NMAT 2020 Examination Preparation

The NMAT exam is right around the corner and students are preparing to do their very best for the exam. In this section, we will cover everything with regard to NMAT exam preparations to give you an upper hand in the exam. NMAT 2020 is quite simple provided you are very good with the fundamental concepts.

If you have been preparing for other MBA/PGDM entrance exams as well, this should be quite similar to the syllabus for NMAT is almost along the same lines. NMAT by GMAC is a Computer-Based Test in which candidates have the option to take the exam three times in a year i.e. one main exam and two re-takes within a 75-day test window period.

How to prepare for NMAT 2020

Devise a preparation strategy along with the following points:

  • NMAT preparation books and study guides
  • Prepare a timeline to complete the entire NMAT syllabus
  • Practice plenty of mock tests and sample papers
  • Read tips given by NMAT toppers and experts
  • Prepare well for the exam day

This year, for the NMAT 2020 exam, the GK section has been removed. However, a good knowledge of the current affairs will be quite helpful during the Personal Interview (PI) round.

NMAT Exam Pattern: Key facts

  • Total questions – 120
  • Number of sections – 3
  • Time allotted – 120 Minutes
  • No negative marking

To prepare well in advance, go through the updated NMAT exam pattern:

Section NameTotal QuestionsMarksTime Limit (Mins)
Language Skills323222
Quantitative Aptitude484860
Logical Reasoning404048

From 2015, GMAC took charge of the exam from NMIMS Mumbai. However, the pattern is pretty much the same.

NMAT 2020 Exam Syllabus

The exam features multiple-choice questions (MCQs) in the English language. The NMAT 2020 syllabus consists of the below-mentioned topics:

  • Language Skills: Grammar, Vocabulary, Comprehension
  • Quantitative Aptitude: Arithmetic, Algebra, Geometry, Mensuration, Trigonometry and a few others
  • Logical Reasoning: Verbal Reasoning, Analytical Reasoning

Prepare for NMAT 2020 in 3 months

There’s hardly much time left for the NMAT exam. Take a look at the strategy to crack the NMAT 2020 exam:

  • Understand the fundamentals and basic concepts well
  • Refer to online NMAT preparation guides apart from NMAT books.
  • Take NMAT mock tests and evaluate your weak areas
  • Solve NMAT previous year question papers
  • Join online study group for NMAT preparation

NMAT Preparation Books by GMAC

The Graduate Management Admission Council has come with an all-inclusive ‘NMAT by GMAC 2020 Preparation Guide’ to help candidates with the preparation process. This book contains the syllabus, NMAT mocks, CD, previous NMAT questions, likely NMAT questions, etc.

Read More: List of NMAT preparation books and study material

NMAT Mock Test: Why are mock tests important?

By practicing the mock tests, you get to understand the exam pattern and the variety of questions asked. These tests will help you work on our solving speed and time management. You can review your progress and work on your weak areas based on the mock test results.

Strategizing for the NMAT exam day

All your efforts are in vain if you are no able to perform well on the exam day. Here are three important tips to optimize your performance on the NMAT exam day:

  • Go through interviews given by toppers to know tips on dealing with exam anxiety
  • Avoid revising in the last minute
  • Reach exam centre well on time
  • Keep calm and avoid unhealthy junk food

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FAQs on NMAT 2020 Preparation Tips

Q. How do I prepare for the NMAT Exam?

A: Firstly, gain a thorough understanding of the NMAT exam pattern and syllabus. Secondly, practice a good amount of mock tests and NMAT sample question papers to understand your strong and weak areas. Thirdly, make it a habit to keep making short notes and revise them frequently.

Q Is there negative marking in the NMAT 2020 Exam?                                                      

A: No, there is no negative marking followed in NMAT. 3 marks are awarded for every correct answer. For incorrect answers or unanswered questions, marks are not deducted.

Q. How will I benefit from taking the NMAT Mock Test?

A: Mock tests will help you work on your speed and time management. By taking the tests frequently, you will also be able to understand the exam pattern.

Q. How many sections are there in the syllabus?

A: The NMAT 2020 syllabus is focused on three sections- language skills, quantitative skills and logical reasoning.

Q. Which section of the NMAT exam contains the maximum number of questions?

A: The quantitative aptitude section of NMAT 2020 exam contains 48 questions. The logical reasoning section has 40 questions and the language skills section contains 32 questions.

Q. What topics are included in NMAT 2020 Quantitative Skills?

A: Topics such as- Algebra (linear/Quadratic Equation), Quantitative Skills, Trigonometry, Line graph, Bar graph, pie charts, tables, arithmetic, number system are a few important topics. To see the complete list, click here.

Q. How can I crack the NMAT exam with just 3 months of preparation?

A. Focus on clearing all the basics and understanding your fundamentals. Practice a good number of NMAT sample tests and mock tests. Join an online study group and discuss questions among the members of the group.

Q. What Books can I refer to for NMAT Exam preparations?

A. Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for CAT by Arun Sharma and Meenakshi Upadhyay, The NMAT Official guide by GMAC, Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation for the CAT by Nishit K Sinha are some of the good books to use for NMAT exam preparations. For more information, click here.

Q. How difficult is the NMAT Exam?

A: The NMAT exam is quite a student-friendly one and the difficulty level of exam ranges between easy and moderate.

Q. How do I get a good score in NMAT 2020?

A: For a good score, focus on the fundamental concepts and practice plenty of NMAT sample question paper and Mock Tests. Evaluate your strong and weak areas based on these tests and work on them.

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