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NMAT Syllabus 2018, Important Topics, Download PDF

Updated On - October 15th 2018 by KRITIKA GUPTA

NMAT by GMAC Syllabus is prescribed by Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) each year. It has not seen any major changes over the years. The syllabus for NMAT describes all the important chapters, topics and also the weightage each of them carries. The syllabus is divided into 3 broad sections viz.

  1. Language Skills
  2. Quantitative Analysis
  3. Logical Reasoning

NMAT 2018 is a computer-based test that will be conducted in multiple sessions. The test is of two hours in total. All questions will be objective in nature. Each section is individually timed. Here is a quick glance at NMAT by GMAC Exam Pattern:

SectionNo. of questionsDurationMarking Scheme

Quantitative Skills



+3 marks for each correct answer.

No negative marking for incorrect answers.

No marks for unattended questions.

Language Skills



Logical Reasoning






Last year, the difficulty level of exam was observed to be moderate. Owing to the absence of negative marking scheme, NMAT by GMAC 2017 was more of a speed test than test of one’s accuracy. If a candidate managed to attempt 80 questions within 120 minutes, it will be considered as a good attempt. CheckNMAT by GMAC Paper Analysis

NMAT by GMAC 2018is scheduled between October 4 – December 17, apply online before October 3. It's a speed driven exam. Therefore, candidates should be thorough with various concepts of Verbal, Quant, DI and Reasoning. NMAT by GMAC is conducted to grant admission in postgraduate management courses in institutes accepting NMAT scores. Candidates will be shortlisted for further selection rounds on the basis of their overall and sectional scores.

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NMAT Syllabus: Quantitative Ability

  • NMAT 2018 syllabus for Quantitative skills covers four majour areas – Quantitative Ability; Data Analysis; Data Sufficiency and Data Interpretation.
  • Candidates will get 60 minutes to answer 48 questions.
  • This section concerns with the candidate’s mental ability and accuracy for mathematical problems.
  • 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 candidate’s intellect in using the mathematical concepts to answer the questions.
  • The difficulty level of the section is of 10+2 level.

CheckHow to prepare for Quantitative Ability in NMAT by GMAC 2018?

Important Topics for Quantitative Ability Section

NMAT by GMAC Syllabus for Quantitative Ability
Data interpretationProblem-solving
Data sufficiencyArithmetic
GeometryModern Mathematics
Number systemsAlgebra

2D and 3D geometry and Statistic

Detailed NMAT by GMAC Syllabus for Quantitative Ability Section

  • 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.

NMAT by GMAC Books for Quantitative Skills

Book NameAuthor/Publisher
MBA-NMAT by GMAC Narsee MonjeeTeam of Experts
Analytical & Logical Reasoning For CAT & Other Management Entrance TestsPeeyush Bhardwaj
Study Notes Material On NMAT by GMAC (NARSEE MONJEE) Management Aptitude TestSourav sir's classes
Note: Quantitative Skills will be the highest weightage area with 48% score in NMAT 2018 exam as per GMAC.

NMAT Syllabus: Language Skills

Major prerequisite of a candidate to acquire admission in MBA/ PGDM program requires the candidate to have a good command over English language and communication skills.

  • There are 32 questions that must be completed in 22 minutes.
  • The language skills section tests a candidate’s command over the language.
  • It also assesses the ability of the candidate in using correct grammar and language skills along with the ability to correct the incorrect sentences based on grammar.
  • This section usually consists of 2 to 4 reading comprehensions based on which the candidates have to respond to the questions that follow.

Read More AboutLanguage Skills Section in NMAT by GMAC 2018

Important Topics for Language Skills Section

NMAT by GMAC Syllabus for Language Skills
Language usage and their rulesPara Jumble
Syntax and correct grammarVocabulary
Fill in the blanksIdioms
Reading comprehensionAnonyms and Synonyms
Dictionary meaningsMark the errors

NMAT by GMAC Books for Language Skills

Book NameAuthor/Publisher
The Official Guide for NMAT by GMAC Review 2018GMAC
High School English Grammar and Composition Book (Regular Edition)D,V,Prasada,Rao N
Word Power Made EasyNorman Lewis

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NMAT Syllabus: Logical Reasoning

This section assesses a candidate’s ability to analyze basic logical questions which require a reasoning aptitude to understand and solve.

  • It is particularly designed to measure the ability to draw logical conclusions based on arguments or statements and to identify the strengths and weaknesses of those arguments.
  • It usually consists of abstract, diagrammatic or inductive reasoning questions.
  • The shape sequences and logical patterns are used to test the mental ability of the candidate.

Important Topics for Logical Skills Section

NMAT by GMAC Syllabus for Logical Skills
Family treeMulti-dimensional arrangements
Numeric gridCoding and series
SyllogismsStrong arguments and weak arguments
Venn DiagramStatement-conclusion
PuzzlesData arrangement
AssumptionsClocks and calendars

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This section not only consists of questions pertaining to the Logical Reasoning but also from Data Interpretation. It is a major topic which tests the ability of the candidate to interpret the given data in the form of graphs and tables etc. The major NMAT by GMAC question topics for Data Interpretation is as follows:

  • Bar Graph
  • Line Graph
  • Pie Chart
  • Tables
  • Caselets
  • Combination of Graphs
  • Data Sufficiency etc.

Read More AboutLogical Reasoning Section in NMAT by GMAC

NMAT by GMAC Books for Logical Skills

Book NameAuthor/Publisher
The Official Guide for NMAT by GMAC Review 2016GMAC
A Modern Approach to Logical ReasoningR.S. Aggarwal

NMAT by GMAC Sample Papers

NMAT by GMAC Sample Papershelp give a fair idea of how the actual exam can be expected to be. All candidates appearing for NMAT by GMAC between October 4 – December 17 must practice NMAT by GMAC Question papers as much as possible. It is advisable to get thorough with these beforehand, so that candidates do not get surprised in the actual exam.

  • By solving NMAT by GMAC Sample Papers, candidates can get familiar with the exam pattern and difficulty level of the actual test.
  • The model papers provided for download are the previous years’ papers.
  • These will help students have a better understanding of the exam pattern, before they sit for the exam.

The exam will take place in different slots on different days. The total time duration of NMAT by GMAC 2018 is 2 hours. As for the NMAT by GMAC marking scheme, three marks will be awarded for each correct answer option, while there is no negative marking.

NMAT Syllabus FAQ's

Ques:How many question will be asked from Quantitative Ability section?

Ans: From Quantitative ability section 48 question will be asked.

Ques: Can you list some coaching centers who provide coaching for NMAT?

Ans: These are the list some coaching centers:

  • Rocket Tutor(Okhla, New Delhi)
  • Giraffe Learning(Cunnigham Road, Bengaluru)
  • Prime Education Providers(Anna Nagar, Chennai)
  • Eduwest Institute(Salt Lake City, Kolkata)

Ques: How should I prepare for NMAT in a month's time?

Ans: Books for NMAT prepration:

  • Quantitative Ability: MBA-NMAT by GMAC Narsee Monjee
  • Language Skills: The Official Guide for NMAT by GMAC Review 2018 by GMAC
  • Logical Skills: A Modern Approach to Logical Reasoning by R.S. Aggarwal

Ques: Which section of NMAT have highest weightage?

Ans: Quantitative Skills is the highest weightage section with 48% score

*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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Apoorva kaushik

What is the eligibility criteria for the admission in MBA Regular program ? The fee structure is clear to me but which entrance exam should i qualify for the admission session of 2017-2018 ?

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