NMAT 2020 Exam Analysis

Updated By Abhinav Chamoli on 25 Nov, 2020 11:26

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NMAT 2020 Exam Analysis

GMAC has started conducting the NMAT 2020 from November 4, 2020. The exam will be conducted on multiple dates till January 30, 2021. Interested aspirants can register for NMAT 2020 till November 20 (Nov 30 w/ late fee). The scheduling and rescheduling of the exam are possible till December 2, 2020, and January 17, 2021, respectively.

Candidates have started appearing for NMAT 2020 and there are a number of important updates that every candidate appearing for the exam on future dates must know. The NMAT 2020 question paper is now appearing according to the updated exam pattern. The number of questions has been reduced but there has been no change in the time limit for the examination.

The revised exam pattern for NMAT 2020 is available in the table below.

SectionsNo. of QuestionsTimeScore Range
NMAT 2019NMAT 2020NMAT 2019NMAT 2020NMAT 2019NMAT 2020
Language Skills403622 min28 min0-14412-120
Quantitative Skills403660 min52 min0-9612-120
Logical Reasoning403638 min40 min0-1200-120
TOTAL120108120 min120 min0 - 3600 - 360

NMAT 2020 Exam Analysis - Highlights

Check the table given below for the important highlights regarding NMAT 2020.

NMAT 2020 Starting DateNovember 4, 2020
NMAT 2020 Last DateJanuary 30, 2021
NMAT 2020 Exam Window88 days (increased from last year)
No. of Questions108
Time Duration120 minutes
Marking Scheme+3 marks per right answer
Negative MarkingNo negative marking

NMAT 2020 Section-Wise Analysis

NMAT 2020 question paper comprises three sections -- Language Skills, Quantitative Skills and Logical Reasoning. They appear in the same specific order in the question paper and each section has a specific time limit. Candidates are not allowed to switch between sections in NMAT 2020.

NMAT 2020 is usually a moderate difficulty level exam. Reports regarding the difficulty level of the current question paper are yet to be received and the same will be updated here. Candidates can check the following table for the expected difficulty level of NMAT 2020 question paper.

SectionExpected DifficultyTopics Asked
Language SkillsEasy - ModerateReading Comprehension, Vocabulary, Para Jumbles, Sentence Completion, Error Detection etc.
Quantitative SkillsEasy - ModerateTime and Work, Probability, Algebra, Charts and Graphs, Table-Based DI, Series etc.
Logical ReasoningModerateSeating Arrangement, Blood Relations, Syllogs, Blood Relation, Coding-Decoding etc.

One very important change to note is that NMAT 2020 will be Computer Adaptive exam, which means that the questions will be put in front of the candidate as per the aptitude level based on their performance. Since a lot of changes have been introduced in the NMAT 2020 question paper, the candidates may face some difficulty when attempting the question paper. Hence, they should ensure that they attempt the NMAT 2020 Mock Test to get a hang of the question paper.

NMAT 2020 Day-Wise Analysis

NMAT 2020 is being conducted over 88 days from November 4, 2020, to January 30, 2020. Reports regarding the exam analysis of NMAT 2020 have started coming in. We have compiled a day-wise analysis of NMAT 2021 here. Candidates can click on their exam date in the table given below to find out the exam analysis for that day.

Nov 24Nov 23Nov 22
Nov 21Nov 20Nov 19

Given below is the day-wise analysis of NMAT 2020.

NMAT 2020 Nov 24 Analysis

  • As per reports available from the candidates, the major topics covered in the Quant section are DI/DS, Permutation & Combination, Probability, Arithmetic.
  • DI & DS are dominating the Quant section with 10+ questions every day so far. Around 6-8 questions from Modern Maths and 6-7 questions from Arithmetic are being reported.
  • The LS section has 3 RCs, questions based on Grammar, CR questions etc.
  • The overall difficulty level of the paper is being reported to be Easy-Moderate.
  • Around 22-25 attempts in each section can be said to be a good attempt. But for top colleges, candidates should aim for 25+ attempts with 75+ score in each section.

NMAT 2020 Nov 23 Analysis

SectionDifficultyMajor Topics
LSModerateReading Comprehension, Sentence Correction, Critical Reasoning and Grammar
QSModerateTime & Work, Mixture & Allegations, Quadratic Equations, Series, Probability etc.
LRModerate 
    • Questions from Modern Maths, Averages,  and Profit & Loss were reported to be time-consuming.
    • There were 3 RCs in the Language section with one Easy, one Moderate and one Hard.

    NMAT 2020 Nov 22 Analysis

    • So far the exam is being seen of Easy to Moderate difficulty level and many candidates are reporting scores over 230.
    • Although it is too early to say, students are worried about the cutoffs increasing this year. Candidates should aim for a 75+ score in each section as a safe score for top colleges.
    • The Quant section is of Moderate difficulty with 12 - 14 questions being reported from the DI/DS topics.
    • Around 3-6 questions from Modern Maths were included in the Quant section.

    NMAT 2020 Nov 21 Analysis

    SectionDifficultyGood Attempts
    LSModerate20 - 23
    QSModerate22 - 25
    LRModerate20 - 22
    • High number of DI and DS questions are being seen in the Quant section. Around 14-16 questions from these topics are being reported by the students.
    • In the LR section, students are reporting more than half of the section having CR questions. Expected 13 - 15 questions from CR in this section.
    • 60 - 70 can be considered to be a good attempt in each section. However, for MBA (Gen) and top colleges, a 75+ score will be required.

    NMAT 2020 Nov 20 Analysis

    SectionDifficultyGood Attempts
    LSEasy - Moderate22 - 25
    QSModerate22 - 25
    LRModerate20 - 22
    • NMAT is being conducted in the home-based and centre-based mode. Candidates appearing from home-based are reporting technical issues in downloading software. Candidates appearing for the home-based test must ensure that they complete every check before the test.
    • Students must maintain high speed and accuracy to get a good score in the test.
    • A good score in NMAT 2020 is 200+ but candidates applying for top colleges must aim for a 230+ score.
    • Candidates are reporting a good number of attempts in the test. 

    NMAT 2020 Nov 19 Analysis

    • The QS section was reported to have a lot of questions from Probability and Permutation & Combination topics. Apart from that, a majority of the questions were from DI and DS and candidates must pay special attention to these topics.
    • The Language section had 3 sets of RCs and other main topics covered included Grammar-based questions, Para Jumbles, Sentence Correction etc.
    • The Reasoning section is reported to have almost half of the questions from Critical Reasoning with 12-15 questions being reported.

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    NMAT Exam Analysis 2019

    Being one of the most popular entrance examinations, NMAT by GMAC is a national level entrance examination through which candidates are offered admission in various management programmes. NMAT by GMAC 2029 will be held from October 6, 2020, to December 19, 2020, and candidates can take a look at the NMAT by GMAC 2019 exam analysis available here. The exam analysis of NMAT by GMAC 2019 is a good indicator for the candidates who wish to improve their scores of NMAT and know about the exact details about the examination.

    By going through the NMAT by GMAC 2019 analysis, candidates can know exactly the nature and type of questions and the overall difficulty level of the entrance examination. NMAT by GMAC 2019 was conducted in Computer-Based (online) mode that consisted of 3 sections- Language Skills, Quantitative Aptitude, and Logical Skills. The medium of the entrance examination was English only and all the candidates who have appeared for the examination had to answer a total of 120 questions within 2-hour duration. There was no negative marking in the entrance examination. According to the previous year's trends of the examination, the difficulty level of the entrance examination was moderate to difficult. 

    The structural pattern of NMAT by GMAC 2019 was as usual. In the online mode of examination, candidates had a choice of deciding the sequence of the sections. As per the analysis, the Quantitative Skills was the easiest section that had extremely straightforward and easy to solve questions, however, the one major change was in the level of difficulty of the Language Skills section. 

    Detailed Section-Wise Exam Analysis of NMAT by GMAC 2019

    Logical Reasoning:

    • Logical Reasoning section in NMAT by GMAC 2019 had a mix of verbal and critical reasoning as well as decision making questions.

    • This particular section had 25 questions based on analytical and logical reasoning while the remaining 15 questions were asked from the verbal reasoning section.

    • The questions in this section were asked from various topics such as decision-making, statement-assumption, statement-inference, syllogism, coding, blood relation, statement and argument, statement conclusion, missing number & visual reasoning, direction and singlets.

    • Considering the overall analysis of the Logical Reasoning section in NMAT by GMAC,  the section is of easy to moderate level of difficulty.

    To know the exact details about the Logical Reasoning Section, candidates can take a look at the table given below:

    Topics 

    Level of Difficulty

    Number of Questions 

    Analogies

    Medium to Difficult

    6

    Cloze Passage

    Easy

    4

    Single FIB

    Easy

    1

    Meaning of phrase/Synonyms Antonyms

    Medium

    2

    Reading Comprehension 

    (2 passages with 4 questions each)

    Easy

    8

    Paragraph Jumbles

    (4 sentences)

    Easy to Medium

    4

    Fill in the blanks with 3 Prepositions

    Easy

    2

    Spot the error in the underlined parts

    Easy-Medium

    3

    Fill in the Blanks 

    (2 blanks – combination of grammar and vocab)

    Easy

    2

    Quantitative Skills

    • The questions asked from the Quantitative Skills section of NMAT by GMAC 2019  were of moderate difficulty, while the questions asked from time & work topics were easy in nature.

    • According to the candidates, most of the questions that were asked in NMAT by GMAC 2019 were from Arithmetic, Numbers and Modern Mathematics.

    • This section also had questions from ratio & proportion, SI & CI, averages, work & time, number system, profit & loss, percentages, progression, logarithms, geometry, permutation combination, probability, data sufficiency, and data interpretation. However, the questions on Geometry and Algebra were very few. 

    To know the exact details about the Quantitative Skills section, candidates can take a look at the table given below:

    Topics 

    Level of Difficulty

    Number of Questions

    Probability

    Easy to Difficult

    3

    Permutation & Combination

    Medium to Difficult

    2

    Logarithms

    Easy to Medium

    2

    Arithmetic Progression

    Medium to Difficult

    2

    Time Speed Distance

    Medium

    1

    Percentages

    Easy to difficult

    3

    Time and Work

    Medium

    1

    Triangles

    Medium

    1

    Mensuration

    Easy & Difficult

    2

    Ratio-Proportion

    Medium to Difficult

    2

    Partnership

    Easy

    1

    Functions

    Medium

    1

    Modulus

    Medium

    1

    Indices

    Medium

    1

    Two pie charts

    Easy

    4

    Bar Chart + Pie chart

    Difficult

    4

    Multiple Bar Chart

    Medium

    4

    Table

    Medium

    4

    Table

    Difficult

    4

    Data Sufficiency

    Easy to Medium Level

    5

    Language Skills

    • According to most of the test -takers, the Language Skills section was the toughest of all. This section had questions from prepositions, common confusables, vocabulary, synonyms & antonyms, para jumble, error spotting, analogy and cloze test.  

    • In the examination, the Cloze test questions were difficult to solve, as words used were not easy. 

    • The two Reading Comprehension passages were also difficult for many candidates. However, the para-jumble and preposition based fill in the blanks questions were comparatively easy. 

    To know the exact details about the Language Skills section, candidates can take a look at the table given below:

    Non-Verbal Reasoning

    Topics 

    Level of Difficulty

    Number of Questions

    Sequential Output

    Medium

    8

    Grouping & Conditionalities

    Medium

    4

    Family Tree ( Symbol Based Questions)

    Medium & Difficult

    2

    Alphabet- Numbers Series (Missing Term)

    Easy

    1

    Venn Diagram

    Easy & Difficult

    2

    Logical Puzzle

    Medium

    1

    Grid-based series

    Medium

    1

    Family Tree ( Symbol Based Questions)

    Medium & Difficult

    2

    Alphabet- Numbers Series (Missing Term)

    Easy

    1

    Ranking in Queue

    Medium

    1

    Circular Arrangement

    Easy

    1

    Verbal Reasoning

    Topics 

    Level of Difficulty

    Number of Questions

    Strong argument/ Weak argument (1 paragraph - 3 arguments)

    Easy-Medium

    2

    Course of Action (1 paragraph - 3 courses of action)

    Easy

    1

    Critical Reasoning Strengthen/Weaken Inference/Conclusion

    Easy-Medium

    8

    Decision Making

    Easy-Medium

    2

    Syllogisms (2 data statements/ 4 conclusions)

    Easy

    1

    Implicit Statements

    Easy-Medium

    2 (Conclusion 1, Assumption 1) 

    NMAT Exam Analysis 2018

    For the benefit of the candidates who wish to appear in NMAT, we have provided the exam analysis of the previous year i.e NMAT 2018 in the table below:

    Sections

    Time to solve the section (in minutes)

    Number of sections

    Level of Difficulty

    Type of Questions

    Quantitative Skills

    60

    48

    Moderate

    MCQ

    Language Skills

    22

    32

    Moderate

    MCQ

    Logical Reasoning

    38

    40

    Moderate

    MCQ

    Total

    120

    120

    -

    -

    NMAT Section-wise Exam Analysis

    The syllabus of NMAT can be classified into three major sections i.e Logical Reasoning, Language Skills and quantitative skills. We have provided the section-wise analysis for the various sections of NMAT below.

    Logical Reasoning

    This section is a mixture of critical and verbal reasoning. It also consists of decision making questions. The questions asked in this section are asked from topics such as syllogism, direction sense, numerical grid, family tree, direction sense, arrangements etc. Candidates get a total time of 40 minutes to answer 38 questions in this section. The average difficulty level of the comparatively easy. 

    Language Skills

    The questions in this section are based on core grammar topics like that of tenses, parts of speech, modifiers, conditionals etc. This section has 32 questions which has to be solved by the candidates in 22 minutes. The difficulty level of this section is moderate. This section also consists of two reading comprehensions of around 600 words which can be considered to be doable for the candidates appearing in the examination.

    Quantitative Skills

    Apart from comprising of questions on Quant, this section also tests the expertise of the candidates on data sufficiency and data interpretation. It consists of 48 questions which have to be attempted by the candidates in 60 minutes. Candidates generally have to face both difficult and moderate questions in this section.

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    FAQs about NMAT by GMAC Exam Analysis

    How many RCs are there in the NMAT exam?

    Generally, the NMAT exam contains two RC paragraphs.

    Does the NMAT exam have Cloze Tests?

    Yes, Cloze Tests are included in the Language Skills section of NMAT.

    Which are the most-asked topics in the Quant section of NMAT?

    Most of the questions in the NMAT Quant section are from Arithmetic, Numbers and Modern Mathematics.

    What are the common types of questions in the Logical Reasoning section of NMAT?

    Commonly, questions from Critical Reasoning, Grouping & Conditionalities and Sequential Output etc. can be found in the Logical Reasoning section of NMAT.

    Is the Language Skills section of NMAT difficult?

    No. Usually, the Language Skills section contains moderate difficulty level questions. However, candidates reported that it was the toughest section in the 2019 NMAT exam.

    Which section of NMAT can be said to be a bit tricky?

    Candidates usually find the Quantitative Skills section of NMAT tricky.

    Why is the NMAT paper analysis important?

    The NMAT paper analysis helps candidates fine-tune their preparation for the NMAT exam. They can adjust their preparation accordingly after seeing which topics are being preferred

    Which is the easiest section in the exam?

    As per the 2019 paper analysis, the Logical Reasoning section of the NMAT exam was the easiest section of the three.

    What is the difficulty level of the NMAT exam?

    As per the paper analysis of NMAT, the exam lies in the Easy to Moderate category.

    What is the paper analysis of the NMAT exam?

    Paper Analysis or Exam Analysis is an in-depth review of experts of the NMAT question papers. Various aspects of the question paper such as the difficulty level, topic-wise distribution of questions etc. are covered in the NMAT paper analysis.

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