JMET2008 Analysis


  • Key for JMET 2008

     

    Exam Snapshot

    No. of Questions

    150 Qs

    Marking Scheme

    1 m per Q

    Negative marking

    0.25 m per mistake

    Number of Sections

    4 Sections

    Number of Choices

    4 choices per Q

    Duration

    120 min

     

    JMET retains its charm as the most predictable of the major exams and JMET2008 was no different. However, in no way was this among the easy exams of this season. In fact, JMET2008 was a monster in the league of the IIFT and CAT papers, with no respite for the students. The most common reaction among the student community after the exam was that the “QA cutoff would very low – tending towards 0 (!)”.

     

    Section 1: Verbal Communication

    No. of Questions: 40

     

    The Verbal Communication section had questions from Reading Comprehension, Grammar, Vocabulary, Analogies and Fill in the blanks. The section had a good mix of both easy and difficult questions and a student who picked up the right questions will have no problems in clearing the. The RC passages were short and readable (as opposed to CAT) but like CAT, had two very close options in most cases, which made them a nightmare to negotiate. The vocabulary questions were not commonly used words which made them very difficult to answer. The Fill in the blanks and the questions based on semantics were doable and would have given opportunities to score.

     

    Section Summary

    Area

    Description

    Marks

    Difficulty

    Level

    Expected

    Score

    Good

    Score

    VA

    Spelling

    Incorrect spellings

    1

    Moderate

     

    3-4

    6

    Grammar

    Grammar/Punctuation

    9

    Analogies

    Simple

    4

    Difficult

    1

    1-2

    Vocabulary

    Antonyms & Synonyms

    6

    Difficult

    1-2

    3

    FIB

    2 Words in blank

    2

     

    Moderate

     

    1-2

     

    3

     

    Miscellaneous

    -

    3

    RC

    Passages

    5 passages

    15

    Moderate

    4

    6

    Overall

     

    40

    Difficult

    10-13

    19-20

    The expected score for this section should be around 10-13 in about 30-35 min. Any score above 20 should be considered excellent.

     

    Section 2: Logical Reasoning

    No. of Questions: 40

     

    This section was dominated by the Logical Reasoning kind of questions, i.e., questions on Arguments, Strengthen & Weaken Statements and Logical Flaws. Unlike the previous years, very few questions were based on puzzles. This section was ambiguous and confusing and in several cases, one was better off working out the answers by the process of eliminating choices. There were two sets on Analytical Reasoning – one on blocks and the one based on tasks taken up by four persons, both of which were doable. Overall, this section can be classified as Easy-Moderate and was a section where marks could have been scored in this paper.

     

    Section Summary

    Area

    Description

    Marks

    Difficulty

    Level

    Expected

    Score

    Good

    Score

    Reasoning

    Logical Reasoning

    Conclusion of Facts

    7

    Moderate

     

    4-5

    6

    Gymnasium set

    2

    Set on Father-Son

    2

    Analytical Reasoning

    Set on Blocks

    6

    Easy

    5-6

    7

    Set on Tasks

    4

    Individual Qs

    5

    Verbal Reasoning

    Coherent Paragraph

    6

    Moderate

    2

    3

    Miscellaneous

    Assorted areas

    8

    Moderate

    3

    4

    Overall

     

    40

    Moderate

    14-16

    20

     

    The expected score for this section should be around 12-13 in about 25-30 min. Any score above 20 should be considered excellent.

     

    Section 3: Quantitative Aptitude

    No. of Questions: 40

     

    This section of the JMET has always managed to retain its reputation of being one of the toughest QA sections of all the management entrance exams. Traditionally there used to be a mix of questions on arithmetic as well as higher mathematics (from 10+2 level and sometimes graduation level mathematics). However, this year, the paper setters completely left out the ordinary arithmetic type of questions, involving the familiar topics of geometry, numbers and quadratic equations etc. Further, the questions on higher maths used to be mostly individual questions based on standard concepts. This year, there was a shift of focus from such type of questions to entirely application oriented questions. With the exception of a few individual questions that appeared in isolation, almost all the questions appeared in twelve sets of what can best be termed as “business caselets”, with a heavy emphasis on not only the conceptual understanding across various topics but also on the practical application of those concepts in a real-time problem/decision making situation. To this extent, most of the questions involved dealing with situations which were not perfectly structured as one would find in the usual objective type questions. An uncanny sense of discomfort would have plagued anyone and everyone trying to make sense of this section The concepts involved were as varied as probability distributions, present value of investments/cash flows, linear programming, matrices, differential calculus, curve fitting etc. In fact, the cut-off in this section is expected to be as low as 3 marks.

     

    Section Summary

    Area

    Description

    Marks

    Difficulty

    Level

    Expected

    Score

    Good

    Score

    QA

    Linear Programming

    Manufacturing of Pens

    2

    Difficult

    0-1

    1-2

    P&C and Probability

    Campus Placements

    3

    Difficult

    0-1

    1-2

    SI/CI

    Project Investment

    2

    Difficult

    0-1

    1-2

    Differential Equations

    Sales Of Mobile Phones

    1

    Difficult

    0

    1

    Depreciation

    Book Value of Machine

    1

    Difficult

    0

    1

    Matrices

    Distribution Channels

    2

    Moderate

    0-1

    1-2

    Differential Calculus

    Revenue Modeling

    2

    Difficult

    0-1

    1-2

    Probability and Expected Values

    Returns on Securities

    1

    Very Difficult

    0

    1

    Functions & Curve Fitting

    Forecasting Arrivals

    2

    Very Difficult

    0

    1

    QA Based DI

    BPR HR Flows

    2

    Difficult

    0-1

    1-2

    RPV & PPL

    Efficiency and Wages

    1

    Difficult

    0

    1

    Co-Geometry and

    Time & Distance

    Warehouse & Supermarkets

    3

    Moderate

    0-1

    1-2

    Mensuration, Linear Programming

    and Probability

    Biscuit Manufacturing

    Company

    7

    Difficult

    0-1

    1-2

    Special Equations

    Aircraft Purchases

    4

    Difficult

    0-1

    1-2

    Quadratic Eqns. & Expressions

    Hospital services

    3

    Difficult

    0-1

    1-2

    Functions

    Ascending Order Of Functions

    1

    Very Difficult

    0

    1

    Miscellaneous

    Exchange Rates

    3

    Difficult

    0-1

    1-2

    Overall

     

    40

    Very Difficult

    5-6

    12-14

     

     

    The expected score for this section should be around 4-5 in about 25-30 min. Any score above 10 should be considered excellent.

     

     

    Section 4: Data Interpretation

    No. of Questions: 30

     

    This section, though having only 30 Qs was a nightmare for most students. This was very unlike the easy DI section of the past. Being different from what one was used to, the sets demanded intensive calculations which made this section moderately difficult. The easy sets here were the ones pertaining to Production & Sales and the one on newspapers, which could have been solved with a little bit of effort.  

     

    Section Summary

    Area

    Description

    Marks

    Difficulty

    Level

    Expected

    Score

    Good

    Score

    DI

    Table

    Production & Sales

    6

    Easy

    3

    4

    Table + Line + Bar graph

    Department Store

    6

    Moderate

    1-2

    3

    Table

    Edible Oil

    6

    Moderate

    1-2

    3

    Venn Diagram

    Newspapers

    6

    Easy

    3

    4

    Scatter Graph

    Business Strength

    6

    Difficult

    1

    2

    Overall

     

    30

    Moderate

    7-8

    14

     

    A good time allocation for this section would have been around 24-28 min with a score of 7-8 being par for the course. Any score in excess of 14 should be considered excellent.

     

     

    Expected Sectional Cut-off marks for at least one call

    Section

    From among IIT-Bombay, IIT-Delhi and IISc.

    From among IIT-Kanpur,

    IIT-Kharagpur, IIT-Chennai and IIT-Roorkee

    Verbal Communication

    12

    8

    Logical Reasoning

    11

    7

    Data Interpretation

    7

    4

    Quantitative Ability

    3

    2

     

    Expected Overall Cut-off marks

    Institute

    Expected Overall Cut-off

    IIT-Bombay

    50+

    IIT-Delhi

    45+

    IISC

    45+

    IIT-Kanpur

    40+

    IIT-Kharagpur

    40+

    IIT-Chennai

    40+

    IIT-Roorkee

    36+


  • Key for JMET 2008