NMAT 2016 Test Analysis

Overview

NMAT 2016 (SLOT 1 DAY 1) was similar to the previous year's exam in terms of its structure. However there were some differences in the level of difficulty of the sections. Usually DI sets in NMAT are calculation intensive. However some DI sets in NMAT-2016 were one notch more calculation intensive than in the previous NMATs. However, the Quantitative Skills and Logical Reasoning sections were at par with the previous year's exam. The Verbal Reasoning part was definitely tougher than that of previous years’. The Language skills section was however of similar level of difficulty to that of the previous year's exam.  

There were a few variations in the questions asked to different students.

Quantitative Analysis

As in previous NMATs, 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.
In the previous NMAT exams, questions from one area were grouped together. This pattern was not strictly followed in NMAT-2015.

The majority of the questions on problem solving were easy to medium level of difficulty. As in previous NMATs, there were 5 sets on Data Interpretation with 4 questions each. As stated above, 3 DI sets out of the 5 were highly calculation intensive. These sets contained multiple data series combined in a single graph, with one dataset on the left hand side axis and the other dataset on the right hand side axis. The other two DI sets were relatively straightforward. The key to attempting this section was not to spend too much time on really calculation intensive sets and attempt the straightforward questions before more time-consuming DI sets.

Following was a representative break-up of the Problem solving questions (as per student feedback):

Topic Number of questions Total Sub-topics
  Easy Medium Difficult    
Arithmetic 5 4 0 9 Percentages, Work, Pipe & Cisterns, Profit & Loss, Time-Speed-Distance, Ratio-Proportions
(Out of 9, 1 was a Data Sufficiency question)
Numbers 5 2 0 7 HCF-LCM, Divisibility
(Out of 7, 1 was a Data Sufficiency question)
Geometry 4 2 0 6 Triangles, Quadrilaterals, Polygons, Trigonometry
(Out of 6, 3 were Data Sufficiency questions)
Modern Mathematics 2 1 1 4 Permutation & Combination, Probability, AP-GP
Algebra 0 2 0 2 Quadratic equations
(Out of 2, 1 was a Data Sufficiency question)
Total 16 11 1 28  

Following was a representative break-up of the DI sets (as per student feedback):

Set No Set type Number of questions Level of difficulty
1 Two graphs: One with a bar chart and a line combined, second with only a line 4 Difficult
2 Two graphs: One with a bar chart and a line combined, second with only a line 4 Difficult
3 Bar chart and a line combined 4 Medium to Difficult
4 Table 4 Easy to medium
5 Caselet 4 Easy to medium

A genuine attempt of about 32 to 34 questions with about 85% accuracy will be considered good.
Logical Reasoning
As in previous NMATs, 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    
Matrix Arrangement 8 Easy to medium
Sequential Output 4 Medium
Coding-Decoding 4 2 were easy, 2 were medium
Complete the number series 3 2 were easy, 1 was medium
Numerical-Letters logic 3 1 was easy, 2 were medium
Directions 2 2 were easy
Family Tree 2 2 were easy
Venn Diagram 2 2 were easy.
Verbal reasoning    
Course of Action/Decision Making 2 1 was medium
1 was difficult
Strong Arguments/ Weak Arguments 3 2 were medium
1 was difficult
Implicit Assumptions 2 1 was medium
1  was difficult
Inference/Conclusion based questions 4 2 were easy
2 were medium
Syllogism 1 medium

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

Language Skills

Out of 32 questions in the Language skills section, there were two RC passages with four questions each. The passages had about 500-600 words. The remaining question types were on:

  1. Mark the error in a sentence
  2. Fill in the blanks (double, cloze, prepositions-based)
  3. Jumbled paragraphs
  4. Analogies
  5. Antonyms and synonyms.

Ideally, one should have left the RC passages till the end as the questions in one of them were challenging. Moreover, 3 out of 4 questions in both RCs were summary type of questions which required students to be familiar with the entire passage.

Apart from the synonyms in which a few difficult words were given, the other questions were on the easier side.

Following was a representative break-up of the Language Skills section:

Topic/Sub-topic No. Of Questions Level of Difficulty
Reading Comprehension    
2 passages with 4 questions each 8 P1: 3 easy, 1 difficult 
P2: 1 easy, 2 medium, 1 difficult
Reasoning    
Para-Jumbled questions   4 2 easy
2 medium
Analogies 2 1 easy
1 difficult
Cloze Passage 4 4 easy
Vocabulary & Usage    
Synonyms 3 1 easy
2 difficult
Antonyms 1 easy
Fill in the Blanks 2 2 easy
Select the word that fills in all the three blanks   1 easy
Grammar    
Fill in the blanks with 3 Prepositions 3 2 easy
1 medium
Part of the sentence has an error 4 3 easy
1 medium

While attempting the RC questions, students are advised to drag the slider of the vertical scroll bar to the bottom of the scroll box, attempt the question and then click ‘Next’ to navigate to the next question. In case of the slider not touching the bottom of the scroll box, the test-taker is prompted with a pop-up notification stating  ‘Please read the entire passage before attempting the question’ resulting in a waste of a precious few seconds.

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

Miscellaneous

Since there is no negative marking in NMAT exam, it made sense to mark answers even for the questions you could not get.

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’s time is over and load the next section on the screen as the timer does not stop till the time ‘OK’ button is clicked.

From the ‘Review’ page, the student can see the number of questions attempted or not attempted. By clicking the un-attempted questions from the ‘Review’ page, the student can navigate directly to that question. If a student clicks the ‘Next’ button after the last question of a screen and there is some time left for the section, the ‘Review’ page loads on screen.

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 2016, 2015 and 2014 Results

According to NMAT 2016 results, a scaled score of 235 was equivalent to 99 percentile, a scaled score of 214 was equivalent to 97 percentile and a scaled score of 208 was equivalent to 94 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 55 55 208
NMIMS Bengaluru/Hyderabad campus PGDM Program 60 50 50 190

For your reference and a better understanding of the test, we have also mentioned NMAT 2015 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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