Tips and strategy to crack Quant and Logical Reasoning in NMAT

NMAT has three sections with defined time limits for each section. In this article, we will discuss the strategy you should follow to perform well in the Quant and Logical Reasoning section of NMAT. NMAT is a unique exam in the sense that it has different time limit and number of questions in each section. NMAT is more of a speed driven test, rather than a test of knowledge. Tips and strategy to crack Quant and LR section is mentioned in the following article.
Following are some important points related to Quantitative Ability section of NMAT 2020 paper:
Students have to attempt 36 questions in 52 minutes. Questions related to both Data Interpretation and Quantitative Aptitude is in one section only.
Important topics that students should master for Mathematics section are:
Number System
Algebra (AP, GP along with Linear & Quadratic Equations
Profit & Loss
Permutation and Combination
Simple Interest & Compound Interest
Venn Diagram
Ratio & Partnership
 Alligation & Mixtures
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Data Sufficiency: A revision of basic concepts of Data Sufficiency should be done to solve these questions.
Data Interpretation:-Students should master concepts such as Tables, Pie - Chart, Line Graphs and Mixed Graphs
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Take a look at a question that appeared in past NMAT paper:
Question: How much tea selling at Rs. 10.40 per kg should be mixed with tea selling at Rs. 8.80 per kg to get a resulting mixture of 15 kg for Rs. 146.40?
  1. 6 kg
  2. 7 kg
  3. 8 kg
  4. 9 kg
  5. 10 kg
Solution: Let the quantity of Tea costing 10.40 in the mixture be x
Then the quantity of tea costing 8.80= 15-x
According to the question,
10.40 x + 8.80(15-x) = 146.40
Or, 10.40x + 132 – 8.80x = 146.40
Or, 1.6x = 14.40
Or, x = 14.40/1.6 = 9kg
Thus, the correct answer is option D.
Following are some important points related to Logical Reasoning section of NMAT 2020 paper:
There are 36 questions to be attempted in 40 minutes in Logical Reasoning section. Students have to solve questions from Analytical and Logical Reasoning and the rest questions are from Verbal Reasoning section.
Following are the major areas from which questions are asked:
Non Verbal Reasoning:
Puzzles on Distribution, Linear arrangement, Circular arrangement, Comparisons and Selections
Family Tree
Alphanumeric Series
Symbol based logic
Relationships & Directions
Odd man out
Verbal Reasoning: Important topics to be prepared.
  • Course of Action
  • Strong Arguments
  • Implicit Assumptions
  • Inference based questions
  • Strong/Weak Arguments
Critical Reasoning questions: Students need to understand the meaning of the term “Inference” nicely and one should attempt some questions based on critical reasoning to have a better understanding of the type of questions asked.
For the Logical Reasoning section, the following tips and tricks will help you in improving your score in NMAT Logical Reasoning Section:
  • As mentioned above, in this section, 36 questions have to be solved in 40 Minutes, This means that it is very important to have speed.
  • Leave any set or question that you don’t understand in the first 30 seconds. There is no point in wasting time on only one question or one set. Especially in questions of Number series and Pattern matching wherein either one gets the answer immediately or the answer doesn’t strike at all.
  • An attempt of about 26 to 29 questions with about 95% accuracy will be considered good. Students need to master Critical Reasoning and be proficient to understand the inference of the passage given.
Take a look at two questions that appeared in NMAT Reasoning Section:
Question: Pointing towards a person, Sita told her son that the person was the only son of his maternal grandmother. Who is that person to Sita’s husband?
  1. Father-in-law
  2. Brother -in- law
  3. Brother
  4. Father
  5. Uncle
Answer: The maternal grandmother has to be Sita’s Mother, which makes the person Sita’s Brother. Thus, he will be Sita’s husband’s Brother -in-law. The correct answer is option B.
Question: If ‘WEDDING’ is coded as 32 16 30, ‘BELONGS’ is coded as 19 225 40, then how is ‘STRANGE’ coded in the same code language?
  1. 47 16 26
  2. 39 19 24
  3. 57 1 26
  4. 57 1 24
  5. 47 2 26
Answer: The code is such that, A, B, C……Z are represented by numbers 1, 2, 3……26.
The code has 3 numbers- first number is obtained by adding no. of first 3 alphabets, and third term is obtained by adding no. of last 3 alphabets, and second term is obtained by squaring the number of middle alphabet.
By using this logic we get STRANGE as (S+T+R) (Square of 1) (N+G+E) = 57 1 26
The correct answer is option C.
  • The above information is provided so that students devise a strategy so as to attempt questions from all sections.
  • TIME MANAGEMENT is extremely crucial here and NMAT is a speed driven exam.
  • The level of difficulty of the quant section varies from easy to medium, in comparison with the CAT. While in CAT, most questions are based on indirect application of the concepts, but in NMAT, the questions are more direct in nature. Ideally, you must prepare thoroughly all the major topics of Mathematics, with special focus on the topics mentioned above.

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