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NMAT (Narsee Monjee Aptitude Test), an exam conducted for entrance into NMIMS, will be administered by GMAC this year. The testing agency will remain the same; therefore the exam is expected to remain a speed based test. The level of the exam will thus remain moderate, with questions ranging from easy to moderate. Major plus point for the candidates in the exam is that there will be no negative marking. Therefore, the candidates will be able to attempt all the questions without any fear of losing marks and hope that this works in their favor. There will also be an option to select which section you want to attempt first. This way you can attempt your strongest section first and weakest at the last, thus maximizing your score.

Letís take a look at major highlights of NMAT paper, giving you a brief overview as what to expect in this yearís exam.

The pattern of exam this year will remain the same as last year. Candidates will need to attempt 120 questions in 120 minutes. There will be a total of three sections, namely, Language Skills, Quantitative Skills and Logical Reasoning. Total number of questions and the time allotted per section will vary. Language Skills will have 32 questions to be attempted in 22 minutes, Quantitative Skills will have 48 questions to be attempted in 60 minutes and Logical Reasoning will have 40 questions to be attempted in 38 minutes.

Section Number


Number of Questions

Duration (minutes)


Language Skills




Quantitative Skills




Logical Reasoning






Language Skills:

In this section, you will have less than a minute to solve each question. Therefore, really fast reading speed is required. The section consists of extensive amount of vocabulary questions varying from synonym, antonym, fill in the blanks and analogies. There are questions on correct usage of prepositions, para-jumbles and grammatical error identification. The section also consists of couple of reading comprehensions (moderate length).

It is advised to attempt the reading comprehension first, as later on you wonít be left with much time. Also read the instructions of questions carefully and ensure that you are answering what is being asked.

Quantitative Skills:

In this section it is important to identify the easy questions and leave the typical ones which will take time, as NMAT does not provide time to over-think. Therefore it is important to select your problems wisely and focus on scoring as much as possible. Last year the exam had a uniform mix of questions on Number System, Algebra, Geometry, Arithmetic and Modern Mathematics. Number System and Geometry were focused more than the other topics in the section.

The section also features Data Interpretation sets. These sets consist of questions on Tabular Data and Line Graphs. These data interpretation sets require a fair amount of calculation. There are questions on Data Sufficiency as well.

Logical Reasoning:

This section is a mix of Logical Reasoning, Non-Verbal Reasoning and Verbal Reasoning. The logical reasoning portion of the exam features questions on logical sets, Venn diagrams, blood relations and series identification. The non-verbal reasoning portion of the exam features questions on input-output, signs and symbols, logical inequalities, coding-decoding and syllogisms. The verbal reasoning portion of the exam features questions on assumptions (critical reasoning), courses of action, fact and analysis, and cause and effect reasoning.†The section also consists of questions on logical games.

Considering the format of the paper (120 questions in 120 minutes), it is extremely vital that you practice your speed-testing skills and are in the habit of attempting such papers. Therefore, attempt several NMAT Mock Tests and improve your chances to crack the exam.

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