NMAT Syllabus 2020 – Section-wise List of Topics

The NMAT by GMAC exam is used for admissions to some of the reputed B-schools in India, South Africa, Nigeria, and the Philippines which offers graduate business programs. The top colleges which accept NMAT score in India are Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies (NMIMS), SPJIMR (for PGMPW), ISB (for AMPBA), Xavier University Bhubaneswar, School of Petroleum Management (SPM) and many more. In this blog, we are going to apprise you of the detailed NMAT Syllabus.

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NMAT Syllabus & Exam Pattern:

NMAT exam tests the skills of a student in Verbal Ability, Quantitative Aptitude, and Logical Reasoning. One needs to be thoroughly prepared with these sections to maximize their score. This year NMAT has come up with a change in the pattern where it will now be conducted in an adaptive format. In this exam, candidates have to attempt 108 questions in 120 minutes.

SL.No Section Number of Questions Time (in minutes)
1 Verbal Ability 36 28
2 Reasoning 36 40
3 Quantitative Aptitude 36 52

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NMAT Verbal Ability Syllabus :

SL.No Topic Details
1 Reading Comprehension Set of 4 questions in RC’s with the majority of questions based on Inference. 
2 Para jumbles Sentence jumble (set), 4 or 5 sentence type
3 Sentence correction Inappropriate usage of words, error spotting
4 Antonyms and Synonyms


Based on Vocabulary
5 Cloze Test 4 blanks type
6 Analogies Based on Vocabulary
7 Fill in the blanks 3 blanks, preposition based, vocab based

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NMAT Syllabus for Reasoning:

SL.No Topic Details
1 Critical reasoning Inference and conclusion, course of action, cause and effect, assumptions, decision making, facts and conclusion, strengthening/weakening, combination of types
2 Analytical Reasoning any type of seating arrangement, logical puzzles
3 Input-output Only numerical, only alphabets and combinations
4 Venn Diagram Data based questions
5 Syllogisms Do not follow, follow, reverse type
6 Coding-decoding Only numerical, and only alphabets 
7 Blood-relation Individual or set questions coded questions

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NMAT Syllabus for Quantitative Aptitude:

The Quantitative aptitude section in NMAT has questions from Data interpretations, Data Sufficiency and Miscellaneous sections (quantitative questions):-

SL.No Topic Details
1 Data Interpretations


Tables (Missing table/Standard table), Line charts, Pie charts, Bar graph, Combination graphs, Venn diagram


2 Data Sufficiency


Questions on this topic are based on miscellaneous topics.
3 Number system and Logarithms


Divisibility & Remainder, Multiples & Factors, Integers, LCM & HCF, Logarithms.
4 Algebra


Polynomial Equation-Based, 2 variable, 3 variable equations
5 Geometry


Questions on Triangles, Circles, Polygons, etc.
6 Probability, Permutation, and combination Basic Problems – arrangement, selection.
7 Mensuration


Calculation area and volume of geometrical figures like Square, Rectangle, Parallelogram, Rhombus, Circle, Semicircle, Triangle, Cone, Cylinder, Cube
8 Profit and loss


Find Selling Price, Cost Price, Profit/Loss, Discount, Dis-honest shopkeepers, etc.
9 Interest Simple, compound, and installment
10 Time and Work Work Efficiency, Pipes & Cisterns, work, and wages etc.
11 Time, speed, and distance


Trains, Boats, Streams, Average Speed, etc
12 Mixture and allegations


Mixing 2 or more solutions, Dishonest mixing
13 Ratio and proportions


Questions on Ratios, Proportions, ages, etc.

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