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 right questions. The level of difficulty of reasoning section was a little higher than that of quant section. Verbal section was moderate to difficult. The key to getting a good percentile was time management and selection of questions.
The first passage (1-5) was based on ‘abuse of power in suppressing the dissent’. The passage was tricky to understand and questions based on it were all moderate. The second passage (6-10) was based on ‘politics describing leftist & rightist thinking’. The passage was easy to moderate in terms of understanding and questions based on it were easy except questions (9 & 10), which were moderate. The third passage (11-14) was based on ‘role of freedom of institutions and lag in development because of this obstruction’. The passage was moderate to tough in terms of understanding and questions based on it were also moderate except Q11, which was easy. The fourth passage (15-18) was based on ‘nutritional deficiencies along coastline and how a little change in thinking can take care of this problem’. The passage was easy in terms of understanding and questions based on it were also easy except Q15, which was moderate. The questions (19,20 & 23) were based on sentence rearrangement and were all difficult. The questions (21&22) were based on finding odd one out and were difficult and moderate respectively. The questions (24-26) were based on summary and were easy except Q 26, which was moderate. The overall feel of the section was moderate to tough. One could have scored 90+ percentile by attempting 17-19 questions with 80% accuracy.
The DILR section of this paper was easy to moderate .
The first set was based on cryptography and one should avoid these types of sets in the exam as they are generally time consuming. The next set was based on a scatter diagram where the production and sales of two products was given and this set was of moderate type. In the next set, information about a bike company was given and this set was also of easy to moderate type. The next set was about the savings made by four couples and this set was doable in the paper. In the next set information about five friends and their cities was given and this set was easy to solve. The last set of the section was based on family tree and could have been attempted in the paper.
One could have scored 90+ percentile by attempting around 14-16 questions with 90 % accuracy.
The Quantitative section had 15 easy, 8 medium and 3 difficult questions.
The majority of the questions in the paper were from Algebra with almost 8 questions from this area. This time these questions were of easy to moderate type. The next major area was Geometry and there were 4 questions from this area and they were easy to solve. The paper had two questions on Time & Work and they were easy to medium type. There were three questions of Alligation and Mixture and Ratio. All of these questions were easy and should have been attempted. There were two questions each on Percentage and Profit & Loss and they were also easy. There were 2 questions of Number System and they were of medium to difficult level. The paper had one question of Probability and TSD each and they were of moderate type. There was one question on Logarithm and that was easy.
A good student could have scored 90+ percentile by attempting 15-17 questions with approx. 90% 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 have managed an overall good attempt. Difficulty level of DI/LRsection wasa little higher thanthat ofquant section. 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. Moreover, questions such as sentence rearrangement and misfit require analysis and knowledge of tricks to answer the questions.