On the whole the level of the test wasmoderate 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 as difficult as reasoning section. Verbal section wasmoderate. The key to getting a good percentile was time management and selection of questions.
The first passage (1-4) expresses concern towards how the human race is moving towards higher levels of inequalities with enclosure of land and privatization. It also highlights a chronological narrative of genesis of this increase. The passage was of easy to moderate level. The questions based on it were of easy level except Q4, which was a bit tricky. The second passage (5-8) discussed the different aspects of luck. And by citing an example of lorry driver, who hit and killed a child unknowingly, author tries to states that luck is much more complex phenomenon to understand. Finally concluding that we should not wallow in regret if we didn’t intend to act malevolently. The passage was againof easy level. The third passage (9-12) reflects upon sheer absurdity of relating men’s aggression and virility with the no. of testosterones they have. In spite of the intensive researches lately, it couldn’t be proven scientifically. So invoking men’s biology to justify their aggression can’t absolve them of responsibility for their action. The passage can again be counted under easy to moderate RC category. The 4th(13-16) passage presented an argument over our various misconceptions towards Ayurveda and especially ‘Patanjali’. The implication is that Ayurvedic companies take advantage of the innocuous image of the plants while perception of synthetic chemical products of Big pharma is usually that of drugs fraught with danger. Level of this RC was Easy to moderate. The set of questions (17-19) was based on sentence rearrangement. These questions posed some difficultly because of tricky choices. The set of questions (22-24) was based on finding the summary of the given paragraph. The questions were moderate. The set of questions (20&21) was based on finding the misfit sentence. Overall feel of the section was moderate. One could have scored 90+ percentile by attempting 18-20 questions with 70-75% accuracy.
DI section was moderate but blocks were time-consuming and lengthy. There were 6 easy, 11 medium and 3 difficult questions in this section. The two blocks (in November, Charu would be working only five days a week&Viraj in all India Quiz Contest, in each of five different quizzes) were easy to moderate and should have been attempted. A few more questions from other blocks could have helped to clear the cut off. One could have fetched 90+ percentile by attempting around 9-11 questions with approx. 85 % accuracy.
Students this time, found this section moderate. The Quantitative section had 6 easy, 9 medium and 7 difficult questions. In 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). Other than these topics, questions from mixed topics were asked like of P n C, Logs and Coordinate Geometry. This section was moderate.
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 as difficult as reasoning section.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 misfit 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.