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How to Prepare Quantitative Ability in NMAT 2017?

Last Updated - July 25, 2017

Quantitative Ability in NMAT carries the maximum weightage of all sections. There are a total of 48 questions, each being reasonably difficult in nature. It is one of those sections that most examinees are terror-stricken about.

Do not worry! We have come to your rescue. This article has all that you need to know and prepare for Quantitative Ability in NMAT.

Here is a brief about Quantitative Ability Section in NMAT:

  • Most of the questions will come from algebra, geometry, modern mathematics and puzzles.
  • There are questions on DI as well.
  • Candidates will be given only 60 minutes to complete this section.
  • NMAT will be conducted in online mode.
  • There is no negative marking.
  • Every question will carry 3 marks.
  • Exam paper will be in English language only.
  • The sectional cut off will be announced officially along with NMAT Results that candidates must qualify.

NMAT 2017 is scheduled for October 2017 to December 2017. All candidates must be thorough with the exam pattern and syllabus to have a fair idea of the structure of paper. Read on to know more about how to prepare for Quantitative Ability Section in NMAT.

Check NMAT Exam Pattern

NMAT 2017 Syllabus for Quantitative Ability Section

  • This section concerns with the candidate’s mental ability and accuracy for mathematical problems.
  • It is a scoring section and the questions of this section are particularly designed to test the candidate’s ability to apply mathematical principles to solve real time problems.
  • It requires the candidate’s active use of his intellect in using the mathematical concepts to answer the questions.
  • The difficulty level of the section is of 10+2 level.

Syllabus for Quantitative Ability

Topics for Quantitative Ability
NumbersQuadratic geometry
Quadratic equationsInequalities
SimplificationProfit and loss
Average, allegations and mixturesRation and proportions
Time, speed and distanceSimple and compound interest
ProbabilityData sufficiency
Bar graphPie chart
TablesClocks and calendars

Read More  NMAT Syllabus

Preparation Books for NMAT Quantitative Ability Section

There are plenty of books in the market but it is important to rely on the best ones. Here are a few of them that can be easily purchased online:

Book namePublisherISBN
The Official Guide for NMAT by GMAC Review 2016GMAC, Wiley India Pvt Ltd8126562285
NMAT Entrance GuideDisha publications9385576798
MBA Solved Papers (XAT,IIFT,SNAP, NMAT, CMAT) Includes 19 Solved Papers & 5 Model PapersG.K. Publications Private Limited; Eighth edition9351448703
The Official Guide for NMAT by GMAC Review 2017Wiley India Pvt Ltd8126567228
Maharashtra CET-MBA 2017 with Solved PapersArihant Publications; Seventh edition9350947161

Preparation Tips for NMAT Quantitative Ability Section

NMAT is not an easy nut to crack. QA section is of moderate difficulty level. Those who are preparing for CAT can easily qualify in the NMAT QA section. For this, a candidate must make and follow a proper preparation plan in order to excel in the exam. Here are a few of the helpful preparation tips for all you aspirants:

  • You must increase your speed of mathematical calculations.
  • Prepare the basic formulae and equations first.
  • Generally questions are concept based if applied correctly will be solved.
  • Best to do the preparation following this schedule: example
Number system5 days
Algebra8 days
Geometry8 days
Permutation & Combination4 days
Other topics5 days
  • Take plenty of mock tests; they will give you the variety of questions that you are looking for. Check NMAT Sample Papers
  • Identify your weak areas and work upon them.
  • Sectional score and test series will help in scoring more in quant.
  • Try to solve papers within the sectional time.
  • Keep a buffer time of 10 minutes so that you are able to finish the exam beforehand.
  • Go after the easy questions first is the most important aspect.
  • Revise the all the topics before the exam.
  • You can take help of an on screen calculator so best to make use of it while doing the mock tests.

NMAT Past Year Analysis of Quantitative Ability Section

NMAT 2016

  • 48 questions were there in QA section, 22 questions on problem-solving, 20 questions were on Data interpretation and remaining 6 were on data sufficiency.
  • Difficulty level of problem-solving is easy to moderate.
  • 3 out of 5 DI questions were highly calculations intensive.
  • A genuine attempt of 35 to 34 is of about 85% accuracy.

Problem-solving questions (as per student feedback) are given below:

TopicNumber of questionsTotalSub-topics
Arithmetic5409Percentages, Work, Pipe & Cisterns, Profit & Loss, Time-Speed-Distance, Ratio-Proportions (Out of 9, 1 was a Data Sufficiency question)
Numbers5207HCF-LCM, Divisibility (Out of 7, 1 was a Data Sufficiency question)
Geometry4206Triangles, Quadrilaterals, Polygons, Trigonometry (Out of 6, 3 were Data Sufficiency questions)
Modern Mathematics2114Permutation & Combination, Probability, AP-GP
Algebra0202Quadratic equations (Out of 2, 1 was a Data Sufficiency question)

DI breakup NMAT 2016

Set no.Set typeNumber of QuestionsLevel of difficulty
1Two graphs: One with a bar chart and a line combined, second with only a line4Difficult
2Two graphs: One with a bar chart and a line combined, second with only a line4Difficult
3Bar chart and a line combined4Medium to Difficult
4Table4Easy to medium
5Caselet4Easy to medium

Check  NMAT Paper Analysis

NMAT 2015

  • Out of 48 questions in quantitative analysis section, 22 questions were on problem-solving, 20 questions were on data interpretation and remaining was on data sufficiency.
  • Genuine attempts of about 36 to 38 questions will give you 85% accuracy.
  • The break up as per the students’ feedback is given below:
Topic/SubtopicNumber of questionsLevel of difficulty
Arithmetic8Easy to medium
Time and Work3Easy to medium
Simple and Compound Interest2Easy to Medium
Mixtures and Alligations1Medium
Numbers5Easy to medium
Number of Zeroes1Easy
Prime Numbers1Easy
Geometry3Easy to difficult
Modern Maths3Easy to difficult
Permutation and Combination1Easy
A.P.- G.P.1More on difficult side
Algebra2Easy to Medium
Simple equations1Easy
Data Sufficiency6Easy to medium
Numbers5Easy to medium
Data Interpretation20Easy to Difficult
Tables8 (2 sets of 4 questions each)Easy to medium

Bar chart
4 (1 set of 4 questions)Easy

Bar chart + Line graph
4 (1 set of 4 questions)Medium to difficult
Line graph + Pie chart
4 (1 set of 4 questions)
Easy to medium

Check  NMAT Coaching Centers

NMAT 2014

  • DI and QA had equal weightage in the QA section 2014.
  • Most of the equations varied between easy to moderate difficulty level.
  • Almost equal numbers of questions were asked from all the topics of the arithmetic section.
  • DI section questions were time-consuming.
  • Most of the questions were calculation intensive.
  •  DI sets had four questionseach and were based on bar charts, case lets, pie charts and tables.
  • Some of the DI questions involved the applications of LR abilities.
  • Questions appeared in the sets: the numbers questions were together, geometry questions were together and the DS questions were together.
  • 36-38 questions attempt is considered good.

Qualifying Marks for NMAT Quantitative Ability Section

  • Qualifying marks are the minimum marks required to be scored in the QA section. 
  • NMAT has the provision sectional of cut off which each candidate must clear.
  • Students who have secured minimum cut off will be invited for the further rounds of GD/PI.
  • The qualifying marks and NMAT cut off is different for each section and college. Here is the expected QA section cut off for NMAT 2017:
  1. Full-Time MBA Program/MBA Banking/MBA Capital Market/MBA HR:
YearSectional cut offOverall cut off
---Language skills (96)Quantitative Techniques (144)Logical Reasoning (120)360
  1. Full-Time MBA Pharmaceutical Management
YearSectional cut offOverall cut off
---Language Skills (96)Quantitative Techniques (144)Logical Reasoning (120)360
  1. NMIMS PGDM Bangalore and Hyderabad Campus
YearSectional cut offOverall cut off
---Language skills (96)Quantitative techniques (144)Logical reasoning (120)360



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