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 appropriate questions to attempt. Quant section was slightly tougher than reasoning section. Verbal section was moderate to difficult. The key to getting a good percentile was time management and selection of questions.
In the first passage (1-4), author expounds on how honeybees have always been promoted as a symbol of helping the environment and biodiversity at the cost of ignoring native bees. With the help of certain proofs, observations and researcher’s studies, he proves that honeybees lead more towards inbreeding, negatively impacting the native plants. Rather he believes that pollination by native species improves germinability of such plants. So he is against the over enthusiasm of maintaining backyard honeybees. The level of difficulty of this passage was moderate to difficult because of language of question and close option choices. The second passage (5-8) was concerned with philosophy and ontology of music; and the nature of music. Initially author wondered about the nature of instrumental or pure music being sad or evoking sadness. Then he states that sad music doesn’t necessarily reflect singer’s or listener’s emotion. And then by the end he conveys that two entirely different forms of music may not have same ontological ground; paradoxically its abstractness is what makes it beautiful. This passage was moderate in difficulty level. The third passage (9-12) explores the fact that how elders discard children’s fiction, considering it impractical; but it’s actually not exclusively for children. Children’s fiction allows itself the unsophisticated stance of amazement, imagination, adventure and escape from mundane reality. This passage was moderate in difficulty level with just one difficult question (11). The fourth passage (13-16)discussed at length that how hazardous ‘Agri-plastics’ are for our planet. Then he also discussed some pertinent measures against its use. This passage had 2 easy, 1 moderate and 1 difficult level question. Questions (17-19) were based on Sentence Rearrangement and these questions were moderate to difficult. Questions (20-22) were Para- summary questions and were moderate- level questions. Questions 23 and 24 were based on ‘fit the sentence appropriately’ in the paragraph. This included moderate level questions. Overall, the verbal section of this mock was more on moderate to difficult with an expected level of 85% of accuracy with 90+ percentile if a candidate attempts around 16 to 18 questions.
The difficulty level of DI was Hard. There were 7 easy, 10 medium and 3 difficult questions in this section. The second and forth blocks (eight villages along a tourism circuit, seven friends bought chalk, crayon and pencil) were easiest and were must do and by attempting a couple of questions from rest of the blocks, one could have fetched a very good percentile. In this section, one could have fetched 90+ percentile by attempting 10-12 questions with approx. 80 % accuracy.One could have scored 90+ percentile by attempting around 12-14 questions with approx. 90 % accuracy.
Students found this section easier than DI this time. The Quantitative section had 3 easy, 10 medium and 9 difficult questions. Selection of questions was important to crack this section. There were questions from varied topics like Geometry, Basic Numbers, Basic Algebra, Progression and Series, Arithmetic (Percentages/Time and Work/Mixtures/Percentages/SI-CI/Ratios). A good student could have scored 90+ percentile by attempting around 6-8 questions with approx. 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. Quant section was slightly tougher than reasoning section. Verbal section was moderate to difficult. Most of the questions in quant section were from Arithmetic, Algebra, Number system and Geometry. For verbal section, one should have good reading skills as there were 4 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. Questions such as sentence rearrangement and best placement require analysis and knowledge of tricks to answer the questions. It is not advisable to spend too much time on TITA questions especially in the verbal section.