NMAT 2018 Exam Analysis: Difficulty Level, Pattern, & Good Attempts!

By Vijay Jha|Updated : October 4th, 2018

The first-day first slot of NMAT 2018 has been concluded now. Check here section wise NMAT 2018 exam analysis for paper review, difficulty level, good attempts, & trend of the exam.

Vijay and his colleagues from Gradeup appeared for the test to bring to you the first-hand experience of the exam. Watch this video to get the detailed analysis of NMAT 2018 first day first slot. 

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NMAT Exam Analysis 2018

NMAT 2018, First Day First Show! 

NMAT 2018 did NOT come with any major surprise in its first slot (0900 am to 1115 am) on the first day (October 4) except that no errors were observed in it!

The Gradeup team appeared for the examination in this very slot and felt that the Cut-Off for the MBA program at NMIMS, Mumbai campus will be in the range 205-220.

NMAT is a Computer Based Test (CBT) with NO negative marking. All the questions are Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) with 5 options each. The examination structure is like this:


Quantitative Skills

Language Skills

Logical Reasoning


Time (minutes)





No. of Questions






NMAT Cut-off

The Cut-offs of NMAT 2017 for MBA program at NMIMS, Mumbai campus for 2018-20 batch were:

Quantitative Skills

Language Skills

Logical Reasoning







The following table gives you a good idea about what Gradeup thinks as good scores in this examination:


Quantitative Skills

Language Skills

Logical Reasoning







You must bear in mind that different individuals may get different questions in NMAT even in the same slot.


NMAT Section-wise Exam Analysis 2018

Let’s discuss the sections one by one:


1. Language Skills (LS)

1. It was on the lines of a typical NMAT LS section. These were the types of questions:

2. Reading Comprehension (2 passages of 4 questions each): The passages were quite readable and the questions were factual as well as inference based.

3. Cloze Test (1 set of 4 questions)

4. Vocabulary: 5-6 questions based on Antonyms and Synonyms

5. Sentence Completion: 2-3 questions based on double blanks

6. Para-jumbles: It had 4 sentence type as well as 5 sentence type

7. Sentence Correction

8. Prepositions

This entire section was fairly doable and most of the well-prepared students should be able to score above 60. Vocabulary is the topic which can be the difference between an average and a great score here. The sectional Cut-off should be around 60. A score of 65-66 can be considered good and anything above 75 excellent.

We must keep it in mind that we get only 22 minutes to do this section which is less than 20% of the time for the entire test, but most of the well-prepared students score almost 1/3 of their overall score here.


2. Quantitative Skills

This section has 50% of the overall time of the examination and it is extremely important to maximize one’s attempts here.


This section included 5 sets of Data Interpretation (DI) of 4 questions each. It also had 6 questions on Data Sufficiency (DS). Almost all these DI and DS questions were doable. The section had 22 questions from Quantitative Aptitude and these 22 questions included these topics:

Simple Interest, Compound Interest, Profit Loss and Discount, Set Theory, Percentages, Time and Work, Combinatorics, Probability, Logarithm, Surds and Indices, Geometric Progression etc. There were very few questions from topics like Geometry, Mensuration, and Algebra (other than Combinatorics and Probability).


This entire section was doable and we believe that a well-prepared student ought to score above 90 in the given 60 minutes. A score above 100 can be considered excellent here.


3. Logical Reasoning

This was the toughest section of the test. It had 3 sets of cases of 4 questions each and 28 independent questions. Almost all the cases were difficult. Most of these cases were based on Matrix arrangement, Binary Logic, Input-Output, etc.


The independent questions were based on topics like Syllogisms, Coding-Decoding, Decision Making, Critical Reasoning, Strong/Weak arguments, Alpha-numeric arithmetic, etc.


We, at Gradeup, believe that a score of 70 can be considered good here. A score above 80 can be considered excellent.

The best preparation for NMAT is to practise with the NMAT Official prep guide and mock tests.

We believe that writing NMAT 2-3 times before CAT can be an excellent way to warm up for CAT.

Gradeup wishes the NMATers all the very best!


NMAT Exam 2018 at a Glance  

NMAT Exam year


Total questions


Exam Format


Exam duration

120 minutes

Attempts allowed


Number of sections


Name of Sections with number of Questions

QS 48 questions

LS 32 questions

LR 40 questions

Types of Questions


Difficulty level

Low to medium

Maximum marks


Marks for each correct answer


Negative Marking


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