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NMAT Exam Pattern 2018, Marking Scheme, Total Marks

Updated On - July 25th 2018 by KRITIKA GUPTA

NMAT 2018 Exam Pattern: GMAC has scheduled NMAT 2018 from October 4 to December 17 in online mode. The exam has three sections – Language Skills, Quantitative Skills and Logical Reasoning. Each section is individually timed. The official exam pattern is available on the official portal of NMAT i.e. The management examination will be conducted in multiple windows. However, NMAT Exam Pattern will remain same for all the slots.

The examination is considered to be one of the most popular management exam, held for admission to MBA/ PGDM courses in top B-schools in India. Unlike other management exams like CAT or XAT, NMAT 2018 has a 75 days testing window. Candidates have the liberty to book a test slot or reschedule it as per their preference and real-time availability.

NMAT Syllabus 2018NMAT Online ApplicationsNMAT Question PapersNMAT Cutoff

    A brief highlight of NMAT Exam Pattern is given below:

    • Mode of exam: NMAT by GMAC is held in online mode.
    • Duration of exam: Maximum time allowed to attempt the question paper is 2 hours.
    • Type of questions: The exam has only multiple-choice questions.
    • Sections: NMAT Question Paper has 3 sections- Language Skills, Quantitative Skills and Logical Skills.
    • Total Questions: 120 questions are asked in the paper.
    • NMAT Total Marks: Maximum marks obtained by a candidate are 360. 
    • Language of Paper: The paper is set in English language.
    • Marking scheme: 3 marks are awarded for a correct response. There is no negative marking.

    NMAT Exam Pattern #Facts

    • The test taker can choose the order of sections.
    • As all the three sections are individually timed, candidates can answer and review the answers within the allotted section time. 
    • If a candidate has answered all questions of a given section before the allotted time, then he can move to the next section. However, the balance time will not be transferred to the next section timing.
    • Marks are calculated for each section separately. Total marks include overall marks obtained by the candidate in NMAT by GMAC. 
    • NMAT by GMAC can be taken three times in a given admissions cycle.

    NMAT Exam Pattern – Detailed

    Mode of Exam 

    • The examination is conducted in Online mode.
    • NMAT by GMAC 2018 exam pattern will be based on online computer based test.
    • Candidates will be assigned a seat having a desktop or a computer with the official NMAT software.

    Nature of Questions

    • The questions in the examination will be objective in nature.
    • This means, all the questions in NMAT 2018 will be of Multiple Choice type (MCQs), having 5 choices.
    • Candidates must select the most appropriate answer.

    Total/ Maximum Questions

    • NMAT by GMAC will comprise 120 questions.
    • They will be divided into 3 sections and are to be attempted in 120 minutes (2 hours).

    Order of sections

    • One of the unique features in NMAT 2018 exam pattern is that the candidate will have the liberty to choose the order of sections in the examination.
    • However, once an order of the sections is selected, it can not be changed in the later stages.

    Individually timed sections 

    As per the updates, each section in NMAT exam will be individually timed. Candidates will have to attempt the questions in the respective section within the stipulated sectional time limit.

    NMAT Marking Scheme

    • A uniform marking system is followed in the exam.
    • As per the revised exam pattern of NMAT, there is no negative marking for any unanswered or incorrect answer.
    • Hence, instead of skipping a question, one can use their calculated guess and mark the answer. 

    Check detailedNMAT Marking Scheme

    Facility to review answers

    • GMAC provides the facility to review answers of each section within the allotted time before moving to another section.
    • Once the section time limit expires, they can not come back to the section.

    NMAT Exam Pattern (Section-wise)

    • GMAC has segregated NMAT paper into 3 sections that are timed individually. 
    • Examinees can proceed to the next section if they finish a section beforehand but the remaining time cannot be used for other sections.
    • The maximum marks a candidate can score in NMAT are 360.
    • Aspirants must choose the most appropriate answer out of 5 alternative options.

    The section-wise NMAT Paper Pattern is given below:

    SectionNo. of QuestionsScore RangeAllotted Time
    Language Skills320-9622 minutes
    Quantitative Skills480-14460 minutes
    Logical Reasoning400-12038 minutes
    Total1200-360120 minutes
    Note: From this year onwards B-schools like, Alliance University, VIT University, Thapar School of Management, ICFAI Business School (IBS) and Shoolini University will also accept NMAT scores. CheckNMAT Participating Institutes

    NMAT Exam Pattern: Language Skills

    • This section has questions from English syllabus and grammar.
    • It tests a candidate’s language and comprehension skills. 
    • The comprehension questions test the ability to comprehend the meaning from a given passage. 
    • Questions about the language usage and their rules are also expected to appear in the exam. 

    The main topics of this section are:

    NMAT Syllabus 2018 
    Reading comprehensionPoems
    Dictionary meanings of different wordsLanguage usage and their rules
    Syntax and correct grammarSynonyms
    AntonymsMake the error
    Idioms and PhrasesFill in the blanks

    NMAT Preparation Books

    Book NameAuthor Name/Publisher
    How to Prepare for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for CATArun Sharma and Meenakshi Upadhyay/Arihant
    30 Days to a More Powerful Vocabulary Mass Market PaperbackWilfred Funk & Norman Lewis/ Simon & Schuster
    How to Prepare for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for the CATSharma and Upadhyay

    NMAT Exam Pattern: Quantitative Skills

    • This section assesses the basic mathematical ability of students.
    • It is considered to be relatively a scoring section and the time limit is 60 minutes.
    • The difficulty level for this section is 10+2 level.
    • Speed, accuracy, and precision are the key players here. 

    The important topics along with some major sub-topics for NMAT by GMAC syllabus for the section are as follows:

    ArithmeticNumber System, HCF, LCM, Ratio and Proportion, Simplification, Percentage, Average, Age Calculation, Time and Work and Distances
    AlgebraTheory of Equations, Quadratic Equations, Permutations and Combinations, Sequence and Series
    GeometryAngles, Lines, Triangles, and Circles
    TrigonometryTrigonometric Ratios, Heights and Distances
    MensurationArea and volume of cones, spheres, cubes and cuboids
    2D and 3D geometrydistance between 2 points, distance between a point and a plane, distance between a line and a plane

    NMAT Reference Books: 

    BookPublication/ Author
    Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive ExaminationsR.S. Aggarwal
    Abhijit GuhaAbhijit Guha
    How to Prepare for Quantitative Aptitude for the CATArun Sharma

    nmat question paper

    NMAT Exam Pattern: Logical Skills 

    • The logical skills section is designed to evaluate the understanding of patterns from the data given and to test the visualization power of aspirants.
    • It questions a candidate’s logical thinking and its application to everyday problems. 

    The important topics of this section are as stated below:

    NMAT 2018 Syllabus
    Multi-dimensional arrangementsSeating Arrangement
    Coding and decodingClocks and Calendars
    Series and SetsPuzzles
    Family treeData Arrangement
    Critical reasoning and AssumptionVenn Diagram

    NMAT Reference Books:

    BookPublication/ Author
    A Modern Approach to Logical ReasoningR.S. Aggarwal
    Logical and Analytical ReasoningAshok Gupta
    Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation for the CATNishit Sinha

    NMAT Exam Day Guide

    NMAT Marking Scheme 2018

    Applicants must know the marking scheme in order to decide how to attempt the questions in the entrance exam. There has been no change in the marking scheme of NMAT by GMAC. The marking scheme is stated as follows:

    • 1 mark is awarded to candidates for marking every accurate answer.
    • There is no penalty of marks charged for marking incorrect or wrong answers i.e. negative marking is not applicable.
    • No mark is deducted from the total score of the student for leaving a question blank or failure in attempting it.
    • Marking two options is not possible as candidates have to choose only 1 option that seems the most appropriate and clicking on another option will mark it as the answer.

    Qualifying Marks in NMAT

    • Qualifying marks for NMAT by GMAC are decided by the organizing body as well the college.
    • Candidates must qualify both, section-wise and total cut-off marks to be eligible for admission to various management programs.
    • Those applicants who do not score the minimum marks will not qualify and hence will not be short-listed for the Case Discussion and Personal Interview rounds.

    Given below is last year’s NMAT Cutoff to help you understand better about the section and course-wise qualifying marks:

    Course/ ProgramLanguage Skills (96)Quantitative Techniques (144)Logical Reasoning (120)Overall Cutoff (360)
    MBA Program/ MBA Banking/ MBA Capital Market/ MBA HR557461208
    MBA Pharmaceutical Management505050169

    Check  NMAT 2018 Expected Cutoff

    NMAT v/s CAT Exam Pattern

    There are a lot of similarities and dissimilarities between the exam pattern of NMAT and CAT exam. All of it is tabulated below:

    ComponentNMAT by GMACIIM CAT
    Maximum questions120100
    Duration of Exam 2 hours 3 hours
    Type of questionsAll MCQsMCQs: 72-75 questions; rest Non-MCQs
    Options for MCQs54
    Each correct answer13
    Negative markingNo negative markingMCQs: – 1/3;
    Non-MCQs: NA
    Difficulty levelModerateComparatively high
    No. of sections33
    Sections Name | No. of Ques.Section 1: Language Skills | 32
    Section 2: Logical Reasoning | 40
    Section 3: Quantitative Skills | 48
    Section 1: VARC | 34
    Section 2: DILR | 32
    Section 3: QA | 34
    Facility to choose order of sectionsYes, but cannot be changed laterNo, already defined by IIMs
    Sectional time limitYes, varying time limit of 22 - 60 minutesEach section with 1-hour time limit
    Top MBA colleges accepting exam scoreNMIMS, VIT, XIMB – Check other Institutes20 IIMs, FMS, MDI, SPJIMR, IMI, IITs, XIMB

    Hope this article helped you gain sufficient insights on NMAT Exam Pattern 2018. The exam will begin in October. Good luck!

    NMAT Exam Pattern FAQ's

    Ques: Can I give NMAT exam in paper and pen mode?

    Ans: No, NMAT is purely Computer based exam.

    Ques: What is the marking scheme for NMAT?

    Ans: Candidates will get 3 marks for every correct answer and there is no negative marking.

    Ques: What is the time duration to complete NMAT exam?

    Ans: The time duration to complete the exam is 2 hours.

    Ques: How many times can an aspirant take NMAT by GMAC?

    Ans: Candidate can give NMAT 3 times.

    Ques: What is the NMAT section-wise exam pattern?


    SectionQuestionsTime Allotted
    Language Skills32 Questions22 Minutes
    Quantitative Skills48 Questions60 Minutes
    Logical Reasoning40 Questions38 Minutes
    Total120 Questions120 Minutes

    *The article might have information for the previous academic years, which will be updated soon subject to the notification issued by the University/College



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    1 Comment
    Mansi Singh

    how to select exam dates? Please help

    02 Aug, 2018 00:20
    Garima Bansal

    Hi mansi, To get information regarding the selection of exam dates you mat check this link:- Scheduling.

    03 Aug, 2018 11:04

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