Understand the NMAT MBA Exam Pattern

NMAT is slated to conducted over a period of three months. The marks fetched the NMAT will help candidates seek to SVKM’s NMIMS or Narsee Monjee Institute Of Management Studies (School Of Business Management).

The level of difficulty in NMAT papers may vary from year to year but so far there has not been any drastic change in the question pattern. Candidates can easily crack the test with a bit of sincere preparation. GMAC is vested with the responsibility to carry out the online registration and conduct NMAT™ MBA Exam on behalf of NMIMS.

NMAT MBA Exam is an objective type Multiple-Choice-Question test. It contains no descriptive type questions. No negative markings as well.

About the NMAT MBA Entrance exam – Paper Pattern

  • Candidates may note that a total of 120 questions need to be answered in 120 minutes.
  • The good part of the NMAT exam is the absence of negative marking.
  • Thus, candidates also have options to anticipate and guess the right answers to add to their final ranking.

Suggested: Go through official NMAT by GMAC guide. Click here for more details.

There are answer options for every question in each of the three section given below:

Language Skills:- There would be 32 questions in this section and only 22 minutes are allowed to complete this section. It contains not so easy and not so difficult questions. Being moderate in nature, 20-23 questions are easily doable from the language skills section. Quick answering ability is required for this section as it has more questions and lesser allowed time.

Expect two Reading Comprehension passages of 400 words each. Most candidates stuggle to complete this particular part of the section. Apart from this, fill up the gaps of three major types, prepositions, para jumbles, synonyms, antonyms, correcting sentences, subject-verb agreement errors, idioms-phrases, and so on are important part of this section.

Candidates can expect 15-20 questions based on Vocabulary; 5-10 questions under FIB, Para-Jumbles, Grammar, Correct/Incorrect Sentences, and Reading Comprehensions; and less than 5 questions based on Analogy, Antonyms and Synonyms.

Quantitative Skills:- Students would find here a total of 48 questions to be answered in 60 minutes. Questions in this section are moderate and nearly 25-30 questions can be happily done to score for the merit list.

In this section, questions are mostly based on the concept of Distance-Time and Speed, Number Systems, Work-Time, Percentage, Simple/Compound Interest, Ratio/Proportion, Mixture & Solutions, Profit and Loss, Algebra(Linear/Quadratic Equation), Average, Mensuration, Permutations and Combinations, Geometry, Probability, and Coordinate Geometry.

Data Interpretation questions require manual calculations and hence they are time consuming. Statistics, Bar-Graph, Pie Graph, etc. are the core of questions asked under this section. Here time is not a major constrain but still its time consuming exercise.

NMAT aspirants can encounter 1-5 questions from Number System, BODMAS/Simplification, Ratio/Proportion/Variation(R/P/V), Percentage (%), Profit/Loss/Discount(PLD), Simple Interest/ Compound Interest (SI/CI), Average/Mixture/Allegation/Replacement, Time-Speed-Distance, Time-Work, Polynomials, Data Sufficiency (Single Questions), DI (Tabular), DI (Line Graph), Inequality, Arithmetic Progression/Geometric Progression, Functions, Set Theory, Geometry/Mensuration/Coordinate Geometry, Modern Maths, Permutation/Combination (P/C), and Probability.

Candidates can also get 10-20 questions from Arithmetic, Algebra, DI/DS, and DI (Bar Graph).

Logical Reasoning:- There would be 40 questions in this section and permitted time is 38 minutes. Here, student’s patience, analytical ability and intelligence quest is duly checked, so expect moderate to difficult questions in this section. Yet, attempting 22-25 questions could be a cup of tea for every candidate.

Time again here is an important factor as the number of questions are greater than the units of time. In short, the section can prove to be a bit moderate-difficult one with not the unususal blend of questions based on Critical Reasoning (including the usual mix of strengthening, weakening, assumption questions), Calenders, Syllogisms, Statement Conclusions, Course of Action, Arrangements, Blood Relations, Coding-decoding.

Specifically there can be 20-30 questions from Mathematical Reasoning, 10-15 questions from Verbal Reasoning, 5-10 questions from Critical Reasoning and 1-5 questions from Linear Arrangement, Circular Arrangement, Distribution, Comparison, Blood Relation, Venn Diagram, Number/Letter Series, Coding/decoding, Calendars, Visual Reasoning, Deductive Logic /Syllogism, Course of Action, Strong- Weak Argument and Statement Conclusion.

Note:- Each of the 3 section is equally important and candidates are required to give their best to score more than other candidates. Moving on to the second stage of selection process will require extra ordinary performance at the first stage of the exam.

Candidates also have the liberty to re-take the NMAT exam if they are not satisfied with their NMAT score in the first attempt. Candidates can aaply for Re-Test by visiting www.pearsonvue.com/NMIMS & logging in with the allotted username and password.

NO ABILITY TO RETURN TO A SECTION AFTER LEAVING IT: Test takers need to answer the questions of each section within the allotted section time. Once the test taker completes a section, whether the test taker selects to move to the next section or if time runs out, the test taker will not be able to return to that section.

NO CARRYOVER OF TIME: Test takers cannot add the remaining time of one section to other sections. If a test taker completes answering and reviewing a section before the allotted section time expires, the test taker may choose either to revise their answers in the section or move to the next section, but the balance time cannot be added on to the next section timing.

NMAT preparation made easy with 5 key tips

NMAT preparation made easy with 5 key tipsA work begun is half done. Start your NMAT preparation now shedding all apprehensions as the preparation strategy has been made simpler and joyous with 5 valuable tips. Hardly a month is left to go for NMAT, and aspirants must be wondering about how to start with the NMAT Preparation. Have a clear-cut blueprint of your preparation strategy and stick to it religiously.

1. Have a well planned preparation strategy!

Beating round the bush will not fetch the desired result. Aspirants need to have a well drafted preparation strategy pertaining to exercising on practice paper, working on a particular subject for a fixed time and when to begin revision.

2. Know the subjects that you are weak in.

Try to make it your strong area. To do so, begin with practicing the solved examples. Then move to take on the unsolved exercises. Subsequently test yourself through Mock Test and finally resort to solving previous year’s NMAT papers. Practicing nearly 20 questions in each step for each of the topic would fill you with unexpected level of confidence.

3. Revising basics

Brush up the basics of all chapters to secure better marks. Revision is a must during the last days to retain your studied stuffs. The fundamentals of each subject should be very clear and well digested.

4. Shortcuts to success!

Doing questions using shortcuts would leave you with extra time to be devoted to other sections. In sections where the number of questions are greater than the allowed time then speed play a key role in such cases. Try to solve questions in a speedy manner.

5. Mock tests

Try devoting the end of September to practicing mock tests. Keeping yourself free from any sort of hassles and in a healthy mind set will also help student keep themselves morally high. Healthy mind helps you assess which questions are worth doing on a priority basis.

If you have any queries regarding NMAT preparation, please ask in comments below.


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