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!!

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