NIMCET 2011 – ANALYSIS
Date of Exam : 15th May 2011
Number of Questions : 120 [Mathematics - 45, Reasoning - 40, General English-25, Computers-10]
Duration of Test : 120 Minutes
: 4 marks for each correct answer
and 1 negative mark for each wrong
Conducting Institute : MANIT, Bhopal
To help you understand this year’s test paper better, we bring you a comprehensive analysis of NIMCET 2011.
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
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
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 K-Maps 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.
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 meaning-wise.
The fill in the blank questions (6Q) had 3 prepositions, 1 adjective, one pronoun and one subject-verb 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 (subject-verb 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
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.