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Bullet Exam Analysis
SNAP 2014 Analysis
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If we consider a serious candidate to be very good in two sections, good enough in a third section and average in the fourth, then an overall good score can reach 106+.  Apply bell curve logic and we get approximately top 1.5% of test takers scoring in the range of 106 or more, and another 3% or so scoring in the range 101+. This more or less becomes the cut-off of top two institutes affiliated to SNAP i.e. SIBM and SCMHRD respectively. The second rung of institutes, comprising SIBM – Bangalore, SIIB – International Business and SCMHRD – Infrastructure Management, may consider a cut-off of approximately 90%ile, scores for which may be in the range 88-92 marks. The third rung of institutes will be SIOM, SCIT, SSBF, SIMS and SITM, and they may consider a cut-off in the range of 70 – 80 marks or approximately 80%ile. Further, SIHS, SICSR, SIG, SIMC and SIIB –ABM / E & E, offering specialized courses in management may consider a cut-off in the range of 55 to 70 marks. It will be difficult to estimate this score for the new SIBM Hyderabad campus but tentatively, the cut-off range may be 70 to 85 marks.

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XAT 2015 Analysis
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XAT is XAT is XAT and hence is XAT. Paper quality as such stands out. For the fact that CAT was easier and far less intensive, XAT turns out to be a redefinition of an uphill task. Decision making time consuming, Reasoning missing, Verbal Ability time consuming and options misleading and Quantitative Aptitude only saving grace and if that wasn’t enough, a beautiful essay writing topic was staring at the aspirants’ face. All in all a welcome to the new year with a paper that made everyone realise the importance of a preparation.

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CMAT February 2015 Analysis
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2015 February CMAT or the second test for the admission year 2015-16 conducted by All India Council for Technical education (AICTE), from 19th February’15 to 22nd February 2015. Unlike all the previous editions, this CMAT was conducted in a four day window with two slots on each day. This was a positive factor as lesser the days, lesser the papers and hence lesser the variation in terms of quality and difficulty of the overall test.

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MAH-MBA/MMS CET 2015 Complete Analysis
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The test had 200 questions which were to be answered in 150 minutes. The surprising factor (positive for students) this year was that each questions was followed by 4 options (and not 5 as in the case of previous editions of MAHCETs).

Overall the questions in the test can be divided into 3 broad categories:

1. Logical and Visual/Abstract Reasoning
2. Quantitative Aptitude and Data Interpretation
3. Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension

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NMAT 2016 Exam Analysis - 1st Day
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Analysis

No surprizes…!! 

GMAC managed to produce a near-copy of last year’s NMAT. 

Be it the sectional pattern or level of difficulty or variety of questions.... almost everything was nearly same as the last year’s NMAT. This was a typical NMAT test made for an aspirant who is ready for a speed test and won’t hesitate in leaving 10-15 speed-breakers lying randomly.

The detailed section wise analysis is as follows:
 
Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation (48 Questions, 60 minutes):
 
This section can be broadly classified into two parts: Quant, which had a share of 28 questions and Data Interpretation, which had 5 sets of 4 questions each. Apart from half a dozen speed-breakers, all the questions of Quant were appropriate for this type of speed test as most of them were simple application based questions. With 6 questions of Numbers and 6 of Geometry, the paper had a good mixture of ratio based questions (Time-Speed-Distance, Time & Work, Alligation Mixture, Averages) and higher arithmetic questions (P & C, Progression, Logarithm)
 
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IIFT 2015 Exam Analysis
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Analysis of IIFT’15: Speed, Selection, Strategy…Cutoff!

A genuine roller coaster ride: Three years, three papers.

 

Cutoff for IIFT’13 was around 48.3.

Cutoff for IIFT’14 was a little less than 38.5.

Cutoff for IIFT’15 seems to be around 50.

 

IIFT’15 was an easy paper wherein speed and selection will be the decider.

 

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IIFT 2015 Answer Key
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IIFT 2015 Answer Key

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CAT 2015 First Slot Analysis
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SNAP 2015 Analysis
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 SNAP 2015 Analysis

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CAT Overall Analysis
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MHCET 2016 Analysis
Format of the Paper

200 Questions

200 Marks (1 mark for correct and No negative markings)

5 options

Computer-Based Linear Test

4 sections

 

 

Sr No

Section

No of Questions

1

Quantitative Aptitude and Data Interpretation

50

2

Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension

50

3

Reasoning (Verbal and Analytical)

75

4

Abstract Reasoning

25

TOTAL

200

 

Analysis

MHCET 2016 was the 1st of its kind with 4 sections in the history of MHCET exam conducted by DTE (Directorate of Technical Education). Overall paper was tough compared to MHCET 2015 but standardized as far as all the 3 slots were concerned.

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Abstract Reasoning

This section was one of the easiest sections experienced this year. Same set of standard questions were asked. 20+ questions were from series and rest from analogies or odd-one out. A prepared student can easily chalk down 22+ correct questions in 18 minutes.

Ideal Attempts: 24
Ideal Score: 22+

Reasoning (Verbal and Analytical)

As usual, Reasoning had the highest weightage in MHCET 2016. A wide variety of questions from syllogisms, critical reasoning, statement-assumptions, statement-conclusions, statement-course of action, Cause and Effect were seen. Questions from Arrangements and Puzzles had sets of 10 x 2, 9 x
2 and 7 x 3 variable structure which were lengthy in nature. Other basic and easy questions from
 
Coding-Decoding, Directions, Blood Relations were the singletons. A set of data structure was a bit difficult and time consuming to crack.

Ideal Attempts: 50+

Ideal Score: 46+

Quantitative Aptitude and Data Interpretation

Unlike last year, this section was considered as relatively tough section which was the easiest last year.

A good mix from all topics including linear & quadratic equations, percentage and its applications, ratio and its applications and geometry were asked. Less direct questions and more questions were based on calculations. 4 sets from DI including Tables, Line graphs, Pie charts and caselets were asked. 2 sets were easy, one was moderate and one calculative. 10 questions from DS also were ther part of the section from various topics. They were moderate. An aspirant good with calculations take this section before others, however, should not give much time in this section.

Ideal Attempts: 32+

Ideal Score: 29+

Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension:

This section had variety of questions which includes synonym, antonym, spellings correction, Spotting the grammatical error, parajumbles and cloze test. It also had 2 RCs of 5 questions each. Both were short and easy. 5 question based on LDC was the biggest surprize this year. However, this section should have been in quick-list of an aspirant as was less time consuming and high scoring section.

Ideal Attempts: 44+

Ideal Score: 40+

Technical Analysis of Paper and Process of conducting Exam

MHCET 2016 had fewer errors and was more standardized across all the slots. Good Software interface.

Conclusion:

A student scoring 135+ should reach 99.7%ile

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Analysis of NMAT 2016-17
Format of the Paper

   

Analysis

Other Examinations like to be Unpredictable.

NMAT likes to be Standardized.
 
NMAT has once again maintained its format and difficulty level (except for a couple of minor tweaks) same as the last year’s test. It looks like a wonderful plan to reach an overall cut-off of 207 to 210 one more time.
 
The detailed section wise analysis is as follows:
 
Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation (48 Questions, 60 minutes):
 
There were 20 questions of Data Interpretation. Historically, DI is expected to be time consuming and hence less preferable for a format like NMAT. This time, out of the 5 sets of DI, 3 sets were easy to moderate. This was a minor reduction in the difficulty level of DI in comparison to last year. However, considering the fact that composition of questions varies within a slot and from slot to slot, this should not affect the strategy of finishing Quant part of the section first.
 
Remaining 28 questions were from Quant area of aptitude with 22 independent questions and 6 questions of Data Sufficiency. With 5 independent and 3 more questions in Data Sufficiency, Numbers dominated the section visibly. 7 out of these 8 questions were easy and speed boosters. Up to 4 questions (including one in Data Sufficiency) were from Percentage related chapters (% changes, Profit and Loss, Interest). Share of Geometry was limited to just 4 Questions, which was 2-3 questions less than the expectation. Ratio based chapters (Time and Work, Time Speed Distance, Partnership, Proportionality) were used in 6 questions, some of which were time consuming but manageable. There were 1-1 question each from Linear Equation, Permutation Combination, Probability and 2 Questions from Progression with no presence of Functions, Inequalities and Quadratic Equation.
 
Overall, the section can be termed as easy to moderate and a 36-38 genuine attempts with 90+ % accuracy should lead to a Good Score.
 
Reasoning (40 Questions, 38 Minutes):
 
Reasoning section was distributed among 12 Questions from Verbal Based Reasoning and 28 Questions from Logical Reasoning. There was enough variety of questions in Verbal Reasoning in form of Assumption, Conclusion, Agreement, Course of Action etc. with 1 Question of Syllogism as well. All of the 12 Questions were easy to moderate. An aspirant with a reasonably good practice of such variety should get 8-9 Questions correct.
 
There were three sets of 4 Questions each in Logical/Analytical Reasoning part of the section. One of them was of Data Structure (Input-Output), which was a difficult one. The other two sets were of Arrangements and were of easy to moderate difficulty level. Out of the 16 independent questions, 4 were of Coding- Decoding and 2 Questions of Series, Blood Relations and Directions each. All of them were really easy and time saving. 2 questions of finding the missing value gave a typical feeling of writing an NMAT.
 
Overall, other than the Input-Output set, nothing was very difficult. But considering that the verbal reasoning questions and some more from Logical Reasoning part were time consuming, approximately 28-30 genuine attempts with a 90+% accuracy should be sufficient for a Good Score.
 
Verbal Ability (32 Questions, 22 minutes):
 
The section was dominated by Vocabulary or Vocabulary based questions. There were 5 Questions of Synonyms/Antonyms, 6 Fill-in-the-blanks and 1 Analogy questions, all of which demanded a decent command over vocabulary.
 
4 Questions of Para jumbles, 4 Questions of Spotting the errors, 4 Preposition based Fill-in-the-blanks and 2 Reading Comprehension of 4 Questions each created rest of the section. Both the RCs were of medium size with a possible turn-around time of 6 to 7 minutes. Most of the questions asked under RC part were manageable. One good reading was sufficient to answer most of them.
 
Overall, the section can be termed as easy and around 26-28 attempts with 85+% accuracy should be sufficient to achieve a Good Score.
 
As far as the conduction is concerned, Pearson has become stricter with the rules and regulations. “No sleeves rolled up”, “No handkerchief”. “Show us your spectacles”- everything happened. A technical glitch during the test created a minor panic among the test takers. However, the time lost was immediately compensated by providing extra time.
 
Overall,
 
Test takers should reach the test center with all documents asked for.
 
Test takers should be mentally ready for a Speed Test which has no Negative Marking.
 
All the Best to test takers..!!
 
All the Best to NMAT to achieve the 208-210 once again.
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Analysis of NMAT 2016-17: Window 3 - Day 1
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Analysis of NMAT 2016-17:  Window 3 - Day 1

 

A 2 hours exam that feels like 20 minutes…..

 

It’s fast, easy and witty. That’s what NMAT is…

 

NMAT with its standardized format continues the similar types of question in window 3 as well. Though there are small twists like DI is not that difficult and Quant is not that easy.

 

Overall difficulty level is more or less the same.

 

The detailed section wise analysis is as follows:

 

Verbal Ability(32 Questions, 22 minutes):

 

Good Vocabulary is key to NMAT verbal section. This window is no different. The section was dominated by Vocabulary or Vocabulary based questions. There were 4 Questions of Synonyms/Antonyms, wherein along with knowing the words in the options was equally important as knowing the word in question. 6 Fill-in-the-blanks questions with 2 blanks in a statement required good elimination techniques and 2 Analogy questions again required knowledge of not so common words.

 

Year on year, NMAT likes to test students on preposition in its own way. 6 Preposition based Fill-in-the-blanks with three statements each were found. 4 Questions of Para jumbles, 2 Questions of Spotting the errors, and 2 Reading Comprehension of 4 Questions each created rest of the section. RC’s were lengthy, thus time consuming, but if read carefully were easy enough to get through the questions.

 

Overall, the section can be termed as moderate and around 24-25 attempts with 80+% accuracy should be sufficient to achieve a Good Score.

 

Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation (48 Questions, 60 minutes):

 

There were 16 questions of Data Interpretation in form of 4 sets. Two sets lengthy and time consuming, one of them was moderate and one set was easy. There was a minor reduction in the difficulty level of DI in comparison to last year. However, considering the fact that composition of questions varies within a slot and from slot to slot, this should not affect the strategy of finishing Quant part of the section first.

 

Remaining 32 questions were from Quant area of aptitude with 26 independent questions and 6 questions of Data Sufficiency. Numbers and Arithmetic were prominently found in the paper. Surprisingly, geometry found very less relevance in this window with just 2 questions. Up to 4 questions (including one in Data Sufficiency) were from Percentage related chapters (% changes, Profit and Loss, Interest). Ratio based chapters (Time and Work, Time Speed Distance, Partnership, Proportionality) were used in 6 questions, some of which were time consuming but manageable. There were 1-1 question each from Linear Equation, Permutation Combination, Probability and 2 Questions from Progression with no presence of Functions, Inequalities and Quadratic Equation.

 

Overall, the section can be termed as moderate and required good question selection ability as there were some tough questions coming up at regular intervals. A 36-38 genuine attempts with 90+ % accuracy should lead to a Good Score.

 

Reasoning (40 Questions, 38 Minutes):

 

Reasoning section was pretty standard and as per expectations it had 12 Questions from Verbal Based Reasoning and 28 Questions from Logical Reasoning.

 

Verbal Reasoning comprised of Syllogism, Assumption, Conclusion, Strengthen and Weaken questions. All 12 Questions were easily manageable. An aspirant with good practice of such variety should get 8-9 Questions correct.

 

There were 4 sets of 4 questions each based on arrangement & puzzles out of which 2 sets were easy while other two were time consuming and a smart student had to use options to crack them quickly. There was a set of Data Structure (Input-Output) with 4 questions which was a hard nut to crack and could have been better left as there were lot of other easy questions in the section. Out of the 12 independent questions, 4 were of Coding- Decoding and 2 Questions each of Series, Visual Reasoning, Blood relationship, Mathematical symbol based questions. All of them were really easy and time saving. Overall, other than the Input-Output set, nothing was very difficult. But considering that the verbal reasoning questions and some more from Logical Reasoning part were time consuming, approximately 28-30 genuine attempts with a 90+% accuracy should be sufficient for a Good Score.

 

As far as the conduction is concerned, students were asked to read through the instructions on the Pearson made pamphlet. No pen, pencil, wallet, watch or keys were allowed. Strictness in terms of frisking students was evident. Intermittent noise from the employees at the test center was evident and was distracting enough.

 

Overall,

Test takers should be mentally ready for Marathon run in a quickly paced test. While you may find most of the questions doable, remember the mantra “Speed is the key for NMAT”

 

All the Best!

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NMAT Window 4, Day 1 Analysis
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Analysis

One Sentence Analysis:

“Quant and DI Questions were even more time consuming than what they were expected to be.”

Section-wise detailed Analysis is as follows:

Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation (48 Questions, 60 Minutes):

This section comprised of 20 questions in 5 sets of DI and 28 independent questions of Quant.

A time consuming DI portion is a normal expectation from NMAT. Tests takers, usually, are recommended to attempt any 2 sets if 5 sets are available to attempt. But, DI of this slot was more time consuming than the expectation, largely due to its calculative nature. Out of 5 sets of DI, only one could be termed moderate. Rest of the sets, mostly Tables and Pie Charts only, were acting as speed breakers.

Once again the Quant section was dominated by Number based questions with 5 questions to represent the chapters. Time and Work got an unusual share of 3 questions and Geometry met the expected share of 5 questions among the 28 questions of quant. Linear Equation, Quadratic Equation, Percentage, Time Distance, Averages, Partnership, Ratio, P & C, Probability, Progression – all had a fair share of 1 Question each. Two questions from Clocks and Calendars were also a part of this section.

Out of 28 questions of Quant, 12 to 13 were easy and time saving. 8 to 10 Questions were of moderate difficulty level and up to 7 Qs needed time to solve and hence were difficult in nature.

Overall, the section can be termed as moderate and 30-32 genuine attempts with 90+ % accuracy should lead to a Good Score.

Reasoning (40 Questions, 38 Minutes): 

It was nearly a standard NMAT Reasoning section. It had everything we expected it to have: 10 Question of Verbal Reasoning, 1 very difficult set of Input-Output, 1 manageable set of Tabular Arrangements, a couple of questions on Syllogism, 4 questions on Coding-Decoding and 1-2 Questions from each of the standard variety of Reasoning, for example: Direction, Blood Relation, Decision Making, Series etc. One question on visual reasoning, two questions of Set Theory and 3 questions of the type “Find the missing number in table/figure” created remaining portion of the section.

Overall, other than the Input-Output set, nothing was very difficult. Approximately 28-30 genuine attempts with a 90+% accuracy should be sufficient for a Good Score.

Verbal Ability (32 Questions, 22 Minutes): 

It was a standard Verbal Ability section. Nearly everything, including the level of difficulty and the question type, was same as our previous attempt of the season.

2 sets of Reading Comprehension having 4-4 Questions each, once again became the least lucrative part of the section. Once again, Vocabulary dominated the section with 6 direct questions of Synonym-Antonym, 2 Analogies based questions and 4 in a format of Fill-in-the-blanks. 4 questions of Parajumbles, 4 questions of Spotting the Error and 4 questions of Fill-in-the-blanks based on preposition contributed in forming rest of the section.

Overall, the section can be termed as easy and around 26-28 attempts with 85+% accuracy should be sufficient to achieve a Good Score.

Overll, NMAT had produced a little heavy Quant+DI section this time. We can hope that the “Scaling Algorithm” would take care of the changed difficulty level and students can still reach the target score with little lesser number of attempts in the affected section.

Best wishes to the NMAT takers of window 4 and 5..!!

Run hard through the test..!!

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IIFT 2016 - Answer Key
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IIFT 2016 ANALYSIS
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Analysis

 IIFT 2016 was as standard as an IIFT could have been. The same differential marking, the same format, the same pattern, the spread of 123 questions across 6 sub sections and a total adding up to 100 marks, everything nearly the same. All in all, all the kids who would have prepared for and IIFT and would have had a ready strategy would be the best equipped to have a go at it.

Section Wise Analysis

Section 1: Analytical Reasoning (22 Questions, each of 0.75 marks)

This section had 5 sets and 4 independent questions. The set on pattern identification based on the figure was a relatively tricky one and the one based on Eight Doctors was time consuming considering it had just 3 questions in this set. All in all, it was a manageable section wherein approximately 18 Good attempts with a score of 10 can be called a Good Score and an ideal time allotment can be 25 mins for this section.

Section 2: Data Interpretation (20 Questions, each of 1 mark)

There were 4 sets of Data Interpretation having 5 questions each. With two table-based DI sets and two bar chart based DI sets, IIFT once again produced a calculation intensive section.  Leaving a question or two from all the sets was the key strategy of maintaining pace and optimizing selections.

Due to its time consuming nature, approx 11 attempts can be termed good. A score of 8 can be called a Good Score considering an allotment of 26 mins for this section.

Section 3: Quantitative Aptitude (20 Questions, each of 1 mark)

The section had usually large portion of modern mathematics. There were 8 Questions of Progression, Permutation and Combination, Probability, Set Theory, Logarithm, Inequalities. This reduced share of Arithmetic based chapters. 8 to 9 questions were from Numbers, Linear Equation, Profit and Loss, Surd, Time Work and Time Distance. Rest of the questions were from Geometry.

Most of the questions were manageable. This should result into a Good Score of 12-13 with Good Attempts of up to 17 questions in 27 mins.

Section 4: Reading Comprehension (16 Questions, each of 1 mark)

4 RCs with 4 Questions each created this section. All of them, with an exception of a couple of nicely created questions, can be solved easily by an aspirant having decent control over reading.

Since this section was easy, 13 can be called Good Attempts and a score of 10 can be called a Good Score in 20 mins. Because majority of the questions were direct, it can be considered a rather easy section to solve.

Section 5: Verbal Ability (20 Questions, each of 0.75 marks)

With no questions on Grammar or Verbal Logic (apart from the 2 reasonably easy parajumbles questions), the whole section had a heavy bias towards vocabulary. The questions were tricky as well as time consuming and there was a lot of application of elimination rather than selection. Allocating 12 mins to the section would fetch 14 attempts and a 6 marks in this section can be considered a good score in this section.

Section 6 : General Knowledge

There were a total of 14 static Qs and the rest were from Current Affairs.

The Questions were spread across Trade related developments, World Organizations, Business News (Companies &Sectors, Mergers & Acquisitions), Sports (Football, Boxing, Cricket and Records Made by Indians), News related to India and its strategic partners/neighbours (Elections, Military Exercises & Projects), Latest Indian Government Initiatives, Currencies, Books and Authors, Movies & Innovations.

All in All, 10 minutes spent in this section can fetch upto 16 attempts and a score of 6 can be considered to be a good score in this section.

 

Overall:

A total score of 48.2 can be considered good enough to get a call from IIFT. A table for the synopsis :

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CAT-16 (First Slot) Exam Analysis
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Analysis

 A single line summary of CAT2016 – format same as CAT2015 with difficulty level a notch higher.

CAT 2016 had 3 sections:

 

Verbal Ability – Verbal Ability (10 questions) & Reading Comprehension (24 questions)

 

Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning – Data Interpretation (20 questions) & Logical Reasoning (12 questions)

Quantitative Ability had 34 questions

 

The sectional, in depth analysis is as follows:

 

The paper was in this order – Verbal Ability first, Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning second, Quantitative Aptitude third.

 

1. VARC section:


a. As usual, Vocabulary based, Grammar based, Logical Continuation & Critical Reasoning questions missing.


b. RCs were 24 in number out of the 34 questions. RCs were 5 in numbers – 3 RCs with 6 questions each & 2 RCs with 3 questions each. However, this subsection can’t be called difficult. Out of the 24 questions, 15 questions were direct and hence these questions called for a lot of regression. Apart from that, 4-5 other questions were of the format “Author would agree to all of the below EXCEPT” which again led to back & forth reading of the passages. All in all, the RCs in terms of intensity of language / density or depth of the topic were light but slightly time consuming because of the regression it called for.


c. Verbal Ability had just 3 types of questions: Logical Discontinuity / Out of Context question (3 in number), Summary of the passage (3 in number) & Parajumbles (4 in number). All the questions in this subsection were of the “key-in” or “non-MCQ” variety. The problem with this being non-MCQ is that the parajumbles became difficult because each of the parajumbles had 5 sentences to be rearranged. Links were available, but two broken links and hence it make this part a little tricky. However, a cheeky CAT taker will take the shots because these fall under the “non-negative marking” category. Summary and Out of Context were non-MCQ variety but this can be called “pseudo non-MCQ” because it was more like keying-in a number instead of marking an option.


d. All in all, the section was Easy to Moderate to navigate.


e. 27-28 attempts with 90% accuracy can be classified as a good score in this section.


2. LRDI section:


a. Challenging section – Could be the final Decider, again.


b. The paper had 8 sets of 4 questions each. Total of 32 questions.


c. The sets based on – The girls buying the T-shirts, the 2 section paper with different marking scheme was easy. However, even in these 2 sets all the questions weren’t solvable. Apart from these 2 sets, others were time consuming and because each of the questions demanded a separate data to work on, the whole process turned tricky. The test taker had to read the data, arrange the same, solve selected questions and let go of 1 or 2 questions per set.


d. This section was surely the decider with 5 DI sets and 3 LR sets and nearly all the sets were time consuming.


e. 15 attempts with 80% accuracy can be classified as a good score in this section.


3. QA Section :


a. Standard – is the word! Be it the spread or the difficulty level, it was as the doctor prescribed.


b. Nearly every chapter had a representative there. Percentages, Profit & Loss, Linear Equations, Quadratic Equations, Inequalities, Surds & Indices, Averages & Partnership, Numbers, Time & Work, Time & Distance, Alligations & Mixtures, Permutation & Combination, Inequalities, Triangles, Polygons, Circles, Area & Volume, Coordinate Geometry and the list goes on. With around a third of the section difficult, a third easy and a third moderate, the spread of the questions was really good.


c. Such a section has advantages as well as disadvantages – you should have been prepared with everything and just in case you have left just a chapter or two, the damage isn’t astounding. Hence, a cheer-worthy paper for a prepared test taker.


d. 25 attempts with 85% accuracy can be classified as a good score in this section.

 

The softer aspect is that, in case the LRDI section broke the back of a well prepared student, his performance in the 3rd section would get affected.

 

All in all, an aspirant with 47 net correct questions will be able to score around 99%ile
An aspirant with 36 net correct questions should be in the 95%ile range. 
An aspirant with 31 net correct questions should be in the 90%ile range. 
An aspirant with 25 net correct questions should be in the 80%ile range. 
An aspirant with 21 net correct questions should be in the 70%ile range.


Best wishes for the results.

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SNAP 2016: Anlaysis
Format of the Paper

SNAP finally changed its pattern after many years.  The LR section moved from a 2 marker to a 1 marker. The GK section changed to Current Awareness section. The overall test was of 2hrs, 150 questions, 150 marks.

Easy Verbal Ability, comparatively time consuming Quant and Logical reasoning section is the single line summary of SNAP 2016

Section wise details are as below:

Analysis

 

Quantitative Ability+ Data Interpretation (40 Questions)

The section consisted of 6 questions of Data Interpretation and 34 questions of Quantitative Ability.

Data Interpretation was spread in two sets of 3-3 questions each. Both were standard DI sets of Table and Pie Chart with one of them easy and the other one needing some time to solve.

Quant part of the section was again dominated by Numbers with 5-6 questions having direct applications of Numbers and 2-3 more questions which can be categorized as Number related puzzles. 6 questions were asked from Ratio related chapters (Time and Work, Partnership, Time Speed Distance, Mixtures etc.) Share of geometry was limited to 3 questions only. A couple of questions from each of the Profit and Loss, Progression, Surds, Basic Algebra and 1-1 question from Probability, Set Theory etc and some miscellaneous  created rest of the section.

Overall this section was slightly time consuming.

Allocating 40 mins to this section, 19-22 can be termed as Good Attempts and the same with 90% accuracy can be considered a Good Score.

  

Logical Reasoning (40 Questions)

The biggest surprise in SNAP 2016 was the change in question mix of this section.  A sizeable chunk of questions (9-10 in number) were of Math based puzzles. The typical tabular data arrangement questions were missing.  There were 6 questions based on sequence & series, 4 questions based on an Input-output prediction, 3 questions of Visual Reasoning, 2 on Blood relations, 1 each on clock & calendars etc. Rest of the questions were largely random logical puzzles.

Overall, this section was reasonably time consuming as well. Absence of standard variety of LR made this section more challenging for aspirants.

Allocating 40 mins to this section, 18-21 can be termed as Good Attempts and the same with 90% accuracy can be considered a good score.

 

Verbal Ability (40 Questions)

Vocabulary – That’s a one word summary of this section. 6 questions of direct Synonym-Antonyms, 4 FIBs on confusing words, 3-4 Analogies and 3-4 more FIBs testing Vocabulary were asked. Adding to this questions there were 2 questions on idioms & 1 on foreign words.

Apart from Vocabulary, 2 Reading Comprehensions (6+5 questions) were asked to test comprehension skills of the test takers. Both were easy to attempt. The section also had 3 parajumbles and a couple of verbal reasoning questions.

Overall, this section was easy and was a morale booster.

Allocating 30 mins to this section, 32-34 can be termed as Good Attempts and the same with 90% accuracy can be termed a good score.

 

Current Affairs (30 Questions)

This year SNAP changed the title and the scope of this section. As per the communication shared by SNAP, it was supposed to be a section made of only current affairs of last two years. SNAP creators have successfully delivered such a section.

There was a good spread of questions, with 6 questions on Sports and Business each, 5 questions of the who’s who (Business as well as Government), 3 questions on Awards and 3 questions on Tech related news.

A test taker who has been following news regularly should get a nice edge over others.

An ideal allocation can be 10 mins for this particular section and a score of 14-16 can be termed as a good score.

Section

Qs

Suggested Time

Difficulty Level

Good Score

Quantitative Ability + DI

40

40 minutes

Moderate

16-17

Logical Reasoning

40

40 minutes

Moderate

15-17

Verbal Ability

40

30 minutes

Easy

25-27

Current Affairs

30

10 minutes

Easy to Moderate

14-16

 

 

Cut-Offs

Expected Cut offs:

SIBM-P: 73+

SCMHRD: 68+

SIBM-B: 58+

SIIB: 56+

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XAT 2017 Analysis
Format of the Paper

 One more year with a format of 3.5 hours.

Test paper was divided into two parts:

Part I : Quant + DI + Verbal Ability + Decision Making: 170 minutes

Part II: GK + Essay Writing: 35 minutes

 

Part I was divided into 3 sections.

Section wise details are as described below

Analysis

 Data Interpretation and Quantitative Ability (27 Questions)

The section comprised of 17 questions of Quant, 8 questions of Data Interpretation and 2 questions of Caselet with Data Sufficiency.

With just 17 questions of Quant, it was not possible to do justice with all areas of Quant. It was unusual to see that there was just one question of Numbers. Two questions on algebra and one question of Profit and Loss were there from arithmetic section. Ratio related chapters had a limited share of just two questions with 1-1 each from Time and Work and Time Speed Distance. Geometry and trigonometry had a usual share of 4 questions most of which were difficult. Apart from some random questions, there was one question each on Probability, Progression and Set Theory. Overall, Quant was easy to moderate.

There were two sets of DI of four questions each. One of them was a typical table chart and another was a yearly doze of a typical “XAT”-type DI set which was difficult to comprehend. Overall, DI was Moderate to Difficult.

Suggested time for this section would be 60 minutes. Approximately 20 attempts with a score of 14 can be a 98%ile equivalent score.

   

Verbal and Logical Ability (24 Questions)

The section comprised of two parts: 12 questions of Reading Comprehension and 12 questions of other verbal ability based questions.

The biggest passage of approx 550 words was followed by 3 questions. There were two passages with an approximate length of 450 words with 3 or 4 questions at the end. A small paragraph of 250 words was the fourth RC having 2 questions at the end. Overall the RCs were moderate to difficult because most of the questions were inference based.

Interestingly there were two Poem-based questions in this test paper, both of which needed a test taker to identify gist of the poems. Two Parajumbles, One Analogy, Two Grammar based questions and two Fill in the Blanks discussing Usages of word were also there in the test.  Remaining three questions were from Critical Reasoning.

Overall, the section was of moderate difficulty level. In a suggested time of 55 minutes, 18 attempts and a score of 11 can be called a 98%ile equivalent performance.

 

Decision Making (21 Questions)

This section was a mix of 6 Logical Reasoning based questions, 4 business decision related questions, 3 questions testing ethics of a test taker and 8 questions on random decision making.

Logical Reasoning part was divided into two sets of 3-3 questions each. They were moderate to difficult. Decision Making portion was made of many caselets of 1 or 2 or 3 questions.

Overall, this section was of moderate difficulty level. In a suggested time of 55 minutes, 17 attempts and a score of 10 can be called a 98%ile equivalent performance.

 

Part II comprised of 25 General Knowledge Questions and an Essay.

General Knowledge (25 Questions)

This section was a good mix of Geography, TV, Movies, Business, History, Personalities and current affair based GK questions. A score of 8-10 can be termed as a Good Score.

 

Essay

Topic: Globalization and Jingoism always coexist!

Although this was a very good topic to check an aspirant’s thought process, many aspirants could not attempt it because they could not understand the meaning of “Jingoism”. 

 

Cut-Offs

 Good Score/ Cut Off

 

No. of Questions

Suggested Time

Good Attempt

Good Score

Level of Difficulty

Cut off for XLRI

Quant + DI

26

60 minutes

20

14

Quant: Easy to moderate
DI: Moderate to Difficult

9

Verbal

24

55 minutes

18

11

Moderate

9

Decision Making

21

55 minutes

17

10

Moderate

7

Total

72

170 minutes

 

 

 

34

 

Estimated Cut off for:

XLRI – 34

XIM-B – 29

IMT-G – 29

GIM – 24

LIBA - 20 

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CMAT-17 (Morning Slot)
Format of the Paper

 Structure of CMAT 2017 was as per the CMAT standards with 25 questions in each of the four sections. Aspirants had 3 hours to attempt the test paper.

It was unusual to see all 100 Questions without any sectional partitions.

Section wise analysis is as follows:

Analysis

 Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation (25 Questions):

Barring exceptions of one question on Data Interpretation (Pie Chart) and one on Data Sufficiency, all the questions were from Quantitative Aptitude.

There was a significant share of the problems on percentage and its applications. Up to 6 questions tested % increase, decrease and successive change with some of them relating to Profit and Loss. Numbers had an unusual presence of just two questions. Three questions from Quadratic Equations represented the Algebra side of quant. Approximately 5 questions needed the aspirants to use their Ratio related competency. These questions varied from Mixtures and Time & work to Time Distance. There was no presence of Permutation Combination, Probability, Logarithm, Function or Inequality.  The Presence of a question on Trigonometry should be the talk of the day. Geometry had a limited share of 4-5 questions.

Overall, the questions of this section were easier than the last edition of the test. With Approximately 12-14 questions easy to solve, an attempt count of 20 can be termed good with a suggested time of 50 minutes.

 

Logical Reasoning (25 Questions):

This section had a good variety of questions ranging from Cubes, Blood Relations, Coding, Input-Output, Series, Clocks, Calendar to typical questions on Arrangements and Puzzles.

Approximately five questions related to Arrangements and Puzzles were the most time consuming questions of the test paper. Up to three questions of Coding and Decoding, a couple of questions having application of Set Theory and same number of questions on cube cutting were also there in this section. There were a couple of questions related to Verbal Reasoning (Syllogism and Assumption).

Overall, this section was the most time consuming one among all 4 sections of the test paper. An aspirant with good practice of reasoning questions should be able to reach up to 19 questions in a recommended time of 60 minutes.

 

Language Comprehension (25 Questions):

This section can be divided in two parts: Reading Comprehension based questions (15 Qs) and Verbal Ability based questions (10 Qs)

The section tested reading skills of the aspirants with 4 RCs, out of which one had 6 Questions and the other three had 3 questions each. Most of these 15 questions were direct and easy to solve.

The Verbal Ability part was made of three Fill-in-the-blanks, one Antonym, a couple of questions testing Grammar and Verbal Reasoning questions related to strong/weak argument and conclusions. There was no presence of Para Jumbles.

Overall, this section needed some time to solve due to presence of 4 RCs but can be called moderate. An attempt of 22 attempts can be termed good with a suggested time of 60 minutes.

 

General Awareness (25 Questions):

This section was a good mix of questions on variety of topics. At least two questions were asked from each of these categories: Sports, Science, Geography, Government Schemes, and Business. A Good number of questions on current affairs and some miscellaneous questions created the rest of the section.  

Cut-Offs

 Overall, 14-15 attempts can be termed good in a suggested time of 10 minutes.

Section

Qs

Level of Difficulty

Suggested Time

Good Attempts

Good Score

QT and DI

25

Easy to Moderate

50 minutes

20

70

LR

25

Moderate

60 minutes

19

66

LC

25

Moderate

60 minutes

22

68

GA

25

Moderate

10 minutes

14

36

Overall

100

Moderate

180 minutes

75

240

 

60 Net Correct questions can be called equivalent to 99%ile for morning slot of CMAT 2017. 

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CMAT2017: Overall Analysis
Format of the Paper

Structure of CMAT 2017 was as per the CMAT standards with 25 questions in each of the four sections. Aspirants had 3 hours to attempt the test paper. Unlike last year, CMAT was conducted in two slots this year instead of a single slot.

It was unusual to see all the 100 Questions without any sectional partitions. 

Analysis

 Section wise analysis is as follows:

Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation (25 Questions):

In the morning slot, there was a significant share of the problems on percentage and its applications. Up to 6 questions tested % increase, decrease and successive change with some of them relating to Profit and Loss. Apart from these, there were questions from Numbers, Quadratic Equations, Ratio and its applications, Trigonometry and 4 to 5 questions on Geometry. There were no questions of Permutation Combination, Probability, Logarithm, Function or Inequality. 

However, in the afternoon slot the number of questions on percentages and its applications came down to 2 and this was balanced by 1 question each from Time and Work, Time and Distance, Permutation and Combination, Probability, Functions and Inequalities. All these questions were relatively easier and required application of basic concepts of these chapters. Another change that was observed in the afternoon slot was that there was only one question of Geometry. Both slots had 1 questions of DI each.

Overall, the questions of this section were easier than those in previous editions of CMAT. With Approximately 12-14 questions easy to solve, an attempt count of 20 can be termed good with a suggested time of 50 minutes.

Logical Reasoning (25 Questions):

This section remained more or less same for both of the slots, the only difference being that in the morning slot there were 2 questions on cubes whereas in the afternoon slot there were none.

Apart from this, there was a good mix of questions from Blood Relations, Coding, Input-Output, Series, Clocks, Calendar to typical questions on Arrangements and Puzzles.

Questions related to Arrangements and Puzzles were the most time consuming questions of the test paper. Questions based on Set Theory were also asked in this section. There were some questions related to Verbal Reasoning (Syllogism, Assumption, and Course of Action).

Overall, this section was the most time consuming one among all the 4 sections of the test paper. An aspirant with good practice of reasoning questions should be able to reach up to 19 questions in a recommended time of 60 minutes.

Language Comprehension (25 Questions):

This section can be divided in two parts: Reading Comprehension based questions (15 Qs) and Verbal Ability based questions (10 Qs)

Both the slots had 4 RCs, out of which one had 6 Questions and the other three had 3 questions each. Most of these 15 questions were direct and easy to solve.

In the morning slot, there were questions based on Fill-in-the-blanks, Antonyms which were not asked in the afternoon slot. On the contrary in the afternoon slot there were questions based on analogies, idioms and phrases and meanings based on root word.   

Questions based on grammar and Verbal Reasoning (Assumptions, Strong/Weak Argument and Conclusions), FIJs were common to both the slots.

Overall, this section needed some time to solve due to presence of 4 RCs but can be called moderate. An attempt of 22 questions can be termed as good with a suggested time of 60 minutes.

 

General Awareness (25 Questions):

This section remained more or less same in both the slots.

The section was a good mix of questions on variety of topics. At least two questions were asked from each of these categories: Sports, Science, Geography, Government Schemes, and Business. This year however saw an uncharacteristic increase in the number of questions based on Current Affairs and Science.

Overall, 14-15 attempts can be termed as good in a suggested time of 10 minutes. 

Cut-Offs

  

Section

Qs

Level of Difficulty

Suggested Time

Good Attempts

Good Score

QT and DI

25

Easy to Moderate

50 minutes

20

70

LR

25

Moderate

60 minutes

19

66

LC

25

Moderate

60 minutes

22

68

GA

25

Moderate

10 minutes

14

36

Overall

100

Moderate

180 minutes

75

240

 

60 Net Correct questions can be called equivalent to 99%ile for morning slot of CMAT 2017.

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MHCET 17 Analysis (MMS/MBA/PGDM)
Format of the Paper

 Exam Date: 4th and 5th March, 2017

 

Other Details:

 

200 Questions
200 Marks (1 mark for correct and No negative markings)
5 options
Computer – Based Linear Test
4 sections

 

Sr. No.

Section

No of Questions

1

Logical Reasoning

75

2

Abstract Reasoning

25

3

Quantitative Aptitude

50

4

Verbal Ability

50

 

Total

200

Analysis

 Paper Analysis

 

MHCET ‘17 was conducted with 4 sections exactly as per the notification of MHCET exam conducted by DTE (Directorate of Technical Education). “Multiple correct” was the theme of MHCET ’17, meaning almost every question had at least 3 given answers and one had to evaluate how many of them were correct, before marking the correct combination in the options. This meant taking a few precious seconds longer per question. Overall level of difficulty was the same as MHCET ‘17 was tougher compared to MHCET ‘16, but standardized in both slots of Day 1.

 

Reasoning (Verbal and Analytical)

 

As usual, Reasoning had the highest weightage in MHCET ‘17. A wide variety of questions from Direction Sense, Blood Relations, Cause and Effect, Syllogisms, Cause & Effect, Statement – Conclusion, Coding – Decoding were seen. Questions from Arrangements and Puzzles had sets of 6 x 2, 7 x 3 and 6 x 3 variable structure which were lengthy in nature. The key was to pick the right sets to solve. A set of Data Structures was there with an easy logic to crack. A few puzzles based on Mathematical Operators were also observed this year. Critical Reasoning had questions based on Strengthening / Weakening Arguments, Inferences, Parallel Reasoning, and Resolve the Paradox. The set on Coding – Decoding had only 1 – 2 words for which one could discern the codes, but the rest had to be derived through logic, not through the standard elimination method.

 

Ideal Time: 60 minutes

Level of Difficulty: Moderate

Ideal Attempts: 50+ 
Ideal Score: 46+

 

Abstract Reasoning

 

This section had tricky questions though from the same topics of Series and Analogies. 15 questions were from series and rest from analogies. A prepared student can easily chalk down 18+ correct questions in 18 minutes.

 

Ideal Time: 20 minutes

 

Level of Difficulty: Moderate

Ideal Attempts: 22 
Ideal Score: 19+

 

 

Quantitative Aptitude and Data Interpretation

 

Unlike last year, this section was considered as relatively easy questions compared to last year.
A good mix from all topics including Linear & Quadratic equations, Percentage and its applications, Ratio and its application, Time and Work, Time and Distance, Permutation & Combination and Probability. 3 sets from DI including Tables, Line graphs, Pie charts and 1 caselet based on Profit and Loss were asked. 2 sets were easy, one was tough and one calculative. 5 questions from DS were also part of the section from various topics. They were easy to moderate. 5 questions on Data Comparison too were seen this time, which were missing last year. Surprisingly, 5 questions on Series were the part of this section instead of Reasoning on find the wrong number in numerical series. An aspirant good with calculations take this section before other section and can easily crack it.

 

Ideal Time: 40 minutes

Ideal Attempts: 35+
Ideal Score: 32+

 

Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension

 

As expected, there was a spread of questions of all types, with a few unexpected inclusions and omissions. Like last year, Logical Discontinuity (which was asked as “Which of the following sentences are not part of the main idea?”) made an appearance with 5 very easy questions. There was a good focus given to RC this time, with 15 questions (1 passage with 7 questions and 1 with 8 questions) as compared to 10 questions last year. The usual suspects like Find the Synonym OR Antonym (3 questions), Conjunction replacement (5 questions), Find the correct / incorrect sentence / s (2 each on correct and incorrect), and Logical Continuation (5 questions) were present.

 

The odd things about the section were 5 questions on Underlined Fragment Replacement, where the fragments to be replaced had already been marked and 3 variations of the changes required had been given, with more than 1 variation being correct. The Cloze passage (1 passage with 8 questions) also had a word in the blank itself, with 4 options for each blank containing replacements, and the last option being “The given word is correct”. This is similar to the option “No change required”, but needs a second longer to think and answer.

 

Ideal Time: 30 minutes

Ideal Attempts: 40+

Ideal Score: 36+

 

Technical Analysis of Paper and Process of conducting Exam

 

MHCET ‘17 had fewer errors and was more standardized across all the slots. Good Software interface.

 

Cut-Offs

 Conclusion

 

A student scoring 125 – 130 should reach 99 %ile

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