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NMAT Exam Pattern 2019, Books, and Marking Scheme

Updated On - September 24th 2019 by NEHA RANI

NMAT Exam Pattern 2019: Candidates appearing in NMAT exam must have a clear understanding of the paper pattern for the same. NMAT is a computer-based exam comprising of three sections – Language Skills, Quantitative Skills, and Logical Reasoning. 

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The management examination will be conducted in multiple windows. However, there are no recent changes in NMAT Exam Pattern. The paper pattern of NMAT is more or less similar to the pattern of CAT and MAT. There is no negative marking in the exam. 

Direct Link to fill NMAT Application Form 2019

  • Candidates can select the sections which they need to solve first according to their preferred choice. 
  • Time limit to solve each section is predetermined.
  • Candidates have an option to revise their answer within the allotted section time only. 
  • 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 timing of the next section.
  • The management exam can be taken three times in a given admission cycle. 
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NMAT is conducted for the candidate's seeking admission to MBA/ PGDM programs in top B-schools in India. Unlike other management exams like CAT or XAT, NMAT 2019 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 2019 Latest Changes

There are few new changes in NMAT 2019 exam. 

  • 20 new NMAT exam centers have been created in India and four international test centers are created in Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh & Srilanka. 
  • Multiple log in methods are introduced i.e. candidates can log in through Facebook, Google, One Time Password (OTP), and previous year credentials. 
  • Official NMATPrep has been improved with enhanced resources for online preparation. 
  • Additional Payment method has been introduced candidates can pay the application fee using an international credit card and UPI. 

    NMAT Exam Pattern

    NMAT Exam Pattern - Detailed

    Mode of Exam 

    NMAT is conducted in Online mode i.e. computer-based mode. Candidates will be assigned a desktop or a computer with the official NMAT software in which they will get a computer-generated test. 

    Nature of Questions

    Questions in the examination will be objective in nature. This means, all the questions in NMAT 2019 will be of Multiple Choice type (MCQs), having 5 choices. Candidates must select the most appropriate answer.

    Total Questions Asked

    NMAT comprises of 120 questions which are to be solved in 120 minutes. There are a total of 3 sections namely Language Skills, Quantitative Skills, and Logical Reasoning. 

    Order of Sections

    One of the unique features in NMAT 2019 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 section is selected, it cannot be changed in the later stages.

    Individually Timed Sections 

    Each section in NMAT exam will be individually timed i.e. candidates have to attempt the questions of the respective section within a 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 detailed NMAT 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, candidates will not be able to come back to the section.

    Section-wise NMAT Exam Pattern

    GMAC has segregated NMAT paper into three individually timed session. Examinees can proceed to the next section if they finish a section beforehand but the remaining time cannot be used for other sections. Given below is the section-wise NMAT Paper Pattern. 

    SectionNo. of QuestionsScore RangeAllotted Time
    Language Skills320-9622 minutes
    Quantitative Skills480-14460 minutes
    Logical Reasoning400-12038 minutes
    Total1200-360120 minutes
    Note: Alliance University, VIT University, Thapar School of Management, ICFAI Business School (IBS) and Shoolini University are few newly added NMAT Participating Institutes

    NMAT Practice Papers

    NMAT Exam Pattern: Language Skills

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

    NMAT Syllabus 2019 
    Reading comprehensionPoems
    Dictionary meanings of different wordsLanguage usage and their rules
    Syntax and correct grammarSynonyms
    AntonymsMake the error
    Idioms and PhrasesFill in the blanks

    Preparation Books for NMAT 2019

    Candidates appearing in NMAT 2019 may follow the books given below to improve their language skills and score in the exam. 

    How to Prepare for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for CAT Arun 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 Books

    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. Speed, accuracy, and precision are the key players here. The important topics along with some major sub-topics for NMAT 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, the distance between a point and a plane, the distance between a line and a plane

    Reference Books for NMAT 2019

    Below given are the reference books that candidates may consider for preparing QA section of NMAT 2019.

    Books Author
    Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive ExaminationsR.S. Aggarwal
    How to Prepare for Quantitative Aptitude for the CATArun Sharma

    NMAT Books

    NMAT Exam Pattern: Logical Skills 

    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 2019 Syllabus
    Multi-dimensional arrangementsSeating Arrangement
    Coding and decodingClocks and Calendars
    Series and SetsPuzzles
    Family treeData Arrangement
    Critical reasoning and AssumptionVenn Diagram

    Reference Books for NMAT 2019

    The reference links for Logical Reasoning section are given below. 

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

    NMAT Books

    NMAT Marking Scheme 2019

    There is no change in the marking scheme of NMAT 2019. The marking scheme for the exam is stated below-

    • 3 marks are awarded to candidates for answering correct answers. 
    • There is no penalty of marks for marking incorrect or wrong answers i.e. negative marking is not applicable.
    • There is no deduction of marks from the total score of the students for 
    • 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 are decided by the organizing body as well as 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 shortlisted for GD and PI 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 2019 Expected Cutoff

    NMAT Exam Day Guide

    Candidates planning to appear in NMAT 2019 must follow the exam day guidelines given below to avoid any kind of discrepancy during and before the exam. 

    NMAT v/s CAT vs XAT 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:

    Maximum questions120100100
    Duration of Exam 2 hours 3 hours3.5 hours
    Type of questionsAll MCQsMCQs: 72-75 questions; rest Non-MCQs99
    Options for MCQs545
    Each correct answer131
    Negative markingNo negative markingMCQs: – 1/3;
    Non-MCQs: NA

    72 MCQs with 1/4 negative marking;

    No negative marking for GK Questions

    Difficulty levelModerateComparatively highHigh
    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

    Section 1: VARC &LR| 26
    Section 2: Decision Making| 21
    Section 3: QA &DI| 27
    Section 4: GK| 25

    Facility to choose the order of sectionsYes, but cannot be changed laterNo, already defined by IIMsAny questions can be solved from any section
    Sectional time limitYes, varying time limit of 22 - 60 minutesEach section with 1-hour time limitNot applicable
    Top MBA colleges accepting exam scoreNMIMS, VIT, XIMB – Check other Institutes20 IIMs, FMS, MDI, SPJIMR, IMI, IITs, XIMBXLRI, SPJIMR, IMT, TAPMI, XIMB

    FAQs on NMAT Exam Pattern

    Ques: In which mode NMAT Exam is conducted?

    Ans: NMAT Exam 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 2019?

    Ans: Below given are the sectional limitations of NMAT exam:

    • There is a certain time limit for each section.
    • Candidates can choose the sections as per their preferred choice. 
    • Once you start one section, you have to end that section to navigate to others. 
    • If there any time left after completing one section, it won't be added to another section. 
    • Along with the overall cutoff, sectional cutoff also exists. 

    Ques: Will there any online screen calculator available in NMAT exam?

    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. 

    Hope this article helped you gain sufficient insights on NMAT Exam Pattern 2019. The exam will begin in October. Good luck!

    *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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    Cherry Gupta

    do we have to go to clg's site to register seperately and pay even after filling nmat form in which that clg is selected..!?

    17 Sep, 2018 17:37
    Akansha Expert

    Hi Cherry, Yes You can register yourself on the College official website.

    17 Sep, 2018 18:41
    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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