NMAT 2019 Exam Analysis and Expected Cut-off

NMAT 2019 will be conducted across a 75-day window period commencing from 4th October 2019. In the given 75-day window, students will have the opportunity to take the exam and two retakes, if required. In total, each candidate can attempt the exam thrice. The overall NMAT 2019 exam analysis will be updated on this page for various exam slots in each of the 5 windows after the completion of the respective slots. Take a look at the previous years' NMAT analysis, NMAT sectional cut offs, and overall NMAT cut-offs to gain a thorough understanding of the NMAT paper pattern and how much you need to score to clear the NMAT 2019 cut-off.

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NMAT 2018

The NMAT paper pattern did not see any changes in NMAT 2018. The difficulty level of the NMAT exam in 2018 was parallel to the difficulty level in NMAT 2017. However, for NMAT 2018 the NMAT cut off reduced by 1 mark. The overall NMAT 2018 cut off was 209.

Section No. of questions Marks/QTotal Marks Time Allotted Cut-off Mumbai campus) Cut-off (Bengaluru and Hyderabad Campus)
Quantitative Skills 48 3144 60 minutes 65 60
Logical Reasoning 40 3120 38 minutes 60 50
Language Skills 32 396 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. There were no changes in the paper pattern. Nonetheless, the overall NMAT cut-off increased by 2 marks. The overall NMAT 2017 cut off was 210.

Section No. of questions Marks/Q Total MarksTime Allotted Cut-off Mumbai campus) Cut-off (Bengaluru and Hyderabad Campus)
Quantitative Skills 48 3 14460 minutes 65 65
Logical Reasoning 40 3 12038 minutes 60 60
Language Skills 32 3 9622 minutes 60 50
Total 120   360120 minutes 210 190
Read complete NMAT 2017 Analysis.

NMAT 2016

For NMAT 2016, the difficulty level was a tad lower than earlier years'. There was no change in the paper pattern. The overall cut-off, however, remained static, as has been the trend with NMAT over the years.

Section No. of questions Marks/Q Total MarksTime Allotted Cut-off Mumbai campus) Cut-off (Bengaluru and Hyderabad Campus)
Quantitative Skills 48 3 14460 minutes 74 70
Logical Reasoning 40 3 12038 minutes 61 55
Language Skills 32 3 9622 minutes 55 55
Total 120   360120 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 MarksTime Allotted Cut-off Mumbai campus) Cut-off (Bengaluru and Hyderabad Campus)
Quantitative Skills 48 3 14460 minutes 70 60
Logical Reasoning 40 3 12038 minutes 55 50
Language Skills 32 3 9622 minutes 50 50
Total 120   360120 minutes 208 196
Read complete NMAT 2015 Analysis.

NMAT 2014

NMAT 2014 was conducted by Pearson VUE. The exam 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 at 208 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 70 60
Logical Reasoning 40 3 12038 minutes 61 50
Language Skills 32 3 9622 minutes 55 50
Total 120   360120 minutes 209 196
Read complete NMAT 2014 Analysis.

NMAT 2019 is going to be conducted from 4th October 2019 to 17th December 2019 and like last year, it is being administrated by GMAC. NMAT has had a very standardized pattern in the last few years which is not going to change. 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 option as this maximizes the probability of getting a few of them correct!

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