For any entrance examination, the experts always recommend that the experts go through the paper analysis of the previous year. This would give you an idea of the inclination of the exam’s difficulty level in the current year, and you would be able to prepare for it in the correct direction and tend to score better.
So for all students aspiring for Karnataka Management Aptitude Test (KMAT) 2018 on July 29, 2018, it would be an add-on for your preparation to go through the paper analysis of the KMAT 2017 examination. This analysis includes the section-wise distribution of questions, overall difficulty level, weightage of topics, and expected cut-off criteria.
The KMAT 2017 exam was conducted on July 30, 2017, in offline mode. Its result was declared on August 09, 2018, for the candidates seeking admissions to the MBA and MCA courses available at more than 169 management colleges in Karnataka. Comprehensive paper analysis of the KMAT 2017 exam is given below.
KMAT 2017 Paper Analysis
The overall complexity of the KMAT 2017 exam was moderate. All the questions were objective-based, and there wasn’t any generic confusion in the paper.
Almost all questions asked in the KMAT 2017 paper were picked up from the syllabus released by the exam conducting committee, KPPGCA. So there were no surprises for candidates in terms of inclusion of questions out of the syllabus or tricky ones, which may be considered time-consuming.
Both the KMAT 2017 exam papers for the MBA and MCA courses contained three sections: Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension, Quantitative Ability, and Logical Reasoning.
Each of these sections contained 40 questions, making the total number of questions 120. Students were required to cover these questions in 120 minutes and switch between sections in between.
There was no negative marking in the KMAT 2017 exam. Hence it was expected from the candidates attending it to attempt as many questions as possible. Each question was carrying 4 marks, making the total marks of the exam 480.
All the following three sections of the KMAT 2017 exam individually were of moderate difficulty. Go through the subsections given below to understand the detailed analysis of each section of the KMAT 2017 paper.
1- Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension
On comparing all the three sections of the KMAT 2017 exam, the Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension section was the toughest one and was more difficult than that in the KMAT 2016 exam. However, those candidates who were well prepared and familiar with the complete syllabus of KMAT 2017 did not face much difficulty attempting this section.
The questions in this section were mainly based on the candidate’s understanding of the passage contents, correct usage of words, expressions, phrases, and other language-based skills. Some of the questions from this section were also based on vocabulary, grammar, sentence completion, antonyms, and synonyms.
2- Quantitative Aptitude
In the Quantitative Aptitude section, 18 of the 40 questions were related to arithmetic. Those were taken from various topics such as percentage, interest, time and work, profit, averages percentage, partnership, loss, and more.
The difficulty level of almost all the questions in this section was moderate. However, the questions were a bit time-consuming, due to which some students faced difficulty in attempting this section.
But students with thorough written practice did not find this section much tough. Many questions in this section were picked from the topics – equations, Venn diagrams, ratio, proportion, geometry, mensuration, variation, permutation and combinations, probability, and more.
3- Logical Reasoning
The Logical Reasoning section of the KMAT 2017 exam contained questions based on assessing the analytical reasoning skills of the candidates. However, the same section of the KMAT 2016 exam contained questions based on logical reasoning.
Most of the Logical Reasoning questions of the KMAT 2017 exam were based on distribution, calendar, assertion reasons, analogies, blood relations, direction, statements, series, and associated topics. This section was a little longer as compared to that of 2016.
To conclude, the overall difficulty level of the KMAT 2017 exam was moderate. It is normally expected that there are only little changes in the pattern and difficulty level of any entrance exam in the next year. It is advised to prepare for KMAT 2018 with full dedication and zeal to ace the examination. All the best.