NMAT 2024 Syllabus PDF: Download Section-wise NMAT Exam Syllabus

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NMAT Syllabus 2024: Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) releases the NMAT syllabus along with the exam details. Candidates can find the NMAT 2024 syllabus on the official website, mba.com/nmat. Alternatively, the syllabus of NMAT 2024 exam is available here. NMAT syllabus includes topics from three broad sections - Language Skills, Quantitative Skills and Logical Reasoning. The candidates must familiarise themselves with each topic of these three sections before starting NMAT preparation. Check the NMAT 2024 syllabus in detail below. Also, check the list of NMAT books, exam pattern and key preparation tips.

NMAT 2024 syllabus comprises three sections. Get section-wise NMAT syllabus PDF here.

Q:   How many days are required to complete topics under the NMAT syllabus?


One may require more than 150 days to complete the NMAT syllabus thoroughly. The NMAT syllabus typically covers a wide range of topics in various sections, including Language Skills, Quantitative Skills, and Logical Reasoning. The duration required to complete the syllabus depends on numerous factors, such as your proficiency in these subjects, the amount of time one can dedicate each day to study, and the study plan. Additionally, candidates who have prepared for CAT exam or any other MBA entrance exam, they might require less number of days to complete the topics under NMAT syllabus.

The 150+ day duration must include the entire study plan, from covering the topics in syllabus to revision of those topics. Additionally, one must include the practice papers and mock tests within the preparation phase of the 1560+ days discussed above.


Q:   Who prescribes NMAT syllabus?


NMAT syllabus is precribed by Graduate Management Admission Council, the conducting body of  the exam, prescribes the NMAT syllabus. GMAC releases the NMAT syllabus on the official website. Besides the NMAT exam structure and section wise syllabus, candidates can also find practice questions and study materials on the GMAC website. Candidates must strictly adhere to the official syllabus prescribed by GMAC to prepare for the NMAT exam.

Besides NMAT, GMAC develops standardised tests for graduate business schools globally. GMAC also conducts GMAT exam for admission to more than 2000 MBA colleges .


Q:   Does GMAC changes NMAT syllabus every year?


No, Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) does not change the NMAT syllabus every year. However, they do make minor changes to the syllabus from time to time make sure that it stays aligned with the latest trends as per the ever changing education systems. For instance, in 2020, GMAC made some changes to the NMAT syllabus and pattern to include more questions on data interpretation and critical reasoning.

The following are the major changes that have been made in the past five years:

  • The number of questions in each section have been kept as 36 in each section with 108 questions in total.
  • The difficulty level of the questions have been increased slightly.

The GMAC typically releases the NMAT exam details and syllabus for the current year in the month of July. Candidates can find the latest NMAT syllabus on the GMAC website.


Q:   Which books should be referred to study as per NMAT syllabus?


NMAT exam comprises as many as three sections. Candidates can invest in one book which covers the syllabus for all the three sections. Alternatively, candidates may consider to study from three different books, one for each section. GMAC official guide for NMAT is considered the best sourse to study for the competitive exam. Candidates can also prepare using the books recommended for CAT exam preparation or any other MBA entrance exam preparation.

For the NMAT Quantitative Aptitude section, candidates can refer to Quantitative Aptitude for CAT by Arun Sharma, Quantitative Aptitude by RS Aggarwal and How to Prepare for Data Interpretation for CAT by Arun Sharma. For Languagew Skills, Noman Lewis' Word Power Made Easy is among the recommended books for competitive exams. For Logical Reasoning section, candidates can choose Logical and Analytical Reasoning by Ashok Gupta.

Besides the books mentioned above, candidates can choose from a ton of books available for competitive exam preparation.  Refer to the NMAT books article by Shiksha for complete preparation books guide (https://www.shiksha.com/mba/nmat-exam-books)


NMAT Syllabus 2024: Section-Wise Topics

The NMAT exam duration is two hours. Candidates need to answer all 120 questions within the exam duration. NMAT by GMAC exam comprises three sections, namely Quantitative Skills, Logical Reasoning, and Language Skills. Each section has 36 questions.

The Quantitative Skills section tests a candidate's knowledge of basic mathematics, including arithmetic, algebra, geometry, and data interpretation. The Logical Reasoning section tests a candidate's ability to think critically and solve problems. The Language Skills section tests a candidate's command of the English language, including grammar, vocabulary, and reading comprehension. The exam covers a wide range of topics. Here are some of the specific topics covered in each section of the NMAT:

NMAT Language Skills Syllabus 2024

The language skills section of the NMAT by GMAC exam tests a candidate's knowledge of the English language. Check the detailed syllabus for Language Skills section for NMAT 2024:

NMAT Language Skills Syllabus

Reading Comprehension

English Grammar & Vocabulary

English Usage

Fill in the Blanks

Synonyms & Antonyms

Idioms, Phrases, Clauses

Sentence Error/Correction

Word Meaning

Para jumbles

Statement correction

NMAT Quantitative Skills Syllabus 2024

In this section, candidates are required to solve questions from various topics of Mathematics. Listed below are important topics of this section:

Quantitative Skills Syllabus

Algebra (Linear/Quadratic Equation)

Number Systems

Quantitative Skills




Line graph, Bar graph, Pie Charts, Tables

Profit and Loss



2D and 3 D Geometry, and Statistics

Time, Speed, and Distance

Modern Math


Mixture & Solution

Simple/Compound interest


Permutations and Combinations


Coordinate Geometry

NMAT Logical Reasoning Syllabus 2024

The section of NMAT assesses critical thinking, logical reasoning as well as the decision-making skills of the candidates. Listed below are the important topics of this section:

Logical Reasoning Syllabus

Coding & Decoding

Numeric Grid


Critical Reasoning

Strong Arguments and Weak Arguments


Multi-dimensional arrangements



Statement Conclusions


Course of Action

Family tree

Blood Relations

Q:   What is the syllabus for NMAT exam?


GMAC conducts NMAT exam with three sections. These sections are in line with any other MBA entrance exam conducted in India. The space here mentions NMAT exam sections along with some important topics from the same.

NMAT Exam Sections and Important Topics

  1. Language Skills: Reading Comprehension, Para jumbles, Sentence Correction, Fill in the blanks (Grammar-based), Antonyms & Synonyms, Sentence Completion, Analogies, Idioms, Phrases, Clauses, English Grammar & Vocabulary, Sentence Error/Correction, Word Meaning, and more.
  2. Quantitative Skills: Arithmetic problems, Number System, Algebra, Probability, Percentage, DI Caselets and Tables, Profit & Loss, Mensuration, Permutation and Combination, Simple and Compound Interest, Ratio and Proportion, Alligations and Mixtures, Logarithms, Equations, Venn Diagram, atc.
  3. Logical Reasoning: Puzzles, Linear & Circular Arrangement, Coding-Decoding, Family Tree, Syllogisms, Alphanumeric Series, Symbol based Logic, Blood Relationship, Input-Output, Odd one Out, Course of Action, Arguments, Assumptions, Inference-based questions.

Besides the above topics under each section, NMAT exam sections may have a vast topic bank. Therefore, candidates must consider preparing for as many topic as possible as per the NMAT section-wise syllabus.


Q:   Which is the most important section in NMAT exam?


All sections of NMAT exam hold equal importance as the weighatge in terms of number of questions, and marks are similar across sections. Therefore, no particular section out of three sections hold additional importance. Candidates must prepare for all three sections based on the NMAT syllabus. However, candidates must work on theIr speed as the NMAT exam will have sectional weightage. Although all three sections have equal number of questions, each section has an unidentical time limit to answer these questions.


Q:   Is there any sectional time limit at NMAT exam?


Yes, questions under each section of NMAT exam are to be answered within a specified time limit. NMAT exam has three sections. The total time to answer all questions across sections in the NMAT exam is 120 minutes. The 120 minutes of NMAT exam is divided as mentioned below:

NMAT Section

NMAT Sectional Time Limit

Language Skills

28 minutes

Logical Reasoning

40 minutes

Quantitative Skills

52 minutes


120 minutes

Candidates need to adhere to the time-limit as the responses marked within the specified time-frame will be submitted automatically once the time is over. 


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NMAT Exam Pattern 2024

The first step to prepare for the NMAT exam should be to cover important topics from the syllabus. Besides the syllabus, candidates should be familiar with NMAT by GMAC exam pattern as mentioned below:



Exam mode


Test duration

2 hours

Total questions

108 questions

Total marks

360 marks

Type of questions

Objective-type questions with four choices each

Marking scheme

Three marks per question

Q:   What is the difficulty level of NMAT exam?


The NMAT exam is conducted for MBA admission across multiple B -schools across India and abroad. Based on feedback from test takers of the past exam sessions, test takers found the exam to be moderate to tough in terms of difficulty standards. If compared with other MBA entrance exams, NMAT is comparatively easy as the candidates have the liberty to appear for the test three times and use the best scores for admission. Additionally, candidates can schedule the exam based on his/her convinience.

However, the level of difficulty can vary from year to year. Success in any entrance exam ultimately depends on the candidate's preparation and performance on the exam day.


Q:   How many questions are asked in the NMAT exam?


As per the NMAT exam pattern, as many as 108 questions are asked from three sections collectively. Each section of NMAT exam has 36 questions. The sections for NMAT exam with question weightage is as follows:

  • Language Skills: 36

  • Logical Reasoning: 36

  • Quantitative Skills: 36

Candidates need to answer all the questions within 120 minutes. The 120 minute time-frame of NMAT exam is divided into sectional time frames. Questions under each section must be answered within the specified time limit.


Q:   How can I prepare for the CAT and NMAT simultaneously?


The sections in CAT and NMAT exam are on similar lines. The space below mentions the similarities in the syllabus and exam sections:

  1. Quantitative Aptitude in CAT and Quantitative Skills in NMAT: The Quantitative Aptitude section of the CAT and the Quantitative Skills section of the NMIMS Management Aptitude Test are both based on very similar topics. If the candidates prepare for the Quantitative Aptitude section of the Common Admission Test, which requires knowledge of higher-level topics, they can easily solve the Quantitative Skills section of the NMIMS Management Aptitude Test since the same foundation topics are covered thoroughly in the Common Admission Test preparation.
  2. DILR in CAT and logical reasoning in NMAT: The DILR section in the Common Admission Test exam is a combination of data interpretation and logical reasoning, whereas, in the NMIMS Management Aptitude Test, the section is solely logical reasoning. These two sections of the respective exams are different from the other sections. As a result, anyone hoping to pass the NMAT by GMAC should devote enough time to studying for the reasoning section of the exam, as the syllabus covered in the CAT-D section will not suffice. 
  3. VARC in CAT and Language Skills in NMAT: The VARC section of the Common Admission Test combined verbal ability and reading comprehension. Reading comprehension in Common Admission Test usually comes with tricky passages, whereas the passages in NMAT are relatively straightforward. Vocabulary- and grammar-based questions have more weight in the Language Skills section of the NMIMS Management Aptitude Test. However, the CAT VA will include reasoning-based questions. Students who want to prepare for NMIMS Management Aptitude Test and Common Admission Test at the same time must pay close attention to the Language Skills section of the NMIMS Management Aptitude Test after the Logical Reasoning section.

Q:   What are the sections included in the NMAT exam syllabus?


Similar to other top NMA entrance exams, NMAT exam also comprises three sections. These three sections have equal weightage in terms of maximum marks, number of questions, and a similar marking scheme. NMAT exam sections include the following:

  • Language Skills
  • Lgical reasoning
  • Quantitative Skills.

Candidates need to answer questions from all three sections of the NMAT exam. Each section of the NMAT exam has a time limit collectively making the NMAT exam duration as 120 minutes.


Best Books for NMAT 2024

The best preparation material for the NMAT exam is the NMAT by GMAC Official Guide. Besides this official guide book, the candidates can prepare from books recommended for CAT and other MBA entrance exams, as their syllabus is more or less the same. Given below is the list of best books for NMAT preparation:

Book Name


NMAT by GMAC Official Guide


Quantitative Aptitude for the CAT

Arun Sharma

Quantitative Aptitude

R.S. Aggarwal

How to Prepare for Data Interpretation for CAT

Arun Sharma

Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation for the CAT

Nishit K. Sinha

How to Prepare for Logical Reasoning for CAT

Arun Sharma

Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for CAT

Arun Sharma and Meenakshi Upadhyay

Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension

Ajay Singh

DILR Question-Answers for Practice Quantitative Aptitude Question-Answers for Practice VARC Question-Answers for Practice

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NMAT 2024 Preparation Tips

Effective preparation strategy: To score well in the NMAT exam, candidates should plan accordingly. They should target each topic of the syllabus, practise previous years’ NMAT question papers separately, and prioritise among the sections depending on their strengths and weaknesses.

Improve speed and accuracy: Another way of scoring well in the exam is by reducing the time to solve the questions. This is because the faster the aspirants solve the questions, the more time they will be able to save to solve tricky questions. Speed can be improved by practising the previous year’s NMAT question papers as well as online mock tests.

Take NMAT mock tests: GMAC provides an online mock test facility for candidates appearing for the NMAT exam. Candidates can practice the NMAT mock test series to get a real-time exam experience. The online mock test also provides an overall analysis of the preparation level of the candidate, which is important for knowing about focus areas that candidates need to work on to score well in the exam. Shiksha has created a free NMAT mock test for candidates to practice.

Prepare for the test day: Exam preparation is about how to score well and how to attempt the exam. Sometimes, because of anxiety, candidates cannot perform well in the exam even after enough preparation. Therefore, they should be prepared for the exam day by doing yoga and mind-calming activities. They must also eat healthily to avoid getting sick on exam day.

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