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Amcat Syllabus | Sample Question Paper Pattern

AMCAT (Aspiring Minds’ Computer Adaptive Assessment) is India’s Largest Employability Assessment and is recognized by over 550 companies. AMCAT gives candidates detailed feedback on their employability (seven stroke feedback) and helps connect them to over 40,000 entry level jobs every year.

AMCAT is a multi-dimensional test with the Aptitude (consisting of English, Quantitative Ability and Logical Ability) and AMPI: Aspiring Minds Personality Inventory modules being compulsory and additional skill-specific module which is required for jobs in different sectors. The skill specific modules vary from Computer Programming, Electronics and Communication, Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Accounts, Marketing, Human Resources, Financial Services, etc. The candidate can choose the skill modules based on his/her education and/or interest.

There is no negative marking in the test. The test taker is expected to answer all the questions in every module.

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Here’s the syllabus for AMCAT 2015:

Test Modules

The test is structured into the following modules.

Compulsory Modules : 

  • English Comprehension
  • Quantitative Ability
  • Logical Ability

Optional Modules : 

  • Computer Literacy
  • Computer Programming Principles and Application
  • Electronics and Semiconductor
  • Civil Engineering
  • Mechanical
  • Finance

English Comprehension

Familiarity with English Language in its various nuances is an essential skill, especially in the current climate of global networking.

AMCAT uses a variety of internationally standardized resources for framing questions aimed at determining the candidate’s ability to understand

(a) the written text

(b) the spoken word and

(c) communicate effectively through written documents. The test broadly covers the following areas:

Ability to write correct English

  • Sentence structure understanding
  • Usage of articles, preposition, Conjunctions, correct tense
  • Usage of verbs, adjectives, adverbs

Functional Vocabulary

  • Commonly used words: Used in newspapers, magazines, etc
  • Common phrases used in corporate, businesses

Understanding and comprehension of a text

  • Main argument/purpose of a passage
  • Deducing author’s tone and perspective
  • Attention to detail

Type of Questions

  • Fill in the blanks
  • Error identification
  • Error correction
  • Antonyms
  • Synonyms
  • Antonyms/Synonyms in context of sentences
  • Ordering sentences
  • Questions based on a passage
  • 2 passages, 4 questions each

For example,

  • Comprehend a company document
  • Comprehend an email about work-to-do
  • Understand articles, new, etc. off the web, etc
  • Write an email to report work done
  • Participate in discussions
  • Write an email to a client
  • Write reports/technical documentation

Quantitative Ability

The Quantitative Ability assesses the ability of the candidate in the following two aspects:

a. Basic understanding of numbers and applications

This section tests whether the candidate has understanding of basic number system, i.e., fractions, decimals, negative, positive, odd, even numbers, rational numbers, etc.

b. Analytical/Engineering Maths

These are aspects of mathematics needed for Engineering disciplines and analysis of data. This includes permutation-combination, probability and understanding of logarithms.

The test broadly covers the following areas:

Basic numbers

  • Decimals and fractions
  • Basic algebra
  • Factorization, divisibility, HCF, LCM
  • Odd, even, prime, rational numbers

Word Problems

  • Application of algebra to real world
  • Direct and inverse Proportion
  • Common applications: Speed-time-distance, Profit, Loss, Percentage, age relations, Mixtures, miscellaneous

Permutation-Combination Basic Probability

  • Factorial notation, principles of counting
  • P&C with repetition, restriction and counting
  • Probability, Addition and multiplication law
  • Events: Dependent, independent, exclusive events

Power and Logarithms

  • Fractional and negative powers
  • Graphical, intuitive understanding
  • Logarithm/antilog definition and properties
  • Word Problems
  • Mixed with algebra

Logical Ability

The logical ability section assesses capacity of an individual to interpret things objectively, to be able to perceive and interpret trends to make generalizations and be able to analyze assumptions behind an argument/statement. These abilities are primary for success of a candidate in the industry. Specifically, these are divided into following sections:

a. Deductive Reasoning: Assesses the ability to synthesize information and derive conclusions.

b. Inductive Reasoning: Assesses the ability to learn by example, imitation or hit and-trial. This also provides an indication of how creative the individual is.

c. Abductive Reasoning: Assesses the critical thinking ability of an individual to see through loopholes in an argument or group of statements.

All these abilities are tested both using numerical and verbal stimuli.

Deductive Reasoning (General to particular Logical Consequence)

Numerical (N)

  • Guided coding
  • Direction Sense (Spatial and N)

Non-Numerical (NN)

  • Given set of statements, derive conclusions

Blood relations

  • Inductive Reasoning (Particular to General)


  • Classification (Recognize odd pattern)
  • Missing number in series
  • Recognize and apply coding pattern


Classification (Recognize out-of-relation)


Given statements, find underlying assumption

Computer Programming Principles and Application

The Computer Programming Principles and Algorithms Module evaluate the suitability of the candidate in the software industry. It not only tests the knowledge and application of basic constructs of programming, but also concepts of data structures, algorithm analysis and object-oriented-programming.

The test is language-independent and all programming questions use a pseudo-code.

Significant effort has been made to exclude memory-based and rote-learning questions.

The test contains questions on debugging programs, finding the output of programs, completing incomplete programs, finding complexity of algorithms, questions on implementation and operations on different data structures, etc.

The test contains the following sections:

a. Structure and constructs of Computer programs

b. Data structures and Basic Algorithms

c. Object Oriented Programming Concepts

Electronics and Semiconductor

The Electronics and Semiconductor test assesses the suitability of the candidate for the SOC, Embedded Systems, VLSI design, etc. companies. This test together with that of Programming assesses suitability of candidate for EDA companies

The test has the following sections:

a. Analog electronics

b. Digital electronics

Computer Literacy Inthe current scenario, knowing how to use the computer is essential for all professions.

This module specifically assesses the suitability of candidates for the ITeS sector, Customer Support positions, Data Entry positions, Content Writers, Journalists, Marketing/Sales, etc.

The basic thrust of the module is not to test theoretical computer concepts, but test whether the candidate recognizes different parts of the computer and knows how to use the computer for day-to-day tasks such as word processing, using the Internet, making presentations, etc. The test also assesses whether the candidate has experience in debugging problems in computer hardware/operations and whether he/she knows how to change some basic settings.

The test includes the following sections:

a. Hardware usage and organization

b. Operating system usage and concepts

c. Basic software and internet

Civil Module

Civil Engineering module assesses a student’s skills, knowledge and understanding of the core ideas involved in the branch of civil engineering. The module focuses on testing a student on theoretical knowledge and practical concepts which will help him perform a good job as an engineer in the industry.

1. Building Materials and Construction

2. Surveying

3. Applied Mechanics

4. Strength of Materials

5. Hydraulics

6. Waste Water and Supply Engineering

7. Soil Mechanics

8. Concrete Technology

9. R.C.C Structure Design

10. Steel Structure Design

11. Irrigation

12. Highway Engineering

13. Construction Management

14. Theory of Structures

15. Structural Design Specifications

16. Estimating and Costing


In this module, a student is tested for his understanding of mechanical engineering – theoretical and practical knowledge. Questions from different areas in this subject are asked so as to assess a student on his complete knowledge of the subject.

1. Thermodynamics

2. Strength of Materials

3. Fluid Mechanics

4. Design of Machines

5. Refrigeration and Air Conditioning

6. Production Management


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