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NMAT 2019 Exam Pattern

Last Updated - December 15, 2017

NMAT 2019 Exam Pattern describes the complete paper pattern, marking scheme, syllabus, and sectional pattern of NMAT 2019 exam. NMAT 2019 is a national level online objective exam conducted by GMAC or Graduate Management Admission Council. All MBA aspirants should know about the NMAT by GMAC 2019 Exam Pattern before appearing for the test.

NMAT Exam Pattern 2019 will help candidates to know more about the test such as total number of questions and type of questions asked in the test, marking scheme, and time duration, etc. NMAT 2019 is a 2 hour exam with 120 total questions. 20 minutes additional time is allotted to candidates before the commencement of exam for completing the formalities.

NMAT 2019 is a gateway for candidates seeking admission into PG management programs offered by NMIMS and other institutes accepting NMAT score. It is scheduled to take place in October- December 2019. All aspirants of NMAT must have the basic idea about the paper pattern along with NMAT Syllabus. Candidates can find below all important details related to NMAT Exam Pattern 2019 further in the article.

NMAT Exam Pattern 2019 Highlights

NMAT Exam DateOctober 2019 to December 2019
Mode of ExamComputer Based
Number of Sections3 (Language Skills, Quantitative Skills, Logical Reasoning)
Duration of exam120 minutes
Number of questions120 MCQs
Marking Scheme1 mark for each question and no negative marking
Total Marks120
Medium of ExamEnglish

NMAT 2019 Exam Pattern in Detail

NMAT 2019 exam is divided into 3 sections and candidates are allotted 120 minutes to complete the exam. They are allotted separate time duration to complete each section. The table given below provides a brief of the section-wise breakup of NMAT 2019 Exam Pattern.

SectionNo. of questionsTime allotted (in minutes)Max. Marks
Quantitative Skills486032
Language Skills322248
Logical Reasoning403840
Total120120120

Note: If candidates complete a section before time, they can start with the next section. However, candidates cannot get add-on time. Also, they can attempt any of the section first and can also answer the questions out of sequence.


NMAT Exam Pattern 2019 for Quantitative Skills

  • This section focuses on numerical problems to test candidates’ quantitative skills.
  • There is a total of 48 questions in this section to be solved in 60 minutes.
  • All the questions are objective in nature.

Important Topics in Quantitative Aptitude

Profit & LossTime, Speed & DistanceAveragePercentages
Quadratic and higher degree EquationsNumber SystemWork & TimePermutation and Combination
Co-ordinateGeometryMensurationDS and DI

NMAT 2017 Paper Analysis for Quantitative Skills

The Quantitative Ability Section of NMAT 2017 was lengthy but candidates with Mathematics background did not face much difficulty in it. Arithmetic questions were given higher weightage. The overall difficulty level of the exam was moderate to difficult.

Following are the highlights of NMAT 2017 QA section:

  • Questions from the topics –   Time and Work, P&C, Probability, and Set were easy. The questions from topics like Time, Speed and Distance were very lengthy.
  • There were 5 DI sets which included 2 tables, 2 bar graphs, and a combination of a bar graph and a line graph.

NMAT Quant Preparation Books

Book NameAuthor/PublisherISBN Number
The Official Guide for NMAT by GMACGMAC9788126567225
Quantitative AptitudeR.S. Agarwal978-8121924986

NMAT Exam Pattern 2017 for Logical Reasoning

  • This section focuses on Logical Reasoning skills of applicants.
  • Questions from Logical Reasoning (LR) section tests a candidate’s logical thinking and its application to everyday problems.
  • There are a total of 40 questions from this section to be solved in 38 minutes.

NMAT Logical Reasoning Important Topics

CodingCritical ReasoningBlood Relation
Input/outputLRStrong and Weak Argument
Statement AssumptionCourse of ActionStatement Conclusion and syllogism
Diagram Based (Find the missing number/Letter)SeriesVenn diagram

NMAT 2017 Paper Analysis for Logical Reasoning

  • Logical Reasoning was the easiest section of NMAT 2017.
  • Some questions were quite easy and didn’t require much time while others were a bit time-consuming as they involved a lot of calculations.
  • There were 11 questions in total from Verbal Reasoning. All these questions were very easy.

NMAT 2019 Preparation Books for Logical Reasoning

Book NameAuthor/PublisherISBN
The Official Guide for NMAT by GMACGMAC9788126567225
How to Prepare for Logical ReasoningArun Sharma978-9352606948

NMAT Exam Pattern 2019 for Language Skills

  • This section will have questions from English language and grammar to test a candidate’s language and comprehension skills.
  • Questions about the English language usage and their rules and testing the understanding of basic grammar are part of the exam.
  • A total of 32 questions will be asked from this section to be solved in 22 minutes.

Important Topics for NMAT Language Skills

Reading Comprehension PassagesPara JumbleError Spotting
SynonymsAntonymsFIBs (vocab)
Cloze TestGrammar (preposition)Analogy

NMAT 2017 Paper Analysis for Language Skills

  • The section had questions that were of moderate difficulty level.
  • The Language Skills section majorly covered vocabulary questions and a few tough words were given as choices which made these questions a little difficult.
  • There were 2 passages in this section. The passages were from popular areas of Environmental Science and Economics.
  • Fill in the blank and Para Jumble questions were easy and Spot the error questions covered mostly Tenses and Parts of Speech

NMAT Language Skills Preparation Books

Book NameAuthor/PublisherISBN
The Official Guide for NMAT by GMACGMAC9788126567225
Verbal Ability and Reading ComprehensionArun Sharma, Meenakshi Upadhyay9789352602261

NMAT 2019 Marking Scheme

NMAT 2019 will have MCQ questions and all the questions will carry 1 mark each. Here is NMAT Marking Scheme for your reference:

  • Total Questions- 120
  • Total Marks- 120
  • Marks for Each Correct Answer- +1 mark
  • Negative Marking- No
  • Questions Left Blank- No mark deducted

NMAT Mock Test 2019

GMAC releases the NMAT Online Practice Exams at its official website. It is a quite helpful tool for candidates taking NMAT 2019. A mock test will help them understand the pattern and difficulty level of questions.

It is advisable to practice NMAT 2019 online practice tests which has Previous Year Question Papers. In order to take the NMAT mock test, just visit the official NMAT website and sign up for the online practice tests.


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