# NPAT

## NPAT 2017 Analysis

### Day 1 story – 13 May 2017

• Test duration was 120 Min. It had 120 Questions, divided into three sections, with time limit for each section. There was a fixed order of sections (1st - Maths, 2nd - Logical Reasoning, 3rd - English). One could not move to the next section till the allocated time for the previous section was over. Thus there was enough scope to hunt for & solve easier questions first & attempt lengthy/difficult questions later using A-B-C (Abhi Karo, Baadmein Karo, Chhod do) approach within the specified sectional time limit
• Each question had four options. Each correct answer carried one mark. There was no negative marking for incorrect or unattempted questions
• Maths was a typical section & very similar to NPAT 2016 in terms of wide spread of topics and difficulty level. There were no surprise elements. Most questions were fairly easy & doable. Good students would have solved 32+ questions & got last 5 minutes to check answers or attempt unsolved questions
• Logical Reasoning section was a fairly standard one with conventional topics like circular arrangements, coding, selection criteria, data sufficiency, visual reasoning, series completion and syllogisms etc. Total of 5 questions were asked on verbal reasoning with areas like deductive reasoning & strong-weak argument. Time was just sufficient for students to complete serious attempts & did not give much time to check answers
• English was the easiest section, which boosted overall serious attempts. It was the last section & students could finish it well before time & got 7-8 minutes to re-check answers/visit unsolved questions

Here is the topic wise question design:

 Maths (First section, Medium-Difficult), 45 Min time limit, 40 Q Topic No of Q Trigonometry 4 Algebraic expression 3 Profit & Loss 3 Sequences/Series 3 Statistics(Mean/Mode/Variance) 3 Cubic equations 3 Averages 3 Simple/Compound interest 2 Linear Equations 2 Quadratic Equations 2 Mensuration 2 Geometry 2 Time & Work 2 Functions 2 Probability 1 Set Theory 1 Time, Speed, Distance 1 Ratio/Proportion 1 Good attempt 30-32 Score With 85% accuracy 26-27

 Logical Reasoning (Second section, medium) – 45 Min time limit, 40 Q Topic No of Q DI case lets (1 Pie chart, 1 Line graph, 1 Bar graph, 1 Table) 10 Visual Series 4 Groups-Conditionality 3 Syllogisms 3 Logical Data Sufficiency (Directions, family tree) 2 Family Tree 2 Coding 2 Symbol based logic 1 Venn diagram 2 Circular arrangements 2 Linear arrangements 1 Visual Reasoning - Odd Man Out 1 Inequality between variables 2 Strong-weak arguments 3 Deductive reasoning 2 Good attempt 32-33 Score with 85% accuracy 29-30

 English (Third section, Simple) – 30 Min time limit, 40 Q Topic No of Q Grammar (Sentence correction) 5 Fill in the blanks (Part of speech, prepositions) 8 Vocabulary (Fill in the blanks) 4 Fill in the blanks (Cloze test) 4 Para jumbles 4 RC - 3 passages of 5Q each (Ranging between 200-300 words) 15 Good attempt 35-37 Score With 80-85% accuracy 32-33

In this section, all questions of one type were in single order. There was no jumbling of question types. Students could have finished this in 22-23 Min & spent last 7-8 minutes in checking the answers

To summarize, NPAT 2017 was simpler than 2016. NPAT authorities did not publish overall cut-offs in 2016. If they do publish them this year, they are likely to be in the range of 87-90 out of 120

### Day 2 story – 14 May 2017

Order of sections was same as day 1, i.e. 1st- Maths, 2nd- LR and 3rd- English. Order of section was fixed & each had sectional time limit

Maths was first section. Difficulty level was medium-difficult. Trigonometry, profit & loss, sequences & series, mensuration were worth 4-5 Q each. 3 Q each were asked from statistics, algebraic expression & percentages. The remaining questions were well spread across topics. Algebra based questions needed some thinking & calculation. Good students could have attempted 30-32 questions & used last 5-6 minutes to check answers or attempt unsolved Q. Selecting correct order of questions was the key to high attempts & accuracy

Logical Reasoning section was simple. Topic wise split was similar to Day 1. Visual reasoning, DI case lets & syllogisms were highlights. Selection criteria was the only new topic, not asked on Day 1. The remaining questions were well spread across topics. A few questions on strong-weak arguments & deductive reasoning were asked. Students could have spent last 5 minutes to check marked answers

English was the last section. Dominated by total 15 questions based on 3 passages, fill in the blanks, grammar & vocabulary based questions; it looked fairly similar to Day 1. Most students would have finished it well in advance

Here is the topic wise question design of all sections

 Maths (First section, Medium-Difficult), 45 Min time limit, 40 Q Topic No of Q Trigonometry 4 Algebraic expression 3 Profit & Loss 4 Sequences/Series 5 Statistics(Mean/Mode/Variance) 3 Cubic equations 1 Percentages 3 Simple/Compound interest 2 Linear Equations 1 Quadratic Equations 2 Mensuration 4 Geometry 1 Time & Work 2 Functions 1 Probability 1 Set Theory 1 Time, Speed, Distance 1 Ratio/Proportion 1 Good attempt 30-32 Score With 85% accuracy 26-27

 Logical Reasoning (Second section, Easy) – 45 Min time limit, 40 Q Topic No of Q DI case lets (1 Pie chart, 1 Line graph, 1 Bar graph, 1 Table) 8 Visual Series 3 Groups-Conditionality 1 Syllogisms 5 Logical Data Sufficiency (Ages) 1 Family Tree 1 Symbol based logic 1 Venn diagram 2 Circular arrangements 1 Linear arrangements 2 Visual Reasoning - Odd Man Out 2 Inequality between variables 3 Selection criteria 5 Strong-weak arguments 2 Deductive reasoning 2 Good attempt 32-33 Score with 85% accuracy 29-30

Time was just sufficient to complete the section. There was hardly any time left to re-visit/check answers

 English (Third section, Simple) – 30 Min time limit, 40 Q Topic No of Q Grammar (Sentence correction) 5 Fill in the blanks (Part of speech, prepositions) 8 Vocabulary (Fill in the blanks) 4 Fill in the blanks (Cloze test) 4 Para jumbles 4 RC - 3 passages of 5Q each (Ranging between 200-300 words) 15 Good attempt 34-37 Score With 80-85% accuracy 32-33

With almost same level of difficulty, overall cut-offs for Day 2 should also be between 87-90 out of 120

All the best for results!!