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 a tough section with a total of 32 questions having 10 Easy and 14 Moderate questions. This paper was 15-20% tougher as compared to actual CAT. 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 2 sets that had majority of easy questions. Set 2 ( smart phones), Set 3( Intrepid Explorers) should be attempted completely. After this the candidate can move to Set 5 ( 7 person floors arrangement and set 1( herbivores/carnivores etc). Both these sets have majority of medium questions but if done carefully, then these sets can be solved. Other than this, all sets had majority of moderate and tough questions and had loads of data. One could have scored 90+ percentile by attempting around 15 questions with 80 % accuracy.
The Quantitative section had 16 easy, 8 medium and 10 difficult questions. In this paper there were 11 questions from arithmetic (Ratio/Profit Loss/SI-CI/Mixtures/percentage) having around 8 easy questions. Time speed and distance had 3 questions and 2 out of these were easy. The second major area covered in the paper was that of algebra where 7 questions from series, equations, ages were asked, however, only 2 out of these were easy. Geometry also had 6 questions with coordinate geometry included as well and had 2 easy and 2 moderate questions. Number system and averages had total 3 questions out of which 2 were easy.
A good student could have scored 90+ percentile by attempting 22 questions with approx. 80 % accuracy.
In verbal ability section, the first RC passage (Q1-3) was based on the ‘study of neural circuits and how this knowledge will transform our understanding of complexity of human brain’. The passage was moderate and the questions based on this passage were also of moderate level except Q1, which was difficult. The second passage (Q6-11) was about ‘people thought to be critical for fear, actually lack a brain structure can still experience the emotion.’ The passage was of moderate difficulty and the questions based on this passage were easy to moderate. Third passage (Q14-19) was based on ‘recent advances in technology have greatly changed the aesthetics and methods of war reporting ’. The passage was also moderate in terms of understanding. All the questions based on this passage were easy to moderate except Q18 which was difficult. Fourth passage (Q23-25) was based on ‘the improvement in reading experience by advancement in technology in the form of apps available for reading books.’ Questions based on this passage were moderate except Q25 which was easy. The last passage (Q29-34) was based on ‘human beings are a real threat to all other living species on the Earth ’. The passage was easy to interpret and identify the answers. Questions (12, 13, 21, and 27) were based on finding summary of the given paragraph and were easy or moderate. Questions (4, 20, and 28) were based on sentence rearrangement and were difficult except Q20 which was moderate. Questions (5, 22, and 26) were based on finding misfit among the given four sentences and were easy. The key is to find the sentence that is lying outside the theme in the remaining three sentences. The overall feel of this section was easy to moderate. To score 90+ percentile one should have attempted 26-28 questions with 75- 80% accuracy.
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.