NMAT Exam Pattern 2021: Section-wise Exam Pattern, Marking Scheme

NMAT Exam Pattern 2021: Section-wise Exam Pattern, Marking Scheme

ByGaurav Gupta  |  Updated on: Oct 11, 2021
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Latest NMAT Exam Pattern 2022

NMAT Exam Pattern 2021: Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) has released the latest exam pattern for the NMAT exam for the interested candidates. The NMAT pattern was revised last year (2020) reducing the number of questions in each section and making the exam computer adaptive. The NMAT 2021 exam will be held from 14 October 2021 to 27 December 2021

The number of questions was reduced to 108 from 120 last year. The sectional timing for all the sections was also revised. Applicants must note the latest changes in the NMAT Exam Pattern 2021, and NMAT exam duration. Practice and solve NMAT Mock Test Series 2021 to level up your preparation. 

Changes in NMAT Exam Pattern 

  • The number of questions has been reduced to 36 from 40 in each section. 
  • Changes in Sectional Time Limit: The GMAC kept the total time duration the same but changed the sectional timing of the exam. The quant section has maximum time duration whereas the language section has the least time duration in the revised exam pattern.
  • NMAT Exam Pattern Negative Marking: There is no negative marking
  • Candidates can select the sequence of sections to attempt for their benefit.
  • Candidates will receive a single question on the computer screen at a time and cannot switch between sections. 
  • NMAT 2021 will be held in two modes: Online mode at the exam centre to at home in online proctored mode. 
  • At the end of each section, applicants can see a review of their attempts.

Check detailed NMAT Syllabus 2021

 

Section-Wise NMAT Exam Pattern 2021

Check the latest NMAT exam pattern for all the sections as compared to previous years. 

 

No. of Questions

Time

Score Range

Sections

NMAT 2019

NMAT 2020

NMAT 

2021(Expected)

NMAT 2019

NMAT 2020

NMAT 

2021(Expected)

NMAT 2019

NMAT 2020

NMAT 

2021(Expected)

Language Skills

40

36

36

22 min

28 min

28 min

0-144

12-120

12-120

Quantitative Skills

40

36

36

60 min

52 min

52 min

0-96

12-120

12-12

Logical Reasoning

40

36

36

38 min

40 min

40 min

0-120

0-120

0-120

TOTAL

120

108

108

120 min

120 min

120 min

0 -360

0-360

0-360

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NMAT Marking Scheme 2021

The NMAT 2021 marking scheme is very simple. Each correct answer will be awarded 3 marks. The exam has no negative marking of any sort. No mark will be deducted for the wrong answers. After submitting the section, answers will be considered final.

TypesMarks
Marks per question3 marks
Incorrect Answerno negative marking
unattempted questionsno marks deducted

Important Points

  • Three Attempts: Candidates can attempt the NMAT exam three times. After attempting the exam you can retake the exam two times.
  •  Slot Booking/ Exam Scheduling: Candidates can select the date, time, and location of the exam.

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NMAT Exam Scaled Scoring System

Scaled scoring is a very important feature of the NMAT exam 2021. Based on the performance of the candidate in the already attempted questions, the GMAC server selects the same level questions from the questions pool. Only one question will appear on the screen at a time. This way candidate will receive questions matching the level of the candidate. The final evaluation is done by the first procurement of your ability evaluation through a probabilistic model approach. The score range from 0 to 360.

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NMAT Exam Sections

NMAT  Score Range

Quantitative Skills

12-120

Language Skills

12-120

Logical Reasoning skills

12-120

Total

36-360

NMAT 2021 Exam Mode

There are two options to take the NMAT exam:

  • Candidates must go to the exam centre of their choice in order to sit for the exam. Because the exam is computer-based, candidates should be comfortable with computers.
  • Online Proctored Exam from Home- Online Proctored Exams are exams that are administered from the comfort of your own home using your computer's desktop. Proctoring software will monitor your computer's screen, as well as your webcam, video, and audio, during the exam. The data recorded by the programme is submitted to the authority for review once the exam is completed. Candidates can now take online proctored tests from the comfort of their own homes.

Check in detail How to Take Online Proctored NMAT Exam at Home

NMAT Exam Pattern Highlights

Check the vital details of the NMAT exam in the table here. 

Important Features of NMAT Exam 2021

Related Details

Mode of NMAT 2021 exam

Online

Place of exam

1) Exam at the test centre and 

2) Online proctored at home:

The total duration of the exam

120 minutes

Total number of questions

108

Total marks

360

Question type

Objective type question, each having four choices

Topics for test

Language Skill, Logical reasoning, and Quantitative Skill 

Negative marking

Not applicable

Release of scorecard

In 48 hours of exam conduct

NMAT Exam Pattern FAQs

  • .

    Sections

    Total number of questions

    Time (Min)

    Language skills

    36

    28

    Quantitative skills

    36

    52

    Logical reasoning

    36

    40

    Total

    108

    120

  • No, the number of questions, their level of difficulty, and the time limit for each of the sections are fixed as per the exam pattern. They are the same under normal management conditions, regardless of when and where the test is run.

  • Yes, you can ask to arrange accommodation for taking the test at a particular center. You have to specify the same at the time of registration following the guidelines given at the official website of NMAT, which is https://www.nmat.org/

  • The countries other than India are Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh and Srilanka.

  • The sectional timing for the NMAT exam is given below. This is the revised section timing.

    NMAT Sections

    NMAT Time Duration (Revised)

    Logical Reasoning

    40 minutes

    Quantitative Skills

    52 minutes

    Language Skills

    28 minutes

    Total Duration

    120 minutes

     

  • The NMAT marking scheme is a little bit different from other B-school entrance tests. The exam score varies from 36 to 360 marks.

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