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Important: NMAT Exam Strategy planning by Cetking

NMAT Exam Strategy planning by Cetking


NMAT 2016 first day level of difficulty was medium. Paper was much easier than last year NMAT paper. Overall Cutoff 209 – 208.

Out of 120 multiple-choice questions a few questions were tricky and more time consuming. Since there is no negative marking most of the candidates preferred to attempt all the questions. Number of candidates did some guess work when the 5 minutes warning signal in the section began flashing. Still you will need a high score to stand in merit.

At some of the centres questions were taking time to get loaded on the screen which caused anxiety among the NMAT 2016 test takers Apart frm that there was no major technology failure reported

Those who made genuine attempts to solve 85-80 questions may hope for a good position in merit. Exam despite having a bit different type of questions was doable. The level of difficulty in all NMAT sections remained moderate overall.

Language Skills
Questions 32 time 22 mins
While the questions and their types cannot be disclosed due to non disclosure agreement, most of the questions in this section were based on fundamentals of English language like core grammar topics usage on Parts of speech, tenses, conditionals, Reported speech, Synonyms, antonyms, fill in the blanks type. There was 1 RC passage which was short and doable.

Jumbled paragraphs of moderate order also appeared in this section. 32 questions in this section had to be solved in 22 minutes.

Logical Reasoning
38 minutes 40 questions
Questions on Logical Reasoning on second day of NMAT appeared on different topics with a mix of Verbal and Critical Reasoning. The questions were based on assumptions, conclusions, family tree, coding, series, direction sense, syllogism, arrangements. 40 questions in this section were supposed to be completed in 38 minutes. Loads of questions were based on Cetking’s orange books.
Traditional logic (coding I/O) 20
Puzzles 10
Critical / Verbal Reasoning 10

Quantitative Skills
Questions 48 Time 60 min
As reported by the candidates the questions in this section were based not only on Quant but also were related to data Interpretation and data sufficiency. Major topics in this section were on Arithmetic, Numbers, PnC, Geometry and modern math. This section had 48 questions and had to be solved in 60 minutes.
DI 12 questions 3 sets (not much calculations)
DS 5 – 6 questions
However on day 2 or 3 you can expect different paper pattern ie maybe 20 DI/DS questions. Many questions were based on Cetking’s mocks.

NMAT 2016 has started on October 7 and will continue till December 20. A candidate is allowed to take the NMAT, a maximum of three times (first attempt plus a maximum of two retake attempts, including no shows). You can schedule the retake test on a date, which is 15 or more days after the most recent date of attempt. In other words, you will have to wait for at least 15 calendar days before you can appear for a retake attempt. You can schedule your test any time during the retake scheduling window (subjected to real time availability) for any slot which is a minimum of 24 hours later than the time you carry out the scheduling transaction in Pearson VUE system

Candidates had a choice of selecting the order/sequence of the test sections, each section had an individual time limit and candidates needed to complete answering the questions and reviewing the section within the allotted section time.  Since the number of questions and time limit of the test sections are predetermined and remain the same regardless of when and where the test is administered. The computer displays questions one at a time. Only after a candidate takes an action on the first question, will the computer display the next question.

NMAT is computer-delivered test in which each candidate got a randomly generated exam from a pool of questions will see loads of questions repeated on subsequent days.


NMAT 2015 was be given by 54000 students. 38% females; 57% engineers. Maximum students from Maharashtra, Delhi and UP.

With most MBA entrance tests recording a growth in the number of test-takers this year, NMAT by Graduate Management Admission Council (earlier called the NMIMS Management Aptitude Test), another such test, also has seen a 15% rise in their registrations. CAT 2015, conducted by the IIMs, had seen the highest number of candidates registering in the last five years indicating the growth in demand for the MBA degree.

Around 54,000 candidates registered for NMAT, up from last year’s 46,950. Of these, 38% are women, 2% more than last year. Twenty transgenders also have registered for the test. About 43% of the test-takers this year are non-engineers, of which 22% are from the commerce background. Of the remaining, 11% are from the management background, 5% and3% each from science and arts background too.

While most test-takers are from Maharashtra, followed by Delhi and Uttar Pradesh, NMAT by GMAC for the first time, has seen registrations pouring in from smaller places such as Andaman, Lakshwadeep, Manipur and Nagaland too.

NMAT scores which were accepted only by NMIMS for admissions will now be used by 15 other institutes too. “The numbers are at an all-time high since the inception of NMAT. There is an overall demand in the MBA degree across the globe,” said Vikram Shah, Director, Product Management, GMAC.

Anant Rastogi, Director Marketing – South Asia, NMAT by GMAC, said that there was an increased focus on women. “Of the 16 institutes using NMAT scores, one is an all-women’s college. While holding our outreach programmes, we targeted several all-women’s colleges too. Though the percentage rise in women candidates is only 2%, 3,600 more women have registered this year,” said Rastogi.

This year, close to 55% of the candidates registered are freshers, indicating that students want to acquire the degree immediately after their basic undergraduate programme. While the remaining 45% have some amount of work experience ranging from 1-20 years, around 180 candidates have had over 20 years of experience.
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NMAT 2016 Conducting bodies:
NMAT the entrance exam for admission to MBA programme in Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies (NMIMS) will no longer conducted by NMIMS only instead of that the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) has taken over the test Now for admission to MBA programme 2016-18 in NMIMS and other several other institute. This year candidates will appear in ‘NMAT by GMAC’ instead of NMAT only. NMAT Contact Details:
Phone Support: 09213027791/09213027792
Email Support: nmatsupport@gmac.com

Colleges under NMAT 2016:
1. SVKM’s NarseeMonjee Institute of Management Studies : Mumbai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad
2. Alliance University: Bengaluru
3. SRM University: Chennai, Delhi
4. BML Munjal University: Gurgaon
5. VIT University: Chennai, Vellore
6. ICFAI Business School (IBS)
7. Ansal University: Gurgaon
8. Mody University: Lakshmangarh (Rajasthan)
9. Shoolini University: Solan-Rajgarh-Kumarhatti Highway (HP)
10. NIIT University: Neemrana (Rajsthan)
11. Thapar School of Management: Mohali
12. Woxsen School of Business Management: Hyderabad
13. Chitkara University : Himachal pradesh
14. University of Petroleum and Energy: Dehradun
15. Hydrabad business sachool: Hydrabad
16. Institute management of JK

Eligibility Criteria of NMAT 2016:
1. Eligibility Criteria for NMIMS MBA & MBA(HR) – The candidates must be having Bachelor degree in any discipline with minimum 50% marks in the first attempt from a recognized university for MBA and MBA HR course. candidates who have completed their graduation by a part-time course or by distance learning, correspondence courses, externally, from open university are not eligible to apply

2. Eligibility Criteria for NMIMS MBA (Pharmaceutical Management)
The candidate must have Bachelor Degree in Pharmacy, Science, Life Sciences, Medical doctors MBBS, BDS, BHMS, BAMS, B.Sc and M.Sc in Biotechnology from a UGC recognized University with minimum 50% marks in first attempt. The candidate with Post Graduate degree in Economics, Psychology and Sociology can also apply. Candidates with B.Tech & B.E in Bio-Tech & Bio-Medical are also eligible to apply. Candidates with two or more than two year of work experience in pharmacetical companies are preferred

5. Eligibility Criteria for PGDM – NMIMS Bengaluru Campus & PGDM – NMIMS Hyderabad Campus
– Full Time Bachelor’s Degree in any discipline from a UGC recognized University with minimum 50% marks in the aggregate.
– The candidate must have completed their graduation in the stipulated time as per the respective University rule.
– Candidates who have completed graduation by doing a part-time course or by distance learning, correspondence courses, externally, open university are not eligible to apply

Detail Cutoff of NMAT 2015:
1. NMAT Cutoff for NMIMS MBA Program & MBA(HR)
Sectional Cutoff:
Language Skills – 55 (Out of 96)
Quantitative Techniques – 74 (Out of 144)
Logical Reasoning – 61 (Out of 120)
Overall Cutoff – 208 (out of 360)
Target attempt in NMAT 2016 should be 220 (Out of 360)

2. NMAT Cutoff for NMIMS MBA Pharmaceutical Management
Sectional Cutoff Overall Cutoff
Language Skills – 55 (Out of 96)
Quantitative Techniques – 55 (Out of 144)
Logical Reasoning – 55 (Out of 120)
Overall Cutoff – 169 (out of 360)

3. NMAT Cutoff for NMIMS PGDM Bangalore and NMAT Cutoff for NMIMS Hyderabad Campus
Sectional Cutoff Overall Cutoff
Language Skills – 55 (Out of 96)
Quantitative Techniques – 70 (Out of 144)
Logical Reasoning – 60 (Out of 120)
Overall Cutoff – 200 (out of 360)

Number of MBA / PGDM Seat at NMIMS:
(i) MBA in Finance, Information System , Marketing, Operations & Decision: 500 Seats
(ii) MBA in Human Resources: 60 Seats
(iii) MBA in Pharmaceutical Management: 60 Seats
(iv) PGDM (Bangaluru Campus): 180 Seats
(v) PGDM (Hyderabad Campus): 90 Seats
The candidates may apply for more than one campus and more than one programme

How to apply for NMAT 2016
1. candidates will be required to register online only. The online registration of the online application forms will starts from 02nd July 2015 till 22nd October 2015
2. the online registration by conduct NMAT by GMAC™ on behalf of NMIMS. Candidate must visit nat.org.in for primary registration. After NMAT by GMAC registration candidate need to fill indivual forms for each college. It is mandatory process . For registration of NMIMS candidate must visit www.nmims.edu website . After form submission the payment of registration charges need to be made in any of the prescribed mode within stipulated time.
3. application the programmes selected by the candidate will only be considered if the candidate upgrades his preferences later on at NMAT website
4. In case of reapplication, the candidate will have to complete the program selection process again by using the same ID/password used at the time of registration; the last preferences selected by the candidate will be taken as his final preferences for further selection process
5. Candidates can apply for more than one Programme/Campus as per his/her eligibility by giving preferences. i.e.
1) MBA 2) MBA & PGDM-Bengaluru and PGDM-Hyderabad
6. Candidates are advised to recheck the information given in the online registration application form very carefully. as they will not be any changes after submitting the application
7. A candidate who wishes to apply for more than one programmes has to pay extra registration charges.
8. The mode of payment will be as under: i) Credit Card ii) Debit Card iii) Net Banking

NMAT 2016 Syallabus:
1. NMAT 2016 syllabus of Verbal Skills section
Reading Comprehension
Paragraph based
Vocab Synonyms / Anonyms
Vocab Meanings of different words
Grammar correction & Language rules

2. NMAT 2016 syllabus of Quantitative Skills
Data Interpretation & DS
Arithmetic – Ratios Percentages Time & Work and Time Speed Distance
Equations, Polynomials and Algebra
Geoemetry & Trignometry
DI Line graph, Bar graph
DI Tables, Pie chart
Data Sufficiency

3.Logical Reasoning
Multi-dimensional arrangements,
Analytical Puzzles
Coding Decoding
Input Output
Verbal Critical Reasoning

NMAT 2016 Exam Pattern:
Sr. Section No. of Questions Time in Minutes
1. Verbal Skills 32 22
2 . Quantitative Skills 48 60
3. Logical Reasoning 40 38
Total 120 120

NMAT 2016 would be multiple-choice test. Also there will be no negative marking in NMAT.
The NMAT-2016 is a computer based test (CBT) where each candidate gets a randomly generated exam from a pool of questions.
The number of questions, difficulty levels and the time limit for each of the sections is predetermined. In NMAT, candidates can choose the order sections. Each section has an allotted section time and the candidate has to complete the section in the given section time limit.

How to prepare for NMAT 2016:
1. NMAT is all about speed so work on shortcuts as you have only 120 mins for 120 questions
2. For preparation of NMAT One should clear basics of quantitative and grammar. Cetking Orange books would be great for basic level.
3. Solving last 5 year question papers and atleast 8 mocks paper would be perfect to practice
4. One should understand weaken areas and can work accordingly to score better in every section
5. Understand the overview of NMAT paper pattern so that you can make the strategy accordingly

Verbal section of NMAT
This section contains core grammar like Parts of speech, tenses, conditionals, modifiers were prominent. The RC passages many of time are lenghty and time consuming . paragraphs jumbles, synonyms-antonyms also appeared in this section.

Quant section of NMAT
This section contained quantitative questions as well as data Interpretation and data sufficiency. Major part in this section was moderate but few questions are asked in a different manner and comes tricky. Number system, PnC, Algebra, Mensuration, Geometry were imporatant topics in this section.

Logical Reasoning section of NMAT
Questions on Logical Reasoning is mixture of Verbal and Critical Reasoning. The question mostly contains topics like family tree, numerical grid, coding, series, direction sense, syllogism and arrangements.

NMAT 2014 question paper Analysis:
Overall Level of NMAT level: Moderate to difficult
NMAT do not have negative marking. There were a few questions in each of the sections that were a tricky and stretegic. Student have to leave those questions for later stage and focus on easy first. The difficulty level of NMAT can be rated as moderate although some of the questions had higher difficulty level. Lets discuss section wise analysis of NMAT 2015 paper.

Analysis of NMAT Logical Reasoning:
Ideal attempt 30 questions. Cutoffs expected 65 marks
Lengthy and focus more on puzzles, matrix based question and coding decoding. Students who have only prepared for CAT will face problem while solving these questions. Verbal and Critical Reasoning as well as Decision making questions were there in the paper. Some of traditional logic questions like family tree, numerical grid, coding, series,
direction sense, syllogism, arrangements. Area and No. of question wise break up:
Input-Output – 4 Questions
Analytical Reasoning – 10 questions (2 caselets)
Coding/Decoding – 4 Questions
Number Series – 3 Questions
Syllogism – 3 Question
Blood Relation – 2 Questions
Venn Diagram – 2 Question
Matrix based – 2 Question
Set Theory – 1 Questions
Critical Reasoning – 12 Questions
Logical Conclusion – 3 Question
Course of Action/Miscellaneous – 3 Question

Language Skills
Ideal Attempts – 22 to 25 questions. Cutoffs expected 55 marks
In RC there were two passages with four questions each. Mixed four ques fact based and four inference based. There were four questions of Para Jumbles, Out of them, two had four sentences each, two lengthy 5 sentences each. And few were on Synonyms, Antonyms and Analogy based questions. Verbal section Area and No. of question wise break up:
RC – 8 questions
Preposition based FIB – 3 questions
Fill in the blank – 2 question with a 1 blank and another with 2 blanks.
Find the error- 3 questions
Cloze test – 4 questions

Quantitative Skills:
Ideal attempt 30 to 35 questions. NMAT Cutoff expected 72 marks
Difficulty level more than CAT Quantitative section because of time limit with pockets of easy questions – focus on DI, arithmetic, geometry and coordinate geometry. Data Interpretation had Two bar chart and one table based, two table based caselets.Area and No. of question wise break up:

Data Sufficiency 5 questions
Geometry 6 questions
Modern Maths 3 questions
Percentage and Profit & 3 questions
Work and Time 3 questions
Speed Distance 3 questions
Number System 3 questions
Ratio and Proportion 1 question
Calendars 1 question

Coaching classes for NMAT
There are not many coaching classes for NMAT in India. Always ask for demo lecture, past year results and faculty at that branch office. Cetking has launched dedicated CAT 2016 coaching classes in mumbai and online. Cetking’s intensive program has helped many students gain entry into Top B Schools over the last few years. Exhaustive material (5000 questions plus) along with one of the most experienced faculty makes Cetking one of the favourite coaching classes for CAT in mumbai. Cetking records every lecture for students for review at home. Attend a demo lecture http://www.cetking.com/cat/free-material/kickoff-workshop/

Mocks series for NMAT
Students who are serious about their NMAT preparation should be taking atleast 10 mocks before they sit for the actual NMAT paper. Increase your score by upto 20 marks with Cetking NMAT mock series. Along with the mocks Cetking provides mock strategies which are good enough to help you increase your score in NMAT mock series. See mock programs offered by Cetking here… Courses.cetking.com

Shortcuts for NMAT
NMAT exam is speed game not like college exam where we have to solve only 6 questions in 3 hours. Speed is the key factor for NMAT. Students can join Cetking shortcut workshops for all areas of CAT. Quant Verbal Logic and Data Interpretation. Cetking’s intensive workshops are designed to increase score by upto 40 marks in CAT.
See demo shortcut videos by Cetking here.. http://www.cetking.com/demo-videos/

Study material for NMAT
Study Material creates a big impact on your preparation for NMAT. Most of the topics in NMAT Syllabus are general Maths & English topics but require a different approach of preparation for NMAT. Students commit general mistake of spending too much time solving basic level questions which are never asked in NMAT. Cetking has divided NMAT prep into 2 phases Orange phase (basics) followed by Blue books for NMAT exam. Which is more than sufficient.
You can buy Cetking books online on courses.cetking.com

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All the way to NMAT 2016 scoring

215 plus – expert
Great congrats.. no need for a reattempt.. u r in safe zone to convert the score.. Focus on the non nmat exams now.. nmat is done and dusted.. you can start prep for case studies.. common for nmat cdpi… but if gdpi is hot ur forte try for another attempt and score of 230 plus to ensure ur ticket to mumbai and nmims.

209 – 215 challenger
Very good score.. you will get a call for sure and we have many students coverting nmims at these scores. but remember 70% weightage is for nmat score and 30% for case study.. so try for another attempt at nmat and try to make it 215 plus..

208 – 190 unlucky
Unlucky score.. you are good in studies but not that close to get a call from nmat.. so definitely give nmat repeat attempt but have to improve otherwise no fun.. scores will increase with ur shortcuts mock taking strategies.. one good day and you are in.. 190 plus means you are good.. just need to be best.. you might end up in nmims bangalore or hyd… but I am sure u don’t want to end up there.. so work ur a** off for the next few weeks..

190 – 165 not that far
Fair score.. you are still away from the magical score of 200 plus.. If I was yiu would def try nmat again and take it as my avenge on nmat exam.. work hard.. run through the basics again.. fpcus on my shortcuts and mock taking strategies to clear the exam 210 plus.. and that would be a fitting “in your face” reply to nmat..

165 and less… hmmm we have other exams
Frankly that’s a bad call… surely means you were not prepared for the exam.. we can see improvement needed in every front.. basics shortcuts quant verbal and even logic.. you can avoid giving nmat again and focus on other remaining exams like snap xat cmat.. unless u improve drastically.. your magic number 200 plus would be difficult.. so give repeat attempt only if u gonna study.