On the whole the level of the test was moderate to tough. The test contained many moderate and difficult questions and hence the important factor was selection of appropriate questions to attempt. Reasoning section was 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) propounds and justifies the theory of stoicism. Author states that how its relegated to be a mere philosophy of grim endurance and passive tolerance rather it's more about showing gratitude and being content in what you already have. The passage had two easy and two difficult questions. The second passage (5-8) has been excerpted from an article which talks about clash of interests over land area of Bhadla, a dry and windy village of Rajasthan. It questions the justification of installing massive solar power plant in this area which jeopardizes the local farmers who graze their cattle on that land. It also underscores the economic prospects to the villagers. All the questions in this passage were difficult except the 8th one. The third passage (9-12) was about the importance of truth and belongingness in humans. Author propounds that though human minds yearn for truth and accuracy, desire for belongingness is way stronger. For a social approval, man can hold false believes too. Author than provided same examples and data to strengthen his claim. The passage can be counted under moderate to difficult RC category with only one difficult question (11). The 4th (13-16) passage was from the subject area of economics, which explores factors hampering India’s growth prospects. Author accounts both, cyclical and structural factors, being responsible for slow growth of our country. Author goes on to suggest the use of labor recourses more, instead of capital recourses. Level of this RC was easy to moderate. The set of questions (17-19) was based on sentence rearrangement. Among these only Q-18 was difficult and other two moderate. The set of questions (20&21) was based on finding the misfit. The set had one moderate and another one difficult. The set of questions (22 to 24) was based on finding the summary of given paragraph, and was of moderate level. Overall feel of the section was easy to moderates. One could have scored 90+ percentile by attempting 16-18 questions with 80-85% accuracy.
The difficulty level of Di was moderate. There were 4 easy, 11 medium and 5 difficult questions in this section.The last blocks (The following table gives the details about the traffic flow on a particular day through the roads) was easiest and was a must do block and by attempting a couple of questions from rest of the blocks, one could have fetched a very good percentile.
In this section, one could have fetched 90+ percentile by attempting 8-10 questions with approx. 80 % accuracy.
Students found this section tougher than DI this time. The Quantitative section had 11 easy, 5 medium and 6 difficult questions. Paper was dominated by easy to moderate-level questions. Selection of questions was important to crack 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). A good student could have scored 90+ percentile by attempting around 12-14 questions with approx. 85% accuracy.
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. 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.