NMAT 2019 analysis

NMAT 2019, was conducted as CBT (computer based test) and was similar to NMAT 2018 in terms of its structure. However, the difficulty level was a couple of clicks higher as compared to NMAT 2018. There were no technical glitches reported and the exam seems to have been conducted smoothly across the country.

There were three sections in the question paper with no negative marking. The students were free to decide the sequence of sections as well. The three sections were timed viz., 60 mins for Quantitative skills, 38 mins for Logical Reasoning and 22 mins for Language skills.

With 120 questions to be solved in 120 minutes, the overall essence of the exam was to solve the questions quickly and without getting stuck with any of them. Those who have solved T.I.M.E.’s NMAT mocks would stand to benefit in the actual exam.

Quantitative Skills:

Out of 48 questions in the Quantitative Skills section, majority of the questions were based on problem solving. Few questions were based on data sufficiency as well. The questions were from diverse areas in quant like Arithmetic, Numbers, Geometry, P&C, Probability, Logarithms, Quadratic Equations, etc. However, bulk of the questions were from Arithmetic – Percentages, Time & Work, Ratio & Proportion, Profit & Loss, etc. There were 2 to 3 sets on Data Interpretation, each set with 4 questions (different number of sets for different students). The sets were with moderately lengthier calculations.

An attempt of about 31 to 33 questions with about 85-90% accuracy can be considered a good number of attempts in this section.

Logical Reasoning:

The questions were based on the usual question type of Data arrangement, Coding-decoding, Comparison, Input/output, Deductions, Critical reasoning, Blood relationship, Sequence, Venn diagram, Direction sense, etc. However, this time around, the questions on critical reasoning gained weightage. The questions were mostly easy-moderate.

An attempt of 33-35 with about 85-90 % accuracy can be considered as a good attempt in this section.

Language Skills:

The test comprised the following questions:

  • Spotting error in sentence - 3 questions
  • Fill in the blanks in sentence with prepositions - 3 questions
  • Analogies - 4 questions
    • Set of words to fill blanks in a set of sentences – 3 questions
  • Synonym - 4 questions
  • Para jumbles - 3 questions
  • Cloze - 4 questions
  • Reading Comprehension - 8 questions
    • Test difficulty level was moderate as in some questions, the answer boiled down to two close choices and there was no time to second-guess endlessly. Time constraint added to stress levels. Any score above 25 could be considered good.
  • Spotting error in sentence - Very difficult.
    • Almost all these questions seemed correct at first glance, which may be the case.
  • Fill in the blanks in sentence with prepositions - Very easy, must attempt fast and work with choices.
  • Analogies – Doable but choices were confusing.
    • Set of words to fill blanks in sentences – Easy, must work with the choices to save time.
  • Synonyms – Description of a word e.g. what does parturition refer to? Not easy.
  • Para jumbles - All the questions were easy – one on a forgettable rock show, and one on a pilot being late due to a traffic jam. Must work quickly with answer choices to save time.
  • Cloze - A passage on the short-sightedness of a British governor. Words tested were not easy and required some mastery of the nuances of vocabulary.
  • Reading Comprehension - There were two passages, one on vehicular pollution, and the other one on the importance of teaching moral science and ethics to school children. There were two close choices for most questions, and with time ticking away, one had to make a quick decision on which answer to mark. Passages were long and time-consuming.