The NPAT or National Test for Programs After Twelveth is a much sought after entrance examination for admission in Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies. The NPAT has to be given for admission in the course of BBA. The exam is online and the questions are all MCQ based. There is one BBA general course and a BBA specialisation in Branding and Advertising.

Exam Pattern

The NPAT is a 100 minutes long examination that has 120 questions. There are three sections in the examination

  • Quantitative and Numerical Ability 
  • Reasoning and General intelligence
  • English language
Section Number of question 
Quantitative and numerical ability 40 
Reasoning and general intelligence 40 
English 40 

All these section carry equal weightage. There is no negative marking so attempt as many questions as you like. The difficulty level is moderate. The eligibility criteria for the exam for BBA is to get a minimum 50% in your class 12th boards and you must have passed in Mathematics as a subject. 

Overall preparation strategy

The exam has an equal number of questions from each section and a good way to start preparing for the exam include the following. 

1. Cover all the parts efficiently

It is advisable that you plan out your preparation at least 2 months before the exam so that you can give sufficient time to each portion. Prepare a time-table where you work on 2 parts  of the exam every day. This way you can attempt as many questions as possible.

2. Focus onĀ  the basics and a lot of paper solving

So the key to ace this exam is to know your basics in each of the portions and practice a lot of mock tests and previous year papers to improve your accuracy. There are many previous year papers and mock tests available online that you can easily find and solve. Remember to always analyse your performance and work on the weak areas.

3. Work on your time management skills

The difficulty level of the paper is quite moderate. The quantitative section has a high difficulty level that means you must try to attempt these questions with utmost accuracy and speed. Practice more such questions. Since 120 questions have to be attempted in 100 minutes, timing is everything. You must solve 3 papers daily 15 days before the exam to improve your time management skills. 

Section wise preparation strategy

1. Quantitative and numerical aptitude

This section tests your quantitative and mathematical skills. It consists of 40 questions and each question carries 1 mark.

Some preparation strategies

  • Try to learn as many shortcuts and formulas as possible to speed up your question solving time.
  • Try to give 35-40 minutes to this section while attempting the paper.
  • Solve the questions that you know first.

Some important topics

  • Surds and indices
  • Averages
  • Algebra and equations
  • Probability
  • Trigonometry
  • Ratios and proportions 


Quantitative Aptitude by RS Aggarwal

Quantitative Aptitude by Abhijit Guha

Fast track objective arithmetic by Arihant publication

2. Reasoning and general intelligence

This section tests your logical skills and common sense. It consists of 40 questions and each question carries 1 mark.

Some preparation strategies

  • Prepare more questions from the data interpretation part as more questions are tested from this area.
  • You can give 40-45 minutes to this section.
  • All the questions from this section must be attempted by analysing the information given.
  • Try to find out any common patterns in the sequences and series questions.
  • Practice the important questions from the books given below. 

Some important topics

  • Data interpretation
  • Analogy figuring and classification
  • Venn diagram
  • Statement of facts 
  • Problem solving questions
  • Data sufficiency


Model Approach to logical reasoning by RS Aggarwal

Analytical Reasoning by MK Pandey

Reasoning Verbal and Non verbal by Sijwalii

Data interpretation and data sufficiency by Ananta Ashisha 

3. English Language

This section attempts to test your vocabulary, comprehension and grammar skills. It consists of 40 questions and each question carries 1 mark.

Some preparation strategies

  • Try to practice grammar like preposition, tenses, as much as possible as there would be quite a lot of questions from this section.
  • Enhance your vocabulary as the comprehension portion will test your grasping of information skill.
  • Make a notebook of new words and read it every morning to improve your vocabulary.
  • Attempt this section within 35 minutes.
  • Try to read and practice more questions to ace this section.

Some important topics

  • Comprehension
  • Synonyms and antonyms
  • Sentence completion
  • Applied grammar
  • Error recognition


Objective General English by RS Aggarwal

Proficiency in reading by Ajay Singh

Reading comprehension by Pearson 

We hope we got you covered by these amazing strategies that will guarantee you cracking the NPAT. Prepare the three portions religiously and you are good to go! 

All the best! 


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