Time period - 2.5 months (7th October- 20th December)
Time Duration- 120 min i.e. 2 hours
Test mode- online test
Marking Scheme- no negative marking, 3 marks for each question
Conducted by- GMAC^{TM}
NMIMS Management Aptitude Test (NMAT) is a gateway to one of the reputed MBA colleges in the country, Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies. It is an online test, which is conducted in several Indian cities. The exam consists of three sections: Language Skills, Quantitative Skills and Logical Reasoning. The total number of questions in the exam is 120 and the total time allotted for three sections is 120 minutes i.e. 2 hours.
The following table will clearly explain the exam pattern of NMAT 2016:
Section | Number of Questions | Duration in Minutes |
Language Skills | 32 | 22 |
Quantitative Skills | 48 | 60 |
Logical Reasoning | 40 | 38 |
Overall | 120 | 120 |
NMAT-2016 was similar to previous year in terms of number of questions, level of difficulty of the questions and allotted time per section. As there are 120 questions to be covered in 120 minutes, it is of paramount importance that you should have concrete plan to score well in this exam. The questions were of moderate to difficult level, so, one could score well in this exam provided that one is quick in selecting or rejecting the question. As there is no negative marking in the exam; there is an added incentive for marking all questions.
'Quantitative Skills' in NMAT consists of Quantitative Aptitude and Data Interpretation. This section has 48 questions and the allotted time is 60 minutes. The section is a test of conceptual knowledge and speed in calculations. There were approximately 5 questions on number system, 9 questions on arithmetic, 3 on geometry, 1 on Algebra and 4 on modern maths . DI and DS had 20 and 6 questions respectively. Anyone who is good with calculations and knows the concepts of quant would not have had much difficulty in attempting these questions.
The 'Language Skills (Verbal Ability)' section of NMAT is one where you have to solve 32 questions in 22 minutes, which is a test of reading speed, vocabulary skills, grammar and verbal reasoning. The RC questions had easy sentences with confusing and tricky options, where one could possibly choose the incorrect answer option. In terms of the number of question, Parajumbles were next to RCs with a total no. of 5 questions that were of a mixed level. Approximately, rest of the section had synonyms, antonyms, and error spotting with 3 questions in each one of these. FIBs ( prepositions) and FIBs (Vocabulary) had 3 questions each. Lastly, Cloze test had 4 questions. The section was easy to moderate level and any one who is an accurate and efficient reader and knows the rules of grammar would have easily attempted the questions.
The reasoning section in NMAT is a mix of Logical Reasoning, Non-Verbal Reasoning and Verbal Reasoning. The section had a total of 40 questions that were to be solved in 38 minutes. Overall, the level of questions in this section was easy to moderate. There were questions based on every possible type of reasoning -, mathematical puzzles, coding decoding, blood relation based questions, critical reasoning, LR- literally everything under the sun. Approximately, mathematical puzzles, coding, statement conclusion, input/output had 3 questions in each for each of them. There were 2 questions for blood relations and syllogisms. Strong and weak argument and course of action had 1 question each. Singlets and Diagram based (finding the missing no.) questions were 4 in number. Critical Reasoning had 6 questions and LR had the maximum no. of questions with 8 in total. Anyone with a flair to solve mind boggling puzzles and is accurate in choosing from confusing options would score fairly well in this section.
The sectional cutoffs were around 61/120 in logical reasoning, 55/96 in language skills, 74/144 in quantitative techniques, with an overall cut off being 208/360. An above average CAT aspirant who has gone through the curriculum will find the going easy. This analysis is strictly indicative and does not imply that things will not change in the forthcoming days. This is to help you prepare an agenda for preparation as well as to devise a strategy for this exam.
S. No. | Section | Marks | Sectional Cutoff |
1 | Logical Reasoning | 120 | 61 |
2 | Language Skills | 96 | 55 |
3 | Quantitative Techniques | 144 | 74 |
Overall | 360 | 208 |