NMAT 2018 Exam Analysis

NMAT is generally known for its standardized pattern but this year there were few noticeable changes. It was, once again, a speed based test inviting all aspirants to target a typical 210+ score to earn an NMIMS-Mumbai process call.

Read below for the section wise analysis

Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation (48 Questions, 60 minutes):

The section comprised of 16 questions of Data Interpretation and 32 questions of Quantitative Ability. Some students may find 20 questions of Data Interpretation too.

DI part of the section was, once again, time consuming and mostly calculative. Though the difficulty level varied from slot to slot. Four/Five sets of four questions each were there to test an aspirant’s ability to interpret data. Type of sets also varied and comprised of Table, Bar Graph and Pie Chart based questions. Good performance in this section required good selection of sets.

Remaining questions were from Quantitative aptitude with 22 independent questions and 6 questions of Data Sufficiency. A good representation of questions was there from each of Algebra, Percentage Application, Ratio Application and Geometry. All the 6 questions of Data Sufficiency were the easiest to solve whereas the Ratio based problems (Partnership, Time Work etc) demanded time to get solved. Unlike previous years NMAT has started asking questions of Logarithm, Permutation and Combination and Probability.

Overall, the section can be termed as easy to moderate and 36-38 genuine attempts with 90+ % accuracy should lead to a Good Score.

Reasoning (40 Questions, 38 Minutes):

Compared to the last few years, the number of Verbal Reasoning questions has risen. Students may find 16 Questions from Verbal Reasoning and 24 Questions from Logical Reasoning in the reasoning section.

Verbal Reasoning portion had a good variety of questions like Syllogisms, Course of Action, Sentence Assumption, Strengthen-weaken and inference based question. All of the 16 Questions were easy to moderate. An aspirant with a reasonably good practice of such variety of questions should get 9-10 questions correct.

Logical and Analytical Reasoning part was dominated by one/two sets of tabular arrangement based questions. All the questions were easy to moderate. Input – Output based questions, Typical to NMAT, had one/ two sets of 4 questions each, 4-5 questions from Coding, 2 questions of Blood Relations, 3 questions of Series and Patterns and 2 questions on set theory formed a major part of the remaining section.

Approximately 28-30 genuine attempts with a 90+% accuracy should be sufficient for a Good Score.

Verbal Ability (32 Questions, 22 minutes):

The section was dominated by Vocabulary based questions. There were 3 Questions of Synonyms/Antonyms, 3 Fill-in-the-Blanks, 4 closing the paragraph questions and 2 Analogy questions, all of which demanded a decent command over vocabulary.

The rest of the section had 4 Questions of Para jumbles, 4 Questions of Spotting the errors, 4 Preposition based Fill-in-the-blanks and 2 Reading Comprehension of 4 Questions each. Both the RCs were 350 to 400 words each with a possible turn-around time of 8 to 10 minutes and most of these questions were manageable. A smart student should keep RC solving for the last as it was time consuming.

Approximately 26-28 genuine attempts with 85+% accuracy should be sufficient for a Good Score.

Test conduction

As far as the conduction is concerned, Pearson has done a brilliant job. The verification process before the Test is very smooth, provided you carry the right documents. The interface is quite good and responsive, however one has to take note that there is no question pallet in the test and one has to use “next” and “previous” buttons in order to navigate through a section.


Test takers should reach the test center at least 30 minutes before the allocated time with all documents asked for and should be mentally ready for a Speed Test which has no Negative Marking.

All the Best to the Test Takers..!!

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