NMAT by GMAC 2018 Analysis - Easy to moderate test on expected pattern
Sreetama Datta, 08 Oct 2018, #NMAT by GMAC

NMAT by GMAC 2018 Analysis - NMAT has started from October 4, 2018. The 75-day long window exam, conducted by the Graduate Management Admission Council will end on December 17, 2018. According to the experts, this year, the overall difficulty level of NMAT by GMAC and exam structure were similar to that of last year. The difficulty level can be termed as easy to moderate. According to IMS Learning NMAT 2018 analysis, the Data Interpretation area was calculation intensive. As per the analysis by Career Launcher, in the Language Comprehension section, the number of vocabulary questions was significantly lesser than that of last year. On the other hand, the number of analogy questions increased a bit. 

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Before moving to the section wise detailed analysis of NMAT 2018, let us take a look at the NMAT exam pattern. The Career Launcher experts have also predicted the number of possible attempts and sectional difficulty level.

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Section

No. of Questions

Duration in Minutes

Difficulty Level

Possible Attempts

Language Skills

32

22

Moderate

26-28

Quantitative Skills

48

60

Easy-Moderate

35-38

Logical Reasoning

40

38

Easy

29-32

Total

120

120

Easy-Moderate

85-94

Now let us take a look at the section wise NMAT 2018 analysis shared by the experts.

NMAT Analysis 2018 - Language Skills


Unlike previous years, there was an absence of vocabulary questions as only three synonym-antonym questions were there. On the other hand, the number of analogy questions increased from one to four. There were two Reading Comprehension passages. Out of eight questions, five were inferential. The other questions were on Parajumbles and grammar, which were also of easy to moderate difficulty level. The overall sectional difficulty level was moderate. 

IMS Learning shares the detailed topic wise list along with the difficulty level.

NMAT by GMAC 2018 Analysis - Language Skills topic wise analysis

Topic

Number of Questions

Difficulty Level

Reading Comprehension 

(2 passages with 4 questions each)

8

Easy to Medium

Reasoning

Paragraph Jumbles

(5 sentences)

4

Easy to Medium

Analogies

4

Medium

Cloze Passage

4

Easy

Vocabulary & Usage

Synonyms

1

Medium

Antonyms

2

Medium to Difficult

Fill in the Blanks 

(2 blanks – combination of grammar and vocab)

3

Easy

Grammar

Fill in the blanks with 3 Prepositions

2

Easy

Part of the sentence has an error

4

Easy

 

IMS Learning mentions, “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’ resulting in a waste of a precious few seconds. A genuine attempt of about 26 questions with about 85% accuracy will be considered good.”

NMAT Analysis 2018 - Quantitative Skills

The difficulty level of this section was easy to moderate. Majority of the questions were from Arithmetic and Number Systems. The Data Sufficiency questions were from Ratio, Percentages and Average topics and were tough and lengthy. On the other hand, Higher Math questions, including topics like Permutation-Combination and Probability were on the easier lines. Career Launcher states, “There were five DI sets which included pie-chart, line graph, mixed graphs, and tables, each containing four questions. Two of these sets were calculation intensive. The remaining three were easy and less calculative.” Experts mention that an attempt of 35 to 38 questions with 85 per cent accuracy can be considered good. 

 The topic wise summary of the section is given below.


NMAT 2018 Analysis - Quantitative Skills topic wise analysis

Topic/Subtopic

Number of questions

Difficulty Level

Modern Maths

10

Easy to Medium

Arithmetic Progression

4 (including one question on Data Sufficiency)

Easy to Medium

Probability

2

Medium

Permutation & Combination

2

Easy to Medium

Logarithms

2

Medium

Arithmetic

9

Easy to Medium

Profit and Loss

3 (including one question on Data Sufficiency)

Easy to Medium

Percentages

3

Easy to Medium

Time and Work

1

Easy

Ratio-Proportion*

1

Easy

Simple-Compound Interest

1 (Data Sufficiency)

Easy

Numbers

5

Easy to Medium

Divisibility

1

Easy

Prime Numbers

1

Medium

Last two digits

1

Medium

Remainders

1

Easy

Misc (Question involving the relations between the numbers)

1 (Data Sufficiency)

Medium

Geometry

4

Easy to Medium

Triangles

2

Easy to Medium

Mensuration

1

Easy

Co-ordinate Geometry

1 (Data Sufficiency)

Easy

Data Interpretation

16

Easy to Difficult

Bar chart with two charts

4 (one set of 4 question each)

Three questions were observation based and were easy. Some students reported that one question was ambiguous.

Bar Chart with five variables in two series over three years

4 (1 set of 4 questions)

Difficult (Presentation of the data made the set rather tough)

Bar Chart

4 (1 set of 4 questions)

Difficult (Calculation intensive)

Table

4 (1 set of 4 questions)

Medium to Difficult

Logical Reasoning set on Grouping and Conditionalities

4 (1 set of 4 questions)

Easy to Medium


NMAT Analysis 2018 - Logical Reasoning

According to Career Launcher, the difficulty level was easy. IMS Learning mentions that there was a slight change in the structure of the Logical Reasoning. “There were 25 questions on Non-Verbal Reasoning (as compared to 28 over the previous years) and 15 questions on Verbal Reasoning (as compared to 12 over the previous years). The section also had one set on Binary Reasoning that was not tested in NMAT in the recent period,” IMS Learning shares. 

There were 15 questions from Verbal Reasoning. Career Launcher says, “There were eight critical reasoning questions. The paragraphs were short and easy to read. So, the difficulty level was moderate. The options were not very close. Any student, with a basic understanding of the fundamentals of verbal logic, could have answered these easily. The two decision-making paragraphs required one to use the basics of ethics and integrity. Try to read on the concepts of leadership and responsibility. The syllogism question (only one) was a sitter. There was a question (based on fact and statement) which was basically a syllogism question in disguise. The remaining questions in verbal logic ranged from easy to moderate level of difficulty.”

NMAT 2018 Analysis - Logical Reasoning topic wise analysis

Topic/Subtopic

Number of questions

Difficulty Level

Non-Verbal Reasoning

25

Easy to Difficult

Matrix Arrangement

4 (one set of 4 questions)

Easy to Medium

Sequential Output

4 (one set of 4 questions)

Medium

Binary Logic

4 (one set of 4 questions)

Difficult

Coding

4 (all standalone questions)

Easy to Medium

Venn Diagram

2 (both standalone questions).

Easy to Medium

Family Tree

2 (both standalone questions)

Easy

Complete the number series

1

Easy

Games and Tournament

1

Medium

Directions

1

Easy

Miscellaneous

2

Easy

Verbal Reasoning

15

 

Implicit Assumptions

3

Medium 

Strong argument/ Weak argument 

(1 paragraph - 3 arguments)

1

Medium 

Course of Action/Decision Making

3

Medium 

Critical Reasoning Strengthen/Weaken

Inference/Conclusion

6

Easy, Medium, Difficult

Syllogisms (3 data statements/ 3 conclusions)

1

Easy

 Implicit statement

1

 Easy

An attempt of 29 to 32 questions with 90 per cent accuracy would be considered good. 

Expected NMAT by GMAC 2018 Cutoff

Based on the analysis of day one, Career Launcher has predicted NMAT by GMAC 2018 cutoff to range from 208 to 210 for NMIMS Mumbai

The late registration window has commenced from October 4 and will continue till October 14, 2018. The retake registration has commenced from October 5 and will end on December 14, 2018. The final announcement of NMAT by GMAC 2018 result will be made on the third week of January 2019.

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