On the whole the level of the test was very close to actual exam. The important thing was time management. One had to pick the easy questions and leave any questions which were difficult or time consuming.
Quant was of easy level with all 10 easy questions. The major area covered was Percentages having 3 questions and 2 questions were from geometry. All other areas have 1 question each. The areas from where the other questions taken were fractions & Decimals, TSD, SI/CI, Numbers and Averages. A student could have gathered 90 percentile plus by attempting 9 questions with around 90% accuracy.
Reasoning was of easy level with a total of 25 questions out of which 16 were easy, 7 were moderate and just 2 was difficult. Most of the topics from reasoning were covered by taking some questions from each of them. The section started with 4 easy questions on Series and 2 easy questions on Coding-decoding. Further, there were 2 easy and 1 difficult questions on Directions. Then, AR had 2 sets - 1st set of 5Q (2 easy, 2 moderate, 1 difficult), 2nd and 3rd sets having 3 and 2 easy questions respectively. In addition, 2 moderate questions on Membership were also present at the end of the section. Out of 4 questions on Verbal Reasoning, 1 was of easy level while another 3 were of moderate level.
A student could have gathered 90 percentile plus by attempting around 22-23 questions with 80-85% accuracy.
The Verbal section was easy to moderate. First set of questions Q(11-30) was based on reading comprehension. 1st paragraph Q(11-14) talked about problems of low wages and workers hardship. All questions were based on facts and were easy except Q(,14) which was of medium level. Next paragraph Q(15-18) talked about SME’s and their role in Indian economy. Questions were factual and were of difficult level except Q(16) which was easy. Paragraph Q(19-22) talked about manpower development. All questions were facts based and were either medium or difficult except Q(20) which was easy. Also, paragraph Q(23-26) talked about globalization. Questions were mostly descriptive and were difficult. In next paragraph Q(27-30) the author talked about the problems of the world that can be solved with rationality. All questions were descriptive and difficult. Next set of questions Q (31-34) was based on complete para jumbling and were either easy or moderate. Again Q (35-39, 53-55) talked about grammar. All questions were easy except Q (37, 53, 54, 55) which were of medium level. Then one moderate question Q (40) was based on contextual meaning. Again, questions (41-52, 56-60) were based on vocabulary, synonyms, antonyms and idioms. All questions were of medium level except Q(44,48,52,57,59) which were easy or moderate except Q(46) which were difficult. One has to do 29-32 questions with 85% accuracy to get 90+%ile.
This section of the paper was easy to moderate. The paper covered Business and economy, book 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 16-19 questions with 85 – 90% accuracy..
This section was difficult. Q(111-150) were based on case study. There were 5 cases given followed by 4 questions each. All questions were difficult. One has to do 19-22 questions with 80-85% accuracy to get 90%ile.
The overall feel of the paper was moderate to tough, thus for the students who knew how to manage the time available to the best i.e. not wasting much time in difficult and time consuming questions, could easily manage an overall good attempt. AR was mostly selective in this paper. As far as Quant is concerned, most of the arithmetic topics were covered by taking 1 question each. For Verbal section, reading has to be focused upon and also grammar rules should be well understood. For GK section, one has to do those questions which one knows well and one should not waste time. Also, for case study section, one has to be logically strong.