NMAT 2015 (SLOT 1 DAY 1) was quite similar to last year’s. Since there is no negative marking, it is better to guess answers to all unsolved questions in the last few minutes of every section.
What made the NMAT a pleasant experience was that students were permitted to take a break during the test (although there is no scheduled break). The timer does not pause during this break. Test-takers noticed that they got many different questions (in the same slot) from their friends’.
Now coming to the section wise analysis:
This section consisted of Data Interpretation, Data Sufficiency (a handful of questions) and Quantitative Aptitude questions. Almost 90% of the questions were DI and QA based, with both enjoying almost equal weightage.
Most of the questions on QA varied between ‘easy’ and ‘moderate’. A few were tricky. The QA questions were distributed almost evenly across all areas of Mathematics (i.e. numbers, arithmetic, modern math, geometry and algebra), with slightly more questions from arithmetic & numbers.
In general, most of the DI sets required some time to understand the data and therefore were time consuming. Most of the questions were calculation intensive as well. The DI sets had four questions each and were based on bar charts, caselets, pie charts and tables. Some questions on DI had a tinge of Logical Reasoning while some others also required knowledge of concepts of mathematics.
The DS questions were based on numbers, algebra, modern math, geometry and arithmetic.
Almost all questions were clubbed area-wise or according to question type: the numbers questions were together, geometry questions were together and the DS questions were together
Some QA questions were tricky. As the average time available to solve each question is quite less, you should not get stuck on questions and instead try to attempt the easier questions first to maximize your score. Considering the difficulty level of this slot, an attempt of around 36-38 questions would be good for this section. If the DI sets seem calculation intensive, we advise attempting DI sets after attempting the standalone QA questions.
About thirty percent of the questions were on verbal reasoning (statement-conclusion, critical reasoning, strong & weak arguments, statement-assumption, course of action etc.) Many students reported having had no decision making questions in this section. The remaining Logical Reasoning questions were from sequential output, arrangements, family tree, numerical grid, coding, series, alphanumeric series, symbol based logic etc. On the whole, this section seemed on par with last year’s.
This section had two passages with a few questions each. The passages had about 400 words. The remaining question types were find the error (in a sentence), fill in the blanks (double, cloze, prepositions-based), jumbled paragraphs, analogies and antonyms and synonyms. Again, considering the limited time, one should leave the RC passages to the end as at least one of them is expected to be moderately challenging. Apart from the synonyms and antonyms, (for which one would require a good vocabulary), the other questions were mostly simple. On the whole, about 7-8 questions were a bit challenging. This section was quite on par as compared to last year’s.
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