My NMAT 2022 experience

I hope this finds you well! I’ve been documenting my NMAT experiences since NMAT 2020 and it has become a ritual that I look forward to every year. I recommend checking out my review of NMAT 2020 (score 291), and NMAT 2021 (score 281) as well to know more about what happened in each of these years, which will definitely help from a strategic point. I am also going to review the NMAT official mock (and its retake) which will also help you draw parallels between your score in the NMAT official mock and the actual NMAT.

I selected day 1 (Oct 10) for my attempt as it allows me to share my insights with the aspirant community and make some meaningful contribution. In terms of test venue/proctored from home choice, I always recommend a test venue attempt as one doesn’t have to worry about electricity and/or internet connection. Preparation wise, I don’t do anything during the year and my score doesn’t matter – but I make it a point to take NMAT official mock before I face the actual test. So, I ended up taking NMAT official mock 1 on the 8th and its retake on the 9th.

Review of NMAT official mock

As I was taking a full length test after a really long time, it took me a while to get to the required speed. I found the data interpretation sets to be painful – both in terms of the language in which the data is written and the numbers in the set. I wasn’t able to complete the LR section and missed the last three questions. The next day, though reluctant, I pushed myself and attempted the retake of the official mock. 

Notice how differently the scaling works and hence there is no point trying to figure out ‘what should be the maximum questions that one should do correctly to get a certain score?’ I made so many mistakes in both these tests but maybe because the questions that I got right were of higher difficulty in the second one, it scaled the score upwards.

Surprisingly, I landed up with the same percentage accuracy at the overall level. The low score in the LR section in Official Mock 1 can be attributed to my speed. If you’re unable to complete the test, it surely is going to impact your score adversely. With these scores, I was worried that the actual test may end up with a sub 280 performance. I’ve taken so many tests in my life that I am not scared of tests anymore – but I definitely get my share of jitters, every time I get up on the test day.

Test day experience:

I reached the test venue at about 11:15 for my 12-2 slot. They checked the identity proofs and directed me towards the test lab. I was surprised to see the lab full of students, quite different from my experience of last year. (After the test was done, I heard some of them sharing their scores with each other – 191, 195, 196, etc. and it left me wondering why people end up taking the test on day one and destroying their chance at NMIMS. I can understand a well-prepared candidate, walking in full swag on day 1 and doing well on the test – this, however, wasn’t true for the students I saw there.) They gave us two rough sheets. We were asked to sign a simple Yes/No kind of undertaking on COVID vaccination status and they collected it before the test. A pen was provided at the centre (I recommend carrying pens with you in any case) and transparent water bottles were allowed.

We were asked to log in at around 11:50 and go through the instructions, tutorial, and the section order selection. I retained my strategy of QA-LR-LS order because that works for me. You should choose the order that works for you and my choice need not be followed blindly. Please refer to the following video for a detailed analysis on all the sections:

Quantitative Skills

I found the overall difficulty of the questions on the higher side. Most of the questions required more than a minute to solve and there were traps in the language – I definitely figured one mistake where I marked the answer and after moving on to the next question, realised that it said the new value and not the old value. A suggestion to aspirants is to read the questions carefully. The DI sets were similar to what you see on the official guide. There is hardly any text data, too many things happening, and you need to make sense of that information. The table based set was calculation intensive but manageable. The bar graph was difficult to fathom and I sat on it for a significant amount of time. I ended up randomly marking two questions based on the bar graph in the interest of time. By the time I had reached the end of the section, I was tired of facing difficult questions one after another. Still, the last question was irritating data sufficiency and I took a half chance because I didn’t want to leave any questions. I had figured that my score was going to be on the lower side because of random marking DI questions and taking a few other guesses.

Logical Reasoning

The official mocks made me realise that I was sometimes going very fast with CR questions without reading the options properly. I made a conscious effort to avoid that during the test. I faced a painful matrix arrangement question with five dimensions which wasn’t possible to solve entirely. So, I went question by question and used elimination to answer the questions. The logic of input output wasn’t difficult but because it involved numbers + letters, converting from one form to another was time consuming. I was in control of the speed and didn’t feel the need to either increase or decrease my speed. I was able to complete the section with about 2 minutes to go on the timer.

Language Skill

The language section had a surprise in the form of only two Reading Comprehension passages. Earlier, they used to have three passages with four questions each. The passages weren’t very difficult to read and considering my general accuracy on RC, I think I had a decent attempt at both. The vocabulary questions were as usual arbitrary – you either know a word or you don’t and though you can make some intelligent guesswork, there is nothing beyond that. The parajumbles were pretty straightforward (except may be one of them which I took some time to crack the answer. What I generally do is solve it as if the options don’t exist and then try to locate the answer in the options. If I find it, I mark it right away but if I don’t, then I read options. Finding mandatory pair generally works pretty well and you can arrive at the answer in under a minute in most cases. The fill in the blanks questions based on prepositions were very simple. The sentence correction wasn’t difficult to spot and anyone with decent command on grammar rules could have easily managed all the questions. Overall, I think I did similar to what I was doing on the official mock and expected the score to be around the same range.

So, after finally submitting the test, in that small 5 second gap between you click on ‘submit’ and the score gets displayed on screen, my mind told me that I was going to fall below 280. I was just relived to see a 284 on the screen. It’s not the best that I could have done and I am certain that I can do better if I prepare a bit across the sections. Next time, hopefully 🙂

Quick suggestions to aspirants:

  1. Solve difficult problems of topics given in the official guide. So, when you are studying Percentages, or Equations, or Progressions, try to go a level above the questions given in the official guide. CAT material should be sufficient for this.
  2. Verbal reasoning is MORE important than traditional LR when it comes to NMAT. All the types – Assumptions, Inference, Decision Making, Course of Action, Conclusion, Syllogisms, etc. are important and you must solve questions of these to get better.
  3. Do the grammar rules, prepositions very well so that those questions can be cracked with 100% accuracy. Vocabulary can’t be predicted but make an effort to improve it, as much as possible.
  4. NMAT rewards speed and accuracy. You must work on building both to get to a high score.

Past Cutoffs:

The table shows the cutoffs of various NMIMS programs.

Use the following link to upload your scorecards. Your scorecards will be safe with me but if you wish to hide your personal details, you may only upload cropped part of the scorecard. This data will be used to find any correlation between time period when one takes the test and the score. There is a theory that the test becomes more difficult as we progress but nobody has proved or disproved the theory with any evidence. Here is my attempt to find the truth.


Hope this effort has helped you. The analysis is to give you insights that you don’t find elsewhere. I will be very happy if this analysis pushes your score up. Thanks for reading and all the best for NMAT and the season ahead.

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17 thoughts on “My NMAT 2022 experience

  1. Saurav Suman

    Hello Sir,
    I have got a score of 244 in my NMAT Exam. (LS-89, LR-82, QS-73) With a score of 73 in Quants, what are the chances to get a call from NMIMS Mumbai?


    1. PS

      Should be fine I think. QA was 70 last year and the only trend that I am seeing this year so far is that quant is the least scoring area and verbal is the max scoring area.


  2. Lekshmi

    Hello Sir,
    I have an Overall score of 243 in my NMAT Attempt. But my score for the LR section is a 74 . Is that considered a risky score for NMIMS Mumbai?


  3. Lekshmi

    Hello Sir
    I have an overall score of 243 in my NMAT attempt. My sectional score for LR is 74. Is that considered a risky score for NMIMS Mumbai?


    1. PS

      Last year LR was 71. I think 74 should be fine but it depends on how things go from here. Most of the students are taking the test in December so it’s a little difficult to comment on cutoffs right now.


  4. Snigdha

    Hi sir, I am a student of IMS Online. I have my NMAT slot scheduled on Dec 2nd, and just started my preparation. I am clear with the syllabus and stuff but while attempting the NMAT mocks on the IMS portal the screen is getting stuck for the RCs and constantly popping up to go through every corner. What can I do regarding the same and what is the recommended no of mocks in these 3 days?


  5. RG

    Hi Sir,
    I am an IMS online student. I appeared for NMAT and got a score of 236 and cleared the other cutoffs but only secured 61 in QA. Could you give some advice as to what are my options/chances with this score?
    Additionally, are there any resources for IMS students about what to do after appearing for the test and when colleges usually call students?



    1. PS

      Hi. The QA cutoff (for SBM Mumbai Core) should be close to 70. You will have a shot mostly at MBA Digital Transformation, Indore, Hyderabad, etc. In terms of post-test process, we will have a GDPI program and the interviews are conducted from January to April.


  6. sb

    Hello sir, today I gave my official mock and scored 206 (
    LR-69, QUANT – 57, LS- 80) so I’m lil satisfied with my scores as of now because I took a few IMS mocks (nearly 7 ) and in that my highest score was 168. My exam is on 19th dec, so will I able to clear the cut offs with good amount of practice and taking mocks every 4th day.


    1. PS

      Start working on your Quant and LR as those two are on the lower end. You will need to take QA to 70+ and LR to 76+ at least looking at the last year data.


  7. Hello Sir, I am scoring between 185-200 in IMS mocks. I have my NMAT exam on 3rd Dec, Could you give some advice as to what are my options with this score? I have not given NMAT official mock yet.


    1. PS

      Hi. Take the official mock today and its retake tomorrow. I think a 185-200 in IMS mock should be somewhere around 220+ in the official mock. Then depending on the sectional performance, figure out the area where you need to push.


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