Test Analysis - Bull NMAT 01

Overall Brief

On the whole the level of the test was easy to moderate. All the questions were of easy or moderate level barring a very few difficult questions so the key to getting a good percentile was selection of questions so as to leave time consuming questions and save the time for easy and less time consuming questions. It is important to note here that since there is no negative marking, so the student should attempt all the questions.

Easy Questions:
81 – 83, 88, 90, 93, 97, 101 – 109, 112 – 116, 118 - 120

The reasoning section in this paper was having total of 40 questions out of which 24 were easy, 13 were medium and 3 were of difficult level. There were 5 questions of coding – decoding which were of easy level. As such, AR was easy in this paper. There was 1 puzzle which was doable. There were 2 AR sets having 3 and 2 questions respectively which were easy to moderate. Out of 4 questions on Input-Output, 1 was easy and 3 were moderate. 3 questions on Symboperations were easily doable. Out of 3 questions on syllogisms, 1 was easy and 2 were moderate. Out of 6 questions on series, 3 were easy, 2 were medium and 1 was difficult. There was 1 question on sets & Venn diagrams, which was difficult. Out of 5 questions of miscellaneous, all were easy. There were 6 questions of verbal reasoning which are easy to moderate except question no. 95. The overall feel of the section was moderate and one could have scored 90+ percentile by attempting 30 questions with 85% accuracy.

Easy Questions:
33, 34, 36 – 42, 44 – 56, 59 – 65, 67 – 77, 80

The Quantitative section was of easy level with 41 easy , 6 medium and one difficult out of a total of 48 questions. There were 2 questions on geometry and mensuration which were easy. The papers had 5 questions on Data sufficiency and level was from easy to moderate. This time there were 3 questions of permutation and combination and it was doable. 4 questions of basic algebra and 3 questions of SI & CI were also easy and should have been attempted. There were 3 questions on percentage and 2 questions of ratio & partnership which were easy to moderate. There are some other sections also such as boats and streams, Time Speed distance, basic numbers and one was miscellaneous question which were easy to moderate. The DI section had one caselet having 4 questions. This block was easy and doable. Also there was two blocks on tables, one on pie chart and other one was on bar diagrams. All these blocks were easy to moderate. One could have scored 90+ percentile by attempting 38 – 41 questions with 80-85% accuracy.

Verbal Ability
Easy Questions:

The first set, of questions (1-4), was based on sentence rearrangement. All the questions were easy. The set of questions (5-9), was based on vocabulary. All the questions were of moderate difficulty except Q 7 which was easy. Q10,11 were based on finding the grammatical error in the sentence and were difficult. The set of questions (12&13), was based on analogies. Both the questions were moderate. Q14-17, were based on vocabulary based cloze test wherein Q14&17 were easy and Q15 &16 were of moderate difficulty. Q18 is based on sentence correction and was difficult( in the absence of proper knowledge of grammar rules). Q19 was grammatical error based and was moderate.Q21 was vocabulary based sentence completion question and was easy. The set of questions (22-24) was grammar based cloze test. All the questions were easy. The first RC passage (Q25-28), based on truth behind ‘stress eating’. Q25 and 27 were moderate but Q26 and 28 were easy. The second RC passage (Q29-32) was based on human based global warming. All the questions were easy except Q32 which was moderate. The overall feel of the section was easy to moderate. One could have scored 90+ percentile by attempting 27-28 questions with 80%accuracy.

Strategy & Tips

The overall feel of the paper was easy to moderate, though for the students who knew how to manage the time available to the best i.e. not wasting much time in lengthy and difficult questions, could easily manage an overall good attempt. Reasoning was mostly selective in this paper. As far as Quant is concerned most of the questions were from Number system, Geometry & Arithmetic and were of easy level. The DI part of the paper was also easy. Taking the Verbal, the general strategy is that never leave a RC passage on the face of it that it is either lengthy or the language is difficult, without reading the questions given below as some of the question could be direct and do not require full reading and understanding of the passage. One should have a good knowledge of basic grammar and vocabulary to score well in verbal section.