NMAT by GMAC Preparation Tips 2018

NMAT by GMAC Preparation TipsNMAT by GMAC Preparation Tips 2018 - NMAT by GMAC is the first MBA entrance exam of the 2018 admission season, with a window of approximately 73 days, is commencing from October 5 to December 18. NMAT is being conducted by Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC). The management entrance exam is held for admission to 23 B-schools across the country including Xavier Institute of Rural Management, MISB Bocconi and Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies. With the start of NMAT by GMAC, Careers360 brings to you the NMAT by GMAC preparation tips 2018 which will let aspirants know about the strategies to secure a high percentile/score. 

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If you are determined to ace the test, it is important that you follow a systematic sectional strategy. As also suggested by NMAT topper, Anjum Sheikh, the test is easy to crack if one follows a plan. “It is easy to crack NMAT or any other exam if you follow a planned strategy, especially during the test,” she says.

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NMAT by GMAC Preparation Tips 2018


Let us take you through the NMAT 2018 preparation tips that both experts and toppers swear by.

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1.Select the section sequence carefully: As NMAT by GMAC gives a liberty to select the section sequence, it would be wise to start with your strong section so that you increase your confidence level, and can gain a momentum. After attempting questions from your strong areas, move towards the weaker sections.

2.  Increase speed and accuracy: NMAT 2018 is a time-consuming test and test takers often face time crunch as there are 120 questions to be solved in 120 minutes. Since there is no negative marking, you must attempt all the questions as there is nothing to lose even by giving wrong answers. Hence you need to maintain a high speed while attempting the test. Although there is no negative marking, still the experts suggest not attempting every question. Decide which type of question take less time so that you can solve them in exam hall at first and then go for lengthy ones. Question selection is an important component here. 


3.   Section Wise strategy: The test has three sections, namely language skills, quantitative skills and logical reasoning skills

  • Language Skills- This section will have 32 questions to be completed within 22 minutes. Though this section is moderate in difficulty level but might give you struggle to complete the same within time. Practice is the key to ace this section and avoid the said struggle at the time of the test. Comprehension usually contains around 400 words and few questions generally fill in the blanks, preposition, jumbled paragraph, analogies, antonyms, and synonyms.

  • Quantitative Skills- This section will have 48 questions to be answered in 60 minutes. Questions in QA are mostly data interpretation and concepts based. Data Interpretation is time taking for those who do not practice and are not clear with the concepts. DI will have a chart (bar and pi), caselets, and tables which will take time to solve. QA will have an easier part and will contain numbers, algebra, modern math and geometry questions.
    Topper Anjum on strategy for QA/DI says, “Data Sufficiency and Data Interpretation are the most important part of this section. All you need is Accuracy and practice to crack this section of the exam.”

  • Logical Reasoning- This will have 40 questions and 38 minutes. In this section, Verbal Reasoning, Decision Making, Arrangements, Series, Numerical Grid, family tree are the topics to focus on. This section is very time-consuming which can be solved by managing time and attempting easy questions first.

NMAT by GMAC 2018 Exam Day Tips:

  1. Time management – Since the sections are time-bound, you have to manage the time carefully. Ensure that you attempt a maximum number of questions within the given time to fetch as much marks as possible. Since there is no negative marking scheme, you have to liberty to attempt as many questions as you want.

  2. Do not remain stuck with a question – Since NMAT by GMAC is a speed based test, you would not be able to afford much time on a particular question. Do not spend more than 2 minutes on a section. If you cannot find a way forward after reading the question carefully, move ahead with the next question. In case of confusion, mark the question for review in order to attempt later in case you are left with time. 

  3. Revise – Before moving ahead to the next section, revise the section once. Check for silly mistakes or possible questions to attempt which you had left out earlier.

As per the NMAT by GMAC 2018 exam pattern, the test is divided into three sections. The duration of the test is of two hours and candidates have to answer a total of 120 questions. There will be no negative marking in the test.

NMAT Exam Pattern


Number of Questions


Language Skills



Quantitative Skills



Logical Reasoning






NMAT by GMAC 2018 is a national level computer based entrance test conducted by Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC). The test is conducted for admissions to post-graduate business programmes for the academic year 2018-20. The test will be conducted in a 75-day long window starting from October 5, 2017, to December 18, 2017.

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First Published On : 30 Sep 2016 04:58 PM IST

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