NMAT Preparation Strategy 2021: Tips to Prepare for the NMAT Exam

NMAT Preparation Strategy 2021: Tips to Prepare for the NMAT Exam

ByGaurav Gupta  |  Updated on: Jun 29, 2021Get NMAT Exam details such as NMAT cutoff, exam date, registration, colleges and more. Note the NMAT Last Date and NMAT 2021 Dates
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How to Prepare for NMAT 2021

Candidates who are preparing for the NMAT 2021 exam should examine the NMAT Preparation Tips and Strategy listed below. It is critical to create and stick to a detailed preparation plan in order to be properly prepared for the next exam.

The ideal method to begin your NMAT preparation is to create a well-organized study plan that covers all of the relevant topics while providing greater weight to the sections with the highest exam scores. 

NMAT is a national-level MBA entrance examination conducted every year in a window of 70-75 days. Approximately 75000-80000 candidates appear for this every year. NMAT exam is adaptive in nature and is the most flexible examination in its category that gives the candidates the freedom to choose their exam date, centre and slot for taking the NMAT 2021 exam. NMAT usually starts in the month of November. 

Before we tell you how to prepare for NMAT 2021, let’s understand the details of this exam in more depth.

Understand the NMAT Exam Pattern 2021

The NMAT exam pattern 2021 is specially designed and candidates get to answer questions from a pool of questions. The test is adaptive in nature. Thus, on completion, the scores are scaled and the scorecard is produced within 48 hours of the exam. The exam pattern is as follows:


Number of Questions

Time (in Minutes)

Score Range

Language Skills




Quantitative Skills




Logical Reasoning









  • Candidates get to answer one question at a time
  • All three sections are individually timed
  • Candidates can choose which section they wish to attempt first
  • NMAT is a computer-adaptive test and the computer decided which question will the candidate face next
  • There is NO Negative Marking in NMAT 2021
  • A candidate can appear for NMAT 2021 a maximum of three times. 1 actual attempt and 2 Retakes

NMAT Syllabus 2021

NMAT Syllabus 2021 is quite precise and it is very difficult for anyone to prepare for any exam without knowing much about the syllabus of the exam. So let us give you a brief idea of the syllabus

Language Skills Syllabus

Reading Comprehension, Para Forming, Error Identification Prepositions, Sentence Completion, Analogies

Quantitative Skills

Number Properties, Arithmetic, Algebra and Probability, DI Caselets and Tables, DI Graphs and Charts, Data Sufficiency

Logical Reasoning

Critical Reasoning, Analytical Puzzles, Deductions, Other Reasoning

NMAT Preparation Strategy 2021

Here we are presenting you with some preparation tips/strategy that will help you crack NMAT 2021

Identify Your Weaknesses

It is very important to analyse yourself from time to time and identify your strong and weak areas/topics. This will help you to focus more on the basics and grey areas of weaker topics thus making them stronger.

Choose Your Study Material Wisely

Gaining knowledge from the wrong source is a complete disaster. Thus it is very essential that you choose the right and relevant source for your preparations so that you do not study topics that are out of the question for the NMAT 2021.

Pick 8th to 10th Standard Books

The questions candidates are asked in any MBA entrance exams are based on the concepts that one has covered while doing his/her high school. This is the time to pick those books again and revise the concepts you have studied earlier and brush them up.

Find and Learn Short Tricks to Solve Questions

Once you are through with the concepts from your high school books, it is time to learn short tricks to solve the questions which will help you reach the correct answer in no time. Having knowledge about short tricks will help you solve more questions in the same time frame, thus you have a scope to score higher marks.

Solve Previous Years’ NMAT Papers

To have the best idea about the type of questions asked in NMAT, one must solve NMAT question papers for at least the last five years and get well-versed with the exam pattern and difficulty level of the questions asked.

Solve NMAT Mock Test 

Practising NMAY mock test is another wonderful way to get yourself prepared for the NMAT 2021. It is also very essential to be in a relaxed state of mind while doing your preparations for the NMAT 2021 examination. A relaxed mind helps you prepare better and retain things longer.

Best Books for NMAT Exam Preparation

Check out the table below for subject-specific reference books to help you ace the NMAT exam.


Authors/ Publishers

Quantitative Aptitude  

R.S. Aggarwal

How to Prepare for Data Interpretation for CAT

Arun Sharma

Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation for CAT

Nishit K. Sinha

How to Prepare for Logical Reasoning for CAT

Arun Sharma

Word Power Made Easy

Norman Lewis

Analytical Reasoning

M.K Pandey

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  • Since there is no negative marking for any wrong response, one must go for attempting all the 108 questions in NMAT 2021 as one has nothing to lose. However, candidates must also strategise which questions they should solve first.

  • Yes, in various aspects, NMAT is quite easier as compared to the CAT. NMAT is speed-based whereas CAT is an accuracy-based test. One can take 2 retakes in NMAT whereas CAT is just once per year.

  • NMAT 2021 is an adaptive test in which the difficulty level of questions depends upon your speed and accuracy to answer the questions.

  • For each of the correct response, you get +3 marks and there is No Negative Marking