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NPAT Last Minute Tips

Dear NMIMS Aspirant,

NPAT 2016 is just a week away and I am sure you have put in the best of efforts over last few weeks/months/years to be ready for the D-DAY. While your faculty, seniors, subject matter experts and coaches must have given you valuable advice all this while to enhance section wise performance, here are a few NPAT specific tips.

Over next one week -

  1. Take at the most two more mock tests and thoroughly analyse them. Trust me, taking 5 mocks in the next three days at the rate of 2 mocks per day is not going to provide any significant benefits. In fact, it will only increase your fatigue and create undue excitement! So, take a test in the morning and analyse it in the evening. Do this on alternate days.

  2. Revisit challenging questions from previous mock tests and selected ones from past papers/study material. Let’s hope you have kept a separate track of these questions!          

  3. Please don’t visit multiple websites looking for too many exam tips! The more you read the more will you get confused. Don’t get swayed by what happened in NPAT 2015 and start drawing parallels for this year. By the way, NPAT 2015 cut-off was 106/150.

  4. Don’t get intimidated by previous years’ cut-offs and start calculating ‘ideal’ attempt and ‘ideal’ accuracy. Right now, your only focus should be on maximising your raw score. At the end of the day, you should be satisfied that you reached the peak of your potential 

  5. On the day before the exam, don’t take a single mock test. Some of you will be taking IPM on 13th May. After the test, do ANYTHING except test prep!

  6. Strictly avoid a night out before the D-DAY and get a solid night’s sound sleep. After all, it’s just an exam!

On the D-Day –

  1. Wear and eat what you are most comfortable with. Reach the test centre well in time and make sure that you carry your admit card to avoid last minute rush.

  2. At the centre, you will certainly see flocks of students discussing how comfortable or depressed they are about the upcoming test. Refrain from such discussions and just feel confident about your own preparedness.

  3. You get 48 seconds per question on an average in this 120 min test. Pick up the section that YOU are most comfortable with. Irrespective of the order in which you attempt sections, maintain a strict self discipline of section wise timing in your mind.

    High scorers generally spend these section-wise time durations –

    • Quantitative & Numerical Ability (50Q) – 35-40 minutes
    • English (50Q) – 30-35 minutes
    • Reasoning & General Intelligence (50Q) – 40-45 minutes
    • Unattempted questions – 5-10 minutes
  4. Keep an eye on ‘review’ marked questions. You may want to revisit them in last few minutes to make intelligent guesses. Attempt them rather than the unmarked questions. This will reduce your risk of getting them wrong, which in turn will boost overall attempts without undue compromise on accuracy.

  5. Remember, it’s not the number of attempts alone or the accuracy alone that will matter, but your total raw score will impact overall rank. In any case, wild, random guessing is a strict no-no!

  6. Students typically get stuck in the LR section and lose track of time. While there are no section level cut-offs, disproportionate time spent on LR will eat into the time available to attempt easier questions. Thus, this section can be a make or break and may eventually decide your admission prospects.

  7. Be prepared for surprises. Remember, if you were surprised by them, others will be too. It’s just a matter of who handles them better. Your mocks would have prepared you for shocks (IMS does, for sure!). If you are a Kohli or Dhoni fan, attempt to be as cool as them, at least for those 120 min!

May you reach the peak of your potential in 120 min of NPAT 2016 & get (N)PAT on the back! All the best!


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