NMAT Examination Syllabus 2020

NMAT syllabus 2020 is based on three subjects – Language Skills, Quantitative Skills and Logical Reasoning. It is necessary to completely understand each topic of these three subjects before starting the NMAT preparation. The NMAT syllabus, best books for NMAT, exam pattern and key preparation tips are discussed below.

Section-Wise NMAT Syllabus 2019 

The NMAT exam duration is for 2 hours within which 120 MCQ questions have to be answered. The tables below contain the subject-wise topics included in NMAT syllabus:

NMAT Syllabus for Language Skills Section

The language skills section of NMAT evaluates English language knowledge. The detailed syllabus for Language skills section for NMAT 2019 is as under:

Language Skills Syllabus

Reading comprehensionEnglish grammar & vocabulary
Fill in the blanksEnglish usage
Idioms, phrases, clausesSynonyms & antonyms
Word-meaningSentence error/correction
Para jumblesStatement correction

NMAT Syllabus for Quantitative Skills Section

In this section, questions are from topics in Mathematics. Listed below are important topics of this section:

Quantitative Skills Syllabus

Algebra (Linear/Quadratic Equation)Line graph, Bar graph, Pie Charts, Tables
Quantitative SkillsNumber Systems
Ratio/ProportionProfit & Loss
2D and 3 D Geometry, and StatisticsArithmetic
AverageTime, Speed, and Distance
Simple/Compound interestModern Math
Work & TimeMixture & Solution
Permutations and CombinationsMensuration

NMAT Syllabus for Logical Reasoning Section

The section examines the candidate in the areas of – critical thinking, logical reasoning and decision making. Listed below are the important topics of this section:

Logical Reasoning Syllabus

Strong Arguments and Weak ArgumentsMulti-dimensional arrangements
Coding & DecodingCritical Reasoning
Numeric GridSeries
Statement ConclusionsPuzzles
ArrangementsFamily tree
Blood RelationsCourse of Action

Best Books for NMAT 2019

The best material for the NMAT exam is the NMAT by GMAC Official Guide. Apart from this, books recommended for CAT and other MBA entrance exams can also be used as the syllabus is similar. Given below is the list of best books for NMAT preparation:

Book NameAuthor/Publishers
NMAT by GMAC Official GuideGMAC
Quantitative Aptitude for the CATArun Sharma
Quantitative AptitudeR S Aggarwal
How to prepare for Data Interpretation for CATArun Sharma
Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation for the CATNishit k Sinha
How to Prepare for Logical Reasoning for CATArun Sharma
Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for CAT Arun Sharma
Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for CAT Arun Sharma and Meenakshi Upadhyay
Verbal Ability & Reading ComprehensionAjay Singh

NMAT Exam Pattern 2019

To prepare for the NMAT exam, the primary goal is to cover all the important topics in the syllabus. A good understanding of the NMAT by GMAC exam pattern is also mandatory. The exam pattern is given below:

Exam ModeOnline
Test Duration2 Hours
Number of Questions120
Total Marks120
Type of questionsObjective type questions with four choices each
Marking SchemeOne Mark Per Question

Tips to prepare for NMAT

Effective preparation strategy: To score well in NMAT a well-structured plan is necessary.  Prepare for each section from the NMAT question paper separately and prioritize among the sections based on strengths and weaknesses.

Improve speed and accuracy: A good speed in solving questions will also aid in scoring well. The faster your speed, the more time you will get to solve tougher questions. Build on your speed by practising previous year question papers, online mock test and study material.

Take NMAT mock tests: GMAC provides online mock test facility for candidates to get an idea of the actual exam. These tests can help you evaluate your preparation level and will help you identify your weak areas.

Prepare for the test day: Even though candidates prepare well, some are unable to give their best performance as they are overcome by anxiety. Prepare well for the exam day by keeping calm and by taking breaks to relieve your stress. Also, remember to eat well so that you do not fall sick on the exam day.

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FAQs on NMAT 2019 Syllabus

Q. What is the syllabus for NMAT 2019?

A: The NMAT 2019 syllabus comprises three subjects- Language skills, Quantitative skills and Logical Reasoning Section.

Q. Does the syllabus for NMAT change every year?

A: Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) sets the NMAT syllabus for each year and based on the trends, no major changes have been introduced so far.

Q. Who prescribes NMAT syllabus?

A: The Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) is in charge of the syllabus. In case of changes in the syllabus, the test takers are notified.

Q. What is the marking scheme followed in NMAT?

A: NMAT exam will have 120 questions of 360 marks in total. Each question carries 3 marks.

Q. Is the NMAT syllabus similar to other MBA entrance exam?

A: Most test-takers find the NMAT syllabus to be similar to other MBA exams.

Q. For how long is the NMAT exam?

A: The exam is conducted for 120 minutes or two hours.

Q. Which is a recommended NMAT coaching institute?

A: There aren’t any specific centres giving exclusive coaching for NMAT. A few of the recommended websites providing online coaching are available online.

Q. Which section of the NMAT exam is the toughest?

A: The NMAT exam is of moderate difficulty. The logical reasoning section is sometimes slightly challenging.

Q. Which section of NMAT 2019 carries the maximum marks?

A: The quantitative skills section of NMAT exam carries 144 marks followed by the Language skills section with 96 marks and the logical reasoning section with 120 marks respectively.

Q. What books should I refer to for the NMAT Quantitative Aptitude Section?

A: Quantitative Aptitude for CAT by Arun Sharma, Quantitative Aptitude by RS Aggarwal and How to Prepare for Data Interpretation for CAT by Arun Sharma are a few of the suggested books.

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