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NMAT : Avoid these 5 mistakes
May 03 2024

The NMAT exam is arguably the most important exam in India for students wanting to secure the coveted MBA seats in NMIMS Mumbai - one of the top management institutes in the country. This is obvious from the high level of competition with more than 60,000 candidates competing for seats in various MBA programs such as Finance, Marketing, Operations, etc. 

Click here to take CAT and NMAT mocks In such a competitive scenario, it is very important to create a well-structured NMAT preparation strategy as a single mistake can hamper your chances of success! But there are some stupid mistakes that a lot of candidates make when they're seriously preparing to crack the NMAT exam. So this article deals with these mistakes which can be easily avoided with some effort…In other words “What to not do while preparing for the  NMAT Exam?”

Some of the common mistakes that many candidates make are highlighted here so that you can avoid them and avoid them as prepare for the NMAT exam much more successfully.

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1. Don’t skip any part of the syllabus thinking it’s easy

NMAT has three sections:

  • Quantitative Ability
  • Verbal Ability
  • Logical Reasoning
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Data Interpretation

With each of them having almost equal stakes in the exam. But some candidates foolishly focus only on Quantitative Aptitude and Verbal Ability thinking that only these are tough while the rest of the topics are a piece of cake! 

They believe that there is no need to separately study Logical Reasoning, Reading Comprehension, and Data Interpretation as these can be understood only by giving mock tests. So don’t make this error and provides equal importance to all or any of the topics within the NMAT exam. Of course, you should focus more on the topics that are your weaknesses and plan your study schedule accordingly but that doesn’t mean you neglect certain topics at all!!

2. Not planning out your schedule

Many aspirants forget to appear for NMAT mocks. And that is certainly true in the case of NMAT preparation. You should plan a strict study schedule which has both long-term and short-term plans for your study preparation and the most important thing is…you should stick to this schedule! This will provide you with a clear path to follow that is uniquely suited to your strengths and weaknesses. However, having said that, it's also important to schedule touch leisure in your preparation otherwise you'll burn out!

3. Not analyzing the results of NMAT mock-tests

Mock tests are an integral part of your NMAT preparation but just giving them is not enough. They are essential tools to analyze your preparation level and understand your strengths and weaknesses so that you can prepare accordingly from thereon.

In such a scenario, it is very stupid to just give the tests and not analyze their results. In fact, it is best that you give a full-length NMAT mock test even before you start any NMAT preparation so that you can obtain a general idea of what to focus on in your preparation. This will also help you in creating a customized study schedule.

4. Only just focusing on formulae and not the conceptual clarity

It is vital to find out all the specified formulae for NMAT preparation as they're necessary for solving questions. But this does not mean you can ace the NMAT exam by just learning all the formulae and knowing the various tips and tricks. In fact, the key to acing NMAT is actually conceptual clarity.

You should have a deep knowledge of all the NMAT topics with an understanding of all the applicable laws and principles. These take a while to find out in fact and just in case you've got any doubts, you ought to consult the varied resources available. This is the sole thanks to really achieve success during this hyper-competitive exam.

5. Focusing on the quantity but the quality of your preparation

And this is often certainly true even for the NMAT exam. Some students measure their preparation on the basis of a number of hours studied or even the number of mock tests attempted. Well, quantity is certainly no measure of success in this case.

Rather you ought to specialize in covering all the topics and clarifying all the concepts within the NMAT syllabus no matter the time it takes you (Less or more!). As they say in this case, working smarter not harder is the better option.

6. Revise everything that you study

It is very important that you understand the concepts and formulae you learn during NMAT preparation. However, it's equally as important that you simply revise them regularly in order that you'll remember them long-term. A common mistake that NMAT aspirants make is not leaving space in their study schedule for regular revision sessions.

So don’t make that mistake and revise the concepts and formulae you learn weekly and monthly. In fact, it's best to organize a formula sheet while learning the formulae and refer to this sheet daily in order that you'll remember all the formulae long-term. 

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Anisha Mukhija

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