NPAT 2019 Analysis

NPAT 2019 analysis

Day 1 story – 11 May 2019

  • NPAT 2019 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 unattempted questions.
  • Most Q in maths were of medium difficulty level. Statistics, trigonometry, sequences/series & set theory were dominant topics with 4-5 Q each. Like typical NPAT paper, remaining questions were evenly spread out across topics. Q based on fractions were a little time consuming
  • Logical Reasoning was a fairly standard section with topics like selection criteria (set based), data interpretation, data sufficiency, symbol based logic, venn diagram & visual reasoning. Four questions were asked from verbal reasoning topics like syllogism, statement-assumption & deductive reasoning. There were no arrangement sets with multiple Q this time
  • English was dominated by RC & grammar, with some vocab component. Questions were fairly easy. Overall difficulty was low

Here is the topic wise question design:

Maths - 40 Q

Topic

No of Q

Statistics

6

Trigonometry

5

Set Theory

5

Sequences/Series

4

Functions

3

Fractions

2

Quadratic Equations

2

Profit & Loss

2

Ratio-Proportion

2

Surds & Indices

2

Time-Speed-Distance

1

Simple & Compound Interest

1

Income and Expenditure

1

Algebraic expressions

1

Linear Equations

1

Mensuration

1

BODMAS based

1

Ideal time spent

45 minutes

Good attempt

30-32

Score With 85% accuracy

25-26

There were a few lengthy Q from trigonometry. At least 4-5 Q in the section could have been solved using options. Overall difficulty level was similar to last year. Since it was time consuming section, 45 min should have been devoted

Logical Reasoning - 40 Q

Topic

No of Q

3 DI case lets (Pie chart, Line graph, Bar graph)

10

Selection criteria

5

Data Sufficiency

5

Visual Reasoning (Analogy, Odd Man out)

4

Venn Diagram based

3

Symbol based logic

3

Statement -Conclusion

2

Groups-Conditionality

2

Syllogisms

1

Statement-Argument

1

Statement-Assumption

1

Circular Arrangement

1

Order-Ranking

1

Family Tree

1

Ideal time spent

35 minutes

Good attempt

28-30

Score with 85% accuracy

24-25

 

English - 40 Q

Topic

No of Q

Reading Comprehension (3 passages, 350-400 words, mostly direct Q)

15

Fill in the blanks (Part of speech, prepositions)

6

Fill in the blanks (Sentence completion)

6

Error identification within the sentence

5

Para jumbles

4

Word meaning in context of sentence

3

Idiom meaning

1

Ideal time spent

20 Min

Good attempt

34-35

Score With 80-85% accuracy

30-31

RC passages were based on topics like hydrogen car, growth of cities & importance of zero. Within each RC, most Q were fact based & a few needed deeper reading. A good strategy was to attempt all passages & all Q within the passage. English was most scoring section in the exam

To summarize, NPAT 2019 was a test of time management. Difficulty level was same as 2018. While NPAT authorities have not published overall cut-offs since 2016, 80+ is likely to be a good score to see you through

All the best for results!

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