NIMCET 2011 – ANALYSIS
Date of Exam
:
15^{th} May 2011
Number of Questions
:
120 [Mathematics  45, Reasoning  40,
General English25, Computers10]
Duration of Test
:
120 Minutes
Marking Scheme
: 4 marks for each correct answer
and 1 negative mark for each wrong
answer.
Conducting Institute
:
MANIT, Bhopal
To help you
understand this year’s test paper better, we bring you a comprehensive analysis
of NIMCET 2011.
MATHEMATICS
The questions in this section were relatively
difficult when compared to those given in NIMCET 2010. This section had 45
questions. More than 50% of the questions were of moderate difficulty level. As
the paper had negative marking, there was no need to attempt the difficult
questions. In this section, it has been observed that there were three questions
for which none of the given options were right. There was one question on
trigonometric identities and ane question each from definite integrals and
analytical geometry (question to find centre of circle). As these questions are
easy for a test aspirant, it is quite possible that more time must have been
spent on these questions without any breakthrough.
Overall, this section was difficult. In order
to maximise the score in this section, the best strategy to answer this section
would have been to identity the easy ones and solve them first. Care should have
been taken in moving ahead without spending too much time on difficult
questions. The time allotted for this section should not have exceeded 40
minutes.
The distribution of questions from each
topic, along with the difficulty level is given in the table below.
Chapter wise break up of questions in Mathematics
Area

Easy

Moderate

Difficult

Total

Probability & Statistics





Probability

1

2


3

Statistics

1

1


2

Total questions from Probability & Statistics

2

3


5

Algebra





Sets


2


2

Functions


1


1

Binomial theorem



1

1

Matrices & Determinants


2


2

Quadratic Equations


1

1

2

Progressions

2

1

1

4

Logarithms



1

1

Permutations and Combinations

1

1


2

Total questions from Algebra

3

8

4

15

Coordinate Geometry





Circles


1

1

2

Conics (Ellipse, Parabola)


2


2

Total questions from Coordinate Geometry


3

1

4

Calculus





Limits



1

1

Derivatives

1



1

Application of derivatives



1

1

Definite Integrals


1

2

3

Areas


1

1

2

Total questions from Calculus

1

2

5

8

Vectors





Vectors

2

1

2

5

Trigonometry





Identities

2

2


4

General solutions


2


2

Properties of triangles


2


2

Total questions from Trigonometry

2

6


8

Total

10

22

13

45

ANALYTICAL ABILITY AND LOGICAL REASONING
Of the 40 questions in this section, 11 were
from Arithmetic topics. Hence there were 29 questions on reasoning in this
section. Every year there are a few questions from Arithmetic in this section.
The questions in this section were relatively
easy when compared to what appeared in NIMCET 2010. The number of questions
attempted by a student would be more in this section, than that in the Maths
section. One can find many easy questions in arithmetic and hence the student
would have tried to maximise his/her attempts. To summarise, unlike last year,
this section was easy and less time consuming.
Chapter wise break up of questions in Reasoning
S.No

Area

Easy

Moderate

Difficult

Total Questions


Reasoning:





1.

Number Series


2


2

2.

Venn Diagram

3



3

3.

Coding and Decoding

1



1

4.

Blood Relations (Set (4) + Individual (1)]

5



5

5.

Analytical Puzzles






(a) Linear Arrangement – (Set(4) + Individual(1))

5



5


(b) Quant Based Reasoning


3


3

6.

Deductions

2

3


5

7.

Critical Reasoning

1

1


2

8.

Clocks

1

1


2

9.

Nonverbal Reasoning

1



1


Total questions from Reasoning

19

10


29


Arithmetic:





1.

Simple Equations

3

1


4

2.

Numbers


1


1

3.

Simplifications


1



4.

Indices

1



1

5.

Permutations & Combinations


1


1

6.

Ratio

1



1

7.

Averages

1



1

8.

Ages

1



1


Total questions from Arithmetic

7

4


10


Total

26

14


40

COMPUTER AWARENESS
This section had 10 questions on computers.
The questions on computer awareness in NIMCET2011 were the easiest when compared
to all previous years NIMCET papers.
There were two questions on computer
fundamentals – one on TCP/IP protocol and another on the conversion of petabyte
to terabytes. Both these questions were easy.
The two questions on Number system – one as
binary addition and another based on eight bit byte – were in fact very easy.
There were three questions on computer
coding. One of the question on “ASCII code of A is _____” a very easy question.
The other two questions on coding were of moderate difficulty level.
Two questions were from Boolean Algebra and a
question on Venn diagram was from Boolean Expression. All these 3 questions were
easy. In fact the question where a standard rule in Boolean Algebra was asked,
was very easy.
There were no questions on KMaps or on logic gates, unlike last year. Over
all this section was easy and an average student can also score 7 out of 10 in
this section.
ENGLISH
The English section of the paper was moderate
to difficult.
The clozed test had just two short sentences
with 5 blanks. Of the five blanks 3 were difficult and 2 moderate since they
were based more on collocation and the incorrect choices had words that could
fit in the blank meaningwise.
The fill in the blank questions (6Q) had 3
prepositions, 1 adjective, one pronoun and one subjectverb agreement. These
questions were of moderate difficulty. One question (I was ______ school) had
both ‘at’ and ‘in’ in choices. The former (at) is correct in British English
while the latter (in) is acceptable in American English.
The question on ‘Defile’ does not say whether
we are to select the synonym a antonym but the choices had only a synonym hence
it was answerable. Two other questions (profound and Petrograde) also did not
specify whether we are to select the synonym or antonym and the choices had
both. In case of ‘retrograde’ the synonym ‘declining’ was wrongly spelt as
‘veclining’.
Apart from these, there were 4 synonyms, 1
antonym, 1 analogy and 1 on spelling. These were moderate to difficult. The
analogy and spelling question were easy.
The Reading Comprehension passage was not
easy to read as it was technical. The questions, however, were not very
difficult. One question was retrograde (synonym or antonym not specified). The
other 4 were of moderate difficulty.
The break up of the questions in the English
section were as follows.
Cloze test
 5
questions
FIB
 6 questions (3
prepositions, 1 adjective, 1 pronoun, 1 (subjectverb agreement))
Synonyms  4 questions
Antonyms  1 question
Analogy
 1
question
Spelling
 1
question
R.C
 5
questions, including 1 vocabulary question in which synonym or antonym is not
specified.
2 questions , where it is not specified
whether we need to find the synonym
or antonym
To summarise, when compared with the
NIMCET2010 paper, this year the Maths section was difficult and questions on reasoning and computers
were easy. The English part was of moderate difficulty level. Also this year,
the paper contained quite a few errors – 3 errors
in Maths , where the correct answer was not present in the options and 3
errors in the English section, where it was not specified whether one needs to find the synonym or
antonym.
