To ace any exam, you must have a sectional strategy based on the exam pattern of that exam. Before we move onto discussing the section-wise approach for the NMAT 2020 exam, here is a look its exam pattern:
An ideal number of attempts and scores to clear sectional and overall cutoffs for the NMAT 2020 exam are listed below:
NMAT 2020 Exam Section |
Average Time/Question (in minutes) |
Ideal Attempts |
Ideal Score* |
Language Skills |
0.69 |
22+ |
54 – 57+ |
Quantitative Skills |
1.25 |
24+ |
70 – 75+ |
Logical Reasoning |
0.95 |
23+ |
65 – 70+ |
Overall |
- |
70 – 75+ |
220+ |
*NMAT Raw Score
NMAT 2020 - Language Skills
- Question Breakup:
- Attempt the vocabulary based questions first.
- Attempt at least 3-4 Para-jumble questions.
- Mostly there are 2 RC passages, but some papers may have 3. Make sure you attempt
questions of at least 1.5 or 2 passages. - Attempt a minimum of 8-9 Grammar questions (prepositions, sentence correction).
NMAT 2020 – Quantitative Skills
- Question Breakup:
- The breakup of the Math section is as follows:
Math Topics
No. Of Questions
Important Topics to Focus
Arithmetic
9-10
- Definitely there is 1 question each from – R&P, %ages, Profit Loss, SI/CI, TSD, Mixtures and Time & Work
- You may get something from Clocks, Calendars and Log/Exponents which are mostly easy
- A question from Number System is 90% there and would be HCF,LCM and Remainder Theorem
Geometry & Mensuration
5-6
- 1-2 questions are definitely from Triangle and Circle.
- Pick the easy ones such as finding angles in a given figure etc.
Algebra
2-3
- These are the harder topics like Equations- liner, quadratic, inequalities. If it is taking more than 2 minutes to solve it, mark and move ahead. Time is of essence so do not waste on it.
Modern Math
2-3
- Definitely a question is from P&C, Probability and AP/GP. Focus on those areas and attempt those questions.
- There are 5 sets with 4 questions each in the DI section. Attempt at least 2-2.5 sets.
Most times 2 out of 5 sets are easy. Avoid sets with 2 or more graphs. Those are the trickier ones. - Attempt at least 4-5 out of the 6 questions in DS section. Most topics are Arithmetic based and easy.
NMAT 2020 – Logical Reasoning
- Question Breakup:
- Choose and answer smaller questions and skip the lengthier ones.
- Verbal Reasoning:
- The questions are based on:
- Critical Reasoning- Arguments, Assumptions and Inferences
- Decision Making
- It is a balance of easy (2-3 lines) and hard (4+ lines) questions.
- You can mark the hard ones and use guess work.
- The questions are based on:
- Analytical Reasoning:
- The questions are based on – Seating Arrangements, Codes, Series, Symbols, Relationships, Syllogism, Input/output and Symbols.
- The topics from which you will definitely the questions are – Syllogism, Blood Relations, Series, Directions, Coding/Decoding and Input/output. Make sure you prepare them well and attempt all questions out of these areas.
- A question on seating arrangement – linear and/or circular – is also there. But choose it wisely.
In general, it is advised to use guess work and not leave any question un-attempted since there is no negative marking. To know more on how to guess read here.
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