NMAT Syllabus 2020, Important Topics, Books and Preparation Tips

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    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. Language Skills, Quantitative Analysis and Logical Reasoning​. Check NMAT by GMAC Exam Pattern

    • NMAT 2020 is a computer-based test that will be conducted in multiple sessions in 75 day test window.
    • The test is of two hours in total. All questions will be objective in nature. Each section is individually timed.
    • Owing to the absence of negative marking scheme NMAT is more of a speed test than test of one’s accuracy.
    • If a candidate managed to attempt 120 questions within 120 minutes, it will be considered as a good attempt. Check NMAT by GMAC Paper Analysis

    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 NMIMS campuses and other institutes accepting scores. Candidates will be shortlisted for further selection rounds on the basis of their overall and sectional scores.

    NMAT 2021 Syllabus Highlights

    SectionNo. of questionsAlloted Time

    Quantitative Skills


    60 minutes

    Language Skills


    22 minutes

    Logical Reasoning


    38 minutes



    120 minutes

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      What is NMAT by GMAC Marking Scheme? 

      Type of Question Scoring Pattern
      Correct Answer+3 marks for each correct answer.
      Wrong AnswerNo negative marking for incorrect answers.
      Unattended QuestionNo marks for unattended questions.

      NMAT Quantitative Ability Syllabus

      NMAT Syllabus for Quantitative Ability

      • NMAT 2020 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.

      Check How to prepare for Quantitative Ability in NMAT by GMAC?

      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 2020 exam as per GMAC.

      NMAT Language Skills Syllabus

      NMAT Syllabus for 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.

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      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 2020GMAC
      High School English Grammar and Composition Book (Regular Edition)D,V,Prasada,Rao N
      Word Power Made EasyNorman Lewis

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      NMAT Logical Reasoning Syllabus

      Tips to Prepare for Language Skills

      Time management is very crucial to attempt this section. The section has to be attempted in a total of 22 minutes. 

      • On an everage 40 seconds should be spent on a wuestion, in case more time is spend on objective questions, there will be difficulty in attempting Reading Comprehension. 
      • 1 to 11 minutes will be left for 7-8 reading passage question. 
      • Practice variety of questions in abundance to make sure timing is appropriate
      • Keep a watch on timer while attempting questions in practice 
      • Improvise Vocabulary-jot down new words on adaily basis or any difficult/new word you come across
      • RC passage can be based on any topicgrom general, historic to real work knowledge-solve them keeping a broad perspective.

      NMAT Syllabus for 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 About Logical 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
      MBA (XAT, IIFT, NMAT by GMAC, SNAP, CMAT)Gautam Puri

      Tips to Prepare for Logical Reasoning

      Regular practice is the key to ace this section. 40 questions are expected to be atempted in 38 minutes that makes 1 minute for each question and less.

      • Questions will be based on Logical reasoning and Analytical reasoning
      • Read the questions carefully before markingthe answer-answer choices can be confusing at times
      • Assumption does not work in reasoning-whatever information is provided in the question, answer has to be arrived at based on that only.
      • Pay specific attention to some words like- ‘all’ ‘some’ ‘none’ etc. This will help sought factual information provided in the question.  
      • While solvingthe question- try to mnake pictorial representation of the data given. This will be helpfull in venn diagram, arrnagement questions or syllogism.

      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 – December 2020 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 2020 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.

        Frequently Asked Questions

        NMAT 2021 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 ?

        06 Mar, 2017 12:00

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