Conducted by the Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies University (NMIMS), Mumbai, the NMAT (NMIMS Management Aptitude Test) clears the way for MBA/PGDM programmes at the institute’s Mumbai, Bangalore and Hyderabad campuses.
The test is being held over a two-month window and will conclude on December 18, 2013.
NMAT 2013 is an online test with questions distributed into three areas. Applicants can make three attempts and the best of three scores will be considered at the time of shortlisting of candidates for the case discussion and personal interview stage. There is no negative marking in the test.
The test has sectional as well overall cut-offs, which means that a candidate is expected to show his proficiency in the areas of language skills, quantitative skills, and logical reasoning. The following are the cutoffs for the MBA programme from last year: Mumbai campus: Overall 209 marks, QS-72, LS-55, LR 61; Bangalore and Hyderabad campuses: Overall 185 marks, QS-70, LS-55, LR 55.
The results would be announced on January 23, 2014. The case discussion and personal interviews would be held in February 2014.
Preparing for NMAT
“Except for the section on logical reasoning, all the other sections of NMAT can be covered well if you have prepared well for CAT. However, it would be advisable for a student to work on his/her speed while solving questions from mathematics as some of the questions under data interpretation require accuracy when it comes to calculation,” says Ramnath Kanakadandi, course director, Triumphant Institute of Management Education.
Some of the important topics include analogies, coding and decoding, symbols and notations, analytical puzzles (linear arrangement, circular arrangement), critical reasoning (assumptions, conclusions, inferences, and decision-making).
According to Debashish Sanyal, dean, NMIMS’s School of Business Management, “Every year, we have meritorious candidates aspiring to join our MBA programme so there is intense competition for the few seats available. It is important to have a balanced approach to all the sections to clear the sectional cut-off. Speed is important as 120 questions must be completed in 120 minutes to get a good score.”
NMAT vs other tests
“NMAT compares well with all the national-level admission tests such as the CAT, XAT and CMAT. It follows the GMAT format. NMAT is a single-point entry for admission to the institute’s MBA programme. There are marks allotted for work experience based on duration, value addition etc. We have a balanced scoring pattern considering NMAT performance, work experience and academic track record,” adds Sanyal.
Says Abhay Agarwal, a student at NMIMS who scored 99.26 percentile in NMAT, “The preparation strategy should be divided into two phases. First, all the concepts should be built clearly with few practice questions on each and every topic. Second, extensive practice through timed tests to get comfortable with the test format is must. It usually takes approximately four to five hours to properly analyse a three-section 180-minute mock test.”