NMAT by GMAC 2018 Exam Pattern

Deepika Narwal Updated On: 09 Oct, 2018 11:15 IST

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NMAT by GMAC 2018 Exam Pattern

NMAT by GMAC 2018 exam pattern is prescribed by the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC). The entrance exam is conducted in online mode for a duration of 2 hours. In the examination, each candidate gets a randomly generated test from a pool of questions, delivered one-at-a-time. Regardless of when and where the exam is administered, the number of questions, difficulty level of the paper, and the sectional time limit is predetermined, and it remains the same.

The NMAT by GMAC exam has three sections: Language Skills, Quantitative Skills, and Logical Reasoning (detailed NMAT by GMAC syllabus here). Each section is timed individually and test takers have to attempt questions of each section within the allotted time for the section. One cannot return to the previous section if he/she chooses to move to the next section or if the time runs out. However, an advantage that candidates get during the exam is that they can select the order/sequence of the test sections.

Detailed NMAT by GMAC Exam Pattern

Examination Mode:

  • The examination is held in online mode i.e computer-based mode.

  • It is compulsory for all applicants to sit on the assigned seat only.

  • The medium of the language of the examination is in English.

  • The time duration of NMAT by GMAC is 120 minutes (2 Hours).

Type of Questions:

  • The nature of questions in the examination is objective type. This means, all the questions in NMAT by GMAC 2018 will be of Multiple Choice types (MCQs), having 5 choices.

Total Number of Questions:

  • NMAT by GMAC comprises of 120 questions.

  • The question paper of NMAT by GMAC consists of 3 sections- Language Skills, Quantitative Skills, and Logical Skills

  • All the three sections are individually timed, candidates can answer and review the answers within the allotted section time.

Sequence/Order of Sections:

  • One of the advantage in NMAT by GMAC 2018 exam pattern is that the candidate will have the freedom to choose the sequence of sections in the examination

  • Candidates can only proceed to the next section once they finish a section. If a candidate finishes a section beforehand, then also the remaining time cannot be used for other sections.

  • A candidate has to choose the most appropriate answer out of the given options.

Facility to review answers:

  • GMAC provides the facility to review answers of each section within the allotted time before moving to another section. But, the section time limit expires, they can not come back to the section.

Marking Scheme:

  • For every correct answer, 3 marks are awarded to candidates.

  • Negative marking is not applicable in the exam.

  • No marks are deducted from the total score for leaving a question blank.

  • Candidates have to choose only one appropriate option for the entrance exam.

​​Qualifying Marks in NMAT by GMAC:

  • The organising authority, as well as the college, decides the qualifying marks for NMAT by GMAC.

  • Candidates who do not score the minimum marks will not qualify and will not be short-listed for the case discussion and personal interview rounds.

  • In order to be eligible for admission into various management programmes, candidates must qualify both, section-wise and total cut-off marks.

Section-wise NMAT by GMAC Exam Pattern

The following table shows the section-wise NMAT by GMAC exam pattern:

Sections No. of Questions Duration
Language Skills 32 questions 22 minutes
Quantitative Skills 48 questions 60 minutes
Logical Reasoning 40 questions 38 minutes
Total 120 questions 120 minutes

Advantage of 75-Day Test Window

  • NMAT by GMAC offers a 75-day testing window that enables candidates to give their best performance and reduce the stress associated with a single sitting test or test offered in a short time window.
  • The longer test window allows one to take the test when he/she is best prepared.
  • It offers candidates the opportunity to retake the test with a maximum of 3 attempts, including "No Show", in case candidates feel that their performance is not up to their expectation.

FAQs on NMAT by GMAC Exam Pattern 2018

1. A test taker is supposed to bring the confirmation E-mail printout along with him/her on the day of the test. What is the confirmation E-mail and how does a test taker get it?

A confirmation E-mail is a communication that the test taker receives on the E-mail ID mentioned on the registration application after a test taker has scheduled the test. It contains details of the test, i.e. day, time and test center name and address. 

2. When should a test taker report to the test center?

Test takers must report to their allocated test center forty-five (45) minutes prior to the scheduled time mentioned in their confirmation E-mail.

3. If a test taker needs to make calculations or make notes during the test; does he/she need to carry a rough sheet with him/her?

Test takers are not required to carry anything with them other than the confirmation e-mail print out, admit card and two IDs for the test. Required stationery will be provided to the test taker by the invigilator at the test center.

4. Are there any breaks during the test?

There are no scheduled breaks in the test. However, test takers can take unscheduled breaks if they want during the test session. If a test taker chooses to take a break, the actual time spent on the break will be deducted from the time allocated to complete the test. No extra time will be given to complete the test. 

5. Can a test taker review questions or sections in the entrance exam?

Within the allotted section, the test taker can review the sections of the exam. However, once a test taker has moved ahead from one section to the next section, he/she will not be able to return to the previous section. Therefore, test takers should complete answering and reviewing each sections in their respective allotted time.

6. Will a test taker be allowed to access his/her personal belongings during the unscheduled breaks that he/she takes?

Test takers will not be allowed to access any personal belonging including study material and mobile phone during the breaks they take. Test takers will only be allowed to access food or medicines if required.

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