NMAT Syllabus 2021

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NMAT 2021 Syllabus

Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies (NMIMS) conducts a National level management entrance exam every year called NMIMS Management Aptitude Test (NMAT) for admitting students into the management courses. The administration of the exam is facilitated by Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC).

NMAT test design is similar to national level MBA entrance tests like CAT and XAT. The NMAT 2020 test design was separated in 3 areas in particular Language Skills, Quantitative Skills and Logical Reasoning.

The NMAT Exam Pattern likewise recommends that all the three sections in NMAT test are individually timed. Also, there is no negative marking in NMAT by GMAC test design.

Section Number of questions Allotted time in minutes
Language Skills 32 22
Quantitative Skills 48 60
Logical Reasoning 40 38
Total 120 120

Some important points to be kept in mind are:

  1. 120 questions
  2. Individually timed sections
  3. No negative marking
  4. Uniform marking scheme
  5. Facility to review answers
  6. 3 attempts allowed
  7. Choice of self-scheduling NMAT by GMAC

The GMAC sends revamps the syllabus and structure of NMAT every year and releases these changes in their website. Likewise, the syllabus for NMAT 2020 was also released by the Graduate Management Admission Council on their website. According to this, the latest structure of the test is as follows:

The three sections are:

  1. Language skills
  2. Logical reasoning
  3. Quantitative skills 
  • Section wise syllabus:
Language skills:

This section covers topics to test Reading comprehension, Verbal ability and language skills. This section can be split into three main parts


Vocabulary – synonyms, antonyms, analogies, fill in the blanks and cloze test

Grammar – identify the error, choose the correct preposition

Comprehension – reading comprehension, parajumbles

Logical reading:

Questions are based on analytical, logical and critical reasoning and series completion in the test.

The objective is to assess the ability to comprehend and synthesise the information given in the question, without looking for the accuracy of that information. This section can be split into 2 main parts


Verbal reasoning – statement and argument questions, statement and assumption questions, statement and inference questions, decision making and course of action, critical reasoning

Analytical reasoning – Linear and circular arrangements, classification, syllogisms, blood relation questions, coding, series, direction, alphabet test, input output, matrix type, symbol based, other reasoning

Quantitative skills:

Questions in this section are mainly constructed to assess the arithmetic ability of the candidate in the following areas of knowledge


Arithmetic, geometry & algebra, modern mathematics, number systems, data interpretation, problem-solving, data sufficiency

 Tips for preparation:

Language skills

  • There will be 32 questions in the Language Skills area on the NMAT by GMAC test. This section has to be completed in 22 minutes.
  • Language Skills segment will have the schedule on each of the three sections of English—vocabulary, grammar and cognizance.
  • Time management is of utmost importance. An average of 40 seconds has to be dedicated for all questions except in the case of Reading Comprehension (RC). Therefore, to accommodate for the extra reading time for RC, candidates have to spend lesser time per MCQ question in this section (approx. 30 seconds)
  • Sufficient practice has to be done by the candidates for proper time management and to gain proper practise of all types of questions.
  • Identify strengths and weaknesses while practising and work to improve upon areas of weakness.
  • Enhancement of RC and vocabulary is of utmost importance. To increase reading skills, reading of newspapers and well-written books is sure to help. In particular, the editorial section of the newspaper is helpful.
  • Any new words that is read must be recorded and used in everyday conversations.
  • It is important to understand that while approaching RC questions, assumption is not allowed.

Logical Reasoning

  • There will be 40 questions in the Logical Reasoning area on the NMAT exam, which has to be finished in 38 minutes.
  • Both parts under this section have to be covered by the candidates during preparation time —Verbal Reasoning and Analytical Reasoning.
  • All options of a question have to be carefully read before arriving at any conclusion.
  • No information can be assumed. Only the information given in the question can be taken into consideration while solving questions.
  • Careful consideration to words like ‘all’, ‘a few’ or ‘none’ have to be given. Further, different words like ‘other than’, ‘just’ or ‘except if’ are likewise essential. These words can assume essential role in indicating the facts.
  • Attempt to speak to the given data pictorially, particularly in course of action questions, or as a Venn outline in syllogism questions.
  • To perfectly understand the technique of solving these questions, it is necessary to solve these questions repeatedly and gain proper practise.

Quantitative skills

  • Quantitative skills section has 48 questions and 60 minutes to solve these questions. Data Sufficiency and Interpretation are the most important part of this section. Accuracy and practice is of utmost importance to crack this section of the exam.
  • Speed also becomes a necessity to solve this section as quickly as possible.
  • It becomes important to read and memorise formulae for this section.
  • Constant practise can help understand all the possible kinds of questions which we might have to solve in this section

Books which can help preparation for NMIMS Management Aptitude Test are as follows:

Quantitative Aptitude Arun Sharma
A Modern Approach To Logical Reasoning R.S Aggarwal
Quantitative Aptitude for MBA Entrance Examinations Abhijit Guha
Logical and Analytical Reasoning Ashok Gupta
50 Plus Solved Papers MBA Entrances Ajay Singh
Objective General English R.S Aggarwal