NMAT 2019 Examination Analysis

The NMAT 2019 exam was conducted in a 75-day test window, which commenced on October 5 and ended on December 17, 2019 and it was held at 46 test centres all over India. This year, the NMAT exam was slightly tougher when compared to NMAT 2018 and NMAT 2017.

The pattern, however, was the same. Here is a complete analysis of NMAT 2019, including the NMAT exam pattern and sectional overview.

Highlights of NMAT 2019 Exam Analysis

  • The NMAT 2019 was moderate in terms of difficulty levels.
  • The 2019 NMAT question paper was as expected and there were no surprises
  • The Logical Reasoning section was a little challenging
  • NMAT cut off of NMIMS Mumbai Campus is expected to come down to 207- 209 considering the difficulty levels
  • NMAT Cut off of NMIMS Hyderabad and NMIMS Bangalore is expected to be around 190

NMAT 2019 Analysis: Overall Exam Difficulty Level

When compared to the previous years, this year the exam was moderately difficult. The Logical Reasoning section was the toughest and the Language Skill and Quantitative Skills sections were simple and as expected, similar to the previous year.

NMAT 2019 Exam Structure

NMAT 2019 Exam Time period2.5 Months (October 4 to December 17)
NMAT 2019 Exam Duration120 Minutes
Total Marks360
Marking Scheme3 Marks for each question
Negative MarkingNo

NMAT 2019 Exam conducted in CBT mode.

NMAT 2019 Analysis: Topic-Wise Questions, Time Allotment & Marks

SectionDuration in MinutesTotal Number of Questions & Marks
Language Skills22Questions-32
Quantitative Skills60Questions-48
Logical Reasoning38Questions-40

NMAT 2019 Analysis: Sectional Overview

Quantitative Skills

Based on the evaluation of experts, the Quantitative Skills section was between simple and moderate. There were a total of 48 questions from topics including− problem solving, data interpretation and data sufficiency. There were 23 questions from the problem-solving section, 20 questions from the data interpretation section and 5 questions from the data sufficiency section.

  • Data sufficiency section contained questions based on numbers including odd and even numbers and divisibility
  • Questions were based on modern Math and Arithmetic. Algebra type questions were not asked.

The table below shows the topic- wise difficulty level of the Quantitative Skills section of NMA 2019

Modern Maths- 9 Question, Overall Level of Difficulty: Easy to Difficult

Topic/ SubtopicNumber of Questionslevel of Difficulties
Arithmetic Progression2Medium to difficult
Probability3Easy to difficult
Permutation & Combination2Medium to difficult
Logarithms2Easy to medium

Arithmetic- 8 Questions, Overall Level of Difficulty: Easy to Difficult

Topic/ SubtopicNumber of Questionslevel of Difficulties
Time Speed Distance1Medium
Percentages3Easy to difficult
Time and Work1Medium
Ratio and Proportion2Medium to difficult

Numbers- 3 Questions, Overall Level Of Difficulty: Moderate

Topic/ SubtopicNumber of Questionslevel of Difficulties
Arithmetic Progression1Medium
Permutation & Combination1Medium

Geometry- 3 Questions, Overall Level of Difficulty: Moderate

Topic/ SubtopicNumber of Questionslevel of Difficulties
Mensuration2Easy & Difficult

Data Interpretation- 20 Questions, Overall Level of Difficulty: Easy to Difficult

Topic/ SubtopicNumber of Questionslevel of Difficulties
Multiple Bar Chart4Medium
Two Pie Charts4Easy
Bar Chart + Pie Chart4Difficult

Data Sufficiency- All 5 Questions on Numbers, Difficulty Level: Easy to Moderate

Based on the analysis of experts, solving close to 33-35 questions with 85% accuracy, can fetch a good score in this section. The DI section is an important section when it comes to scoring.

Language Skills

The Language Skills section was quite simple and was similar to the previous year’s question pattern. It contained two RC passages of 450 to 500 words, with 4 questions. The RC topics were − “Air Pollution and the Role of Automobiles’ and ‘Importance of Moral Education for Children.’

The remaining questions were centered around grammar and vocabulary. It also included questions on spotting the error in the underlined parts of a sentence, fill in the blanks, jumbled paragraphs, word analogies, synonyms, antonyms and meaning of phrase. Check the topic-wise difficulty level of this section below.

Topic/SubtopicNumber of QuestionsLevel of Difficulty
Reading Comprehension8Easy
Analogies4Moderate to Difficult
Paragraph Jumbles (4 Sentences)6Easy to Moderate
Cloze Passage4Easy
Single FIB1Easy
Meaning of phrase/Synonyms, Antonyms2Moderate
Fill in the Blanks (2 Blanks- a combination of grammar and vocabulary)2Easy
Fill in the blanks with 3 Prepositions2Easy
Spot the Error in the Underlined Parts3Easy to Moderate

An attempt of 24-26 questions with 85% accuracy should help in achieving a good score.

Logical Reasoning

Based on the evaluation of the NMAT 2019 exam, the LR section had minor structural changes. There were 24 questions on non-verbal reasoning and 16 questions on verbal reasoning.  Last year, it was 25 questions in non-verbal and 15 questions in verbal reasoning section. While most questions were in the form of sets, there were a few individual questions too. Here is the topic-wise difficulty level of the Logical Reasoning section.

Non-Verbal reasoning

Topics/ SubtopicsNumber of QuestionsLevel of Difficulty
Grouping & Conditionality4Moderate
Sequential Output8Moderate
Coding3Easy to Difficult
Venn Diagram2Easy to Difficult
Family Tree (Symbol Based Questions)2Moderate & Difficult
Alphabet- Number Series (Missing Term)1Easy
Ranking in Queue1Moderate
Logical Puzzle1Moderate
Grid Based Series1Moderate
Circular Arrangement1Easy

Verbal Reasoning

Topics/ SubtopicsNumber of QuestionsLevel of Difficulty
Implicit Statements2(Conclusion 1, Assumption 1)Easy to Moderate
Strong Argument/Weak Argument (1 Paragraph- 3 Arguments)2Easy to Moderate
Course of Action (1 Paragraph- 3 Courses of Action)1Easy
Decision Making2Easy to Moderate
Critical Reasoning Strengthen/Weaken Inference/Conclusion8 (Conclusion-2, Inference-2, Assumption-2, Strengthen-1, Weaken-1)Easy to Moderate
Syllogisms (2 Data Statements/ 4 Conclusions)1Easy
Total40 QuestionsModerate

Solving close to 26-28 questions with 85% accuracy will help in gaining a good score.

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