Key Learnings from NMAT 2020: Exam Analysis

By Gaurav Gupta|Updated : October 14th, 2021

NMAT Exam Analysis 2020: The NMAT 2020 is held between November 4 2020, and January 30 2021, and candidates can choose any date and time slot that suits them. As per the NMAT Exam Analysis, the exam was Moderately Easy. Here in this article, we will share with you some key learnings from the NMAT 2020 which will help you prepare in a better manner for the upcoming NMAT 2021. Let's get started!

NMAT Exam Analysis 2020: The NMAT 2020 is held between November 4 2020, and January 30 2021, and candidates can choose any date and time slot that suits them. As per the NMAT Exam Analysis, the exam was Moderately Easy. Here in this article, we will share with you some key learnings from the NMAT 2020 which will help you prepare in a better manner for the upcoming NMAT 2021. Let's get started!

Key Learnings From NMAT 2020 Exam

  • The number of questions got reduced from 120 to 108 (36 Qs in each of the three sections)
  • The testing window is of 88 days for 2020 as compared to 75 days of 2019
  • Candidates may take NMAT by ‘visiting the test centre’ or by ‘Online Proctored Exam from home’ mode
  • The Quantitative Skills section was the easiest section of all the three sections
  • The Logical Reasoning section was the toughest section of all the three sections

NMAT Exam Pattern 2020

SECTIONS

QUESTIONS

TIME (in minutes)

Language skills

36

28

Quantitative skills

36

52

Logical reasoning

36

40

Total

108

120

Note:

  • The three sections of the test can be attempted in any of the 6 possible orders as per the choice of the test taker (one has to pick the order a few minutes before the test starts)
  • Each of the sections is individually timed. Test takers must review their answers before moving on to the other section as once one submits a section, all answers are final, i.e., you cannot revisit a question to change its answer once you have submitted it
  • There is NO NEGATIVE MARKING in the test

NMAT 2020 Exam Difficulty Level

While doing the NMAT 2020 Exam Analysis, we found that the difficulty level of the exam was moderately easy. Questions from the Quantitative Skills section were found to be the easiest amongst all the sections.

  • Almost 45-50% of the candidates found the Quantitative Skills section to be the easiest amongst all the three sections
  • The candidates we enquired, said that the Logical Reasoning section was the toughest section of all three sections. Also, it has been seen earlier, the LR section turns out to be a score booster for a majority of candidates

NMAT Exam Good Score/Attempt

According to the NMAT exam analysis, a score of 230-235 is considered to be a good score and will allow candidates to get admission to some of the good colleges that accept NMAT scores.

The expected cutoff one can expect for NMAT 2020 can be around 210-217.

NMAT Exam Review 2020 (Section-Wise)

NMAT Language Skills

This section was Easy-Moderate in terms of difficulty as compared to the other two sections.

Topic

Number of QuestionsLevel of Difficulty

Reading Comprehension

11Moderate

Para Jumbles

5Easy

Error Spotting

6Moderate

FIBs (Vocab, Prepositions, Confusables)

8Easy

Analogy

6Easy

Overall

36Easy-Moderate

NMAT Quantitative Skills

This section had questions of comparatively lower difficulty levels as compared to those seen in the previous years. In total this section consisted of 36 questions from topics of mathematics including Data Interpretation, Data Sufficiency etc.

Topic

Number of QuestionsLevel of Difficulty

Profit Loss

2Easy-Moderate

SI & CI

2Moderate-Difficult

Ratio, Mixtures and Alligation

1Easy-Moderate

Average

1Easy

Time and Work

1Moderate

Time, Speed and Distance

1Moderate

Number System

3Easy-Moderate
Progression

1

Moderate
Logarithm

1

Easy-Moderate
Quadratic Equation

1

Easy
PnC, Probability

5

Easy-Moderate
DS

5

Moderate
DI

11

Easy-Moderate
Overall

36

Easy-Moderate

NMAT Logical Reasoning Section Analysis

The questions asked in this section were moderate in difficulty level. Most of the questions were set-based questions. However, there were some standalone questions as well in this section. 

Topic

Number of QuestionsLevel of Difficulty

Strong and Weak Argument

4Moderate

Statement-Conclusion

4Moderate-Difficult

Statement-Assumption

4Moderate

Syllogism

2Moderate

Course of Action

5Easy-Moderate

LR

2 sets of 4 Qs each1 Easy, 1 Moderate

Input-Output

4Tough

Find the Missing Number

21 Moderate, 1 Tough

Set Theory

1Easy

Singlets

2Easy-Moderate

Overall

36Moderate

NMAT Cut Off 2020

The NMAT 2020 cut-off score is 230-235 for the General category. This score is higher when compared to 208-212 which was the case with the previous year's cut off.

  • For the Language Skills section, the sectional cutoff could be anywhere between 65-67
  • For the Quantitative Skills section, the sectional cutoff could be anywhere between 75-77
  • And for the Logical Reasoning section, the section cutoff could be anywhere between 70-72

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