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NMAT Exam Pattern 2019, Marking Scheme, Total Marks

Updated On - June 29th 2019 by RISHIKA SALUJA

NMAT 2019 Exam Pattern: GMAC has scheduled NMAT 2019 from October 4 to December 17 in online (computer based) 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 NMAT portal 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 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.

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NMAT Exam Pattern, NMAT Paper Pattern, NMAT by GMAC Pattern

NMAT Exam Pattern #Facts

  • The test taker can choose the order or sequence of sections in NMAT Question Paper.
  • As all the three sections are individually timed, candidates can answer and review the answers 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 next section timing.
  • Marks are calculated for each section separately. Total marks include overall marks obtained by the candidate in NMAT by GMAC. 
  • The management exam can be taken three times in a given admissions cycle.

NMAT Exam Pattern – Detailed

Mode of Exam 

  • The examination is conducted in Online mode i.e. computer based mode.
  • Candidates will be assigned a seat having a desktop or a computer with the official NMAT software.
  • It is mandatory to sit on the assigned seat only.

Nature of Questions

  • The 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/ 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 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 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 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

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

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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 2019 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 2019

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 2019 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:

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 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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