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NPAT 2016 Exam Pattern & Syllabus

SVKM's Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies conducts the ‘NMIMS Programs after Twelfth’ (NPAT) examination for entrance to various Undergraduate Degree and Integrated Degree Programs every year annually. The registration for the examination for the year 2017-2017 would begin from January 30, 2017 and the last date of registration is April 30, 2017. The written test will be held on May 13 & 14, 2017.

The NPAT 2017 exam will consist of objective type questions divided into 3 sections. There is negative marking on every incorrect answer. The duration for the NPAT 2017 exam is 2 hours.

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NPAT 2017 Exam Pattern

The NMIMS NPAT exam consists of objective type multiple choice questions. No descriptive type of questions is asked in the exam. The composite time for the entire test is 120 minutes (2 hours). There will be a total of 150 questions which will be divided equally in the 3 parts/ sections. These sections are:

  • Proficiency in English Language,
  • Quantitative & Numerical Ability,
  • Reasoning & General Intelligence.

Each of the question in the exam carries 1 mark. The correct marked answer will be awarded 1 mark and for every wrong answer ¼ mark will be deducted. Given below table shows the number of questions asked from each section and the time allotted to the NPAT 2017 exam.

SubjectNo. of QuestionsTime in Minutes
Proficiency in English Language50120 minutes (2 hours) for the entire test
Quantitative & Numerical Ability50
Reasoning & General Intelligence50

NPAT 2017 Syllabus

As the questions in NPAT 2017 are based on the reasoning and qualitative skills, therefore, candidates can prepare for the NPAT 2017 easily by going through its syllabus. Given below is the NPAT 2017 Syllabus in brief according to the sections.

  1. Language Skills- Reading Comprehension, Passages, Poems, Synonyms, Antonyms, Dictionary meaning of different words, Syntax & correct grammar and Language usage & their rules.
  2. Quantitative & Numerical Ability- Arithmetic, Algebra, Trigonometry, 2D and 3D Geometry and Statistics, Line Graph, Bar Graph, Tables and Pie Chart.
  3. Reasoning & General Intelligence- Coding and Decoding, Strong arguments & Weak arguments, Series, Family tree, Multi-dimensional arrangements and Puzzles.
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NPAT Previous Year Exam Analysis (2015)

The NPAT Exam in the year 2015 was a 2 hour paper comprising of 150 questions, spread over 3 sections – Proficiency in English Language, Quantitative & Numerical Ability and Reasoning & General Intelligence. Each question was followed by 5 options, out of which only 1 is correct. Each correct attempt would fetch 1 mark while each incorrect attempt would reduce the score by 0.25 marks.

It was suggested that the English section was fairly easy. The reasoning section was marked average on the scale of difficulty level of the exam. The Mathematics section was quite difficult and lengthy too. The overall difficulty level of the exam was predicted as moderate.

It was predicted that most of the candidates could not finish the NPAT exam on time as the overall paper was very lengthy. Only few candidates could attempt more than 130 questions. The average number of questions attempted by the candidates were in the range of 80-120.

The break-up of the paper is given in the following table:

SectionNumber of QuestionsSuggested Time (in minutes)
Proficiency in English Language5030 – 35
Quantitative and numerical ability5040 – 45
Reasoning & General Intelligence5035 – 40

Proficiency in English Language

This section can be placed at easy– moderate on the scale of difficulty level. The section consisted of 50 questions which could be attempted within 30 minutes. A score of about 38-42 in this section was considered a good score. The question wise distribution of the number of questions asked in this section and the difficulty level is given in the following table.

TopicNumber of QuestionsDifficulty Level
Reading Comprehension10Easy to Average
Fill in the Blanks: in form of a passage5
English Grammar - general questions10
Sentence Correction10
Jumbled Sentences5
Synonyms / Antonyms10

Quantitative and Numerical Ability

This section can be described in two words: difficult and lengthy. The questions in this section were asked on the topics- Profit and Loss, Mean, Median & Mode, Standard Deviation, Time, Speed & Distance, Time & Work, Mixture & Solution, Allegations, Simple & Compound interest, Mensuration, Geometry, Algebra (Linear & Quadratic Equation), Coordinate Geometry, Probability. The questions on Data Interpretation were calculation intensive and as a result, a little time-consuming.

A score of about 40-43 in this section was considered a good score. Question wise distribution of the number of questions asked in this section and the difficulty level is given in the following table:

TopicNo. of QuestionsDifficulty level
Data Interpretation (Bar Graph on Exports & Imports)4 (1 Set)Difficult
Data Interpretation (Pie Chart + Table)4 (1 Set)
Data Interpretation (Table)5 (1 Set)
Coordinate Geometry2
Algebra (Quadratic Equations)4
Algebra (Linear Equations)4
Algebra (Functions and Inequalities)3
Arithmetic and Geometric Progression2
Mean, Median and Mode5
Permutation & Combination and Probability2
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Reasoning & General Intelligence

The level of difficulty of this section was marked moderate. There were mixed questions on Verbal Reasoning and Analytical Reasoning. A score of about 33-37 in this section was considered a good score. The question wise distribution of the number of questions asked in this section and the level of difficulty is given in the following table-

TopicNo. of QuestionsDifficulty level
Mathematical Inequalities6Medium to Difficult
Course of Action1
Decision Making3
Critical Reasoning4
Data Sufficiency5
Input Output6
Linear Arrangement6 (1 Set)
Circular Arrangement6 (1 Set)
Analytical Reasoning5 (1 Set)
Statement Inference/Reasoning2

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NPAT 2017 Preparation Tips

  • NPAT 2017 exam consists the questions based on Reasoning and English proficiency. These 2 sections form the major part of NPAT 2017 exam syllabus. There are plenty of good books available in the market. Candidates can plan their study from any good preparatory books proficient in English Language, Quantitative & Numerical Ability and Reasoning & General Intelligence.
  • To begin with, the applicants can brush up their formulae and fundamentals of Mathematics from their class 10th and 12th books. To prepare well for English section, applicants can prefer books like ‘Wren and Martin’.  
  • Usually the Mathematics Section is seen lengthy and difficult one, therefore candidates must increase the speed by solving more and more question papers or sample papers of any entrance exam.
  • Some candidates compare the NPAT exam with CAT. They believe that the faster they can reason and solve the questions; it would reflect their accuracy in solving questions and may result in increase their score.
  • The difficulty level of NPAT exam is equivalent to SAT, which generally varies from easy to moderate, with few difficult questions.
  • Therefore, to clear the NPAT 2017 exam successfully and get a decent rank, candidates must be able to solve the questions quickly and correctly. This can be done by solving mock test, so that the candidates can get accustomed to the NPAT 2017 paper pattern and the level of difficulty.
  • Candidates can spend 2-3 minutes in analysing the question paper as it prepares the candidates to come up with the strategy to solve the question paper efficiently.
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