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 only 1 completely easy set. There were 8 easy and 9 moderate and 16 tough questions. So in such a paper it is important to not waste time on tough questions and maximize score by choosing the correct set.
The first block about five dolls is a must attempt. It is one of the sets having all 4 questions doable. Set 2 about 4 experts and ratings is a tricky one and can be skipped in first go. Set 3 again about five events was very tricky and must be avoided. Set 4 about electives can be done once the student gets the idea of the set. Set 5 about alphabets representing digits in multiplication is tricky but still doable; student can try this one at the end. Set 6 about 6 contestants are lengthy and tricky. Set 7 about coding is a doable one. Set 8 based on Venn diagrams is lengthy but doable.
The overall feel of the section was close to actual CAT and one could have scored 90+ percentile by attempting around 12 questions with approx. 85 % accuracy.
The Quantitative section had only 9 easy, 10 medium and 15 difficult questions. In this paper there were 7 questions from algebra including equations, inequalities, sequences etc. Most of these were medium/tough level questions. There were 12 questions from arithmetic (Percentages/Profit Loss/Time and Work/Mixtures) having 7 easy and moderate ones. Geometry had around 6 questions based on mensuration, theorem based questions and most of these were easy/moderate ones. Number system and averages together had only 2 questions. Other than these topics, questions from mixed topics were asked like TSD, PnC, Logs etc. This section was a moderate one.
A good student could have scored 90+ percentile by attempting 15 questions with 80% accuracy.
In verbal ability section, the first RC passage (Q1-5) was based on ‘How can an employer create positive optimistic work atmosphere.’ The passage was easy in terms of understanding and interpreting the questions except Q5 which was of moderate difficulty. The second RC passage (Q8-12) was based on ‘Benefits of Exsys CORVID as an approach towards decision making and problem solving.’ The passage was easy in terms of understanding and questions were also easy except Q11 and 12 which were of moderate difficulty. Third RC passage (Q15-19) was about ‘Reconciling the enlightenment role of the spiritual leader with the mediation function played by modern day gurus’. The passage was moderate in terms of understanding and interpreting the questions except Q15 and 16 which were easy. Fourth RC passage (Q22-25) was based on ‘India’s valuable but diminishing resource i.e. groundwater which is in critical state.’ The passage was easy to moderate in terms of understanding and answering the questions except Q24 which was difficult. The last RC passage (Q28-32) was based on ‘The hazards of empathy that can go to the extent of disturbing our reasoning abilities and even making us biased as well as cruel.’ The passage was easy to moderate as regards understanding and interpreting the related questions. 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 (13,21,34) were based on finding summary of the given paragraph and were of moderate difficulty except Q24 which was difficult. Questions (6,14,26) 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 were of moderate difficulty except Q26 which was difficult. Questions (7,20,27,33) were based on sentence rearrangement and the questions were difficult except Q27 which was of moderate difficulty. The overall feel of this section was easy to moderate.
To score 90+ percentile one should have attempted 24-26 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.