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Logical Reasoning Section in NMAT 2017

Last Updated - July 11, 2017

Narsee Monjee Institute of Management conducts NMAT as a screening test for candidates seeking admissions in to various MBA programs offered in the institute and its branches. NMAT is a 2-hour test consisting of three sections namely, Language Skills, Quantitative Aptitude Skills and Logical Reasoning.

One of its primary sections, Logical Reasoning, can be an easy scoring section if concentrated well on topics given in NMAT Syllabus. To be able to ace the section, here are some quick points to ponder upon:

  • Preparation, practice and revision must be done under proper guidance so that students are not left with any ambiguity.
  • For this purpose, candidates can refer the recommended books for their NMAT Preparation.
  • Logical Reasoning, especially can be quite time consuming because of the way the questions are framed. Candidates can get into the zone where a lot of time is wasted on one particular tricky question. This can be avoided if candidates frequently attempt NMAT Sample Papers to improve their speed and reduce inaccuracies.
  • Questions in the Logical Reasoning section are around the moderately difficult level. Few of the questions can be really easy while few can be very vague creating doubt in students’ minds. This trend is expected to continue the following year too.  Check NMAT Paper Analysis

NMAT Exam Pattern

  • NMAT is a computer based test in which candidates can attempt a total of 120 questions distributed unequally over three sections.
  • Each section has a time limit and candidates must finish that section within the stipulated time.
  • Each correct response is awarded with 3 marks. There is no negative marking in this exam.
  • The number of questions in each section and the allotted time for each section is shown in the table below.
SectionNumber of QuestionsAllotted time
Language Skills3222 minutes
Quantitative Aptitude Skills4860 minutes
Logical Reasoning4038 minutes
TOTAL120120

NMAT 2017 is scheduled between October- December 2017. Make sure you are thorough with the complete NMAT Exam Pattern, to avoid any hassles in the actual exam.


NMAT Syllabus for Logical Reasoning

Candidates must be aware of the entire syllabus of each section that constitutes NMAT. This gives candidates the chance to plan a preparation strategy in a way that all topics that are included as a part of the syllabus are covered.

Logical Reasoning Syllabus can be divided in to two categories. They are

  1. Verbal Reasoning
  2. Non Verbal Reasoning

Topics that are included in the Verbal Reasoning and Non Verbal Reasoning are shown below.

Verbal Reasoning:

  • Verbal reasoning
  • Course of Action
  • Strong Arguments
  • Implicit Assumptions
  • Inference based questions
  • Strong/Weak Arguments

Non Verbal Reasoning:

  • Analytical Reasoning
  • Puzzles on Distribution, Linear arrangement, Circular arrangement, Comparisons and Selections
  • Coding-decoding
  • Family Tree
  • Alphanumeric Series
  • Symbol based logic

Check Complete NMAT Syllabus


NMAT Preparation Books for Logical Reasoning

To improve your performance in NMAT, it becomes essential to practice regularly with the use of proper study material.  Candidates must be aware of few books that come highly recommended to aid them in their learning and practice. Here are a few of them:

TitleName of the AuthorName of the PublisherISBNM.R.P (Actual Price Might Vary)
Koncepts of LR - Logical Reasoning for CAT, XAT, IIFT, MAT, CMAT, NMAT & other MBA Exams Gajendra KumarDisha Publications9386146134Rs. 325
A Modern Approach to Logical Reasoning R.S. AggarwalS.Chand Publications9352535743Rs. 275
Non Verbal ReasoningR.S. AggarwalS.Chand Publications8121905532Rs. 425
A Modern Approach to Verbal Reasoning R.S. AggarwalS.Chand Publications8121905524Rs. 495

NMAT Preparation Tips for Logical Reasoning

  • In order to perform better in NMAT, it is vital to have a solid preparation strategy with sufficient time devoted for revision and practice.
  • Candidates need to develop the knack of solving twisted questions, puzzles, basic arithmetic problems etc.
  • A total of 38 minutes is given for 40 questions. This means that candidates need to be able to manage time properly since each question must be solved in less than a minute.
  • During preparation, candidates must not only work on understanding basics of concepts but must also focus on improving speed in solving without compromising on accuracy.
  • Using recommended books for preparation is advisable as concepts and techniques are explained clearly by the experts in a student-friendly manner.
  • Candidates must make sure to attempt sufficient number of topic wise NMAT Sample Papers. Candidates can then work on weaker zones to improve results. 
  • Question must be read carefully and thoroughly to break down any twisted sentence to its simplest form. Misunderstanding questions is one of the main reasons for wrong answers.
  • Upon receiving question paper, candidates must glance at questions and must ignore those that look really tough. These questions can be attempted towards the end after attempting all the other easier ones, if time permits.    

  • The overall difficulty of the Reasoning Section hovers around the moderately difficult levelto highly difficult level.
  • Though NMAT 2016 consisted of a few easy questions based on Critical Reasoning and Strong and Weak Arguments, tougher questions were framed from concepts related to Logical Reasoning (Coding, Input/Output Topics).
  • Because of the relative ease in questions, attempting close to 26-28 questions correctly was considered to be on par.
  • In comparison, NMAT 2017 is expected to be quite difficult as questions from Critical Reasoning might be tricky.

Check Complete NMAT Paper Analysis


Qualifying Marks for Logical Reasoning

  • Candidates appearing for NMAT 2017 must clear the cut off to be eligible for further selection procedures.
  • Overall Cut off for NMAT 2016 was around 210 marks.
  • Candidates need to clear the sectional cut off as well as the overall cut off to stand eligible for admission.

The overall and sectional NMAT Cut Off for the logical reasoning section is shown in the table below. Candidates willing to take admission to their desired college must possess the below marks:

NMIMS CampusLogical ReasoningOverall Score
MBA & MBA in HR (Mumbai)50207
MBA Pharma (Mumbai)45160
PGDM Programme (Bangalore & Hyderabad)50190

We hope all deserving candidates secure excellent marks. Your hardwork and persistence can work wonders. We suggest you be thorough with your preparation strategy and you are good to go! Good luck!


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