NMAT 2023: Detailed Analysis

NMAT 2023 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

Let’s take a look at the individual section-wise analysis of NMAT 2023 based on 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 (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 5-6 Analogy 7-8 Fill in the blanks 8-9 Spot the error/ Identify the correct usage 8-9

Quantitative Skills (Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation)

Overview: The Quantitative Skills section of NMAT 2023 contained 1-2 sets of Data Interpretation amounting to 22 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 –Moderate to Difficult
• No of questions – 36
The section division is tabulated below:
 Topic No. of questions Percentages, Profit & Loss, Simple & Compound Interest 8 Ratio & Proportion & Remaining Arithmetic 2-3 Number Systems 4-5 Algebra 3 Probability & Permutation-Combination 7-8 Data Interpretation 4-8 Data Sufficiency 4

Logical Reasoning (Logical Reasoning and Critical Reasoning)

Overview: Verbal reasoning comprised of more than 50 percent of the Logical Reasoning section in NMAT 2023. However, the overall level of difficulty of the questions was easy to moderate.

• Complexity Level –Easy to Moderate
• No of questions – 36
The section division is tabulated below:
 Topic No. of questions Syllogisms 0-1 Puzzle 2-3 Digit Sequence/ Series 1-2 Direction Sense 1-2 Unitary Method 1-2 Input-Output 8 Arrangements 4 CR: Inference 5-6 CR: Assumptions 1-2 CR: Weakening 1-2 Decision Making 1-2 Course of Action 1-2 Statement/ Argument 1-2 Statement/ Conclusion 1-2 Statement/ Assumption 1-2

Overall, the difficulty level of NMAT 2023 is moderate in terms of questions asked. However, it also depends on the ability of the candidate as NMAT 2023 is a “Computer Adaptive” exam. All these sections have been modified on many aspects.

NMAT 2022

Overall, the difficulty level of NMAT 2022 was moderate in terms of the questions asked. However, it also depended on the ability of the candidate as NMAT 2022 was a “Computer-Adaptive” exam. Given below is a general overview of the exam:

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

NMAT 2021

NMAT 2021 followed an exam pattern similar to NMAT 2020.

 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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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!