Exam Pattern of NMAT 2019

Last Updated - February 10 2018

Exam Pattern of NMAT 2019

NMAT 2019 Exam Format describes the clear paper format, marking scheme, syllabus, and sectional format of NMAT 2019 exam. NMAT 2019 is a national level online objective exam organizeed by GMAC or Graduate Management Admission Council. All MBA candidates should know about the NMAT by GMAC 2019 Exam Format before appearing for the test.

NMAT Exam Format 2019 will help aspirants to know more about the test such as a total number of questions and type of questions asked in the test, marking scheme, and time duration, etc. NMAT 2019 is a 2-hour exam with 120 total questions. 20 minutes additional time is allotted to aspirants before the commencement of exam for completing the formalities.

NMAT 2019 is a gateway for aspirants want admission into Post Graduate management programs provideed by NMIMS and other institutes accepting NMAT score. Aspirants can find below all important details concerned to NMAT Exam Format 2019 further in the article. All candidates of NMAT must have the basic idea about the paper format along with NMAT Syllabus. It is scheduled to take place in October- December 2019.

Highlights  Exam Format of NMAT 2019 

NMAT Exam DateOctober 2019 to December 2019
Method of ExamComputer-Based
Number of Sections3 (Language Skills, Quantitative Skills, Logical Reasoning)
Period of exam120 minutes
Number of questions120 MCQs
Marking Scheme1 mark for each question and no negative marking
Total Marks120
Medium of ExamEnglish

Exam Format in Detail of NMAT 2019

NMAT 2019 exam is divided into 3 sections and aspirants are allotted 120 minutes to clear the exam. They are allotted separate time period to clear each section. The table given below offers a brief of the section-wise breakup of NMAT 2019 Exam Format.

SectionNo. of questionsTime allotted (in minutes)Max. Marks
Quantitative Skills486032
Language Skills322248
Logical Reasoning403840
Total120120120

Note: If aspirants clear a section before time, they can start with the next section. However, aspirants cannot get add-on time. Also, they can attempt any of the section first and can also response the questions out of sequence.


NMAT Exam Format 2019 for Quantitative Skills

  • There is a total of 48 questions in this section to be solved in 60 minutes.
  • This section focuses on numerical problems to test aspirants’ quantitative skills.
  • All the questions are objective in nature.

Important Topics in Quantitative Aptitude

Profit & LossTime, Speed & DistanceAveragePercentages
Quadratic and higher degree EquationsNumber SystemWork & TimePermutation and Combination
Co-ordinateGeometryMensurationDS and DI

NMAT 2017 Paper Analysis of Quantitative Skills

The Quantitative Ability Section of NMAT 2017 was lengthy but aspirants with Mathematics background did not face many difficulties in it. Arithmetic questions were given higher weightage. The overall difficulty level of the exam was moderate to difficult.

Following are the highlights of NMAT 2017 QA section:

  • There were 5 DI sets which comprised 2 tables, 2 bar graphs, and a combination of a bar graph and a line graph.
  • Questions from the topics –   Time and Work, P&C, Probability, and Set were easy. The questions from topics like Time, Speed and Distance were very lengthy.

NMAT Quant Preparation Books

Book NameAuthor/PublisherISBN Number
The Official Guide for NMAT by GMACGMAC9788126567225
Quantitative AptitudeR.S. Agarwal978-8121924986

NMAT Exam Format 2017 for Logical Reasoning

  • Questions from Logical Reasoning (LR) section tests an aspirant’s logical thinking and its application to everyday problems.
  • There are a total of 40 questions from this section to be solved in 38 minutes.
  • This section focuses on Logical Reasoning skills of participants.

NMAT Logical Reasoning Important Topics

CodingCritical ReasoningBlood Relation
Input/outputLRStrong and Weak Argument
Statement AssumptionCourse of ActionStatement Conclusion and syllogism
Diagram Based (Find the missing number/Letter)SeriesVenn diagram

NMAT 2017 Paper Analysis for Logical Reasoning

  • Logical Reasoning was the easiest section of NMAT 2017.
  • Some questions were quite easy and didn’t require much time while others were a bit time-consuming as they involved a lot of calculations.
  • There were 11 questions in total from Verbal Reasoning. All these questions were very easy.

NMAT 2019 Preparation Books for Logical Reasoning

Book NameAuthor/PublisherISBN
The Official Guide for NMAT by GMACGMAC9788126567225
How to Prepare for Logical ReasoningArun Sharma978-9352606948

NMAT Exam Format 2019 for Language Skills

  • Questions about the English language usage and their rules and testing the understanding of basic grammar are part of the exam.
  • This section will have questions from English language and grammar to test an aspirant’s language and comprehension skills.
  • A total of 32 questions will be asked from this section to be solved in 22 minutes.

Important Topics for NMAT Language Skills

Reading Comprehension PassagesPara JumbleMistake Spotting
SynonymsAntonymsFIBs (vocab)
Cloze TestGrammar (preposition)Analogy

NMAT 2017 Paper Analysis of Language Skills

  • Fill in the blank and Para Jumble questions were easy and Spot the mistake questions covered mostly Tenses and Parts of Speech
  • There were 2 passages in this section. The passages were from famous areas of Environmental Science and Economics.
  • The Language Skills section majorly covered vocabulary questions and a few tough words were given as choices which made these questions a little difficult.
  • The section had questions that were of moderate difficulty level.

NMAT Language Skills Preparation Books

Book NameAuthor/PublisherISBN
The Official Guide for NMAT by GMACGMAC9788126567225
Verbal Ability and Reading ComprehensionArun Sharma, Meenakshi Upadhyay9789352602261

Marking Scheme of NMAT 2019

NMAT 2019 will have MCQ questions and all the questions will carry 1 mark each. Here is NMAT Marking Scheme for your reference:

  • Negative Marking- No
  • Total Questions- 120
  • Total Marks- 120
  • Questions Left Blank- No mark deducted
  • Marks for Each Accurate Response- +1 mark 

Mock Test of NMAT 2019

GMAC announces the NMAT Online Exercise Exams at its official website. It is a quite helpful tool for aspirants taking NMAT 2019. A mock test will help them understand the format and difficulty level of questions.

It is recommended to exercise NMAT 2019 online exercise tests which has Earlier Year Question Papers. In order to take the NMAT mock test, just visit the official NMAT website and sign up for the online exercise tests.



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