The first computer based APICET was held on 2 May, 2017 in two slots. No technical glitches have been reported. Apart from the mode of test, APICET exam pattern and structure was same as previous years.

Exam Pattern

Number of questions 200
Number of sections Three
Number of answer choices Four
Duration 150 minutes
Total marks 200
Marks per question One
Negative Marking Scheme No

Analytical Ability

This section was further divided into two areas: Data Sufficiency and Problem Solving. The total number of questions in this section was 75, with 20 in Data Sufficiency and 55 and Problem Solving.

Data Sufficiency: Questions from Numbers dominated the area. Other areas were Mensuration, Profit and Loss, Coordinate Geometry, Equations, Indices and Surds, Geometry & Averages. There was no reasoning based question in this section.

Data Analysis: This part had three sets on pie chart and table. One question demanded candidates to draw Venn diagram in order to solve the set.

Reasoning: This area included questions on Problem Solving, Coding-Decoding and Date, Time and Arrangement. There were 10 questions from Number Series but no questions were asked from Letter Series. The questions on Analogies were based on numbers and letters.

Mathematical Ability

The number of questions in this section was 35. There were two new question types that were asked from Pure Maths - SD of discrete series, quadratic equation, where the roots were trigonometric functions. The topics from Arithmetic Ability included Indices & Surds, Equations, Ratio and Proportion, Numbers, Number System, Profit & Loss, Time & Work, Geometry and Mensuration.

Some of the topics from Algebra, Geometry and Statistics were Co-ordinate Geometry, Trigonometry, Matrices & Determinants, Sets, Relations, Functions, Limits, Derivatives, Probability, Progression, Binomial & Remainder Theorem, Simple and Quadratic Equations among others.

Communication Ability

This section carried 50 questions from Vocabulary, Grammar and Reading Comprehension areas.

Vocabulary: There were six questions in this section. The question types were fill in the blanks and word substitute. 

Functional Grammar: There were 15 questions in this area. The question types included Statements Conversation and fill in the blanks with suitable verb, phrase or preposition.

Reading Comprehension: There were three passages with 15 questions. The passages were of 200 to 300 words.