NPAT 2020 Analysis Day 3 (28th June)

Total Questions: 120 | Total Marks: 120  | Total Duration: 100 minutes

Marking System: +1 for Correct, No Negative Marking

NPAT 2020 Exam Paper Pattern

Sr Number Section Questions Marks
1 Proficiency in English Language 40 40
2 Reasoning Ability 40 40
3 Quantitative and Numerical Ability 40 40
Total 120 120

Regarding the exam format, it was precisely the same as Day 1 and Day 2. Hardly any change in the question types or difficulty level on Day 3. However, there were visible changes this year as compared to 2019, since it was an online proctored (AI+ Human) exam to be taken remotely.

Another variant this year was that the order of sections was fixed, i.e., the English Language followed by Reasoning Ability and finally Quantitative and Numerical Ability. Unlike last year, students could not switch between sections. They had to submit the first section and then proceed to the next one. There were no limitations of sectional timings and negative marking like last year. The total time allotted was 100 minutes for 120 questions.

NPAT 2020 Exam Analysis

Section 1: Proficiency in English Language

No. of Questions: 40

  • Reading Comprehension:

This section had 3 Reading Comprehension passages from diverse topics, with 5 questions each.

Passage 1: The first passage (around 400 words) was about Online Purchasing and impulsive buying with reference to Britain and Canada. This was a very easy passage with questions based on tone, inferences and meaning of phrases in context.

Passage 2: The second passage (around 450-500 words) was about Government measures to prevent calamity with an example of Haiti Earthquake. This was a little dense passage due to the convolution in ideas. It had questions on inferences (Except), specific details and main idea.

Passage 3: The third passage (around 400-450 words) was about Bilingual people with reference to author’s knowledge of two languages German and Arabic. This was an easy passage and had main idea, inference and sentences in reference to context questions.

  • Grammar:

Approximately 10-12 questions on Grammar divided across Fill in the Blanks and Spotting the Error, were tested. There were around 7 questions on Fill in the Blanks which mainly tested concepts like prepositions, tenses and conjunctions. These questions were easy to moderate. However, 5 questions were asked on error detection which were of moderate to high difficulty level.

  • Sentence Rearrangement:

There were around 5 questions of sentence rearrangement, with 5 sentences in each question. One question was based on Japan’s perfect architectural designs and their comparison with Switzerland. The difficulty level of these questions can be considered easy to moderate.

  • Vocabulary:

There were around 5 vocabulary based questions like identifying the correct meaning of a word/ phrase given in a sentence. Words like, concrete, proposed, rookie etc. were tested.

  • Verdict:

Level of difficulty: Moderate
Ideal attempts: 34+
Ideal correct: 29+
Time to be allotted: 25 to 30 minutes

English Language
Question Type Details Questions
Reading Comprehension 3 passages 15 questions (mainly inference based)
400 – 500 words
Grammar Fill in the Blanks (Prepositions, Conjunctions, Tenses) 15-17 questions
Spot the Error: Sentence divided into parts.
Easy to Moderate
Parajumbles 5 sentences 5 questions
Vocabulary/Others Identify the meaning of the word/phrase in the given sentence. Fill in the blanks 3-5 questions
Total Easy to Moderate 40 questions


Section 2: Reasoning Ability

No. of Questions: 40

  • Data Interpretation

There were 10 Questions of Data interpretation as part of the Reasoning section. These questions were of Table, Pie chart, and Line graph. There were 3 to 4 questions from each topic. Questions based on the Line graph were easy while Questions based on Table and Pie chart were little calculative. The difficulty level of DI questions was moderate.

  • Data Sufficiency

There were around 2 to 3 questions of Data Sufficiency. The questions were easy to moderate.

  • Mathematical operations and Arithmetic Reasoning


They contributed around 5 questions, most of which were pretty easy.
Questions from Arithmetic reasoning were based on Diagram. These questions were very easy as students had to calculate the numbers only.

  • Verbal Reasoning

Syllogisms-approx  4 questions and 4 questions on statement and arguments/ assumptions/conclusions were also tested.

It would have taken a prepared student around 40 minutes to make 30-32 genuine attempts and get 26 to 27 marks in this section.

Level of difficulty: Moderate
Ideal attempts: 33+
Ideal correct: 27+
Time to be allotted: 37-40 min 

Question Type Detail Number of Questions
Data Interpretation  Tables 4
Pie Chart 4
Mixed Graph 2
Analytical Reasoning Arrangement and Puzzle 1 to 2
Decision Making 5
Series 1 to 2
Blood Relation 1 to 2
Mental Ability Arithmetic Reasoning 4
Mathematical Operations 1 to 2
Visual Reasoning 3 to 4
Verbal Reasoning Syllogisms 4
Statement Assumptions/Conclusions 4
Others Data Sufficiency 2 to 3


Section 3: Quantitative and Numerical Ability

No. of Questions: 40

Difficulty wise the section was quite similar to the previous two slots. It was moderate to difficult as questions were quite lengthy and calculative. There were around 4 questions each from Set Theory, Trigonometry, Statistics, Percentage & its applications, and Progression. A student could easily manage Set theory questions because they were quite easy and formula-based. Questions from Statistics and Percentage were moderate to Difficult but a student could manage 2 to 3 questions if properly selected. In all three slots, students found trigonometry quite difficult to solve as questions from this topic were lengthy and sometimes difficult to comprehend. There were around 3 questions each from Functions, BODMAS, and Numbers. Questions from BODMAS were straight and manageable while the questions from Function were tricky and time-consuming.  Questions from Numbers and its applications were doable. There were around 1 to 2 questions each from Ratio, Probability, Geometry, and Equations. Questions from Probability and Ratio were manageable.

Overall the section was Moderate to Difficult. Ideal Attempts in 35 minutes would be 20+ and a good score in this section can be 16+

If a student can capitalize on his strength and identify the right questions to solve, this section could fetch them the right score.

Level of difficulty: Moderate – Difficult
Ideal attempts: 20+
Ideal correct: 16+
Time to be allotted: 30- 35 mins 

Topics Detail Number of questions approx
Numbers Formula Based 2 to 3
Probability 1 to 2
Progression AP, GP 3 to 4
Function Composite Function, Inverse Function 3-4
Trigonometry                      Based on Trig.  Functions 3 to 4
Set Theory Venn Diagram, Formula based 2 to 3
Geometry Height and Distance 1
BODMAS Direct (Rule-based) 2-3
Percentage and Profit & Loss Discount related 3 to 4
Simpe Interest and Compound Interest Installments 1
Ratio Proportion 2 to 3
Time and Work Pipes and Cistern 1 to 2
Time Speed and Distance Upstream and Downstream 1
Equations  Roots 2 to 3
Statistics Std Deviation, Median 3 to 4

NPAT 2020 EXAM Overall Analysis:

NPAT 2020 Day 3, the paper was moderate, with Quantitative aptitude slightly easier as compared to Day 1 and 2, considering the changes in standard weightages given year on year to expected topics. But again, that’s one of the points that are tested on any entrance exam; to check whether candidates are able to anticipate and handle the change.

Ideal Attempts – 85+
Good Score – 73+

Sr No Sections Questions Ideal Time Good Attempts Good Score Level of Difficulty
1 Proficiency in English Language 40 25-30 min 34+ 29+ Moderate to Difficult
2 Reasoning Ability 40 40 min 33+ 28+ Moderate
3 Quantitative and Numerical Ability 40 30-35 min 18+ 16+ Easy to Moderate
Total 120 100 mins 85+ 73+ Moderate

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