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NMAT 2019: Exam Analysis

Updated on 21 October 2020
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Updated on 21 October 2020

NMAT is one of important exams to get admission into top business schools of India. NMAT is a national level exam which is conducted by GMAC (Graduate Management Admission Council) to get admission into NMIMS University. Ideally NMAT is conducted over the period of 75 days, wherein each window is breakdown in to 15 days and has 5 windows for the students to take exam. A student can take exam maximum 5 times and the best of 3 scores is selected. Here you will get the complete details for NMAT 2019 Exam Analysis.

NMAT 2019 paper started from October 6,2019. As usual in the paper there were no changes in the paper pattern. There are three sections with 120 questions and 130 minutes, with sectional time limit.

NMAT Exam Paper Pattern:

Section Name

Number of questions

Alloted time in minutes

Verbal and RC 



Quantitative and DI









Let's discuss about the overview of NMAT 2019 paper:

  1. No major changes in NMAT Exam 2019 with respect to 2018.
  2.  The question format came as expected.
  3. The difficulty level was perfect for a cutoff of 208-210 marks for NMIMS Mumbai campus. 
  4. Students had the preference to choose the order of the sections as per their strengths.

Let's look at the section-wise NMAT Exam Analysis 2019 paper:

  1. Verbal and Reading Comprehension:

  1. There were 32 questions with 22 minutes allotted for this section.
  2.   This section was dominated by vocabulary questions.
  3. 2 questions on synonyms and antonyms.
  4. 3 questions on fill in the blanks.
  5.  4 questions on the Cloze test.
  6. 6 questions on Analogies.

  1. The rest of the questions were based on
  2. 4 questions on para jumbles.
  3. 3 spot the errors type of questions.
  4. 2 questions based on preposition.
  5. 8 questions on Reading Comprehension of 4 questions each. The reading comprehension were 300-450 questions each.
  6. A good attempt would be 25-27 questions with 85% accuracy.
  7. Difficulty level: Easy to moderate

2. Quantitative Ability and Data interpretation:

  1. There were 48 questions in this section with 60 minutes allotted time.
  2. The data interpretation section consisted of 20 questions and some students got 16 questions.
  3. All the questions of DI used traditional tools of representing data like bar, charts, table, pie etc. 

  1. All the sets demanded a good knowledge over the basic knowledge of calculation, Ratio and Percentage change. 
  2. 2 out of 5 sets were really time saving .
  3. A student who has a good hold over calculation can solve one more set of data interpretation.
  4. However remaining 2 sets should be avoided as they were quite lengthy and calculative.

  1. The quantitative Ability section consisted of 28 questions:
  2. A quant section was primarily dominated by number based application.
  3. Almost all questions were asked on data sufficiency.
  4. There were 6 questions asked on number system
  5. 3-4 questions were from numbers.

  1.  Permutation-combination and probability both had the share of 2 questions 
  2. Ratio, Time work and partnership etc had the total share of 6 questions.
  3.  3 questions were from percentages.
  4. A couple of geometry based questions were asked.
  5. Overall a good attempt would be 36-38 questions with 90% accuracy would lead to a good score
  6. Difficulty Level: Easy to moderate

3. Reasoning:

  1. There were 40 questions and 38 minutes of time alloted for this section.
  2. There are 16 questions asked in verbal reasoning in which:
  3. There were a variety of questions from strengthen, weaken argument, course of action , assumption, Syllogism were asked.

  1. There is no doubt these were the most productive questions of the section. 
  2. Getting at least 11 to 12 questions correct wouldn't be very difficult for a well prepared candidate.
  3. The highlight of the remaining portion once again were 2 sets of input output questions.

  1. The logic behind each of the sets were very difficult to crack and would act as a speed breaker if not left aside quickly.
  2. One set of tabular arrangement data was also asked.
  3. Apart from this there were 12 questions based on blood relation, series, numbers, puzzles, Venn Diagram, BODMAS, coding-decoding etc.
  4. Approximately a good attempt would be 28-30 questions with 90% accuracy.
  5. Difficulty level: Easy to moderate 

The verification process before the NMAT Exam test is very smooth provided you carry the right documents. The interface is quite good and responsive however one has to take note that there is no question palette in the test and one has to use next and previous button in order to navigate through the sections. The test taker should reach the center 30 minutes before the exam.


This was the complete NMAT 2019 Exam Analysis. We hope you got an idea about the NMAT paper 2019 and hope you pass with flying colors. Good Luck!

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