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 a couple of easy sets and a couple of extremely tough sets. Overall it can be said that it was a medium section with a total of 32 questions having 12 Easy and 10 Moderate questions. Selection of easy sets is important in such a paper so as to choose the doable sets and to not end up wasting time in tough sets.
Student can start from Set 5 (Jelly beans) and attempt entire set since it is pretty straight forward easy one. After this, the candidate can move to Set 7 (Election voting) which is also an easy one and calculation based set and get all the questions. Set 8 (Races) is a moderate set and 2-3 questions can be attempted out of this. After this the student can try Set 4(Cars) which is again a mix of easy/moderate questions. After this, Set 6 (Pandavas) can be tried and student can hit 2-3 questions.
One could have scored 90+ percentile by attempting around 18 questions with 80 % accuracy.
The Quantitative section had 15 easy, 7 medium and 12 difficult questions. The top section in terms of questions was Arithmetic having a total of 18 questions. Arithmetic again had questions from Percentage/Time and Work/Profit loss/Mixtures/Ratios, and 8 out of these were easy. Algebra also had mixed questions based on Progressions/Equations/Special series etc and comprised of mostly all easy and medium questions. Geometry had questions from Mensuration/Coordinate geometry all were tough ones except the one from Coordinate Geometry which was pretty easy. The remaining questions were from topics like Number system/Logs/Sets/Probability/PnC and had mostly easy/medium questions.
A good student could have scored 90 percentile by attempting 21 questions with approx. 80 % accuracy.
In verbal ability section, the first RC passage (Q1-6) was based on ‘John Dalton’s atomic theory that forms the framework of modern chemistry’. The passage as well as the related questions was easy to moderate. The second passage (Q9-12) was related to ‘clarification that victory in war should not be misunderstood by Germans and they should be beware of intoxication of success.’ The passage as well as the questions based on this passage was easy to moderate. Third passage (15-17) was based on ‘the structure, justification and scope of apology and forgiveness that ultimately are considered as inescapable and central features of the moral dimensions of our lives ’. The passage as well as questions based on it was easy to interpret and understand except Q15 which was of moderate difficulty. Fourth passage (Q21-26) was based on ‘Cervantes, who brought forward a new way of telling a story i.e. where ambivalence was not to be resolved but embraced and expressed through characters that are not real but seem so.’ The passage was easy in terms of understanding. Questions based on this passage were also easy except Q21 which was of moderate difficulty. The last passage (Q29-34) was based on ‘the impact of brain drain or international migration on developing nations’. The passage was easy to moderate in terms of understanding and identifying the answers. Questions (13, 14, 27, and 28) were based on finding summary of the given paragraph and were of moderate difficulty except Q13 which was easy. Questions (18-20) were based on sentence rearrangement and the questions were difficult. Questions (6-8) were based on finding misfit among the given four sentences and were of moderate difficulty. 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 24-26 questions with 75- 80% accuracy.
The overall feel of the paper was medium/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.