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NMAT 2018 known as NMIMS Management Aptitude Test is conducted by the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC). Aspirants looking to get admission in MBA or PGDM or any other graduate management course can give this test, accounting that NMAT scores are accepted by the leading management institutions of India. NMAT is a computer-administered test conducted every year from October to December by the GMAC for the management course aspirants. It provides various exam slots which can be chosen by the test-taker.

NMAT 2018

Students who are interested must be aware that the online registration process starts around the month of July. Students should take this test as the NMAT scores are accepted by more than 17+ management institutes such as Xavier University, MISB Bocconi, Thapar School of Management, SRM University; and this list is increasing. Aspirants are suggested to follow the given below schedule to pursue the test.

NMAT 2018 Start date End date
Registration 1st week of July 2018 1st week of Oct 2018
Scheduling 1st week of July 2018 3rd week of Oct 2018
Late Registration 1st week of Oct 2018 3rd week of Oct 2018
Registration Retake 1st week of Oct 2018 2nd week of Dec 2018
Rescheduling 1st week of July 2018 2nd week of Dec 2018
Retake Scheduling 1st week of Oct 2018 2nd week of Dec 2018
Exam 1st week of Oct 2018 3rd week of Dec  2018
Result 3rd week of Jan 2019
Score Car Download 4th week of March 2019

NMAT 2018 Exam Date

Graduate Management Admission Council will decide and announce NMAT 2018 exam date. The exam will be in October, November, December 2018.

The NMAT by GMAC 2018 shall take place over a number of days and weeks. Candidates can first of all schedule an exam date. Then they can schedule re-takes also, or re-schedule. Thus, GMAC opens a range of dates for exam and candidates select which date they will take the test.

Technically speaking, the NMAT exam which was recently was the NMAT by GMAC 2018, and the upcoming one is NMAT by GMAC 2019. But usually, candidates refer to the NMAT exam by the year in which they are conducted. Hence you are probably here looking for the NMAT 2018 for admission 2019. For this reason, we have referred to the upcoming exam as NMAT 2018.

Note that NMAT 2018, NMAT 2019 refer to the same exam here that is the NMAT by GMAC conducted in 2018 for admission 2019.

NMAT 2018 Eligibility Criteria

Students are suggested to carefully note the given below pointers to know the eligibility criteria :-

  • Students who will complete the registration process and pay the fees on time as per the terms and conditions of GMAC are eligible to give the exam.
  • Students are advised to check the eligibility of each university and college individually in which they plan to apply.
  • If a students registers for the test and then finds out the ineligibility for admission to a specific programme, the test fee is non-refundable.

NMAT 2018 Exam Pattern

Mode of exam

NMAT is a computer based examination conducted by GMAC. They give a randomly generated test from the question pool to each individual. The number of questions, difficulty levels, and the time limit for each of the sections is predetermined and, under normal administration conditions, are the same regardless of when and where the test is administered. Students can choose the order of section according to themselves.


The exam is divided into three sections; Language Skills, Quantitative Skills and Logical Reasoning. Each section has fixed number of questions and time limit. There will be total 120 questions in the Objective format to be done in 120 minutes.

Sections Question Time
Language Skills, 32 22 min
Quantitative Skills 48 60 min
Logical Reasoning 40 38 min
Total 120 120 min

Sectional time limit

Students can only attempt one section at a time in the given amount of time. It is highly advised to review your answers before final submission. Once the candidate closes out from a section, it will be considered final submission and no changes can be made.

Negative marks

There isn’t any negative marking in the NMAT 2018.

NMAT 2018 Syllabus

The exam is divided into three sections -Language Skills, Quantitative Skills and Logical Reasoning. In the present article, we will discuss each section separately and try to understand the best way to deal with the syllabi to score best in the exam.

Language Skill

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Jumbled paragraphs,
  • Analogies,
  • Synonyms,
  • Mark the error,
  • Fill in the blanks etc.

Quantitative Skills

  • Number system,
  • Decimals,
  • Fractions,
  • Simplification,
  • HCF and LCM,
  • Ratio and Proportion,
  • Percentage, Partnership,
  • Average,
  • Profit and Losses,
  • Simple Interest and Compound Interest,
  • Mensuration,
  • Time and Work,
  • Time and Distance,
  • Data Interpretation,
  • Trigonometry etc.

Logical Reasoning – Verbal Reasoning

  1. Analogy
  2. Classifications
  3. Blood relations
  4. Coding-decoding
  5. Puzzle test
  6. Machine input
  7. Inequalities
  8. Decision making
  9. Syllogism
  10. Sitting arrangement
  11. Sequential output tracing
  12. Direction sense test
  13. Logical Venn diagram
  14. Alphabet test
  15. Alphanumeric sequence puzzle
  16. Mathematical operations
  17. Numbers, ranking & time sequence test
  18. Logical sequence test
  19. Arithmetical operations
  20. Inserting the missing characters
  21. Data Sufficiency
  22. Eligibility test
  23. Assertion and reason
  24. Situation reaction test
  25. Verification of truth of the statement

Logical Reasoning – Non Verbal Reasoning

  1. Series
  2. Analogy
  3. Classification
  4. Analytical reasoning
  5. Mirror-image
  6. Water-image
  7. Spotting out the embedded figures
  8. Completion of incomplete pattern
  9. Figure matrix
  10. Paper folding
  11. Paper cutting
  12. Rule detection
  13. Grouping of identical figures
  14. Cubes and dice
  15. Dot situation
  16. Construction of squares and triangles

Logical Reasoning

  1. Statements and course of action
  2. Statements and assumption
  3. Cause and effect reasoning
  4. Statements and argument
  5. Drawing inference
  6. Statement and Conclusion
  7. Deriving conclusion from passages
  8. Theme detection
  9. Calendars
  10. Clocks
  11. Sequence and series
  12. Puzzles
  13. Seating arrangement
  14. Odd figures or Odd man out etc.

NMAT 2018 Language Skills Preparation

Reading comprehension

Reading comprehension usually takes a lot of time and students prefer to leave such questions. You don’t need to leave this section and loose marks, simply follow the given pointers to score well :-

  1. Buy an updated English Dictionary from the market.
  2. Read the editorial pages from any leading English Newspaper or Magazine or Book regularly.
  3. Mark and write down the difficult words and refer your dictionary for the meaning.
  4. Regular practice will help you build a strong Vocabulary.
  5. The best way to excel in this section is to focus on reading, this will help you build a strong vocabulary as well as increase your reading speed .This increased reading speed will help you in your Reading Comprehension passage.
  6. Give mock tests to check your speed and accuracy.

NMAT 2018 Quantitative Skills Preparation

Total number of questions asked in this section are 48 to be completed in 60 minutes. This section consist of Data Interpretation, Data Sufficiency and Quantitative Aptitude questions. This section of the the paper score completely depends on your practice skills.

The average time alloted to each question is quite less. The technique which may work here is to attempt the easier questions first instead of wasting time. Follow the given pointers to strategize the attempt of this section :-

  1. Go through the complete QA syllabus. Divide the section into Tough and Easy as per your knowledge.
  2. Allot a certain time period to first complete the easy part, this will give you confidence and motivation to then move  to deal with the tough questions.
  3. Make a sheet which contains all the important formulas and concepts.This will help you at the time of revision.
  4. Practice questions in the given time. This will help you maintain the speed and accuracy in the final exam.
  5. Mock tests are highly recommended before giving the paper.

NMAT 2018 Logical Reasoning Preparation

Total number of questions asked in this section are 40 to be completed in 38 minutes. This section checks your ability to comprehend the situation with the logic in the given frame of time. This sections also require practice to achieve the best scores.

Logical reasoning tests a students mental ability to comprehend a certain given  situation. It is often seen that the question papers are dominated by puzzle based questions as they are the best way assess the aspirants capabilities.

Given below are some pointers which must be followed by the students to obtain the best of scores in this section:-

  1. Divide the syllabus as per your understanding of easy or tough.
  2. Complete the easy topics as soon as possible so that you have time in hand to prepare for the tough topics.
  3. Reading the question carefully is the key in reasoning.
  4. It is highly advised that students should not assume anything on their own.
  5. Logical reasoning questions play with words and that is why focus on the word usage.
  6. Time given per question is quite less in this section. Students need to work on their speed as well with keeping the accuracy on mind.
  7. The best way to achieve good score in this section is to give mock tests online.

How is NMAT different from CAT?

Common admission Test is definitely one of the most sought after entrance test to get a seat in the management based courses. I am sure that you have been asking this question that what is it that makes NMAT different from the CAT ?

Let’s compare, shall we?

Exam Pattern

The NMAT  is divided into three sections; Language Skills, Quantitative Skills and Logical Reasoning. 120 questions have to be done in 120 minutes with sectional timing. There is no negative marking in this exam.

The CAT is also divided into three sections; Language Skills, Quantitative Skills and Logical Reasoning. 100 questions in 180 minutes with one hour sectional timing. Negative marking is applicable in this exam.

Number of attempts

The CAT exam takes place in one day with morning and evening session whereas  NMAT exam provides a window to the students to choose from. A long test window provides you with the convenience of choosing a test date. A student can give three attempts within the 75 days window. You have the choice to select the date and time of the test in a real time mode, based on seats availability at each of the centres.

Registration and other facilities

Unlike  CAT registration, NMAT provides you the benefit to send your scores to five different colleges with the paid registration fee. If you want to add more colleges in the list you can easily do that by paying extra fees as mentioned in the official brochure. The other facilities provided for giving NMAT are given below:-

  • A long testing window allows you to choose a convenient test dat
  • The 75-day test window opens the first week of October and extends through the third week of December.
  • You can choose your test appointment date, time and location in real-time based on the availability of seats at each test centre.
  • You can choose from 48 available centers.
  • You can view your results and then decide to apply to business school or retake the test depending on your comfort with the results you’ve obtained.

NMAT 2018 Retake and Reschedule

What is Retake and Reschedule?

You can give three attempts within the 75 days window. A minimum gap of 15 days are required between two attempts. It should be noted that “First come First serve” principle applies to both registration and scheduling. The earlier one registers and makes payment, the earlier will be able to schedule the test. And the earlier one schedules the test, higher are the chances of getting preferred date, time and test location. You can schedule the exam through Schedule/Reschedule exam tab in candidate dashboard available in the NMAT by GMAC account.You can decide to reschedule  your test not later than 72 hours prior to the scheduled test, to a different date, time and test centre, subject to availability, by paying an additional fee via online payment. You should note that  you cannot schedule the test for the same day. You  can schedule the test for any time 24 hours or later.

NMAT is a computer administered exam

NMAT is a computer administered test conducted by GMAC. We have already discussed the exam pattern in detail, now let’s try and understand how to attempt this online objective type paper. There are various small details you need to know before you take this exam. Carefully read the given pointers :-

  • You have the freedom to choose the order of section.
  • Each of the three sections is individually timed. You  need to answer and review the questions of a particular section within the allotted section time.
  • Your balance time from one section will not be added to the other section.
  • Computer Based Testing is a method of administering tests at a predetermined testing location in which the responses are electronically recorded, assessed or both.
  • User Interface is designed in such a way that it requires minimal computer skills. At the beginning of the test, you will receive a brief introductory tutorial that will instruct you how to use the computer to answer questions and review responses. No typing skills are needed. You will use the computer mouse to highlight and confirm the response selected as each question appears on the screen. An invigilator will always be available to answer questions regarding navigation throughout the duration of the test. A demo test is also offered free on the website for test takers to understand the process before the actual test.
  • Students giving exam under Disability Category will be attended as per the rules mentioned by the GMAC.
  • The Computer Based Testing  is set up in a linear format. In a linear format, you can answer a predetermined number of questions. The test questions do not become increasingly more difficult based on answers to previous questions. You will be able to move forward and backward throughout the test, bookmark questions for return and review and change answer selections as many times as necessary during the allotted time before clicking the finish and exit button of the test.

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