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!

 

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