NMAT 2022 Exam Analysis and Expected Cutoff

First Impression:

The NMAT 2022 test-taking window started today 10th October and will go on till 19th December 2022. NMAT 2022 followed a similar pattern to last year with each section comprising 36 questions. Overall the candidates had to attempt 108 questions in 120 minutes.

NMAT 2022 had a moderate level of difficulty.

  • The Language Skills section was easy-moderate in difficulty and comprised 2 reading comprehension questions along with fill-in-the-blanks, antonyms, synonyms, and para completion.
  • The Logical Reasoning section was more time-consuming and comprised textually-heavy questions. The section was of moderate difficulty.
  • While Quantitative Skills had questions from all the sections except geometry, it was dominated by modern math and numbers. The data interpretation section was simple but lengthy. The Quantitative section is on a moderate level.

Overview of NMAT 2022

Let’s take a look at the individual section-wise analysis of NMAT 2022 based on the feedback given

Language Skills (Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension)

Overview: The Language Skills section was balanced with questions from Reading Comprehension (2 passages), Parajumbles, Grammar and Vocabulary based questions, each of the topics being equally stressed upon.

  • Complexity Level –Easy to Moderate
  • No of questions – 36

The Section Division is tabulated below:

Topic

No. of Questions

Reading Comprehension

8

Parajumbles

4

Analogy

6

Fill in the blanks (Vocabulary)

7

Fill in the blanks (Prepositions)

4

Spot the error

7

Quantitative Skills (Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation)

Overview: The Quantitative Skills section of NMAT 2022 contained Arithmetic and Data Interpretation questions that were relatively easy. The section was dominated by modern math and numbers. As expected, there was no question of Geometry

  • Complexity Level –Moderate
  • No of questions – 36

The Section Division is tabulated below:

Topic

No. of Questions

Percentage

2

Ratio and Proportion/ Average

2

SI CI

1

Time and Work

2

Profit Loss

3

Number System

3

Data Interpretation

8

Data Sufficiency

4

Algebra

4

Probability

4

Permutation and Combination

3

Logical Reasoning (Logical Reasoning and Critical Reasoning)

Overview: The Logical Reasoning section comprised of analytical reasoning questions which were easily doable and critical reasoning questions were challenging. The Decision-Making section and one quant-based reasoning question took students by surprise. Candidates should have aimed to answer atleast 25-27 questions correctly in this section.

  • Complexity Level - Moderate
  • No of questions - 36

Topic

No. of Questions

Analytical Reasoning

Input - Output

4

Arrangement

4

Grouping

4

Venn Diagram based/ Set Theory

2

Figure based Numerical reasoning

1

Permutation and Combination

1

Verbal Reasoning

 

Statement – Assumption - Conclusion

5

Course of Action – Decision Making

2

Decision Making

3

Strong Argument / Weak Argument

4

Verbal Reasoning/ Verbal Logic

4

Syllogisms- Deductive Logic

2

Overall, the difficulty level of NMAT 2022 is moderate in terms of the questions asked.

NMAT 2021

NMAT 2021 followed an exam pattern similar to NMAT 2020. The overall difficulty level of the exam was moderate.

Section

No. of questions

Time allotted (minutes)

Language Skills

36

28

Logical Reasoning

36

40

Quantitative Skills

36

52

Total

108

120

NMAT 2020

NMAT 2020 comprised of 3 sections – each containing 36 questions. The option to skip to the next question without answering the current question was disabled, making it mandatory for the students to attempt all the questions. As the exam is Adaptive, students were rewarded more for answering tougher questions correctly as compared to easier questions. The topic–wise questions served to the students in each of the sections shows variation for each of the students.

Section No. of questions Time allotted (minutes)
Language Skills 36 28
Logical Reasoning 36 40
Quantitative Skills 36 52
Total 108 120

Read Detailed NMAT 2020 Analysis

NMAT 2019 vs NMAT 2020

Parameter NMAT Exam Pattern 2019 NMAT Exam Pattern 2020
Number of Questions 120 108
Sectional Time Limit Language Skills – 22
Quantitative Skills – 60
Logical Reasoning- 38
Language Skills – 28
Quantitative Skills – 52
Logical Reasoning - 40
Score Range Language Skills –>     0-144
Quantitative Skills –>   0-96
Logical Reasoning - >   0-120
Language Skills – 12 -> 120
Quantitative Skills – 12 -> 120
Logical Reasoning- 12 -> 120
Exam Difficulty Level Language Skills: Moderate
Quantitative Skills: Moderate to tough
Logical Reasoning: Easy to moderate
Language Skills: Easy to moderate
Quantitative Skills: Easy to moderate
Logical Reasoning: Moderate to tough
Sectional Time Limit Time ranging from 22 minutes to 60 minutes Time ranging from 28 minutes to 52 minutes
Scaled Score Questions are selectively chosen from a pool, based on candidate’s performance Questions are directly targeted and are specific to a candidate’s ability, same as GMAT
NMAT Scorecard Result date and window not specified beforehand Ready within 48 hours (in the first window)

NMAT 2018

The difficulty level of the exam in 2018 was parallel to the difficulty level in NMAT 2017. However, for NMAT 2018 the NMAT cut off reduced by 1 mark.

Section

No. of questions

Marks/Q

Total Marks

Time Allotted

Cut-off Mumbai campus)

Cut-off (Bengaluru and Hyderabad Campus)

Quantitative Skills

48

3

144

60 minutes

65

60

Logical Reasoning

40

3

120

38 minutes

60

50

Language Skills

32

3

96

22 minutes

57

55

Total

120

 

360

120 minutes

209

200

Read complete NMAT 2018 Analysis.

NMAT 2017

For NMAT 2017, the difficulty level was on similar lines with NMAT 2016. Nonetheless, the overall NMAT cut-off increased by 2 marks.

Section

No. of questions

Marks/Q

Total Marks

Time Allotted

Cut-off Mumbai campus)

Cut-off (Bengaluru and Hyderabad Campus)

Quantitative Skills

48

3

144

60 minutes

65

65

Logical Reasoning

40

3

120

38 minutes

60

60

Language Skills

32

3

96

22 minutes

60

50

Total

120

 

360

120 minutes

210

190

Read complete NMAT 2017 Analysis.

NMAT 2016

For NMAT 2016, the difficulty level was a tad lower than earlier years'. The overall cut-off, however, remained static, as has been the trend with NMAT over the years.

Section

No. of questions

Marks/Q

Total Marks

Time Allotted

Cut-off Mumbai campus)

Cut-off (Bengaluru and Hyderabad Campus)

Quantitative Skills

48

3

144

60 minutes

74

70

Logical Reasoning

40

3

120

38 minutes

61

55

Language Skills

32

3

96

22 minutes

55

55

Total

120

 

360

120 minutes

208

200

Read complete NMAT 2016 Analysis.

NMAT 2015

NMAT in 2015 was conducted by GMAC (Graduate Management Admission Council), the owner and the administrator of the GMAT exam. This was a deviation from the previous years when Pearson VUE created the NMAT exam on behalf of NMIMS. The over-all cut-off remained the same as last year's, though there were minor changes in sectional cut-offs. Sectional cut-offs fell by a small margin.

Section

No. of questions Marks/Q

Total Marks

Time Allotted

Cut-off Mumbai campus)

Cut-off (Bengaluru and Hyderabad Campus)

Quantitative Skills

48 3

144

60 minutes

70

60

Logical Reasoning

40 3

120

38 minutes

55

50

Language Skills

32 3

96

22 minutes

50

50

Total

120  

360

120 minutes

208

196

Read complete NMAT 2015 Analysis.

NMAT 2014

MAT 2014 was quite predictable with respect to the pattern and the difficulty level. The exam was easy-to-moderate and the overall cut-off remained the same.

Section No. of questions Marks/Q Total Marks Time Allotted Cut-off Mumbai campus) Cut-off (Bengaluru and Hyderabad Campus)
Quantitative Skills 48 3 144 60 minutes 70 60
Logical Reasoning 40 3 120 38 minutes 61 50
Language Skills 32 3 96 22 minutes 55 50
Total 120   360 120 minutes 209 196
Read complete NMAT 2014 Analysis.

NMAT 2020 is being conducted in an 88-day test window from 4th November 2020 to 30th January 2021 and like last year, it is being administrated by GMAC. NMAT has had a very standardized pattern in the last few years which has very low chances of changing drastically. With respect to the pattern and structure of the exam, candidates can heave a sigh of relief. The overall difficulty level too will be along similar lines. The overall cut-off is expected to be around 208-210, which is the range around which the last few years' cutoffs have hovered. We can expect a little ambiguity from the sectional difficulty levels and sectional cutoffs can fluctuate by small margins.

For NMAT 2016, Quantitative Skills sectional cut-off rose from 70 to 74, despite the presence of highly calculation-intensive Data Interpretation questions, as the standalone quant questions were easier than last year. This shows that there can be varying difficulty levels even within a single section. A candidate should try to attempt around 75-80 questions to make it to a safe score of between 210-230, after accounting for a few errors. Since sections are timed, understanding of fundamentals and the speed of attempting questions are the 'make or break' factors.

As there is no penalty for wrong answers, candidates should adopt a strategy wherein they attempt all the questions. About 80 questions out of 120 should be genuine attempts and the rest could be guesses/calculated risks based on elimination. If a candidate is purely guessing on the rest of the questions, then all the answer choices selected should be the same options as this maximizes the probability of getting a few of them correct!

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