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NMAT 2020 Language Skills Preparation: Syllabus, Best Books, Sample Questions

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Anwita Dhar

| Updated On -Jun 15, 2021

NMAT 2020 Language Skills or Verbal Ability section is an easy - moderate section of this exam meant to test the candidate’s command over the english language and constructive thinking ability. 

Out of 120 minutes, candidates must solve Language Skills questions in 28 minutes which is a little more than 1/5th of the total time. Similar to other sections of this paper like NMAT Quantitative Skills and Logical Reasoning, no penalty of negative marking is applicable.

  • The difficulty level of the Language Skills section has risen from last year.
  • Attempting about 24 - 28 questions would be an ideal attempt for Language skills. 
  • The Cutoff for NMAT 2020 examination is expected to lie between 208- 210, while that for Language Skills section can range in between 50 to 57.
  • Last year, the total number of questions in the Language Skills section was 32. This year, the number of questions has increased to 36.
  • This year, the number of questions will be more but the duration would be the lowest, i.e., 28 minutes.

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Before discussing the Language Skills section of NMAT Exam in detail, let us understand the breakup of this entire paper. 

  • NMAT paper is divided into three sections, i.e., Language Skills, Quantitative Skills and Logical Reasoning.
  • NMAT Paper is based on the pattern of CAT and MAT exams. Time limit for each section is predetermined, Candidates can select any section according to their preferred choice.
  • Candidates have the option of reserving the answers which is available only till the allotted sectional time.
  • The number of questions in the Language Skills section is 32 and the time allotted is 22 minutes. The score may range in between 0- 96.
  • The Quantitative Skills section has 48 questions and the time allotted is 60 minutes. The score may range in between 0- 144.
  • The number of questions in the Logical Reasoning section is 40 and the time allotted is 38 minutes. The score may range in between 0- 120.

Exam Pattern

NMAT 2020 Language Skills Exam Pattern

Before appearing for any examination, Students must familiarize themselves with the paper pattern. Key details of the pattern of Language Skills section in NMAT have been tabulated below:

Total Number of Language Skills question in NMAT 32
Type of Questions  MCQs
Marks Awarded for Correct answer +3 Marks
Negative Marks for Wrong Answer No Negative Marking
Sectional Time Limit 22 Minutes
Sectional Cut off 55 to 57
Possible Attempts 26 to 28
Difficulty Level Moderate to Difficult

Syllabus

NMAT 2020 Language Skills Syllabus

NMAT Language Skills sections consists of the topics which are given below:

  • Sentence Correction
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Grammar error Spotting
  • Para Jumbles
  • Fill in the Blanks (Grammar- Based)
  • Sentence Completion
  • Analogies
  • Antonyms and Synonyms

Recommended Books

NMAT 2020 Language Skills Best Books 

GMAC offers detailed study material for NMAT Examination to all the aspirants. Students can access the official NMAT by GMACguide and latest mock test series. 

Students can refer to other MBA exam preparation books suggested by the experts along with the official material available on GMAC website. 

Choosing the right books can be difficult and confusing as the market is flourishing with lots of choices. Below are given some guidelines for the students which will definitely help them in choosing the right material:

  • Students should select the best books available in the market and always prefer the latest editions. 
  • Instead of buying one book or all the sections in NMAT, Students are recommended to choose different books for each section. 
  • Students are advised to check book reviews carefully before purchase. Every opinion matters as it might help get a better idea on if it is the right book for you or not.
  • See opinions on quora and if there is no review written on the book you wish to purchase, post a question yourself.
  • It is advised to stick with popular authors over the ones who are not much popular among students.

Some important books along with the name of the authors or the preparation of NMAT Examination are mentioned below:

Books Authors ISBN
How to Prepare for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for CAT Arun Sharma 978-9389811414
Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for CAT Nishit K. Sinha 978-9353947026
Word Power Made Easy Norman Lewis 978-8183071000
High School English Grammar & Composition Wren & Martin 978-9352530144

The number of questions from each topic are given below which are based on the previous years’ NMAT paper analysis:

Topics Number of Questions
Reading Comprehension 8 (4 questions each from 2 passages)
Error Spotting 3
Para Jumbles 4
Grammar based Fill in the Blanks (FIBs) 2
Preposition based FIBs 1
Vocabulary based FIBs 2
Synonyms 2
Antonyms 2
Analogy 4
Cloze Test 4

Sample Questions

NMAT 2020 Language Skills Sample Questions

  1. Select the appropriate meaning of the phrase given in the question: Of the first water 

(A) trifle 

(B) genuine 

(C) of the highest quality 

(D) shoddy 

  1. Select the option that most suitably fills up the blanks: 

Traffic signals in the country X operate in a reverse fashion : people move when it is ___ and have to stop when it is ___. 

(A) amber, time 

(B) green, red 

(C) red, green 

(D) red, raining 

  1. In the following questions, a related pair of words or phrases is followed by four lettered pair of words or phrases. Select by lettered pair that best expresses a relationship DISSIMILAR to that expressed in the original pair. 

MIGRANT : SETTLED 

(A) static : dynamic 

(B) mendicant : rich 

(C) jab : praise 

(D) gallant : brave 

  1. Pick out the most appropriate word from amongst the words given below each sentence to complete it meaningfully. 

He quickly glanced .............................. the book to find what it said about the Indian economy. 

(1) at 

(2) through 

(3) in 

(4) to 

(5) over

  1. In each of the following questions, select from amongst the five alternatives, the word nearest in meaning to the word given in capitals: LETHAL 

(1) light 

(2) dangerous 

(3) deadly 

(4) cruel 

(5) thoughtless

  1. Which of the words/phrases (1), (2), (3) and (4) given below should replace the phrase underlined in the given sentence to make the sentence grammatically correct ? If the sentence is correct as it is and no correction is required, mark (5) as the answer. 

Bad movies affect people living in today’s society more than they did in previous years. (1) they had done 

(2) they did those 

(3) they had been done 

(4) they would have done 

(5) No correction required

  1. In each of these questions, two sentences are given, one is complete and the other has a blank space in it. This pair of sentences is followed by five words/groups of words. You have to read these two sentences together and find out the word/group of words that best fits in the blank to make the pair of sentences meaningfully complete :— Now-a-days there exists a spirit of .............. among the various departments of the University. This has led to a number of interdisciplinary research publications due to interaction of various research groups which might not otherwise have been published.

(1) co-operation

(2) education 

(3) casteism 

(4) favouritism 

(5) patriotism

  1. In the following questions, a related pair of words or phrases is followed by four lettered pair of words or phrases. Select by lettered pair that best expresses a relationship DISSIMILAR to that expressed in the original pair. 

ASTROLATRY : CELESTIAL BODIES 

(A) zoolatry : zoo 

(B) Mariolatry : Virgin Mary 

(C) demonolatry : demon 

(D) idolatry : idols 

  1. In each of the following questions, select from amongst the five alternatives, the word nearest in meaning to the word given in capitals.

TRIUMPH 

(1) conquer 

(2) smash 

(3) earn 

(4) brave 

(5) capture

  1. In each of these questions, two sentences are given, one is complete and the other has a blank space in it. This pair of sentences is followed by five words/groups of words. You have to read these two sentences together and find out the word/group of words that best fits in the blank to make the pair of sentences meaningfully complete :—

When people around you are losing their heads, it is very difficult to remain serene. It needs a lot of ........ 

(1) patience 

(2) strength 

(3) courage 

(4) goodness 

(5) modesty


NMAT 2020 Language Skills Previous Year Paper Analysis

NMAT 2020 Paper Analysis based on previous year papers:

NMAT 2019 Language Skills Section Analysis

  • The Language Skills section of NMAT Paper was more or less straightforward. The questions were quite simple and direct. 
  • The level of the paper was easy to moderate.
  • There were 2 Reading Comprehension Passages of 450-500 words with 4 questions each. 
  • Each of the passages were in a lucid language and questions asked were quite easy. 
  • Non RC questions were based mostly on grammar and vocabulary, which were easy to attempt.

Following is a representation of the break-up of this section:

TOPIC / SUBTOPIC NO. OF QUESTIONS LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY
Reading Comprehension (2 passages with 4 questions each) 8 Easy
Paragraph Jumbles (4 sentences) 4 Easy to Medium
Analogies 6 Medium to Difficult
Cloze Passage 4 Easy
Single FIB 1 Easy
Meaning of phrase/Synonyms Antonyms 2 Medium
Fill in the Blanks (2 blanks – combination of grammar and vocab) 2 Easy
Fill in the blanks with 3 Prepositions 2 Easy
Spot the error in the underlined parts 3 Easy-Medium

NMAT 2018 Paper Analysis for Language Skills Section 

  • The NMAT Language Skills section of NMAT Paper 2018 did not have questions from vocabulary.
  • Most reading comprehension problems were idea based which could have been solved by application of logic.
  • The pattern of 2018 was more or less predictable.
  • Out of the 4 para jumbles, 1 was confusing but the rest rather easy.

Frequently Asked Questions

NMAT Logical Reasoning FAQs

Ques. What are the best books for NMAT Language Skills section?

Ans. Best books for NMAT Language Skills section are How to Prepare for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for CAT, Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for CAT, Word Power Made Easy, and High School English Grammar & Composition

Ques. What is the difficulty level for NMAT Language Skills?

Ans. NMAT 2020 Language Skills or Verbal Ability section is an easy - moderate section of this exam. It tests the candidate’s command over the english language and constructive thinking ability.

Ques. What is the ideal attempt for NMAT Language Skills?

Ans. Attempting about 24 - 28 questions would be an ideal attempt for Language skills.

Ques. What topics are covered under NMAT Language Skills?

Ans. NMAT Language Skills sections consists of the topics which are given below:

  • Sentence Correction
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Grammar error Spotting
  • Para Jumbles
  • Fill in the Blanks (Grammar- Based)
  • Sentence Completion
  • Analogies
  • Antonyms and Synonyms

*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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riya gupta
Which portion carries highest marks?
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common admission test

Hii Riya, Number of questions in each section is same, all 3 sections will have 36 questions each and it has equal weightage of marks. For more details Click Here

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riyaz
In language skills, will the questions be asked to check the vocabulary or the extent of subjective knowledge of the subject?
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kapila.gandrola

Hello Riyaz,

The questions in language skill paper will be based on Reading comprehension and English Grammar. To know about the details of the type of questions asked, visit- NMAT Exam Pattern.

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taniksha
Will the questions be descriptive type or MCQ?
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common admission test

Hii Taniksha, Greetings from collegedunia. NMAT is an online computer based test consisting of 108 MCQ type questions. For more details visit:- NMAT PAPER PATTERN

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sheetal chib
Is language skills important section?
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rakhisree chatterjee

Hi, NMAT is one of the most popular MBA entrance exams taken by majority of the MBA aspirants. Language Skills or the Verbal Ability section is one of the crucial areas of the NMAT exam. For more information, please refer, NMAT Paper.

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neha
How can I prepare for Nmat 2020?
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kapila.gandrola

Hello Neha,

NMAT is not a really tough paper to crack. However, the most important thing in the examination is time management. For some preparation tips, please visit – NMAT Preparation Tips.

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nishu
How can I prepare for this section?
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rakhisree chatterjee

Hi, Read as much as you can: To improve this section, especially the Reading Comprehension, it is important to build a habit of reading. Experts advise that you should read newspapers, especially the editorial articles if you are preparing for NMAT or any other MBA entrance exams.

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divakar sharma
Is Wren and Martin good enough to prepare for this section?
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kapila.gandrola

Hello Divakar,

Yes, Wren and Martin is one of the best books you can refer to for the grammar section. However, for the Reading Comprehension, you’ll have to read a newspaper daily and try to identify the main essence and the paragraph flow as you read it. 

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shubham sharma
In language skills, is it important to focus on vocab or grammar?
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rakhisree chatterjee

Hi, Candidates should focus on both to score good marks.


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