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September 12, 2020

NMAT exam 2020 analysis will be released for different exam slots immediately after the NMAT 2020 exam is over for the particular slot. NMAT Exam Analysis is published by MBAUniverse.com periodically during the 88 days NMAT 2020 testing window.

 

NMAT by GMAC 2020 is an online test and is now conducted in 2 testing modes -  Writing the NMAT by GMAC exam at Test Centre or  taking the Online Proctored Exam from home. You have the option of appearing in NMAT 2020 in either testing mode. NMAT 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, 30 more B-schools and Universities have joined NMAT by GMAC and will accept its scores for admission to their MBA/PGDM 2021-23 batch

 

Like NMAT, the NMAT by GMAC remains on the similar pattern during the 88 days test window. NMAT 2020 will be a computer based test with 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 asked in NMAT by GMAC. 

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NMAT Analysis: Key Points
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. 

 

NMAT Exam Analysis: Last 3 years

NMAT Exam year
2019 (Oct to Dec)
2018 (Oct to Dec)
2017 (Oct to Dec)
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
Maximum marks
120
120
120
Marks for each correct answer
    1
    1
    1
Negative Marking
No
No
No

NMAT Exam: Past Analysis in Detail

 

NMAT 2019 Exam Analysis
The NMAT exam analysis reflects the ongoing NMAT exam pattern, key changes and ideal attempts to improve your scores. As in the previous NMAT exam slots, the NMAT exam pattern has remained similar with the type of questions in each section.

 

Technical Glitches
At some NMAT exam centers technical glitches also came up and the exam slot which supposed to start at 11:30 AM could be started after 12 noon.

 

LR: More Difficult
The Logical Reasoning section was found more difficult. Questions on Analytical Reasoning were slightly more difficult than the Verbal Reasoning part.

 

Language Skills: Moderate
The Language Skills section was moderate. Vocabulary questions were not difficult.

 

Quantitative Skills: Easy
Quantitative Skills has remained an easier section. There were 5 DI sets out of them 4 were easy.

 

NMIMS Cut Offs
An NMAT 2019 test taker who could attempt 75-85 questions overall in 2 hours, could score high. Despite the fact that NMAT exam difficulty level of overall exam has gone up a little, the likely cut-offs would be 206-210 for NMIMS Mumbai. While choosing the order of sections, beginning with Quantitative skills and closing with LR would be a good idea. 

 

NMAT 2019 Paper pattern

S. no
Section
Total Questions
Sectional Time (in Minutes)
Lev el of Difficulty
Good
Attempts
1
Language Skills
32
22
Easy-Moderate
24-26
2
Quantitative Skills
48
60
Easy
28-30
3
Logical Reasoning
40
38
Easy-Moderate
25-27
 
Total
120
120
Moderate
77-83

Section Wise NMAT 2019 Analysis

 

Quantitative Skills: Easy Section
While making choice for order of sections, it would be good to choose the Quantitative Skills as the first section to solve. The Quant has remained an easy section among the three NMAT exam sections. The source of question topics are mostly from Arithmetic, Numbers, Modern Math. There have been fe questions on Geometry and Algebra as well. The questions on Permutation-combination and Probability have remained of moderate difficulty level. The Time and Work questions have been easy.

 

There are 5 DI sets in each slot of NMAT exam. Out of them 3-4 have remained easy over the NMAT exam sessions. The questions were asked in sets. Type of DI sets include 2 table-based DI sets, 2 bar-graph based set and 1 pie-chart based set.

 

The DI set based on bar graph was about a power-grid. Another DI set based on Pie chart was about the revenue generated by various sectors like Natural Gas, Oil and Petroleum with data given for two. The data of one year was in the form of a pie-chart and the other was in the form of a table. Test taker had to determine the revenue and growth of the sectors across the years.

 

27-30 good attempts could fetch a high score in this section.

Important Question Topics in the Section
Number of  Questions
Profit & Loss
5
Percentages
2
Ratio & Mixture, Proportion
2
SI & CI
2
Averages
1
Work & Time
2
Number System (HCF/LCM and units digit based)
4
Progression
2
Logarithm
2
Polygon
1
Geometry
1
Permutation and Combination
2
Probability
2
Data Sufficiency (already included above)
5
DI
20 (5 sets, 4 questions each)
Total
48

Language Skills: Moderate
The language Skills section has remained on moderate difficulty level. while some questions were a bit difficult, others were easy. Overall the section has remained moderate.

Vocabulary words used in most of the questions were moderate like Despite, Bound, although the vocabulary in the Cloze test questions was slightly more difficult.

According to CL experts, ‘In the error spotting questions, the errors were no longer just grammatical but were slightly more nuanced (e.g. errors in the position of the apostrophe etc.)’

The two Reading Comprehension passages included the first passage on impact of media on teenagers while the second one was on the discovery of new species underwater.

NMAT placed four para-jumble questions of moderate difficulty in this section with short sentences in paragraphs. Other questions in the section were based on grammar. The fgill in the blanks based on preposition were moderate.

Overall, the section was moderate to difficult due to the time factor. A candidate could not go beyond 24-26 questions. If you could attempt the section with 90% accuracy, you could get high score.

Question Topics in the section
Number of Questions
Reading Comprehension Passages
8 (2 passages of 4 questions each)
Para Jumble
2 (4 sentences each), 2 (5 sentences each)
Error Spotting
3
FIBs (Prepositions)
2 (1 blank each – 3 sentences)
FIBs (Common Confusables)
0
FIBs (Vocabulary)
3
Synonyms & Antonyms
4
Analogy
4
Cloze Test
4
Total
32

Logical Reasoning: Moderate to Difficult
The LR section in NMAT 2019  has remained moderate to difficult. There were 25 questions based on Analytical and Logical reasoning. 15 questions were on Verbal Reasoning. The questions were based on two sets of machine input/output questions - one was number based while the other one was word based. These sets were slightly difficult.2 questions were based on Blood relation.

 

There were LR sets on arrangement-based questions. One easy set had 5 friend A, B. C, D, E and there were 4 statements about them. 15 questions were from Verbal Logic. Number of questions were asked on statement-conclusion, strengthening and weakening arguments, statement-inference and statement-assumption. The questions were of moderate difficulty level.

 

A good attempt of 23 to 25 questions with 90% accuracy could fetch high score in NMAT 2019

Topic
No. of Questions
Coding
5
Blood Relation
2
Statement-Argument
3
Statement Conclusion
3
Course of Action / Decision making
2
Statement-Assumption
4
Statement – Inference
3
Syllogism
2
Input/output
2 sets (4 Qs)
Missing number and Visual reasoning
1 sets (3 Qs)
Direction
0
Singlets (Contained Set theory-based diagram)
5
Total
40

NMAT Analysis 2018 
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 2018 test takers were 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 was needed. The test had 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 had 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 was considered good. However for attempting 28 questions, it was important to select the right sets (especially in Matrix Arrangement).

 

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 was good to get high score.

 

Quantitative Skills
Quantitative skills section in NMAT contained 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 was considered good.

 

Expected cut off percentile scores
Career Launcher predicted NMAT 2018 exam cut offs as below:

  • 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 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.

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. 

 

NMAT 2018 cut offs for MBA 2019-21 at NMIMS Mumbai and PGDM 2019-21 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

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