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.
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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 Authority||GMAC or Graduate Management Admission Council|
|Questions Type||Objective or MCQ based questions|
|Level of Exam||National level Exam|
|Exam Mode||Computer Based Test (CBT) or Online mode|
|Total Number of Questions||108|
|Language of the NMAT exam||English|
|Sections||3 (Quantitative Skills, Language Skills, and Logical Reasoning)|
|Exam Duration||2 hours or 120 minutes|
|Total Score Range||36 – 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
|Sections||Number of Questions||Score Range|
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 Sections||NMAT 2020||NMAT 2019|
|Language Skills||28 minutes||22 minutes|
|Quantitative Skills||52 minutes||60 minutes|
|Logical Reasoning||40 minutes||38 minutes|
|Total Duration||120 minutes||120 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 Sections||No. of Questions in NMAT 2020||No. of questions in NMAT 2019|
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 Type||All MCQs||MCQs are 46-52 questions , Other Non-MCQs||All MCQs|
|Total Number of Questions||108||66 – 72||100|
|Time Limit Section-Wise||28 minutes- 52 minutes||40 Minutes||No|
|Exam Duration||2 Hours||2 Hours||3 Hours|
|Marks Alloted for Right Response||1||3||1|
|Negative Marking||No||-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 Reasoning||The applicants are advised to read How to Prepare for Logical Reasoning for CAT by Arun Sharma|
|Quantitative Skills||Quantitative Aptitude for the CAT written by Arun Sharma|
|Language Skills||The 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
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.
The applicants must check and visit the official portal of the participating institutions to check their guidelines related to the NMAT 2024 scores acceptance.
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.
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.
No, NMAT entrance test has no negative marking.
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.
The applicants can appear for the NMAT 2024 exam for a maximum of three times (1st attempt and then 2 retakes).
There are three marks allotted for each questions. NMAT has got no negative marking.
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.
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.
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.
The medium of the NMAT question paper is english.
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.
The NMAT Question paper is of objective type and will have total number of 108 questions.
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.