NMAT 2017

Sanjana Varada’s journey to NMIMS

How did you prepare for NMAT?

For the verbal section, I swear by Word Power Made Easy.It contains the easy way of learning the words as it describes the roots of the words.The practice word helps to get immense practice.

For LRDI and Quant, I followed the same preparation strategy for CAT.

I also followed NMAT by GMAC(Take the NMAT by GMAC™ exam to pursue the career of your dreams!) .This book has lot of practice questions related to synonyms, antonyms etc. The more you go through these words,more will be the familiarity with them .You can also go through a couple of mock tests on NMAT which will give you an understanding of the level of questions asked.Knowing Percentage equivalents, formulas, squares, cubes of numbers will be a lot of help.As I was facing problem with the speed while attempting the paper. I practiced mock exams diligently which helped me in improving my speed in attempting the paper.

I always followed a single order while attempting my mocks which helped me get acquainted with the actual exam pattern.

After each and every mock, I revisited all the questions inorder to check where I made mistakes and did all the problems which I could not in the exam

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What was your approach to prepare for the NMIMS CDPI?

The first step in attempting NMIMS CDPI is to prepare the SOP, one for CORE and one for HR.I aligned my career plans with respect to MBA in Marketing as I wanted to pursue my MBA in Marketing.Every word in the SOP has to be carefully articulated as the interview could be driven on the basis of the SOP.

As far as the CD is concerned, It would be a general case study on the current trends or any generic topic. I diligently prepared all the current topics like Demonetization, Brexit etc. Attending a couple of mock GDs in the nearest coaching center should be great use. This practice helped me getting over the fear of GD and speaking in public.Be well versed with current affairs.

For the interview, I learnt the different streams in MBA, the basic definitions of Marketing.WHY MBA???WHY Marketing??? This should be sorted as this is one of the basic questions.I also made sure that I knew in and out my work at TCS.I was asked a couple of questions on my work experience.All work experience people should be knowing about the nitty gritties of their job

Apart from all this,confidence and cool mind should help.

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How was your interview experience – excerpts from that

The first question in my interview was WHY MBA??WHY Marketing as written in my SOP.

A couple of questions were asked about my work experience.Minute details regarding the tasks assigned to me. I was asked if I had taken up any leadership role.Since I mentioned about leading a team, I had to answer about how I handled my client calls and conducted company specific negotiation in the interest of the organization and the client.

Second part of the interview revolved around me being asked to sell a product to the interviewers.They told me that my creative skills would be put to test. I told them creative approaches of changing the design of the bottle to align to the needs if the target audience.

The later part of the interview is mostly about my personal interests and hobbies. We have to make sure that we are not lying at any point in time and should be very well versed with our hobbies and interests.

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CD: The CD was a case study on the health care industry.The gave us a sheet of paper with the case study and gave us 5 minutes to gather our thoughts.I spoke about the pros and cons of the topic given. Everyone gave their points about how we should implement the idea,the amount of budget and the factors concerning the case.

After 10 minutes of discussion, everyone of us had to conclude the topic and give our opinion on the same.

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Aishwarya Agarwal’s journey to NMIMS

How did you prepare for NMAT?

I faced NMAT for the first time in 2015 in which I missed the cutoff by 5 marks. I converted it next year by learning from my past mistakes and hard work by scoring 219 in NMAT 2016. My key learnings which helped me crack NMAT :

  • Take mock test very seriously and even if you give them at home do ensure that you give it in a single seating.
  • Analyse: Post test analysis is very important since it gives you a chance to know your silly mistakes and hence you improve day by day
  • Speed and accuracy: NMAT is not like CAT where you can take a break to calm your mind. So you have to prepare yourself to stay attentive and productive in those120 min to attempt max number of questions. Many questions in LR and quant can be solved by substituting the options. You should not leave any question unmarked because believe me you don’t get enough time to come back to the same question again
  • Don’t miss on slot booking: Yes it matters. If you miss your chance of cracking NMAT in first window you have two more attempts to crack it atleast don’t miss on registering for retakes as it is painful to wait for one year.
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My preparation was based totally on giving a lot of mock tests as I was already preparing for CAT and had my conceptual clarity but my speed was low .Giving multiple mock tests from online(both free and paid) and offline helped me increase my speed gradually to level which was good enough to get a high NMAT score. For test taking strategies I watched CATKing Youtube videos for shortcut tips and tricks.

What was your approach to prepare for the NMIMS CDPI?

I did in depth study about my likes, dislikes, strengths weakness and  preparation of basic hygiene questions like why MBA etc. For CD preparation I prepared along with my study group of 7 people where we used to discuss relevant topics for CD daily at a fixed time of the day on Google hangouts.I also kept myself updated of current national and international news

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How was your interview experience – excerpts from that?

My CD topic was a case where as a manger each one had to put forward our views on the best way to implement a  training and its implementation within the allocated budget.

I was interviewed by three panelists who asked me questions related to my work experience and why did I leave a well-paid job and my R&D profile to come for MBA. They also asked about my hobbies and went in depth by asking multiple question on it. Two or three general knowledge questions were asked which I could luckily answer. The panel was patient and the interview went for 30-40 minutes.

Life @ NMIMS : Your perspective?

Life at NMIMS is full of deadlines, case study competition, group assignments, corporate seminars in which we get to meet and hear from industry leaders.I has a number of wonderful core committees and interest based cells to pursue your passion be it sports, dramatics, dance , photgraphy or public speaking– Toastmasters is one of them. The campus being located in Mumbai gives a lot of chance to plan for road trips and treks to nearby spots with friends. The exposure to industry is immense owing to strong industry academia interface which leads to a great learning experience for the students

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Sheena Jain’s journey to NMIMS

The college where I gave my very first interview was my dream college. In 2015, I didn’t how NMIMS looked, who the alums were, what the facilities are, NOTHING; but still I hoped to be a student of this very college in 2016 when I gave my interview,

Some dreams do become true.

Yes, I am a student of SBM NMIMS and I am very proud of it. The following elucidates my journey till now.

Initial one month was a bit tough. I had a very laidback life in Bangalore and managing the sudden hustle bustle was a task, but it is always worth it. The efforts we put in, are always rewarded.

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The first week was an orientation one with A LOT of activities. You make a lot of friends here. (The hi friend, the annoying friend, the “I will never talk to you again” friend etc). I will keep this bit a surprise, but honestly, it is one of the best weeks here.

After this, the next few weeks went in managing classes and giving interviews for various committees and cells of the college. This was fun too.

Then some parties and events to get to know our peers and seniors. (Brilliant initiative by our seniors to help us mingle in during our uncomforting days)

Seniors are always very helpful. The student council assigns mentors to each student and the mentor put in a lot of efforts to make sure you are comfortable and giving your best. I really respect all my mentors.

Every day is hectic but every day is fun. Some teacher will give you attendance despite not being in class, but behold, the reverse too happens. Some assignments can never be completed and some groups can never finish projects, some watchmen won’t let you enter the college without ID and some companies you’ll never get placed in, but, everything is just somehow exciting. When I look back upon the 6 months that I’ve spent here I realise that I’ve come a long way and love each and every bit of it (well most of it)

I’ve met people from all parts of the country and it is just great to know them.

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NM canteen is one of its kind and NM Bhaidas Hall is like a huge theatre, only better! The prime location of the college is like an icing on top of the cake!

What keeps us busy?

Case studies, college events, competitions, guest sessions, speakers, and classes.

I am coming to a few negative aspects too. There is no campus life. Course is expensive and there a just a lot of students here.

But in the end, I’m in a happy place.

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Project :

Telecom sector
jio rage.


Industry exposure
location etc.
Life at NMIMS……

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How was your interview experience – excerpts from that

My interview was in the morning slot and I was very nervous, just like the other students praying to get into NMIMS. NM releases its shortlist way before other colleges and I was scared about losing this opportunity.

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The first round was a Case Discussion round. A lot of amazing points were put across by the students from different parts of the country. It helped me understand how people from different regions have different perspectives.

Personal Interview. Before my turn, there was one girl who was nervously walking up and down and that left me palpitating. I was called next and my panel consisted of 3 people: A middle aged woman, an aged lady and an aged sir. The aged lady hardly asked me anything and I realised she was just an observer. (Probably observing how stupid I was acting)
Interview started with first question: Tell me about yourself.

Now I was somehow prepared for this answer but yes, I did stammer. Focus well on this because this is what drives the entire interview.

They asked me why MBA? (My actual answer would be to change my Stream, but I had to put it across smartly)
As I answered this, I felt that I myself didn’t know what I was talking about.

She appreciated me for my marks in 10th, 12th and B.E. and for my consistency. (I didn’t know what to say, yes ma’am I’ve had a boring life throughout)

They asked me a bit about my work ex. Where I work? What does my company do? What was your role? What did you contribute to your company? I could answer these well.

The serious silent lady asked me (She talks also!), if I were to give you a water bottle what could you use it for, apart from its normal use. I thought for about 30 seconds and saw her holding a pen and my answer was “Pen Stand”. Her expression changed and I think she thought I was obviously stupid.

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I tried to still sound enthusiastic and supported my “Pen Stand” answer.

Next, a few technical questions were asked. They asked me which branch of MBA would you be interested in? Though I wasn’t too sure I ended up saying Information systems (I will be specializing in Marketing). The middle-aged lady asked me about new technology and buzzwords due to IT background. Cloud, Big data, Data mining, Data analytics, Artificial Intelligence were some areas of about which questions were asked to me. Then I do not remember how but she asked me the difference between UPI and PayTm. I could answer this in a very simple way (I use UPI, so I could answer in my own unprofessional way)

She also asked me about my hobbies. I had mentioned travelling and she asked me about the places near Bangalore one can visit (excluding the cliché ones like Coorg, Ooty, etc). I had gone for trekking and road trips to certain places, so I could answer this as well.

Overall, I would give my performance a 6/10 and would like to admit that I thought I had no choice of getting into this prestigious college.

I guess, Luck favoured.

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What was Sheena Jain’s approach to prepare for the NMIMS CDPI?

Honestly this was my first ever shortlist in the year 2016. I know about 75% student go for coaching: they learn the etiquettes required to deal with this round and how and when to enter a CD/GD

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I didn’t expect a shortlist. So, this came as a shocker!

What did I do? I had a few senior friends who sort of helped me with CD, told me what and how to approach a case. This helped me improve or at least sound good and reasonable. I got to know about various cases discussed during previous year interviews through online channels like Facebook and Quora.

PI: I spent quite a lot of time preparing for a set of hygiene questions and practiced them thoroughly.

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If there is one thing I regret, then it’s the fact that I did not give any mock PIs or GD/CDs. Though I am already a student of this college, I believe that mock PI/GDs would have helped me become more confident.

No don’t act cool and don’t be like me. Practice CDPI properly. One must go for mock GDs and take mock PIs. You get to know the perspective of so many people which is only going to help you in the long run.

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How did Sheena Jain prepare for NMAT

I had been preparing for CAT and NMAT since 2015. My first attempt wasn’t that great due to me being all “I am too young to get serious” attitude. I watched my friends leave the country and they were all serious in life, that’s when the reality hit hard: I started to FOCUS.

2016 I tried to manage my office work along with my studies and believe me I found it very hectic. I wasn’t ready to give up on sleep but I had to!!

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ON a serious note, since I was preparing for CAT I was a bit comfortable with NMAT Quant and DI area. Verbal is easy but I had to also focus on one my weak areas: RC and Vocabulary. (Yes, Happens. Some people are weak in RCs). I used to practice RCs a lot!

Logical section had patterns, syllogisms, sequences, critical reasoning, puzzles, family tree, coding-decoding, assumptions, arguments etc. These are topics that we don’t see in CAT and a few days before NMAT and after CAT I started focussing on these topics. I had TIME material for a few of these question types and made good use of it.

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There was one thing left to do…Speed Test.

I took a mock test, the official ones provided by GMAC to analyse what I know and where I stand. I was pathetic. Worst speed, worst accuracy and bad score.

I decided to solve a lot of mock tests after that. I tried to take all the free mock tests available on each of the famous websites like: TestFunda, HitbullsEye, CATKing, TIME, CL, Old papers etc.

I spent good time on analysing why I went wrong and understood what I should do. I observed that my scores were becoming better and better. I learnt quite a lot of shortcuts to handle a range of questions.

This helped me tackle NMAT in merely one attempt in 2016.

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NMAT Strategy

Nikhil Nerkar’s approach to prepare for NMIMS CDPI

I divided the preparation into two parts. First was about myself, knowing everything about myself from birth to date, we generally think we know it, but the story is more important than knowing your facts.
My GD/CD strategy was to not only choose your words wisely but also express myself properly in that limited amount of time.
  • It is important to make 4-5 entries in the span of 15 min with valuable points and never enter a fish market
  • I supported my answers with strong examples from current affairs or real-life experiences
  • It is very important to have an approach to crack a CD/GD with a right framework to have a holistic view of the case
  • In case of difficult or abstract topics, its always advised using PESTLE analysis
  • Used my page to note all good points by others, added on the similar lines, being a good listener always helps when I summarized

PI preparation was divided into below parts:

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  • Personal information: yourself, family, city, etc
  • Education: scores, favourite subjects, selection of specialization
  • Extracurricular, Academic Achievements, Co-Curricular Activities
  • Work experience and internships: learnings, job role, challenges faced,
  • Hobbies, Interest
  • Future plans (Why MBA, Specialization)
  • Current affairs and my opinion about them

For PI prep, it is important to have a book with every small detail about above-mentioned points. Practicing PI with different people increases confidence and quality of delivery of that answer.



How did I prepare for NMAT by Nikhil Nerkar

My mentor always said “MBA entrance exams are all about managing your resources well in the given time window! Key is to bank as many questions as you can on your areas of strength per section.”
To prepare for NMAT exam, I practised 15 mocks. Prepared a strategy before attempting the mock. Later, introspected on whether the strategy worked for me. This was an important part of analyzing mocks. I refined my strategies constantly. This helped me to be at my best for the day of the exam.
NMAT require a good balance of speed and accuracy to crack it. With 120 questions to be solved in 120 mins, the importance of speed cannot be undermined. I made sure to keep increasing my speed while preparing for NMAT.
The cutoff for NMIMS Mumbai for GDPI call is around 208–211, so tried to score at least around the cutoff score. There are sectional cutoffs as well for each section, hence it was very important to score well in all 3 sections.
I solved all questions before picking up on RCs. Synonyms and antonyms are really simple. Norman Lewis Word Power Made Easy is The Bible here.
Quants & Data Interpretation:
In my opinion, since this section is for 60 minutes, split it into 2 sections of 30 minutes each. First 30 minutes, I solved as many Quant questions I could. I did not waste any time on lengthy and tough questions. The next 30 minutes were dedicated to Data Interpretation. Out of 4–5 sets of DI, 2-3 sets were easily doable. This sums up to solving 12–15 questions correctly.
Logical Reasoning:
LR is usually on the moderate difficulty level. Few sets were certainly tricky. Kept my calm, there were easy sets as well. The Assumptions, Statements and Conclusion questions took some time. I had a habit to read daily and analysed whatever I read. This helped me to increase the speed of solving such questions.
NMAT 2017

How to crack NMAT 2017

Preparation Strategy of NMAT- 2017

Exam Paper Pattern

NMAT paper pttern

Quantitative Skills :

  • You will get 48 questions in the Quantitative Skills section to be completed in 60 minutes; which precipitates down to 1.25 minutes per question.
  • Begin with the basics and ensure concept clarity on fundamental properties, formulas and number operations, such as odd and even, prime numbers, LCM and HCF etc. before graduating to advanced concepts.
  • Given the time constraints, your mental calculation ability has to be proficient. Familiarity with multiplication tables, squares, cubes, common fractions and their percentage equivalents will be of help.
  • This section will test you on four important areas of Mathematics – Arithmetic, Algebra, Geometry and Modern Math.

Logical Reasoning :

  • You will get 40 questions in the Logical Reasoning section to be attempted in 38 minutes, giving you about 1 minute per question.
  • The section will test you on two areas of Reasoning – Verbal and Analytical. Verbal Reasoning is more time consuming than analytical reasoning.
  • Never assume or use any information that is not provided in the question.
  • You need to have a knack of identifying the questions to be done and the ones to leave. For example, in this section, input/ output questions and Data Sufficiency questions should only be attempted if you are very thorough with the concepts, else you should leave these questions.
  • Pay special attention to words like ‘all’, ‘some’ or ‘none’. Other qualifying words like ‘other than’, ‘only’ or ‘unless’ are also important.
  • Try to solve the questions by making suitable diagrams, especially in arrangement questions, or as a Venn diagram in syllogism questions.
  • Logical Reasoning Skills cannot be developed overnight. Practicing rigorously across similar questions over a sustained period of time is the right approach to develop the required competence in this section.

Language Skills

  • You will get 32 questions in the Language Skills section to be attempted in 22 minutes, making it 40 seconds per question. But there are 10-12 questions based on vocabulary, which can easily be solved in 10-20 seconds.
  • The section will test you in three areas of English – vocabulary, grammar and comprehension.
  • To improve both vocabulary and comprehension, pay special attention to the Editorial section of newspapers. This will help you to appreciate the contextual usage of words and also improve your comprehension skills.
  • Reference to an authentic ‘word list’, giving the meaning and usage of words, will be conducive in handling questions on synonyms, antonyms and analogies, which are popularly tested in this section.
  • Wherever a reference to concepts needs to be made, re-visit the rules and application of grammar. You may also refer to “High School Grammar” by Wren & Martin.
                The paper can be thus split into two parts: concept driven and practice intensive. Quantitative Skills & select areas of Language Skills are concept driven, while Logical Reasoning Skills are purely practice intensive. Looking at the paper in this format will help you to apportion time accordingly and streamline your preparation. In fact, it is recommended that you follow a three pronged approach while preparing for this test :-
  • Develop concepts for the concept sensitive domains of the test (as discussed above).
  • Put these concepts to application by graduating to practice questions.

Hone your test taking strategies by practicing across simulated tests – both section wise and full length. This will help you to understand and manage the challenges of time management, prioritization and striking the right balance between accuracy and speed, thus enabling you to evolve as a smart ‘test taker’.



Vocabulary video-

Test Taking Strategies

The following may be of help on the day of the test :
  • The first section in your sequence of attempt should be either a section which you are strong at, or a section which requires relatively less concentration as compared to other sections. Starting with a section you are competent in, gives you a positive flavour of the test and the much required momentum to help you graduate to subsequent challenges in the test. Similarly, starting with a section/ area which requires lesser concentration levels helps you to manage the challenges during the initial teething phase of the test.
  • As time progresses, your concentration levels tend to peak and then start diluting towards the fag end of the exam. Thus, it is recommended to place the less engaging sections/ areas (with respect to concentration challenges) on the extremes and the more demanding ones at the centre of the time-concentration curve.
  • In this exam, you need to attempt 120 questions in 120 minutes, there is no negative marking and there are sectional time limits. Therefore, you should first attempt the questions you know and for the other questions try to make an educated guess and mark the answer.
  • The number of questions you need to attempt cannot be previously determined; as this is a function of the level of difficulty. However, you are advised to keep a fine balance between effectiveness (accuracy) and efficiency (speed).
  • Do not get emotionally attached to questions and don’t let the questions prick your ego. Devoting too much time to any one question can disturb the overall equilibrium and time management.
  • You must review the answers of each section within the allotted time, as once sectional time limit is over, all answers are automatically submitted. Use the review screen smartly to identify the questions that you have left unattempted or flagged for review, while attempting the test.
  • In case you complete the section before the allotted time, any balance of time will not be added to the next section(s). Hence, it is suggested that you utilize the sectional time limit to your utmost advantage.
At the end of the day, please remember that the test is designed to assess your management skills though specific sections. Your overall smartness as a test taker is critical to your success. Taking mock tests in similar formats may be of considerable help and help you to appropriately brace up for this challenge!


NMAT Strategy

How I Cracked NMAT


NMAT is comparatively a much easier exam than CAT. However, in no way does that justify any lack of preparation from your side. Following are some tips to help you prepare well for your attempts:

Let’s first try and understand the paper pattern of NMAT and then discuss the preparation strategy for the next 3 months.


You would notice that there are 120 minutes to solve 120 questions with No Negative Marking, so NMAT tests you on your speed and time management skills over accuracy.

Building your concepts

Step 1 is to focus on building your concepts as you can enhance your speed to beat the timer in NMAT only if your concepts are clear.

Focus on the important topics of each section. Check out the NMAT Toppers Strategy Video to understand the topics and their importance

Quantitative Skills Do not proceed to tackle advanced questions before you are crystal-clear with the basics and concepts of each topic. Remember, speed is key. So make sure that you can solve all the basic and moderate questions quickly and efficiently first. Also, keep increasing the speed of your mental calculations. This will help you to zip through all the basic questions with blazing speeds. NMAT usually tends to focus on Arithmetic, Modern Maths, Algebra & Geometry. For the ones who have been preparing for CAT as well, your quant preparation will be mostly taken care of, and you will have to just focus on your time management skills.

Language Skills: This section isn’t inferential, and is more direct in its questions. So, keep increasing your vocabulary. NMAT asks direct vocab-based questions. Therefore, learning and revising new words on a daily basis is a must. For this, Norman Lewis is your best option. Apart from this the most scoring avenue is the Cloze passage the fill in the blank questions.

Logical Reasoning will test you on two main areas: Verbal and Analytical. Analytical Reasoning questions will consume less time as compared to Verbal. So keep that in mind while preparing.

The best thing to build your skills is to practice as much as you can, and what better than giving actual mocks to get used to the feel of giving the exams.

Before every attempt of NMAT, you should give at least 4 mocks. But don’t give mock exams blindly. Prepare a strategy before attempting the mock. Later, introspect on whether the strategy worked for you. This is an important part of analyzing your mocks. You have to keep analyzing and refining your strategies constantly. This will help you be at your best for the day of the exam.

Daily preparation schedule

30 Minutes Vocabulary

30 Minutes Quantitative Ability

30 Minutes Logical Reasoning

I would re-iterate focus on building your basics and concepts, practice all the advanced and complex questions only when you have ample time on your hands.

NMAT doesn’t test your ability to solve the toughest questions. It only tests your ability to maximize your score in the given time.

In-fact while practicing also train your mind to get used to the timer by having a stop watch turned on. Analyse your speed as well.

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