NMAT Exam Pattern 2019
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NMAT Exam Pattern 2019 - Result of NMAT 2019 has been declared on January 16, 2020. Candidates who appeared for entrance test were aware of the exam pattern of NMTA 2019. With the help of NMAT exam pattern 2019, candidates could know about the marking scheme, type of questions, duration of the exam, the total number of questions etc. By knowing the NMAT 2019 exam pattern, candidates were able to draw a clear cut preparation strategy. This assisted them to know their strong and weak areas. NMAT by GMAC was conducted in a computer-based mode from October 4 2019 and it ended on December 17, 2019. In this article, candidates can get complete details about the exam pattern of NMAT 2019.
Latest: NMAT 2019 result declared on January 16, 2020. The scorecard can be downloaded till March 31, 2020.

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NMAT 2019 Exam Pattern

Candidates can check the table to get an idea about the NMAT exam pattern 2019.

Exam pattern of NMAT 2019


Number of Questions

Allotted Time

Language Skills


22 minutes

Quantitative Skills


60 minutes

Logical Reasoning


38 minutes


120 questions

120 minutes

NMAT 2019 Exam Pattern

  • Exam Duration - According to the exam pattern of NMAT 2019, the exam was of two hours. There was no restriction regarding solving a particular section within a limited time.

  • Medium of Exam - As per the NMAT 2019 exam pattern, questions were asked in English only and candidates had to answer them in the same language.

  • Negative Marking - There was no negative marking. One mark will be awarded for each question answered correctly and no mark will be deducted for the wrong answer.

  • Mode of Exam - As per the NMAT exam pattern 2019, candidates had to appear in the computer-based test. Each candidate was assigned a desktop/computer wherein they had to answer the questions.

  • Number of Sections - NMAT was divided into three sections namely quantitative skills, language skills and logical reasoning.

NMAT Syllabus 2019

There was no official syllabus of NMAT 2019 that was released by GMAC. There were three sections in NMAT 2019 from which questions are asked. The candidates will be assessed on quantitative skills, language skills, and logical reasoning.

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Topics covered under NMAT 2019 syllabus



Language Skills

  • Use of Antonyms; Synonyms; idioms

  • Syntax and Vocabulary usage

  • Fill in the blanks

  • Jumbled Sentences

  • Correction of grammatical errors

  • Sentence corrections and usage

  • Reading comprehension passages

  • Phrasal verbs

  • Usage on Parts of speech; tenses; conditional

Quantitative Skills

  • Algebra

  • Trigonometry

  • Mensuration

  • Solid Geometry

  • Bar graph

  • Statistics

  • 2D and 3D Geometry

  • Pie chart

  • Number Systems

  • Probability

  • Line graph

  • Modem maths

  • Coordinate Geometry

  • Mixture & Solution / Allegations

  • Permutations and Combinations

  • Arithmetic - (Average, Profit & Loss, percentage, Time & Work, Interest, Ratio, Man days and work, Proportion among others)

Logical Reasoning

  • Course of Actions

  • Critical Reasoning

  • Coding and Decoding

  • Puzzles

  • Family tree

  • Syllogisms

Note: Candidates got an opportunity to review their answer one last time before submitting it. Once submitted, the answers could not be changed.

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NMAT 2019 Exam Pattern - Key Points to remember

  1. As per the NMAT exam pattern 2019, the marks allotted for each section are different. Total marks include overall marks scored by the candidate in all the three sections of NMAT by GMAC.

  2. Candidates can pick the order or sequence of sections in NMAT 2019 question paper.

  3. As all the three sections have a specific time allotted to them, candidates can answer and review the responses within the allotted time.

NMAT Sample Papers 2019

Candidates can solve the sample papers of NMAT 2019 and get an idea about NMAT exam pattern 2019. By solving the NMAT sample papers candidates will be able to learn how to manage their time on the day of the exam. They will also be able to know which section they can solve first and which they can answer towards the end.

Frequently Asked Question (FAQs) - NMAT Exam Pattern 2019

Question: Will there be a change in the exam pattern of NMAT 2019?


No, there will be not a major change in the exam pattern of NMAT 2019. There are three sections in NMAT 2019 such as quantitative skills, language skills, and logical reasoning.

Question: Is the exam conducted only in computer-based mode?


No, NMAT 2019 exam is conducted only in online mode.

Question: How many times can a candidate take NMAT?


 A candidate can take NMAT 3 times in a year. This is a maximum limit to attempt NMAT exam 2019.

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With 166 in nmat, should I apply to Xaviers Sustainability Management programme and expect to get a call?

Suryashis Chakraborty 25th Jan, 2020

Hello Kaustav,

Congratulations on your performance!

Universities like NMIMS and Xavier's enrol students with NMAT percentiles of atleast 90. This however requires a score of more than 200 in NMAT.

But, there are many reputed colleges accepting NMAT scores of 80+ percentiles including the Xavier University in Bhubaneswar. You can check out the cut-off scores for some top B-Schools across India via this link:


Hope this helps you. Careers360 wishes you the best for your future endeavours!



I scored 159 marks with 30%ile in NMAT by GMAC. For which i should apply through this score or percentile ?

Aman Raj Student Expert 23rd Jan, 2020


In almost all colleges the required criteria is NMAT score. So need to worry more just apply to that particular colleges on the basis o your NMAT score(marks).

BTW 159 is very less marks, it can't fetch you the main campus like NMIS, Mumbai or Hyderabad. It will only lead you to tier 2 or 3 colleges.


Can i seek admission if my NMAT (2019) score is 172?

Sampriti Student Expert 22nd Jan, 2020
With your NMAT scores you can still get decent colleges like
  • ICFAI Business School, all the 9 campuses
  • Alliance University Bangalore
  • WOXSEN School of Business Management
  • Bennett University
  • ISBR Business School
  • Universal Business School
  • BML Munjal University
  • ITM Navi Mumbai and others.

These are good colleges in terms of management education and good placements. But out of all the above mentioned colleges ICFAI would be the best option. The college is very good for marketing and finance programs and offers an excellent placement with an average compensation package of 7-8 lakhs. The fees for the entire program is 14.1 lakhs.

Good Luck

What is the Cutoff of NMAT exam for Amrut Mody College ?

Aman Raj Student Expert 21st Jan, 2020

Hello Suyash

The cutoff score changes every year. However, you may get selected for the admission procedure, if you have more than 160-165 marks.

For more information on NMAT cutoofs, you can follow this link: https://bschool.careers360.com/articles/nmat-cutoff


Got 163 marks in NMAT. whether i can go for Athena or any other to be preferred?~

Sampriti Student Expert 20th Jan, 2020
You have a decent NMAT scores so you should definitely try for colleges like
  • ICFAI Business School (all 9 campuses)
  • Alliance University Bangalore
  • WOXSEN Hyderabad
  • UPES Dehradun
  • BML Munjal University

These are pretty decent colleges for pursuing management education and among all of them ICFAI Business School will be the best option. These colleges will offer you an average compensation package of 6-8 lakhs.

Athena School of Management is an average institution. Though some placements are there and reputed companies like HDFC,ICICI,Tata group and some startups visit the campus but the placements are not up to the mark. The average compensation package is somewhere near 3-4 lakhs. And since you have a decent score you must try for the above colleges.

Good Luck

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