NPAT 2016 was a test of 120 Min and 150 questions with three sections in that order – English (50), Maths (50 Q), Logical Reasoning (50Q). Marking scheme was +1, -1/4.
Day 1 story – 14 May
Here is the topic wise design:
English (First section, Simple) | |
Topic | No of Questions |
Grammar | 5 |
Fill in the blanks (Part of speech) | 10 |
Vocabulary | 5 |
Fill in the blanks (Word usage) | 5 |
Para Jumbles | 5 |
RC - 4 passages of 5Q each (Elimination of options was easy) | 20 |
Ideal time spent on this section | 35 Min |
Good attempt | 40 Q |
Score With 80-85% accuracy | 34-36 |
Math (Second section, Medium-Difficult) | |
Topic | No of Questions |
Surds | 4 |
HCM/HCF | 3 |
Time, Speed, Distance | 3 |
Ratio/Proportion | 3 |
Averages/Percentages | 3 |
Profit & Loss | 3 |
Sequences/Series | 3 |
Simple/Compound interest | 2 |
Statistics (Mean/Mode/Variance) | 4 |
Linear Equations | 2 |
Quadratic Equations | 2 |
Cubic equations | 3 |
Trigonometry | 4 |
Mensuration | 2 |
Geometry | 3 |
Probability | 3 |
Set Theory | 1 |
Functions | 2 |
Ideal time spent on this section | 45 Min |
Good attempt | 30-32 Q |
Score With 80-85% accuracy | 25-27 |
Logical Reasoning (Third section, simple) | |
Topic | No of Questions |
DI caselets (Pie, Line. Bar, table) | 10 |
Logical Data Sufficiency (Directions, relationship, puzzles, ratio-proportion) | 5 |
Puzzles | 5 |
Alphanumeric series | 3 |
Coding | 3 |
Analogies | 3 |
Groups-Conditionality | 2 |
Series completion | 2 |
Selection criteria | 5 |
Syllogisms | 3 |
Linear arrangements | 2 |
Matrix rangements | 2 |
Visual Reasoning (Odd Man Out, series completion, analogy, puzzles) | 3 |
Venn diagram | 2 |
Ideal time spent on this section | 40 Min |
Good attempt | 35-38 Q |
Score With 80-85% accuracy | 32-34 |
Overall Good score – 95+
Day 2 story – 15 May
Similar to Day 1, English was the easiest section & should have been attempted first. There were no unexpected or confusing questions. RC passages were also easy and scoring. Overall attempt and accuracy would have gone up with this section. Hence doing it first would have boosted student’s morale to move on to next section.
Logical Reasoning was the last section, but was simpler and should have been attempted next. This section was dominated by DI caselets, Data Sufficiency, series completion & selection criteria. Selecting correct questions was the key, since long questions had just one question corresponding to them.
Quant was tougher & spread across topics. Concentration was around trigonometry, P&L & geometry (4-5 Q each). This was followed by venn diagram, probability, sequences/series, TSD and quadratic equations (3 Q each).
Here is the topic wise design:
English (First section, Simple) | |
Topic | No of Q |
Fill in the blanks (Tenses) | 10 |
Fill in the blanks (Word usage) | 10 |
Synonyms | 5 |
Parajumbles | 5 |
RC - 4 passages of 5Q each (Elimination of options was easy) | 20 |
Ideal time spent on this section | 25-30 Min |
Good attempt | 40-45 Q |
Score With 80-85% accuracy | 38-40 |
Math (Second section, Medium-Difficult) | |
Topic | No of Q |
Surds | 3 |
Time, Speed, Distance (Rel. Speed) | 3 |
Work Related | 2 |
Partnership | 2 |
Remainder theorem | 1 |
Profit/Loss | 4 |
Sequences/Series (AP/GP) | 3 |
Simple/Compound interest | 2 |
Statistics (Mean/Mode/Variance) | 1 |
Quadratic Equations | 3 |
Higher order Equations | 2 |
Trigonometry | 6 |
Mensuration | 3 |
Geometry | 5 |
Probability | 3 |
Set definition/Venn diagram | 4 |
Functions | 3 |
Ideal time spent on this section | 45-50 Min |
Good attempt | 34-35 |
Score With 80-85% accuracy | 27-28 |
Logical Reasoning (Third section, simple) | |
Topic | No of Q |
DI caselets (Pie, Line. Bar, table) | 9 |
Logical Data Sufficiency (Linear arrangement, relationships, puzzles) | 6 |
Family tree | 3 |
Alphanumeric series | 1 |
Coding | 4 |
Analogies | 2 |
Series completion (Numeric) | 5 |
Odd Man Out (Maths) | 2 |
Selection criteria (1 set) | 5 |
Syllogisms | 2 |
Linear arrangements (4Q) | 4 |
Matrix arrangements | 1 |
Visual Reasoning (Odd Man Out, series completion, analogy, puzzles) | 3 |
Venn diagram | 3 |
Ideal time spent on this section | 40 Min |
Good attempt | 35-37 Q |
Score With 80-85% accuracy | 30-32 |
Overall Good score – 100+