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NPAT 2018 Exam Pattern

Last Updated - June 16, 2017

NPAT 2018 Exam Pattern will vary with the question paper sets for the exam to be held in 2 shifts; shift 1 on May 12, 2018 and shift 2 on May 13, 2018. There will be 2 Papers in each shift. Paper 1 is common test and Paper 2 is especially for design subject (only for B.Des Program).

  • Paper-1 and Paper-2 both tests have 3 sections. Duration of Paper-1 is 2 hours which is divided into 3 parts for 3 sections.
  • First 2 sections have 45 minutes for each section and third section will be of 30 minutes. In Paper 1, there will be objective type multiple choice 120 questions equally divided into 3 Sections i.e. 40 questions in each section.
  • Total marks for Paper-1 are 120 marks and negative marking scheme is not applicable.
  • Paper-2 has objective type multiple choice 60 questions equally divided in 3 sections i.e. 20 questions in each section.
  • Duration of Paper-2 is 90 minutes; each section has 30 minutes. Maximum marks is 60 marks for Paper-2.
  • NPAT 2018 Exam - Paper-1 is common for all candidates and covers 3 subjects: Quantitative & Numerical ability, Reasoning & General Intelligence and Proficiency in English Language.
  • NPAT 2018 Paper 2 is to be taken by candidates applying for B.Des Program. This test will be started after 10 minutes of completion of Paper-1.

NPAT (National test for Programmes after Twelfth) is a common entrance exam conducted and managed by Mumbai campus of SVKM's Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies. Admission to under graduate and integrated degree Program in all campuses of the university is given.

NPAT 2018 Exam Pattern Highlights Table

NPAT 2018 Exam will be online exam to be conducted in 2 shifts in 2 days. Each Shift consists of 2 papers; one is common for all candidates and another is for applicants applying for B.Des. Program. All questions are objective type multiple choice questions and total marks for Paper-1 are 120 marks and for Paper-1, it is 60 marks.

Exam pattern table is being given below for reference:

NPAT 2018 Exam ModeOnline Computer Based Test (CBT)
Number of papers in NPAT 20182 Paper Paper-1 (Common for all Applicants) Paper-2 (for B.Des Applicants)
Number of sectionsPaper-1, 3 Sections
Paper-2, 3 Sections
Question Paper TypeObjective Type, Multiple Choice
NPAT 2018 Total MarksPaper 1- 120;
Paper 2- 60
NPAT 2018 Exam durationPaper-1: 120 minutes
Paper-2: 90 minutes
NPAT 2018 Exam language English

NPAT 2018 Exam Pattern in Detail

NPAT 2018 Exam Pattern is conducted to test reasoning, analytical, general intelligence and command over English Language. Weightage is given to questions topic-wise under each subject.

For every section, a specific time limit is set which will be indicated by a clock on computer test screen. The clock will be set at the server and countdown timer in the top right corner of screen will display the remaining time available for completing NPAT 2018 exam. When the timer reaches zero, NPAT 2018 exam will over by itself. Applicant will not be required to end or submit NPAT 2018 examination.

Paper 1

Paper 1 is common for all applicants. It consists of Multiple Choice Questions and there is no negative marking.

SubjectsNo. of QuestionsMax. MarksTime Limit (Minutes)
Quantitative & Numerical ability404045
Reasoning & General Intelligence404045
Proficiency in English Language404030

Paper 2

Paper 2 is only for B.Des applicants. It consists of Multiple Choice Questions and no marks is deducted for incorrect response.

SubjectsNo. of QuestionsMax. MarksTime Limit
Spatial Ability and Visualization Skills202030
Observation & Problem Solving202030
General Awareness & Design Sensibility202030

Topics under each subject and their weightage:

  1. Quantitative & Numerical ability
  • Number System (4 Marks)
  • Arithmetic (16 Marks)
  • Algebra (8 Marks)
  • Sets and Functions (4 Marks)
  • Elementary Statistics & Probability (4 Marks)
  • Trigonometry (4 Marks)
  1. Reasoning & General Intelligence
  • Critical Thinking (10 Marks)
  • Verbal-logical  reasoning (5 Marks)
  • Data sufficiency (5 Marks)
  • Numerical Reasoning (6 Marks)
  • Data Interpretation (10 Marks)
  • Spatial Reasoning (4 Marks)
  1. Proficiency in English Language
  • Error Recognition (5 Marks)
  • Applied Grammar (8 Marks)
  • Vocabulary (4 Marks)
  • Contextual Usage (4 Marks)
  • Sequencing of Ideas (4 Marks)
  • Reading Comprehension (15 Marks)
  1. Spatial Ability and Visualization Skills
  • Principle of perception and visual design (7 Marks)
  • Spatial relationships assessment (7 Marks)
  • Knowledge of practical and everyday (6 Marks)
  1. Observation & Problem Solving
  • Ability to detect concealed properties (6 Marks)
  • Applying attention to certain details (6 Marks)
  • Ability to discern subtle differences (3 Marks)
  • Using these to solve problems (5 Marks)
  1. General Awareness & Design Sensibility
  • General awareness of environmental factors (6 Marks)
  • Awareness of social and cultural connection (10 Marks)
  • History of art, sculpture and literature (4 Marks)

NPAT 2018 Syllabus

NPAT 2018 Syllabus is based on 10+2 standard. Considering different backgrounds of applicants, syllabus is constructed involving subjects and topics which are widely and commonly understandable and approachable with common sense and general intelligence.

Subject topic wise details of Syllabus for NPAT 2018 is as follows:

Paper 1

  1. Quantitative and Numerical Ability
Number SystemFractions, Surds and Decimals, Number Series
ArithmeticPercentages, Profit & Loss, Discount, Compound Interest & Annuities, Ratio & Proportions, Time, Work & Distance, 2 D & 3D Figures- Areas & Volumes
AlgebraBasic Algebraic Identities, Equations - Linear & Quadratic sequence and Series (AP, GP)
Sets and FunctionsSets, Operation on Sets and their Applications, using Venn Diagrams, functions
Elementary Statistics & ProbabilityMean, Mode, and Median, Measures of Dispersion
TrigonometryTrigonometric Rations, identities, Height and Distances
  1. Reasoning & General Intelligence
Critical ThinkingDecision Making (Take into cognizance various rules / conditions and take decisions based upon those rules / conditions) Problem Solving (To analyse the given information and condense all the information in a suitable form and answer the questions asked)
Verbal-logical reasoningDerive conclusions from logical premises or assess the validity of arguments based on statement of facts
Data sufficiencyJudge if the information given is sufficient to answer the question or some additional information is required
Numerical ReasoningVenn Diagram (Identify the class-sub class relationship among given group of items and illustrate it diagrammatically) Mathematical Equalities
Data InterpretationBe able to use the information given in graphs and charts to answer questions
Spatial ReasoningFigure Analogy (Choosing the figure from the alternatives that match with relationship specified by a given figural pair) Figure Matching / Classification (Notice the common quality in figures to be able to match figures or find the odd one out) Figure Series (To discover a pattern in the formation of figures in a sequence to be able to complete the series / identify the missing figures)
  1. Proficiency in English Language
Error RecognitionRecognising grammatical structure and usage.
Applied GrammarUsing prepositions, determiners, connectives, tenses appropriately.
VocabularyGrasping the meaning of underlined words in sentences
Contextual UsageUsing appropriate words in the given context
Sequencing of IdeasPutting ideas into logical sequence by putting jumbled sentences in the correct order
Reading Comprehension Total 3 Passages; 400-500 words in each passage & 5 Questions will be per PassageLocating Information, grasping ideas, identifying relationships, interpreting ideas, moods, characteristics of characters, tone of passage, inferring, getting the central theme, evaluating

Paper 2

  1. Spatial Ability and Visualization Skills
Principle of perception and visual designPrinciples of Perception - Continuation and Closure, Similarity, Proximity by Gestalt
Sight and thought perception according to Huxley-Lester Model
Cognitive Perception involving a multitude of mental processes: analysis and recognition, interpretation, comparison, memory, salience, association and inventory,
Principles of Design: Emphasis and Unity, Pattern, Balance, Rhythm, Contrast, Movement and Proportion,
Semiotics (Science of signs and symbols): Indexical, Iconic and Symbolic,
Pragmatics of Graphics Design with its Syntax, Semantics
Spatial relationships assessmentExplanation of Space- Light and Scale (Spatial Properties)
Constructivism— visual blueprinting (relating a pattern of shapes or arranging series of planes together visually)
Orthographic representations
Isometric representations
Knowledge of practical and everyday mechanical and scientific conceptsKnowledge of form and material, usability, and emotional impact (day-to-day objects)
Basic Mechanics
Concept of Patterns in data
  1. Observation & Problem Solving
Ability to reveal hidden attributes in situations, people, and normal things, events, and creating critical viewSkill to detect complications / problems related to ease-of-use of modern / routinely used devices
Ability to understand and analyse relations between 2D and 3D objects
Implementing awareness to certain details, inferring and predicting. analysing, reasoning, classifyingCreative Problem Solving Techniques (Preparation,
Bottom to top and top to down approaches
Skill to differentiate devious differences in visual properties and aesthetic outcomes.Knowledge of spatial composition, lighting, Golden Ratio, Rule of Thirds, Balance, Colour preference (Hue, Saturation, lightness)
Using these to solve problemsFonts and symbols usage as part of communication or awareness of fonts
Understanding the principles of design and its perception, Usage of design component, & spatial properties, cultural tendency and structured design proces
  1. General Awareness & Design Sensibility
General awareness of environmental factors i.e. natural resource, water, weather, climate, population, pollution, vegetation etc., and their suggestions on the product design, various images, wide infrastructure and changing environment.Environmental Design to gain sustainability- Green Design
Changes in Process and Products ( focus on subtle products)
Awareness of social and cultural relation with design, historical artefact, and social responsibility and environmentally sustainable design responses.Designing for social and cultural sustainability- Inclusive Design
Principles of Inclusive design: Responsiveness, Flexibility, Convenience, Accommodation, Welcoming and Real
Visual culture- Expression of Culture through visual images.
History of art, sculpture and literatureArt Movements / Periods- Basic Info
Renowned sculptures, historical artists and their paintings,

NPAT 2018 Preparation Books

As the topics of NPAT Exam are common and more or less similar to other entrance and competitive exams so there are several options available in the books market.

SubjectBook NameAuthorISBN
Quantitative and Numerical AbilityQuantitative Aptitude Numerical Ability - 1276: Numerical Ability (Fully Solved) 7000 + Objective QuestionsKiran Prakashan (Author), Pratiyogita Kiran (Author)ASIN: B00U241N14
Reasoning and Gen. IntelligenceGeneral Intelligence and Test of Reasoning 2016S Chand ExpertsISBN-10: 9325994151 ISBN-13: 978-932599415
English LanguageObjective General English (Old Edition) Paperback – 2011R.S. AggarwalISBN-10: 8121915317 ISBN-13: 978-812191531
Design Sensibility and AwarenessUCEED Design Environment & Social Awareness In Design Perspective Combined With Mental & Verbal AptitudeInstitute of Creative SciencesASIN: B01MY2M6Z6
Observation and Problem SolvingThe Design of Everyday Things: Revised and Expanded Edition Kindle Editionby Don NormanASIN: B06XCCZJ4L

Exam Day Instructions

Please read the instructions carefully regarding Question & Answering System

General Instructions: 

  • The questions quantity level is displayed on the right side of webpage that shows the status of each question using one of the following symbols:
You have not visited the question yet.
The question is not answered.
The question is answered.
You have NOT answered the question, but have marked the question for review.
The question is answered, but needs review.
  • The Marked for Review status for a question simply indicates that you would like to look at that question again.
  • Click on the ">" symbol that appears to the left of question palette to fall down the question palette and maximize the question window. For having a review of the question palette, click on "<" that exists on the right side of question window.

Navigating to a Question:

  • To answer a question, do the following:
    1. For navigating fast to one to another question, click on the question number in the Question Palette at the right of webpage screen to reach particular question. Answer to the existing questions will not be saved if navigates to another question.
    2. For saving answer click on Save & Next current question will be saved and nest question will appear on the webpage screen.
    3. If review is required then click on Mark for Review & Next to save your answer for the existing question, mark it for review, and then go to the next question.

Answering a Question:

  • How to make answer correctly to a multiple-choice type question:
    1. Click on the button (Radio or Check Button) shown with the options, this will show either DOT or Check Mark in it. Answer is done this way
    2. If need to deselect selected option for answer, again either click on the button of the chosen option or can click on Clear Response button for deselecting the option
    3. For changing selected option for answer, click on the button of other option you like
    4. For saving answer, click on Save & Next button
    5. If review of the option of answer is required then click on Mark for Review & Next button.
    6. For changing the saved answer, select that question for changing the answer and then act as per the guidance for changing answer option of the saved answer.

Navigating through sections:

  • Shortcuts are available for having information rapidly about the sections in the paper. Look at the top bar of the computer test screen there are some shortcuts of section. Clicking on it one can have required information.
  • Next section will automatically be opened with as the Save & Next Button is entered for saving last question of the existing section.
  • When Save & Next button on the last question for a section is clicked, first question of the next section automatically opened.
  • Navigating form one section to another is facilitated for the convenience so any question in any section can be attended easily.

Instruction Regarding NPAT 2018

As per the regulations for NPAT 2018 exam some instructions regarding conduction of NPAT 2018 for maintaining discipline, transparency and smooth operations of all activities of exam. Candidate must follow all the instructions.

  • Keep valid admit card issued for NPAT 2018 during exam
  • No request will be entertained for attempting NPAT 2018 exam without admit card whatsoever is the reason.
  • Keep one original photo ID proof along with NPAT Admit Card.
  • Any document other than admit card and ID proof, any size and type of paper, mobile phone, analog watch, any communication device, calculator and electronic devices and gadgets are not allowed in NPAT exam hall.
  • Don’t leave exam hall without the permission of invigilator
  • Produce admit card and ID proof twice or thrice, whenever is asked to by the authorities, don’t be irritated
  • Any food or beverage is not allowed to have during exam. Only water can be taken with prior permission of invigilator or as per the instructions
  • Conversation or discussion with any other candidate is not allowed. Such act is deemed to be punishable act.
  • If there is some problem with sitting facility or anything else that is creating disturbance, don’t try to handle it by your own. Bring this in the notice of invigilator and let him resolve the problem.
  • If somebody comes with candidate, he or she will not be allowed to enter in NPAT examination center. Don’t expect exam center authorities to provide any facility as they are not instructed for the same so please don’t create any argument with any of staff persons.
  • Misbehaviour in any manner or creating undisciplined environment in NPAT Examination Hall or troubling or not assisting in the process of the verification or checking in the exam with invigilator, officials and assisting staff deployed for the conduction of the examination will not be tolerated in any case and severe punitive action will be taken under the rules and regulation of the examination.



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