Master Quant and Logical Reasoning in NMAT

One of the most popular management entrance tests, NMAT is an objective test consisting of three individual timed sections. NMAT is a unique in the sense that it has different time limits and same number of questions in each section. It is more of a speed driven test, rather than a test of knowledge. Undoubtedly, Quant and Reasoning sections form crucial parts of NMAT.
In this article, we will discuss the strategy you should follow to perform well in the Quant and Logical Reasoning section of NMAT.
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NMAT - Quantitative Skills
In this section, there are 36 questions to be solved in 52 minutes. It comprises questions of both Data Interpretation and Quantitative Aptitude. There is no negative marking in NMAT, which means
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Important topics for Quantitative Skills:
Number Properties
DI Caselets
DI Tables
DI Graphs
DI Charts
Data Sufficiency
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Solved Question from NMAT Past 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.
NMAT - Logical Reasoning
There are 36 questions to be attempted in 40 minutes in Logical Reasoning section. It includes questions from a wide range of reasoning-based topics, that evaluate your analytical and decision-making skills.
Important topics for Logical Reasoning
  • Critical Reasoning
  • Deductions
  • Analytical Puzzles
Tips for Logical Reasoning
For the Logical Reasoning section, the following tips and tricks will help you in improving your score in NMAT Logical Reasoning Section:
  • Go through NMAT previous year papers to acquainted with different types of reasoning questions. At the same time, you can try solving them to learn about your strengths and weaknesses.
  • 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. Certain topics like critical reasoning appear complex, and require a lot of practice. Make sure you have practiced well before the actual exam.
Solved Questions from NMAT Past Paper
Question 1: 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 2: 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.
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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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