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NMAT Exam: All you need to know about NMAT Exam Pattern

Last Updated - September 17, 2016

NMAT (Narsee Monjee Admission Test) is a national level entrance examination which is conducted by NMIMS (Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies). NMAT is conducted for the candidates who seek admission in MBA Full Time courses offered by Narjee Monjee Institute in Mumbai and PGDM courses in Narjee Monjee Institutes in Hyderabad and Bengaluru.

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The NMAT Registration started on July 4, 2016 and the last date for getting registered is October 3, 2016. If you are an aspiring candidate, who is yet to get oneself registered for Narsee Monhjee Admission Test, make sure to do it as soon as possible. Registering late for the NMAT Exam will cost you to pay late fee, which can be easily avoided if you get yourself registered beforehand. The sooner you get yourself registered, the better it is for you. 

Check : NMAT Registration 2017, Applications accepted till October 03, 2016

NMAT Exam Pattern

NMAT 2017 is a Computer Based Test (CBT) which involves 3 sections: Language skills, Quantitative skills and Logical Skills. Each section is individually timed and you have to answer the questions in each section in the allotted time. You should keep this thing in mind that once you complete a section, you will not be able to return to the previous one if you decide to move to the next section or if the time runs out. Also, if you have answered all the questions from a section and are still left with time, the time will not be added to the next section. Hence, you should make sure to answer each question with care and make sure to answer them in time.

Also Check : NMAT Participating Colleges 

Mentioned below is the division of each section of NMAT exam:

Serial Number

Name of the Section

Number of Questions

Allotted Time (in minutes)


Language Skills


22 minutes


Quantitative Skills


60 minutes


Logical Reasoning


38 minutes




120 minutes

NMAT will consist of objective type questions and you will have the liberty to decide the sequence of the section in which you’d want attempt the exam. We inform you that 3 minutes of time will be given to you to decide the sequence of the exam. As per the above given table, it can be seen that the exam will be of 2 hours and there will be 120 questions. Therefore, use the given time wisely.

Also Check : NMAT Cut Off

How to Prepare for NMAT Sections?

NMAT by GMAC allows 3 attempts including the first attempt or no shows of any candidate. But you should make sure that there is a gap of atleast 15 days between two successive attempts. If you have given multiple attempts of NMAT, the highest NMAT score will be considered for the shortlisting process. As a NMAT candidate, you should be fully aware with the NMAT Syllabus. This will not only help you to plan your schedule accordingly but will also save your time as you will be well aware about the topic that you need to do first.

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As the NMAT consists of 3 Sections that are Language skills, Quantitative Skills and Logical Skills. Mentioned below is a brief of each section and also the tips on how you can ace each of them.

Grasping the Language Skills

Language skills is the first section in NMAT exam and the time allotted for this section is 22 minutes. The section consists of 32 questions. If you as a candidate having a good command over the English Language will not find answering questions from this section too difficult. You will be tested mainly for your language and reading skills, and that will include finding errors in given sentences.

Similarly, you will be asked to rearrange a pair of words to form meaningful sentences, choose the word which is most nearly the same in meaning as the word given in bold and other similar questions. For good score in this part, it is very important for the candidates to know their grammar and also the ability to quickly comprehend and formulate answers related to language. 

Also Check : NMAT  Preparation Tips for Logical Reasoning

Mentioned below are the topics that will be covered in this section:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Passages
  • Poems
  • Synonyms
  • Anonyms
  • Dictionary meanings of different words,
  • Syntax, and correct grammar
  • Language usage and their rules

Work Hard for Quantitative skills

This is the second section in the NMAT exam and the time allotted to this section will be 60 minutes. The number of questions from this section will be 48. The questions from this section will be asked to test the mathematical skills of the candidates. This section will comprise questions that will demand good mathematical skills and the ability to do quick-oral calculations. The questions in this section will be based on direct applications of concepts and formulae and will have questions from Business Mathematics, Arithmetic, and also Geometry. The candidates are required to practice basic formulae and concepts of Mathematics and also the Sample and Previous year question paper. 

Also Check : NMAT Preparation Tips by Simran Parmar

Mentioned below are the topics that will be included in this section:

  • Arithmetic
  • Algebra
  • Trigonometry
  • 2D and 3 D Geometry, and Statistic.
  • Line graph
  • Bar graph
  • Tables
  • Pie chart

Decipher the Logical Skills

This is the last section in the NMAT exam and the time allotted to this section will be 38 minutes. As the name suggests, this section will consist of 40 questions and will test the logical reasoning capability of yours. The questions in this section are considered to be comparatively easier to the other sections. But still to improve your reasoning capability you should go through various LR questions to improve your speed.  

Also Check : NMAT Preparation Tips by Venkata Vamsi Grandhi

Mentioned below are the topics that will be covered in this section:

  • Data Arrangement
  • Coding and Decoding
  • Blood Relations
  • Direction Sense
  • Input/Output analysis
  • Series and Sequences
  • Multi-dimensional arrangements
  • Puzzles

The above mentioned topics require rigorous practice and the key to getting through this section is to have a basic knowledge of logical reasoning. This section forces you as an aspirant to exert your mental-logical capabilities to the maximum and that is the most challenging part.

Also, you can go through the NMAT Practice Papers and also NMAT Previous Year Question Papers to get an idea about how you the NMAT Exam Pattern will be.

Ace the NMAT Selection Process like a pro

After you clear the NMAT exam, the next step or level you need to clear is the Personal Interview (PI) and Group Discussion (GD). These are the rounds that will shortlist you and at the end will provide you a seat in the college of your choice. Hence, you should make sure to give your 100 percent in both of these sections. These two levels are conducted to test your confidence level and also how good your communication skills are. Also, these two levels will also indicate how good your conveying and convincing skills are.

Also Check : Changes in NMAT by GMAC

For you to perform good in the exam, mentioned below are few tips that you should keep in mind while preparing for each of them:

For NMAT Personal Interview (PI)

A personal Interview is conducted to test your communication skills, your ability to answer the questions asked and also the way in which you answer it. You should make sure to take few seconds to process the question that has been asked and then answer it. Also, while answering it should look like that your answer is spontaneous. 

  • In a PI you should dress to impress. It is rightly said that the first impression is the last impression. Even if an interview is for getting a job or to get admission in a college, always make sure that you dress for the occasion. It will portray your personality and also the interviewer will think that you are serious for the interview.
  • You should have proper knowledge about your field as well as about the college.
  • You should always have few questions that you can ask the interviewer, it will indicate that you are interested to get into their college.
  • You should practice with your family and friends so as to have confidence while speaking.

For NMAT Group Discussion (GD)

GD is conducted to test your ability of how well do you communicate and present your point. It is also conducted to assess certain group skills that cannot be evaluated in a personal interview like ability to reason, to inspire, flexibility, out-of-the-box thinking, social and listening skills, situational handling ability, ability to function as a team player, body language and attitude. These skills are very much required to become a successful professional which in turn works as an asset for the B school at time of campus placements. In a GD, make sure to keep your calm and properly process the topic first and then answer to the topic.

  • Make sure to answer the question or comment on a topic with full confidence.
  • Also, you should make it a point to read Newspapers, Magazines, News Portals etc and also visit the institutes official website to know it better. 
  • To improve your communication skills, you should read books on communication and general subjects. Learn few good phrases that you can add in a sentence while answering anything.

You should be polite while answering and also let the other person finish before you start speaking. If you disagree to the point that was said by the opponent then you could use a phrase like: I am sorry but I think I disagree with you a bit here, I have a slightly different opinion here, you have a good point but I think there’s another facet also to it.

NMAT Participating Institutes

NMAT Score is a determiner for you to get into the college of your choice. After the NMAT Results are announced, the next thing in the pipeline is the NMAT Counselling. In this step you need to register yourself first for the counselling and you also have to fill in the names of the colleges of your interest. Hence, make sure to fill in the choices wisely.

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Also, we inform you that the PI and GD will be held separately for each of the colleges selected. Mentioned below are the names of few of the Universities/ Business Schools that accepts the NMAT by GMAC™ scores:

We hope you all the best and wish your hard work pays off. But to get those kind of results you need to plan you schedule out in an organized way. By doing so you should stick to it religiously. You should keep your calm and try to study in a focused way.



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