MBA Entrance Exam – NMAT Exam

NMAT exam is a national-level entrance examination for (to take) admission into MBA courses at NMIMS University and 33 other colleges in India. It is conducted by the Graduate management admission council (GMAC). Around 37 B-schools in India, 7 B-schools in South Africa, and 5 B-schools in the Philippines accept NMAT scores.

Interesting Facts about NMAT

  • NMAT is a candidate friendly exam, applicants can schedule the time, date, and venue of the exam according to their convenience.
  • The exam will be held for 88 days at 58 centers across India and 4 international states
  • The candidates can retake the exams for not more than 3 times with this 88-day duration.
  • NMAT Exam Pattern is changed in 2020 session, each section will have 36 questions each for a  score range of 12-120.
  • Sectional time limit will be different: language skills (28 min), quantitative aptitude (52 min) and reasoning (40 min) respectively.

NMAT 2021 Highlights

ParticularDetailAdditional Information
Conducting BodyGraduate Management Aptitute TestNMIMS Management Aptitiude Test by Graduate Management Aptitude Council 
Testing Window88 Day Window November 04, 2020 to January 30, 2021
Mode of ExamOnline Computer Based Test2 hour duration
Number of Questions108 questionsIndividual time limit alloted to each section
Number of Sections3Language Skills, Quantitative Aptitude, Logical Reasoning
Sectional OrderCan be DecidedOnce chosen has to be followed 
Retake3 opportunities to retake the examFrom November 5, 2020 to January 17, 2021
Participating Institutes35+ NMIMS, SPJIMR, ISB, XIMB, VIT, ICFAI, Shiv Nadar, SDA Bocconi13 B schools offere exclusive scholarship
Average Percentile Required90+Scores accepted by certain foreign institutes as well
NMAT 2021 Exam DateOctober first week – December third week (tentative)
Conducting bodyGraduate Management Admission Council (GMAC)
Exam TypeNational-level
Exam ModeComputer-based
Application FeesINR 2000/-
Number of attempts3 times in an academic year
Course OfferedMBA/ PGDM
Exam Centers58 centers in 56 cities
Participating institutes37 B-schools in India 7 B-schools in South Africa 5 B-schools in the Philippines

NMAT 2021 Important Dates

The official dates will be released by GMAC. But here is the tentative date according to the dates of previous NMAT exams

EventsStarting dateClosing dateFees
RegistrationJuly 2, 2021October 3, 2021INR 2000 + taxes
SchedulingJuly 2, 2021October 16, 2021
Late RegistrationOctober 4, 2021October 14, 2021INR 2500 + taxes
Retake registrationOctober 5, 2021December 14, 2021INR 2000 + taxes
Re-SchedulingJuly 2, 2021December 14, 2021INR 1100 + taxes
Retake SchedulingOctober 5, 2021December 14, 2021
Exam DeliveryOctober 4, 2021December 17, 2021
Announcement of Result3rd week of February, 2022
Official scorecard downloadMarch 31, 2022INR 200 (only if more than 5 scorecards are downloaded
Starting of registration of GD/ PIMarch 2022 onwards
GI/ PI March 2022 onwards

NMAT 2021 Exam Pattern 

NMAT is an online exam of 360 marks. It consists of a total of 120 multiple-choice questions divided into 3 sections: Language Skills, Quantitative Skills, and Logical Reasoning. Each objective type question carries 3 marks and there is no negative marking for wrong answers and unattempted questions.

NMAT 2021 Eligibility Criteria

The eligibility criteria to apply for NMAT is laid down by GMAC. The basic criteria is mentioned below but it may vary institute-wise.

  • Qualification – The candidate should be a graduate with at least 50% marks or should be in the final year of the graduate program. The part-time or correspondence bachelors are not encouraged.
  • Age limit – The candidate should not be more than 25 years of age. 

Eligibility Criteria for Overseas candidates:

  • The candidate should have a full-time bachelor’s degree in any discipline with at least 50% marks.
  • They should have appeared for GMAT and should have a score of 600 or above.
  • They should get clearance from the government of their country and a student visa from the Indian Embassy in the candidate’s country.

Last Updated: 16th Dec 2020

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