On the whole the level of the test was easy to moderate. The test contained many difficult questions, so the important factor was selection of right questions. Reasoning section in this paper was comparatively a little tougher than the Quant section. The key to getting a good percentile was time management and selection of questions. Verbal section was moderate.
This entire section was extremely easy and filled with sitter questions. It covered the questions from all areas like Direction, Relation, Coding, and Alphabetical Series, Statement/Reason/Assertion questions, Symboperation as well as many AR sets. In such a section, there is hardly any need to worry about choosing the correct question and one should focus on attempting as many questions in as less time as possible. The questions (51-53) were based on statements - conclusions and were of easy to moderate level. There was one question (71) based on cause and effect and was easy. There was one question based on analogy (75) and was easy. Questions (47-50) were based on assertion and reason and were easy and should have been attempted.
The overall feel of the section was easy and the student should target to attempt the entire section with minimum accuracy of 90% to score good percentile. One could have scored 90+ percentile by attempting around 39 questions with approx. 95 % accuracy .
The Quantitative section had 29 easy, 7 medium and 4difficult questions.The major area that was covered in the paper was Arithmetic as expected in the actual exam and had questions from almost all the topics like Mixtures, Allegation, Ratios, Time and Work, Pipes, SI/CI, Profit/Loss, Percentage etc. Most of these questions were easy and doable. Other than Arithmetic, topics like TSD, NS, Average, Algebra, Mensuration also appeared and had 2-3 questions each. A good student could have scored 90+ percentile by attempting 30questions with 90% accuracy.
The Verbal section was easy to moderate. First set of questions (Q1-20) was based on reading comprehension and majority of the questions in all the RC passages were direct. The first passage (Q1-4) was based on ‘Koala Bear –a marsupial mammal’. All questions were easy. Second passage (Q5-8)was related to ‘India emerging as a manufacturing hotspot. All the questions were easy. Third passage (Q9-12) was based on ‘the role of science , technology, innovation in ensuring food security. All the questions were easy except Q10 which was moderate. Fourth passage (Q13-16) is related to ‘making 2013 the year when Indian sport reaches its potential.’ All the questions were easy. Last passage (Q17-20) was based on ‘what freedom at work means to a millennial employee.’ Next set of questions (Q21-23) was based on sentence completion. All questions were easy except Q 21 which was of medium level. A good grip over vocabulary would make the job easy in these type of questions. Next set of questions were based on sentence rearrangement (Q24-27) where sentences have to be put in coherent order and all were easy. Then Questions (28-30) were based on identifying the odd one out and were easy but Q28 was of moderate difficulty. Again vocabulary is important here where jumbled words have to be unjumbled and thereafter picking out the misfit. The next set of questions (Q31-34) were based on critical reasoning where Q31 and 33 were easy but Q32 and 34 were moderate and difficult respectively. All the questions were based on identifying the summary of the small paragraph given and good reading and reasoning skills are helpful in these type of questions. Also, Questions (35-37) were based on sentence correction. The questions were based on picking the most appropriate sentence that follows the grammatical rules of written standard English. All questions were easy except Q36 which was of medium level. Then Questions (38-40) were based on vocabulary where the given word was to be unjumbled and its appropriate antonym was to be identified from the given options. All the questions were easy . One should have attempted 24-26 questions with 80-85% accuracy to get 90%ile.
This section of the paper was moderate. 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 14-18 questions with 85 – 90% accuracy.
The overall feel of the paper was of easy to moderate 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.