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. Quant section in this paper was comparatively easier than the DILR section. The key to getting a good percentile was time management and selection of questions. Verbal section was moderate.
This section hardly had any easy sets and overall it can be said that it was an pretty tough section with a total of 32 questions having only 6 Easy and 14 Moderate questions. Selection of easy sets is important in such a paper so as to maximize the score and attempt.
Student can start from Set 2 (Vehicles from Tata motors) and attempt entire set. After this, the candidate can move to set 3 ( Venn diagram based question ) and get all the questions. Set 5 ( four specializations ) is also a doable set and can be tried. After this the student can try set 7( seven student arrangement ). The remaining sets in this paper are either extremely lengthy or difficult and should be avoided in the exam.
One could have scored 90+ percentile by attempting around 14 questions with 80 % accuracy.
The Quantitative section had 10 easy, 13 medium and 11 difficult questions. This was a very balanced section and almost all the topics made an appearance in this one. The top 3 sections in terms of questions were Arithmetic (7), Algebra (9) and Geometry (5) making a total of 21 questions. Arithmetic again had questions from SI-CI/Percentage/Time and Work/Profit loss, and 4 out of these were easy. Algebra also had mixed questions based on Progressions/Functions/Equations etc and comprised of mostly all easy and medium questions. Geometry had questions from Mensuration and theorem based part and all were medium/tough ones. The remaining questions were from topics like Number system/average/TSD/PnC and had a good mix of easy/medium questions.
A good student could have scored 90+ percentile by attempting 17 questions with approx. 80 % accuracy.
In verbal ability section, the first RC passage (Q1-4) was based on ‘Why a U.S. court agrees Google books is a card catalog for digital age as Google wins massive victory as Supreme Court rejects Google books case’. The passage as well as the related questions was easy to interpret except Q1 and 4, were moderate and difficult respectively. The second passage (Q7-12) was based on ‘highlighting the need for entrepreneurship and also an appropriate technology that would promote social as well as economic development.’ The passage as well as the questions based on this passage was moderate. Third passage (15-18) was based on ‘animals in zoos who were condemned to a life behind the bars ’. The passage was easy to moderate in terms of understanding. The questions based on this passage were easy except Q15 and 17 which were moderate. Fourth passage (Q22-27) was based on ‘developing a case against repatriating museum artifacts so that cultural property should be recognised for what it is i.e. the legacy of humankind and not subject to political agenda of any current ruling elite.’ The passage was easy in terms of understanding. Questions based on this passage were also easy except Q27 which was of moderate difficulty. The last passage (Q31-34) was based on ‘why the global arms trade is booming’. The passage was easy to interpret and identify the answers except Q31 which was of moderate level. Questions (13, 14, 28, and 30) were based on finding summary of the given paragraph and were easy to moderate. Questions (5, 19, and 20) were based on sentence rearrangement and the questions were difficult. Questions (6, 21, and 29) were based on finding misfit among the given four sentences and were of moderate level. 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 moderate. To score 90+ percentile one should have attempted 26-28 questions with 75- 80% accuracy.
The overall feel of the paper was 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/tough level questions, thus selection of easy questions was important. As far as Quant is concerned most of the questions were from Algebra, Arithmetic & 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.