NMAT 2015 Test Analysis

Overview

NMAT 2015 (SLOT 1 DAY 1) was similar to previous year's exam in terms of its structure. However, the Quantitative Skills and Logical Reasoning sections were slightly easier than that of the previous year's exam. The Language skills section was however of similar level of difficulty to that of the previous year's exam. Within the slot, some questions were common to all students while some questions were different.

Quantitative Analysis

Out of 48 questions in the Quantitative Analysis section, 22 questions were on Problem Solving, 20 questions were on Data Interpretation and remaining 6 questions were from Data Sufficiency. Most of the Problem Solving questions were easy to medium levels of difficulty and covered most of the different topics in Mathematics. There were 5 sets on Data Interpretation with 4 questions each. The questions were somewhat less calculation intensive than the ones in the previous year's DI sets. Like last year, some questions required usage of some concepts of Arithmetic such as Mixtures and Alligations. Questions on Data Sufficiency were somewhat tricky.

Following was a representative break-up of the Quantitative Analysis section (as per student feedback):

Topic/Subtopic Number of questions Level of Difficulty
Arithmetic 8 Easy to Medium
- Time and Work 3 Easy to Medium
- Simple and Compound Interest 2 Easy to Medium
- Partnership 1 Easy
- Time-Speed-Distance 1 Easy
- Mixtures and Alligations* 1 Medium
Numbers 5 Easy to Medium
- HCF-LCM 2 Easy
- Divisibility 1 Medium
- Number of Zeroes 1 Easy
- Prime Numbers 1 Easy
Geometry 3 Easy to difficult
- Mensuration 1 Easy
- Quadrilaterals 1 Easy
- Circles 1 Difficult
Modern Maths 3 Easy to difficult
- Permutation and Combination 1 Easy
- Probability 1 Medium
- AP-GP 1 More on difficult side
Algebra 2 Easy to Medium
- Simple equations 1 Easy
- Inequality 1 Medium
Data Sufficiency 6 Easy to Medium
- Numbers 5 Easy to Medium
- AP-GP 1 Medium
Data Interpretation 20 Easy to difficult
- Tables 8 (2 sets of 4 questions each) Easy to Medium
- Bar chart 4 (1 set of 4 questions) Easy
- Bar chart + Line graph 4 (1 set of 4 questions) Medium to difficult
- Line graph + Pie chart 4 (1 set of 4 questions) Easy to medium
Miscellaneous 1 Easy
- Calendars 1 Easy

*: A few students reported that one question on Mixtures and Alligations was confusing.

A genuine attempt of about 36 to 38 questions with about 85% accuracy will be considered good.

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.

Following was a representative break-up of Logical Reasoning section (as per student feedback):

Topic/Sub-topic Number of questions Level of difficulty
Non-verbal reasoning    
Sequential Output 4 Medium
Matrix Arrangement 4 Easy to medium
Linear Arrangement 4 Easy to medium
Coding 4 Easy to medium
Venn diagram 3 Easy to medium
Number grid 3 Medium
Mathematical operations involving letters 2 Easy
Family Tree 2 Medium
Alphanumeric Series 1 Easy
Symbol based logic 1 Medium
Verbal reasoning    
Course of Action 2 Easy to medium
Strong Arguments 2 Medium
Implicit Assumptions 2 Easy to medium
Inference based questions 2 Easy to medium
Strong/Weak Arguments 2 Easy
Decision Making 2 Easy

A genuine attempt of about 25 to 27 questions with about 85% accuracy will be considered good.

Language Skills

Out of 22 questions in the Language skills section, there were two RC passages with four questions each. The passages had about 300-400 words. The remaining question types were mark the error in a sentence, fill in the blanks (double, cloze, prepositions-based), jumbled paragraphs, analogies, antonyms and synonyms. Again, considering the limited time, one should leave the RC passages till the end as at least one of them was moderately challenging. Furthermore, 3 out of 4 questions in RCs were summary type of questions which required students to be familiar with the entire passage. Apart from the synonyms and antonyms (in which a few difficult and esoteric words were given), the other questions were on the easier side.

Following was a representative break-up of the Language Skills section (as per student feedback):

Topic/Sub-topic No. Of Questions Level of Difficulty
Reading Comprehension    
2 passages 8 1 passage was Easy while the other was of medium difficulty
Verbal Reasoning    
4 Para-Jumbled questions (2 with four statements and 2 with five statements) 4 Easy to medium
Fill in the Blanks 2 Easy
Analogies 2 Easy
Cloze Passage 4 Easy to medium
Select the word that fills in all the three blanks – 2 Questions 2 Easy to medium
Vocabulary & Usage    
Synonyms 2 Medium
Antonyms 2 Medium
Grammar    
Fill in the blanks with 3 Prepositions 3 Medium
Part of the sentence has an error 3 Easy to Medium

A genuine attempt of about 26 to 28 questions with about 85% accuracy will be considered good.

Miscellaneous

On the first day first slot, no technical glitches were reported from the test centres and the administration of the exam was smooth.

Students are given an option to choose the order in which they want to take the three sections of the exam. Students are advised to immediately click ‘OK’ once a section timing is over and load the next section on the screen as the timer does not stop till the time ‘OK’ button is clicked.

When you go for your exam, ensure that you carry the following with you:

  1. Primary ID
  2. Secondary ID
  3. Admit card
  4. Confirmation email
  5. Photocopy of primary ID: 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.

NMAT 2015  cut-offs for NMIMS Mumbai campus is mentioned below:

  1. MBA and MBA –HR- Mumbai campus 208 overall (sectional cut-offs: QS 65, LS 50, LR 55),
  2. MBA Pharma- 160 overall (sectional cut-offs: QS 45, LS 50 LR 45)

NMAT 2015  cut-offs for NMIMS Bengaluru/ Hyderabad campus is 196 overall (sectional cut-offs: QS 60, LS 50, LR 50).

NMAT 2015 and NMAT 2014 Results

According to NMAT 2015 results, a scaled score of 242 was equivalent to 99.986 percentile, a scaled score of 233 was equivalent to 99.845 percentile and a scaled score of 208 was equivalent to 93.619 percentile.

Below mentioned are the cut-offs of NMIMS Mumbai and Bengaluru/Hyderabad campuses:

  Sectional Score Overall Score
  QS LS LR  
NMIMS Mumbai campus Program        
1. MBA and MBA –HR- Mumbai campus 65 50 55 208
2. MBA Pharma 45 50 45 160
NMIMS Bengaluru/Hyderabad campus PGDM Program 60 50 50 196

For your reference and a better understanding of the test, we have also mentioned NMAT 2014 results.

According to NMAT 2014 results, a scaled score of 226 was equivalent to 99.527 percentile, a scaled score of 218 was equivalent to 98.352 percentile, a scaled score of 211 was equivalent to 95.825 percentile and a scaled score of 208 was equivalent to 94.193 percentile.

Below mentioned are the cut-offs of NMIMS Mumbai and Bengaluru/Hyderabad campuses:

  Sectional Score Overall Score
  QS LS LR  
NMIMS Mumbai campus Program        
1. MBA and MBA –HR- Mumbai campus 65 50 55 207
2. MBA Pharma 45 45 45 160
NMIMS Bengaluru/Hyderabad campus PGDM Program 60 50 50 190

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