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. 

 

SectionQuestionsSectional TimeLevel of Difficulty
Language
Skills
3222Easy-Moderate
Quantitative
Skills
4860Easy
Logical
Reasoning
4038Easy-Moderate
Total120120Moderate

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
TopicNumber of Questions
Reading Comprehension Passages8 (2 passages of 4 questions each)
Para Jumble2 (4 sentences each), 2 (5 sentences each)
Error Spotting3
FIBs (Prepositions)2 (1 blank each – 3 sentences)
FIBs (Common Confusables)2
FIBs (Vocabulary)3
Synonyms & Antonyms4
Analogy4
Cloze Test4
Total32

 

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
TopicNumber of Questions
Profit & Loss5
Percentages2
Ratio & Mixture,
Proportion
2
SI & CI2
Averages1
Work & Time2
Number System (HCF/LCM)4
Progression2
Logarithm2
Polygon1
Geometry1
Permutation and Combination2
Probability2
DI20
(5 sets, 4 questions each)
Total48

 

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
TopicNo. of Questions
Coding5
Blood
Relation
2
Statement-Argument3
Statement
Conclusion
3
Course
of Action / Decision making
2
Statement-Assumption4
Statement
– Inference
3
Syllogism2
Input/output8 (2 sets, 4 Qs each)
Missing
number and Visual reasoning
3 (1 set)
Singlets
(Contained Set theory-based diagram)
5
Total40

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.

 

SectionQuestionsSectional TimeLevel of Difficulty
Language
skills
3222Moderate
Quantitative
skills
4860Easy-Moderate
Logical
Reasoning
4038Easy
Total120120Easy-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
TopicNo. 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)
Synonyms1
Antonym2
Analogy4
Cloze
Test
4
Total32

 

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
TopicNo. of Questions
Profit
& Loss
3
Percentages1
Ratio
& Mixture, Proportion
1
SI
& CI
1
Averages1
Work
& Time
1
Number
System( HCF/LCM and units digit based)
4
Progression3
Logarithm2
Polygon2
Geometry2
Permutation
and Combination
2
Probability2
Data
Sufficiency
3
DI20 (5 sets, 4 questions each)
Total48

 

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
TopicNo. of Questions
Coding3
Blood
Relation
2
Critical
Reasoning
8
Statement-Argument1
Statement
Conclusion
1
Course
of Action / Decision making
3
Statement-Assumption1
Syllogism1
Logical
Reasoning(arrangement and ranking)
8 (2 sets, 4 questions each)
Input/output4
Missing
number and visual reasoning
3
Mathematical
Puzzles & Direction
2
Singlets
(Contained Visual Reasoning and Set theory based diagram)
3
Total40

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. 

 

SectionQuestionsSectional TimeLevel of Difficulty
Language
skills
3222Moderate
Quantitative
skills
4860Moderate-Difficult
Logical
Reasoning
4038Easy
Total120120Easy-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
TopicNumber 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
Analogy1
Cloze
Test
4
Total32

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
TopicNumber of Questions
Profit & Loss1
Percentages2
Ratio & Mixture,
Proportion
3
SI & CI2
Time, Speed & Distance1
Work & Time2
Number System6
Progression2
Logarithm1
Polygon1
Geometry1
Mensuration1
Permutation and Combination1
Probability1
Set theory2
Data Sufficiency5
DI16
(4 sets, 4 questions each)
Total48

 

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
TopicNo. of Questions
Coding3
Blood
Relation
2
Critical
Reasoning
5
Statement-Argument1
Statement
Conclusion
1
Course
of Action / Decision making
3
Statement-Assumption1
Syllogism2
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
Total40

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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