Overall the exam could be categorised only averagely difficult. As has been its wont, this year too IRMA emphasised the Social concern/GK section. The detailed breakup was as follows.
: 60 questions
Questions in each section were selected from a variety of topics and presented everyone with something to crack. The total numbers of questions were 200 and there were no sectional time limits. There was negative marking and it was specified to be at the rate of 25%. Total time limit allotted was 2 hours.
Questions included were from a variety of areas such as Economics and Economic Facts & Figure, Indian Geography in lime light personalities etc.
The section was of moderate degree of difficulty and would have presented no problem at all to students who have been regular with newspapers and magazines. We have following questions from this section.
Q. Which Indian
received the Templeton Prize recently?
Q. Which organisation is Amrita Patel associated with?
Q. What is the total length (kms) covered by all-weather roads in India?
Q. Who is associated with Shirdi Village?
Q. What is Operation Flood?
Q. Indian Population shall increase by how much by 2050?
Q. Which person is associated with the Ever Green Revolution?
Q. Which movement is Arundhati Roy associated with?
Q. Which two states are involved in the Cauvery River Water dispute?
Q. Because of
whose recommendations have the CMs of 8 Indian states asked the Central
Q. Of which product has India recently recovered the patent?
Q. When was the last census of animals undertaken?
Q. Which state has come out with its own Human Development Report?
Q. Which State since its creation has implemented prohibition?
Q. Deficiency of which vitamin causes night blindness?
Q. Which of these is not a breed of cow?
Q. Who received the Nobel Prize for Economics in 2000?
Q. Which of the
following is a water born disease?
Q. The Central
Government has allowed VRS for which of the following group of workers?
Q. In which event did K. Malleswari win an Olympic medal in Sydney Olympics?
Q. Which organisation did World Bank Chief James Wolfenshon visit on his recent trip to India?
Q. Which state has an extremely efficient sugar co-operative system?
Q. Which gas affect the Ozone layer the most?
Q. Which state was most affected by cyclone in the Bay of Bengal?
Q. Who is the Governor of newly constituted state Uttaranchal?
Q. Names of important breed of cows, buffaloes, sheep & goats?
Q. Who out of the following are the promoters of TRYSEM & Watershed schemes
Q. Which state lead in these crop: Tendu leaves, Coffee etc.
Q. In which
states of India Panchayati Raj in not available?
Q. Who won the Booker prize for the year 1999 - 2000?
Q. Who is the chairman of NABARD?
Q. Questions on various Rozgar Yojnas & who started them?
This section too was neither very
simple nor very easy. Questions were from a variety of topics
Number Series : 05 questions
Functions like A µ B, A @ B and related questions : 05 questions
One questions on probability : The question was about Red, Blue and Green balls and the probability of the Red & Blue being picked up together randomly.
Other questions were from topics like : Inequalities, Geometry.
concentric circles with difference of radius 4 and circumference of one-66, are given. What
Q. If each
student contributes an amount which is double the number of students
Besides these, this section also contained about 10 questions on Data Sufficiency which were again average in difficulty and about 15 questions on Data Interpretation based on two tables and a chart. The questions in the DI section were mostly direct and simple.
All the exhortations to the PTites to read ET & TOI did come to a very effective use in this section as a paragraph in this section was "Will Breeders TRIPs Farmers Rights?" by Biswajit Dhar that had been already published in the ET on October 19, 2000 :
"One issue arises from the extending of intellectual property protection to agriculture. Under the commitment that the developing countries have taken under the TRIPs Agreement, protection of plant varieties would have to be provided by using patient or an effective general system for the protection of plant varieties or a combination of both.
Even as the Agreement on TRIPs was being negotiated there was another international interactive which grew out of the realisation that the introduction of plant breeders rights could introduce an asymmetry between the plant breeders and the farmers. It was felt that while the plant breeders could secure their rights in the new regime of intellectual property protection the traditional farmers who have conserved and improve the planting materials through the centuries and have made these available to the breeders, stand to receive no recognition. This gave rise to the concept of "Farmers rights"; which has been seen as a mechanism that can counter balance the breeders rights."
The section had mix of questions
none too difficult. Various types of questions that appeared were :
Sentence correction types : 10 questions
One passage with fill in the blanks.
Two passages asking meanings of highlighted words and a passage in which questions were based on conclusions that could be drawn on the basis of given information.
Overall not very difficult.
Again the section was but moderately difficult and even moderate amounts of practice with such questions would have been sufficient for most of the students to crack the section. Most of the questions in this section the types were the types which PTites have been thoroughly familiarised in their Pinnacle Regular sessions in the class and hence we feel would not have posed any problem to them.
The questions related to Drawing conclusions (Degree of Truth/Falsity - Definitely Probably, Data Inadequate etc.), Implicit Assumptions, Code - based questions, Analytical reasoning questions and questions where logically inconsistent statement had to be made out.
All in all the question paper was only moderately difficult and could have been but a cake-walk for most of PT regulars who had worked sincerely.
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