NMAT EXAM Guide: Everything You Want to Know

What is NMAT?

The NMAT Exam 2020 is a management entrance test for admissions to MBA/PGDM courses offered by NMIMS University and other famous B-Schools in India.

  • Pearson VUE is conducting the NMAT 2019, on behalf of Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC), from October 4 to December 17, 2019as an online exam.
  • The NMAT is quite similar to GMAT and the candidate can attempt the exam three times in a 75-day test window.
  • The NMAT Registration 2019(with late fee) is now open and the exams can also be scheduled.
  • In the first exam, the Language skills section was difficult and the Quant section was comparatively simple. Click on the link to know the details of NMAT exam cut-offs

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NMAT Eligibility Criteria 2019

The exam conducting authority has listed the following eligibility criteria for NMAT 2019. All the management aspirants should first verify with the eligibility criteria mentioned.

  • The graduation degree can be from any stream, in the form of 10+2+3 or 4 years.
  • A minimum of 50% marks in the final year of graduation is mandatory.
  • Candidates awaiting results or appearing in the final year examination are also eligible. Admission is subject to the submission of graduation mark sheets and qualifying certificate.

Candidates should check the eligibility criteria set by the NMAT participating colleges. A total of five institutes can be chosen while applying and each of these institutes may have a completely different eligibility criterion for admission. 

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NMAT 2019 Highlights

NMAT is turning out to be one of the most sought after exams in the management field. Here are some main pointers about this exam.

Exam NameNMIMS Management Aptitude Test
Conducting BodyGraduate Management Admission Council (GMAC)
NMAT 2020 convening bodyGMAC
Exam LevelNational
Exam FrequencyOnce a year
Exam ModeOnline
Exam Duration180 minutes
Exam Syllabus-Language Skills
-Quantitative Skills
-Logical Reasoning
Exam Pattern120 Questions
Exam FeeINR 2000/-
Number of Applications ReceivedMore than 30,000 in 2018
Exam PurposeAdmission into top business schools of India such as:
-Shiv Nadar,
-SDA Bocconi,
-LM Thapar, etc.
Course OfferedMBA / PGDM
No. of Test Cities46
Exam Helpdesk No.0120 4397855
Exam Websitehttps://nmatbygmac.nopaperforms.com/

NMAT BY GMAC 2019 Dates

The table below contains primary details about NMAT exams 2019.

NMAT EventsNMAT Dates (2019)Salient Features
NMAT Exam Window opens05-Oct-2019To be held in a single session in 46 cities
NMAT Exam Window closes17-Dec-2019To be held in a single session in 46 cities
Preliminary NMAT 2019 Scoresheet15-Jan-2020NMAT scorecards are now available on NMAT by GMAC official website
NMAT 2019 final scoresheet release date31-Mar-2020NMAT 2019 final scoresheet will be released on the official website of NMAT by GMAC

Top MBA Colleges Accepting NMAT Scores

Here is a list of the top colleges which accept the NMAT scores.

NMAT Participating B-Schools

Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies (NMIMS)School of Management, BML Munjal University
VIT UniversityAlliance University
Ansal UniversitySP Jain Institute of Management and Research
ICFAI Business School (IBS)SRM University
T.A. Pai Management InstituteXavier University, Bhubaneswar
Bennett University, DelhiShiv Nadar University, Greater Noida
Woxsen School of Business Management, HyderabadGITAM, Hyderabad Business School
CMS Business School, Jain universityLM Thapar School of Management
SDA Bocconi Asia CenterITM Business School, Mumbai
Indian School of Business, HyderabadPandit Deendayal Petroleum University
School of Inspired LeadershipAthena School of Management
Universal Business SchoolISBR Business School
Amrut Mody School of Management, Ahmedabad UniversityBombay Stock Exchange Institute (BSE Ltd.)
University Petroleum & Energy Studies (UPES)

NMAT 2019 Selection Process

The NMAT selection process involves a GD (Group Discussion) and a PI (Personal Interview) conducted by each institute accepting NMAT score. The image below gives a brief into the entire admission process offered through NMAT.

The different stages of the NMAT selection process are:

1’st Stage: NMAT Exam 2020

The first stage is about qualifying in the online exam. The online paper has three sections- Language Skills, Quantitative Skills and Logical Reasoning.

NMAT Exam Pattern

The test is for 2 hours and consists of 120 MCQ questions. The table below indicates the distribution of questions and the time allocated for each section.

Section NameNumber Of QuestionsAllotted time in minutes
Language Skills3222
Quantitative Skills4860
Logical Reasoning4038

2’nd Stage: GD-PI Round

The second stage involves the GD and PI round which is conducted for candidates who meet the stipulated cut-offs set by the institution.

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The participating institute could also choose to conduct the WAT (Writing Ability Test) or Case Discussion (CD) round instead of the usual GD round. The final admission is generally based on the performance in both the NMAT online test and the GD-PI round.

NMAT 2019 Test Centers

The table contains all the test cities for conducting the NMAT. Exams can be rescheduled based on convenience.

NMAT Test Cities:


NMAT 2019 Exam Day Guidelines

  • Reach the allotted exam center at least an hour before the exam commences.
  • Take along the NMAT 2019 admit card and a valid photo ID (original and photocopy) to the exam hall
  • List of valid photo IDs are Aadhaar Card, Voter ID, PAN card, Driving License and Debit Card/Credit Card (that contains the signature of the candidate)
  • Do not take any of the prohibited items including mobile phones and other electronic devices.
  • Carefully read through the instructions mentioned in the NMAT admit card.

NMAT 2019 Test Locations Abroad

Test CityCountry
ColomboSri Lanka

 NMAT 2019 Test Centre Facility for Test Takers with Disabilities

Disabled candidates are provided special facilities for the NMAT, including accommodation facility. A request should be submitted to the GMAC while filling up the NMAT application form.

Candidates having the following disabilities can avail of this facility:

  • Mobility impairment
  • Learning disability
  • Blindness (low vision to no vision)
  • Leprosy
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Others

Other arrangements made by GMAC for disabled candidates are:

  • Reader
  • Extra time
  • Large fonts
  • Mobility assistance

Note: Applicants with vision impairment can take the help of a scribe. However, they need prior approval by the GMAC before taking the exam. 

NMAT 2019 Contact Information

NMAT Registration Application and payment related queries can be addressed to:

  • Email Support: [email protected]
  • Helpdesk For NMAT Scheduling related queries
  • Phone: 0120 4397855 – Monday to Saturday (8:00 AM to 6:00 PM IST) (Except public holidays)
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Official Website: https://nmatbygmac.nopaperforms.com/
  • Phone Number: 09213027791

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FAQs on NMAT Exam 2020

Q. What does the 75-day test window mean?

A. The 75-day test window allows the candidates to schedule their exams based on their level of preparation. A maximum of 3 attempts is allowed for each candidate. This is quite a helpful feature for candidates who aren’t satisfied with their performance the first time. Here are some of the advantages of NMAT exam.

Q. How many times can I apply for the NMAT exam?

A. Duplicate/multiple applications will not be accepted. Multiple registrations will lead to cancellation of the application.

Q. What is the specification for documents to be uploaded in the application form?

A. For the documents to be uploaded the specifications are as under:
Should be in acceptable formats – JPG, PNG, and GIF
Landscape or rotated pictures will not be accepted
The image size cannot exceed 1 MB. A white or light-coloured background is preferred for the photos.

Q. Can the applications be edited in the NMAT Application Process?

A. Only changes in the ‘School Preference’ and ‘Communication Preference’ fields are accepted after submission of the application fee. All fields should be verified before the final submission.

Q. How will the candidates get to know about the time and date slot for NMAT test?

A. Candidates can select a date and time slot of their choice and it is allotted on a first-cum-first-serve basis. After successfully registering your application, the candidate can schedule their exam. This option is available under the exam tab on the candidate dashboard. The details of the exam including, date, time slot and exam venue are printed in the admit card.

Q. How can I retake the NMAT?

A. The retake option is available in the existing registration account after the first attempt once the application fee is paid. The exam can be reattempted two times during the 75-day test window. A 15-day gap is needed before the retaking NMAT exam again.

Q. How do I reschedule my NMAT exam 2020?

A. One can reschedule the exam within 72 hours before the exam date. A different date, time and test venue can be selected, subject to availability. An additional fee is charged and a confirmation email is sent when the rescheduled slot is available.

Q. Can a section be reviewed after completing it?

A. Answers in a particular section can be reviewed and edited within the time allotted for that section. You cannot go back to a section once you start the next session.

Q. What do scaled scores and percentile scores mean with reference to NMAT exam 2020?

A. Here is the main difference between the two:
Scaled scores – The test forms are equated to eliminate differences in the difficulty levels and the raw test scores are normalized on the basis of a common scale to arrive at scaled scores.
Percentile scores – It is the candidate’s score/rank in comparison with the score/rank of all the other test-takers.

Q. The NMAT exam windows are divided into how many windows?

A. The NMAT exam window is for a period of 75 days, divided into 5 windows of 15 days each (including the first and last date).

Q. What does it mean to retake the NMAT exam ?

A. It means that the aspirants can appear for a total of three-time for NMAT. However, there needs to be a gap of 15 or more days between each retake.

Q. What is scheduling and rescheduling of NMAT exam?

A. Scheduling the exam means to choose a time slot and this can be done after the payment of the application fees. Re-take scheduling is about scheduling the retake of the exam. Rescheduling refers to choosing another time slot and date in case a candidate is unable to take the exam on the day chosen.

Q. Are the NMAT scores accepted at top B-schools too?

A: More than 30 institutions accept the NMAT score—ISB, SPJIMR, Xavier University, IBS Hyderabad are a few of them.

Q. Is the NMAT exam very tough?

A: When compared to the other MBA entrance exams, the NMAT questions are moderately tough. The logical Reasoning section was considered to be the toughest section in NMAT 2019. Check the complete NMAT exam 2020 syllabus, clicking here.

Q. How is the NMAT exam different from other MBA entrance exams?

A: The NMAT exam 2020 test period is longer when compared to other entrance exams and a candidate can appear three times in case they are not satisfied with their scores.

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