NMAT Exam Analysis

NMAT exam 2018 analysis will be released for different exam slots immediately the NMAT 2018 exam is over for the particular slot. NMAT Exam Analysis is published by MBAUniverse.com periodically during the 75 days NMAT testing window. The NMAT exam analysis reflects the ongoing NMAT exam pattern, key changes and ideal attempts to improve your scores. During the last three years since NMAT has changed its name to NMAT by GMAC, the NMAT exam analysis reveals that the test has gradually changed its difficulty level, type of questions among others. 

 

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NMAT Exam Analysis: Last 3 years

NMAT Exam year
2017 (Oct to Dec 2017)
2016 (Oct to Dec 2016)
2015 (Oct to Dec 2015)
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
Name of sections with 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 difficult, Quant & LR Moderate. Overall Moderate
Easy to moderate with very few questions difficult
Moderate. First NMAT by GMAC exam. All sections remained easy to moderate
Maximum marks
120
120
120
Marks for each correct answer
    1
    1
    1
Negative Marking
No
No
No

 

NMAT Analysis: During and after the exam
The NMAT by GMAC 2018 analysis will also be released immediately after the exam is over and in different phases alongwith the NMAT exam analysis by other top coaching institutes and experts in India.

 

The detailed NMAT 2018 exam analysis will consist of NMAT 2018 exam structure, difficulty level overall and section wise, surprise elements, key topics and questions in the exam, sectional composition and important topics asked section wise, expected Cut offs in top MBA colleges accepting NMAT, like NMIMA, VIT, XIMB among others and the attempts with accuracy level to achieve the cut off level for shortlisting.   

 

NMAT by GMAC is an online test that is conducted by GMAC now after the ownership of NMAT has been acquired by GMAC and the name of NMAT has been changed to NMAT by GMAC.  Apart from 4 campuses of NMIMS University, 16 more B-schools and Universities have joined NMAT by GMAC and will accept its scores for admission to their MBA/PGDM 2018-20 batch

 

Like NMAT, the NMAT is going on the same test format and the exam since Oct 5 has contained computer based objective type multiple-choice 120 questions, to be solved in 2 hours (120 minutes). The test taker has 1 minute per question to solve. No descriptive type questions are being asked in NMAT by GMAC.

 

NMAT 2017: Test structure
There are 3 sections in NMAT exam. Each section is individually timed. NMAT exam takers have to answer questions and review answers of each section within the allotted time and before moving to another section of the exam, as once the candidate closes out of a section, all answers are final.

Sections
Number of questions
Time limit to solve in minutes
Difficulty level
Type of questions
Language skills
32
22
Moderate
MCQ
Quantitative skills
48
60
Moderate
MCQ
Logical Reasoning
40
38
Moderate
MCQ
Total
120
120
Moderate overall
All questions of MCQ type

Technical glitches in the exam
The exam has remained glitch free barring a few minor instances at the NMAT exam centres.

 

Facility to choose order of sections
NMAT 2017 test takers are given the option to choose the order in which they want to attempt the three sections of the exam. Students are advised to immediately click ‘OK’ once a section’s timing is over and load the next section on the screen as the timer does not stop till the time ‘OK’ button is clicked.

 

No negative marking

NMAT by GMAC doesn’t believe in negative marking system and therefore a high score to stand in merit is needed. The test has been throwing before you a few questions in each of the 3 sections that are a bit surprising for those who didn’t prepare well. Rest of the exam is found doable during all the test days although some of the questions are formed and placed in a different and tricky manner.

 

The difficulty level of NMAT so far can be rated as moderate although some of the questions had higher difficulty level.

 

Section-wise analysis

Logical Reasoning

LR in NMAT by GMAC has a mix of Verbal and Critical Reasoning as well as Decision making questions. The question emerged from topics like family tree, numerical grid, coding, series, direction sense, syllogism, arrangements. Time allotted to all the 40 questions in this section is 38 minutes.

 

There were 12 questions on Verbal Reasoning and 28 were on Non-Verbal Reasoning. Most of the questions were of Moderate to medium  difficulty level, still the LoD in LR section was higher than last year NMAT exam. In Non-Verbal Reasoning, questions on Matrix, Sequential Output were set based apart from other questions which were individual ones.

 

As shared by the NMAT test takers, the composition of the section remained as under:

Topic/Subtopic
Number of questions
Level of Difficulty
Non-Verbal Reasoning
28
Easy to Medium
Matrix Arrangement
8 (2 sets of 4 questions each)
Medium
Sequential Output
4 (1 set of 4 questions)
Medium
Coding
4
Easy to Medium
Miscellaneous*
3
Medium
Venn Diagram
2
Easy to Medium
Family Tree
2
Easy
Puzzle
2
Easy to Medium
Number Series
1
Easy
Question involving intersecting geometric diagrams representing different groups of people
1
Easy
Directions
1
Easy
Verbal Reasoning
12
 
Critical Reasoning
2
1 medium 
1  easy
Course of Action/Decision Making
3
1 medium
2easy
Strong Arguments/ Weak Arguments
3
2 easy
1 difficult
Implicit Assumptions
1
Medium 
Inference/Conclusion based questions
2
1 easy 
1 medium
Syllogism
1
Easy

A genuine attempt of about 28 questions with about 85% accuracy will be considered good. However for attempting 28 questions, it was important to select the right sets (especially in Matrix Arrangement).

(Data Source: IMS)

 

Language Skills
Questions in this section appear from core grammar topics like usage on Parts of speech, tenses, conditionals, modifiers. The 2 RC passages of around 600 words followed by 4 questions each were challenging but were still doable. Jumbled paragraphs, synonyms-antonyms also appeared in this section. This section with 32 questions has to be solved in 22 minutes.

 

Other questions were based on spotting out the error in sentences; Fill in the blanks; Jumbled paragraphs; Analogies; Antonyms/synonyms. The composition of the section remained as under:

Topics
Questions
Difficulty level
2 RC passages with 4 questions each
8
Moderate to difficult
Jumbled paragraphs  
4
 
Easy to moderate 
 
Word Analogies
1
Moderate
 Cloze Passage
4
Moderate
Synonyms
2
Moderate to difficult
Antonyms
3
Easy to difficult
Fill in the Blanks
2
Moderate
Question on use of Prepositions (Fill in the blanks)
3
Moderate
Correction of error in sentences
5
Moderate to difficult

 

Ideal attempts: An attempt of 25 questions with 90% accuracy will be good to get high score.

 

Quantitative Skills
Quantitative skills section in NMAT contains questions not only on Quant but also on Data Interpretation and Data Sufficiency. Major part in this section remained moderate however a few questions were asked in a different manner and are rated as more time consuming if not very difficult. Number system, PnC, Algebra, Mensuration, Geometry are the prominent topics in this section.  This section has 48 questions and has to be solved in 60 minutes.

 

The composition of questions in the section was as under:

Topics
Questions
Difficulty level
Time & Work
2
Moderate
Simple & Compound Interest 
2
Moderate
Ratio-Proportions
2
Difficult
Percentages
1
Moderate
AP-GP
3
Moderate
Permutation & Combination
1
Moderate
Probability
1
Moderate
Logarithms
1
Difficult
HCF-LCM
2
Moderate
Conversion of recurring numbers to fractions
2
Moderate
Divisibility
1
Moderate
Mensuration
2
Difficult
Quadrilaterals
1
Moderate
Simple equations
1
Moderate
Linear equations-Algebra
3
Moderate to difficult
Numbers
1
Moderate
Other questions on Arithmetic
1
Moderate
Other questions on Geometry
1
Moderate
DI- Tables (2 sets of 4 questions)
8
Difficult
DI-Bar Chart (1 set with 4 questions)
4
Difficult
DI-Line Graph (1 set with 4 questions)
4
Moderate
DI-Pie Chart + Bar Graph (1 set with 4 questions)
4
Moderate

Ideal attempts: Good attempt of 30 questions with 90% accuracy can be considered good.

Expected cut off percentile scores by CL, IMS

Career Launcher has predicted NMAT 2017 exam cut offs as below:

  • NMAT 2017 is being conducted from 5th October 2017 to 18th December 2017 and like last year, it is being administrated by GMAC.
  • NMAT has had a very standardized pattern in the last few years which has very low chances of changing drastically.
  • With respect to pattern and structure of the exam, candidates can heave a sigh of relief. The overall difficulty level too, will be along the similar lines.
  • The overall cut-off is expected to be around 208-210, which is the range around which the last few years' cut offs have hovered.
  • We can expect a little ambiguity from the sectional difficulty levels and sectional cutoffs can fluctuate by small margins.
  • This shows that there can be varying difficulty levels even within a single section. A candidate should try to attempt around 75-80 questions to make it to a safe score of  between 210-230, after accounting for a few errors.

IMS has predicted NMAT 2017 exam cut offs as under:

  • Overall cut-off to remain more of less the same as previous years i.e. around 208-212
  • The sectional cut-offs to remain at 70-75 for Quantitative Ability, 65-70 for Logical Reasoning and 55-58 for Language Skills.

NMAT by GMAC 2017 continues till December 18, 2017. The exam has sectional as well as overall cut offs. Test takers have the facility to reschedule the exam, retake the exam by making 3 attempts to improve their score. The necessity is to perform well relative to other candidates in each of the three sections to get shortlisted for final admission round.

Expected NMAT 2017 cut offs for MBA 2018-20 at NMIMS Mumbai and PGDM 2018-20 at NMIMS Bangalore and Hyderabad

MBA college/University
NMIMS Mumbai
NMIMS Bangalore
NMIMS Hyderabad
Programme offered
MBA
PGDM
PGDM
Overall NMAT Cut off scores
209
198
197
Sectional cut off scores for Language skills
56
54
54
Sectional cut off scores for Quantitative Techniques
75
71
70
Sectional cut off scores for Logical Reasoning
60
53
52