NMAT 2022: Day 1 – Test Analysis

12 October, 2022

 

Overview

 

NMAT 2022 started on 10th October and will continue till 19th December 2022.  NMAT allows 3 attempts to a candidate subject to the candidate paying the necessary fees for each attempt.

 

This analysis is based on the feedback received from the students and the IMS experts who appeared for the tests in the two slots on 10th October 2022.

 

The structure of the NMAT had changed in 2020 – from a computer based test to an Adaptive Test. As a result, the weightage for difficult questions became higher than for easy questions. The test did not allow students to skip questions and the level of difficulty of the next question depended on whether the previous attempt was correct or incorrect. Students, therefore, are advised to ensure that the initial set of questions are attempted correctly. Clicking the Next button without selecting an option resulted in the prompt ‘You must complete your answer to this question to continue’. The instructions for the test mentioned that unattempted questions at the close of the section would attract a penalty. The format thus made time-management an important aspect of the test. The adaptive format of the test also implied that the topic-wise break-up of questions that individual students faced (given in the analysis) could show some variation.

 

The overall difficulty level was slightly higher compared to last year’s test.

 

The structure of the test was as follows:

 

Section Name Number of Questions Sectional Timing
Language Skills 36 28
Quantitative Skills 36 52
Logical Reasoning 36 40
Total 108 120

 


 

Quantitative Skills

 

As per the feedback from students, out of 36 questions in the Quantitative Skills section, 8 were  on Data Interpretation, 6 on Data Sufficiency and 22 on Mathematics. Out of the 22 questions on Mathematics, 8 questions were on Modern Math, 3 questions were on Numbers, 2 questions were on Algebra and the rest were on Arithmetic. There were two sets on Data Interpretation. As mentioned earlier, it is important to note that since the test was adaptive, there could be some variation in the topic wise breakup of the questions asked to different students.

 

There were two sets on Data Interpretation. One set of 4 questions on Tables and the other set of 4 questions on bar graph. The DI sets involved somewhat lengthy 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.

 

There were 6 questions on Data Sufficiency on various topics.

 

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

 

Mathematics (Total 18 questions)
Topic Number of questions Comments
Arithmetic 9 Questions on SICI(3), Profit and Loss(3), Percentages(1), Ratio-Proportions(1), Time and Work(1)
Modern Math 8 Questions on Permutation & Combination(2), Probability(2), Logarithms(1), Progressions(2), Set Theory(1)
Algebra 2 Quadratic Equation, Algebraic Formulae
Numbers 3
Data Interpretation (Total 12 questions)
Table 4
Bar graph 4
Data Sufficiency (Total 6 questions)
Data Sufficiency 6 Questions on Averages, Mixtures and Alligations, SICI, Profit and Loss, Progression, Numbers

 

Data Interpretation sets were somewhat calculation intensive.

 


 

Logical Reasoning

Before 2020, the number of non-verbal reasoning questions usually exceeded that of verbal reasoning in the LR section of NMAT. Due to the adaptive nature of the NMAT (in practice since 2020), the structure can be different for different candidates. For instance, in the Logical Reasoning section, some students encountered around 24 questions (out of a total 36) related to verbal reasoning such as statement assumption, statement conclusion, course of action, syllogisms and critical reasoning questions such as inference, main point, strengthen the argument etc, and the remaining 12 were related to nonverbal reasoning such as puzzles, arrangements, coding, input-output, etc. The Non-Verbal Reasoning questions consisted of set-based questions as well as standalone questions.

 

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

 

TOPIC / SUBTOPIC NO. OF QUESTIONS
NON VERBAL REASONING (12 Questions)
Matrix Arrangement 4
Sequential Output 4
Standalone questions (Logical Puzzles, Numerical puzzles) 4
VERBAL REASONING (18 Questions)
Implicit Statements (Assumption) 2
Strong argument/ Weak argument (1 paragraph – 3/4 arguments) 2
Course of Action 3
Decision Making 2
Critical Reasoning (Strengthen,Weaken,Assumption,  Conclusion /Inference) 10
Facts/Statements 2
Syllogisms (3 statements) 3
TOTAL 36 Questions

 


 

Language Skills

 

The Language Skills section of NMAT on Day 1 was easy to moderate.

In last year’s NMAT there were 3 RC passages. In today’s slots, there were 2 passages each. In the first slot, the passages were on Tradition and Modernity in Postcolonial India and the Event Horizon Telescope and Black Holes. In the other slot, one was about the character analysis of Scarlet O’Hara from Gone With The Wind and the other one was about the writer Thomas Hardy and his work. The passages were about 450-550 words long. Question types from the passages included inference, tone and attitude, specific detail questions, suitable title and central idea. The two passages had 4 questions each.

 

Grammar and Vocabulary questions included: Spotting the error in the underlined parts of a sentence, fill in the blanks (single, double, prepositions-based); Jumbled paragraphs, and Word Analogies.

 

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

TOPIC / SUBTOPIC NO. OF QUESTIONS
Reading Comprehension(2 passages with 4 questions each) 8
Paragraph Jumbles(4/5 sentences) 6
Analogies 5
Fill in the Blanks(vocabulary-based, 1-blank, 2-blanks) 6
Fill in the blanks with 3 Prepositions 5
Spot the error in the underlined parts 6

 

Students are advised to drag the slider of the vertical scroll bar to the bottom of the scroll boxwhile attempting questions with a lot of text to read. In case of the slider is not touching the bottom of the scroll box, the test-taker is prompted with a pop-up notification stating “You have not viewed the entire screen. Make sure you scroll to every corner of the screen.”

 


 

Miscellaneous

 

The User Interface of the test was the same as in 2021. The UI had three buttons at the bottom:

  1. Help: To read the instructions
  2. Zoom: To select a view of Default Font, Large Font and Larger Font (approximate changes in font sizes)
  3. Next: To go to the next question.

There was no Flag for Review button since this was an adaptive test.

Test-takers were presented with a scorecard at the end of the test.

 

Name:

Date of Test:

GMAC ID:

Registration ID:

Section Name Score Range Score Obtained
QS 12-120
LS 12-120
LR 12-120
Total 36-360

Students are given the option to choose the order in which they want to take the three sections of the exam.

If any questions were left unattempted at the close of the section, there would be a popup on screen stating ‘You have run out of time for this section. However, if all questions were attempted, the interface would show another message ‘This completes the LS/LR/QS section’.

 

The test can be ended anytime by clicking the ‘End Test’ 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. However, as per the Admission Handout for Management Programs – 2023, NMIMS accepts scores of the first NMAT examination attempted by the candidate.

Ref: https://nmat.nmims.edu/assests/NMIMS%20MBA%202023-25%20Handout.pdf

(IMS mocks have been designed keeping in mind the range of difficulty that students can experience on the actual test)