APICET (Andhra Pradesh Integrated Common Entrance Test) 2018 Answer Key, Question Paper & Analysis

Last Updated - May 02 2018

Sri Venkateswara University, Tirupati on behalf of Andhra Pradesh State Council for Higher Education (APSCHE) will announce the preliminary response key of AP ICET 2018 on May 4, 2018.Soon after AP ICET which will be held online on May 2, 2018, the final response key will be announced on May 12, 2018, along with API CET Result.

Overall, AP ICET 2018 paper was a low scoring paper because of the higher difficulty level of Mathematical Ability section, Computer & Business Terminology Questions and questions on Data Sufficiency. The English section and the Reasoning section were relatively much easier when compared to the section on Mathematical Ability. Check AP ICET 2018 Paper Analysis

  • The at least qualifying score set by the examination organizing body is 25% for General category aspirants, that is, 50 marks out of the 200 total marks.
  • Those belonging to Scheduled Castes/Scheduled Tribes have no at least said qualifying marks to complete the examination.
  • It is suggested to all the aspirants who appeared most aim for minimum 80% to 90% marks in order to get a seat in the desired course and college.
  • If there are any discrepancies in the AP ICET response key 2018, aspirants can challenge the preliminary key. The objections if any, on the preliminary response key of AP ICET 2018 could be sent before the stipulated time to Email ID:[email protected]

What’s Next? How To Calculate AP ICET Score?

In order to make an efficient use of AP ICET response key 2018, aspirants must be very complete in their mind about the marking scheme. So, it is bulleted below:

  • No mark will be deducted for not marking responses.
  • 1 mark each will be granted for every accurate response.
  • There is no negative marking in preliminary and main AP ICET 2018 examination.

After calculating approximate marks, aspirants can calculate their total score by applying the below formula –

AP ICET 2018 score = 1 X Number of Accurate Responses – 0 X Number of Inaccurate Responses

Response Key of AP ICET 2018

In case of any objections, aspirants can send their application for objection on preliminary response key till6th May 2018to the university official website.

AP ICET 2018May 2, 2018 (10:00 am-12:30 pm and 2:30 pm-5:00 pm)
AP ICET 2018 Preliminary Response Key Releasing DateMay 4, 2018
Last date to raise objections to AP ICET Preliminary Response KeyMay 6, 2018
AP ICET 2018 Final Response Key Announce and Result ReleasementMay 12, 2018

How to CheckResponse Key of AP ICET?

Aspirants should follow the steps to check the AP ICET response key 2018:

  1. Visit the official website link of AP ICET i.e. sche.ap.gov.in/ICET
  2. Click on the link ‘Response Keys’.
  3. Select your session of the exam (forenoon/afternoon).
  4. Your response key will generate on your screen.
  5. Download the response key and check your responses.
  6. Keep it until the publication of final response key.

Note: If there are any discrepancies in the AP ICET response key 2018, aspirants can challenge the preliminary key. The university will offer the objection Pattern which has to be sent by the aspirant to the university. The objections if any, on the preliminary response key of AP ICET 2018 could be sent before the stipulated time to Email ID:[email protected]

Paper Analysis of AP ICET 2018

There were three sections - Analytical Ability consisting of 75 questions, Mathematics section which had 75 questions and a section on Communication Ability with 50 questions. There was no negative marking.

SECTION 1: Analytical Ability

Data Sufficiency –

Like last year, questions from the topic on Numbers dominated the section on Data Sufficiency. Other questions were from Mensuration, Profit – Loss, Coordinate Geometry, Equations, Indices and Surds, geometry & Averages. There was no reasoning based question in this section.

On the whole, the data sufficiency part can be rated as moderate, with 2/3rd of the questions being moderate to difficult. Some of the questions were tricky !!

Data Analysis –

This part had three sets – one set with 5 questions where the data was given in a pie diagram, another set with 3 questions where the where the data was presented in the form of table and third set with 2 questions where the data was presented in the form of table, but students required to draw a Venn diagram to solve this particular set.

As far as the set where data was given in a pie chart is related, the given data was easy to understand, the questions were not calculation based and less time-consuming.

As regards the set based on data where the student had to draw a Venn diagram to solve the given questions – the questions were easy and involved fewer calculations.


This area comprised 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. Questions on Coding-Decoding were of two types, one was set based and the other type comprised personal questions. The difficulty level was moderate. The questions on Analogies were based on numbers and letters.

Other question types were on Clocks, Blood Relations, Symbols & Notations were of easy-moderate difficulty level.

SECTION 2: Mathematical Ability

  • This section was time-consuming and difficult. About 80% of the questions in this section were either moderate or difficult.
  • While there were few questions which could be solved by direct substitution using the formulae, there were a lot of questions which were purely based on the application of the concepts rather than direct substitution in the formulae types. There were two new question types that were asked in Pure Maths – SD of discrete series, quadratic equation, where the roots were trigonometric functions.
  • Overall, the section on Mathematical Ability in AP ICET2018was MODERATE- DIFFICULT.

SECTION 3: Communication Ability

To begin with, the paper was along expected lines – there were no surprise elements and the format was a reflection of the earlier years.

A brief analysis of each area of the English component is mentioned below.

Vocabulary –

There were six questions in this section of easy difficulty level. The question types were fill in the blanks and word substitute.

Functional Grammar

A total of 15 questions were asked in this section out of which 7 were on Statements/Conversation and eight were on filling the blanks with appropriate verb/phrase/preposition. The overall difficulty level of this section can be considered easy to moderate. The aspirants with knowledge of phrasal verb and usage of preposition would have established this section easy.

Reading Comprehension –

There were three passages with 15 questions. The passages were easily comprehensible and questions were direct. The passages were of 200 to 300 words.

SECTION 4: Computer and Business Terminology

Out of the six questions that were asked on Computers, two of the questions were NOT on expected lines. Two questions were moderate (tricky as well) and two were easy. While the questions on DOS ( full form of DOS) and FORTRAN (Full form) were easy, the questions on optic fibre and saving back up in a systematic attitude would have appeared to be slightly confusing to the students

As regards the questions from Business Terminology there were four question, one of them was easy and three were of the moderate difficulty level.

Cut off from AP ICET 2018

The exam organizing authority Andhra Pradesh State Council for Higher Education (APSCHE) has prescribed certain guidelines for the preparation of AP ICET Cutoff list. Read the cutoff guidelines below:

  • In case more than one aspirant scores the same marks, a tie-breaker will be applied. The criteria for tie-breaker is as follows:
    1 Marks scored in section A will be considered.
    2. If the tie still persists, marks obtained by the aspirant in section B will be referred for tie-breaking.
    3. In case the tie still continues, the tie will be resolved by taking into consideration the age of the aspirant. Older aspirants will be given preference.
  • The total marks of AP ICET 2018 are 200. General aspirants have to qualify the cutoff of 25 percent marks (50 marks out of 200).
  • No qualifying marks have been prescribed for SC and ST categories.

The basic cut off score set by Sri Venkateswara University to qualify AP ICET 2018 is tabulated below-

CategoryCut off Score
General/ non-reserved25% (50 marks out of 200)
SC/ST/reservedNo qualifying percentage is there

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