NMAT 2020 Preparation Strategy: Study Plan, Books, Preparation Guide

    Worried about how to prepare for NMAT by GMAC 2020? Candidates who will be appearing for NMAT on November 4, 2020 may be anxious about the kind of paper they might get.

    NMAT aspirants who are confused regarding what preparation strategy to follow, it is necessary to be familiar with NMAT exam pattern which has undergone changes in 2020 session to get a clear picture of the paper structure. Read In detail NMAT Exam Pattern

    • NMAT will be accessible for those who have a stronghold over language Skills, are fast in calculation and can deduce reasoning problems efficiently.
    • Each section will have 36 questions, as each section holds different weightage and is timed differently candidates have to opt section wise preparation strategy.
    • GMAC provides official preparation guide including free and paid practice test stimulated on the lines of actual exam to assist candidates. 
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    For those willing to appear for NMAT 2020, it is time to fasten your shoes for the race. Here, in this article, collegedunia provides you with five most important preparation tips that will provide assistance in the last few days of exam.

    NMAT 2020 Preparation Strategy

    Hardly few days are left for NMAT 2020 to conclude. It is now time to shed out all your apprehensions and have a clear blueprint of the preparation strategy. 

    1. Practice Mock Tests

    It is not the time to pick up new topics or new study material. Now the focus is required over NMAT Mock Tests. Practice as many mock tests as you can, for it will not only let you know your weak area, but will give you an idea of the ratio of time you are devoting and the time required for each section.

    1. Get knowledge of your weaker side

    It is common among test takers to be weak in one or the other section of the paper. A candidate good in quantitative ability may not be well-versed with language skills. However, non-awareness of you weaker areas can prove to be disastrous while attempting paper. So, make a point of getting to know your weak areas and start working on it. You can do so by going through good question examples and attempting mock tests available over the internet, or solving previous year question papers for better self analysis.

    1. Revise the basics

    How difficult the paper is, depends upon how well you are prepared for the test. Brushing up of basics is the most important task to be performed in the last few days of exam. Get out all your notes of basics, and revise. It will help a lot.

    1. Know and use shortcut tricks

    NMAT depends upon how fast and accurately can you solve the questions. Familiarity with shortcut tricks is required. Attempting questions using shortcuts will leave you will extra time that you can invest in other questions or devote it for section-revision.

    Sections like Language Skills, which involves Reading Comprehensions can be time consuming. Speed plays a major role. Keep practicing RC’s examples for speedy reading.

    1. Manage your time

    The biggest advantage of NMAT is the absence of negative marking. If you get stuck on a question, it is advisable to skip and jump to the next question. That’s how you can manage and save time for questions you can attempt. NMAT is not a test that examines your ability to solve hard questions- it tests your ability to solve maximum questions in the time allotted. Thus, skimming questions can prove to be of great help.

    1. Choose the right coaching center

    Preparation for any competitive MBA exam can be tedious and confusing. But the right choice makes a lot of difference in the long run. While so many options can be overwhelming for us, there are a few tricks to make an informed decision. Look up their review, qualification of teacher, classroom facility, success in previous years before joining one. Keeping the current pandemic situation in mind, consider online coaching centers over traditional classroom types.

    Read about NMAT 2020 Exam Dates

    Free Official NMAT Preparation 2020 by GMAC

    GMAC provides free practice test to NMAT aspirants which has the same structure as actual NMAT exam. This free feature is known as official practice exam 1. 2 attempts will be provided to candidates with 108 questions each. 

    An essential feature newly introduced is providing Scaled scores on the attempts which can help candidates have an insight on the level of preparedness. Candidates are required to register for the free practice set. Steps for which are entering first name, last name, email address, mobile number, country code.

    Direct link to Register for NMAT by GMAC free Practice Test

    Practice Test by NMAT 

    If candidates have appeared for the free NMAT practice test,they can appear for the paid test available on the official website nmat.org/official-prep.

    • 216 questions from pst NMAT question paper form part of the practice test.
    • 108 never before seen questions are posed with 2 attempts each.
    • This practice test is known as exam 2 and 3.
    • All practice test follow structure as of the actual exam.
    • Scaled scores are provided to analyse the performance at the end and prepare accordingly.
    • INR 799 excluding taxes is the fee to register for NMAT by GMAC practice test. 

    Read More onNMAT Official Preparation Guide

    NMAT 2020 Exam Pattern

    NMAT is a 120 minutes computer based exam, divided into three sections:

    i) Language Skills

    ii) Quantitative Skills

    iii) Logical Reasoning


    No. of Questions

    Score Range

    Allotted Time

    Language Skills



    28 minutes

    Quantitative Skills



    52 minutes

    Logical Reasoning


    40 minutes

    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 Topper Tips

    Given below are some of the NMAT 2020 preparation tips by the candidates who have cracked NMAT. YouTube Videos Can Help In Understanding and Solving Problems”, Says Simran Parmar

    Simran appeared for NMAT 2013 and scored 92 rank in it. She preferred, solving previous years’ question papers and says it helps her in performing well in the entrance exam. She says, practicing on the daily basis is the only way in developing skills.

    Increase Your Calculation Speed While Doing Calculations In Mind”, Says Venkata Vamsi

    Venkata Vamsi Grandhi appeared for NMAT in 2013. He scored 116 marks. He says, studies can be made better by doing group studies and practicing sample papers. Studying in groups helps in understanding the problems and it also helps in enhancing efficiency.

    NMAT 2020 Important Books and Study Material

    Along with good preparation strategy, a candidate requires good study material. Though it is not advisable to refer new books at this time, some students might seek guidance in terms of books. Here’s a list of books suggested by NMAT toppers for all sections.

    Books for Quantitative Ability

    How to prepare for Quantitative Aptitude for the CATArun Sharma
    Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive ExamsS. Chand
    Quantitative Aptitude For Competitive ExamsPearson

    Books for Language Skills

    English Language Comprehension SkillsSachchida Nand Jha
    Business CommunicationSri Jin Kushal
    Communication SkillsSanjay Kumar and Pushp Lata

    Books for Logical Reasoning

    A Modern Approach to Logical ReasoningS. Chand
    Logical Reasoning & Preparation Study GuideNational Learning Corporation
    A New Approach to Reasoning Verbal & Non- verbalB.S. Sijwalii and Indu Sijwali

    Generic Books for NMAC Preparation

    Apart from study materails which target a particular section of the paper, it is important to use resources whcih covers the entire exam, especially when the exam is near.


    MBA 2020-21 : Solved Papers (XAT|IIFT|NMAT|SNAP|CMAT)

    Gautam Puri

    Complete Guide for MAT and other MBA Entrance Exams

    Disha Experts

    6 Week Study Plan for NMAT 2020

    WeekOverall ObjectiveTask of the Week
    Week 1Get Acquainted with NMAT Exam Pattern and SyllabusUnderstand overall exam structure, attempting a mock test can help in doing so.
    Week 2Practice Language SkillsStart with sectional preparation, concepts of language skills, nuances of reading comprehension, grammar topics and vocabulary should be the focus. 
    Week 3Get Pro with Quantitative SkillsWell verse mathematical concepts and practice questions based on that. Data sufficiency should be kept for upcoming weeks as they can be a bit intimidating at first.
    Week 4Build Reasoning AbilityLogical reasoning should be practiced as one concept at a time along with related questions. 
    Week 5Assess by Practice TestGive mock test and solve practice papers to stimulate actual exam experience. Try to appear for practicetest in a single sitting. 
    Week 6Revise and AnalyseAnalyse your attempts, point out weak concepts, brush them up and solve practice papers again.

    15 Day Revision Plan for NMAT 2020

    Day 1: Go through NMAT exam structure, pattern and syllabus once. In case any topic you feel is left out during preparation, cover it up. Compile your own revision notes.

    Day 2-5: Start section wise preparation, quantitative skills should be taken up first as it holds maximum weightage of 48 questions. five 2 days for mathematical concepts and problems while the other 2 on data interpretation.

    Day 6-9: Hop to practice language skills.Reading comprehension and vocabulary should be optimally revised. Self made revision notes will help in that. 

    Day 10-13: Spend a couple of days on reasoning concepts, their tricks and question solving techniques. 

    Day 14: Go through the notes made by solving practice test, weak points and topicscan be brushed up once.

    Day 15: Rest and give yourself some recovery time. Do not overstress or speculate about the exam too much. Avoid overdiscussion about the exam with your peers and family. This can hamper your performance. 

    NMAT 2020 Preparation FAQs

    Ques. How should I frame my preparation stretegy for NMAT 2020?

    Ans. To prepare for NMAT 2020, keep the below mentioned pointers in mind:

    • Get updated with basics and make them clear.
    • Apart from the books, refer to NMAT Preparation Guides available online.
    • Attempt mock tests. Ther are of great help when it comes to assess your weak points and work on them.
    • Plan a calendar to solver previous year question papers.

    Ques. How much time do I need to devote for NMAT 2020 preparation?

    Ans. Preparation time for NMAT depends upon the time at which you are starting to prepare. If a candidate is already preparing for CAT/XAT/MAT, then a month’s time is sufficient to prepare for NMAT. However, if a person is starting all together with a new preparation, then a minimum of 3 months time is required.

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    Ankita Sasmal

    Which mock test series is the best?

    24 Sep, 2020 16:14

    Hello Ankita, Greetings from Collegedunia. you can practice the NMAT Official Mock Test by GMAC.

    29 Sep, 2020 12:19
    Ambar ahirawar

    How can I improve my vocabulary?

    24 Sep, 2020 16:12

    Hello Amber, greetings from Collegedunia. Refer to the following books for improving your vocabulary:

    • English Language Comprehension Skills by Sachchida Nand Jha.
    • Business Communication by Sri Jin Kushal.
    • Communication Skills by Sanjay Kumar and Pushp Lata.

    30 Sep, 2020 00:46
    Bhagyashri Kene

    Is the TIMEs institute’s mock series beneficial for NMAT aspirants?

    21 Sep, 2020 10:44

    Hello Bhagyashri, greetings from Collegedunia. TIME is a reputed institute with a proven track record so you can opt for its mock series for NMAT.

    30 Sep, 2020 19:15
    Ankit Kumar

    What routine I should follow in order to increase my reading speed?

    15 Sep, 2020 09:57

    Hello Ankit, greetings from Collegedunia. Read newspapers and books regularly and set a particular time limit to cover a certain portion of the newspaper to increase your efficiency.

    01 Oct, 2020 01:00

    Can I crack the NMAT, if I start now?

    15 Sep, 2020 09:56

    Hello Muheshraaj, greetings from Collegedunia. A Smart and well-structured study plan can definitely help you accomplish the NMAT exam. Click here, for the preparation tips for NMAT.

    30 Sep, 2020 01:16

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