School of Business Management, Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies (NMIMS) is a constituent of the NMIMS university which in turn is a part of the Shri Vile ParleKelvaniMandal (SVKM) Trust a leading education body in India.<br />NMIMS is known for its Core MBA program (the institute offers a gamut of other MBA programs too) with a good Placement record. Though the institute boasts of prominent alumni (like the ex CEO of IPL Sundara Raman among others) the alumni network is poor due to lackadaisical attitude of the management. The campus (or the lack of it) is one major issue students have a problem with at NMIMS. Infrastructure standards are well maintained.<br />Narsee Monjee Management Aptitude Test (NMAT) is an all India entrance exam conducted by NMIMS for their MBA program consisting of 300 seats under the MBA programme, 30 seats under the MBA (Banking), 30 seats under MBA (Capital market), 30 seats under MBA (Actuarial Science), and 60 seats under MBA (Pharmaceutical Management), including management quota seats (There is an official management quota and a shortlist is declared for the same).<br />
NMAT has undergone a drastic change as it has moved from a pen and paper test to an online model. It is beneficial as it reduces certain human errors and malpractice. However some technology constraints have been noticed (In 2009 NMAT was a better conducted test than CAT) NMIMS has revamped their testing process as well, wherein every student can now take a maximum of 3 attempts, the time period being October 1st to December 31st of the year. Taking the best score of the three for GD-PI selection.<br />The Registration can be done online for a cost of Rs.1600 (but knowing NMIMS it may increase drastically this year) and every subsequent re-take is for Rs.1600. Re scheduling charges are Rs.800. The registrations start from 1st week of September usually.<br />
The Paper and its Pattern-<br />It consists of 120 questions, 48 of Quantitative techniques and Data Interpretation (D.I.), 40 of logical reasoning and 32 verbal reasoning, to be completed within Two hours. It does not have any Negative Marking and thus there is no harm in marking all the un-answered questions, preferably all with either one of A, B, C, D or E for all and not randomly marking.<br />The marks per question vary, but the overall marks for the paper is 360. The marking scheme is supposedly scaled and so you expect to get less than what you expected or if you're lucky, maybe even more than what you expected. <br />The Quant varies from the Easy to Moderate Difficulty range with more focus on Arithmetic based sums. <br />D.I case lets are also do- able although some may be calculation based and thus time consuming. <br />Logic is tricky in some cases and also time consuming but is solve-able and easy as compared to other entrance exams. <br />Verbal reasoning too comes in the easy category and a person can expect to score a full 32 correct answers. <br />Reading comprehension questions can be answered directly from the passage and do not require a lot of your own thinking (no inference based or application based questions)<br />
CUT OFF FOR THE YEAR 2010-11 was 210 overall, along with sectional cut offs of 78 for quant, 65 for logic and 55 for verbal.<br />THE BEST STRATEGY<br /><ul><li>To attempt the NMAT paper would be to firstly attempt all the easy questions (or rather leave out the difficult ones) and also attempt the questions with higher marks.
After that has been done you may answer the difficult ones or the ones you don't know by elimination method (strike out options one by one using whatever knowledge you have on the question).
Then finally in the 5-10 minutes left you can have the random marking (or the popularly known "tukka").</li></li></ul><li>GD-PI <br /><ul><li>Calls were given to around 2800 applicants and went on for almost 2 months. GD's were the traditional 10 people per GD with topics relating to current affairs and also certain abstract topics were given.
Regular reading and GD practice sessions should prepare you for that.
PI's were conducted by 3 panel members. Undergoing preparation in coaching classes or among focus group of friends would be ideal for preparation.
One has to pay approximately INR 1,000 over and above the cost of application to appear for the GD-PI. This makes NMIMS as one of the costliest B-schools to apply for in the country.</li></li></ul><li>Student life<br />Is restricted to the library and classroom as there is no campus to speak about. <br />The institute enjoys the fruits of being located in Mumbai and hence has good summer and final placements.<br />The industry interaction is one of the best in the country.<br />Overall verdict - <br />NMAT is an important exam in the MBA entrance calendar. <br />With its flagship core MBA program NMIMS is one of the leading management institutes in India.<br />It should be attempted with all seriousness and would require a considerable tweak in strategy when compared to CAT.<br />