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MHCET 2016 Analysis
 

MHCET 2016 Analysis

TestFunda ,  10-May-16
MHCET, traditionally the last exam of the season was conducted over three slots in two days on 12th and 13th March 2016. The paper comprised 200 questions to be solved in 150 minutes (2.5 hours). Unlike last year, this year there was no issue both in terms of the quality and correctness of questions. Since the exam was conducted by IBPS, the flavor and style of quite a few questions was like some of the tougher bank exams. Also they used their own interface, which all MBA aspirants may not have been familiar with. 

There were two major changes in MHCET compared to last year.

1. The exam was divided into sections for the first time ever. The four sections were,

        -  Test of Logical Reasoning (Verbal/Critical).
-  Test of Abstract Reasoning.
-  Test of Quantitative Ability. 
-  Test of Verbal Ability.

2. All question had five options instead of four options like last year. Here, MHCET went back to its original pattern. 

Summary

Total Marks

200

Number of Questions

200

Total Time

150 minutes

Number of Sections

4

Options

5

Number of Questions

Test of Logical Reasoning = 75
Test of Abstract Reasoning = 25

Test of Quantitative Ability = 50

Test of Verbal Ability = 50

Negative Marking

No



Test of Logical Reasoning (Verbal/Critical)

The section had 75 questions of which approximately 58-60 questions were non-verbal and 15-17 questions were based on verbal reasoning.
 
Non-verbal Reasoning:-

Topic

No. of questions

Level of difficulty

Remark

Linear arrangement

6

Moderate

12 people in two rows facing each other

Linear arrangement

6

Difficult

7 people in one row some facing south and some north

Circular arrangement

7

Difficult

Facing inwards + family tree

Scheduling

7

Difficult

Three parameters (Names, days and country)

Floors

6

Moderate

People sitting on 9 floors

Inequalities

5

Easy-Moderate

No codes

Sentence coding

5

Easy

4 statements with 4 words

Sequential output tracing

6

Moderate-Difficult

Input of 12 elements with 6 words and 6 numbers

Data sufficiency

5

Difficult

Arrangements based, family and direction based

Miscellaneous

5

Easy-Moderate

Directions based and family tree


Verbal Reasoning:-

Topic

No. of questions

Level of difficulty

Remark

Syllogism

6

Easy-Moderate

3 statements and 2 conclusions like possibility based

Strengthen-weaken argument

1

Moderate

 

Conclusion based

1

Easy

 

Assumption based

1

Easy-Moderate

 

Cause-effect

1

Difficult

 

Inference

1

Easy-Moderate

 

Critical reasoning

6

Easy-Moderate

 


In this section, considering amount of time required data sufficiency and arrangement sets, one should not prefer them to solve first. This section was difficult overall. A well-prepared student could have attempted 40-45 questions in 60 minutes.

Test of Abstract Reasoning

 The section had 25 questions, as shown below:

Topic

No. of questions

Level of difficulty

Remark

Series completion

15-17

Easy-Moderate

First or last term and intermediate term

Analogies

8-10

Easy-Moderate

 


There were no questions on interchange or odd man out this year. Also, SSC CGL type questions like paper folding, mirror image etc also were not there. This section was easy-moderate in terms of difficulty level. A well prepared student could have attempted 18-20 questions in 25 minutes.

Test of Quantitative Ability

The section had 50 questions of which approximately 20 were DI based and the rest were QA based. 

Topic

No. of questions

Level of difficulty

Remark

Table

5

Difficult

Mixture of Percentage and Numerical data in one table

Pie chart

5

Moderate-Difficult

Two data points with values in terms of percentages

Line graph

5

Moderate-Difficult

Single line graph with arithmetic concept (CP-SP)

Caselets

5

Difficult

2 parameter

Data Sufficiency

5

Difficult

Arithmetic based, geometry based

Quantitative comparison

5

Moderate-Difficult

Geometry based, number based

Odd man out

5

Difficult

Numbers based

Arithmetic

12

Moderate

T/W, TSD, P&L, Linear equation, ratio etc.

Geometry

2

Moderate

Triangles, circles

Modern maths

1

Moderate-Difficult

Probability


In this section, the DI sets were calculation intensive as well as conceptually tricky. However, it was possible to attempt a couple of these sets easily. The odd man out questions were “hit or miss” types and could have been left for the end. Apart from 1-2 questions in QA, the remaining were on the easier side. This section was moderate to difficult in terms of difficulty level. On the whole, a well-prepared student could have attempted 30-35 questions in 45 minutes.

Test of Verbal Ability

The section had 50 questions of which 10 questions were of RC and 40 questions of verbal ability. 

Topic

No. of questions

Level of difficulty

Remark

Reading comprehension

10

Moderate

2 passages of 5 questions each

Vocabulary

5

Moderate-Difficult

Either Synonym or Antonym

Faulty Construction,

5

Easy-Moderate

Basic grammar, usage and spelling errors

Mark the Error

5

Easy-Moderate

 

Cloze Passage

10

Moderate

Either 1 passage of 10 blanks or 2 passages of 5 blanks each

Jumbled Paragraph

5

Easy-Moderate

6 statements

Sentence starter/joiner

5

Difficult

2 statements to be combined using 1 or more of given 3 fragments

Central idea/ Out of context

5

Moderate-Difficult

 


In this section, the question types that should have been attempted last were reading comprehension and sentence starter/joiner. This section was moderate in terms of difficulty level. A well-prepared student could have easily attempted 30-35 questions in 20 minutes.

 Final verdict

Overall MHCET 2016 was more or less on standard lines of MHCET 2014 and a substantial number of questions could have been attempted by a well-prepared student. Overall, a good attempt would be around 140-145 questions with accuracy of 85-90%.

 Exam interface

 As mentioned earlier, exam was conducted by IBPS this year, leading to some changes in the interface.

Some of the salient features of this new interface were:

·         The question palette with all 200 question numbers on right hand side of the screen was smaller than last year.

·         As MHCET featured sections this year, there were tabs for each section on the left hand top of the screen through which you could toggle from one section to the other.

·         There was no way to track your sectional attempts, although you could keep a tab on how many questions had been attempted by you overall.

·         The left hand side of the screen was split into two parts. The left part had the common data or the instructions whereas the right part had the individual question data and the options.

·         However, the data for the questions was shown in a such a way that you had to first keep scrolling right and left to see all the figures (especially in Visual Reasoning questions) and then keep scrolling up and down to read the options. This layout was reported by candidates on Saturday, but did not seem to be the case on Sunday.

·         The quality of the figures was not good – lines were blurred and slightly tilted images etc.

·         Unlike last year, there was no option to see the whole question paper at one go. This drastically affected candidates’ planning and strategy since it became difficult to figure out at the start how many grouped questions were in the paper.

·         For grouped questions, there was no way to directly find out the number of questions in that set. You had to keep going forward to find this out and plan your attempt.  



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