NMAT BY GMAC 2020 PATTERN & SYLLABUS
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NMAT Exam Pattern is prescribed by GMAC and consist of 120 MCQ questions from 3 sections with individual time limit for each section. The test comprises of three major sections- Language Skills, Quantitative Skills and Logical Reasoning. For candidates who will be appearing for the exam this year, it is necessary to develop familiarity with NMAT Syllabus.
NMAT 2020 is scheduled to take place in a 75 day window from October 6 to December 19, 2020 as a online computer based test. Aspirants can also get a fair idea about exam pattern with the help of NMAT Mock Test released on the official website in the 4th week of September 2020.
NMAT Exam Pattern: Key Features
Post updation of NMAT Syllabus in 2015, GMAC has released preparation guidelines along with previous year test papers for practice. NMAT pattern is on the lines of CAT, MAT and XAT and is considered to be of moderate difficulty level. For those prepare for other management exams, NMAT can prove to be a cakewalk. Check NMAT Practice Papers
Many of the students must now be preparing for the exam. So a sense of bewilderment remains as to which topics have major chances to be featured in NMAT 2020. Here’s a detailed description of what topics are covered by GMAC for NMAT
NMAT is a 120 minutes computer based exam, divided into three sections:
i) Language Skills
ii) Quantitative Skills
iii) Logical Reasoning
|Section||No. of Questions||Score Range||Allotted Time|
|Language Skills||32||0-96||22 minutes|
|Quantitative Skills||48||0-144||60 minutes|
|Logical Reasoning||40||0-120||38 minutes|
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The paper is based on the lines of CAT and MAT. Time limit is pre-determined for each section. Candidates can select the section they wish to attempt first as per their preferred choice. Option of revising answers is available only till the allotted sectional time.
NMAT is a 2 hour computer based examination in which candidates have to answer 120 questions. Questions are from all the three sections mentioned above. Read more for a detailed sectional analysis.
This section is designed in a manner to test a candidate’s knowledge of English grammar and the comfort level of the candidate with the language.
|Reading comprehension and poems||English grammar & vocabulary|
|English usage||Fill in the blanks|
|Synonyms & antonyms||Idioms, phrases, clauses|
|Sentence error/correction||Word meaning|
|Para jumbles||Statement correction|
Candidates in this section are required to solve questions based on mathematics. Fast calculation skills with accuracy is tested with this section.
The table below provides names of important topics from quantitative section.
|Algebra (Linear/Quadratic Equation)||Number Systems|
|Line graph, Bar graph, Pie Charts, Tables||Profit and Loss|
|2D and 3 D Geometry, and Statistics||Time, Speed, and Distance|
|Mixture & Solution||Simple/Compound interest|
|Mensuration||Permutations and Combinations|
This section is based on assessment of critical thinking and decision making abilities of the candidates. It is typically divided into two sections: Verbal Reasoning and Analytical Reasoning.
Below listed are important topics from this section:
|Coding & Decoding||Numeric Grid|
|Strong Arguments and Weak Arguments||Calendars|
|Arrangement||Course of Action|
|Family tree||Blood Relations|
Candidates are required to report at the exam center 45 minutes prior to the commencemnet of exam. Reporting at the test center 15 minutes later after the exam begins will not be entertained. Follwing documents are required to be produced at the test venue:
Computer will be assigned to the candidate-once the welcome screen appears, a non disclosure agreement (NDA) will be displayed. Candidates have to click on “yes” to proceed with the exam. If clicked on “no i do not accept” deliberately or by mistake the candidature and attempt will stand cancelled.
GMAC has not mandated any scheduled breaks in the exam. Though unscheduled breaks can be taken by camdidates as many times during the test as they want. In unscheduled breaks test clock will not stop, time taken for the break will be deducted from the overall time of the candidate.
Test takers can leave the testing room for break or refreshment. Though the discretion lies with the invigilatior. If unfair means are adopted by the candidate, they will not be allowed breaks. It should be noted that while reentering the testing room after break a valid id proof has to be shown.
During the unscheduled break, test takers will not be allowed to access their bags, personal belongings or study material. Use of mobile phones during the break is also not allowed. in need of food or medicine prior permission from the invigilator is required.
After the welcome screen appears for candidates they will be provided a non-dosclosure agreement (NDA) screen. This means abiding by rules and norms laid down by GMAC. It has to be accepted to proceed with the exam.
Click on “yes i accept” to procees and select the section order. In case by mistake or deliberately clicked on “no i do not accept” the test will end. This mistake cannot be aversed and the attemp will; stand void.
NMAT by GMAC Sample Papers give a fair idea of how the actual exam can be expected to be. All candidates appearing for NMAT by GMAC between October – December, 2020 must practice NMAT by GMAC Question papers as much as possible. It is advisable to get thorough with these beforehand, so that candidates do not get surprised in the actual exam.
The exam will take place in different slots on different days. As for the NMAT by GMAC marking scheme, three marks will be awarded for each correct answer option, while there is no negative marking.
There are quite a few similarities between exam pattern ans syllabus structure of NMAT by GMAC and Xavier’s Aptitude Test. Thus candidates havev the opportunity to prepare for both the exams simultaneously. A tabulated comparison is mentioned below:
|Exam Pattern Detail||NMAT by GMAC||XLRI-XAT|
|Number of Questions||120||100|
|Total Duration||2 Hours||3.5 Hours|
|Type of Questions||All MCQs||97 MCQ (1 Essay Type Question)|
+1 for Correct Response
No Negative Marking
72 MCQs with 0.25 Negative Marking.
No Negative Marking for 25 MCQs and Essay Question.
Language Skills: 32
Logical Reasoning: 40
Quatitative Skills: 48
English Language and Logical Reasoning: 24
Quatitative Ability and Data Interpretation: 27
Decision Making: 21
|Sectional Time Limit||Time Limit of 22 minutes to 60 minutes||Every Section has 1 Hour Time Limit|
|Choose Sectional Order||Yes||No|
Ques: NMAT is conducted in which mode?
Ans: NMAT is conducted in a computer-based mode which will be held in a pre-determined testing location in which the responses are electronically recorded and assessed.
Ques: What skills are required to appear in NMAT computer-based test?
Ans: There are no extra computer skills needed as such. Candidates just have to mark their responses to the questions appeared on the screen. Proper instructions will be given at the beginning of the test which will help candidates to take the test.
Ques: Can I prepare for NMAT and CAT in one go?
Ans: NMAT and CAT both have almost similar syllabus but their sectional divisions are different. Candidates can prepare for both the exam in one go but they must solve mock tests for both the exam separately understand the exam pattern of NMAT and CAT.
Ques: What are sectional limitations in NMAT 2020?
Ans:Below given are the sectional limitations of NMAT:
Ques: Will there be any online screen calculator available in NMAT 2020?
Ans: No, there is no such facility available. Candidates will be given rough page for calculation.
Ques: Will there be any change in NMAT exam pattern?
Ans: No, there is no major change in NMAT exam pattern.
Ques: How many attempts can candidates can take in one year?
Ans:Candidates can take test maximum 3 times in one admission year.
Ques: When can candidates schedule to reappear in NMAT?
Ans:Candidates have to wait at least 15 days before he/she can apply for a reappear. There is a separate application fee charged to reappear in the exam.
*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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