NMAT EXAM: Your Key to Success

Pursuing an MBA degree is a big decision of life for the aspirants. An MBA degree will serve the aspirants with lot benefits including a better lifestyle and wealth. If the aspirants complete an MBA degree from well-renowned B-schools with offers you an excellent salary and a good position in the society. But before enjoying these advantages, there are some tough competitive entrance exams which are essential to land up in business schools (including IIMs)

NMAT is also one of the competitive exams known as the NMIMS Management Aptitude Test conducted by the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC). This is a national level exam held every year at 44 city centres around India. NMAT is a computer-based exam similar to other entrance exams. NMAT is an entrance to many B-schools to pursue various management programs. NMAT Exam is identical to SNAP and CAT there are minor changes such as the difficulty level and paper pattern. Candidates can apply for post-graduation management courses.

  • What is the differencebetween NMAT and other other entrance exams?
  • Retake the examCandidates can retake NMAT exam according to their choice. Candidates who are willing to improve their score can sit again for the exam. But this facility is not available in other entrance exams. Candidates can take three tests according to the rules.
  • No negative marking-This exam doesn’t consists of negative marking for wrong answers. But other exams such as IIFT and CAT have negative marking, so candidates can freely opt for any choice during the examination.
  • Test window of 75 days-There is a significant time where candidates can proceed with the test according to their preference. This is beneficial for the candidates rather than other fixed exam dates. Candidates applying for the exam can choose the time and date according to the availability of exam seats in official test centres.  
  • Equalized results-Results of NMAT exam is declared after 4-5 weeks. There is a scaling of results to balance consistency and decency in the test. Weak candidates having difficult questions don’t feel any advantage compared to other candidates.
  • NMAT exam paper pattern
              Exam Overview                       Details
Exam Duration               12O minutes
Language of paper                     English
        Category of questions MCQs based questions which four options.
          Number of sections There are three sections in the exam
Total number of marks                  360 marks
       Total number of questions              120 questions
         Exam marking pattern Addition of 3 marks for the right answer. No negative marking for the wrong answer

(The NMAT exam pattern doesn’t change frequently and any suitable exam pattern is not yet declared by the officials. The NMAT exam patternis based on the previous year question papers)

Every year NMAT syllabus is recommended by the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC). There are no primary changes in past some years. But minor changes are possible in the NMAT syllabus. This exam syllabus consists of three sections which are as follows:

  • Language skills- This section consists of 32 questions and 22 minutes are allocated. This section check candidate’s efficiency and skills in the English language. There are some odd questions in this section and candidates should have grammar skills to correct the questions. There are 3-4 reading comprehensions in this section where candidates have to read and understand the passage,and they should be quick enough to complete it. Some important topics for this section are as follows:
  • Reading comprehension
  • Anonyms and Synonyms
  • Para Jumble
  • Passages
  • Poems
  • Quantitative Ability (QA)-This section consists of four major parts- Data Sufficiency,Quantitative Ability, Data Analysis and Data Interpretation. Candidates are allocated 1 hour for 48 questions. This section checks the candidate’s mathematical skills and accuracy. QA is a scoring section, and questions are tough and it is highly time-consuming. Some of the important topics for this section are as follows:
  • Data sufficiency
  • Modern Mathematics
  • Data interpretation
  • Arithmetic
  • Logical Reasoning (LR) – This section consists of the logical questions. Candidates have to draw graphs with the help of given data. There are 40 questions and 38 minutes are allocated. This question is a little tricky but yet another scoring section of NMAT. Some of the important topics for this section are as follows:
  • Venn Diagram
  • Statement-conclusion
  • Data arrangement
  • Multi-dimensional arrangements
  • Puzzles

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