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NMAT 2015 Analysis
 

NMAT 2015 Analysis

TestFunda ,  23-May-17
NMAT 2015 (SLOT 1 DAY 1) was similar to previous year's exam in terms of its structure. However, the Quantitative Skills and Logical Reasoning sections were slightly easier than that of the previous year's exam. The Language skills section was however of similar level of difficulty to that of the previous year's exam. Within the slot, some questions were common to all students while some questions were different.

Quantitative Analysis
Out of 48 questions in the Quantitative Analysis section, 22 questions were on Problem Solving, 20 questions were on Data Interpretation and remaining 6 questions were from Data Sufficiency. Most of the Problem Solving questions were easy to medium levels of difficulty and covered most of the different topics in Mathematics. There were 5 sets on Data Interpretation with 4 questions each. The questions were somewhat less calculation intensive than the ones in the previous year's DI sets. Like last year, some questions required usage of some concepts of Arithmetic such as Mixtures and Alligations. Questions on Data Sufficiency were somewhat tricky.
Following was a representative break-up of the Quantitative Analysis section (as per student feedback):

Topic/Subtopic

Number of questions

Level of Difficulty

Arithmetic

8

Easy to Medium

-

Time and Work

3

Easy to Medium

-

Simple and Compound Interest

2

Easy to Medium

-

Partnership

1

Easy

-

Time-Speed-Distance

1

Easy

-

Mixtures and Alligations*

1

Medium

Numbers

5

Easy to Medium

-

HCF-LCM

2

Easy

-

Divisibility

1

Medium

-

Number of Zeroes

1

Easy

-

Prime Numbers

1

Easy

Geometry

3

Easy to difficult

-

Mensuration

1

Easy

-

Quadrilaterals

1

Easy

-

Circles

1

Difficult

Modern Maths

3

Easy to difficult

-

Permutation and Combination

1

Easy

-

Probability

1

Medium

-

AP-GP

1

More on difficult side

Algebra

2

Easy to Medium

-

Simple equations

1

Easy

-

Inequality

1

Medium

Data Sufficiency

6

Easy to Medium

-

Numbers

5

Easy to Medium

-

AP-GP

1

Medium

Data Interpretation

20

Easy to difficult

-

Tables

8 (2 sets of 4 questions each)

Easy to Medium

-

Bar chart

4 (1 set of 4 questions)

Easy

-

Bar chart + Line graph

4 (1 set of 4 questions)

Medium to difficult

-

Line graph + Pie chart

4 (1 set of 4 questions)

Easy to medium

Miscellaneous

1

Easy

-

Calendars

1

Easy


*: A few students reported that one question on Mixtures and Alligations was confusing.
A genuine attempt of about 36 to 38 questions with about 85% accuracy will be considered good.

Logical Reasoning
Out of 40 questions on Logical Reasoning, 12 were on Verbal Reasoning and 28 were on Non-Verbal Reasoning. Most of the questions were of easy to medium level of difficulty.
Following was a representative break-up of Logical Reasoning section (as per student feedback):

Topic/Sub-topic

Number of questions

Level of difficulty

Non-verbal reasoning

 

 

Sequential Output

4

Medium

Matrix Arrangement

4

Easy to medium

Linear Arrangement

4

Easy to medium

Coding

4

Easy to medium

Venn diagram

3

Easy to medium

Number grid

3

Medium

Mathematical operations involving letters

2

Easy

Family Tree

2

Medium

Alphanumeric Series

1

Easy

Symbol based logic

1

Medium

Verbal reasoning

 

 

Course of Action

2

Easy to medium

Strong Arguments

2

Medium

Implicit Assumptions

2

Easy to medium

Inference based questions

2

Easy to medium

Strong/Weak Arguments

2

Easy

Decision Making

2

Easy


A genuine attempt of about 25 to 27 questions with about 85% accuracy will be considered good.

Language Skills

Out of 22 questions in the Language skills section, there were two RC passages with four questions each. The passages had about 300-400 words. The remaining question types were mark the error in a sentence, fill in the blanks (double, cloze, prepositions-based), jumbled paragraphs, analogies, antonyms and synonyms. Again, considering the limited time, one should leave the RC passages till the end as at least one of them was moderately challenging. Furthermore, 3 out of 4 questions in RCs were summary type of questions which required students to be familiar with the entire passage. Apart from the synonyms and antonyms (in which a few difficult and esoteric words were given), the other questions were on the easier side.
Following was a representative break-up of the Language Skills section (as per student feedback):

Topic/Sub-topic

No. Of Questions

Level of Difficulty

Reading Comprehension

 

 

2 passages

8

1 passage was Easy while the other was of medium difficulty

Verbal Reasoning

 

 

4 Para-Jumbled questions (2 with four statements and 2 with five statements)

4

Easy to medium

Fill in the Blanks

2

Easy

Analogies

2

Easy

Cloze Passage

4

Easy to medium

Select the word that fills in all the three blanks – 2 Questions

2

Easy to medium

Vocabulary & Usage

 

 

Synonyms

2

Medium

Antonyms

2

Medium

Grammar

 

 

Fill in the blanks with 3 Prepositions

3

Medium

Part of the sentence has an error

3

Easy to Medium


A genuine attempt of about 26 to 28 questions with about 85% accuracy will be considered good.
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