First Impression NMAT-2010

Test Date- 30th January 2010 and 31st January 2010.

Pattern of the test:  There were 120 questions in the paper, spread over three sections QA+ DI(48 qs), LR(40 qs) VA/RC(32 qs). The order of sections varied with the test takers.

Based on the broad feedback, the level of difficulty was easy to moderate with VA/RC being the easiest section followed by LR and QA+DI sections.  An attempt of 105+ with an accuracy of 90-95% should be considered good. A few students could even manage an attempt of all the 120 questions in the test.

Test environment and interface: Test environment/process was quite smooth and glitch free. Test centers are quite spacious and the test administration was also quite well managed. Enough pages for rough work were provided.

Test interface was similar to the one given in NMAT test Demo. Few noticeable features were:

  • Questions appeared one at a time
  • There were two buttons on each page: Next (Leads to the next question), Previous (Leads to the previous questions)
  • A test taker could not jump to any desired question number directly, he/she had to press next or previous button repeatedly to reach the desired question number
  • Review button was available only once a test taker reached the last question (QN-120)
  • There was a possibility to flag the questions to review it later

Suggested Strategy:

  • Attempt questions in whatever sequence they come. Don’t be worried about the order of the sections
  • Keep your level of accuracy and efficiency high
  • Don’t get stuck in any question, keep moving to the next question, flag the questions if you feel that you can do it later
  • Few errors were reported in the test  by  a few  test takers, so make sure you don’t waste unnecessary time in any question, specially in  QA+DI and LR sections

NMAT 2007 Analysis

This year’s paper was more or less along the expected lines with easy sections on Language skills and Quantitative skills. The Quantitative section included quite a few questions on the application of Vedic mathematics, which were similar to those asked by IRMA earlier this year. Logical Reasoning, however, was a bit tricky with respect to 2 sets; otherwise, even this was a scoring section. Overall, it was an easy paper.
The basic structure of the paper was exactly similar to that mentioned in the institute’s brochure, with a bit of variety thrown in, in the concepts tested by the questions posed.

Total no. of questions: 150
No. of options per question: 5
Time: 120 minutes
Negative Marking: 0.25
Number of sections: 3

1 mark was allotted per question.

S. No. Section Number of questions Time Possible Attempts Possible Scores and Overall Cut-offs


Language Skills


30 minutes




Quantitative Skills, Data Analysis & Sufficiency


50 minutes




Intelligence and Logical Reasoning


40 minutes






120 minutes

105 – 110


The paper was on the easier side, with the total number of questions decreased to 150 from last year’s 200. So, the test-taker had to literally rush through the paper. Difficult questions were to be skipped without second thoughts and the easier ones were to be solved as quickly as possible. One should have attempted around 105- 110 questions and with a realistic accuracy of the order of 80% or more, one should expect a call for the GD/PI stage. Continue reading