If you aspire to study in one of the most revered b-schools in our country, Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies, you will have to crack a tricky test named Narsee Monjee Management Aptitude Test (NMAT). The NMAT exam is also recognized by other prestigious institutions. Thus, to pursue the career of your dreams, you’ll need to do incredibly well at this test. This article aims to make your preparation a bit easier by offering you tips to crack the test and successfully enroll in the institution of your choice.


For everyone who has appeared for other B-school exams, here’s a little eye opener – NMAT by GMAC is a whole new ball game.

Why is NMAT different than other exams?

  1. a) The Marking System – NMAT does not involve any negative marking although your marks are standardized according to the difficulty level.
  2. b) Timed Sections – Unlike other exams, each sections (3 in total) of the exam is timed separately. The three sections – Logical Reasoning, Quantitative Aptitude and Verbal Ability also carry different weightage.
  3. c) Attempts – You get 3 attempts to pass the exam in a two month window.

How To Crack The Paper?

Focus On Your Speed – While studying for NMAT’s QA part, you must keep in mind that you’ll be crunched for time. You’ll get as little as one minute for each question. While clearing and strengthening your basics is essential, paying heed to your speed will also do you good.

Strengthen Your Weaknesses – Find out your weak points, be it vocabulary, mathematics or logic, and work hard on it until it becomes your strength. Remember, you need to pass in each section separately. Use solved examples followed by mock tests to master your previous weakness.

Plan Your Practice – While you are practicing, make sure you strategize your course forward. Ideally your plan should entail examples > unsolved exercises > mock tests > previous year papers. When you’re done with this plan, you’ll be on top of your game.

Know The Best Way To Prepare – Find out the best way to study for each section. For Verbal Ability, start reading more books and increase your vocabulary base. For Quantitative Aptitude, clear your concepts and try achieving 100% accuracy. Finally, for Logical Reasoning, practice as much as you can. This way, you will prepare perfectly for every aspect of the paper.

Manage Your Time – When you actually get to your exam, relax, breathe and manage your time impeccably. Getting stuck on one answer will only get you behind schedule. Push yourself to complete as many questions as you can. Quantity over quality can be your strategy when it comes to NMAT.

Don’t Let It Get To You – While you are slumming it to achieve your final goal of successfully getting into the institution, do not forget to take some time off for yourself. Watch a movie, go out with your friends, enjoy a dinner out or do anything that will get the stress level down. If you are calm while you prepare, you’ll be calm till the end. And that’s a good idea.

CD-PI: The Next Step

Cracking the NMAT and making the cutoff is just one step towards getting into SBM, NMIMS, one of India’s premier B-Schools. The next rung of the ladder is the CD-PI process. Here’s how you go about that:

  • The CD-PI process of NMIMS evaluates both your aptitude and your attitude. The case requires the group to discuss and come to a consensus about a business decision. To ace the CD, you must be well-read, with awareness of the current affairs. So make sure you read the newspaper, not just the facts, but also the opinion pages, which improves your thought process. This will help you get an edge over others and lead the discussion. In the discussion, you are also likely to be evaluated on your attitude towards the business decision – towards profits, ethics, environment, consumer welfare etc.
  • Usually, attitude is inherent to you and it’s advised that you be genuine, but ethically and legally sound. Additionally, give special attention to your non-verbal communication during the discussion. The way you address others in the group, how assertive you are, how you enter the discussion, your posture, etc.
  • Essentially, these steps give you scope to work on your aptitude, your attitude towards business decisions, and your attitude towards other people.
  • Much like the case discussion, the interview too will evaluate your knowledge and your personality. On the knowledge front, you will be tested on academics, as well as your work experience. Brush up the important topics from your graduation. Jot down your responsibilities at your workplace, the kind of work you did, what all you learnt during the period, any instances where you demonstrated leadership, and the like. If your industry at work and subjects in graduation are unrelated, you may also want to gather domain knowledge about the sector in which you worked. Lastly, be well-prepared with hygiene questions such as your strengths, weaknesses, short-term goals, long-term goals, hobbies, achievements etc.

That’s your CD-PI Prep 101.

Finally, be confident and trust your instincts. It’s all going to work out for you. Good luck!

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