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How to prepare Analytical Ability for TSICET?

Last Updated - April 06, 2017

The Telangana State Integrated Common Entrance Test (TSICET) is scheduled to be held on May 18, 2017. The exam is held every year for admission in M.B.A and M.C.A. courses offered by various colleges in the state of Telangana. This year the exam will be conducted by Kakatiya University.

The exam is held in pen and paper mode (offline) and tests candidates for their analytical, mathematical, and communicational abilities. TSICET Exam Pattern comprises a total of two hundred questions of objective type and the time allotted is two and a half hour (150 Minutes). General category candidates are required to score a minimum of 25% (of the total marks) in order to qualify. There are no such qualifying marks for SC/ST candidates.

TSICET 2017 Exam pattern

The TSICET exam consists of three sections with a total of two hundred questions. The detailed description of the three sections and sub-sections under it is tabled below.

SectionsTopicsNumber of questions
 Analytical AbilityData sufficiency20
Problem solving55
Mathematical AbilityArithmetical Ability35
Statistical Ability10
Algebra & Geometry30
Communication AbilityVocabulary10
Business & Computer Terminology10
Functional Grammar15
Reading Comprehension15
Total Question200
Duration of Test150 Minutes

TSICET 2017 Analytical Ability Weightage

As we can observe from the table above that analytical ability forms a major portion of the question with above35% coverage. This section along with mathematical ability forms 75% of the question paper.

By now you might have got an idea that how important it is to build your strength in the analytical section. These 75 questions would hold great significance in deciding your fate in TSICET. However, before taking any step further in strengthening your analytical skill the first thing you require is to look at the syllabus.

The syllabus of analytical section contains two sub-sections namely Data sufficiency and Problem solving. Data sufficiency section covers 20 questions while problem solving section contains a total of 55 questions.

TSICET 2017 Analytical Section Important Topics

The syllabus of the analytical section clearly spells out one topic with 20 questions that is data sufficiency. However, it does not highlight the topics under the sub-section problem solving. The problem solving section contains a number of topics under it. Those problem solving topics which are important for the TSICET exams are mentioned below.

  • Data Analysis
  • Sequence and Series
  • Date time arrangement
  • Coding and Decoding
  • Seating arrangement
  • Ranking and order

These six topics comprise a majority (almost all) of the questions in the problem- solving section. In order to secure maximum marks in the analytical section, one should practice these topics sufficiently as the investment to output ratio is quite high for this section.

Tips to Master Analytical Section

With less than 50 days left for the exam, there is still a chance that you can make the most out of this section. Topics like data analysis, data sufficiency, sequence and series, date time arrangements, seating arrangements, and ranking and order are easy to master. A regular practice of questions from these topics would help you in building a strong base in analytical section.

First of all, you should start solving questions from previous year question papers and see how much time do you take in solving these questions. Initially, you might end up taking 2 to 3 minute per question or even more but don’t get disheartened. Gradually you would notice that the time taken by you to solve these questions will decrease as your brain will get programmed in handling such analytics. You will be able to notice the difference within a span of 5 to 6 days of regular practice.

Once you find yourself comfortable in handling these questions the next step you are required to undertake is to practice these questions in a time bound manner. Set a timer of say 10 to 15 minutes and try to solve 15 to 18 questions within this time frame. Initially, you might be able to solve some 10 to 12 questions within a span of 18 to 20 minutes. Follow this technique for 7 to 8 days and you will notice the difference.

Now, once you are able to solve15 questions in a span of 10 to 15 minutes you should try to solve an entire slot of 75 questions (as per the exam scheme) in 35 to 45 minutes. Practice this way for next 8 days.

You should practice at least 50 questions (including all the sub-topics) each day till a day or two before the exam. Following this methodology, you would be 2300 (46 days x 50 question each day) questions strong by the time you sit for the exam. Solving such a mammoth number of questions would automatically boost your confidence.

TSICET 2017 Suggested Books

During the initial stages of your preparations, you should solve questions from previous papers only. After solving previous year questions for 5 to 6 days you can start solving questions from R.S. Aggarwal’s book for competitive reasoning. By solving questions from R.S. Aggarwal you would get an idea about the different varieties of questions that can be asked in the exam. In case you require some concise material for preparation you can refer to TIME coaching’s reasoning study material for CAT.

In case you want to practice questions extensively from this section then you can solve previous years question paper of CAT (reasoning section) however, this is optional as the above-mentioned materials would be sufficient for this exam.

TSICET 2017 Online Resources

To test yourself in a real time exam environment you can solve questions available on websites like The website contains section wise tests that are required to be solved in a time bound manner.

You can also, keep your gray cells active while being on the move with the help of various reasoning apps available in the play store like Pocket reasoning. In order to develop a basic understanding of concepts in the analytical section you can watch videos on YouTube which are made by faculties of renowned coaching institutes.  

We hope this article might have provided you a basic idea about how you should approach the analytical section in these last 50 days before the exam. In case you want us to write strategy for other sections of the exam then please comment below.



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