NMAT 291: Long Debrief

Hi! I am posting on the blog after a long time. I hope you are safe and the preparation is on track. The 2020-21 test season has begun and some of you have already appeared for the NMAT and will be taking CAT on the coming Sunday. I recently appeared for the NMAT and as there is no detailed account of the test available on the web, I thought of penning it down. Here is my straight-from-the-heart debrief of this year’s NMAT attempt.

Backstory: I had scored a 270 on the NMAT last year which was possibly the highest score ever in its present format (as some of you might be aware, NMIMS used to conduct NMAT earlier which became NMAT by GMAC in 2015). Why possibly? Because NMAT scores aren’t published anywhere so there could be people who scored higher but never shared their score publicly. I had shared my experience in a Quora post wherein I had mentioned that I had framed my strategy after a single official mock and hadn’t done any specific prep.

This year, I wanted to take it on the first day itself as the pattern had changed but as I wasn’t sure of the COVID situation, I booked an online proctored attempt from home. The first day of the test itself, I got to know that my record was broken with a Mind = Blown score of 278. Later, there were reports of students getting 274 and that made me a little nervous about my attempt.

I’ve always maintained this philosophy that if I don’t do reasonably well in a test, I won’t find it comfortable to mentor students for that specific test. We definitely have nothing to prove but we don’t want to be obsolete either. Do read this post where Shashank also resonates with the same thing and has shared his take on consistent topnotch performance. As we don’t prepare for tests the way aspirants do, we sometimes do well and sometimes don’t. We rarely take mocks and even when we do, it’s for analysis videos or live practice with students. So when my record was broken, I decided to take things a little seriously and did the unimaginable: I signed up for official NMAT paid mocks and decided to take at least a few IMS + official mocks.

The first IMS mock that I took, I got a score of 290. But not sure if it counts as I had reviewed the LR section of it and I knew all the questions. With a few days to go for the test, I took the official mock 1 and scored a 317. I don’t know how the NMAT scaling works (I still don’t know) but the score told me two things: (1) I have the potential to do well and (2) if the difficulty of the actual test is similar, I will do well. As you’re allowed to take the test again and you get a different set of questions, I took the second attempt at the official mock and luckily the score came down to 286. If I had scored higher, I would not have taken another mock. Anyway, to cut the long story short, this is how I did on the mocks:

I kept an IMS mock for the end because our tests are slightly difficult. The mock exercise made me understand what the students go through. It’s difficult to take mocks again and again and experience sadness, frustration, boredom, disappointment, stress, and anxiety. But putting in regular practice is the most important thing because you can’t get better at test taking overnight. Thanks to this experiment, my empathy quotient has improved and let me put it out there: If you’re reading this and have taken a lot of mocks (considering all entrance tests) this season, you have my respect. Coming back to the story, the last two official mocks showed a 290 and 291 and the IMS test showed a 252. I was all set to take the test and secretly hoped to crack it.

Test day: I got up at 8 am for my test at 12. As I had scheduled an online proctored attempt and was experiencing an actual test from home for the first time, the first thing that I checked was if my internet connection was fine. The previous day, my connection wasn’t functional for an hour or so and I was afraid that a similar episode during the test would pretty much destroy whatever ambitions I had. My recommendation to candidates is to go for an attempt at the test venue (if it is safe) simply because then you don’t have to constantly worry about internet connection.

I could barely eat and told my family that I wasn’t confident enough. The thought of a score in the 270 range kept bothering me. Not that it’s not a great score but I kept thinking whether a 5/10 point improvement will feel anything special or will do justice to the small effort that I had put in. The stress was too much to handle so I meditated for half an hour (trust me, it helps). I had recurring flashes of Feliks Zemdegs at the 2013 Rubik’s Cube Championship video which I’ve seen countless times and it helped me calm a bit. I was ready.

Test experience: With about 15 minutes to go for the test time, I started the sign in process. The proctor was pretty helpful and she guided me through the whole thing. I was at my desk with ID proof, admit card, two A4 size sheets, pencils, and my laptop with inbuilt webcam. please note that you have to give a 360 degree view of the room to the proctor and show them area under the desk.

After all the setup was done, I started the test at about 12:10. My personal preference for section order is QA-LR-LS because I can manage verbal even when I am tired but I start making silly mistakes in QA if there is too much mental fatigue.

Quantitative Skills:

My first quant question went wrong. I didn’t read the question carefully, spent nearly 1.5 minutes on it, marked something in a hurry, and I realized that it was wrong. Nevertheless, there was no point crying over it and I started focusing on the task at hand: Read-solve-repeat. The quant was pretty straightforward and didn’t vary much from what you typically experience in the mocks. The first DI set was a line graph (easy affair) and the second DI set was a table with 4 columns and 7 rows (moderate). The third set, however, was remarkably painful. It could have also been because of the way I had responded to earlier questions but the set looked similar to this:

I had saved enough time for such eventualities by solving the first half quickly. On one of the questions from this set, I took a half chance because the clock was ticking and completing the section was more important than solving that specific question. By the time I was done, I had 4/5 minutes to go on the timer and felt pretty good about the overall attempt. I later realised the mistake that I had made in that first probability question. Didn’t pay attention to the ‘2-digit number’ part of the question 🤦 and kept hitting the wrong answer.

Logical Reasoning:

Most of my mock performances had a low accuracy on the CR/Deduction part of the section (refer the screenshot below from one of the mocks) and I decided to cross-check all the options properly before marking. The extra cautious strategy slowed me down significantly and I had to be really fast with other question types. What stumped me was two sets of input output questions (apparently if you start doing well, you get two sets but it doesn’t happen to everyone so it’s just a conjecture) but I was able to solve both of them nicely.

There was an arrangement question with very little information and it had several possibilities. In the interest of time, I didn’t write down all the possibilities in the beginning and went question by question. Again, I had to take a call on one of the questions whether to solve or random mark. I narrowed down to two options and marked one of them. Overall, I found it pretty lengthy and with about a minute to go, I completed the section.

Language Skills:

I had done quite well in the mocks and I was getting a fairly consistent accuracy across the areas that are tested by NMAT (refer the screenshot below from one of the mocks). During the test, I found some of the parajumbles tricky. The RCs were pretty lengthy but the questions weren’t that difficult to solve. I was able to arrive at the right answer in most of the cases. Analogy questions had a few close options and at a couple of places, I wasn’t sure of my answer. Time management becomes extremely important in this section. Though the questions on prepositions or analogy can be answered quickly, others consume more time and one has to strike a balance to finish the paper.

The end result:

I had a look at my score and quickly memorized it. I informed Shashank and some of my colleagues at IMS. The official scorecard mail arrived within half an hour and the scorecard showed:

My two cents:

  • Analyze your mocks well and search for gaps. If a particular question has gone wrong, the reason behind it is of prime importance
  • When people say that they can’t do DI, I ask them a random question: what’s 29*7 or what’s percentage equivalence of 1/16. If the foundation is shaky, the building isn’t going to be strong
  • Practice intelligent guessing and understand whether it makes sense to take risks or not
  • The good thing about NMAT is that it sticks to the structure. You won’t find random surprises on the actual test if you’ve taken mocks. The question could be difficult but it’s never out of the world
  • 2 A4 size sheets should be enough for the entire test. My strategy here was to keep 1 sheet for QA and the other for LR + LS
  • Don’t waste too much time sharpening one specific area beyond what’s required. Rather, increase your exposure in other areas so that you will be able to solve more questions on the actual test
  • I am not an expert on the Language Skills section. Practice speed reading and skimming techniques to get better. For CAT RCs, we employ a different strategy, for NMAT kind of RCs, the strategy should be different
  • Make better decisions. Don’t fall in love with a question. Mark something and move on if you think it will be too time consuming
  • Don’t limit yourself by your mock scores. At the same time, don’t get overconfident by your official mock scores
  • Experiment with the section order in the initial few mocks. Once you find what works for you, stick to it and take it to perfection

After the initial excitement, I returned to my normal self where I thought of the questions that I had missed, googled the words that I wasn’t aware of. I still feel that I could have done better and on a good day, the scorecard would have showed a 300+ but I also know that it:

Feliks Zemdegs after missing the podium at the World Championships 2019

Someone asked me if I will take the test again this season if my 291 gets beaten. The answer is No. Because it doesn’t matter. The mock tests and the actual test shattered my own notions about what I could and could not do and that matters for far more than a particular score. I hope the post motivates a few people to aim higher and do better in life. Thanks for reading! I wish you guys all the best for the test season ahead. May things work out for everyone soon!


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257 thoughts on “NMAT 291: Long Debrief

  1. Siddharth Nayak

    Hello Sir ,

    Hope you are doing well. I gave my first attempt today and scored 248( QA 81, LS 84 and LR 83).Will this score be good enough for a call from NMINS Mumbai as i am concentrating on NMAT- SNAP and CET and have not given CAT. I feel i could have scored more in LR and QA but time was a problem and had to hurry with a few questions.

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      Hi Siddharth! Overall is definitely sorted and the sectionals look good. A lot of students have started crossing 240 now so you may want to take it again to take the overall beyond 250 or even 255 just to stay ahead in the competition. All the best!

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  2. Hello Sir,

    I took my first attempt of NMAT today and scored 250 (QA-79, LS-90 and LR-81).
    Should I go for a retake considering my QA score or it would be enough for a call?

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      Hi Adi! It might just clear the cutoff is what I think. The overall is great but if you can take it again and improve both LR and QA, nothing like it. All the best!

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  3. Saswati Panda

    Hello Sir,

    I took my first attempt of NMAT and scored 253 (QA-78, LS-89, and LR-86).
    I m uncertain about the QA score. Should I go for a retake?

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      Hi Saswati! Similar to what I’ve recommended to others, overall is great. but QA seems to be on the lower side. I suggest a retake. Aim for 80+ in Quant and push overall further to increase your chance of final selection. All the best!

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  4. Rohit Chowdhruy

    Hi Sir!

    Gave my first attempt today.

    Scored 256 (QA -79, LR-80 ,LS -97).

    Kindly provide your insight on this. Is it a safe score for NMIMS Mumbai or should I give one more attempt to maximise the overall.

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      Hi Rohit! Great score overall but I suggest going for a retake to increase QA. If you’re able to increase overall as well as sectionals, you will be increasing your chance of final selection. All the best!

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  5. patilrutuja

    Hi Prasad sir,

    Thank you for the detailed article.
    My first attempt score is QA-75, LR-80, LS-91, OA- 246. Please suggest should I go for a retake?

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      Hi Rutuja! Go for a retake as your QA seems to be on the lower side. Aim to take it beyond 80 and overall beyond 250 to stay ahead of the competition.

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  6. Nikita Nathrani

    Hi Sir, 

    Thanks for sharing your experience through this article. I’ve watched your video on How to crack NMAT and it has been really helpful.
    I gave my first IMS NMAT mock today and scored 180 (QA – 61, LS – 60 LR – 59).I have prepared for CAT but need to adapt to this new pattern of speed based test.I noticed many unfamiliar Deduction based question types in LR, so can you please suggest topics that I should focus on before the next test? Also, the DI sets gave me a tough time in QA because it took a lot of time to even get approximate answers.
    My first NMAT attempt is on 22nd December, can you please suggest how to go ahead with this? During the test, I was continuously looking at the timer so do you recommend breaking time into smaller slots and having a fixed target of questions for each slot?

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      Hi Nikita! Unfortunately I missed replying to your comment earlier. Hope your attempt went well. I generally don’t look at the timer that often. Possibly after every 10 questions or so. Also, you need to maintain your attempt and time equation. For example, if you’re solving verbal, then 9-10 questions every 7 minutes is important. RCs in between slow people down. Hence, you have to ensure that you go fast on other areas and maintain the ideal pace which is expected. Going too fast is a risk, so is going too slow. All the best!

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  7. Kunal

    Hello Sir,

    Gave my first nmat attempt and scored
    Total 238 (QA-64 , LR -85, LS-89)

    In QA section, i was struggling with time management and had to guess mark the last 4 to 5 questions
    Should i go for 2nd attempt, since my QA score is low and also what should i do to improve my speed in QA?
    Please advice sir.

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      Hi Kunal! Go for a retake. Your other two sections are great and if you work on your QA, you can definitely get a good score. 238 will fall short on two counts is what I think: overall and quant. All the best!

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  8. Hi Sir,

    Read your blog before preparing for NMAT and followed your advice regarding taking up ample mocks and finding the right order to attempt the test and I must say it helped me out a lot.

    Managed to score 277 (QA-83, LR-95, VA-99).

    Thank you!

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      Hi Souptik! Thanks for your feedback. The score looks great and I don’t think you need a retake. Prepare well for other exams of the season and all the best to you! 🙂

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  9. Kalpesh

    Hello Sir,

    I started giving NMAT previous pattern mocks and i had been scoring 230 on average but while giving adaptive exams my score has reduced to 200. so like CAT we always take 10 to 20 marks extra in actual exam than what we are scoring in SIM CAT mocks. is it same with NMAT ? How can i judge my performance ? Please guide…

    Regards
    Kalpesh

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      Hi Kalpesh! As you have seen in my post, the difference between IMS mock score and actual mock score could be marginal or it could be very high as well. Recently I was talking to one of the students who started in the range of 220 in IMS mocks, maxed at around 250 in one of the mocks, and ended up with a 268 on the actual. There is no definite answer to your question, but you can definitely expect improvement in your score.

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  10. Shubham Srivastava

    Hello Sir,
    OA-268
    QA-79
    LR-91
    LS-98
    Bit worried about QA sectional cutoff. What is your take on it? Should this be enough or do I need to go for another attempt?

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      Hi Shubham! Tough call. Great scores in the other two sections. I recommend going for a retake to push QA beyond 80. Just a safety net for yourself.

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  11. Sir, I gave NMAT today and got 238 (OA). 70QA 84 LR 84 VA. I want to push my scores to 260+ by my next retake and also clear cutoff of QA. How to move forward considering I also have XAT on 3rd and my retake1 is on 7th Jan. I have 1 free official mock and 7 IMS ( 4 Non-Adaptive & 3 Adaptive) mocks left with me,

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      Hi Jeet! LR and VA are pretty good. QA definitely is where you need to focus. I will keep the official mock for the end, may be on the 4th or the 5th and spread out other mocks such that I get sufficient time to prepare for XAT as well.

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  12. AA

    Hi sir,

    I’m having trouble with question types involving ‘Strong/Weak Arguments’ and ‘Implicit Assumptions’ and hence, I scored 220 in NMAT 101 (Non Adaptive) and 214 in NMAT 1 (Adaptive). Also, the DI sets that involve a lot of calculation, I tend not to solve them and mark intuitively, which hasn’t been quite fruitful though. Therefore, before proceeding towards giving more mocks I’d like to work on the same. Any insights as to how to go about these question types? Thanks.

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      Hi Sanket! Such a balanced split. In my view, this should clear the sectionals as well as overall cutoff. But considering the fact that a lot of students have scored beyond 250, if you want to close the deal, you can take it again to push it higher. Even if you decide not to, I think this should get you a call.

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  13. Nihal Makwana

    Hello Sir,
    I gave my 1st attempt today and I would like to thank you for your guidance. It really helped me. I scored 248 ( QA-75, VA-89, LR- 84)

    Should I give a second attempt ?

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  14. Kalpesh Kulkarni

    Hello Sir,

    I have given IMS mocks and NMAT official mocks, actually in IMS mocks i have been scoring excellent in LS but in official NMAT mocks i encountered 3 RCs in first 20 questions in both of my attempts which actually brought down my marks to 50s a drop of 35-40 marks. can you please tell me how should i approach such a situation in exam scenario if i encountered this many RCs ?

    Thanks & Regards
    Kalpesh

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      Hi Kalpesh! There has to be a fundamental change in the way you look at NMAT RC and other RCs. So you can’t read it the way you read CAT RCs, for example. When I read NMAT RC, my focus is to get the main points at the earliest and I am not reading for details. Rather, I am trying to find what is located where. Because I know that reading the RC is going to take a lot of time.

      Also, even if I get a lot of RCs in the beginning, I need to balance my time by doing other things faster. So you can go really fast with prepositions and analogies, etc (not at the cost of accuracy though), so that you maintain around 9-10 attempts every 7 minutes or so.

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  15. Ketan Srivastava

    Hello Sir
    I appeared for my first attempt today.
    Score : Overall-260
    QA-85 LR-85 LS-90
    Should I appear for one more attempt or this score will suffice?

    l

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  16. Varun Singh

    Hello Sir. Hope you are in good health.
    I gave my NMAT today and got an overall score of 245 ( QA – 77 , LS – 84 , LR – 84 ). Sir what are yoir insights on this score. Secondly, is it sufficient to get a call from NMIMS, Mumbai

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      Hi Varun. The split is good but I think you should consider a retake to increase your chance of final selection. Focus more on increasing QA beyond 80 and see if the other two can also be pushed up. All the best!

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  17. Yash Gupta

    Hello Sir. Hope you are in good health.
    I gave my NMAT today and got an overall score of 242 ( QA – 76 , LS – 83 , LR – 83 ). Sir what are your insights on this score. Secondly, is it sufficient to get a call from NMIMS, Mumbai or should I give a second try. ?

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      Hi Yash. The split looks pretty good but I think you should go for a retake and try to push it upwards. Focus more on increasing QA beyond 80 and see if the other two can also be pushed up. All the best!

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  18. PS

    Hi!

    250 and the score distribution looks neat. QA I guess should get through as well considering most of the people struggle with QA. In the earlier format, QA cutoff used to be around 65 when the overall cutoff used to be around 210. Considering the overall increase in the score reporting this year, I guess a 75 looks like good QA cutoff. Fingers crossed.

    If it’s not a lot of effort for you to go for a retake, I suggest that you take it in January and see if you can push both the quant and the overall upwards. NMIMS has a high weightage for written score in its selection process. So the higher your score, the better is your chance.

    Hope this helps! All the best! 🙂

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  19. isha verma

    Sir,
    i have received following scores in IMS NMAT test series mocks (qa/ls/lr):
    Adaptive 1 68/69/71
    adaptive 2 73/77/72
    adaptive 3 67/72/68

    i have been practicing from the official guide but not able to maximize my scores. i have my exam on 17 dec. Please help.

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      Hi Isha! Apologies for late reply. Hope your test went well and you were able to do justice to the paper. The mock scores posted by you indicate a balanced score across sections but at a lower level. So you will have to push all of them to clear sectionals as well as overall.

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  20. Arjun Tamiri

    Hi Prasad Sir,

    Firstly Lots of love & Respect and Many Thanks for being there to clarify each of our queries.

    I had given my 1st Attempt today, and felt that Actual Test was slightly tougher than IMS Mocks & Official Mocks

    My Overall score : 237 , QA: 74 , LR: 80 , LS: 83

    Will it suffice for NMIMS – Mumbai..? Agree that QA was on lower side. Definitely planning for Re attempt (post SNAP and IIFT season). But what would be the safe sectionals and overall score to secure call from Mumbai.? And How to improve from current score

    Thank You Sir,
    -Arjun Tamiri

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      Hi Arjun! Thanks for the feedback. 237 seems to be on the lower side and you should definitely go for a retake. Looking at how people have started performing on the test, I expect the cutoffs to go marginally higher than what we had estimated initially. So 78-80 for QA, 80-82 for LR, 82-84 for LS, somewhere around that. but that also pushes the overall cutoff high. I’ve been asking students to go for a retake the moment I see one sectional low. Even with all sectionals 80+, I recommend a retake to take overall beyond 250 and stay ahead of the competition. Predicting cutoffs is a tricky area and in the absence of data, it’s more difficult. All the best to you!

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  21. sudqwen

    Hello,

    I had given NMAT and my scores are :

    LS/LR/QA – 78/80/84

    Overall – 242

    Is this sufficient to get call as well as convert it for NMIMS ?

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      Hi! I recommend going for a retake to increase overall score and QA sectional beyond 80. The higher you score, the higher your chance of final selection. All the best!

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  22. Akash Mangla

    Hi Sir,

    I scored 221 in my first NMAT (LS – 91, LR – 74, QA – 56). Obviously I need to work hard and appear but could you suggest some tips? Also, what score do you think would be ideal to get a call from Mumbai(overall and sectional)?

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      Hi Akash! Great score in LS but both LR and QA are low, esp. QA. Overall cutoff in the range of 240-250 is the current estimate. However, this can change as we still have another month of tests to go. Apart from IMS mocks and material, I think investing in official guide and mocks will help you, if you’re seriously considering NMIMS Mumbai. All the best!

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  23. Chandan S

    Hello Sir,

    First of all I want to thank you for your guidance through the blog and How to Crack NMAT, SNAP sessions.

    I gave my first attempt on 14th Dec and scored 244 (QA-79, LR-81, LS-84)

    Is this good enough for NMIMS Mumbai or should I go for second attempt ?

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      Hi Chandan! Such scores make my job difficult. All the scores are pretty close to the sectional estimates that we have at this point of time. I suggest going for a retake to push your overall and sectionals up. All the best!

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  24. Sanidhya

    Hello sir,
    My score is – 256( VA- 90,LR- 82, QA- 84). I was rather sure of getting a call but now i see a few institutes saying that the LR cutoff would be close to 83-85. So, should i go for a retake??
    And are the scaled scores the final scores?

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      Hi Sanidhya! Great score overall and even the sectionals look pretty balanced. The problem with estimates is that they are based on the data received so far and are bound to change as we have another month of tests to go. The scores don’t change from what you’ve obtained right now and at the end of the entire test window, you will get your percentile. All the best!

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  25. Anurag Singh

    Hello Sir,
    I gave my NMAT yesterday and got an overall score of 257 ( QA – 81 , LS – 95 , LR – 81 ). Sir, are the sectionals fine for NMIMS Mumbai or should I try for reattempt?

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      Hi Anurag! The scores look good but as most of the students have started scoring in the higher range recently, you may want to consider a retake if you’re serious about NMIMS. Another attempt won’t hurt is what I think.

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  26. Akshat

    hello sir
    Firstly,Thanks for your 2cents,helped me sail my boat to somewhat extent.
    Here are my scores.
    QA-76 ,LS-89 ,LR-81 OA=246.
    Is it a safe score as far as total and sectionals are concerned or would you suggest a retake considering latest trends.
    Response awaited,Thanks in advance sir.

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      Hi Pratik! Based on the estimate, it’s borderline. I suggest going for a retake if you’re serious about NMIMS Mumbai. The overall and Language score looks extremely good but QA and LR both need some push.

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  27. Atul Anand

    Hi sir, I took NMAT yesterday and got 250(Quant-80, LS-81 and LR-89. Do I need to go for a second attempt in order to get into NMIMS Mumbai?

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      Hi Atul! The overall score is pretty good but LS 81 looks a little low to me. LR 89 is pretty sorted, even QA for that matter should clear the sectional estimate. I suggest going for a retake. All the best!

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      Hi Pearl! It’s pretty balanced but I am not sure about LR 81. Though it might just clear the cutoff, it’s a risk. If it’s not a lot of effort for you, go for a retake and increase your overall chance of selection. All the best!

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  28. ANSH MEHTA

    Hi,
    Took my first attempt today.
    Oa 264 (Qa 81, Lr 91, Ls 92)

    A little worried about clearing the sectional for Qa.

    Do you think this will suffice. I Don’t want to give a retake unless absolutely necessary.

    Thanks

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      Hi Ansh! I think this should be fine. Our latest estimates are:
      Overall – 240-250
      Sectionals:
      73-78 for QA
      80-85 LR
      82-85 for LS

      All the best for the rest of the season!

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  29. Aman

    Hello Sir,

    I gave my first attempt of NMAT and scored 243 (LS – 90, LR – 70 and QA – 83).

    Will this clear the cutoffs for NM Mumbai ? Or is retake required ?

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      Hi Aman! LR will not make the cut. Based on the scores that we’ve seen so far, our estimate is Overall 240-250 and sectionals as 73-78 for QA, 80-85 LR, and 82-85 for LS. The estimates keep changing as we still have a month of tests to go. I suggest a retake if you’re targeting NMIMS Mumbai.

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  30. Ananya

    Sir I gave my first NMAT attempt today, and I’m pretty disappointed with my score. I used got a 210 (QA -61, LR – 70, LS – 79) I used to score around the same marks in the IMS mocks as well. I have done the NMAT OG and the two free mocks from the NMAT site on which I scored a 214 and 231 respectively. I don’t know how and what more should I be doing to boost my scores… Sir could you please be able to help ? Also if there is anyway to reach out to you maybe mail you in detail everything so that I can get some advice on my prep here on. Please Sir. Thank you.

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      Hi Ananya! Pretty much all the sections need to go up, esp. QA needs a lot of improvement. I would recommend solving questions from the official GMAT quant guide, if you can borrow it from somewhere (solve only the ones that are relevant from NMAT perspective). Solving IMS material for all the sections is recommended. If you want to contact over a mail/message, please get in touch with your centre. They will be able to help you out with the details. All the best!

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  31. geetanshi bhayana

    Hello sir,
    I got my NMAT SCORES:
    OVERALL SCORE : 243
    QA – 78
    Language skills – 83
    Logic – 82
    Is it sufficient to get a call from NMIMS, Mumbai or should I give a second try. ?
    PLEASE HELP ,
    Thankyouuu:)

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  32. Hamid

    Hi Sir,
    Thanks for your blog which is detailed and insightful and helped me a lot in formulating strategy for NMAT. I gave my 1st attempt today and scored 265(QA-85, LR-81, LS-99). Would this score fetch an overall percentile of 98+ bcz NMIMS has high weightage to NMAT score for conversion. Also do I need to push LR or this score will clear sectional cutoff?

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      Hi Hamid! Glad you found it useful. The scores look pretty good to me and I doubt if LR will go beyond 81 but it’s still very close to the current estimate. Another attempt won’t hurt I guess. Great score in LS! All the best!

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  33. isha verma

    Hi sir
    i took my first attempt at NMAT on 23 dec.
    Quant : 70
    LR 80
    LS 90
    do you suggest retake? and how to work on quant ? also, i have been hearing that no slots are available these days

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      Hi Isha! Go for a retake. QA is lower than our sectional cutoff estimate. Quant needs a lot of practice, esp. on areas that are tested by NMAT. Focus on Arithmetic, Numbers, Algebra (linear + quadratic), sequence and series, Permutation Combination, Probability. Solving IMS material and mocks + NMAT OG and mocks should be sufficient. All the best!

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  34. ONISH GARG

    Hello Sir!
    I got 232 in the official free mock provided NMAT itself.
    The sectionals are:
    LR: 68
    QS: 79
    LS: 85
    Sir, please enlighten me on the sections I need to work on the most and also by how much should the total be pushed to get a call from NMIMS.

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      Hi Onish! The official mock (take 1) is one the easier side and people tend to score pretty high in that one. If you take the test test again, your score will fall down a bit. Looking at the scores that you’ve shared, LR definitely needs to go up. QS and LS look okay but a retake of that paper will give you a better estimate of your current level. All the best!

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  35. Rahul Kharkia

    Hello Sir,
    I managed to score 261-OA in my first attempt.
    My sectional wise scores are – QA – 84, LR – 86, LS – 91.
    Sir should I take another attempt or will this score be enough to clear the cutoffs ?

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      Hi MK! The overall score looks neat but QA is borderline as per our estimates. If it’s possible for you to go for a retake, I suggest you take an attempt and push your overall and QA up. All the best!

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  36. Himanshu

    Hello Sir,
    Second attempt results – QA-75; LS- 87; LS-97; Improvement from last time but I’m not so sure if Quant is enough to clear sectional cutoff. What do you suggest? Aiming for Nmims Mumbai. Thanks!

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  37. Himanshi

    Hello Sir

    OVERALL SCORE-245
    LS-81
    LR-84
    QA-80

    Worried about LS and overall score. Will a score of 81 in LS will be sufficient for NMIMS Mumbai? Pls advice! Thanks in Advance!

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  38. Arsene

    Hello Sir,
    I scored 262 during NMAT first attempt. Sectionals being QS: 84, LS:93, Logic: 85. Will sectionals be good enough to get NMIMS Mumbai call?

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  39. venkata reddy

    Hello Sir,

    I gave my first attempt of NMAT and scored 251 (LS – 87, LR – 82 and QA – 82).

    Will this clear the cutoffs for NM Mumbai ? Or is retake required ?

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      Hi Venkata! Looks safe to me. If you want to further improve your overall score, may be around 260+, you can consider a retake. But otherwise the current score looks good enough for a call.

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  40. Vidushi

    Hello sir, your feedbacks and videos to crack particular exams are extremely beneficial and gives me a holistic approach for that exam. Would you mind making such videos for TISS, IIFT and CMAT? I’ve been waiting for them for ages.

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  41. Ashita

    Hello Sir,
    Thank you so much for taking time out to guide and support us.
    I wrote my first attempt today and scored 264 (Qa – 89 LR – 78 LS – 97). I couldn’t crack an input output question (having gotten 3 in the test) and I immediately knew that my LR score has gone for a toss. Do I absolutely need to write a re-take in your opinion?

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      Hi Ashita. Great score overall. but LR is too close to the estimated cutoff. I suggest a retake which will also give you an opportunity to improve your overall score. As the written test score carries a lot of weight in the final selection, another attempt and a higher score will prove to be beneficial. All the best!

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  42. hi sir
    I took my first attempt on23 dec and scored 240 and now paid for a retake. However, there are no test center slots available in delhi. I even tried calling and mailing nmat authorities but nothing worked. I have been checking regularly and does not want to give home proctored. I dont know what to do as the last date to schedule a retake is 17 jan. Please help.
    Thank you.

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      Hi Isha. They keep opening slots but you will have to check the dashboard once or twice a day. If nothing is available, then you might have to travel a bit to the nearest location (people have travelled from Mumbai to Pune to take it on the desired date) or go for a remote proctored attempt (last resort). All the best!

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