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NMAT 2021 Quantitative Skills Exam Pattern & Syllabus

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NMAT Quantitative Skills syllabus and pattern si set by the conducting body, GMAC. This sections puts the ability to solve mathematical problems faster within a given time limit.

Quantitative Ability is one of the sections that carries 50% weightage for the candidate to target & answer the questions eventually. The Quantitative skill section is considered to be one of the difficult sections where the candidate has to interpret, respond, analyse, think and then solve the question.

The questions from this section are designed in such a manner that tests the candidate’s mental ability to apply mathematical principles to solve real time equations. Been covered by the sheet of Mathematics it tests the candidate’s intellect and response towards the situational problem concerned. Although the aspirant shouldn’t lose hope as the questions from this section are primarily asked from 10+2 syllabus.

NMAT Quantitative Skills Highlights

  • NMAT Quantitative skill consists of primarily three segments or topics: Quantitative Ability; Data Analysis; Data Sufficiency and Data Interpretation.
  • There will be 36 questions asked within the time frame of 52 minutes, it will test the candidate’s accuracy and intellect to solve the questions accordingly.
  • This section forms the crux of Mathematical problems concerned, consisting of topics from Arithmetic, Algebra to trigonometry.
  • It is a scoring section and the questions are particularly designed to test the candidate’s ability to apply mathematical principles to solve real-time problems.
  • It requires active use of the candidate's intellect in using the mathematical concepts to answer the questions.
  • The difficulty level of the section is of 10+2 level.
  • It is an objective based section where the candidate should answer all the questions as negative marking is not provided and even for any unanswered question, the university will not deduct the candidate’s marks.

QS Exam Pattern

NMAT 2021 Quantitative Skills Exam Pattern

Number of questions 36
Time Frame 52 minutes
Question type MCQ or Objective type questions
Marking Scheme +3 for correct answer and -1 for negative answer
Difficulty Level Moderate to difficult

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QS Syllabus

NMAT 2021 Quantitative Skills Syllabus

Quantitative skill is one of the most intriguing & important sections which targets to test the candidate’s accuracy to think, rethink, interpret and answer questions accordingly, in other words the candidate’s intellect and mental reasoning are called at stake where the questions are primarily asked from Mathematics, Data Interpretation. Data Sufficiency and other vital topics concerned. Solving effectively will increase the chances to ace the examination with flying colors.

Quantitative skill syllabus is given below:

  • Data interpretation
  • Problem-solving
  • Data sufficiency
  • Arithmetic
  • Geometry
  • Modern Mathematics
  • Number systems
  • Algebra
  • Trigonometry
  • 2D and 3D geometry and Statistic

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Detailed NMAT 2021 Quantitative Skills Syllabus

Arithmetic- Number System, HCF, LCM, Ratio and Proportion, Simplification, Percentage, Average, Age Calculation, Time and Work, Distances etc.

Algebra- Theory of Equations, Quadratic Equations, Permutations and Combinations, Sequence and Series etc.

Geometry- Angles, Lines, Triangles, and Circles etc.

Mensuration- Areas and Volumes of rectangles, squares, triangles, circles, cubes, cuboids, cones, spheres etc. these sub-topics also come under the heading of 2D and 3D geometry.

Calculus- Maxima and Minima, Function etc.

Trigonometry- Trigonometric Ratios, Heights, and Distances etc.


QS Marking Scheme

NMAT 2021 Quantitative skill Marking Scheme

The applicants must know the marking scheme in order to decide how to attempt the questions in the entrance examination. There will be 108 questions and choosing the right answer evokes inside them the fresh air of confidence. It is always advised to the candidate to read the question paper carefully; bifurcate the questions they are confident about thoroughly and solve them first. The marking scheme of NMAT 2021 Quantitative Skill is stated as follows:

  • +3 marks will be awarded to the students for marking every accurate answer.
  • No penalty will be charged for marking inaccurate or wrong answers i.e. negative marking is not applicable. Hence, no mark will be deducted from the total score.
  • No mark will be deducted from the score of the applicant for leaving a question blank or failure in attempting it.

QS Important Books

NMAT 2021 Quantitative Skills Important Books

Book Name Author/Publisher ISBN
MBA-NMAT by GMAC Narsee Monjee Team of Experts ASIN: B00JQZLW4I
Analytical & Logical Reasoning for CAT & Other Management Entrance Tests Peeyush Bhardwaj 978-9352038541
Study Notes Material on NMAT by GMAC (NARSEE MONJEE) Management Aptitude Test Sourav sir's classes -

The candidate can take for reference other books also to read immensely and practice the same accordingly. But it is always advised to the candidate to stick to a particular reference as studying from vivid books will eventually make them confuse with the language of presentation being different for all.


QS Preparation Tips

NMAT 2021 Quantitative Skills Preparation Tips

  • Solve Practice Paper on a regular basis to target various concepts accordingly.
  • Target vivid structure and forms of questions which will come to be effective during the final examination.
  • Keep the track of time with the timer.
  • Learn different formulas and apply them when necessary for the concerned question.
  • Candidates can prepare for this section by focusing more on their speed and accuracy. You must be well-versed with tables, Bar Chart, Line Graphs, etc. while doing revisions.
  • Since this section holds the maximum weightage, so candidates need to prepare this section by adhering to a proper time management plan.
  • Candidates can practice taking more mock tests.

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QS 2021 FAQs

NMAT 2021 Quantitative Skills FAQs

Ques. What are the primary sections that a candidate has to study for Quantitative Skill preparation?

Ans. The primary sections are as follows: Quantitative Ability; Data Analysis; Data Sufficiency and Data Interpretation.

Ques. Is there any negative marking for any incorrect answer in NMAT 2021?

Ans. GMAC has not defined any specific negative marking that the candidate will get for incorrect answers. 

Ques. What primarily Quantitative Skill section tests?

Ans. The quantitative section tests the candidates accuracy and ability to apply the mathematical principles to solve real time problems. It uses the candidate's intellect in using mathematical concepts to answer the questions.

Ques. What is the syllabus for the Quantitative Skill section?

Ans. The syllabus for Quantitative skill is given below as follows:

  • Arithmetic- Number System, HCF, LCM, Ratio and Proportion, Simplification, Percentage, Average, Age Calculation, Time and Work, Distances etc.
  • Algebra- Theory of Equations, Quadratic Equations, Permutations and Combinations, Sequence and Series etc.
  • Geometry- Angles, Lines, Triangles, and Circles etc.
  • Mensuration- Areas and Volumes of rectangles, squares, triangles, circles, cubes, cuboids, cones, spheres etc. these sub-topics also come under the heading of 2D and 3D geometry.
  • Calculus- Maxima and Minima, Function etc.
  • Trigonometry- Trigonometric Ratios, Heights, and Distances etc.

Ques. How to prepare for the Quantitative skills section effectively?

Ans. The candidate should adhere to the following tips to prepare effectively for Quantitative skill section:

  • Solve Practice Paper on a regular basis to target various concepts accordingly.
  • Target vivid structure and forms of questions which will come to be effective during the final examination.
  • Keep the track of time with the timer.
  • Learn different formulas and apply them when necessary for the concerned question.

*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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