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 22 Easy and 5 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 eight friends was easy and can easily be solved using table. The next set is a typical misleading set where the information looks confusing but actually the question is very easy. The next set about movies and reviewers was again easy and should be attempted. The next two sets about water cuts and nearness diagram had mix of moderate/tough questions, so candidate needs to attempt medium questions out of these. The next two sets four players and market shares of toy companies were easy and must attempt ones. The overall feel of the section was easy and one could have scored 90+ percentile by attempting around 26 questions with 80 % accuracy.
The Quantitative section had 12 easy, 15 medium and 7 difficult questions. In this paper there were 9 questions from arithmetic (Ratio/Profit Loss/SI-CI/Mixtures/percentage) having mix of easy and medium question. Time speed and distance had only 2 questions and one out of these was doable. The major area covered in the paper was that of algebra where 8 questions from functions, inequalities, AP/GP were asked. Out of these there was 1 easy and 4 moderate questions. No other topic had such an impact in the exam. Numbers had around 4 questions and Permutations/Logs each had 2-3 questions as well and these too were mostly of moderate/tough level. Geometry had 6 questions out of which 3 were easy.
A good student could have scored 90+ percentile by attempting 20 questions with 80 % accuracy.
In verbal ability section, the first RC passage (Q1-3) was based on ‘attitude towards moral issues which can be summarized as there are no blacks (evil) and whites(good); there are only grays(mixture) .’ The passage was easy in terms of understanding and attempting questions except Q1 which was moderate. The second passage (Q7-12) was about ‘removal of flaws in economic and financial system to resolve poverty issues ’. The passage was easy to understand and also to identify the answers except Q11 which was of moderate difficulty. Third passage (Q15-20) was based on ‘effects of ego depletion can be undone by restoring the level of available sugar in brain.’ The passage was easy to moderate in terms of understanding and solving the questions except Q15 and 18 which were difficult and moderate respectively. Fourth passage (Q23-25) was based on ‘organic reading as an effective method of introducing reading in various parts of world’. The passage was easy in understanding and identifying answers. The last passage (Q29-34) was based on ‘Durkheim exploring the causes of different suicide rates at different places and times and also explaining why they differ.’ The passage was easy to interpret and to find answers. Questions (5, 14, and 27) were based on identifying the misfit and were of moderate difficulty. The key is to find the sentence that is lying outside the theme in the remaining three sentences .Questions (6, 21, 22, and 28) were based on sentence rearrangement and were difficult. Questions (4, 13, and 26) were based on finding summary of the given paragraph and were easy to attempt except Q26 which was difficult. The overall feel of this section was easy to moderate. To score 90+ percentile one should have attempted 26-28 questions with 80- 85% accuracy and the underlying strategy is good reading aptitude and time management.
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.