FMS detailed analysis and expected sectional cut-off

 | December 01,2010 02:12 pm IST

Faculty of Management Studies which is popularly known as FMS among the mba janta is one of the finest B-Schools of India. It’s name almost constantly appears in the league of XLRI, IIM’s, IIFT and a few others.

FMS conducts an independent exam for the intake of students from across the country.

The written test held throughout the country is the first step towards filtering right candidates for GD/PI round. The marks scored in GD/PI plays a vital role in the final selection of a student.

The written test is typically divided among the sections : Quantitative ability, Verbal ability, English comprehension, Analytical ability and logical reasoning.

Here is a detailed analysis of last three years actual FMS test:
FMS 2010
FMS 2010 was a 800 marks paper, with 200 questions and stipulated time of 2 hours. The increase in number of questions from 175 to 200 was a surprise move in this paper. Candidates were awarded four marks for each correct answer and penalty of one mark for every wrong answer. However, no marks were deducted for an unattended question.

Few candidates did find some questions in the quantitative section tricky as most of the questions were based on basic knowledge and concept. Majority of questions were from arithmetic and algebra.
However, AR (Analytical Reasoning) and DI (Data Interpretation) was not too tough to handle and they found it the most scoring part.

A few RC passages in the last year`s exam were picked directly from the previous years` question papers.

FMS 2009
Majority of students found FMS 2009 paper “a tough nut to crack” as it was brainstorming and lengthy at the same time as compared to the all other previous year’s papers. The 700 marks test paper had 175 questions to be attempted in 120 minutes. Only Analytical Reasoning appeared to be the lone breather for candidates.


FMS 2008
FMS 2008 followed the trend and didn’t had surprises to offer. As expected it had 175 questions, and a standard pattern of 4 sections. Over all difficulty level was moderate.

Candidates found the Quantitative section as easy. The Reading Comprehension and English Usage were moderate to difficult covering a range of topics like Psychology, Economics, Intermingling of senses, etc.


Expected Sectional Cut-off
Last year the test had 200 questions divided equally into four sections. Each question had four options and carried four marks. Incorrect answers carried a penalty of one mark. An analysis of the scores obtained by the shortlisted students shows that the cut-off marks for the General category candidates were as follows...

1- English comprehension - 35 out of 200
2- Analytical ability & Logical Reasoning - 63 out of 200
3- Verbal ability - 37 out of 200
4- Quantitative ability - 41 out of 200
5- Overall - 331 out of 800

A few tips for candidates who will be appearing for FMS
*FMS gives more importance to the English and vocabulary section than any other section, so the candidates should be well prepared for this particular section.

*Time management is the most vital part of any such paper which is designed to test the speed of candidates.

* FMS mock test papers are different from other entrance exam mock test papers so be specific in practicing FMS previous years question papers and mock test papers.

*Avoid spending a lot of time on few questions as this might result in shortage of time. You can attempt the unattended questions once you are finished with rest of the questions.

*Keep an eye on speed along with accuracy, because you need to attempt 200 questions in 120 minutes.

*Revise the paper before submitting to correct the mistakes. ‘An unrevised paper is an incomplete paper’.






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bharat kumar jaiswal on 12/03/10 at 10:30 pm

how many ques should be atlest attempted