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 to tough as regards level of difficulty. The key to getting a good percentile was time management and selection of questions.
This section had a number of easy and doable sets. There were 16 easy and 8 moderate and 8 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 4 varieties of fruits is a must attempt. It has all 4 questions doable. Set 2 about IIT Kanpur is a tricky one and can be skipped. Set 3 again about employees and average salary was again tricky and can be avoided. Set 4 about players of Bangladesh team is calculation intensive but can be done once the student gets the idea of the set. Set 5is based on 4 Venn diagram concepts, so if the student is not aware of the concept, then it should be skipped. Set 6 about five friends is a must attempt. Set 7 about quiz participants is again an easy one. Set 8 based about percentage students in colleges is again a must attempt.
The overall feel of the section was easy and one could have scored 90+ percentile by attempting around 23 questions with approx. 80 % accuracy.
The Quantitative section had only 8 easy, 15 medium and 11 difficult questions.
In this paper there were 9 questions from algebra including equations, inequalities, sequences etc. Most of these were medium/tough level questions and only 2 out of these were easy. There were 12 questions from arithmetic (Percentages/Profit Loss/Time and Work/Mixtures) having only3 easy and 8 moderate ones. Geometry had around 6 questions based on mensuration, theorem based questions and most of these were moderate/tough ones. 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 12 questions with 80% accuracy.
In verbal ability section, the first RC passage (Q1-5) was based on ‘Behavioral experiments show that economic incentives influence what we value and they affect our social preferences adversely.’ The passage was easy to moderate in terms of understanding and interpreting the questions except Q4 which was difficult. The second RC passage (Q9-13)was based on ‘Bringing in forefront an appropriate technology which will also promote social and economic development.’ The passage was easy to moderate in terms of understanding and interpreting the questions. Third RC passage (Q17-21) was about ‘inequality is the product of societal development’. The passage was easy in terms of understanding and interpreting the questions except Q20 which was of moderate difficulty. Fourth RC passage (Q25-28) was based on ‘Considering the possibility of having technology with a human face as it is becoming more and more inhuman.’ The passage was easy to moderate in terms of understanding and answering the questions. The last RC passage (Q30-34) was based on ‘By finding ways to erase our bad memories, are we erasing certain portions of our self.’ The passage was easy to moderate as regards understanding and interpreting the related questions except Q30 and Q34 which were difficult. 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 (8,16,24) were based on finding summary of the given paragraph and were of moderate difficulty except Q24 which was easy. Questions (7,15,23) 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 Q23 which was difficult. Questions (6,14,22,29) were based on sentence rearrangement and the questions were difficult. The overall feel of this section was easy to moderate to tough. To score 90+ percentile one should have attempted 23-25 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 had mostly moderate 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 moderate/tough, 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.