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How to prepare for NMAT(C)

How to prepare for NMAT(C)

TestFunda ,  29-Apr-11

For admission to NMIMS B.Com (hons), BBA & B.Sc (eco)


The paper-pencil test consists of 120 questions across 3 sections:
  1. Proficiency in English Language
  2. Quantitative & Numerical Ability
  3. Reasoning & General Intelligence

Maximum time allotted to you is 120 minutes. Depending on your areas of strengths and comfort, you need to decide which sections you will need to allocate more time and which sections will require less time. For eg. If you are better at Quantitative & Numerical Ability compared to the other 2, you may want to give 30 minutes to it and the remaining 90 minutes to the other 2 sections.

The test has negative marking - 0.25 for every incorrect answer. It would be wise to leave questions unattempted where

  1. You are not sure of the correct answer
  2. Are caught between two equally tempting options or
  3. You simply don't have enough time left to do justice to the remaining questions.

Things to keep in mind during the actual test:

  • Spend the first 2 to 3 minutes scanning the paper and getting a feel of the test. This is time invested and not wasted, as you will know what's in store for the next 2 hours. It will help you plan your paper attempt strategy better.
  • Keep a watch with you so that you do not consume more time than required in a particular section. It is important to do well across all the 3 sections.
  • It is great if you are able to attempt all 120 questions, but you are not required to do so. You need to focus on maximizing scores (getting more marks after deducting the negative for incorrect ones) rather than simply focusing on maximizing attempts (attempting maximum number of questions).
  • It is a test of speed alright but not at the cost of accuracy. Even if you are not able to move very fast, it is okay to solve fewer questions than you would have wanted to, but answer them correctly.
  • If you are caught with a question for more than 90 – 120 seconds and feel you will need more time to arrive at the correct answer, it may be prudent to leave that question unattempted and move to the next question.

Preparation tips for the last few days:

  • Take the FREE mock iNMAT(C) at and understand which questions you got wrong and why. Also evaluate the correct answers and read up the detailed answers to understand different, short-cut methods to solve the questions.
  • Go back to your 9th and 10th class books to brush up on formulae and fundamentals of Maths. Revisit English grammar, comprehension books and scan the 'Wren and Martin'. Get into the habit of solving sudoku puzzles or other puzzles that appear daily in newspapers.
  • Take not more than 2 mock tests a week. A total of 4 mocks before your NMAT (C) should be enough to help you understand your areas of strengths and weaknesses and form a paper attempt strategy for the real test.


  • Reread the instructions for the test, especially about darkening the circles to mark the correct answers.
  • Keep yourself calm on the 14th and don't do much. Definitely, do not read up on new concepts or try a new approach on the last day. What you did during your 12th exams was different from what you need to do now. No amount of mugging up or cramming on the last day is going to help as this is a test of application of what know rather than a test of what you know (university exams)

Good Luck for NMAT (C)

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