Last week preparation tips for NMAT 2018
Ranjini Basu, 28 Sep 2018, #NMAT by GMAC
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Last week Preparation Tips for NMAT 2018 - NMAT is one of the entrance exams pertaining to management studies conducted by the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) is known as NMAT by GMAC. The NMAT 2018 exam scores are accepted by NMIMS University and 25 other management institutes across India. The computer-based test will be conducted in a 75-day long window commencing from October 4 to December 17, 2018. NMAT 2018 will be conducted at 44 Indian cities in all and 4 international centres. The online application form for NMAT 2018 was made available to candidates from July 3 and the last date of registration is October 3, 2018. Now, it time to rewind the topics learnt and gird lessons using the analysed mocks or practice papers. Careers360, in this article of NMAT by GMAC, projects the last week preparation tips for NMAT 2018 and exhibits the exam day strategy for the exam aspirants. 

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As the NMAT 2018 is advancing, apart from the preparation, prospective test takers also need to cater to other formalities attached to the exam. They have to take care of the nitty gritty like carrying the right documents to the exam centre including the photo ID, reaching the correct test centre on time to mention a few. On a regular basis, one should also keep checking the official website for new updates, if any. Last week preparation tips for NMAT 2018 also includes revising the NMAT exam pattern 2019 and NMAT syllabus 2019 thoroughly. All aspirants are expected to follow the Dos and Don’ts to be followed on the day of NMAT 2018 exam.

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Intelligence alone cannot help one to become a Topper or obtain an excellent score. It is the preparation and exam strategy that will lead you towards the pillar of success. Before proceeding further, candidates need to take a quick look at NMAT exam pattern 2018 and the marking scheme. The following table will provide the test pattern of NMAT 2018.

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NMAT Exam Pattern 2018

SectionNumber of QuestionsTime (Minutes)
Language Skills3222
Quantitative Skills4860
Logical Reasoning4038
Total120120
Marking Scheme- One mark will be awarded for each correct response. No negative marking for the wrong answers and no mark deduction for unattempted questions.


One week Preparation Strategy for NMAT by GMAC 2018

Assuming that all NMAT 2018 aspirants by now, are well-versed with the basic concepts and have already taken up 18-25 mock tests; it is now time to sit and revise the learnt lessons. Now, candidates should not overwork and bring in stress; this might ruin their preparation! One can take 1-2 timed mock tests every day to prepare the exam day strategy. It is not advisable to change the practice pattern pertaining to the selection of question on the exam day.

Time Management – NMAT consists of 120 questions to be answered in 120 minutes and all the three sections are timed. Since the sections are time-bound, one has to utilise the given time judiciously. Since there is no negative marking scheme attached to the exam, candidates must try attempting a maximum number of questions within the given time to maximise scores. Anjum Sheikh, an NMAT Topper who pursued MBA-HR from NMIMS, comments, “I made sure that each day I spend a minimum of three hours for solving problems which included Jumbled Paragraphs, Analogies, Synonyms, Mark the error, Fill in the blanks, Data sufficiency, Data interpretation, Decision Making, Arrangements, Series, Numerical Grid, Family tree, etc.”

Practice choosing the section order – NMAT exam pattern allows to select the sequence of the respective sections. However, once chosen, the sequence cannot be altered. Each section has a specific time limit. In case candidates finish the section before the stipulated duration and choose to move to the next section, you would not be able to go back to the previous section.

Mock Test Analysis - If time allows, apart from solving mocks, aspiring test takers should revisit the previous mocks, understand the flaws, rectify and solve some similar types of questions to gain competence.

What are the last minute exam tips and tricks to crack NMAT 2018?

Careful selection of the section sequence – It is highly recommended to begin the exam with one’s strong section so that he/she becomes confident enough to complete the test with full vigour. Selection should be from the strongest section to the weakest. 

Rough work – Test takers are provided with a notebook and a marker to carry out the required rough works for the exam. However, the notebook has to be returned to the authority after the test. To evade confusion, one is advised to perform the rough work. The timer of the test starts ticking and will end only after the completion of 120 minutes.

Do not waste time; move on – As NMAT 2018 is a time-based examination, aspirants will not be able to spend much time on a particular question. Two minutes per question should be ideal. It is best on move onward with the subsequent question after marking the unanswered question for review. Candidates can switch within the section; thereby come back later, if time permits.

Revision is a must – Before moving ahead to the next section, it is a mandate to revise the section to avoid silly mistakes. Each section calls for a round of revision; whether one is confident about the specific section or not!

NMAT 2018- Exam Day Tips and Tricks

Reach the NMAT test centre on time – The reporting time for the exam is one hour prior to the exam schedule. Confirm the exam timing in the confirmation email. Also, as the test is held on different dates, it is important to confirm the same.

Admit Card Signed and Stamped from officials – Aspirants should ensure that their NMAT Admit Card 2018 gets duly signed by the exam official and stamped by the company official seal at the designated spaces.

Forbidden Items – Test takers are strictly not allowed to carry any personal items like calculators, mobile phones, watches, notebook, book, papers etc. inside the exam hall. Examinees need to keep their personal belongings, if any, in the locker or storage space provided by the exam conducting authority.

What are the documents to be carried to the NMAT 2018 test centre on the test day?

  • Print out of the confirmation email
  • NMAT Admit Card 2018 (Candidates, who fail to produce their NMAT by GMAC 2018 admit card, will not be allowed to appear for the exam).
  • Primary ID ( PAN Card/Voter ID Card/UID/Aadhaar Card/Passport)
  • Secondary ID (Driving License/Debit Card/Credit Card)
  • Photocopy of the IDs

Candidates, who fail to produce their NMAT by GMAC 2018 admit card, will not be allowed to appear for the exam.

NMAT result 2018 will be announced two-three weeks after the exam is conducted. The result is specific to respective test dates of NMAT by GMAC exam 2018. Candidates will be notified via registered email ID after which they can check their result by logging to their official web account. Post results, shortlisted candidates need to appear for Group Discussion (GD) or Writing Ability Test (WAT) or Case Discussion (CD) and Personal Interview rounds. The final merit list will get prepared based on candidates’ performance in NMAT by GMAC exam, selection rounds, past academic records and work experience.

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