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Best NMAT 2022 Preparation Strategy: NMAT Syllabus 2022

NMAT 2022 Important Facts

NMAT 2022 PreparationNMAT (NMIMS Management Aptitude Test) is an online computer-based exam that helps aspirants to choose one of the best B-schools, not only in India but in South Africa, the Philippines, and Nigeria as well. Since it is conducted by GMAC (Graduate Management Admission Council), it is known as NMAT by GMAC. The students can target colleges like NMIMS (Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies), XUB, SPJIMR (For PGMPW), etc. NMAT allows you to give upto three attempts between the month of December to January every year.

As per the official guidelines released in 2021, If a student is aiming for NMIMS Mumbai or K J Somaiya then he or she must score good in the first attempt only because other attempts score won’t be considered for the admission process. NMAT 2022 scores are valid for one academic year. 

NMAT Exam Conducting BodyGraduate Management Admission Council (GMAC)
Number of MBA colleges under NMAT ExamNMIMS, SPJIMR, ISB, XIMB, VIT, ICFAI,
Shiv Nadar, SDA Bocconi, L M Thapar
NMAT 2022 Testing Window74 days
Mode of NMAT Entrance ExamComputer Based Online Exam
Number of Times you can Take the exam3
NMAT Registration FeesRs.2300/-
Number of Questions in NMAT Exam108
Sectional Division of the Exam3 Sections
Sectional Time LimitYes, applied and is different for each section
Importance of Taking NMAT 2022 examImprove rank & score with 3 retakes
NMAT Exam Application ProcessOnline
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Topics you can’t miss in NMAT 2022 Preparation

Your task of clearing a competitive exam like NMAT with flying colors becomes easy if you know the important sections on which you have to focus on the most. In this section, we will be discussing the 5 most important sections/chapters that you should not miss while preparing for NMAT 2022.

Quantitative Ability

In the quantitative skills section, you will be practicing questions from many different topics. But the most important topic is Arithmetic. The topics covered in this section are mentioned in the syllabus section above.

YearNo of questions in Arithmetic

Out of 28 questions (DI excluded), 50% were from Arithmetic in 2019, whereas it was 28% and 39% in 2018 & 2017 respectively. This shows that you can expect a good number of questions from this section and hence preparing the topics covered in this section is very important.  From the year 2020, NMAT difficulty level depends on every correct answer given. I.e., every right answer will increase the difficulty level of the exam. Therefore, we cannot clarify the no. of questions coming in the exam but mostly, Arithmetic comes in huge numbers.

Data Interpretation

It forms part of the quantitative skills section in NMAT. Candidates can expect 4 sets comprising a total of 16 questions related to DI. Be sure to select the set to be attempted. Out of these 4 sets, 2-3 sets can be very calculation intensive. This means they will be having difficulty levels from moderate to difficult. Also, since time is an important parameter, make sure to find the easy sets and attempt them first and solve the other sets if time permits.


In the language skills section, you can find a lot of questions challenging your word power in the form of synonyms, antonyms, idioms etc. 

YearNo of questions in Vocabulary

As the table shows, out of 32 questions in the language skills section, vocabulary questions may vary from 14-17 questions, that is, 43%-53%. These questions remained in the easy-moderate level of difficulty as per the last three year’s papers.


After RC and vocabulary, the third part of language skills consists of grammar questions related to prepositions and finding the error.

YearNo of questions in Grammar

Even though the number of questions is less as compared to vocabulary, the knowledge of grammar rules helps in solving these questions. This is done by ease in elimination of options in RC questions as well as para jumbles.

Critical Reasoning

This implies critical thinking or clear thinking. Candidates need to go through a few statements, infer the information, and answer the questions based on that inference. This is a part of the logical reasoning section. It consists of topics mentioned in the verbal reasoning section in the syllabus part as well.

YearNo of questions in CR/ VR

As the numbers suggest, candidates need to attempt 27%-37% critical reasoning questions in the logical reasoning section. The level of difficulty varies from easy-moderate.


In this article, we have seen the most important topics of the NMAT 2022 exam. A good strategy helps an aspirant to prepare well and then perform well in the main exam. Practicing the important questions, again and again, helps a lot in the exam in terms of saving time and scoring better.

Some preparation tips that one should follow before the NMAT exam date:

  • Read the topics, clear the basics, and then focus on solving as many questions as possible.
  • For all the topics, you can also enroll for the MBAP question sets which are available as levels 1, 2, and 3. Start with level 1 and gradually shift to moderate and then difficult level.
  • Practice previous year questions to get the correct idea of the level of difficulty and your current level of preparation.
  • Time yourself while solving questions as NMAT is a time-based exam.
  • Keep practicing!

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