How I Cracked NMAT

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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