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NMAT 2020: NMAT by GMAC 2020 Official New Paper Pattern Mock Analysis by NMAT Toppers
October 05 2023

NMAT 2020 - NMAT by GMAC official mock Analysis by NMAT Topper: Difficulty level and Topics for NMAT exam 

NMAT by GMAC's first official mock has been launched. So people who have do not have an idea yet about how the paper is different NMAT has changed the pattern completely. So read ahead to discover more about the official mock analysis so that we get an idea about what are the kind of questions coming in and what should be your target scores. You should go ahead and practice these mocks so that further you can prepare for your entire exam thoroughly. Read further to get detailed insights on the analysis of the NMAT by GMAC official mock Analysis by NMAT Topper. Click here to kick start your NMAT prep with the help of NMAT toppers

Summary of the new paper pattern of NMAT by GMAC official mock as per Analysis by NMAT Topper:

Now you have 108 questions which are divided into three sections equally: Quants and di 36 questions LR 36 questions and Verbal 36 questions. So basically each of these sections has equal weightage right now. Time is a very very important thing which you need to keep in mind. You have 52 minutes for Quants 40 minutes for LR and 28 minutes for the Verbal ability section.

New scoring system:

Another interesting fact is that you will get your scaled scores within 48 hours of the exam so you don't have to worry about the window normalization, when will you get your scores and face anxiety of those things. That's not required. You will get the scores in a range that is similar to GMAT because the entire exam is now adaptive exactly like how GMAT used to be.

Why should you attempt the official NMAT by GMAC mock?

The official NMAT by GMAC mock or the cat king free mock - you should give any one of these mocks get an idea about the kind of questions that are coming in and to get insights about each section as to what kind of questions came and how many questions were present from each of the modules. The best perspective or the best idea you can get from is the NMAT by GMAC official mock because it is GMAC which is the official exam conducting body for NMAT 2020. GMAC is the exam conducting body for GMAT as well.

Individual section-wise analysis for NMAT by GMAC official mock:

Observation in the Quantitative Ability section in the NMAT by GMAC official mock:

Quants section of the NMAT exam mock the bifurcation was - 36 questions 52 minutes. If we look at each individual area one very big important change which you should keep in mind is there is no geometry. It was noticed that there were absolutely no geometry questions so that is something which is a very big change that NMAT is coming up with this year. Apart from that, you will see an increase in the number of questions coming from modern maths. Out of the 36 questions, 16 questions were still from Data Interpretation and Data sufficiency. A very new interesting aspect which is added - caselets just like how you get in the CAT exam.  Caselets based questions, bar graph questions,  you could also get to see DI tables based questions, pie chart tables, and four to five questions of Data sufficiency. So invariably maths have 20 questions in the NMAT by GMAC official mock. These 20 questions are divided into three - that is number properties which is the remainder theorem number system kind of questions. Arithmetic was a major chunk. Out of the 20, more than 40 to 50% was arithmetic based questions.

Arithmetic consists of:

  • percentages
  • averages
  • ratios
  • simple compound interest
  • profit loss
  • time and work
  • time speed and distance
  • mixtures and allegations
Earlier there used to be one question from modern maths - PnC, probability. But in the official mock there were six questions from Modern Maths. Now you have to give a lot of weightage to all of these topics so you can not leave it out into option. Because at the end of the day there is sectional cut off also for NMAT that you have to clear. Another major observation was that in the quants section, number properties and arithmetic based questions were easy to moderate. But from modern Maths questions were on the moderate to difficult side. Data interpretation was observed to be moderate to difficult level. That means NMAT lives by the fact that DI should be more calculation intensive.


Focus on quants' all topics equally and do study modern maths because it will be easy to score if you know your concepts. Ideal attempting the quants section: Ideally you should attempt all 36 questions. You have to keep on moving ahead. The strategy you need to adapt to make sure you clear the NMAT all sectional cutoffs is to learn to move on. This simply means if in 30 seconds to 60 seconds you're not able to solve a particular question, you have to mark something and move ahead. Marking randomly is as good as a negative marking question because it's an adaptive test. So mark and go ahead and don't leave the questions blank because it's going to be considered the same thing even if you do it wrong or if you don't attempt.

Observation in the Verbal Ability section in the NMAT official mock:

In the Verbal ability section, you have 36 questions 28 minutes time. They have increased the questions a lot but they haven't increased the time that much. From the 36 questions, there were three sets of Rcs which were factual & inference based. Vocabulary based questions are coming inside the RC in forms of word meaning or meaning of the phrase. Some other questions were para forming or para jumbles /para construction. There were also some grammar-based questions which are error identification and prepositions. Prepositions are coming in the form of fill in the blanks. Also, you have sentence completion which was easy. Analogies are again based on vocabulary.


Overall this section was easy only para jumbles was something which was on the tougher side. Rest verbal was not a challenge for the first mock test.

Observation in the Reasoning section in the NMAT official mock:

In the reasoning section, people who gave NMAT last year would know that verbal reasoning had seen a spike in the weightage last year and that still stays though the number of questions is reduced the total number of verbal reasoning questions is still fixed at 15 which is a huge chunk and all of them were moderate. They were not very easy because you need to build a practice for them. This is something which is one of the most neglected sections because verbal reasoning does not come in CAT.  So the most important in your preparation phase is the verbal section because verbal reasoning(critical reasoning) and verbal together invariably are the same concept it's going to have the same ideology and structure to be thought of.

Importance of focusing on verbal in NMAT by GMAC 2020

36 questions of the verbal section plus 15 of the verbal reasoning section that makes it 51 questions is coming for verbal.  Verbal reasoning type of questions are statement and conclusion, assumption, course of action, inference based questions and the typical GMAT style critical reasoning - strengthening and weakening the argument there was an equal distribution of all of these type of questions in the official mock which is a very good thing so you can make sure you understand all of them. You have less than have 60 seconds per question. We saw analytical puzzles, input-output, you can expect two puzzles and one input-output set based on the previous year's analysis. The weightage of the other reasoning has reduced other reasoning - syllogism, Venn diagrams, set theory, directions, blood relations, ranking, mathematical operations, number series.


The level of difficulty would be varying for people based on your preparation and your strengths. The level of difficulty as compared to the previous years of NMAT papers. This mock is a general perspective. But the most important thing for you to understand is the distribution of questions coming in from various sections, various topics because that is something which is very essential when you start preparing for any competitive exam or for any exam for that matter. Related Links: How to prepare for NMAT NMAT Syllabus How to crack NMAT in 2 months
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