On the whole the level of the test was close to Actual MAT. The important thing was time management. One had to pick the easy questions and leave any questions which were difficult or time consuming.
Reasoning was of relatively easy level with so many sitters. The section contained the first three questions on blood relation. There were 5 sets on AR (54 - 68), each containing 3 questions, most of which were of easy level. There were 5 questions on series as well, which were of easy level. The questions (47 - 50) were based on assertion and reasoning and after that there were 3 questions on statements - conclusions and were of easy to moderate level. There were three questions based on cause and effect in the test. Those were a little time consuming as the sentences were lengthy and were of medium difficulty level. There were few questions based on analogies and were easy and should have been attempted. In the last the questions based on Series were easy and must have been attempted.
An average student could have gathered 90 percentile plus by attempting around 35-36 questions with around 80-85% accuracy.
Quant was of relatively easy to medium level with a very few time consuming questions which made them avoidable in time pressure. Majority of the questions were easy to moderate. It was a balanced paper it terms of all the mathematical topics. The various topics covered were – Work & chain rule (8 Q), Time, Speed and Distance (6 Q), Numbers (2Q), Geometry & Mensuration (1 Q), Permutation and combination (8 Q), Percentage (4 Q), Ratio & Alligation Rule (7 Q) and Simple Interest & compound Interest (3 Q). On the whole, this was a paper quite close to the actual MAT paper. A student who is even average at quant could have gathered 90 percentile plus by attempting around 24 - 26 questions only with around even 80 - 85% accuracy.
DI section was of easy to moderate level with just one or two time consuming sets which could have been avoided in time pressure. This paper included all the different types of sets which appear in data section. There was 1 set each of tables, pie, line and bar graphs, the questions based on these sets were mostly from moderate to difficult level. One set of data caselets was also there, in which the questions were mostly of difficult level. There was no AR set in DI section. The first 5 questions on data sufficiency were mostly of moderate level. Besides that the 5 questions on data comparison were easy to moderate. One set based on multiple graphs was also of moderate to difficult level.
In DI you could have gathered 90 percentile plus by attempting around 22 - 24 questions only with around even 80 - 85% accuracy.
The Verbal section was easy to moderate. First set of questions Q (1-20) were based on reading comprehension. 1st paragraph Q (1-4) described koala bears and their causes of extinction. All questions were factual and easy. 2nd paragraph Q (5-8) talked about India emerging as 2nd largest manufacturing competitiveness economy and the concerns related to that. Questions were factual and easy. 3rd paragraph Q (9-12) talked about US economy and its effect on India. All questions were based on the ideas given in the passage and were either easy or moderate except Q (12) which was difficult. 4th paragraph Q (13-16) talked about India’s performance in 2013 Olympics and demonstrated the reasons for the lower level performances. All questions were based on the understanding of the passage and were easy. 5th paragraph Q (17-20) talked about freedom and how responsibility plays an important role in achieving this. Questions were based on facts. All questions were easy except Q (19) which was difficult. Then Questions (21-23) were based on sentence completion. All questions were of medium level except Q (22) which was easy. Next set of questions Q (24-27) was based on sentence rearrangement. All questions were easy. Then Questions (28-30, 38-40) were based on vocabulary synonyms and antonyms. All questions were easy except Questions (29, 30 &39) which were difficult. Then Questions (31-34) were based on critical reasoning. All questions were easy except Q (32) which was moderate and Q (34) which was difficult. Also, Questions (35-37) were based on grammar. Sentences sequence had to be made. All questions were of medium level except Q (37) which was easy. One should do 30-32 questions with 80-85% accuracy to get 90%ile.
This section of the paper was easy to moderate. There were around 20 easy level questions. The paper covered Business and economy, books authors, international and national, finance and banking, sports, Politics, history, science and technology. Very less time should be devoted to this section of the paper. In order to generate a percentile of 90+ a student should have ideally attempted 23-25 questions with 85 – 90% accuracy.
The overall feel of the paper was of easy category. Now talking of strategy as a general rule you should not get struck in any question unless you are sure about its solution. Taking the Verbal, the general strategy is that never leave a RC passage on the face of it that it is either lengthy or the language is difficult, without reading the questions given below as some of the question could be direct and do not require full reading and understanding of the passage. Taking the Reasoning section, since many of the questions on AR were in sets of 3 questions, thus do not get struck in any one set. If arrangement is difficult to be deciphered, then move on to the next set and so on, so as to reach till the end of the section. The general strategy for Quant section would be to solve easier questions and leave all the questions which were difficult or time consuming. GK section should have been devoted very less time and attempting only those questions which one knows. One should have a good knowledge of grammar and vocabulary to score well. Also one should read a lot to have hold on reading comprehensions.