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NMAT 2017 Analysis

NMAT 2017 Analysis will help students understand the type of questions and their difficulty level asked in NMAT. NMAT 2017 questions are divided into three sections- Language, Quantitative Aptitude and Logical Reasoning. A total of 120 minutes are provided to complete the exam. NMAT 2017 or Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Study Management Aptitude Test is conducted for admissions to the post graduate management programmes offered by GMAC. 

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NMAT 2017 Analysis

This year, NMAT 2017 was conducted between October 7- December 20, 2017. The difficulty level of exam was observed to be moderate. Owing to the absence of negative marking scheme, NMAT 2017 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. 

NMAT 2017 Overall Structure and Difficulty Level

Candidates can refer to the below table to learn about the different section, their no. of questions, duration, difficulty level and possible attempts.

SectionNumber of QuestionsDuration in MinutesDifficulty LevelPossible Attempts
Language Skills3222Moderate25+
Quantitative Skills4860Easy to Moderate28+
Quant26
Data Sufficiency6
Data Interpretation16Moderate to Difficult
Logical Reasoning4038Moderate to Difficult22+
Total120120Moderate80+

Sectional Analysis for NMAT 2017

Language Skills

The language section of NMAT 2017 was moderately difficult. It comprised of two Reading Comprehensions with four questions each. The RC questions were of easy difficulty level. The types of questions were divided into fact based and inference based. Other topics included in this section were from Para Jumbles, Fill in the Blanks, Error Spotting, Synonym, Antonym, Cloze, Grammar and Analogy.

NMAT Language Skills Topics and Number of Questions

TopicNo. of Questions
Reading Comprehension Passages8 (2 passages of 4 questions each)
Para Jumble4
Error Spotting4
FIBs (vocab)2
Synonyms2
Antonym2
Cloze Test4 (1 set of 4 questions)
Grammar (preposition)2
Analogy4
Total32

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Quantitative Skills

The Quants section was of easy to difficult level. This section also carried questions from Data Sufficiency and Data Interpretation. There were six questions from Data Sufficiency area and included topics like Numbers, Geometry and Algebra. The difficulty level of Data Interpretation was of moderate to tough difficulty level and were time consuming owing to its complex language. 

NMAT Quantitative Skills Topics and Number of Questions

TopicNo. of Questions
Profit & Loss2
Percentages2
Average2
Time, Speed & Distance2
Work & Time2
Number System5
Progression1
Quadratic and higher degree Equations2
Co-ordinate1
Geometry2
Mensuration (Perimeter and area)3
PnC2
DS6
DI16
Total48

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Logical Reasoning

This section came across as the toughest in NMAT 2017. It consisted of about 10 questions from verbal logical and reasoning with difficulty level from easy to moderate. Also, there were three Critical Reasoning questions that were moderate in difficulty level. We believe that most of the questions were tricky and time consuming.

NMAT Logical Reasoning Topics and Number of Questions

TopicNo. of Questions
Coding3
Blood Relation2
Critical Reasoning3
Strong and Weak Argument2
Statement Conclusion and syllogism3
Course of Action1
Statement Assumption2
LR8
Input/output4 (1 set of 4 questions)
Diagram Based (Find the missing number/Letten)2
Series2
Venn diagram1
Singlets7
Total40

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NMAT 2016 Analysis

The question paper for NMAT 2016 slot 1 on day 1 was found to be very similar to that of NMAT 2015. All questions were asked from the prescribed NMAT Syllabus and no surprises were included in the paper.

The Quantitative Ability section had a total of 48 questions and candidates had 60 minutes to solve them. Most questions fell in the range of easy to medium difficulty. Also, there were five Data Interpretation (DI) sets with each set consisting of 4 questions. DI problems did not require much calculation as in past papers. Most of them has organised data in form of line graph, pie charts and tables.

Other questions were related to topics from modern maths, algebra, arithmetic, geometry, number system and data sufficiency. These were mostly aimed at testing the speed of the candidate. Attempting around 36 to 38 questions with 79% accuracy would fetch a good score.

The Logical Reasoning section consisted of 40 questions in all with a total time of 38 minutes allotted to it. Candidates found this section of NMAT 2016 to be moderately easy in terms of difficulty. The range of questions was however wide. Around 10 to 12 questions were from verbal reasoning while the rest pertained to non-verbal reasoning. Topics covered were matrix arrangement, linear arrangement, coding, Family tree, alphanumeric series, Venn diagram and decision making. Candidates attempting 28 to 30 questions with 75% accuracy would be a decent effort.

The Language Skills section of the question paper has 32 questions to be solved in 22 minutes. There were 2 Reading Comprehension (RC) passages with 4 questions each. The passages were short and had a word count of 300 to 400 words. Some candidates found one of the RC sets to be tougher than the other. But, the overall difficulty level of the section was found to be between easy and moderately difficult.  A total attempt of 26 to 28 questions with 87.5% accuracy would be considered a good score.

In the following table, the number of questions, level of difficulty, topics, good attempts are consisted for NMAT 2016 paper analysis.

SectionQuantitative AbilityLogical ReasoningLanguage Skills
Number of Questions484032
Time allotted to each section603822
Difficulty LevelEasy to Moderately DifficultModerately EasyEasy to Moderately Difficult
Accuracy of attempted questions79%75%87.5%
TopicsDI (line graph, pie-chart, tables), algebra, geometry, number system, data sufficiencymatrix arrangement, linear arrangement, coding, family tree, alphanumeric series, Venn diagram, decision makingReading Comprehensions
Good Attempting36-38 questions28-30 questions26-28 questions

NMAT 2015 Analysis

NMAT 2015 also consisted of three sections. There was no negative marking but the sectional time limits were a challenge for the students. The overall difficulty level was found to be between easy to moderate.

The Quantitative Ability section had questions from all the major topics such as Number Theory, Arithmetic, Algebra, Geometry and Modern Maths. There were three to four sets from Data Interpretation with each set consisting of four questions each. Questions from a given topic were presented together in the question paper.

The DI questions were time consuming and problems on Data Sufficiency were tricky. DI questions were based on pie charts, bar graphs and tables. A good score could be fetched by attempting 30 to 32 questions with 75% accuracy.

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The Logical Reasoning section featured questions on arrangements, family tree, coding, alphanumeric series, directions and blood ties. The students found the difficulty level to be moderately easy. There were a few questions pertaining to decision making. Solving 30 to 32 questions with 75% accuracy would be considered a good score.

The Language Skills section had two Reading Comprehension sets that were moderate in difficulty. Other questions were asked from Para jumbles, sentence correction, critical reasoning and analogies were found to be on the easier side. Problems based on Synonyms and Antonyms were somewhat difficult. Solving 26 to 28 questions with 87.5% accuracy would fetch a good score in this section.

In the given below table, the number of questions, level of difficulty, topics, good attempts are given for NMAT 2015 paper analysis.

SectionQuantitative AbilityLogical ReasoningLanguage Skills
Difficulty LevelEasy to moderate but time consumingModerately EasyModerate
Accuracy of attempted questions75%75%87.5%
TopicsDI (pie-charts, bar graphs, tables), Data Sufficiencyarrangements, family tree, coding, alphanumeric series, directions, blood ties and decision makingTwo Reading Comprehensions,Para jumbles, sentence correction, critical reasoning and analogies
Good Attempting30-3230-3226-28

NMAT 2014 Analysis

The question paper had a total of 120 problems to be attempted in 120 minutes. NMAT was divided into three sections as expected and the detailed paper analysis is explained below.

The Quantitative Ability section for NMAT 2014 threw up big surprises in terms of questions from Data Sufficiency, Number Theory and Geometry. Students found many of these problems to be never have been seen before. Around 8 to 12 questions were from Data Interpretation. DS questions were on the trickier side and required a lot of practice. Geometry problems were also seen to be complicated to solve. Attempting 25 to 28 questions with 58% accuracy was considered a good score.

The Logical Reasoning section featured common topics such as Syllogisms, Linear and Circular Arrangement, Family Tree, Coding and Series. Questions were based both on Verbal and Analytical Reasoning. Some questions were found to have inherent errors but the overall difficulty level was on the moderate side. Solving 22 to 24 questions with 55% accuracy was considered a good attempt.

The Language Skills section consisted of two Reading Comprehension passages with each set having four questions. The passages were short and simple with direct questions being asked. Other questions were based on Para jumbles, synonyms and antonyms, sentence correction and prepositions. A good student should have been able to correctly solve around 24 to 25 questions in this section.

In the following table, the number of questions, level of difficulty, topics, good attempts are mentioned for NMAT 2014 paper analysis.

SectionQuantitative AbilityLogical ReasoningLanguage Skills
Difficulty LevelDifficultModerateModerately Easy
Accuracy of attempted questions58%55%75%
TopicsDI, Data Sufficiency, Number Theory and GeometrySyllogisms, Linear and Circular Arrangement, Family Tree, Coding and SeriesRC, Para jumbles, synonyms and antonyms, sentence correction and prepositions
Good Attempting25-2822-2424-25

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