NMAT Exam Trends: NMAT by GMAC is a National level MBA entrance test conducted by the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC). NMAT by GMAC is the mandatory entrance test for MBA admission to NMIMS Mumbai and its 20 other campuses as well as the other MBA colleges across India. In this article, we bring to you a detailed analysis of NMAT exam, past year exam trends, difficulty level, cutoff and more. Earlier we brought to you TISSNET Exam Trends of last 3 years.

NMAT Exam Trends: Exam Highlights

NMAT Exam Features 2018  2017  2016
Total questions 120 120 120
Exam Format Computer-based Computer-based Computer-based
Exam duration 2 hours 2 hours 2 hours
Testing window 75 days 75 days 75 days
Retakes allowed   3   3   3
Number of sections   3   3   3
Number of questions Language Skills – 32

Quantitative Skills- 40

Logical Reasoning- 48

Language Skills – 32

Quantitative Skills- 40

Logical Reasoning- 48

Language Skills – 32

Quantitative Skills- 40

Logical Reasoning- 48

Types of questions MCQs MCQs MCQs
Difficulty level Language skills moderate, Quant & LR easy-moderate. Easy to moderate with few questions difficult All sections remained easy to moderate
Maximum marks 120 120 120
Marks for each correct answer     1     1     1
Negative Marking No No No

What to Expect in NMAT 2019?

  • Number of Questions are expected to remain same in NMAT 2019. Section wise distribution of number of questions would remain same in NMAT 2019.
  • Difficulty level of NMAT 2019 Exam is expected to be easy to moderate, with expected NMAT 2019 Cutoff to be in the range of 208-211 marks for NMIMS Mumbai flagship course.
  • Logical Reasoning section would relatively be the toughest section across three sections, and Language skills section would continue to be the easiest, but vocabulary heavy.
  • Quantitative skills section is expected to be Arithmetic and  Data Interpretation heavy.

NMAT Exam Trends: NMAT 2018

  • Out of the total 48 questions in Quantitative Skills section, majority questions were based on problem-solving but a few were based on data sufficiency. The questions were from diverse areas in quant like Arithmetic, Numbers, Geometry, Algebra, etc. There were 2-3 sets on Data Interpretation, each set with 4 questions. The sets were with relatively easier calculations.
  • In the Logical Reasoning section, most questions were based on the usual question type like data arrangement, coding-decoding, comparison, input/output, deductions, critical reasoning, blood relationship, sequence, Venn diagram, direction sense, etc.
  • Out of the 32 questions in the Language Skills section, there were 2-3 RC passages with four questions each. The passages were moderately lengthy with 450-650 words. The remaining question types were from verbal ability like fill in the blanks, para jumbles, vocabulary based (antonyms/synonyms), etc.
  • The NMAT paper pattern did not see any new changes in NMAT 2018. The difficulty level of the NMAT exam in 2018 was parallel to the difficulty level in NMAT 2017. The overall NMAT 2018 cutoff was 209. 
Section No. of Questions Difficulty Level Cutoff (Mumbai Campus) Cutoff (Bengaluru & Hyderabad Campus)
Quantitative Skills 48 Easy-Moderate 75 70
Logical Reasoning 40 Easy 60 53
Language Skills 32 Moderate 56 54
Total 120 Easy-Moderate 209 197-198

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NMAT Exam Trends: NMAT 2017

  • Out of the 48 questions in Quant section, majority of the questions were based on problem-solving and the questions were from diverse areas like Arithmetic, Numbers, Geometry, P&C, Algebra, Percentages, SI/CI, Time & Distance, Time & Work, Ratio & Proportion, Profit & Loss, etc. There were 2-3 sets on Data Interpretation, each set with 4 questions.
  • The questions in logical reasoning were based on the usual question types such as coding-decoding, comparison, input/output, data arrangement, deductions, critical reasoning, sequence, Venn diagram, direction sense, blood relationship, etc.
  • Out of 32 questions in the Language Skills section, there were 2-3 RC passages with four questions each and the passages were moderately lengthy. The remaining question types were in verbal ability part in the form of fill in the blanks, Vocabulary based (antonyms/synonyms), Para jumbles, etc.
  • NMAT 2017, the difficulty level was similar in lines with NMAT 2016. There were no changes in the paper pattern. 
Section No. of Questions Difficulty Level Cutoff (Mumbai Campus) Cutoff (Bengaluru & Hyderabad Campus)
Quantitative Skills 48 Moderate-Difficult 66 51
Logical Reasoning 40 Easy 54 51
Language Skills 32 Moderate 51 51
Total 120 Easy-Moderate 208 198

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NMAT Exam Trends: NMAT 2016

  • Out of the 48 questions in the Quant section, 22 questions were on problem-solving, 20 questions were on data interpretation and the remaining 6 questions were from data sufficiency. Majority of the questions on problem-solving were easy to medium level of difficulty.
  • Out of 32 questions in Language Skills section, there were two RC passages with four questions each. The passages had about 500-600 words. The remaining question were from verbal ability like error spotting, fill in the blanks, jumbled paragraphs, analogies, antonyms, and synonyms.
  • The questions in the Logical Reasoning section comprised of 12 verbal reasoning questions and 28 were non-verbal reasoning. Most of the questions were of easy to moderate level of difficulty.
  • For NMAT 2016, the difficulty level was lower than earlier years’. There was no change in the paper pattern. The overall cut-off remained static. 
Section No. of Questions Difficulty Level Cutoff (Mumbai Campus) Cutoff (Bengaluru & Hyderabad Campus)
Quantitative Skills 48 Easy- Moderate 66 66
Logical Reasoning 40 Moderate 57 54
Language Skills 32 Easy – Moderate 51 51
Total 120 Moderate 208-210 196-198

In a nutshell, NMAT is a speed test where the student needs to be on his toes for complete 2 hours. Speedy solving of the quant questions, knowledge of data sufficiency, good command on vocabulary and sound practice on arrangement and puzzles is the key to crack this exam. Hope this outline helps. All the best!! 

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