NMAT 2018 Exam Analysis: Check Section Wise Weightage

NMAT by GMAC 2018 commenced from October 04, 2018 in Computer Based Test (CBT) mode. The examination which was conducted over a long window period of 75 days by the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) ended on December 17, 2018. The paper comprised of three main sections namely Language Comprehension, Quantitative Skills, and Logical Reasoning.



Here we cover the detailed analysis of each section and the expected cut off for the examination.

About NMAC by GMAC 2018

The NMAC exam by GMAC was concluded on December 17, 2018. NMAT by GMAC scores are accepted by several top-notch b-schools in the country including NMIMS, ISB, SPJIMR, etc. The three sections combined together contained 120 MCQ questions. The total time allotted for the exam is 120 minutes for all three sections taken together.

Based on comments from experts and student reviews, the difficulty level and structure of the exam were similar to that of the previous year. The number of questions asked in Language Comprehension section and Vocabulary were significantly less in comparison to the previous year. However, the number of questions in Analogy was more.

  • Difficulty level

The total number of questions asked were in the examination was 120 divided into 32, 48 and 40 questions each in the sections of Language Skills, Quantitative Skills, and Logical Reasoning. Let’s have an overall analysis of each section:

Section-Wise Analysis

  • Language Skills

As per experts, the language skills section was moderately difficult in comparison to the other two sections. Unlike the previous year, there were no questions based on synonyms and antonyms. However, there were more of analogy questions which were 4 against 1, unlike previous year paper. Out of the total 2 questions, two were from reading comprehension passages, five were inferential and the others included questions from grammar and Para jumbles.



Overall the entire section was termed easy to moderately difficult. There was just one synonym, 2 antonyms and 4 analogies which were moderately difficult. Attempting an approximate of 26 questions can fetch students a good 85% accuracy in the overall examination.

  • Quantitative Techniques

Compared to the other sections, the difficulty level of Quantitative Techniques was considered to be easy to moderate. Most of the questions asked were from Arithmetic and Number Systems. The paper comprised a total of five sets that included line graph, pie-chart, tables, and mixed graphs. Each of them comprised a total of 4 questions.

From amongst the 4, 2 of them required extensive calculations and the remaining were lesser calculative. Major questions were asked from the chapters of Ratio, Average and Percentage topics under Data Sufficiency category. They were lengthy as well as tough. Other questions included Permutations and Combinations as well as Probability.

As per experts, attempting at least 35 out of 38 questions can easily fetch an accuracy of 85% in this section.

  • Logical Reasoning

In comparison to all the three sections, Logical Reasoning was the easiest. There was however a slight change in the structure of questions asked. There was a total of 40 questions, 25 were Non-Reasoning and 15 were from Verbal Reasoning section whereas in the previous year papers they were 28 and 12 in number. The logical reasoning also comprised of question from Binary Reasoning which was a new inclusion in the NMAT examination.

Speaking about the Critical reasoning questions states experts, “There were a total of 8 critical reasoning questions which were short and easy to attempt. However, the options were of moderately difficult level. Students who hold a general understanding of fundamentals of verbal logic can easily attempt the questions.” They further added, “However, in case of decision-making paragraphs required students to apply integrity as well as basic ethics. Students must read more on leadership and responsibility to get a good idea of answering the tough questions. The verbal logic questions also comprised of Syllogism questions which were easy to moderately difficult.”

Attempting a total of 29 questions out of 32 questions can render students a good 90% accuracy in the examination.

What is the Overall difficulty level of NMAT 2018?

  • The difficulty level of the paper for the year 2018 was moderately easy
  • The Logical Reasoning Section was the easiest of all three
  • The Language Skills required students to be vigilant and swift so as to prevent waste of time. The section was noted to be easy to moderately difficult.
  • The Quantitative technique was considered the most difficult amongst all three and required more time of students to attempt each question.

Expected NMAT by GMAC Cut Off

Based on the following analysis rendered by experts, the expected cut off for NMAT by GMAC is considered to be in the range of 208 to 210 for NMIMS Mumbai.



The NMAT by GMAC Results for 2018 is expected in the third week of January 2019.

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