NMAT by GMAC™ 2016, a quick analysis.

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NMAT by GMAC™ 2016, a quick analysis.

NMAT by GMAC™ 2016 took place in a 75 day window from October 6, 2015 to December 18, 2015 is divided into 5 window of 15 days each and results are announced regularly of these five windows, so that candidates can re appear for the exam and try to improve the score (overall as well as sectional, because there is sectional cutoff too). Based on the last year’s cutoff (cutoff is in terms of Marks and not percentile) , candidates can estimate the expected total and sectional cutoff and prepare accordingly and reappear for the exam if the need arises.

NMAT by GMAC™ is considered as one of the easiest MBA exams because of:
· Easier level of difficulty of question as compared to CAT, XAT etc. Beware.!! It may backfire as well.
· No negative marking, but accuracy matters.
Here we get into the analysis of the first window exam:
Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation (48 Questions, 60 minutes):
Further split would be:
· Quantitative Ability (28 questions)
  Quants actually tested the speed of the candidate, most of them were simple application-based, direct-formula-substitution questions. The paper had six questions each in Numbers & Geometry, a little higher number towards P&C, Progression & Logarithm and a good mixture of Time-Speed-Distance, Time & Work, Alligation Mixture and Averages. 
· Data Interpretation (5 sets of 4 questions each)
   It was fully calculative. There were two sets of Tables and one set of Pie Chart, Bar Chart and Mixed Chart each, primarily to test the candidates approximation and calculation skills.
There were around seven speed-breakers. Overall, the section could be rated as easy to moderate due to some dry questions with a attempt of 35-38 questions with 90+ % accuracy can be considered as a best bet.
Analytical Reasoning (40 Questions, 38 Minutes):
Further split would be:
· Logical Reasoning (30 questions)
There was good mix of questions on the topics like blood relationship, table-based arrangements, arrangements, data structure, series and coding-decoding. 
 
· Verbal reasoning (10 questions) 
Six questions were from strengthen-weaken arguments and four questions from statement conclusion type questions. 
There was around five speed breakers. Overall, the section could be rated as Moderate due to some dry questions with a attempt of around 29-32 attempts with 90%+ accuracy can be considered as a best bet.
Verbal Ability (32 Questions, 22 minutes):
Candidates have to attempt questions at fiber-net speed almost 40 seconds per question. The paper had four questions each in para-jumbles & spot the errors, a good mix of grammar-based fill-in-the-blanks, synonyms and antonyms. The real challenge would be reading comprehension which is a time consuming process had two RC’s with four questions each which was direct and easy.
Overall, the section could be rated as easy with a attempt of around 25-30 with 90+% accuracy can be considered as a best bet.
Finally, there was no pleasant surprises, GMAC™ took the footprints of past NMAT.
Happy Cracking.!!

 

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