AP ICET 2017 Analysis

AP-ICET 2017 was held in the online mode on 2nd May 2017. AP ICET 2016 was conducted in pen-paper mode. AP-ICET is the Andhra Pradesh State Integrated Common Entrance Test for admission into M.B.A & M.C.A. courses of all the Universities in Andhra Pradesh State and their affiliated colleges.

The test was conducted by Sri Venkateswara University, Tirupati, on behalf of APSCHE.

The following analysis is based on the feedback given by T.I.M.E. Students who have appeared for this exam in slot 1 (10.00 am to 12.30 pm)

There was no change in the question paper pattern and the marking scheme as compared to AP ICET 2016. 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:

Like last year, questions from topic on Numbers dominated the section on Data Sufficiency. This year there were 8 questions from Numbers. Other questions were from Mensuration, Profit – Loss, Coordinate Geometry, Equations, Indices and Surds, geometry & Averages. There was no reasoning based question in this section.

On the whole, the data sufficiency part can be rated as moderate, with 2/3rd of the questions being moderate to difficult. Some of the questions were tricky !!

Chapter wise break-up of questions in Data Sufficiency

S.No Topic / Chapter Easy Moderate Difficult No. of questions
1 Numbers 2 6 1 9
2 Indices Surds 1 1 2
3 Geometry & Mensuration 1 2 1 4
4 Simple Equations 1 1
5 Averages 1 1
6 Profit & Loss 1 1
7 Modulus 1 1
8 Coordinate Geometry1 1 1
Total 6 11 3 20

Data Analysis:

This part had three sets – one set with 5 questions where the data was given in a pie diagram, another set with 3 questions where the where the data was presented in the form of table and third set with 2 questions where the data was presented in the form of table, but students need to draw a Venn diagram to solve this particular set.

As far as the set where data was given in a pie chart is concerned, the given data was easy to understand, the questions were not calculation based and less time consuming.

As regards the set based on data where the student had to draw a Venn diagram to solve the given questions – the questions were easy and involved less calculations.

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

There were 42 Reasoning questions from the test area of Problem Solving.

  • Continuing the pattern that was followed in last few ICETs, this year also there were 20 questions based on series and analogies. There were equal number of series and analogies questions. There were ten questions on number seies and no questions on letter series. As regards the questions on analogies, these are based on numbers and letters – four on number analogies and six on letter analogies.. The difficulty level of these questions was moderate. There were five odd man out questions.

  • The questions on 'Coding – Decoding' were divided into two categories – one set with five questions on r model and 5 individual questions of a NEW type which were not asked in ICET till date. For example : Rose is beautiful is coded as sa re ga, Girls are beautiful is coded as re ma pa and Roses are trees is coded as ma sa da, then what is the code for tress and so on. This type is termed is two column coding.

  • The questions on Clocks, Blood Relations, Symbols & Notations were of easy-moderate difficulty level

Overall, this section was moderate. A score in the band of 30-32 out of 42 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 2 2 10
2 Number Analogies 2 2 4
3 Letter Analogy 6 6
4 Odd man out:
Letter Based 1 1
Verbal Based 2 2 4
5 Coding & Decoding 5 5 10
6 Clocks 2 2
7 Calendar 1 1
8 Blood Relations 1 1
9 Symbols & Notations 1 1 2
10 Seating Arrangement (Circular) 1 1
11 Numbers 1 1
12 Time & Distance 2 2
Total 14 21 10 45

Section B –Mathematical Ability

This section was time consuming and difficult. About 80% of the questions in this section were either moderate or difficult.

While there were few questions which could be solved by direct substitution using the formulae, there were lot of questions which were purely based on the application of the concepts rather that direct substitution in the formulae types. There were ywo new question types that were asked in Pure Maths – SD of discrete series, quadratic equation, where the roots were trigonometric functions.

Over all, the section on Mathematical Ability in AP-ICET2017 was MODERATE- DIFFICULT.

Chapter wise break-up of questions in Arithmetical Ability

S.No Topic / Chapter Easy Moderate Difficult No. of questions
1 Indices & Surds 1 2 3
2 Equations, Ratio and Proportion 2 1 3
4 Profit & Loss; Partnership 4 4 8
5 Numbers 1 4 2 7
6 Number System 1 1
7 Time and Work 1 2 1 4
9 Geometry Mensuration 2 4 6
10 Time and Distance 2 1 3
Total 9 19 7 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 1 1 2 4
2 Trigonometry 2 1 3
3 Matrices & Determinants 1 1 2
4 Sets, Relations, Functions 2 1 3
5 Maths logic 1 1 2
6 Limits 1 1
7 Derivatives 1 1
8 Statistics 2 2 2 6
9 Probability 3 1 4
10 Progressions 1 1 2
11 Binomial & Remainder Theorem 3 2 5
12 Plane Geometry 1 2 3
13 Simple Equations 1 2 3
14 Quadratic Equations 1 1
Total 11 17 12 40

Section – C : Communication Ability

To begin with, the paper was along expected lines – there were no surprise elements and the pattern was a reflection of the previous years.

A brief analysis of each area of the English component is mentioned below.


There were six stand alone questions in this part; the head words were all very simple, commonly used words which the students would have found easy to relate to, as they are present in many of our handouts. Only one question could be categorized as slightly difficult. The fill in the blank sentences were three in number and uncomplicated and one question was on one word substitute.

Functional Grammar:

There were 15 questions in all in this area, out of which two questions were questions on Statements/ Conversation and 13 were on filling the blanks with suitable verb/phrase/preposition. Common knowledge of the usage of prepositions and phrasal verbs would have made this part a cakewalk. The difficulty level can be pegged between easy and moderate. While our classes have covered all these areas and these questions would not have posed much difficulty in general, two questions from the conversation section may have been a little difficult for some students as it had some uncommon idiomatic expressions.

Reading comprehension:

There were three passages with a total of fifteen questions, with five questions per passage. The passages were all easy to read and uncomplicated in presentation. They were of about 200-300 words.

One passage was on Reality Televison Shows. The passage was very simple and most of the questions questions were do able.

The second passage was a narrative. The passage was of moderate difficulty level and a couple of questions were seemingly difficult.

The third passage was on education. A couple of questions in this passage may have been do able.

Overall the section may be said to be of moderate difficulty level

Computer and Business Terminology:

Now coming to the questions on computer and business terminology - these are also a part of the Communication Ability section.

Out of the six questions that were asked on Computers, two of the questions were NOT on expected lines. Two questions were moderate (tricky as well) and two were easy. While the questions on DOS ( full form of DOS) and FORTRAN (Full form) were easy, the questions on optic fibre and saving back up in a systematic manner, would have appeared to be slightly confusing to the students

As regards the questions from Business Terminology there were four question, one of them was easy and three were of moderate difficult level.

Overall, AP-ICET 2017 paper will be a low scoring paper because of the higher difficulty level of Mathematical Ability section, Computer & Business Terminology Questions and questions on Data Sufficiency. The English section and the Reasoning section were relatively much easier when compared to the section on Mathematical Ability.