QUESTION: What are the sections in NMAT 2018?

ANSWER: The NMAT by GMAC™ exam is computer-delivered and gives each candidate a randomly generated test from a pool of questions, delivered one-at-a-time. NMAT by GMAC™ can be taken thrice and the best of the scores shall be considered provided the candidate has applied to the institute with each of the scores. There are three sections: Language Skills, Quantitative Skills and Logical Reasoning.

  • +3 for every correct question. No negative marking.

  • The sections in NMAT 2018

    • Language Skills: 32 Questions, 22 minutes

    • Quantitative Skills: 48 Questions, 60 minutes

    • Logical Reasoning: 40 Questions, 38 minutes

    • TOTAL: 120 Questions, 120 Minutes

  • Test Window period: 4th October 2018 to 17th December 2018.

  • Test Duration: 120 minutes (Test Slots can be selected according to the availability at the selected Test center)

  • Test Mode: Online

QUESTION: Where do I get the list of test-centers to take the NMAT?

ANSWER: You will find at http://www.nmat.org.in/test-takers/test-centres/

QUESTION: Is calculator provision made in this test?

ANSWER: No calculators are allowed in NMAT since it is perceived that the calculations are doable in the test.

QUESTION: Is it possible to select the order of section in this test? For example, can a student first choose to write Verbal and then the other sections?


  • Candidates have a choice of selecting the order/sequence of the test sections.
  • 3 Sections: Language Skills, Quantitative Skills, Logical Reasoning.
  • Test takers need to answer the questions of each section within the allotted section time.
  • Once the test taker completes a section, whether the test taker selects to move to the next section or if time runs out, the test taker will not be able to return to that section.

QUESTION: Say in two tests that I gave, I got the same score, however in one test, the Quantitative score is higher, and I want to forward this sectional score along with scores in other sections in different tests to the institutions. Do I get a choice?

ANSWER: No. The sectional scores are considered from the same test. College chooses the score basing on its internal admission criteria. Generally, a better score implies better chances of getting shortlisted. Individual section best scores cannot be forwarded by the test-taker.

  • Test takers have the option to take the NMAT by GMAC™ exam a maximum choice of three times during the 75-day testing window.
  • This option enables the assessment of the test takers’ best performance.
  • A test taker can take the NMAT by GMAC™ up to a maximum of 3 times (first attempt plus 2 retake attempts) including no shows, if he/she wishes to.
  • A test taker may be able to improve his/her score provided he/she performs better in re-takes.
  • However, there is no guarantee that the scores will improve in subsequent attempts/retakes.
  • Scores will be equated for all test takers and percentile scores will be calculated after all test takers have taken their test(s).
  • Your Final score card will include a scaled score for each section, a total score as well as a percentile ranking.
  • The following table lists the range of scores possible on the different sections of the NMAT by GMAC™ exam.
Section Score Range
Quantitative Skills 0 to 144
Language Skills 0 to 96
Logical Reasoning Skills 0 to 120
TOTAL 0 to 360
  • Scaled scores
    • All of the test forms are equated to account for any differences in overall difficulty and the raw test scores are placed on a common scale.
    • This process ensures that scores are comparable across test forms such that the scores are not impacted by different candidates getting different test forms.
  • Final Percentile Scores:
    • The Final Percentiles for each year are calculated at the end of the year after all candidates have completed taking the NMAT by GMAC™ exam.
    • According to NMAT 2017 results, a scaled score between 222-238 was equivalent to 99 percentile, a scaled score of 217/216 was equivalent to 97 percentile and a scaled score of 210/211 was equivalent to 94 percentile.

QUESTION: Does the result – in terms of score, appear immediately after the test?


  • The window wise scores are released 4-5 weeks after you have taken the test and your score card will be updated with scaled scores for all the attempts.
  • You will be notified on email once the score card is available and you can download the score card by logging into your NMAT by GMAC™ account.

QUESTION: Do all the students in a window get the same paper?


  • The NMAT by GMAC™ exam is computer-delivered and gives each candidate a randomly generated test from a pool of questions, delivered one-at-a-time.
  • 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.

QUESTION: How was NMAT 2017 in terms of difficulty?


Quantitative Skills:

  • Out of 48 questions in the Quantitative Skills section, 22 questions were on Problem Solving, 20 questions were on Data Interpretation and remaining 6 questions were from Data Sufficiency.
  • Majority of the questions on problem solving were easy to medium level of difficulty.

Logical Reasoning:

  • Out of 40 questions on Logical Reasoning, 12 were on Verbal Reasoning and 28 were on Non-Verbal Reasoning.
  • Most of the questions were of easy to medium level of difficulty.
  • However, the level of difficulty of this section was slightly higher than the one appeared in the previous year’s NMAT exam.

Language Skills:

  • Out of 32 questions in the Language skills section, there were two RC passages with four questions each.
  • The passages had around 700 words.
  • The remaining question types were, Mark the error in a sentence; Fill in the blanks (double, cloze, prepositions-based); Jumbled paragraphs; Word Analogies and Antonyms and synonyms.

QUESTION: What were the cut-offs in case of NMIMS in reference to NMAT 2017?

ANSWER: All the data is empirical and approximated to the best possible extent after careful analysis.

  • According to NMAT 2017 results, a scaled score between 220 and 240 was equivalent to 99 percentile.
  Sectional Score Overall Score
  Quantitative Skills Language Skills Logical Reasoning  
NMIMS Mumbai campus Program        
MBA and MBA –HR- Mumbai campus 65 60 60 210
NMIMS other campuses PGDM Program 60 50 50 190

QUESTION: Any important things to follow on the Test Day and in the Test?


  • Test-takers should immediately click ‘OK’ once a section’s timing is over and load the next section on the screen as the timer does not stop till the time ‘OK’ button is clicked.
  • Please carry ID to prove your identify.
    • Primary ID
    • Secondary ID
    • Admit card
    • Confirmation email
    • The test centre staff will retain the photocopy of your primary ID for their own record.
    • The test centre staff will return the copy of your admit card to you after signing and stamping it.
    • Make sure that you retain the same because you will have to carry the same copy for later attempts of NMAT, should you wish to attempt more number of times.

QUESTION: Anything else?

ANSWER: Please refer http://www.nmat.org.in/test-takers/faq/ 

Additional reference:

NMAT 2018 notification summary:


NMIMS admissions:



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