On the whole the level of the test was moderate. The test contained many moderate and difficult questions and hence the important factor was selection of appropriate questions to attempt. Reasoning section was slightly tougher than quant section. Verbal section was moderate. The key to getting a good percentile was time management and selection of questions.
The first passage (1-4) presents the alarming economic challenge of rise in food inflation and unemployment. After stating and explaining why food inflation can’t be taken lightly, author asserts that priority of policymakers should in fact be reviving growth. The passage was of easy to moderate level. The questions based on itwere all easy level except Q3. The second passage (5-8)is excerpted from a political editorial opinion, where author criticizes the inconsistency and discriminatory legal procedures of U.P. government to deal with the anti-CAA protestors, who allegedly vandalized public property. Author advocates that there should be fair legal guidelines against such crimes and their strict adherence by the government and police. The passage was of moderate to difficult level. The third passage (9-12) is also an excerpt from an editorial that present an amazing paradoxical reality of terrorism in countries that defend warfare; and that is, the growth of nationalism has actually given rise to the arm race, eventually resulting in increased terrorism. So, poverty can’t be the sole reason for this. In the end author opines that the governments should rather focus on public good and on building less divided and more tolerant societies. The passage can again be counted under moderate to difficultRC category. The 4th(13-16) passage is excerpted from ‘Pygmalion’, a thesis by Robert Rosenthal, which presents the psychological phenomenon in which high expectations lead to improved performance. Applying this hypothesis on the students of an elementary school of south Francisco, author proves that prerequisite for success of pupil is the teacher’s beliefs in success. Level of this RC was easy to moderate. The set of questions (17-19) was based on sentence rearrangement. Among these only Q-19 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 and can be counted under difficult category. Overall feel of the section was moderate to difficult. One could have scored 90+ percentile by attempting 16-18 questions with 80-85% accuracy.
DI section was moderate in difficulty level. There were 9 easy, 4 medium and 7 difficult questions in this section.The Block (There are eight students A, B, C, D, E, F, G and H opting for exactly one subject) was easiest of all and was must do. The block (The bar chart below shows the total number of vehicles, in millions, registered over the period 2002 to 2012) was also manageable. 3-4 questions from rest of the blocks should have been attempted to clear the cutoff. One could have fetched 90+ percentile by attempting around 10-12 questions with approx. 80 % accuracy.
A good student could have scored 90+ percentile by attempting 10-12 questions with approx. 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 reasoning section was slightly tougher than quant section. Verbal section was moderate. 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.