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NMAT Language Skills: Syllabus, Exam Pattern, Important Topics, Paper Analysis
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Anwita Dhar

| Updated On -Jun 18, 2021

NMAT Language skill syllabus is set by GMAC. Language skills weightage has been increased from 26% to 33%. Check NMAT Paper Analysis

GMAC has introduced some major changes in the NMAT language skill exam pattern. Check NMAT Sectional Exam Pattern

NMAT exam is usually attempted by more than 85000 students every year but this number may also increase because of the choice of taking NMAT in a remote proctored mode from their home which will reduce the hassles of the candidates for travelling on the day of their exam.

Read: NMAT 2020 Quantitative Skills Preparation Tips, Questions, Syllabus

NMAT 2020 Exam Overview 

Before jumping into NMAT language skill exam pattern and NMAT language skill syllabus you can go through the NMAT 2020 overview if you are planning to appear for the same. 

  • An aspirant can attempt the test 3 times in the exam window for NMAT, with a gap of a minimum of 15 days between two successive attempts.
  • The medium of the exam paper will be English.
  • According to the NMAT language skill exam pattern, the exam paper contains a total of 108 questions.
  • All the questions spread across three sections, i.e NMAT Language skills, Logical Reasoning, and Quantitative skills. Read: NMAT 2020 Quantitative Skills Preparation Tips, Questions, Syllabus
  • All the sections will contain an equal number of questions i.e 36.
  • The test taker can choose the order of the sections they wish to attempt the paper. However, once you arranged the sections according to your preference, movement across the sections will not be allowed. 
  • NMAT is a "computer adaptive" online test. 
  • Candidates can review the summary of their attempts after completing each section. 

Read: NMAT Official Preparation Guide


NMAT Language Skill Exam Pattern

This year the NMAT Language Skill Exam pattern has been substantially changed by GMAC. Those who are not aware of the changed NMAT Exam Pattern must go through the following points.

NMAT 2020 Testing Mode: Unlike NMAT 2019 students can opt for NMAT 2020 in two modes.1. Computer-based exams at their preferred test centers. 2. Online Proctored Exam from their Home

Number of Sections: The NMAT exam consists of 3 sections - Language Skills, Quantitative Skills, and Logical Reasoning.

Changes in the Weightage of Sections: Changes have been introduced in the weightage of questions to promote the participation of students from all the streams, the no of questions of the Language skill section is increased from 26% to 33% while the weightage of Quantitative skills is reduced to 33% from 40%.

Number of Questions in NMAT 2020: There will be a total of 108 questions in NMAT entrance test. All the sections will carry equally 36 questions. 

Type of Questions: All the questions in the NMAT exam pattern are of Multiple Choice type Questions (MCQs).

Marking Scheme: Another important feature of the NMAT Language skills exam pattern is the uniform marking system. Students will be awarded +1 mark for each correct answer, whereas no marks will be given to unattempted questions. The scaled score for each of the sections range between 12 to 120 making a total range of score between 36 to 360, awards equal sectional weightage. Check NMAT Cutoff Marks

No Negative Marking: The NMAT Language skill exam pattern is without any negative marking. So, students are advised that instead of skipping a question in the test, they can use their calculated guess and choose the answer without the fear of a penalty as for a wrong answer there will be no negative marking.

NMAT 2020 Time Duration: A total of 120 minutes (2 hours) will be allotted to test takers to complete the entire paper. The same time limit is given to students despite the total number of questions in the NMAT exam have been reduced.

Individually Timed Sections: In the revised NMAT Language skill exam pattern, each of the three sections is individually timed and the students have to answer the questions in the respective section within the given sectional time limit.

Sectional Time Limit: According to the NMAT Language skill exam pattern each section has distinct time limits. Like for the NMAT Language skills section students will get 28 minutes, for Quantitative skills 52 minutes, and Logical reasoning 40 minutes.


LS Exam Pattern

NMAT Language Skill Exam Pattern

Section Number of Questions  Time limit Score Range 
Language Skills 36 28 12-120
Quantitative Skills 36 52 12-120
Logical Reasoning 36 40 12-120
Total 108 120 36-360

Key Highlights of NMAT Language Skill:

  • As candidates have an option to choose their choice of section order they have to attempt the questions in the same way.
  • Also, students have to keep in mind there are sectional time limits thus they are required to attempt the questions within the time frame.
  • Once the allotted time of the respective sections is over, they will not be able to return to the previous sections.
  • Candidates also have the option to download their scorecard of NMAT 2020 in a pdf format within 48 hours of the examination.

NMAT Language Skill Syllabus

For the NMAT 2020 exam, there are a few changes made in the NMAT Language Skill Exam Pattern and NMAT language skill Syllabus. If you are chalking out your strategy and about to start your preparation you must be aware of the revised NMAT language skill Syllabus. After releasing the revised NMAT language skill Syllabus GMAC also published preparation strategies for NMAT 2020 aspirants.

NMAT 2020 language skill syllabus contains only MCQ type of questions rather than subjective questions. GMAC has not drafted any definite NMAT language skill syllabus but students can refer to the previous year's question papers and below-mentioned topics as all the questions in language skill are asked from these topics. In order to fetch good marks at NMAT exams, it is important to cover all these topics, solve previous year question papers, and appear for mock test papers as well.

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NMAT 2020 aspirants can expect questions from the below-mentioned topics for the Language skill section:

  • 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

Read: How to Prepare for NMAT 2020 Language Skills

NMAT 2020 Language Skill Preparation

  • The syllabus for the NMAT exam on Language Skills is well-structured. There are 32 questions in the Language Skills section, and the test-takers have to complete this section in 22 minutes.
  • On average, you have 40 seconds for each question, but since you require more time to do Reading Comprehension questions, so manage your time accordingly. You must target to complete each question within 30 seconds so that you can get 10-12 minutes to solve 7-9 Reading Comprehension questions.
  • While preparing for this section, the candidates must specify their knowledge concerning to different topics of the English language.
  • The candidates can read a lot of good books, newspaper, watch English plays, etc. as all of these will help in increasing your vocabulary.
  • Papers like The Hindu and the Editorial section of other newspapers help a lot in getting familiar with new words and vocabulary.

LS Exam Analysis

NMAT 2020 Exam Analysis of Language Skills

The students who appeared for the NMAT 2020, gave their remark that the difficulty level of NMAT 2020 exam was moderate to tough in comparison to the previous year exams of NMAT. The paper comprises three sections containing 36 questions in each section. The option to not answer any question and skip to the next one was disabled, therefore the candidates needed to attempt all the questions. As the exam is Adaptive, candidates will be rewarded more marks for attempting the tougher questions correctly whereas answering the easier questions will carry comparatively lesser marks. The topic-wise questions served to the candidates in each of the sections with marks allotment are provided below.

Topic No. of Questions
Reading Comprehension 12
Para jumbles 4-5
Analogy 5-6
Fill in the blanks (Grammar and Vocabulary) 4
Fill in the blanks (Prepositions) 3
Spot the error/ Identify the correct usage 6

MBA aspirants have to appear for the NMAT exam as this is the gateway to admission to the leading MBA institute of India like Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies (NMIMS) Mumbai, VIT Vellore, SPJIMR Mumbai, XIM Bhubaneswar, IBS Hyderabad, GITAM School of International Business Vizag, etc. This year the NMAT exam commenced on 4 th November and will conclude on 30th January 2021.

*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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Ques. I got 222 in my NMAT exam, what is my conversion chance for NMIMS Mumbai?

● Top Answer By Ria Dhar on 28 May 21

Ans. One of my friends also opted for conversion. According to him, in recent year's cut-offs, chances of anyone to be shortlisted would be possible if you manage to score around 207-209.  This goes for sectional cut-offs too, like-  Sections Cut off Logical Reasoning 60-61 QA 72-74 Verbal 55-56 If I assume that you have already managed to clear these cut-offs (sectional or non-sectional) and have a good score of 222, chances of converting your call are really, really high.  Read the following points to understand how your NMAT score would not be an exclusive aspect if you really want to pursue a course at NMIMS.  The entire admission process encompasses various factors. Like your academic background, work experience, case discussion, and eventually a personal interview round.  The selection aspect includes the NMAT score. But students with a low score have not managed to make it.  This also proves how you have to have a good Case Discussion and Personal Interview (CDPI) score to eventually make it.  There have been instances where the students have managed to score pretty well. But since they didn't perform well in their CDPI, they could not convert the call. Although, in 2020 the NMAT Exam Pattern has changed itself a bit. The time limit is just the same. The number of questions has been lessened. Expect the NMAT cut-off to surge. There also have been speculations that the number of questions would be unknown making the NMAT exam cut-off pointless to assume already.Read more
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Ques. How difficult is the post-NMAT process at NMIMS Mumbai?

● Top Answer By Anisha Basu on 15 May 21

Ans. Post NMAT process at NMIMS Mumbai includes Writing SOP, CD and PI. The following points are based on my sister’s experience at the institute: CD: Case Discussion is like a group discussion but very different from it.  A structured analysis of a particular circumstance is given as a case.  To clear, the CD makes sure the student makes 2-3 meaningful entries in 15 mins. If the case is long and you are in between the first two persons to speak, make sure to crisply present the problem.  You will be needed to give a clear direction and structure to the problem. SOP & PI: The panel will have your Statement of Purpose. SOP is a representation of the best qualities, journey and achievements with importance on why you yearn to pursue an MBA in NMIMS.  The SOP should be well structured and best described.  You need to make your stories fall in place.  Questions relevant to work experience, previous projects, or internships are usually asked in PI.  Apart from that, some interviewees might end up asking random abstract questions just to check the presence of mind and thought process. A standard interview serves for about 20 to 25 minutes but it depends on the Panel.Read more
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Ques. Can I get a call from ximb with 192 NMAT?

● Top Answer By Nitin Ghosal on 20 Apr 21

Ans. Since the cut-offs range around and over 190+, there is a vivid chance of you getting the admission call from Xavier Institute of Management, Bhubaneshwar (XIMB). If you in any chance put your target for the XIMB-HR department, then you should definitely make sure to obtain a good scoring in the LS section of NMAT, which is basically the Language Section.  Revised in 2020 by GMAC, NMAT is supposed to be centered around having 12 questions less when compared to 2019.  As also mentioned by a friend who appeared in NMAT, is to prepare thoroughly for the GD-PI section which certainly can fetch you XIMB. It is because your score is just above the cutoff, and an additional good GD-PI is supposed to affect your score on the upper side of the hill.  The scoring rate and other relative factors are subjected to vary as per guidelines, and the year date. The NMAT score for XIMB from the past year was estimated at a different rate. The outlook of which is mentioned beneath: Look at the various cut-off ranges, that similarly are subject to change each year, as per criterion. The following data is: HRM - 87 percentile, or 190–200 RM - 70 percentile, or 150–170 Although, the high chance of getting a seat in the institution somewhat depends on the GD-PI, and interview.Read more
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Ques. Is the difficulty level of exams like the NMAT, Snap, and the CMAT the same?

● Top Answer By Sneha on 02 Feb 21

Ans. NMAT, SNAP, and CMAT are some of the Management entrance aptitude tests conducted by different exam bodies in India. All these exams have a set of colleges that accepts these scores. All three exams are computer-based and follow Objective Type Questions (MCQ) question format. These three exams have varying difficulty levels. SNAP conducted by Symbiosis University is tough compared to the other two exams NMAT and CMAT. NMAT and SNAP have a similar level of difficulty but SNAP has a tough choice of questions compared to NMAT. CMAT is the least difficult exam among all the three exams. The pattern differences between the exam are tabulated below, Criteria CMAT NMAT SNAP Duration of the Exam 3 Hrs (180 minutes) 2 Hrs (120 minutes) 1 Hr (60 minutes) Number of Sections 4 sections 3 sections 3 sections Total Mark of the exam 400 marks. 100 marks for each section. 120 Marks 60 marks Marks for Correct Answer +4 Marks +1 Mark + 1 Mark Marks for Incorrect Answer -1 Marks. No negative marking for unattempted questions. No negative marking for incorrect answers and unattempted questions. -0.25 marks for each incorrect attempt. Sectional Time Limits: CMAT does not have any sectional time limits. The exam comprises 4 sections namely Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation, General Awareness, Logical Reasoning, Language Comprehension. Whereas NMAT has sectional time limits. Language Skills (22 mins), Quantitative Aptitude (60 mins), Logical Reasoning (38 mins). SNAP exam does not have sectional time limits. The exam comprises 3 exams namely No sectional time limits. General English, Quantitative-Data Interpretation & Data Sufficiency, Analytical & Logical Reasoning. Section selection: Candidates can answer from any section of their choice in CMAT.  In NMAT candidates can choose the order of sections of their choice. The questions will appear in the order chosen by the candidates. In short, if the exams are to be arranged based on difficulty then SNAP> NMAT> CMAT. SNAP is the most difficult followed by NMAT and then CMAT.Read more
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Ques. What is the difference between the CMAT and the NMAT?

● Top Answer By Toshali Chatterjee on 02 Feb 21

Ans. CMAT and NMAT are some of the management aptitude exams that are conducted for admission in B-Schools in India. Both the exams have Objective Type Questions (MCQ) question format. CMAT (Common Management Admission Test) is a Computer Based Test conducted by the National test Agency (NTA) once a year. NMAT ((Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies) Management Aptitude Test) is also a Computer Based Test conducted by GMAC (Graduate Management Admission Council). In this exam, the candidates can retake the examination within the stipulated exam date. The major differences in the pattern of the CMAT and the NMAT tests are tabulated below, Criteria CMAT NMAT Duration of the Exam 3 Hrs (180 minutes) 2 Hrs (120 minutes) Number of Sections 4 sections 3 sections Total Mark of the exam 400 marks. 100 marks for each section. 120 Marks Marks for Correct Answer +4 Marks +1 Marks Marks for Incorrect Answer -1 Marks. No negative marking for unattempted questions. No negative marking for incorrect answers and unattempted questions. Sectional Time Limits: CMAT does not have any sectional time limits. The exam comprises 4 sections namely Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation, General Awareness, Logical Reasoning, Language Comprehension. Whereas NMAT has sectional time limits. Language Skills (22 mins), Quantitative Aptitude (60 mins), Logical Reasoning (38 mins). Section selection: Candidates can answer from any section of their choice in CMAT. In NMAT too candidates can choose the order of sections of their choice. The questions will appear in the order chosen by the candidates. Some of the top colleges accepting CMAT scores are JBIMS, SIMSREE, KJSIMSR, Great Lakes Institute of Management, Chennai, Goa Institute of Management, SIES College of Management Studies, Christ University Bangalore, etc. More than 35 colleges accept NMAT scores for the admission process. Some of the top institutes NMIMS, SPJIMR, ISB, XIMB, VIT, ICFAI, Shiv Nadar, SDA Bocconi, etc.Read more
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