NMAT by GMAC Exam Pattern 2024 (New): Exam Mode, Weightage, Books

NMAT 2024 Exam Pattern: The same pattern is followed in the NMAT exams like other management entrance exams like XAT and GMAT. The question paper asked in the NMAT exam paper is of objective-type having Multiple choice questions. NMAT 2024 is a computer-based exam held in online mode. The paper comprises three sections that are Language Skills, Logical Reasoning, and Quantitative Aptitude. 

The applicants must note that there will be no negative marking in this entrance exam. 

NMAT 2024 Revised Exam Pattern

The NMAT comprises of three section such as Quantitative Skills, Language Skills, and Logical Reasoning have same weightage in the number of questions (36). In 2019, the Logical Reasoning had 40 questions, Quantitative Skills section carried 48 questions, and Language Skills carried 32 questions.

There is also a revision in the sectional time limit of the exam. The time limit in the Quantitative Skills section has been reduced to 52 minutes from 60 minutes. The time limit in the language section is increased to 28 minutes from 22 minutes. The sectional time limit in the Logical Reasoning section has been increased to 40 minutes from 38 minutes.

NMAT 2024 Exam Pattern Highlights

The candidates need to check the important details about the updated NMAT 2024 Exam pattern from the table given below.

Issuing AuthorityGMAC or Graduate Management Admission Council
Questions TypeObjective or MCQ based questions
Level of ExamNational level Exam
Exam ModeComputer Based Test (CBT) or Online mode
Total Number of Questions108
Language of the NMAT examEnglish
Sections3 (Quantitative Skills, Language Skills, and Logical Reasoning)
Exam Duration2 hours or 120 minutes
Total Score Range36 – 360

B-schools such as VIT University, Alliance University, ICFAI Business School (IBS), Thapar School of Management, and Shoolini University will be accepting NMAT scores this year.

NMAT Exam Pattern 2024

The Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) prepares the NMAT 2024 exam pattern. The entrance exam is a computer-based test and will be held in online mode with a time limit of 2 hours. During the exam, each of the applicants will receive random questions from a pool of questions one at a time on their allotted computer. The sectional time limit and the total number of questions along with the difficulty level section have no relation to the exam location or exam time.

NMAT Sectional Weightage

SectionsNumber of QuestionsScore Range
Logical Reasoning3612-120
Quantitative Skills3612-120
Language Skills3612-120

Changes in Sectional Time Limit

There is an allotment of 28 minutes for language skills, 52 minutes for Quantitative skills, and 40 minutes for logical reasoning out of the total exam duration of 120 minutes.

NMAT 2020 SectionsNMAT 2020NMAT 2019
Language Skills  28 minutes22 minutes
Quantitative Skills52 minutes60 minutes
Logical Reasoning  40 minutes38 minutes
Total Duration120 minutes120 minutes

Changes in Sectional weightage

It is observed that a reduction in the number of questions is maximum done in the Quantitative Skills section which is from 48 to 36. While the number of questions in Language Skills and Logical Reasoning has been reduced by 4.

NMAT SectionsNo. of Questions in NMAT 2020No. of questions in NMAT 2019
Language Skills  36  32
Quantitative Skills36 48 
Logical Reasoning  36  40

Comparison of NMAT Exam Pattern 2024 Vs CAT Vs XAT

There is a lot of similarities in the exam pattern of NMAT 2024 and the XAT, IIM-CAT and this will be really helpful for the candidates preparing for the exam. We have shared below the similarities between the NMAT pattern and XAT & CAT in the following table:

Question TypeAll MCQsMCQs are 46-52 questions , Other Non-MCQsAll MCQs
Total Number of Questions10866 – 72100
Time Limit Section-Wise28 minutes- 52 minutes40 MinutesNo
Exam Duration2 Hours2 Hours3 Hours
Marks Alloted for Right Response131
Negative MarkingNo-1 negative marking for MCQs
No negative marking for Non-MCQs
There is a deduction of 0.25 Marks for incorrect answers and a negative marking of 0.10 marks for more than 8 un-answered questions. GK Section has no negative marking.

NMAT by GMAC Best Books

Logical ReasoningThe applicants are advised to read How to Prepare for Logical Reasoning for CAT by Arun Sharma
Quantitative SkillsQuantitative Aptitude for the CAT written by Arun Sharma
Language SkillsThe applicants are advised to read How to Prepare for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension by Arun Sharma

Important Instructions for Candidates Appearing in NMAT 2024

The applicants are advised to reach the exam centre 45 minutes before the exam commencement on the entrance exam day:

  • In the first place, the applicants must go through all the instructions carefully and follow them accordingly on the exam day.
  • The applicants must remember that they are not allowed to bring the items that are banned in the exam hall. And if they still carry it then they will be restricted from entering the exam hall.
  • The students must carry one original Photo ID Proof and another Signature ID (valid and original) like PAN Card, Passport, Voter’s ID, Driving License, Aadhaar Card, etc to the exam center.
  • If any of the applicants try to fake their identity then they immediately banned from appearing for the exam.
  • The applicants must note that it is mandatory to bring the NMAT 2024 admit card to the exam center and it is important to get the signature of the exam administrator on the admit card in the given space on the exam day.
  • The aspirants are required to make sure that the photograph printed on the admit card is clear or visible
  • The applicants are advised to keep the duly signed NMAT 2024 admit card till the completion of the admission process.

NMAT Exam Pattern 2024 FAQ’S

How can I pace up my speed of answering questions in the NMAT exam?

NMAT exam also a test of speed same as any other entrance exam of MBA. The candidates are advised to attempt the mock tests on a regular basis to improve their speed of attempting the questions.

Which score will be considered if I take more than one exam?

The applicants must check and visit the official portal of the participating institutions to check their guidelines related to the NMAT 2024 scores acceptance.

Are the questions of the NMAT exam very tough?

There is a moderate level of questions asked in the NMAT exam. If the students make their basic strong and clear, then they will be able to attempt all the type of questions from moderate to difficult level.

Which section of the NMAT exam is the toughest?

There are tricky questions asked in the section of Logical Reasoning and Quantitative Skills. Therefore, it is advised to the students to build a strong base and clear all the basic concepts of the sections to be able to attempt all the types of questions.

Does NMAT have negative marking?

No, NMAT entrance test has no negative marking.

Will I be able to take the NMAT 2024 exam from home?

In the previous year, The NMAT exam was held in an online proctored mode in which the applicants had to appear for the test from their home or can also appear for the test in the exam center. The major reason behind this decision was to follow the safety measure taken during the COVID-19 pandemic. And this year also it is expected that GMAC may conduct the exam in both modes. The information for the same will be released along with the NMAT 2024 notification that is expected to be declared in the month of August 2024.

How many times can I appear for NMAT 2024?

The applicants can appear for the NMAT 2024 exam for a maximum of three times (1st attempt and then 2 retakes).

What is the sectional marking scheme of the NMAT exam?

There are three marks allotted for each questions. NMAT has got no negative marking.

NMAT question paper is divided into how many sections?

There are three sections in the NMAT question paper. The three sections comprise Quantitative Skills, Language Skills, and Logical Reasoning and each of them carry 36 questions.

What kind of skills do I require to take the NMAT exam in CBT mode?

The applicants who don’t possess computer skills need not have to worry. The exam interface is user-friendly. The applicants will receive guidance in the form of an introductory tutorial that will be helpful for them while attempting the test without any kind of confusion.

What are the important topics of the NMAT exam?

The NMAT question paper comprises three sections that Quantitative Skills, Language Skills, and Logical Reasoning. Refer to the syllabus of NMAT for the complete information on both topic-wise and section-wise.

What is the medium of the NMAT exam?

The medium of the NMAT question paper is english.

Is there a sectional time limit in the NMAT exam?

Yes, the NMAT exam has got time limit section-wise. The applicants need to mark the answer in the given deadline of the section individually.

How many questions will be there in the NMAT question paper?

The NMAT Question paper is of objective type and will have total number of 108 questions.

How many times can students attempt the NMAT exam in the same year?

The students can attempt the tests three times in the same year. The applicants need to apply for an exam retake to attempt the exam again.

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