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NMAT 2018 Exam pattern

By: R Chandrakala on June 06, 2018


NMAT 2018 is a 2-hour test containing multiple choice questions. There are three sections: Language Skills, Quantitative Skills, and Logical Reasoning. Each section is individually timed. 

NMAT Exam pattern 2018 is as follows-

Language Skills 32 Questions 22 Minutes
Quantitative Skills 48 Questions 60 Minutes
Logical Reasoning 40 Questions 38 Minutes
Total 120 Questions 120 Minutes

Test takers need to answer the questions of each section within the allotted section time. Once the test taker completes a section, whether the test taker selects to move to the next section or if time runs out, the test taker will not be able to return to that section.

  • Test takers cannot add the remaining time of one section to other sections. If a test taker completes answering and reviewing a section before the allotted section time expires, the test taker may choose either to revise their answers in the section or move to the next section, but the balance time cannot be added on to the next section timing.
  • Candidates can choose the Date, Time, and Location according to their convenience.
  • Three Attempts: Candidates can take the test three times in an admission cycle – one exam and two retakes.
  • Choosing the section order: Candidates can choose the order of sections in the test. For instance, one can opt to attempt QA section first followed by VA and LR.
  • Reviewing: You can review your answers at the end of each section so you always have the opportunity to revise if you're not sure of your original response.
    No negative marking: “The system of no negative marking is in line with global practices,” stated an official GMAC release.
Admissions Open for 2018 Batch at:
(for 2 years)
Chandigarh University (CU), Chandigarh
Fees : 3,18,000 (for 2 years)

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NMAT Syllabus 2018 comprises of the three sections- Language Skills, Quantitative Skills, Data Interpretation & DS, and Logical Reasoning. Here is the detailed syllabus for all the three sections:

Quantitative Aptitude Syllabus

#1. Arithmetic


Number System HCF LCM Ratio & Proportion Simplification Percentage Average Age Calculation Time & Work Distances

#2. Mensuration


Areas and Volumes – Rectangles  Squares Triangles Circles Cubes Cones Spheres Pipes & Cistern

Language Skills Syllabus

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

Here are some Best NMAT Preparation Tips that will help an aspirant to clear the exam-

Analyze Your Strengths And Weaknesses

In order to start the thorough preparation, one must be aware of the areas where they need to work really hard. Analysing the strong as well as the weak areas is very important. They also give you a perspective of how well you are prepared.

Steps to begin with

After identifying the areas you need to work hard on, one can start the preparations as soon as possible. One may start targeting the topics by:
⇒ Begin with the solved examples in the book, then move on to the unsolved questions
⇒ Refer to different books and solve all the questions, even if they are repetitive
⇒ Take mock tests. They are easily available online.
⇒ Don't forget to resort to previous year's NMAT papers

Revise your Fundamentals

Candidates must be thorough with the fundamentals and must revise all the basic concepts. This enables them to consolidate the preparations for the exam.

Time Management

Even if the sections are time bounded or not, time management is very important. Completing any particular portion of a subject or topic in an assigned time period is necessary. Try to manage the manage even when you are practicing for the exam.

Exam Toppers

 NMAT Topper 2014-Anjum Sheikh 

NMAT Topper Strategy:

  • Started with clearing the basics and vanishing all the doubts.
  • After strengthening the basics, attempted the mock tests and analyzed the mistakes committed.
  • Focused on the weak areas and increased the question-solving speed.
  • Followed the strict time management, speed, accuracy and knowledge plan.
  • In Quantitative Ability, clearing the basics, increasing the speed and accuracy was the main focus.
  • In Logical Reasoning, practiced a lot of questions as this section is very time-consuming.
  • In English Language Skills, improved the vocabulary and practiced the reading comprehension.
  • Took out time for recreation activities also to re-energize oneself for focused studies. 

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