NMAT - Past Year’s Paper Analysis

NMAT 2019

The analysis is based on the slot 1 exam which took place on 4th October 2019. The exam pattern remained the same and predictable. To score good marks, an attempt of 75-85 questions in two hours needed. 

Section

Questions

Sectional Time

Level of Difficulty

Language
Skills

32

22

Easy-Moderate

Quantitative
Skills

48

60

Easy

Logical
Reasoning

40

38

Easy-Moderate

Total

120

120

Moderate

Language Skills: The section remained moderately difficult and an attempt at 24-26 questions could fetch good marks. Vocabulary words were easy. RC’s were easy, para-jumbles were moderately easy. The rest of the paper was grammar-based. The fill in the blanks was based on preposition and LOD was moderate.

Language Skills

Topic

Number of Questions

Reading Comprehension Passages

8 (2 passages of 4 questions each)

Para Jumble

2 (4 sentences each), 2 (5 sentences each)

Error Spotting

3

FIBs (Prepositions)

2 (1 blank each – 3 sentences)

FIBs (Common Confusables)

2

FIBs (Vocabulary)

3

Synonyms & Antonyms

4

Analogy

4

Cloze Test

4

Total

32

Quantitative Skills: Arithmetic, number system, and modern math dominated the section. P&C and probability questions were moderately difficult. Out of 5 DI sets, 3-4 were easy and less calculative. Overall, the section was easy and 32-35 attempts could fetch high scores. 

Quantitative Skills

Topic

Number of  Questions

Profit & Loss

5

Percentages

2

Ratio & Mixture,
Proportion

2

SI & CI

2

Averages

1

Work & Time

2

Number System (HCF/LCM)

4

Progression

2

Logarithm

2

Polygon

1

Geometry

1

Permutation and Combination

2

Probability

2

DI

20
(5 sets, 4 questions each)

Total

48

Logical Reasoning: There were 25 questions on analytical and logical reasoning and 15 verbal logic questions. The questions varied from easy to moderate difficulty level. A good attempt to 23-25 with 90% accuracy was achievable.

Logical Reasoning

Topic

No. of Questions

Coding

5

Blood Relation

2

Statement-Argument

3

Statement Conclusion

3

Course of Action / Decision making

2

Statement-Assumption

4

Statement – Inference

3

Syllogism

2

Input/output

8 (2 sets, 4 Qs each)

Missing number and Visual reasoning

3 (1 set)

Singlets (Contained Set theory-based diagram)

5

Total

40

NMAT 2018

The analysis is for the 4th October 2018, slot 1 exam. The pattern was predictable and there was hardly any surprise for the candidates. The pattern varied for different candidates in the same slot but LOD remained almost the same. A calculative strategy and a total attempt of 85-94 questions in 120 minutes were called good attempts. Overall the exam could be categorized as easy-moderate.

Section

Questions

Sectional Time

Level of Difficulty

Language
skills

32

22

Moderate

Quantitative
skills

48

60

Easy-Moderate

Logical
Reasoning

40

38

Easy

Total

120

120

Easy-Moderate

Language Skills: The pattern remained predictable. An attempt to 26-28 questions with an accuracy of 95% was realistic. The vocabulary-based questions were easy as the words were simple. 5 out of 8 RC questions were idea-based. Para-jumbles were easy with only one question slightly confusing. The other questions were grammar-based. The section was moderately difficult.

Language Skills

Topic

No. of Questions

Reading
Comprehension Passages

8 (2 passages of 4 questions each)

Para
Jumble

4 (4 sentences)

Error
Spotting

3

FIBs
(Prepositions)

2 (1 blank each – 3 sentences)

FIB
(Preposition based)

1 (2 blanks each)

FIBs
(Common Confusables)

2 (2 blanks each)

FIBs
(Vocabulary)

1 (2 blanks each)

Synonyms

1

Antonym

2

Analogy

4

Cloze
Test

4

Total

32

Quantitative Analysis: In this section, arithmetic dominated. The data sufficiency questions were lengthy and from ratio, percentages, and average. 2 out of 5 DI sets were calculation intensive and others were easy and less calculative. Good preparation and 35-38 proper attempts were possible.

Quantitative Skills

Topic

No. of Questions

Profit
& Loss

3

Percentages

1

Ratio
& Mixture, Proportion

1

SI
& CI

1

Averages

1

Work
& Time

1

Number
System( HCF/LCM and units digit based)

4

Progression

3

Logarithm

2

Polygon

2

Geometry

2

Permutation
and Combination

2

Probability

2

Data
Sufficiency

3

DI

20 (5 sets, 4 questions each)

Total

48

Logical reasoning: There were 25 questions on Analytical and logical reasoning. The rest 15 were from verbal logic. Not much variation in the types of questions as compared to the last year. Overall the section was easy and 29-32 attempts with 90% accuracy were achievable.

Logical Reasoning

Topic

No. of Questions

Coding

3

Blood
Relation

2

Critical
Reasoning

8

Statement-Argument

1

Statement
Conclusion

1

Course
of Action / Decision making

3

Statement-Assumption

1

Syllogism

1

Logical
Reasoning(arrangement and ranking)

8 (2 sets, 4 questions each)

Input/output

4

Missing
number and visual reasoning

3

Mathematical
Puzzles & Direction

2

Singlets
(Contained Visual Reasoning and Set theory based diagram)

3

Total

40

NMAT 2017

The analysis of the slot 1 paper scheduled on 5th October 2017 is given below. As compared to the last year, the language skills section was slightly tougher whereas the logical reasoning section was easier. The quantitative skills section was similar in terms of LOD. Candidates should have solved 85-94 questions in 120 minutes. 

Section

Questions

Sectional Time

Level of Difficulty

Language
skills

32

22

Moderate

Quantitative
skills

48

60

Moderate-Difficult

Logical
Reasoning

40

38

Easy

Total

120

120

Easy-Moderate

Language Skills: RC’s were challenging as 7 out of 8 questions were idea-based. The passages were easy to read but questions were tricky. Vocabulary questions, para-jumbles, the cloze test, and fill in the blanks were easy and predictable. It was a moderately difficult section and 24-27 attempts with 95% accuracy were feasible.

Language Skills

Topic

Number of Questions

Reading
Comprehension Passages

8 (2 passages of 4 questions each)

Para
Jumble

4 (3-4 sentences, 1-5 sentences each)

Error
Spotting

3

FIBs
(Prepositions)

3 (3 blanks each)

FIBs
(Vocabulary)

3 (2 blanks each)

Synonyms
& Antonyms

6

Analogy

1

Cloze
Test

4

Total

32

Quantitative Skills: Arithmetic and number system dominated the section. The data sufficiency questions were lengthy, difficult, and from numbers, geometry, and algebra. 2 DI sets were very calculation whereas the other 2 were easy. 32-36 good attempts were certainly possible.

Quantitative Skills

Topic

Number of  Questions

Profit & Loss

1

Percentages

2

Ratio & Mixture,
Proportion

3

SI & CI

2

Time, Speed & Distance

1

Work & Time

2

Number System

6

Progression

2

Logarithm

1

Polygon

1

Geometry

1

Mensuration

1

Permutation and Combination

1

Probability

1

Set theory

2

Data Sufficiency

5

DI

16
(4 sets, 4 questions each)

Total

48

Logical Reasoning: There were 25 questions from analytical reasoning and 13 from verbal logic. The questions ranged from moderate to easy but the overall section was easier than the last year. An attempt to 29-32 questions with 90% accuracy was achievable.

Logical Reasoning

Topic

No. of Questions

Coding

3

Blood
Relation

2

Critical
Reasoning

5

Statement-Argument

1

Statement
Conclusion

1

Course
of Action / Decision making

3

Statement-Assumption

1

Syllogism

2

Arrangement
and Ranking

8 (2 sets, 4 Qs each)

Input/
Output

4

Find
the missing number

2

Mathematical
Puzzle and Direction

3

Singlets
(Contained Set theory-based diagram)

5

Total

40

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Expected score at 99 percentile

Usually, a scaled score of 230-240 is equivalent to 99 percentile in the NMAT exam.

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