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 had plenty of easy sets and overall it can be said that it was an easy section with a total of 32 questions having only 16 Easy and 6 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 1 (Railways Internal Revenue) and attempt entire set since it is pretty straight forward calculation based set. After this, the candidate can move to Set 5 (Cars, jeeps, taxis) which is also a calculation based set and get all the questions. Set 8 (GDP) is also an easy set and all questions must be attempted. After this the student can try Set 6(3 digit integer calculation). After this, Set 7 (student arrangement) can be solved.
One could have scored 90+ percentile by attempting around 21 questions with 80 % accuracy.
The Quantitative section had 14 easy, 10 medium and 10 difficult questions. The top 3 sections in terms of questions were Arithmetic (16), Algebra (7) and Geometry (4) making a total of 27 questions. Arithmetic again had questions from Percentage/Time and Work/Profit loss/Mixtures, and 10 out of these were easy. Algebra also had mixed questions based on Progressions/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/Probability and had mostly medium/tough questions.
A good student could have scored 90 percentile by attempting 20 questions with approx. 80 % accuracy.
In verbal ability section, the first RC passage (Q1-3) was based on how brain perceives color that could help explain consciousness’. The passage as well as the related questions was easy to interpret except Q2 which was moderate. The second passage (Q7-12) was based on ‘our everyday lives are filled with pretentious behavior and infact our supposed true self is a creation in itself.’ The passage as well as the questions based on this passage was easy to interpret except Q8 and Q12, which were difficult and moderate respectively. Third passage (16-18) was based on ‘sudden and rapid adoption of smartphones and the changes it has brought in our social behavior ’. The passage was easy in terms of understanding as well as in interpreting the questions. Fourth passage (Q21-26) was based on ‘why intellectuals misunderstand the world i.e. they tend to be both biased and unaware of their own bias.’ The passage was easy to moderate in terms of understanding. Questions based on this passage were also easy to moderate. The last passage (Q29-34) was based on ‘the journey of a utility tool i.e. E-mail; how this tool has developed and gone through different stages’. The passage was easy to interpret and to identify the answers except Q30 and Q32 which were of moderate difficulty. Questions (19, 20, 27, and 28) were based on finding summary of the given paragraph and were easy to moderate. Questions (4, 5, and 6) were based on sentence rearrangement and the questions were moderate to difficult. Questions (13-15) were based on finding misfit among the given four sentences and were of moderate difficulty level except Q14 which was 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 moderate. To score 90+ percentile one should have attempted 26-28 questions with 75- 80% accuracy.
The overall feel of the paper was easy, 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.