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NMAT Syllabus 2021: Important Topics, Books and Preparation Tips

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Anwita Dhar

| Updated On -Jun 18, 2021

NMAT Syllabus 2021 is prescribed by GMAC. The official notification for the 2021 exam cycle has not been updated by the institution, but it is expected that the syllabus will remain the same as last year. The NMAT Exam Pattern is similar in structure to other major management level examinations. NMAT Syllabus 2021 Highlights

  • NMAT 2021 duration is 120 minutes wherein candidates have to attempt 36 questions in each section. 
  • NMAT syllabus is divided into 3 broad sections; Language Skills, Quantitative Analysis and Logical Reasoning. Check NMAT 2021 Exam Pattern
  • NMAT for the previous exam cycle was considered to be moderate to difficult. Check NMAT Paper Analysis

Also CheckB Schools Offering Scholarship Through NMAT by GMAC


NMAT Syllabus Highlights

NMAT Syllabus Highlights

Number of sections
Section with highest time limit Quantitative Skills
Section with lowest time limit Language Skills
 Difficulty level Moderate 
Compared to CAT syllabus Same for all 3 sections
Topics covered  Language Skills, Quantitative Analysis, Logical Reasoning 
Preparation time About 2 to 3 months 

The section-wise detailed syllabus of NMAT are discussed below :


NMAT Quantitative Aptitude Syllabus

NMAT Syllabus for Quantitative Aptitude - 

The important topics of quantitative aptitude are mentioned in below table :

Number System Pipes and Cisterns
LCM and HCF Time, speed and distance
Surds and Indices Algebra
Problems on Numbers and problems on ages Geometry (2D and 3D geometry)
Percentage Trigonometry, Height and Distance
Profit, loss and discount Data Interpretation
Simple and compound interest Statistics 
Time and work Probability

Here are the detailed syllabus for Quantitative Aptitude section:

  • Arithmetic - Number system, LCM and HCF, Surds and indices, Ratio and proportion, simplification, Average, Percentage, profit, loss and discount, problems on numbers, age calculation, Simple and compound interest, Time and Work, Pipes and cisterns, time, speed and distance, etc.
  • Algebra - linear algebra, a system of equations, quadratic equations, sequence and series, permutation and combinations, etc.
  • Geometry - Lines, angles, triangles, circle, rhombus, quadrilateral, sphere, rectangle, square, two and three-dimensional geometry, etc.
  • Trigonometry - trigonometric ratios, identities, theorems, height and distance, applications of trigonometry, etc.
  • Mensuration - area and volume of rectangles, squares, triangles, circles, spheres, cubes, cuboids, cones, cylinders, etc., area of shaded regions, the area under curves, etc.

The syllabus of the quantitative aptitude section is broad but it is a scoring section. Students can score the highest marks in this section with good strategy and practice. Also Check How to prepare for Quantitative Ability in NMAT by GMAC?

NMAT Books for Quantitative Skills

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

NMAT Logical Reasoning Syllabus

NMAT Syllabus for Logical Reasoning

This section is included in the syllabus of the NMAT test to check the general intelligence, logical ability, and decision-making ability of candidates. The important chapters and topics of logical reasoning section is mentioned in below table :

Analogy Puzzle
Classification Data sufficiency
Coding-Decoding Statements and arguments
Number series Counting of figures
Blood relation Mirror images and water images
Distance and direction Paper folding and cutting
Syllogism Assumptions
Venn diagram Figure completion
Calendar Embedded figures
Clock Cube and dice

Candidates can score full marks in this section by proper understanding and practice. Check NMAT Logical Skills Preparation Tips

NMAT by GMAC Books for Logical Skills

Book Name Author/Publisher ISBN
The Official Guide for NMAT by GMAC Review 2017 GMAC 978-8126567225
A Modern Approach to Logical Reasoning R.S. Aggarwal 978-9352832194
MBA (XAT, IIFT, NMAT by GMAC, SNAP, CMAT) Gautam Puri 978-9389718805

NMAT Language Skills Syllabus

NMAT syllabus for Language Skills

This section is to check the proficiency and understanding of the English language and its grammatical usages. The syllabus of English language as per the exam pattern are mentioned below :

Reading Comprehension Error detection
Passages Sentence correctness
English grammar Vocabulary
English usage Poems
Synonyms and antonyms Spellings and dictionary meanings
Fill in the blanks Idioms and phrases
Jumbling of sentences Writing ability 

NMAT by GMAC Books for Language Skills

Book Name Author/Publisher ISBN
The Official Guide for NMAT by GMAC Review 2020 GMAC 9788126557738
High School English Grammar and Composition Book (Regular Edition) D, V, Prasada, Rao N 978-9352530144
Word Power Made Easy Norman Lewis 978-8183071000

 Check Language Skills preparation for NMAT by GMAC


NMAT Preparation Books

NMAT 2021 Preparation Books 

Here are some best-recommended books for NMAT preparation to perform well in the examination. By referring these books students can increase their score in the examination. These books can help students for effective preparation :

Name of Book Authors / Publication
NMAT by GMAC official guide GMAC
Quantitative Aptitude Dr. R.S. Aggarwal
Quantitative Aptitude for CAT Arun Sharma
Master Reasoning Arihant Publication
Logical reasoning and Data interpretation Nishit K. Sinha
Study notes material on NMAT by GMAC Sourav Sir's Classes
General English S.P. Bakshi
General English Lucent's Publication 
Made Easy Word Power Made Easy Publication 

NMAT Exam Pattern

NMAT exam pattern 2021 :

NMAT exam comprises three sections and the exam duration is 2 hours. There are a total of 108 questions in NMAT test all carry 3 marks each, and the total marks are 360. There is no negative marking applicable for wrong answers. No marks will be deducted for unattempted questions. The detailed pattern of exam is mentioned below:

Section Number of questions  Allotted time
Quantitative Aptitude  36 52 minutes
Logical Reasoning 36 40 minutes 
Language skills 36 28 minutes 
Total 108 120 minutes (2 hours)

NMAT Preparation Tips

NMAT preparation strategy :

The students can crack this exam easily by following proper NMAT preparation strategy and with good planning. The important factors to make the preparation effective are as follows :

  • Practice - Practice is a key to crack any exam. Students need to practice more questions of all three sections to make their score good. First candidates should analyze the syllabus of all sections and then plan to complete the whole syllabus effectively. 
  • Maintain speed and accuracy - Speed and accuracy are two important factors by which the students can increase their score by maintaining both. Speed and accuracy can only be increased by practice. Students should solve questions by observing time to maintain speed. Candidates can solve previous year's question papers in the allotted time to check their speed and accuracy.
  • Revision - Revision is important to score good marks in the exam. Students should make effective revisions of all the sections through short notes and books. By using handwritten notes students can revise the whole syllabus in minimum time. The students should make notes of all subjects to cover all the topics in minimum time.
  • Take mock tests - Mock tests help students to check their strength and weak sections. Students can attempt an online mock test provided by GMAC or any other. By analyzing the score in mock tests students can get an idea about which sections need more effort.
  • Time management - Time management is important during preparation. Students should follow a healthy schedule as per your convenience but giving proper time to all the sections is necessary. Students should need to give some time to their hobby, it is important to prepare for exams stress-free. They should take a break of some time between continuous study.

Also Check: Top NMAT by GMAC Coaching Centers


NMAT Syllabus FAQs

NMAT Syllabus FAQs

Ques. What is the marking scheme of the NMAT test?

Ans. NMAT test comprises a total of 108 questions having 3 marks each. The total marks in the NMAT test are 360. There are no negative marks for wrong answers.

Ques. What is the syllabus of the NMAT test?

Ans. NMAT test includes three sections viz. quantitative aptitude, logical reasoning, and English language skills.

Ques. Is the NMAT test as tough as CAT?

Ans. No, CAT is a tough exam as compared to NMAT but candidates can crack it easily with good preparation strategy and hard work.

Ques. What are the best resources for NMAT test preparation?

Ans. There are various sources of preparation of NMAT teat effectively. Students can refer to NMAT by GMAC official guide, Quantitative Aptitude, Quantitative Aptitude for CAT, Master Reasoning, Logical reasoning and Data Interpretation, and Study notes material on NMAT by GMAC for better preparation and they should follow e- learning platforms also.

*The article might have information for the previous academic years, which will be updated soon subject to the notification issued by the University/College.

NMAT 2021 : 5 answered questions

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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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kashish tomar
What is the pattern of the exam?
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abdul nazir

Hi Kashish, NMAT exam consists of 3 subjects English, Quantitative Aptitude and Reasoning with 36 questions each.Total time available is 120 minutes. For more details on NMAT exam pattern click here.

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surabhi s
Which is the best source to practice reasoning?
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akshay

Hello Surabhi, greetings from Collegedunia. For the recommended study material for NMAT, click here.

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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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