NMAT 2021 Analysis

NMAT is now a computer adaptive test. It implies that level of next question will depend on the accuracy of the previous question attempted by the candidate i.e. whether the previous question was attempted correct or incorrect. In this pattern, the difficult questions are given more weightage in terms of marks in comparison to easy questions. Another feature is that the candidate cannot skip the questions while taking the test. Also, it was mentioned that leaving cloze test questions unattempted will invite penalty. In order to increase the score, it is advisable to be extra careful about the accuracy in first 10-12 questions in every section. Also students could select the order of the sections to be attempted in the exam. Overall this kind of test requires strong fundamentals and enough practice of moderate to difficult questions to score well.
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In-depth section wise analysis of NMAT 2021-22 by experts
Time Period – 75 days (14th October 2021– 27th December 2021) + 5 days (11-15 January 2022)
Time Duration - 120 min i.e. 2 hours
Test Mode - Online
Marking Scheme - 3 marks for each question, No negative marking
Conducted by - GMAC ™
The following table shows the exam pattern of NMAT 2021:
Number of Questions
Duration in Minutes
Language Skills
Quantitative Skills
Logical Reasoning
Score Range
Language Skills – 12 - 120
Quantitative Skills – 12 - 120
Logical Reasoning- 12 - 120
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Section wise Analysis
Language Skills (Verbal Ability)
This section consisted of 36 questions which were to be solved within 28 minutes. There were four para jumble questions, all of them were easy as the sentences were not lengthy. The 5-6 questions based on preposition and vocabulary-based Fill-in-the-blank questions were not difficult. The 5-8grammar-based questions were based on the knowledge of grammar fundamentals. There were 4 questions on Analogy, which required above average level of vocabulary. The 3 cloze test based questions with 3 blanks were a little tricky as the choices were very close. The third and, arguably the most important topic of this section was Reading Comprehension. There were three RC passages with 4 questions each and were of moderate level. Most of the questions were either main idea or inference based. The passages were not very tough to understand. But due to time constraints required speed-reading and very good comprehension skills. Overall, this section was easy to moderate.
Quantitative Skills (Quantitative Aptitude)
The Quant section had 36 questions which were to be attempted in 52 minutes.. The section consisted of questions from Quantitative Aptitude (18 questions), Data Interpretation (12 q) and Data Sufficiency (6 q). The areas of Quant was dominated by Arithmetic(around 10 questions), followed by modern math’s(6 questions) and one question each of quadratic and numbers. In arithmetic the questions were on time and work, SI CI, percentage, ratio and mixture. In modern maths, the questions were on permutation, probability, sets and progression. In DI there were 4 questions each of table, Line Graph and combination of Bar and Pie. The questions in DI were calculation intensive and time consuming. In data sufficiency questions were from different topics. The feel of this section was moderate.
Logical Reasoning
The Logical Reasoning section consisted of36 questions that were required to be solved within 40 minutes. The major change this year is almost equal weightage to verbal as well as nonverbal reasoning each having 18 questions each.
In non-verbal reasoning questions were on Input output (4 questions), linear arrangement (4 questions), AR set (4 questions) and rest of questions were on ranking, puzzles etc.
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In verbal reasoning out of 18 questions 2 were on Critical reasoning, 3 syllogisms, 2 on course of action/ decision making,11 on conclusion, assumption and weak argument, Overall, this section was moderate and required knowledge of fundamentals of reasoning & tricks to solve questions based on these topics.
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