NMAT 2018: Last Minute Preparation Tips
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NMAT 2018: Last Minute Preparation Tips - NMAT or NMIMS Aptitude Test 2018 will start from October 5. If you have registered for the exam scheduled for a window of more than 2 months, from October 5 to December 18, you must know the Dos and Don’ts to be followed on the exam day. This article of Careers360 shares with you the NMAT 2018 last minute preparation tips and the exam day strategy.

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For every exam eve, there are 2 aspects of preparation. One is the practical aspect another is the theoretical aspect. In the practical aspect, you have to take care of the nitty gritty like carrying the right documents, reaching test center on time etc. and the theoretical preparation includes the NMAT syllabus and pattern wise preparation.

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Let us first start with the practical aspects of preparation for NMAT 2018

Carry the important documents – The documents which are mandatory to carry for the test are as follows:

NMAT 2018: Last Minute Preparation Tips


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Reach the test center on time – The reporting time for the exam is 1 hour prior to the exam schedule. Hence, if your test starts at 9.30 am, you have to reach the test center by 8.30 am. Reaching later might result in disqualification for the test. The entry to the exam hall will start from 8.45 am. Confirm the exam timing in the Confirmation email.

Visit the test center in advance – Visiting the test center in advance will help you familiarize with the location and the time taken to reach the center from your home. You can also get an idea of when would be the ideal time to start from your home for the exam day. Refer to the Confirmation email for the detailed direction to reach the test center.


After reaching the test center – After you reach the test center, the exam official will check the documents before you proceed for the Check-In queue and read the Candidate Rule Agreement. In the next queue, you have to get the documents checked once again and sign on the e-pad. The official will click your photograph through the webcam and assist you to your Test Lab. 


Get your Admit Card Signed and Stamped from officials – Ensure that your Admit Card duly signed by the exam official and stamped by the company official seal at the designated spaces.


Ensure that you are not carrying any personal items – You are not allowed to carry any personal items such as calculators, mobile phones, watches, notebook, book, papers etc. inside the test lab. In case you are carrying any such item, you have to keep it in the locker or storage space.


Do the rough work in the notebook assigned to you – You will be given a notebook and marker to carry out your rough work for the test. You have to submit it after the test. The exam official will launch your test after guiding you to your seat. The timer of the test will start and will end only after 2 hours. In case of any problem or query, raise your hand so that the proctor can attend you. 


Choose the section order – NMAT will allow you to choose the sequence of the sections. However, once you choose the sequence, you will not be able to change it. Each section has a specific time limit. In case you finish the section before the assigned duration and choose to move to the next section, you would not be able to go back to the previous section.


Now let us have a look at the exam taking tips for NMAT 2018. The following table will share with you the NMAT 2018 exam pattern.


NMAT Exam Pattern


Number of Questions

Time in Minutes

Language Skills



Quantitative Skills



Logical Reasoning







NMAT 2018 Exam Taking Tips


Select the section sequence carefully – Since you have the liberty to select the section sequence, it would be wise to start with your strong section so that you are confident enough and gain the momentum. Move from your strongest section to the weakest. 

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 many marks as possible. Since there is no negative marking scheme, you have to liberty to attempt as many questions as you want.


Do not remain stuck with a question – Since NMAT 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.


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.

NMAT result 2018 will be announced in the third week of January 2018. Usually, the results are declared two-three weeks after the exam is conducted. Candidates will be notified through personal email after which they can check their result by logging to their official account. 


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hello aspirant,

NMAT exam organized by GMAC is a National level MBA entrance exam conducts  by Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC). NMAT by GMAC exam is the mandatory entrance test for MBA admission to NMIMS Mumbai and its other campuses along with 20 other MBA colleges across India.

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Apoorva Student Expert 5th Oct, 2019

Hello Dear Student,

There are many online crash courses available on the internet for NMAT. You can take the Career Launcher's NMAT crash course which will help you in analysing your performance on the basis of Mock tests given with Live sessions related to subject material. For only mock tests I would suggest you to go for TestFunda and Career Launcher because they are actually at difficulty level.
I hope this was helpful.
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what are the colleges accepting nmat above 160 to 180

Vemireddy Rushitha Student Expert 5th Oct, 2019

Hello Aspirant,

First of all congratulations for the score. Based on the score you secured you might have a chances to make it into some of the best institutes. Therefore make sure to apply and appear for the counselling sessions. With the score you have obtained make sure to apply for the best colleges. For more details kindly go through this link, https://bschool.careers360.com/articles/top-b-schools-accepting-nmat-scores-and-cutoffs

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Ronak Gala Student Expert 5th Oct, 2019

NMAT Registration 2019 is underway on the official website of NMAT by GMAC . Candidates can apply for NMAT by GMAC till October 3, 2019 for the first attemp t. Any candidate who has a graduation degree with a minimum of 50 per cent in aggregate or equivalent can apply for NMAT. The exam is scheduled from October 4 to December 17 in online mode in 44 cities in India and 4 cities abroad this year.


explain nmat syllabus and how to prepare nmat

Aayushi Batra 3rd Oct, 2019

Hi Karthik,

The candidates are given 120 questions to be answered in 120 minutes. The preparation plan is in line with other entrance exams.

NMAT exam consists of 3 broad sections :

  • Verbal Ability
  • Quantitative Ability (this includes Data Interpretation too)
  • Reasoning

The broad topics which are examined under these three sections are :

  1. Verbal Ability (22 minutes) –
  2. Para Jumbles
  3. Sentence Correction
  4. Sentence completion
  5. Antonyms and Synonyms
  6. Analogies
  7. Grammar
  8. Reading Comprehension

  1. Quantitative Ability (60 minutes) –
  2. Averages
  3. Simple interest and compound interest
  4. Time, speed and distance
  5. Time and work
  6. Profit and loss
  7. Ratio proportions
  8. Algebra
  9. Number systems
  10. Mensuration
  11. Geometry
  12. Quadratic and linear equations
  13. Trigonometry
  14. Probability, permutation and combination
  15. Data sufficiency

Data interpretation includes:

  • Line graph
  • Bar graph
  • Pie chart
  • Tables
  • Venn diagrams
  • Combination graphs

  1. Reasoning (38 minutes)- It consists of two sub-parts:

Verbal reasoning :

  • Assertions and reasons
  • Strong and weak arguments
  • Assumption conclusions
  • Critical reasoning
  • Courses of actions

Logical reasoning:

  • Linear arrangements
  • Circular arrangements
  • Input/output
  • Coding/decoding
  • Family based puzzles
  • Directions


  • Be thorough with the basic concepts of the topics listed above.
  • Practice short-cuts for the questions already done as this test needs to speed with accuracy to clear.
  • Prepare self-notes and flash cards
  • You need to practice everyday to improve your speed
  • Practice sectional mocks as this exam has sectional time limits
  • Practice mocks and try to give the mocks in the slot of your actual exam.

Hope this answer helps you!

Let me know in case of further issues.

Do reach out to me.

All the best!

Best Wishes

Aayushi Batra

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