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How to prepare for NMAT NMAT full form Narsee Monjee Management Aptitude Test is an entrance exam held for admission into all the MBA courses offered by NMIMS Mumbai and PGDM courses in NMIMS Bengaluru and Hyderabad. Apart from NMIMS, several other colleges have collaborated and are offering admission through NMAT. It is a computer-based exam and is thought to a little easier than CAT. A candidate can appear for the exam for a total 3 times out of which consist of First attempt and the other two are termed as retakes. There needs to be a gap of 15 days between 2 takes of NMAT. It is recommended to appear for another time if the previous attempt was not up to the level.
New NMAT Exam Pattern
NMAT is an online-based exam and gives each candidate a randomly generated test paper. So, each test taker is ensured to have a different paper than others. All the things in the paper are taken care of and ensured their standard of the paper is maintained. The paper pattern of NMAT has changed drastically and is now quite similar to the GMAT pattern.
The NMAT exam has now become an adaptive test. This means that questions will appear for you from the pool of questions based on the difficulty level of questions that you are comfortable with. Earlier it used to have 120 number of questions to be attempted in 120 minutes. But now as per the new paper pattern, there are 108 questions to be attempted in 120 minutes. The weightage of questions used to be different, a quant section having the highest number of questions. But in the new pattern, the number of questions is the same. The level of difficulty is definitely expected to increase as there is a decrease in the number of questions. You cannot leave or skip any topic as there is sectional cut off for each section that is to be met.
Section |
No of Questions |
Time Allotted |
Score Range |
Language Skills |
36 |
28 mins |
12-120 |
Quantitative Skills |
36 |
52 mins |
12-120 |
Logical Skills |
36 |
40 mins |
12-120 |
Total |
108 questions |
120 minutes |
36-360 |
NMAT Preparation Strategy
NMAT by GMAC paper consists of three sections. NMAT by GMAC syllabus consists of the following subjects: Verbal Ability, Data Analysis & Sufficiency, Mathematical Skills, Intelligence & Critical Reasoning. One needs to be thoroughly prepared with logical and analytical reasoning, verbal ability, data interpretation, quant, and mathematics.
Logical Reasoning
The Logical Reasoning section mainly focuses on syllogisms, puzzles, family relations, seating arrangement, direction, reasoning, and coding-decoding. The administration claims this section contains easy- moderate questions. A total of 36 questions are there to solve. There are 19 MCQ questions on verbal reasoning. And 17 MCQ questions of non-verbal reasoning.
There are two main components to ace the NMAT Logical Reasoning Section. To illustrate those are Analytical Reasoning and Verbal Reasoning
Analytical Reasoning Related Topics |
Verbal Reasoning Related topics |
Blood Relation |
Critical Reasoning |
Coding and Decoding Questions |
Decision Making |
Series and Direction Questions |
Course of Action |
Matrix Type, Classification, and Syllogisms Questions |
Statement and Inference-Based Questions |
Linear and Circular Arrangements |
Statement and Assumption-Based Questions |
Input-Output Questions |
Statement and Argument-Based Questions |
Verbal Ability
The language skills section mainly focuses on comprehensive questions, grammar, vocabulary, idioms, and phrases. The Administration states that this section has a moderate difficulty level. There are a total of 36 questions in this section. 3 comprehensive questions are having 4 MCQs each. As well as 14 MCQ questions related to grammar, vocabulary, idioms, and phrases.
In this section, the aspirants have to attempt a total of 36 questions with a time limit of 28 minutes. The difficulty level of questions in the NMAT Verbal section is easy to moderate. Moreover, important topics included in this section are reading comprehension and para jumbles. Further para summary, sentence completion, grammar, and vocabulary.
The Administration states that this section has a moderate difficulty level. There are a total of 36 questions in the NMAT Verbal section. Meanwhile, the first few questions include 3 comprehensive questions having 4 MCQ questions each. As well as 14 MCQ questions related to grammar, vocabulary, idioms, and phrases.
Grammar questions are related to identifying errors, choosing correct questions, and sentence correction. Further tenses, part of speech, and phrasal verbs. Vocabulary questions contain Synonyms, Antonyms, Cloze tests, and Idioms.
Quantitative
The Quants section mainly focuses on arithmetic, data interpretation, algebra, trigonometry, probability, and geometry. The Administration states that this section has a moderate difficulty level. There are a total of 36 questions in this section. There are 12 MCQ questions for arithmetic. 15-16 MCQ questions for data interpretation. And 7-8 MCQ questions for geometry and modern math.
Arithmetic questions are related to Number System, Ratio and Proportion, and Simplification. Further questions related to Percentage, Average, Age Calculation, Time, and Work questions. Number System questions are related to HCF, LCM, Product of Numbers, and BODMAS. Further questions from Simplification, Number of Zeroes, and Unit’s Digit Theorem.
Algebra questions are related to the topics of Quadratic Equations, Permutations, Combinations, Inequalities, Sequences and Series. Trigonometry questions are related to the topics. For instance Trigonometric Ratios, Heights, and Distances and Applications of Trigonometry. Further questions from Data Sufficiency questions related to the topic. 2-3 statements will be provided based on arithmetic applications. And based on which questions regarding the sufficiency of data will be asked.
Geometry questions are related to the topics mentioned below:
● In Circles, questions are of Concentric Circles, Circumscribed. Further Circle, Inscribed Circle, Semicircle, Sector, and Theorems.
● In Lines, questions are about Parallel Lines, Transversal, and Perpendicular Lines. Further Types of Angles and their properties.
● In Triangles, questions are about Theorems, Right angle triangles, and Equilateral triangles. Further questions from Median Centroid, Congruent Triangles, Similar Triangles, and Perpendicular Bisector.
● In Polygons, questions are of Quadrilaterals, Parallelograms, and Square. Further on Rectangle, Rhombus, Trapezium, Angles, and Diagonals of Polygons.
Also read: Top Institutes Accepting NMAT Scores
NMAT Exam Syllabus
Syllabus for NMAT needs one to cover three sections. NMAT by GMAC syllabus consists of following subjects: Verbal Ability, Data Analysis & Sufficiency, Mathematical Skills, Intelligence & Critical Reasoning. The detailed syllabus for NMAT exam:
Logical Reasoning
- Coding & Decoding
- Series
- Strong Arguments and Weak Arguments
- Multi-dimensional arrangements
- Puzzles
- Arrangement
- Input & Output
- Family tree
- Numeric grid
- Critical Reasoning
- Calendars
- Syllogisms
- Statement Conclusions
- Course of Action
- Blood Relations
Quantitative Skills, Data Interpretation & DS
- Linear Equation
- Quadratic Equation
- Trigonometry
- Line graph
- Arithmetic
- Bar graph
- Tables
- Mixed Graphs
- Pie chart
- 2D and 3 D Geometry, and Statistic
- Mensuration
- Modern Math
- Number Systems
- Percentage
- Ratio/Proportion
- Profit and Loss
- Averages
- Time-Speed-Distance
- Work and Time
- Mixture & Solution
- Alligations
- Simple Interest
- Compound interest
- Mensuration
- Probability
- Permutations and Combinations
- Coordinate Geometry
Language Skills
- Reading Comprehension
- Language usage and their rules
- Synonyms
- Anonyms
- Syntax, and correct grammar
- Fill in the blanks
- Para Jumble
- Para Completion
- Idioms
- Vocabulary
Preparing for NMAT 2024
Given the adaptive nature of the exam, focus on building a strong foundation across all sections. Practice with a variety of question difficulties to prepare for the dynamic nature of the test. Use mock tests to get familiar with the format and time constraints, ensuring you can adapt to varying difficulty levels effectively.
By understanding the adaptive format and preparing accordingly, you’ll be well-equipped to tackle the NMAT 2024 and secure a spot in your desired MBA program. Good luck!
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