Test Analysis - Bull NMAT 02

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:
81-91, 94, 96-100, 102,104,106-108,111,118-120

The reasoning section in this paper was having total of 40 questions out of which 26 were easy, 12 were medium and 2 were of difficult level. As such, AR was easy in this paper. It had 10 questions which were of easy level. There were 4 questions from Input/Output which were doable. Out of 4 questions on Input-Output, 3 were easy and 1 is moderate. 10 questions on Verbal Reasoning were of moderate level Out of 6 questions on coding-dcoding, 4 were easy and 2 were medium. There were 2 questions on series, which were easy. There were 2 questions on Relationships and Directions which were of easy level. The overall feel of the section was easy and moderate and one could have scored 95+ percentile by attempting 32-36 questions with 90% accuracy.

Easy Questions:

The Quantitative section was of easy level with 19 easy and 22 medium and 7 difficult out of a total of 48 questions. There were 3 questions on geometry and mensuration which were easy. There were 4 questions on permutation and combination and 3 were doable. 2 questions of time and work and 5 questions of ratio and partnership , time speed and work and chain rule were easy and moderate, they should have been attempted. There were 6 questions on percentage and simple and compound interest which were easy. The paper had 6 questions on data sufficiency and out of which 4 were difficult. The DI section had one caselet having 5 questions. This block was easy and managable. Also there was 5 questions on tables which were moderate and 5 of line graph, which were easy. These blocks were easy. One could have scored 90+ percentile by attempting 35-40 questions with 85accuracy.

Verbal Ability
Easy Questions:
1,18,19, 23, 26, 28

The first set, of questions (1-6), was based on vocabulary. All the questions were moderate except Q1 &2 which were easy and difficult respectively. The set of questions (7-10), was based on sentence rearrangement wherein 8 & 9 were difficult but 7 & 10 were moderate. Q11 and 16 were based on analogy and were moderate and difficult respectively. The first RC passage (Q12-15) was based on 'social capital i.e. the value of people's ability to trust each other; it's what keeps families, organizations, even nations together'. All the questions were moderate. The set of questions (17,18,20) were based on vocabulary based sentence completion which were of moderate difficulty except Q18 which was easy. Q19, 23 were related to grammar based cloze test which were easy. The set of questions (Q21,22,24) was based on sentence correction and was moderate except Q21 which was difficult. The set of questions (25-28) was related to vocabulary based cloze test out of which 25 and 27 were moderate but 26 and 28 were easy. The second RC passage (Q29-32) was based on 'public schools in America segregating the population economically and racially'. All the questions were moderate. The overall feel of the section was 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 grammar and vocabulary to score well.