NMAT 2019: Day1- Slot1- Test Analysis


There were no changes in the structure of NMAT 2019. It remained the same as that of last year as follows:

Section Name Number of Questions Time Allotted NMAT 2018 Cut off*
Language Skills 32 22 57
Quantitative Skills 48 60 65
Logical Reasoning 40 38 60
Total 120 120 209

* Cut off is for MBA (Core) & MBA (HR) Program at NMIMS Mumbai Campus.This year level of difficulty of Day 1 slot 1 was on par with last year Assuming that the difficulty level doesn’t vary too much across different slots, we estimate similar cutoffs this year too.

Quantitative Skills

This year, out of 48 questions in the Quantitative Skills section, 23 were on Problem on Solving, 20 on Data Interpretation and 5 on Data Sufficiency.

Majority of the questions on problem solving were of medium level of difficulty. There were five sets on Data Interpretation. Two sets (one including bar + pie chart and other having a table) were data heavy and involved significant calculations. Because of the nature of the presentation of the data, it required some effort to make sense of the data before the set could be attempted. 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.

There were 5 questions on Data Sufficiency, all on Numbers and mainly involved Odd and even numbers and divisibility.

The Problem Solving questions were dominated by Modern Maths and Arithmetic. There was no question on Algebra.

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

MODERN MATHS - 9 Questions - Easy to Difficult level
Arithmetic Progression 2 Medium to Difficult
Probability 3 Easy to Difficult
Permutation & Combination 2 Medium to Difficult
Logarithms 2 Easy to Medium
ARITHMETIC - 8 Questions - Easy to Difficult level
Time Speed Distance 1 Medium
Percentages 3 Easy to difficult
Time and Work 1 Medium
Ratio-Proportion 2 Medium to Difficult
Partnership 1 Easy
NUMBERS - 3 Questions - Medium level
Functions 1 Medium
Modulus 1 Medium
Indices 1 Medium
GEOMETRY - 3 Questions
Triangles 1 Medium
Mensuration 2 Easy & Difficult
DATA INTERPRETATION - 20 Questions - Easy to Difficult Level
Multiple Bar Chart 4 Medium
Two pie charts 4 Easy
Bar Chart + Pie chart 4 Difficult
Table 4 Medium
Table 4 Difficult
Data Sufficiency - 5 Question from (All from Numbers) - Easy to Medium Level

A genuine attempt of about 33-35 questions with about 85% accuracy will be considered good. However in order to attempt 33-35 questions, selection of DI sets was very crucial.

Logical Reasoning

NMAT-2019 underwent a minor change in the structure of Logical Reasoning section. There were 24 questions on Non-Verbal Reasoning (as compared to 25 over the previous years) and 16 questions on Verbal Reasoning (as compared to 15 over the previous years).

The Non-Verbal Reasoning questions consisted of set based questions as well as standalone questions. One question in Non-Verbal Reasoning also tested the concept of Venn Diagram in Mathematics.

There were 16 Verbal Reasoning questions this year.

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

Grouping & Conditionalities 4 Medium
Sequential Output 8 Medium
Coding 3 Easy to Difficult
Venn Diagram 2 Easy & Difficult
Family Tree ( Symbol Based Questions) 2 Medium & Difficult
Alphabet- Numbers Series (Missing Term) 1 Easy
Ranking in Queue 1 Medium
Logical Puzzle 1 Medium
Grid based series 1 Medium
Circular Arrangement 1 Easy
Implicit Statements 2 (Conclusion 1, Assumption 1) Easy-Medium
Strong argument/ Weak argument (1 paragraph - 3 arguments) 2 Easy-Medium
Course of Action (1 paragraph - 3 courses of action) 1 Easy
Decision Making 2 Easy-Medium
Critical Reasoning Strengthen/Weaken Inference/Conclusion 8 (Conclusion - 2, Inference - 2, Assumption - 2, Strengthen - 1, Weaken - 1) Easy-Medium
Syllogisms (2 data statements/ 4 conclusions) 1 Easy
TOTAL 40 Questions

A genuine attempt of about 26-28 questions with about 85% accuracy will be considered good. However for attempting 26-28 questions, it was important to select the right sets.

Language Skills

There were no major changes in the Language Skills section from last year.

There were two RC passages about 450 to 500 words long and both the passages were easy. One passage was on ‘Air pollution and the role of automobiles’ and the other on the ‘Importance of moral education for children’. Both had 4 questions each. The RCs should have been dealt with only after attempting the other questions. The non-RC questions, on vocabulary and grammar concepts, were predictable and fairly easy.

The Grammar and Vocabulary questions included: Spotting the error in the underlined parts of a sentence, fill in the blanks (double, cloze, prepositions-based); Jumbled paragraphs; Word Analogies; Synonyms, Antonyms and meaning of phrase. The grammar and vocabulary based questions ranged from easy to medium.

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

Reading Comprehension
(2 passages with 4 questions each)
8 Easy
Paragraph Jumbles
(4 sentences)
4 Easy to Medium
Analogies 6 Medium to Difficult
Cloze Passage 4 Easy
Single FIB 1 Easy
Meaning of phrase/Synonyms Antonyms 2 Medium
Fill in the Blanks
(2 blanks – combination of grammar and vocab)
2 Easy
Fill in the blanks with 3 Prepositions 2 Easy
Spot the error in the underlined parts 3 Easy-Medium

A genuine attempt of about 24-26 questions with about 85% accuracy will be considered good.
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 ‘Read the entire passage before attempting the question’


Since there is no negative marking in NMAT, it is advisable to attempt all the questions even when you are not sure of the answer.
No major technical glitches were reported from the test centres and the administration of the exam was smooth
Students are given the 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 timing is over and load the next section on the screen as the timer does not stop till the time ‘OK’ button is clicked.
The test can be ended anytime by clicking the ‘End Review’ button in the final section.
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

The test centre staff will return the copy of your admit card after signing and affixing the stamp. Make sure that you retain the same because you will have to carry the same copy for later attempts in NMAT. You are allowed three attempts in NMAT after paying the necessary fees for each attempt.


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