Ace the Verbal Section in NMAT

NMAT is conducted for admissions into Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies (NMIMS), in their Mumbai, Bengaluru and Hyderabad campuses, as well as a few other prominent B-schools. The exam consists of three sections, namely, Language Skills, Quantitative Skills and Logical Reasoning. In this article, we will provide expert tips and tricks to help you ace the verbal section in the NMAT. The Language Skills section has 36 questions, which has to be solved in 28 minutes. Thus, speed is the key factor for a good score in the section.
Syllabus for NMAT Verbal Ability Section
Before we talk about tips and tricks, it is important to note that the syllabus for NMAT Verbal Ability Section, is based on the commonly asked questions in previous year NMAT exams:
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Para jumbles
  • Grammar- Error Spotting
  • Sentence Correction
  • Fill in the blanks (Grammar based)
  • Antonyms & Synonyms
  • Sentence Completion
  • Analogies
NMAT Verbal Ability: Tips and Tricks
Based on the above mentioned syllabus and previous year exam pattern, following are the key takeaways for NMAT aspirants:
  • As the exam pattern is has changed this years, out of 36 questions, an attempt of 29-30 questions with 95% accuracy will ensure that you clear the sectional cut-off comfortably.
  • As there is no negative marking, you would be tempted to maximize your attempts. But, in this section speed is important as 36 questions have to be solved in 28 minutes. Thus, you should pick and choose the questions and should not focus on attempting all the questions.
  • Generally, the 2 Reading Comprehension passages are of easy to moderate level of difficulty and most of the questions are direct. As time management is of paramount importance in this section, we suggest that RC passages should be attempted at the end, after attempting all other questions. In case the RC is very lengthy or difficult, it is advisable not to be attempted.
  • As we can see from the table above, a strong vocabulary is very important for a good score in the verbal section of NMAT. A lot of questions were vocabulary-based, namely, synonyms, antonyms, analogies and sentence completion.
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  • Apart from this, verbal reasoning questions are also asked in the reasoning section of the exam. The questions are from topics like statement-arguments, statement-assumptions, statement-conclusion, statement-course of action and critical reasoning. You should prepare these areas thoroughly.
  • You should solve the questions in 2 rounds, in the first round, attempt the questions which are least time consuming and after these, questions like Para jumbles and RC should be attempted in the second round.
Key Learning:
  • The most important topics for NMAT Verbal Ability are Reading Comprehension, Vocabulary and Grammar.
  • The two things that are important in the exam are: efficient time management and choice of questions to be attempted.
  • In the exam, it is advisable that you identify and attempt the questions, which are least time consuming. You should develop the knack of picking up the right questions to attempt.
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