NMAT Syllabus

NMAT by GMAC Exam from October 4 to December 17, 2018 has an updated Syllabus. To prepare well for NMAT this year, the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) has released the preparation guides with previous test papers also.

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NMAT Syllabus with three major sections on English Language, Quant and Logical Reasoning is revamped with different type of questions appearing in each NMAT exam. GMAC releases every year the changes in test taking strategy and expected type of questions in the exam as per the NMAT syllabus.


Accordingly, the topics for NMAT Exam syllabus go on changing and there are many topics in NMAT syllabus 2018 on which questions, which did not appear earlier, may appear again this year. With effect from 2015 the NMAT exam syllabus has seen consistent changes. Recently, GMAC has also released the NMAT preparation guide in accordance with the changed NMAT by GMAC exam syllabus 2018.


The overall structure of the NMAT 2018 syllabus covers following major topics in each of the three sections:


Language Skills Syllabus

Total Questions
Maximum Marks
Time limit to solve
32 MCQs
22 Minutes

Topics Covered
The Language Skills section in NMAT 2018 exam syllabus covers the topics to test Reading comprehension, verbal ability and English Language skills. Major topics to prepare for this section in accordance with NMAT By GMAC 2018 Syllabus are :

  • Correction of grammatical errors;
  • Syntax and Vocabulary usage; 
  • Use of Antonyms; Synonyms; idioms;
  • Fill in the blanks;
  • Sentence corrections and usage;
  • Usage on Parts of speech; tenses; conditionals;
  • Jumbled sentences;
  • Reading comprehension passages;
  • Phrasal verbs

Quantitative Skills Syllabus

Total Questions
Maximum Marks
Time limit to solve
48 MCQs
60 Minutes

NMAT Exam 2018 Syllabus for Quantitative Skills section covers four major areas – Quantitative Ability; Data Analysis; Data Sufficiency and Data Interpretation. According to the recently released NMAT preparation guide with sample questions as per NMAT by GMAC Syllabus 2018, the test takers have to attempt questions based on following topics:


The NMAT syllabus on Quantitative Skills provides a comprehensive review of the key mathematical concepts assessed in the NMAT by GMAC exam. 

NMAT Syllabus on Arithmetic:

  1. Number System
  2. Average
  3. Percentages
  4. Ratio and Proportion
  5. Exponents
  6. Profit, loss and discount
  7. Alligations and Mixtures
  8. Time, Speed and Distance
  9. Time and work
  10. Clocks
  11. Calendars

NMAT Syllabus on Algebra:

  1. Equations
  2. Inequalities
  3. Logarithm

NMAT Syllabus on Geometry and Mensuration:

  1. Lines and Angles
  2. Triangles
  3. Quadrilaterals
  4. Circles
  5. Mensuration

NMAT Syllabus on Modern Math:

  1. Permutataion and Combination
  2. Probability
  3. Progression
  4. Set Theory
  5. Coordinate Geometry

NMAT Syllabus on Data Interpretation and Data Sufficiency:

  • Bar graph
  • Line graph
  • Pie chart
  • Linear/Quadratic Equation
  • Venn Diagram
  • Tables, Charts for Data comparison and Data Analysis

Tips to Prepare as per Quantitative Skills Syllabus: 

  • You will get 48 questions in the Quantitative Skills section on the NMAT by GMACT. exam that you will have to attempt in 60 minutes. This means you have roughly 1.25 minutes per question.
  • This section will test you on the four important areas of Math—Arithmetic, Algebra, Geometry and Modem Math.
  • Make sure you have looked at all of the questions before the time allotted for the section runs out. Evaluate each question on the basis of the time you think it would take you to solve it and its difficulty level and attempt the easier ones first since the marks are the same for each question.
  • Time is the most important resource on the NMAT by GMACT. exam. If you feel you can answer a question correctly but it will take you 2 minutes or more to do so, flag and skip the question, and come back to it at the end if you have time left.
  • Do not assume that questions should always be answered using the long methods you learnt in school. Most of the NMAT by GMAC"" quant questions can be solved faster using short cuts and tricks, some of which you will learn in this book.
  • Start with the basics. Make sure you are dear on fundamental number properties, formulae and number operations concepts such as odds and evens, prime numbers, LCM and HCF, etc., before moving on to the more advanced concepts.
  • Given the time constraints, your mental math will have to be quite good to arrive at the answer quickly. So, make sure you remember multiplication tables and square of numbers up to 20. It also helps to know some common fractions and their percentage equivalents such as 12.5% = etc.
  • For Data Sufficiency questions, focus on the sufficiency aspect and not on the actual answer.
  • Read the question carefully so that you understand it properly before answering. Do not assume anything. A slight misinterpretation of the question can take you to an incorrect answer.
  • Take a quick look at the options before you attempt to solve a question. In some questions, it may be faster and easier to simply back-solve from the answer choices.

Arithmetic - Coverage is more in NMAT
The arithmetic section comprises topics such as averages, profit and loss, ratio and proportion, percentages, time, speed and distance, number systems, simple and compound interest, mixtures, calendars, etc.


Basic arithmetic questions test your ability to interpret and solve problems of a mathematical nature, using such operations as addition, subtraction, division and multiplication, and in a variety of problem formats and situations. While most of the concepts in arithmetic are quite simple, the NMAT by GMAC will not always test you on straightforward concepts; rather, it will mix up two or more topics, so you may see a question that combines percentages and ratio and proportion.


The arithmetic section will also test your mental Math skills as you will be required to make quick calculations in your head.


Overall Test Taking Strategies

  • Read the question carefully.
  • Look at the options once before you start solving the question.
  • Be aware of the common mathematical operations between odd and even numbers.
  • Remember the divisibility rules for common numbers, frequently tested squares and cubes and multiplication tables up to 20.
  • Be clear about the equivalent of common fractions as percentage and also about decimal terms.
  • Try to pick numbers and back-solve from the answer choices.
  • The next few sections will provide you with in-depth strategies for approaching each topic.

Logical Reasoning Syllabus

Total Questions
Maximum Marks
Time limit to solve
40 MCQs
38 Minutes

Questions in this section of NMAT Exam Syllabus 2018 are based on Analytical Reasoning, Logical Reasoning, Critical Reasoning, Verbal Reasoning, Series completion. Major topics covered in the NMAT exam syllabus 2018 are:  

  • Calendars,
  • Arrangement,
  • Blood Relations,
  • Coding & Decoding,
  • Course of Action,
  • Critical Reasoning,
  • Family tree,
  • Puzzles,
  • Syllogisms,
  • Statement Conclusions,
  • Strong and weak Arguments among other key topics

Key Points about NMAT Syllabus 2018
In addition to above, following should be remembered for NMAT Syllabus 2018:

  • NMAT by GMAC Exam syllabus is updated every year in accordance with Global standards of MBA entrance test
  • NMAT 2018 exam syllabus has not been changed much and remains on the pattern of last year NMAT by GMAC exam Syllabus
  • NMAT by GMAC syllabus 2018 clarifies that there will be No Negative Marking for Wrong answers.
  • Quantitative Skills will be the highest weightage area with 48% score in NMAT 2018 exam as per the NMAT by GMAC