NMAT Exam Pattern

NMAT will be held in a 75 day Test Window from October 4 to December 17, 2018 as an online computer based test. 

 

NMAT exam pattern is similar to other leading national level MBA entrance exams like CAT and XAT. Going by the past trends in the NMAT by GMAC pattern which is not expected to change also this year, the NMAT by GMAC 2018 Exam Pattern will remain computer based MCQ question types.

 

The NMAT 2018 exam pattern will have the entire NMAT 2018 exam divided in 3 sections namely Language Skills, Quantitative Skills and Logical Reasoning. The NMAT Exam Pattern also prescribes that all the three sections in NMAT exam will be individually timed. Besides there is no negative marking in NMAT by GMAC exam pattern

 

NMAT 2018 Registration

 

NMAT by GMAC Exam Pattern 2018: Sectional composition

Section Name
Number of questions
Allotted time in minutes
Language Skills
32
22
Quantitative Skills
48
60
Logical Reasoning
40
38
Total
120
120

 

 NMAT Exam Pattern: Salient Points

  • Online CBT: NMAT 2018 exam pattern will be based on online computer based test
  • MCQ format: All the questions in NMAT 2018 exam pattern will be of Multiple Choice type (MCQs).
  • 120 questions: NMAT 2018 exam pattern as revealed in the past notification also consists of 120 questions divided in 3 sections and are to be attempted in 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Choice of order of sections: One of the unique features in NMAT 2018 exam pattern would be that Test taker can choose order of sections in NMAT by GMAC. However, once order of the sections is selected, the NMAT test taker should follow this order.
  • Individually timed sections: In the revised NMAT exam pattern 2018, each section in NMAT 2018 exam will be individually timed and the candidates will have to attempt the questions in the respective section within the sectional time limit.
  • No negative marking: The NMAT 2018 exam pattern is without any penalty of negative marking. So, instead of skipping a question in the question paper,  you can use your calculated guess and mark the answer without the fear of a penalty for a wrong answer as there is no negative marking.
  • Moderate difficulty exam: The difficulty level is not so high as of IIMs-CAT and XLRI-XAT exams  in NMAT by GMAC exam pattern
  • Uniform Marking scheme: Another important feature of NMAT exam pattern is uniform marking system. Each correct answer is awarded +1 mark and there is zero marking for unattempted question
  • Facility to review answers:NMAT Test takers must review answers of each section within the allotted time before moving to another section of the exam, as once the candidate closes out of a section, he/she may not come back to the section
  • 3 Attempts allowed:  This is the biggest benefit of NMAT by GMAC exam pattern. You can take the NMAT by GMAC three times in a given admissions cycle. This gives you the opportunity to improve your score
  • Choice of Self-scheduling NMAT by GMAC: NMAT by GMAC is one of the few national exams which offer you the liberty to choose your test appointment date, time and test center location

NMAT V/s CAT
NMAT by GMAC exam pattern and IIMs CAT have many similarities which give the opportunity to the candidates to synchronise their sectional and overall exam preparation. Still NMAT has a few dissimilarities as compared to CAT:

Component
NMAT by GMAC
IIMs CAT
Total questions
120
100
Overall time limit to attempt the exam
 2 hours
 3 hours
Type of questions
All MCQs
72-75 questions are MCQs, rest Non-MCQs
Answer options for MCQs
5
4
Marks awarded for each correct answer
1
3
Negative marking
No negative marking
MCQs with 1/3 negative marking; No negative marking for Non-MCQs
Exam difficulty level
Moderate
Comparatively high
Number of sections
3
3
Name of section-1 with number of questions
Language Skills-32
Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension- 34
Name of Section-2 with number of questions
Logical Reasoning-40
Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning -32
Name of Section-3 with number of questions
Quantitative Skills-48
Quantitative Ability-34
Facility to choose order of sections
Yes, but once chosen has to follow
No, has to follow pre defined sectional order
Individual Sectional time limit
Yes, varying time limit of 22 minutes to 60 minutes
Each section with 1 hour time limit
Top MBA colleges accepting exam score
NMIMS, VIT, XIMB
20 IIMs, FMS, MDI, SPJIMR, IMI, IITs, XIMB

 

NMAT Vs XAT
Similarities and dissimilarities in NMAT by GMAC exam pattern and XLRI XAT exam are more yet many similar points in both the exam pattern help the test takers to prepare for them simultaneously:

Component
NMAT by GMAC
XLRI - XAT
Total questions
120
98
Overall time limit to attempt the exam
2 hours
3½ hours
Type of questions
All MCQs
97 (1 is essay writing test)
Answer options for each MCQ
5
5
Marks awarded for each correct answer
1
1
Negative marking
No negative marking
72 MCQs with 1/4 negative marking; No negative marking for 25 MCQs and Essay writing test
Exam difficulty level
Moderate
High
Number of sections
3
3 (Main sections)
2 (GK & Essay score not counted)
Name of section-1 with number of questions
Language Skills-32
English Language & Logical Reasoning- 24
Name of Section-2 with number of questions
Logical Reasoning-40
Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation- 27
Name of Section-3 with number of questions
Quantitative Skills-48
Decision Making-21
Facility to choose order of sections
Yes, but once chosen has to follow
Any question from any section within overall time limit
Individual Sectional time limit
Yes, varying time limit of 22 minutes to 60 minutes
No
Top MBA colleges accepting exam score
NMIMS, VIT, XIMB
XLRI, SPJIMR, IMT, TAPMI, XIMB