Tones of Reading ComprehensionThe tone that an author uses in a reading comprehension greatly influences what kind of story the author tells and how the audience recognizes it. To develop a better understanding of the text and to answer well in entrance exams like CAT, GRE, GMAT, etc; it is important to understand the style and tone of the passage. So let's look at some of the most common tones of reading comprehension that you can come across various exams. Click here to prepare for CAT with courses from IIM alumni
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Cracking the CAT exam is Smart Work or Hard Work?Ever wondered why people who work less than you, take less pressure, put fewer efforts, and are still able to crack CAT? No wonder everyone wants to crack entrance exams and are ready to do what is required to get into the top management institutes, and there has been no shortcut for hard work. However, the right strategy and time management always puts you ahead of everyone in the race. Almost every one of us has been through the phase where we join some education institutes to start our preparation. These institutes provide us with lots of material and mock tests which is sometimes impossible to solve before the actual CAT exam. Let's find out if cracking the CAT exam is smart or hard work. CAT online courses
How much time is required to prepare for CAT?"How much time is required to prepare for the cat? and "how to manage time for cat preparation?" is a question that is common for all cat aspirants. What if somebody tells you the specific amount of hours you will need to devote to the crack cat exam which will help to secure your seat for IIMs. Don't you think life would become much easier for cat aspirants? But do we really have the answer to this question? Let's find out. Prepare for CAT 2020 with the course curated by IIM and SP Jain Alumni
CAT preparation while working- How to manage?Should I take a drop for CAT preparation or should I continue with my job? Or maybe look for some part-time job or should I only focus on my CAT preparation? Should I join a full-time course for preparing MBA or should I just join the test series? Let's find out is CAT preparation while working a good idea. CAT online courses
CAT vs other MBA Entrance Exams:CAT (Common Aptitude Test) exam is considered as the mother of all other competitive exams. It changes its pattern once in every three years only. The scores of this exam are accepted not only by the top tier B-schools of the country but also by more than 100+ colleges decent B-schools. However, students appearing for CAT can easily prepare for the rest of the MBA exams. That will increase their chances of entering some of the top B-schools in India. Read on to find more about CAT vs other MBA exams. CAT online courses
What is the CAT exam all about?MBA is considered a very famous career option among students. Also, when it comes to pursuing masters. CAT(Common Admission Test) is the exam you need to crack if you wish to get into one of the top B-schools of the country like IIMs, SP Jain, FMS, MDI, JBIMS. CAT preparation while working The CAT exam consists of 3 sections- Quantitative Ability (34 questions), Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (34 questions), and Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation (32 questions). It is a 100 marks online with 3 marks for one correct answer and (-1) marks for a wrong answer. The difficulty level is moderate to difficult.
What is the difference between CAT VS other MBA exams?Let us look at the comparison
CAT V/S NMAT
NMAT 2021 Preparation StrategyOne of the most prestigious B-schools in Mumbai is no doubt, Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies (NMIMS), and the only key to get through the gates of NMIMS is NMAT. The NMAT by GMAC™ is a national-level entrance test for admissions into MBA colleges across India. It is conducted once a year, but you have a chance to make three attempts which is unique to NMAT. So let's first look at what NMAT by GMAC is all about and then proceed towards our preparation strategy for NMAT 2020. Click here for NMAT preparation from NMIMS alumni
NMAT by GMAC™:
- Total number of questions: 108 questions
- Examination mode: Online
- Language: English only
- Question type: Multiple choice questions
- Exam duration: 120 minutes
- There is no negative marking for wrong answers
- There's a 75-day testing window i.e. you can attempt the paper again after 75 days, and you can do this a total of 3 times. The best score out of the three would be considered.
- You can schedule the exam at your preferred time and place (subject to availability)
- In the exam, you have an option to choose the sequence of your sections.
What are the sections covered in NMAT by GMAC™:
Language Skills : (36 questions with a duration of 28 minutes)
The topics covered in this section are Reading Comprehension (RC), Syllogisms, Critical Reasoning, Assertions and Reasons, Assumptions, Conclusions, Inferences, Courses of action, Strong & Weak arguments, FIJs, Para jumbles, Para completion, Grammar, Sentence Correction, Antonyms & Synonyms, Homophones, FIBs.
Strategy for Language skills section: Good command on vocabulary is a must to solve the questions quickly and save some time, which can then be used for solving RC passages. Try to solve the RC passages at the end of the section after attempting the rest, or might get stuck solving the passage for the entire 22 minutes. Also, work hard on learning new words, you will find plenty of antonyms synonyms-based questions.
Quantitative Skills : (36 questions with a duration of 52 minutes)
The questions come from topics like Percentages, Averages, Profit and Loss, Simple Interest & Compound Interest, Ratio Proportions, Time and Work, Time Speed & Distance, Number Systems, Algebra, Quadratic and Linear equations, Geometry, Trigonometry, Probability, Permutation & Combination, Mensuration, Data Sufficiency.
For Data interpretation we have interpretation and analysis of data represented through Tables, Line Charts, Bar graphs, Pie Charts, Venn Diagrams, and Combination Graphs.
Strategy for Quantitative skills section: Questions are fairly easy in Quants, good command over the basics and concepts can help to solve most of the questions quickly. Data- Interpretation is a part of Quants and the difficulty level of DI is moderate. So, your strategy should be to solve the quants questions first, move to DI, choose the easiest sets, and attempt those. Getting 2 - 3 sets right should be enough to score well in DI.
Logical Reasoning : (36 questions with a duration of 40 minutes)
Topics covered under this section are Family-Based Puzzles, Characteristics and Traits, Number Based, True & False, Seating Arrangements, Circular Arrangements, Cubes & Dice, Coding / Decoding, Input / Output, Directions, Calendars, Symbols, and Notations, Odd Man Out. From
Strategy for LR section: Questions are usually a mix of easy and moderate level difficulty. A lot of practice is needed to solve the questions correctly and quickly. Try to identify the easy questions and attempt them first. If you spend a lot of time on one particular question, you are bound to lose marks unnecessarily. If you come across a question that you couldn't within a minute, then the wise thing would be to leave it and move to the next one. Try your best to score maximum in this section.Watch this video to get a better idea of the pattern, and tips on how to target a score of 220
So, what should be our Preparation strategy for NMAT 2021:Looking at the pattern and syllabus, you must’ve realized that NMAT is all about speed and accuracy. The faster you attempt questions, the better. Since there is no negative marking in NMAT, you can attempt as many questions as you can. However, you have to strike a balance between speed & accuracy. Just because there is no negative marking, don’t go marking random answers! Also, take note that to get a CDPI call from NMIMS, sectional cut-offs also apply, so you need to pay equal focus to all your sections. Some must-do things for your NMAT preparation and Tips are as follows:
1) Revise the basics:The first and foremost rule for any competitive exam is to start with the basics. There is no other point as important as this. If you look at the last few year’s question papers, you will notice that a lot of questions were very basic in nature. This is because NMAT is a speed-based test, so in order to attempt 120 questions in 120 minutes you need to be flawless in your basic concepts. Even if you feel you have already covered some topics before, don’t neglect them. Keep revising and make yourself soo comfortable with these basic questions that you can answer in your sleep.
2) Focus on your sectional preparation:Identify your strength and weaknesses early on with respect to each section and start working on them from day 1. Dedicate few more hours each day to the topics that you find difficult. But do not neglect the rest of the topics, no matter how good you are at them. Remember, sectional cut-offs are very important in NMAT. If you want to get that call from NMIMS Mumbai, you have to score equally well in all sections. Even though there are no set cut-offs mentioned exclusively for each section, and the cut-offs do keep changing from year to year, an ideal sectional cut-off score that you can target for NMAT would be:
|Sectional cut-offs||Total Number of questions||The good attempt of questions||Level of Difficulty|
3) Solve as many NMAT mocks as possible:Go all out and solve a lot of mocks once you are done covering all your basics. If you have more than five months in your hand, you can solve one mock each week. As you keep approaching the exam date, keep increasing the number of mocks. In the last three months, you should be taking 2-3 mock every week. Overall, we suggest that you should have solved at least 20 mocks before your first attempt. In case of sectional - mocks, on an average 21 mocks should be solved to get a good grasp of overall topics. Practise is very important to ensure that you attain the necessary speed, accuracy, and hit. It’s not just enough in NMAT to get the right answers, you have to get the maximum number of right answers. The best way to do this is by solving mocks. Also, remember to analyze each one of your mocks after attempting them. In fact, analysis is more important than attempting mocks, since that's the only way for you to improve your weaker areas. Click here to take the actual NMAT level mocks
4) Learn shortcuts:The secret weapon which plays a pivotal role in NMAT is shortcuts. This will help you save more time and attempt more number of questions. For Quants, you can learn the basic fractions, squares, cubes, and square roots, etc. which can be especially helpful for solving DI. Try to learn the basic shortcuts for solving topics like Averages, Simple Interest & Compound Interest, Allegations & Mixtures, Time, Distance & Speed, etc, which can easily be found all over the internet. For Language skills, learn as many words as possible. NMAT is also known to repeat a lot of words every year, try to learn them first. For logical reasoning, you will find plenty of shortcuts for puzzles, arrangement, coding, blood relation, etc. Most of the questions that come in NMAT are strategically framed to use the right shortcuts and save time. So learn to identify them, you can definitely do that with enough practice.
5) Use a timer:You might have noticed from the paper pattern that you have way less time at hand, especially in the Language skills. section You have around ¾ of a minute to solve each language question. Hence, start working with a timer to ensure that you practice time-bound questions from the start. Even when you don’t solve mocks, it is advised that you use a timer to keep a track of your time. This practice will go a long way in NMAT.
6) Give your NMAT as early as possible:Remember this tip once your NMAT cycle starts, the reason behind this is that you get enough time for the second/third attempt. You also get a fair idea of the paper pattern or trend being followed that particular year. So be proactive and start your preps early on. Keep these pointers in mind, but also try to develop your own preparation strategy for NMAT 2020. Everyone is different, and who would better know about your strengths and weaknesses than you! Make your timetable, plan on how you want to target each section, and keep consistently working on it. Just remember to stay motivated and keep learning on. Happy Preparation! Related Articles: NMAT paper pattern Nmat syllabus NMAT Exam Difficulty Level
NMAT by GMAC: Key aspectsLet’s look at some salient features of this test.
- Gateway to Top MBA Colleges: NMIMS University, XIM Bhubaneswar (for some courses), VIT Vellore, and 18 other well-known universities and MBA colleges accept NMAT by GMAC scores.
- Just like CAT: NMAT exam is a computer-based test on the pattern of CAT with the difference in the number of questions and difficulty level.
- Moderate difficulty level: NMAT by GMAC is a moderate difficulty level exam with 108 questions divided into three core sections of Verbal Ability, Quant, and Reasoning. The duration of the exam is 2 hours.
- No Negative Marking: There is no negative marking in NMAT by the GMAC exam. It allows you to maximize your score.
- 2 Retakes to improve score: NMAT by GMAC exam offers two retake chances to improve your score. This gives students the opportunity to do their best.
- 75 days Test window: NMAT by GMAC 2019 dates have 75 days testing window and allow you to schedule the preferred NMAT 2019 exam date to appear in the NMAT exam.
Registration & Application Process (Without Late fee)
August 3, 2021
November 10, 2021
Facility to choose NMAT 2021 Exam Date – NMAT Scheduling
August 3, 2021
November 17, 2021
Late Registration dates
November 11, 2021
November 15, 2021
Exam Re-scheduling Dates
August 3, 2021
December 24, 2021
NMAT 2021 Exam Dates
October 14, 2021
December 27, 2021
NMAT 2021 Registration for Re-take of Exam
October 15, 2021
December 24, 2021
NMAT Retake Exam Scheduling
October 15, 2021
December 24, 2021
NMAT 2021 Date of Result Declaration
Score card available 48 hours after taking the NMAT exam
NMAT result will have scores only. Percentile scores will not be available in the score card
NMAT 2021 Exam Last date for score card download
March 31, 2022
|S No.||College||Cut-off (Tentative)|
|1||Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai||240|
|2||Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies, Bangalore||230|
|3||Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies, Hyderabad||190|
|4||Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies, Navi Mumbai||190|
|5||Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies, Indore||190|
|6||Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies, Shirpur||190|
|7||Xavier School of Human Resource Management - Bhubaneswar||140|
|8||Xavier School of Rural Management - Bhubaneswar||140|
|9||Xavier School of Sustainability - Bhubaneswar||140|
|10||Xavier Faculty of management (Urban Management & Governance) - Bhubaneswar||140|
|12||ICFAI Business School (IBS), Hyderabad and other locations||150|
|13||Shiv Nadar University||85 Percentile|
|16||Amity University||60 Percentile|
|17||Thapar School of Management||140|
|18||Woxsen School of Business Management||160|
|19||University of Petroleum & Energy Studies (UPES)||140|
|20||GITAM School of International Business, Visakhapatnam||140|
|21||Hyderabad Business School, GITAM University||140|
|23||BML Munjal University||150|
NMAT Exam Details
NMAT by GMAC™ exam is a 120-minute test with three sections.
- Language Skills
- Quantitative Skills
- Logical Reasoning
- Language Skills: 36 Questions: 28 minutes
- Quantitative Skills: 36 Questions: 52 minutes
- Logical Reasoning: 36 Questions: 40 minutes
- Test takers can choose the order of sections.
- Each of the three sections is individually timed. Test takers need to answer and review the questions of a particular section within the allotted section time.
- If a test taker completes answering and reviewing a section before the allotted section time expires, he/she may choose either to revise the section or move to the next section, but the balance time cannot be added on to the next section timing.
- ID Requirements
- Confirmation email (can be shown on the mobile device or taken as a printout.)
- Admit Card: Candidates are required to download their NMAT by GMAC™ Admit Card from their NMAT by GMAC account.
- One photocopy of the Photo ID for submission at the test center.
- Any other document as advised by NMAT by GMAC™ for differently-abled candidates.
- One valid Photo ID and another signature ID in the original form must be presented from the list below for candidates taking the test at test centers in India:
- Passport issued by the Government of India
- PAN Card issued by the Government of India
- Voter's ID Card
- UID/Aadhaar Card
- Passport issued by the Government of India
- Debit/Credit Card
- Driver's License
- Learner’s driver’s license
- Photocopies (attested or otherwise)
- Notarized copies
Test takers who are unable to produce the above forms of valid ID (not–expired and in original) will not be admitted into the testing room and shall not be offered a test-fee refund.Also read: CD PI preparation for NMAT Candidates taking the test at international test centers are required to bring the following documents on the day of the test at the test center:
- Confirmation email (can be shown on the mobile device or taken as a printout)
- Admit Card: Candidates are required to download their NMAT by GMAC™ Admit Card from their NMAT by GMAC account
- Original passport (valid and non-expired) and a photocopy of the passport
- Important: If you are unable to produce the above forms of valid ID (not– expired, original format), Admit Card, or confirmation email printout you will not be admitted into the testing room and will not receive a test fee refund.
In addition to the above, the NMAT by GMAC™ will continue to provide below test-taker- friendly features:
- 75-day test window: A long test window provides test takers with the convenience of choosing a test date.
- The choice for test-takers to choose to select the list of schools/programs they want to send their scores to before or after taking the exam. Up to 5 schools/programs are included in the registration fee. However, test-takers will be able to send their scores to more than 5 schools/programs before or after registration for fees. of INR 200 + applicable taxes.
- Self-scheduling option – Test takers have the choice to select the date and time of the test in a real-time mode, based on seat availability at each of the centers.
- Option to retake the exam – Test takers have an option of appearing more than once (up to three maximum attempts, including “no shows”). This provides test takers with an opportunity to improve their scores.
- No negative marking - This step encourages test takers to make informed guesses and not drop a question for the fear of deduction in marks.
- Unique exam for every test taker – Every test taker taking NMAT by GMAC™ exam will get a unique but equivalent exam.
- Equated results - The test taker scores will be declared in a span of 4-5 weeks from the test delivery. These shall be equated to bring about parity and fairness and will keep test-takers informed in a timely manner.
Strategy & Tips to crack NMAT:NMAT is a time-management based exam as you get 108 questions to solve in 120 minutes. So first, identify your strong and weak areas in all three sections. Focus more on strong areas to use that as your strength. To manage time efficiently during the exam students must give many mocks. It increases the speed of the student. However, analysis of each mock is also important to identify your strong ad weak areas. Make a note that this is not an exam to solve all questions but this is an exam to maximize your score by choosing questions to answer wisely. Click here to kick start your NMAT preparation with the help of NMIMS Alumni and NMAT Toppers Logical Reasoning:
- This section contains 36 questions of Verbal as well as Analytical Reasoning, which has to be solved within 40 minutes, which means approximately one minute for every question.
- Since it is a time-based examination, students need to identify the question that has to be attempted or left.
- The rigorous practice is required to get a hand of reasoning, as it cannot be achieved overnight.
- This section contains questions of RC, Grammar, and Vocabulary that have to be attempted within 28 minutes, which means 40 seconds per question.
- To improve Vocabulary students must read newspapers every day and the book “Word Power Made Easy” can be referred.
- It will be better to give comprehension tests and reading news on-screen as the exam is online so students.
- This section contains 36 questions that have to be attempted within 52 minutes that means getting 1.2 minutes per question. Some of the important topics are Arithmetic, Geometry, Algebra, Number System, and Modern Math.
- The student must identify their strong and weak areas. Then firstly clear the concepts of weak areas and practice more for strong areas.
- DI comes easy but calculation intensive.
- While practicing try calculating in mind and avoid using calculators.
- Try to memorize some with fractions, squares, cubes, and square roots. It will ease your calculation and will help you in Data Interpretation also.