NMAT 2015 Day 1 Analysis

NMAT 2015 Day 1 Analysis

Let’s understand the First Day Performance of NMAT by GMAC!

According to the students, exam paper was moderate and went smoothly. The Experts have analysed that the paper was a more speed-based test than a knowledge-based test.

Now coming to the section wise analysis:


This section consisted of Data Interpretation, Data Sufficiency (a handful of questions) and Quantitative Aptitude questions. Almost 80 to 80 to 90% of the questions were DI and QA based, with both enjoying almost equal weightage.

NMAT 2015 Exam Analysis

Questions on QA varied between ‘easy’ and ‘moderate’. And few were  tricky.

The QA questions were distributed almost evenly across all areas of  Mathematics (i.e. numbers, arithmetic, modern math, geometry and  algebra),

As expected slightly more questions from arithmetic & numbers.

DI was Calculative intensive and hence time consuming. “Rejection  Strategy” plays a crucial role here.

DI sets had four questions each and were based on bar charts, case lets, pie charts and tables. Some questions on DI had a tinge of Logical Reasoning while some others also required knowledge of concepts of mathematics.

Inspired by GMAT we did see an increase in the number of GMAT type DS questions which were based on numbers, algebra, modern math, geometry and arithmetic.

Ensure to do the Official Guide to help you secure your spot!

As the average time available to solve each question is quite less, you should not get stuck on questions and instead try to attempt the easier questions first to maximize your score.

Considering the difficulty level of this slot, an attempt of around 36-38 questions would be good for this section. If the DI sets seem calculation intensive, we advise attempting DI sets after attempting the standalone QA questions.

How to Prepare?

  1. Revise your core formulas and concepts
  2. DI do the shortcuts
  3. Practice Data Sufficiency


Almost 30% of the questions were on verbal reasoning (statement-conclusion,

critical reasoning, strong & weak arguments, statement-assumption, course of action etc.)

Many students reported having had no decision making questions in this section. Which reduces your panic points!

The remaining Logical Reasoning questions were from sequential output, arrangements, family tree, numerical grid, coding, series, alphanumeric series, symbol based logic etc.

On the whole, this section seemed on par with last year’s.

How to Prepare ?

  1. Practice Critical Reasoning and Course of action type of verbal reasoning questions
  2. Puzzles still dominate the paper so revise your strategies for the same
  3. Stay Calm !


An overall moderate section, which had 2 Reading Comprehensions with 500 words.

The remaining question types were grammar based but simple like: find the error (in a sentence), fill in the blanks (double, cloze, prepositions-based), jumbled paragraphs, analogies and Vocabulary Based antonyms and synonyms.

Again, considering the limited time, one should leave the RC passages to the end as at least one of them is expected to be moderately challenging.

Having a good vocabulary set, from Norman Lewis and the Official Guide would help score high here.  On the whole, about 7-8 questions were a bit challenging. This section was quite on par as compared to last year’s.

How to Prepare ?

  1. Revisit the Norman Lewis Vocabulary
  2. Review the NMAT word list shared by us
  3. Practice with the Clock to Save Time Issue

All the Best !!!

Please feel free to share your experiences on the exam those who gave today, and stay tuned for daily updates on the paper !

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