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 very few complete easy sets and overall it can be said that it was between moderate to tough level with a total of 32 questions having 15 Easy and 8 Moderate questions. Selection of questions is important in such a paper where students need to identify easy sets as well as easy questions out of moderate/tough sets.
There were only 3 sets that were easy. Set 3 ( Jatanpali company), Set 6( T20 match) and Set 8 ( 6 friends ) should be attempted completely. After this the candidate can move to Set 2 ( 4 premier schools) which has ratios involved but is solvable if done carefully. After these the candidate can pick set 4 (friends and locks) and set 7(8 companies and competitors) each of which had 2 easy questions. The overall feel of the section was moderate and one could have scored 90+ percentile by attempting around 20 questions with 80 % accuracy.
The Quantitative section had 11 easy, 16 medium and 7 difficult questions. In this paper there were 12 questions from arithmetic (Ratio/Profit Loss/SI-CI/Mixtures/percentage) having mix of easy and medium questions. Time speed and distance had only 2 questions and both were of moderate level. The second major area covered in the paper was that of algebra where 11 questions from series, simple equations, ages were asked. Out of these there was 2 easy and 5 moderate questions. Geometry had 5 questions with 3 easy and 1 moderate question and Numbers had around 3 questions.
A good student could have scored 90+ percentile by attempting 19 questions with 80 % accuracy.
In verbal ability section, the first RC passage (Q1-3) was based on ‘the origin of words tells many things about different cultures and also influence of English and its dominance on international communication.’ The passage was moderate in terms of understanding and attempting questions. The second passage (Q12-17) was about ‘how transgender rights across the world are changing language’. The passage was moderate as regards understanding and identifying the correct options except Q15 and 17 which were easy. Third passage (Q18-20) was based on ‘how algorithms and human decisions are same in terms of analysis.’ The passage was easy in terms of understanding and solving the questions except Q20 which was difficult. Fourth passage (Q21-26) was based on ‘human vision and color perception.’ The passage was easy to moderate in understanding and identifying correct options to the given questions. The last passage (Q27-32) was based on ‘is weakening of the dollar and its impact on economy.’ The passage was difficult in understanding it and interpreting the answers except Q29 which was easy. Questions (4-7) were based on identifying the misfit and were difficult. The key is to find the sentence that is lying outside the theme in the remaining three sentences. Questions (8-11) were based on sentence rearrangement and again were difficult. Questions (33, 34) were based on finding summary of the given paragraph and were of moderate difficulty. The overall feel of this section was moderate to difficult. To score 90+ percentile one should have attempted 23-25 questions with 80- 85% accuracy and the underlying strategy is good reading aptitude, choice of doable questions and proper 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.