TS - ICET 2017 Analysis

TS-ICET 2017 was held on 18th May 2017 in the pen-paper mode.

TS-ICET is the Telangana State Integrated Common Entrance Test (TS-ICET) for admission into M.B.A. and M.C.A. courses of all the Universities in Telangana State and their affiliated colleges.

This test was conducted by Kakatiya University, Warangal on behalf of Telangana State Council of Higher Education, Hyderabad.

There was no change in the question paper pattern and the marking scheme as compared to TS 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 and solutions, 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:

Questions from topics of Numbers and Plane Geometry-Mensuration dominated this section. This year there were 11 questions from these two topics. Numbers, as such is an important topic under this test area. Other questions were from Averages, Ratio, CI, Time & Distance, Percentages and Trigonometry. There was no reasoning based question in this section.

On the whole, the data sufficiency part can be rated as easy.

Chapter wise break-up of questions in Data Sufficiency

S.No Topic / Chapter Easy Moderate Difficult No. of questions
1 Numbers 4 3 7
2 Progressions 1 1
3 Plane Geometry & Mensuration 2 2 4
4 Time & Distance 1 1
5 Coordinate Geometry 1 1
6 Percentages 1 1
7 Compound Interest 1 1
8 Averages 1 1
9 Ratio 1 1
10 Trigonometry 1 1
11 Binary Operation 1 1
Total 13 6 1 20

Data Analysis:

This part had two DI sets – one with five questions based on data given in a table and another set with 5 questions on a pie chart. The questions under both the sets were easy. Some questions could be answered just by observation. Over all this was a scoring section !!

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

There were 45 questions (including one question on Time & Distance, one on Functions and one on Numbers) 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 – 10 on Series and 10 on Analogies. There were five odd man out questions.
  • The questions on 'Coding – Decoding' have been split into two parts - One set of five questions based on logic of [ (5k+2) / 26 ] and another set of five individual questions. This set of five questions was of easy – moderate difficulty level
  • The questions on Clocks & Calendar, Arrival & Departure, Blood Relations, Symbols & Notations, seating arrangement were of easy-moderate difficulty level.

Overall, this section was easy - moderate. A score in the band of 33-35 out of 45 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 1 3 1 5
2 Letter Series 3 1 4
3 Letter Analogy 2 2 4
4 Number Analogy 1 1 1 3
5 Number & Letter Combination 1 1
6 Verbal Analogy 3 3
7 Odd man out:
Number Based 3 3
Letter Based 1 1
Verbal 1 1
8 Coding & Decoding 5 4 1 10
9 Clocks 1 1 2
10 Calendars 1 1
11 Arrival & Departure 1 1
12 Blood Relations 1 1
13 Symbols & Notations 1 1
14 Seating Arrangement 1 1
15 Time & Distance 1 1
16 Functions 1 1
17 Operator Based 1 1
Total 23 19 3 45

Section B –Mathematical Ability

This section was difficult and time consuming. More than 2/3rd of the questions in this section were either moderate or difficult. The questions in the section of Arithmetical Ability was easy where as the questions in the section of Algebraical & Geometrical Ability were 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.

Over all, the section on Mathematical Ability in TS-ICET2017 was of moderate – difficult level of difficulty.

Chapter wise break-up of questions in Arithmetical Ability

S.No Topic / Chapter Easy Moderate Difficult No. of questions
1 Indices & Surds 5 5
2 Equations, Ratio and Proportion 1 1 2
3 Percentages, Profit & Loss, Pertnership 5 5
5 Numbers 2 4 6
6 Time and Work 3 1 4
7 Number System 2 2
8 Plane Geometry & Mensuration 3 5 1 9
9 Modular Arithmetic 1 1 2
Total 17 16 2 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 2 1 4
2 Trigonometry 1 2 1 4
3 Matrices 2 1 3
4 Sets, Relations, Functions 2 1 3
5 Maths logic 1 1 2
6 Limits & Derivatives 1 1 2
7 Statistics 2 3 1 6
8 Probability 2 1 1 4
9 Progressions 1 1 2
10 Polynomials 1 1 2
11 Binomial/Rem. Theorem 3 3
12 Plane Geometry 1 2 3
13 Simple Equations 1 1 2
Total 9 20 11 40

Some discrepancies were observed in a few questions.

  1. In the question on rank correlation, if the given data is considered and ranks assigned to them, the answer that we get ( 15/16) is not present in choices.
  2. In another question on Mean, the correct answer is 5050 / 67. But only 5050 is given in the option.
  3. For the problem from Coordinate Geometry, where the vertices are given and we need to find equation of line parallel to median, the correct answer is 2x+9y-11 =0, which is not present in the given options.

Section – C -Communication Ability

Here is a crisp analysis of each area of the English component of the said exam:

Vocabulary -

As usual, there were six direct vocab (synonym) questions in this part; however, all the head words were not simple and at least a couple of them would have required some pondering over for the correct choice. A few words were not colloquial or very commonly used ones. An diligent student can achieve a score of four out of six with some effort.

There were four fill in the blank sentences that were absolutely straightforward, and almost every choice was easy an easy pick. Arriving at the right answers by the process of elimination would have helped save both time and effort; most of the incorrect options were irrelevant to the idea / context in the sentence. A score of three out of four is conveniently manageable in this part.

Statement / Conversation questions :

There were seven questions of this kind. They can be pegged between moderate to difficult. A very careful examination of the sentences was necessary. A normal score would be four. The question on passive and active voice conversion was tough.

Grammar :

A total of eight questions comprised this part. Common knowledge of the usage of infinitives, prepositions and phrasal verbs would make this part a cakewalk. The difficulty level ranged between easy and moderate. Awareness of standard grammatical collocations would have made this part a smooth ride. Quite a hassle-free run in this part.

Reading comprehension -

There were three passages with a total of fifteen questions.

Break-up of passages and respective question sets:

Passage I : The content was uncomplicated and light on the grey matter. The questions had choices that were almost straight picks from the text, and could be easily answered. No mind boggling or brain racking questions here. A sweeping score (five on five) is quite possible to achieve here.

Passage II : The theme of this passage was slightly philospphical and would have required a second reading before ticking the answers confidently. The questions were simple. Four out of five can be rated a good score in this passage.

Passage III : This passage was a walkover! Questions here too were a cake walk, and could be attempted effortlessly. A score of four out of five can be considered good for this part.

Overall, it can be called a moderate section, where a proper, regular preparation would have helped fetch an outstanding 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. The questions on Business Terminology can be categorised as moderate. Except for the question on Personal Department, the other four questions were of moderate difficulty level. The questions on Computer Terminology can be categorised as easy. All the questions on computers were direct and simple !

Overall, TS-ICET2017 paper will be a low scoring paper because of the higher difficulty level of Mathematical Ability section and Vocab and Statements - Conversations part of the English Section.