# NPAT

## NPAT 2018 Analysis

• NPAT 2018 was held on two days, 12 & 13 May. Exam pattern did not vary much on both days.
• NPAT 2018 was held between 10-11.40 AM (100 Min). It had 120 Questions, divided into three sections of 40 Q each. There was no sectional time limit. Hence, the key was to hunt for & solve easier questions first & attempt lengthy/difficult questions later by following A-B-C approach that IMS always recommends
• Each question had four options. Each correct answer carried one mark. There was no negative marking for incorrect or unattempt questions
• Maths had a few lengthy questions of medium-high difficulty level. While topic wise split was quite similar to NPAT 2017, selection of right questions by glancing through the section in the beginning was quite important
• Logical Reasoning section was a fairly standard one with predictable topics like arrangements, selection criteria, data interpretation, logical inequalities etc. Five questions were asked from verbal reasoning topics like statement-assumption & deductive reasoning
• English was dominated by RC & grammar, with some vocab component. It had a fair mix of simple & tricky questions. Overall difficulty was simple-medium

Here is the topic wise question design:

 Quantitative & Numerical ability - 40 Q Topic No of Q Trigonometry 4 Mensuration 4 Sequences/Series 3 Statistics 3 Arithmetic based 2 Set Theory 2 Quadratic Equations 2 Algebraic expressions 2 Profit & Loss 2 Time-Speed-Distance 2 Simple & Compound Interest 2 Time & Work 2 Coordinate Geometry 2 Functions 2 Surds & Indices 2 Linear Equations 1 Percentages 1 Probability 1 BODMAS based 1 Ideal time spent 45 Min Good attempt 30-32 Score With 85% accuracy 25-26

 Reasoning & General Intelligence - 40 Q Topic No of Q DI case lets (Pie chart, Line graph, Bar graph, Table) 10 Selection criteria 5 Data Sufficiency 5 Linear arrangement 3 Venn Diagram based 3 Visual Reasoning (Analogy, Odd Man out) 3 Syllogisms 2 Symbol based logic 2 Statement-Assumption 2 Deductive reasoning 2 Groups-Conditionality 1 Logical inequality 1 Alphanumeric Series 1 Ideal time spent 30 Min Good attempt 35-36 Q Score with 85% accuracy 30-32

 Proficiency in English Language - 40 Q Topic No of Q RC - 3 passages of 5Q each (Ranging between 200-300 words) 15 Fill in the blanks (Part of speech, prepositions) 8 Error identification within the sentence 5 Vocabulary 4 Fill in the blanks (Cloze test) Grammar (Sentence correction) 4 Para jumbles 4 Ideal time spent 25 Min Good attempt 32-34 Score With 80-85% accuracy 30-32

RC passages were based on topics like impact of mobile phones, character study & social media impact. Within each RC, there were 3 fact based questions & 2 needed deeper reading, e.g. question types like tone of the passage, author’s opinion etc. A good strategy was to attempt all passages with few questions per passage

To summarize, NPAT 2018 was a test of time management, since students had 20 minutes lesser than last year. Difficulty level was a little above 2017. While NPAT authorities have not published overall cut-offs since 2016, 85-87 is likely to be a good score to see you through

All the best for results!