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NMAT Syllabus 2017

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NMAT Syllabus is prescribed by Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) each year. It has not seen any major changes over the years. The syllabus for NMAT describes all important chapters and topics and also the weightage each of them carries. NMAT Syllabus is divided into 3 broad sections viz. 

  1. Language Skills
  2. Quantitative Analysis
  3. Logical Reasoning

The test is of two hours in total. All questions will be objective in nature. Each section has a separate time duration allotted in which the candidate has to finish it. Here is a quick glance at NMAT Exam Pattern:

SectionNo. of questionsDurationMarking Scheme

Quantitative Skills



+3 marks for each correct answer.

No negative marking for incorrect answers.

No marks for unattended questions.

Language Skills



Logical Reasoning






Last year, the difficulty level of exam was observed to be moderate. Owing to the absence of negative marking scheme, NMAT 2016 was more of a speed test than test of one’s accuracy. If a candidate managed to attempt 80 questions withing 120 minutes, it will be considered as a good attempt.Check  NMAT Paper Analysis

This year, NMAT 2017 is scheduled between October-December 2017. It's a speed driven exam. Therefore, candidates should be very thorough with the various concepts of Verbal, Quant, DI and Reasoning. NMAT is conducted to grant admission to candidates in postgraduate management courses in institutes accepting NMAT scores. Candidates will be shortlisted for further selection rounds on the basis of their overall and sectional scores. Check now  NMAT Sample Papers

NMAT Syllabus for Quantitative Ability

  • NMAT is a time-bound computer-based test that assess’s a candidate’s speed and accuracy in the quantitative analysis section.
  • Candidates will get 60 minutes to answer 48 questions.
  • 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.

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Important Topics for Quantitative Ability Section

NMAT Syllabus for Quantitative Ability
Data interpretationProblem-solving
Data sufficiencyArithmetic
GeometryModern Mathematics
Number systemsAlgebra

2D and 3D geometry and Statistic

Detailed NMAT Syllabus for Quantitative Ability Section

  • Arithmetic- Number System, HCF, LCM, Ratio and Proportion, Simplification, Percentage, Average, Age Calculation, Time and Work, Distances etc.
  • Algebra- Theory of Equations, Quadratic Equations, Permutations and Combinations, Sequence and Series etc.
  • Geometry- Angles, Lines, Triangles, and Circles etc.
  • Mensuration- Areas and Volumes of rectangles, squares, triangles, circles, cubes, cuboids, cones, spheres etc. these sub-topics also come under the heading of 2D and 3D geometry.
  • Calculus- Maxima and Minima, Function etc.
  • Trigonometry- Trigonometric Ratios, Heights and Distances etc.

NMAT Books for Quantitative Skills

Book NameAuthor/Publisher
MBA-NMAT Narsee MonjeeTeam of Experts
Analytical & Logical Reasoning For CAT & Other Management Entrance TestsPeeyush Bhardwaj
Study Notes Material On NMAT (NARSEE MONJEE) Management Aptitude TestSourav sir's classes

NMAT Syllabus for Language Skills

  • The major prerequisite of a candidate to acquire admission in the MBA or the PGDM program requires the candidate to have a good command over the English language and communication skills.
  • There are 32 questions that must be completed in 22 minutes.
  • The language skills section tests a candidate’s command over the language.
  • It also assesses the ability of the candidate in using correct grammar and language skills along with the ability to correct the incorrect sentences based on grammar.
  • It not only tests the grammar of the candidates but also their vocabulary. The language proficiency is the major aim of the test.
  • This section usually consists of 2 to 4 reading comprehensions based on which the candidates have to respond to the questions that follow.
  • The candidates appearing for the test must always make sure to improve upon their reading ability and language understanding.

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Important Topics for Language Skills Section 

NMAT Syllabus for Language Skills
Language usage and their rulesPara Jumble
Syntax and correct grammarVocabulary
Fill in the blanksIdioms
Reading comprehensionAnonyms  and Synonyms
Dictionary meaningsMark the errors

NMAT Books for Language Skills

Book NameAuthor/Publisher
The Official Guide for NMAT by GMAC Review 2017 GMAC
High School English Grammar and Composition Book (Regular Edition) D,V,Prasada,Rao N 
Word Power Made Easy Norman Lewis

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NMAT Syllabus for Logical Reasoning

  • The logical reasoning section of the NMAT assesses a candidate’s ability to analyze basic logical questions which require a reasoning aptitude to understand and solve.
  • It is particularly designed to measure the ability to draw logical conclusions based on arguments or statements and to identify the strengths and weaknesses of those arguments.
  • This section usually consists of abstract, diagrammatic or inductive reasoning questions.
  • The shape sequences and logical patterns are used to test the mental ability of the candidate. 

Important Topics for Logical Skills Section

NMAT Syllabus for Logical Skills
Family treeMulti-dimensional arrangements
Numeric gridCoding and series
SyllogismsStrong arguments and weak arguments
Venn DiagramStatement-conclusion
PuzzlesData arrangement
AssumptionsClocks and calenders

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This section not only consists of questions pertaining to the Logical Reasoning but also from Data Interpretation. It is a major topic which tests the ability of the candidate to interpret the given data in the form of graphs and tables etc. The major NMAT question topics for Data Interpretation are as follows:

  • Bar Graph
  • Line Graph
  • Pie Chart
  • Tables
  • Caselets
  • Combination of Graphs
  • Data Sufficiency etc.

Read More About Logical Reasoning Section in NMAT

NMAT Books for Logical Skills

Book NameAuthor/Publisher
The Official Guide for NMAT by GMAC Review 2016 GMAC
A Modern Approach to Logical Reasoning R.S. Aggarwal 

NMAT Sample Papers

NMAT Sample Papers help give a fair idea about how the actual exam can be expected to be. All candidates appearing for NMAT between October – December must practice NMAT Question papers as much as possible. It is advisable to get thorough with these beforehand, so that candidates do not get surprised in the actual exam. 

By solving NMAT Sample Papers, candidates can get familiar with the exam pattern and difficulty level of the actual test. The model papers provided for download are the previous years’ papers. These will help students have better understanding of the exam pattern, before they sit for the exam.

The exam will take place in different slots on different days. The total time duration of NMAT 2017 is 2 hours. As for the NMAT marking scheme, Three marks will be awarded for each correct answer option, while there is no negative marking.


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Apoorva kaushik

What is the eligibility criteria for the admission in MBA Regular program ? The fee structure is clear to me but which entrance exam should i qualify for the admission session of 2017-2018 ?

06 Mar, 2017 12:00

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