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Understanding the important visual principles in a composition (2D OR 3D) such as balance, rhythm, direction, hierarchy, etc. Understanding geometry and the ability to visualize shape and solve geometrical puzzles to test spatial intelligence; Understanding color theory and the various terminologies to test color scheme awareness and knowledge; Visual system interpretation and perception to test graphical similarities and other properties; Ability to understand spatial relationship between objects, and to visualize images and scenarios; Tests for cognitive ability: perception, attention, recognition, memory etc.
Electrostatics- Electric charges and Fields; Electrostatic Potential and Capacitance; Current Electricity; Magnetic Effects of Current and Magnetism; Moving Charges and magnetism; Magnetism and Matter; Electromagnetic Induction and Alternating currents- Electromagnetic Induction; Alternating Current; Optics- Ray optics and optical instruments, Wave Optics; Dual nature of radiation and Matter; Atoms and Nuclei- Atoms, Nuclei; Electronic devices- Semiconductor Electronics, Materials, Devices and Simple circuits
Some Basic Concepts of Chemistry; Structure of Atom; Classification of Elements and Periodicity in Properties; Chemical Bonding and Molecular; States of Matter: Gases and Liquids; Chemical Thermodynamics; Equilibrium; Redox Reactions; Hydrogen; s- Block Elements p - Block Elements; Organic Chemistry: Some basic Principles and Techniques; Hydrocarbons; Environmental Chemistry
Algebra: Definitions of A. P. and G.P.; General term; Summation of first n-terms of series ∑n, ∑n²,∑n3 ; Arithmetic/Geometric series, A.M., G.M. and their relation; Infinite G.P. series and its sum.
Logarithms: Definition; General properties; Change of base.
Matrices: Concepts of m x n (m ≤ 3, n ≤ 3) real matrices, operations of addition, scalar multiplication and multiplication of matrices. Transpose of a matrix. Determinant of a square matrix. Properties of determinants (statement only). Minor, cofactor and adjoint of a matrix. Nonsingular matrix. Inverse of a matrix. Finding area of a triangle. Solutions of system of linear equations. (Not more than 3 variables).
Trigonometry: Trigonometric functions, addition and subtraction formulae, formulae involving multiple and submultiple angles, general solution of trigonometric equations. Properties of triangles, inverse trigonometric functions and their properties.
Coordinate geometry: Distance formula, section formula, area of a triangle, condition of collinearity of three points in a plane. Polar coordinates, transformation from Cartesian to polar coordinates and vice versa. Parallel transformation of axes, concept of locus, elementary locus problems. Slope of a line. Equation of lines in different forms, angle between two lines. Condition of perpendicularity and parallelism of two lines. Distance of a point from a line. Distance between two parallel lines. Lines through the point of intersection of two lines. Equation of a circle with a given center and radius. Condition that a general equation of second degree in x, y may represent a circle. Equation of a circle in terms of endpoints of a diameter. Equation of tangent, normal and chord. Parametric equation of a circle. Intersection of a line with a circle. Equation of common chord of two intersecting circles.
3-Dimensional Co-ordinate geometry: Direction cosines and direction ratios, distance between two points and section formula, equation of a straight line, equation of a plane, distance of a point from a plane.
Theory of Calculus: Functions, composition of two functions and inverse of a function, limit, continuity, derivative, chain rule, derivative of implicit functions and functions defined parametrically. Integration as a reverse process of differentiation, indefinite integral of standard functions. Integration by parts. Integration by substitution and partial fraction. Definite integral as a limit of a sum with equal subdivisions. Fundamental theorem of integral calculus and its applications. Properties of definite integrals. Formation of ordinary differential equations, solution of homogeneous differential equations, separation of variables method, linear first order differential equations.
Application of Calculus: Tangents and normals, conditions of tangency. Determination of monotonicity, maxima and minima. Differential coefficient as a measure of rate. Motion in a straight line with constant acceleration. Geometric interpretation of definite integral as area, calculation of area bounded by elementary curves and Straight lines. Area of the region included between two elementary curves.
Permutation and combination: Permutation of n different things taken r at a time (r ≤ n). Permutation of n things not all different. Permutation with repetitions (circular permutation excluded). Combinations of n different things taken r at a time (r ≤ n). Combination of n things not all different. Basic properties. Problems involving both permutations and combinations.
Statistics and Probability: Measure of dispersion, mean, variance and standard deviation, frequency distribution. Addition and multiplication rules of probability, conditional probability and Bayes’ Theorem, independence of events, repeated independent trails and Binomial distribution.
Objects, texture related to architecture and built environment. Interpretation of pictorial compositions, Visualizing three-dimensional objects from two-dimensional drawing. Visualizing different sides of 3D objects. Analytical reasoning, mental ability (visual, numerical and verbal), General awareness of national/ international architects and famous architectural creations.
Mathematical reasoning: Statements, logical operations like and, or, if and only if, implies, implied by. Understanding of tautology, converse, contradiction and contrapositive.
Sets and Relations: Idea of sets, subsets, power set, complement, union, intersection and difference of sets, Venn diagram, De Morgan's Laws, Relation and its properties. Equivalence relation — definition and elementary examples.
Part 1-Awareness of persons, places, Buildings, Materials, Objects, Texture related to Architecture and build environment. Visualising three dimensional objects from two dimensional drawings. Visualising different sides of three dimensional objects. Analytical Reasoning Mental Ability (Visual, Numerical and Verbal.
Part 2-Three dimensional - perception: Understanding and appreciation of scale and proportion of objects, building forms and elements, colour texture, harmony and contrast. Design and drawing of geometrical or abstract shapes and patterns in pencil. Transformation of forms both 2D and 3D union, subtraction, rotation, development of surfaces and volumes, Generation of Plan, elevations and 3D views of objects. Creating two dimensional and three dimensional compositions using given shapes and forms.
Sketching of scenes and activities from memory of urbanscape (public space, market, festivals, street scenes, monuments, recreational spaces etc.).landscape (river fronts, jungles, gardens, trees, plants etc.) and rural life.
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The learn section Contains Theory, Quizzes, Videos, Explanations etc.All topics are covered including – Sketching, Aptitude, Physics, Chemistry & Mathematics
Depending on the test that you are preparing for, there are various subjects - Mathematics, Visual Spatial Ability, Mental Ability, Analytical Reasoning, English, Architecture Awareness, General Knowledge and a lot more!
All content is organized in a very simple manner so as to help you learn quickly. Each subject has Chapters, Sub Chapters, Concepts, Practice quizzes, variations in questions. There are a lot of external references and video tutorials as well.
An interesting aspect is the Design Sketching section. Design Sketching, like the other subjects, also has its own structure - very different from art.
There are techniques - and then there’s creativity. If you really need to stand out and top the entrance test, your creativity has to be at full throttle.
In some cases, we also show you sample sketches - along with the video of how that sketch has been made. Check out the example below or
This makes it extremely easy for you to learn and improve your design sketches on DQ Edge
To help improve your sketches, you can also get your sketches evaluated by expert faculty and your peer group. Find out more about Sketch Evaluation here.
The Practice section helps you evaluate your learning. There are various tests - subject wise, chapter wise and full length mock tests. You will find the personalized suggestions the most interesting feature in this section
An overview of this section looks like this:
Here, you will find Mock Tests, Past Year Question Papers, Topic Wise questions and Full length Mock Tests.
If you look at the section closely, you will find the “My Suggestions” Box. This is the most important feature of the Practice section of DQ Edge.
Practice as you know is key to evaluate what you have already learnt. But we look at Practice differently. For us, if you need to practice, you just don't need to know what you got right or wrong. If your test could tell you what specific topic you need to study in terms of priority, then that would help you out tremendously.
We at DQ Labs put in a lot of effort to be able to scientifically let you know how these suggestions are generated - We use a patent pending “Multi Dimensional MCQ Technology”
This is an award winning technology invented by the founders of DQ Labs and is hosted on Examplay Edutech learning Platform. This patent pending technology has won the prestigious 2019 NASSCOM Design4India Award.
You can find out more about the award from here
The difference between the a regular MCQ and the Muti-Dimensional MCQ is below:
In a regular MCQ, you will have a standard question with answer options and a submit button.
The information that you can get from it is limited and will help you to a limited extent.
In a Multi Dimensional MCQ, you will have a standard question with answer options. However, the magic happens with the submit button. An example is below:
Here, we are asking the student to input another layer of data - i.e. How did they come up with the solution.
They will choose from the following:
Note: Sometimes students may use multiple approaches to come up with the solution, however, they need to choose the dominant approach.
This way, the student is actually introspecting on how they are coming up with their answers.
A wealth of analytics is generated from this technology as listed below
The Analytics that are generated from DQ Edge is as follows:
These are 3 very unique insights that no other technology platform in the world can give. These are scientifically generated and if used properly, can help a student improve learning significantly in a much shorter period of time.
These are explained below in detail
The point of this section is to understand the actual Metacognition of the student - clarity in what they know and what they don't know.
Here, the student understands that in their scorecard - they have actually got some answers right even through guessing. They understand that these are topics that they still have to work on.
In this section, the marks scored by Random Choice are not considered so as to show the True Score of the student.
The point of this section is to help a student know how they should be utilizing their time most effectively, in the run up to the exam.
Here, we look at the break up of the approach. Sets of coloured cards are shown to the student showing.
Ideally, there should be more green or orange and less red in the graph. The graph should also be almost complete. The graph above shows minimal preparedness for the exam.
However, we do recommend that the student looks through all the questions in the question paper. A Red topic may have easy questions as well!
The idea is to help a student understand their own level of sketching and match it with the expectations of their faculty. If they share the same understanding, then the student will realize where they need to improve themselves. The results are outstanding!
Students need to
The questions will be displayed and students need to understand the questions clearly.
They also need to understand the various parameters they would be judged on once they complete the assignment. So they are clear what they need to focus on.
Once they complete the assignment within the stipulated time given, they are required to upload their sketches and Rate their own sketches by themselves.
The difference between the student rating themselves and the faculty rating is evident and is an eye opener for the student.
Students will also be able to see comparable sketches for the same assignment done by other students - only after their sketches are uploaded. This way, they get inspiration from their peer group as well!