NMAT Exam Pattern 2020

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Updated on
June 19, 2020

NMAT Exam Pattern: Overall & Sectional Composition, Scoring pattern, Weightage, NMAT Vs other exams 

Latest Update: NMAT exam 2020 will be conducted in a changed pattern from October 6 to December 19, 2020 as a computer based test. The exam will be held in 57 test cities in India and abroad.

 

GMAC, the NMAT conducting body, has released the NMAT exam pattern for the convenience of the test takers to understand the changed structure of NMAT exam, and prepare accordingly. NMAT exam pattern is similar to other leading national level MBA entrance exams like CAT and XAT. After following similar pattern during last 5 years, NMAT by GMAC 2020 exam pattern has changed. However, the exam will remain a computer based test with MCQ types of questions divided into three sections. 

 

Key Changes in NMAT 2020 Exam Pattern
This year NMAT exam pattern has been substantially changed. The exam will have fewer number of questions as compared to last year. All the questions will be equally divided into three sections with a changed time limit for each section. Following are the key changes in NMAT Exam Pattern 2020 as compared to last year:

NMAT Exam Components
NMAT 2020
NMAT 2019
Changes in Registration Window
Aug 1 to Oct 5, 2020
July 2 to Oct 3, 2019
Changes Testing Window
Oct 6 to Dec 19, 2020
Oct 4 to Dec 17, 2019
Total Question in NMAT
108
120
Change in total Questions/allotted time in Language Skills Section
  36 Qs in 28 Mins
  32 Qs in 22 Mins
Change in total questions/allotted time in Quantitative Skills Section
  36 Qs in 52 Mins
  48 Qs in 60 Mins
Change in total questions/allotted time in Logical Reasoning section
  36 Qs in 40 Mins
  40 Qs in 38 Mins

Moderate Difficulty Level Exam
The NMAT by GMAC exam pattern is of moderate difficulty level. NMAT Exam 2020 will also not have negative marking. The NMAT test takers can expect a good score in NMAT exam.

 

One of the key attractions in NMAT paper pattern is the facility to retake the NMAT exam in case the NMAT exam score in first attempt is not satisfactory. You can view your results in 48 hours of appearing in the exam and then decide to apply to business school or retake the test depending on your comfort with the results you’ve obtained. 

 

NMAT 2020 Exam Pattern
There are three sections in NMAT exam pattern 2020. The sections are Language Skills, Quantitative Skills and Logical Reasoning. The NMAT Exam Pattern also prescribes that all the three sections in NMAT exam are individually timed. Besides there is no negative marking in NMAT by GMAC 2020 exam pattern.         

 

NMAT by GMAC Exam Pattern 2020: Sectional composition
NMAT paper pattern has three sections. The number of questions in each section of NMAT 2020 paper pattern are equal. Earlier they used to be different. The NMAT paper pattern expects you to attempt the sectional questions within the allotted time limit which is different for each section. Below are shared the key components, number of questions and allotted time in NMAT pattern 2020:

Section Name
Number of questions
Allotted time in minutes
Language Skills
36
 28
Quantitative Skills
36
 52
Logical Reasoning
36
 40
Total
120
120

 

Scaled scores in NMAT Exam 2020
Questions in the NMAT by GMAC exam are selected from the question pool for each examinee based on his or her performance on the questions previously answered. The questions a candidate receives are targeted at his or her ability level; therefore, a high- scoring candidate generally receives a more difficult sample of questions than a low- scoring candidate. The NMAT by GMAC exam is scored by first obtaining the candidate’s final ability estimate based on the probabilistic model approach of modern exam theory, and then transformed to a scaled score ranging from 12 to 120.

 

NMAT Exam Pattern 2020: Salient Points

  • Online CBT: NMAT 2020 exam pattern is online computer based test
  • MCQ format: All the questions in NMAT 2020 exam pattern are of Multiple Choice type (MCQs).
  • 108 questions: NMAT exam pattern 2020 has 108 questions. Earlier the exam had 120 questions
  • NMAT 2020 Time Duration: The total time allotted in NMAT by GMAC exam pattern 2020 is 120 minutes (2 hours) to attempt the complete test despite total questions in the exam have been reduced.
  • Choice of order of sections: One of the unique features in NMAT 2020 exam pattern is that Test taker can choose order of sections. However, NMAT pattern strictly expects you to follow the same order, once the order of the sections is selected.
  • Individually timed sections: In the revised NMAT exam pattern 2020, each of the three sections in current NMAT pattern is individually timed and the candidates have to attempt the questions in the respective section within the allotted sectional time limit.
  • No negative marking: The NMAT 2020 exam pattern is without any penalty of negative marking. So, instead of skipping a question in the question paper, you can use your calculated guess and mark the answer without the fear of a penalty for a wrong answer as there is no negative marking.
  • Moderate difficulty exam: The difficulty level is not so high in NMAT by GMAC exam pattern 2020 as that of IIMs-CAT and XLRI-XAT exams
  • Uniform Marking scheme: Another important feature of NMAT exam pattern 2020 is uniform marking system. Each correct answer is awarded +1 mark and there is zero marking for un-attempted question. The scaled score for each section is in the range of 12 to 120 with a total scaled score for all the three section coming between 36 and 360. 
  • Facility to review answers: As per the NMAT Exam pattern, the NMAT Test takers must review answers of each section within the allotted time before moving to another section of the exam, as once the candidate closes out of a section, he/she may not come back to the section
  • 3 Attempts allowed:  This is the biggest benefit of NMAT by GMAC exam pattern. You can take the NMAT by GMAC three times in a given admission cycle. This gives you the opportunity to improve your score
  • Choice of Self-scheduling NMAT by GMAC: The NMAT by GMAC is one of the few national exams which offer you the liberty to choose your test appointment date, time and test center location.

NMAT 2020 Exam Day Guide

 

Documents & Time

  1. On NMAT by GMAC exam day, arrive at the test centre at least 45 minutes prior to your test time. 
  2. Bring the Confirmation email from GMAC (this can be shown on your mobile or taken as a printout) 
  3. Bring your Admit Card Hard Copy 
  4. Bring One valid Photo ID and another Signature ID in original for example Passport, PAN Card, Voter's ID, Aadhaar Card, Debit/Credit Card, Driver's License

Carry ID & Photograph

  1. Carry the Admit Card to the test centre and get it signed by the test administrator at the designated place on the day of the test
  2. If you are opting to retake the exam you must retain the ‘same’ Admit Card that you carried for the first / previous attempt (signed and stamped by the test administrator). 
  3. You will be required to produce the ‘same’ Admit Card and will have to get it signed and stamped at the test centre where you appear, for you to retake the exam. 
  4. You may or may not get the same test centre as allotted to you for your previous attempt(s).
  5. B-Schools may ask you to present a signed Admit Card to verify that you have completed the NMAT by GMAC exam
  6. Check that your printed photograph on your Admit Card is clearly visible. 
  7. If the photo is blank or not clearly visible, contact the NMAT help desk on mail to update the photo
  8. Retain the signed Admit Card until your admission process is complete. 

Before Start of NMAT Exam
After you are seated at your designated computer system you need to take following steps: 

  • Computer will display welcome screen, after which you will see a Non-Disclosure Agreement screen. You must click on 'Yes' at the screen in order to proceed with the test.
  • If you click on “No, I do not Accept” deliberately or by mistake, you will be prompted to change the option and if you still click on “No, I do not Accept”, your test will end You will not be able to resume the test that day under any circumstances. 
  • Test centre staff will not be able to reverse the acceptance and you will lose the test attempt and forfeit the test fee 

 

How to Attempt the NMAT Exam
NMAT by GMAC exam allows you to select your preferred section order, which means you can choose the order of NMAT exam sections At the end of each section, you will be presented with a Review screen to identify the questions that you have left incomplete or flagged for review while attempting the test. You can go directly to specific questions by clicking on the number on the Review screen.  

 

Each of the three sections has individual section timings and you have to answer and review the questions of the particular section within the allotted time  In case you complete the section (answering and reviewing) before the section time expires, any balance of time will not be added to the next section(s) The next section has its own time allocation and you must complete the section in the allotted section time. 

 

NMAT Exam Pattern 2020 V/s CAT
NMAT by GMAC exam pattern 2020 and IIM- CAT have many similarities which give the opportunity to the candidates to synchronise their sectional and overall exam preparation. Still NMAT pattern has a few dissimilarities as compared to CAT:

Component
NMAT Exam Pattern 2020
IIM- CAT 2020
Total questions
108
100
Overall time limit to attempt the exam
 2 hours
 3 hours
Type of questions
All MCQs
72-75 questions are MCQs, rest Non-MCQs
Answer options for MCQs
5
4
Marks awarded for each correct answer
1
3
Negative marking
No negative marking
MCQs with 1/3 negative marking; No negative marking for Non-MCQs
Exam difficulty level
Moderate
Comparatively high
Number of sections
3
3
Name of section-1 with number of questions
Language Skills-36
Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension- 34
Name of Section-2 with number of questions
Logical Reasoning-36
Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning -32
Name of Section-3 with number of questions
Quantitative Skills-36
Quantitative Ability-34
Facility to choose order of sections
Yes, but once chosen has to follow
No, has to follow pre defined sectional order
Individual Sectional time limit
Yes, varying time limit of 28 minutes to 52 minutes
Each section with 1 hour time limit
Top MBA colleges accepting exam score
NMIMS, VIT, XIMB
20 IIMs, FMS, MDI, SPJIMR, IMI, IITs, XIMB

NMAT Pattern Vs XAT
Similarities and dissimilarities in NMAT by GMAC exam pattern and XLRI XAT exam are more yet many similar points in both the exam pattern help the test takers to prepare for them simultaneously:

Component
NMAT Exam Pattern 2020
XLRI - XAT
Total questions
108
100
Overall time limit to attempt the exam
2 hours
3½ hours
Type of questions
All MCQs
97 (1 is essay writing test)
Answer options for each MCQ
5
5
Marks awarded for each correct answer
1
1
Negative marking
No negative marking
72 MCQs with 1/4 negative marking; No negative marking for 25 MCQs and Essay writing test
Exam difficulty level
Moderate
High
Number of sections
3
3 (Main sections)
2 (GK & Essay score not counted)
Name of section-1 with number of questions
Language Skills-36
English Language & Logical Reasoning- 24
Name of Section-2 with number of questions
Logical Reasoning-36
Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation- 27
Name of Section-3 with number of questions
Quantitative Skills-36
Decision Making-21
Facility to choose order of sections
Yes, but once chosen has to follow
Any question from any section within overall time limit
Individual Sectional time limit
Yes, varying time limit of 28 minutes to 52 minutes
No
Top MBA colleges accepting exam score
NMIMS, VIT, XIMB
XLRI, SPJIMR, IMT, TAPMI, XIMB

Read More: NMAT 2020- Exam Date, Registration, Application Form, Syllabus and Pattern 

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