 ICET 2013 – Analysis

ICET2013 was held on the scheduled date of 17thMay2013. Kakatiya University conducted ICET 2013. ICET 2012 was also conducted by the same university.

There was no change in the question paper pattern and the marking scheme. The question paper consisted of 200 questions to be answered in 150 minutes. There were three sections - Analytical Ability consisting of 75 questions, Mathematics section which had 75 questions and a section on Communication Ability with 50 questions. There was no negative marking. To help you understand this year’s test paper better, we provide you with a comprehensive analysis, below.

 Exam Pattern No. Of Questions 200 No. Of Sections 3 No. Of Choices 4 Duration 150 minutes Total Marks 200 Correct Answer 1 Mark Negative Marking No

Section – A – Analytical Ability

Data Sufficiency:

The questions in Data Sufficiency were from a wide range of Arithmetic and Pure Math topics. We can see this clearly from the table that is given below. There was an increase in the number of questions from Plane Geometry when compared to previous ICET papers. This year there were 6 questions from Plane Geometry. Generally, a lot of questions (about 6-7) are asked from Numbers. But this year only three questions were from the topic of Numbers. There was one reasoning based question from Calendars.
On the whole, the data sufficiency part can be rated as easy to moderate, with 2/3rd of the questions being easy to moderate.

Chapter wise break-up of questions in Data Sufficiency

 S.No Topic / Chapter Easy Moderate Difficult No. of questions 1 Simple Equations 1 1 2 Profit & Loss 1 1 3 Numbers 1 2 3 4 Averages 1 1 5 Progressions 1 1 6 Quadratic equations 1 1 7 Plane Geometry 2 1 3 6 8 Logarithms 1 1 9 Coordinate Geometry 1 1 10 Trigonometry 1 1 11 Remainder Theorem 1 1 12 Simple Interest 1 1 13 Calendars 1 1 Total 6 6 8 20

Data Analysis:

This part had two DI sets – one with five questions and another with three questions. In addition to this, there was a set on Venn Diagrams with two questions. The break up of questions from DI and Venn Diagrams was not on expected lines.
As far as DI is concerned, the set having five questions was based on Pie Chart and the questions were easy. The set of three questions which were based on the data given in tabular form, were of moderate difficulty level, as there were quite a few calculations involved in solving them. For one of the questions ( The total amount spent on all 5 commodities) the correct answer is 3120, which was not present among the given choices. Questions on Venn Diagrams were difficult to answer. Overall Data Analysis can be considered to be of moderate difficult level.

Reasoning: (Problem Solving, Coding-Decoding and Date, Time and Arrangement)

There were 41 reasoning questions from the test area of Problem Solving.
• Taking a major deviation from the usual trend, this time there were 20 questions based on series and analogies ( ten on series and ten on analogies) instead of 15 questions. There were nine questions on number series and only one on letter series. As regards the questions on analogies, three were based on mathematical concepts and three were verbal analogies. The difficulty level of these questions was slightly higher when compared to that of last year. Due to the increase in the number of questions on series and analogies, the number of odd man out questions were reduced to five. Among the odd man out questions two were based on mathematical concepts. Hence among these 25 questions, about 20% of the questions require a knowledge of application of mathematical concepts.

• The questions on 'Coding – Decoding' have been split into two parts - One set of five questions based on concept similar to that of the 'r' model and another set of five individual questions. The set of five questions was easy. While two among the five individual questions were of moderate difficulty level, d one was tough.

• The questions on Date, Time and Arrangement were the toughest as compared to the other questions of this section.

Overall, this section can be put under the category of easy to moderate difficulty level. A score in the band of 25 – 28 out of 41 is a real good score in reasoning !!

Chapter wise break-up of questions in Reasoning

 S.No Topic / Chapter Easy Moderate Difficult No. of questions 1 Number Series 6 3 9 2 Letter Series 1 1 3 Number Analogies 1 1 2 4 Letter Analogy 1 1 2 5 Verbal Analogy 3 3 6 Quant based 2 1 3 7 Odd man out : Number Based 1 1 Verbal Based 1 1 Letter based 1 1 Quant based 1 1 2 8 Coding & Decoding 7 2 1 10 9 Clocks 1 1 2 10 Seating arrangement 3 3 11 Blood Relations 1 1 Total 26 9 6 41

Section – B - Mathematical Ability

This section was time consuming. About 1/3rd of the questions in this section were either time consuming or difficult.
For one of the questions on Statistics, the English and Telugu versions of the question were different. In the English version of the question, students were asked to find the Variance where as in the Telugu version, the test takers were asked to find Standard Deviation. The correct answers for both Variance and SD were present among the given choices and this would have created some confusion among the students.
While there were questions which could be solved by direct substitution using the formulae, there were quite a few questions which were purely based on the application of the concepts rather that direct substitution in the formulae types. There were three new questions types, one each on Matrices, Surds and Modulus, which were not asked in ICET in the past.
Over all, the section on Mathematical Ability in ICET2013 was difficult.

Chapter wise break-up of questions in Arithmetical Ability

 S.No Topic / Chapter Easy Moderate Difficult No. of questions 1 Laws of Indices 1 1 2 Surds 2 1 3 3 Ratio and Proportion 1 1 4 Percentages 1 1 2 5 Profit & loss; Partnership 1 2 1 4 6 Numbers 2 2 3 7 7 Time and Work 1 1 2 4 8 Modulus 1 1 9 Modular Arithmetic 1 1 2 10 Mensuration 3 2 3 8 11 Time and Distance 1 1 2 Total 9 13 13 35

Chapter wise break-up of questions in Algebraical / Geometrical / Statistical Ability

 S.No Topic / Chapter Easy Moderate Difficult No. of questions 1 Co-ordinate Geometry 3 1 4 2 Trigonometry 2 2 4 3 Matrices 1 1 2 5 Binomial,Remainder Theorem 2 2 4 6 Sets, Relations 2 2 7 Functions 1 1 8 Maths logic 2 2 9 Limits 1 1 10 Derivatives 1 1 11 Statistics 2 1 2 5 12 Probability 4 1 5 13 Progressions 2 2 Quadratic Equations 1 1 Simple Equations 1 1 2 15 Numbers 1 1 16 Geometry 1 1 1 3 Total 7 23 10 40

Section – C -Communication Ability

The English part of this section was on the expected lines. It had the usual 25 Verbal (vocabulary and grammar) questions and 15 questions on Reading Comprehension. However, unlike in last year's paper, this year's English part was slightly difficult / tricky. There was one RC passage which was difficult and had tricky questions and most of the Vocabulary questions were difficult.

Vocabulary: The vocabulary part had a total of 10 questions. - 6 questions on synonyms and 4 questions on vocab-based Fill in the blanks questions. Almost all the synonym questions were difficult. Bulwark, Cower, Plebiscite, Platitude, Bizarre and Feign. In fact, the question with Cower did not have clear choices. The fill in the blanks questions too were tricky as without understanding the logic in the sentences, one could not have answered them correctly. In a couple of sentences, the logic was too subtle.

Grammar: In Functional Grammar, there were 15 questions in all. Eight were fill in the blank questions: 2 verb, 3 phrasal verb, 3 preposition questions, out of which, three were very difficult. There were in all 7 conversation and statement questions most of which were straightforward and easy to deal with. However, some had uncommon idioms in them making them a bit difficult to those who are not well-prepared.

Reading Comprehension: Of the three reading comprehension passages, two were easy and had direct questions. One passage was about “Cynicism” and had approximately 300 words. It was rather very difficult and dense to read with a greatly difficult vocabulary. However, luckily, the other two passages were shorter and easier. The other two passages were on “Consumer Demands” and “The Nile and Irrigation”. Overall, the English part could be best described as difficult. A score in the range of 18 - 20 or above, out of 40, should be a good score !

Computer and Business Terminology: Now coming to the questions on computer and business terminology - these are also a part of the Communication Ability section. All the questions on Computers were based on the concepts of Internet. For two of these questions the full form of ISDN and ELD was asked. The remaining three questions could be answered logically by eliminating the choices as the options were not tricky. As regards the questions from Business Terminology, three of them were easy and two were of moderate difficult level.

Overall, ICET2013 paper will be a low scoring paper because of the higher difficulty level. 