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NMAT Syllabus
April 11 2024

As a candidate interested in pursuing an MBA or other graduate management degree in India you are faced with an important choice – which test or tests should you take to pursue the career of your dreams. NMAT by GMAC is a national-level MBA entrance exam for admission to renowned management colleges such as Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies (NMIMS), Alliance University, SRM University, BML Munjal University, VIT University, ICFAI Business School (IBS) and Ansal University. A computer-based test, NMAT by GMAC is conducted by Pearson VUE at 46 locations across India, and the aspirants have the right to choose their own exam venue/date/time as per convenience. It is accepted as an admissions criterion by the leading management institutions in India.

It measures the skills needed to succeed in business school. Here are some ways that we drive that confidence:

  1. Taking the test multiple times: You can take the NMAT three times in a given admissions cycle. This gives you the confidence that you have more than a single opportunity to perform your very best.
  2. Choosing the section order: The NMAT allows you to choose the order in which you respond to each of the sections on the test. This allows you to play to your strengths.
  3. No negative marking – Sometimes you’re just not sure of the right answer on the test and are running out of time. Well, you can make an informed guess instead of skipping a question without the fear of a penalty for a wrong answer. The system of no negative marking is in line with global practices.

Also: This is how an NMAT exam looks like

Finally, it is designed for your convenience

  1. Choosing a date, time, and location of your convenience: A long testing window allows you to choose a convenient test date. The 75-day test window opens the first week of October and extends through the third week of December.
  2. Self-scheduling: You can choose your test appointment date, time, and location in real-time based on the availability of seats at each test center.
  3. Register for the NMAT exam from your mobile – allowing you to register anytime and anywhere.
  4. Testing locations or Take from Home– You can choose from any conveniently located testing centers to take the exam or even take the exam from comfort of your home.
  5. Sending scores to up to 7 programs for free. You can choose to select the list of programs you want to send your scores to before or after taking the exam. Up to 7 programs are included in your registration fee. However, you will be able to send your scores to more than 7 programs before or after you register for an additional fee.
  6. Applying to business schools after reviewing results. You can view your results and then decide to apply to business school or retake the test depending on your comfort with the results you’ve obtained



NMAT Syllabus

The exam NMAT by GMAC consists of three sections. NMAT by GMAC syllabus consists of following subjects: Verbal Ability, Data Analysis & Sufficiency, Mathematical Skills, Intelligence & Critical Reasoning. One needs to be thoroughly prepared with logical and analytic reasoning, verbal ability, data interpretation, quant, and mathematics
The detailed syllabus for NMAT exam is given below:

Language Skills

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Language usage and their rules
  • Synonyms
  • Anonyms
  • Syntax, and correct grammar
  • Fill in the blanks
  • Para Jumble
  • Idioms
  • Vocabulary
Quantitative Skills, Data Interpretation & DS
  • Algebra (Linear/Quadratic Equation)
  • Trigonometry
  • Line graph
  • Arithmetic
  • Bar graph
  • Tables
  • Pie chart
  • 2D and 3 D Geometry, and Statistic
  • Modern Math
  • Number Systems
  • Percentage
  • Ratio/Proportion
  • Profit and Loss
  • Average
  • Time-Speed-Distance
  • Work/Time
  • Mixture & Solution/Alligations
  • Simple/Compound interest
  • Mensuration
  • Probability
  • Permutations and Combinations
Logical Reasoning
  • Coding & Decoding
  • Series
  • Strong Arguments and Weak Arguments
  • Multi-dimensional arrangements
  • Puzzles
  • Arrangement
  • Family tree
  • Numeric grid
  • Critical Reasoning
  • Calendars
  • Syllogisms
  • Statement Conclusions
  • Course of Action
  • Blood Relations

Also read: Top College you can join through NMAT

NMAT Exam Pattern

There are new changes that are introduced in the exam pattern this year. Though, NMAT by GMAC will continue to be a 120 minute (two hours) exam with three sections: three sections – Language Skills, Quantitative Skills, and Logical Reasoning.
Candidates can take NMAT by GMAC up to a total of three times. Although, the best of all three scores will be used for admission.

The test comprises of the following sections:
Language Skills: 36 questions and 28 minutes
Quantitative Skills: 36 questions and 52 minutes
Logical Reasoning: 36 questions and 40 minutes

Total of 108 questions and 120 minutes

According to the official notification, “The NMAT by GMAC is computer-delivered and gives each candidate a randomly generated test from a pool of questions, which are delivered one at a time. The number of questions, difficulty levels, and the time limit for each of the sections are predetermined and, under normal administration conditions, are the same regardless of when and where the test is administered. Candidates have a choice of selecting the order/sequence of the test sections.”

Also, NMAT by GMAC test-takers need to review their answers before moving to another section of the exam. Once the candidate ends a particular section, all answers are considered final. Candidates can choose a date, time, and location of the exam according to their convenience.
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Anisha Mukhija

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