NMAT 2020 Exam Analysis and Expected Cut-off

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For NMAT 2020, the cut offs for NMIMS Mumbai is expected to be 248+. The sectionals for the same are expected to be 85+ for Verbal, 79+ for LR & 73+ for Quant. For the Bangalore and Hyderabad campus of NMIMS, the overall cut off is expected to 220+ while other campuses would be around 205+.

Overview: The test taking window for NMAT 2020 opened on 4th November 2020. Students who have taken the exam on the first day have stated that the exam centers are spacious enough to take care of social distancing.

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 will be 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

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Overview of NMAT 2020

Let’s take a look at the individual section – wise analysis of NMAT 2020 basedon the feedback given by our students

  • Language Skills (Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension)
    • Overview: The Language Skills section was balanced with questions from Reading Comprehension (3 passages), Parajumbles, Grammar and Vocabulary based questions, each of the topics being equally stressed upon.
    • Complexity Level –Easy to Moderate
    • No of questions – 36
    • Section Division

Topic

No. of Questions

Reading Comprehension

12

Parajumbles

4-5

Analogy

5-6

Fill in the blanks (Grammar and Vocabulary)

4

Fill in the blanks (Prepositions)

3

Spot the error/ Identify the correct usage

6

  • Quantitative Skills (Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation)
    • Overview: The Quantitative Skills section of NMAT 2020 contained 3 sets of Data Interpretation amounting to 30 percent of the section. The rest of the section was Arithmetic and Modern Math (PNC and Probability) heavy. The number of questions from Algebra, Number System and Geometry was abysmal. 
    • Complexity Level –Easy to moderate
    • No of questions – 36
    • Section Division

Topic

No. of Questions

Percentage

2

Ratio and Proportion/ Average

2

Time Speed and Distance

2

Time and Work

2

Profit Loss

2

Number System

3

Data Interpretation

10

Data Sufficiency

5

Algebra

2

Mensuration

1

Permutation and Combination / Probablility

5


  • Logical Reasoning (Logical Reasoning and Critical Reasoning)
  • Overview: The logical reasoning section took students by surprise as Verbal reasoning came all guns blazing. Unlike NMAT till 2019, Verbal reasoning comprised of 50 percent of the Logical Reasoning section in NMAT 2020. However, the overall level of difficulty of the questions was easy to moderate.
  • Complexity Level – Easy to Moderate
  • No of questions – 36
  • Section Division

Topic

No. of Questions

Analytical Reasoning

Input - Output

8

Arrangement

4

Grouping

4

Venn Diagram based

1

Figure based Numerical reasoning

1

Verbal Reasoning

Statement – Assumption - Conclusion

3

Course of Action – Decision Making

5

Strong Argument / Weak Argument

2

Critical Reasoning

5

Syllogisms

3

Overall, the difficulty level of NMAT 2020 is moderate in terms of questions asked. However, it also depends on the ability of the candidate as NMAT 2020 is a “Computer Adaptive” exam. All these sections have been modified on many aspects.

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
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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

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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

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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

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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

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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
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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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