (Q14-16) was based on ‘works of Gursky'. The passage was moderate in terms of understanding and solving the questions based on it except Q15 which was easy. Fourth passage (Q21-26) was based on ‘religion, ritual and fortitude; the links between pain, risk and togetherness'. The passage was difficult to understand and to identify answers except Q22 and 23 which were easy. The last passage (Q27-32) was based on ‘Finland's Presidential elections '. The passage was easy to moderate in terms of understanding and all the related questions were also easy and moderate except Q28 which was difficult. Questions (7-10) were based on identifying the misfit and were moderate except Q10 which was easy. The key is to find the sentence that is lying outside the theme in the remaining three sentences .Questions (17-20) were based on sentence rearrangement and were difficult except Q17 and 18 which were easy and moderate respectively. Q33 & 34 were based on finding summary of the given paragraph and were moderate as regards level of difficulty .The overall feel of this section was easy to moderate. To score 90+ percentile one should have attempted 26-28 questions with 75- 80% accuracy and the underlying strategy is good reading aptitude, time management and astute interpretation competency.
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.