NMAT 2021 Application Form, Eligibility, Exam Dates, Exam Pattern, Result and Cutoff

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

    NMAT is a flexible exam. The candidates can schedule the time, date, and venue of the exam according to their convenience. In the previous year, the exam was conducted from October 4th, 2019 to December 17th, 2019. The exam is held for 72 days at 58 centers across India and 4 international. The candidates can retake the exams for not more than 3 times with this 72-day duration.

    NMAT 2021: Key Features

    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
    Official websitenmat.org.in

    NMAT 2021 Important Dates

    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

    S.No.EventsStarting dateClosing dateFees
    1.RegistrationJuly 2, 2021October 3, 2021INR 2000 + taxes
    2.SchedulingJuly 2, 2021October 16, 2021
    3.Late RegistrationOctober 4, 2021October 14, 2021INR 2500 + taxes
    4.Retake registrationOctober 5, 2021December 14, 2021INR 2000 + taxes
    5.Re-SchedulingJuly 2, 2021December 14, 2021INR 1100 + taxes
    6.Retake SchedulingOctober 5, 2021December 14, 2021
    7.Exam DeliveryOctober 4, 2021December 17, 2021
    8.Announcement of Result3rd week of January 2022
    9.Official scorecard downloadMarch 31, 2022INR 200 (only if more than 5 scorecards are downloaded
    10.Starting of registration of GD/ PIMarch 2022 onwards
    11.GI/ PI March 2022 onwards

    NMAT 2021 Exam Pattern 

    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.

    SectionsNo. of questionsThe time limit in minutesMarks
    Language Skills322296
    Quantitative Skills4860144
    Logical Reasoning4038120
    Total120120360

    NMAT 2021 Coaching Centers

    NMAT 2021 Coaching Centers

    There are various coaching centers that have been helping students crack the competitive exams. Below is the list of coaching classes that are best in a particular region.

    Region Coaching centers
    Northern IndiaPT Education Bull's Eye T.I.M.E. Career launcher IMS Learning Resources
    Southern IndiaCareer Launcher T.I.M.E. IMS Learning Resources
    Eastern IndiaT.I.M.E Career Launcher IMS Learning Resource
    Western IndiaT.I.M.E. Creek Forum IMS Learning Resource PT Education
    Central IndiaCareer Launcher IMS Learning Resource Path Finder Cerebral Heights

    NMAT 2021 Eligibility Criteria

    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.

    NMAT 2021 Application Process

    NMAT 2021: Application Process

    • Create an account with valid email id in nmat.org
    • Provide all the other details like contact information, personal details, education and work experience, list of programs to apply, and the ID that will be used at the test center.
    • Choose the institutes to apply for, so the scores can be sent to these institutes.
    • Upload a photograph of yourself.
    • After registration, schedule your examination by choosing the test center, date & time.
    • Pay an application fee of INR 2000.
    • Payments can be made through only Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Debit Card, Net Banking, Diners Club, Mobile Wallets. For rescheduling, payments will only be accepted through credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, and American Express).

    NMAT 2021: Exam Centres

    The exam will be conducted in 58 centers across 56 cities across India and in 4 international centers. The candidates can choose the test centers according to their convenience.

    Domestic Locations:

    RegionCities
    NorthAgra, Chandigarh, Dehradun, Delhi, Faridabad, Gurgaon, Jammu, Kanpur, Lucknow, Noida, Patiala, Varanasi
    WestAurangabad, Rajkot, Ahmedabad, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Kota, Mumbai, Nagpur, Nasik, Pune, Pilani, Surat, Vadodara
    SouthAurangabad, Rajkot, Ahmedabad, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Kota, Mumbai, Nagpur, Nasik, Pune, Pilani, Surat, Vadodara
    CentralBhopal, Indore, Jabalpur, Raipur
    EastBhubaneswar, Guwahati, Jamshedpur, Kolkata, Patna, Ranchi, Shillong

    International Locations:

    CityCountry
    KathmanduNepal
    ThimphuBhutan
    DhakaBangladesh
    ColomboSrilanka

    NMAT 2021 Admit Card

    NMAT 2021: Admit Card

    The admit card will be released on the official website. The candidates can download it from their NMAT by the GMAC account.

    Steps to download the admit card:

    • Go to the official website of NMAT.
    • Find the link 'Download Admit Card'. Click on the link.
    • Enter into your NMAT by GMAC account by entering your registered email id and password.
    • Admit Card will appear. 
    • Download the admit card and get a print out to take it to the exam center 
    • In case of any problem with the admit card, the candidates can contact the NMAT helpdesk.

    NMAT 2021 Syllabus

    NMAT 2021: Syllabus

    As seen in the exam pattern, NMAT paper is divided into three sections consisting of various topics under every section. The detailed syllabus for each section is given below in a tabular form.

    Topics for Language Skills

    ComprehensionGrammarVocabulary
    • Para Jumbles
    • Reading Comprehension
    • Choosing the correct preposition
    • Error Identification
    • Antonyms
    • Synonyms
    • Fill in the Blanks
    • Analogies
    • Cloze Test

    Topics for Logical Reasoning

    Analytical ReasoningVerbal Reasoning
    • Classification
    • Linear & Circular Arrangements
    • Blood Relation Questions
    • Syllogisms
    • Series Questions
    • Coding Questions
    • Alphabet Test Questions
    • Direction Questions
    • Matrix Type Questions
    • Input-output Questions
    • Other Reasoning Questions
    • Symbol Based Questions
    • Statement & Assumption Questions
    • Statement & Argument Questions
    • Decision Making and Course of Action
    • Statement and Inference Questions
    • Critical Reasoning

    Topics for Quantitative Aptitude

    Algebra

    Arithmetic

    Data Interpretation

    Geometry & Mensuration

    Modern Math

    • Inequalities
    • Equations
    • Linear Equations
    • Log
    • Quadratic Equations
    • LCM/ HCF
    • Logarithm
    • Absolute value
    • Other Questions on Algebra
    • Simple & Compound Interest
    • Time & Work
    • Percentages
    • Ratio Proportions
    • Numbers
    • Bar Chart
    • Tables
    • Line Graphs
    • Pie Chart
    • Triangles
    • Lines
    • Polygons
    • Angles
    • Square & Rectangles
    • Circumference, Circle-Radius, Chord, Diameter, Tangent, Arc, etc
    • 3-D Figures
    • Cubes
    • Base Angle Theorem
    • Pythagoras Theorem
    • Quadrilaterals
    • Longest Side Theorem
    • Rhombus
    • Parallelograms
    • Cuboid
    • Trapezium
    • Cone
    • Cylinder
    • Sphere
    • Probability
    • Permutation & Combination
    • Set Theory
    • ProgresSion-Arithmetic, Geometric, Harmonic, Relationship
    • Coordinate Geometry
    • Venn Diagrams

    NMAT 2021 Preparatory Tips

    The candidates who are planning to appear for NMAT 2021 have almost a year to prepare for the exam. But when you start preparing even 1 year seems to be too short to complete the syllabus if the student has not planned their preparatory journey. The candidates have to study in a smart and effective way to bring the best within the time they have. So below are some of the tips to plan your preparatory journey for NMAT.

    • Know the syllabus

    The first thing that should be done when you decide to appear for NMAT or any other competitive exam is to know the syllabus. Figure out the topics from which more questions are asked and the topics from which very few questions are asked or the topics from which no questions have been asked for years. This will help you segregate important topics and less important topics. According to this, you can plan which topics to be prepared before and on which topics more time should be spent.

    • Prepare a timeline to complete the syllabus

    Time management is not only required during the exam but also during the preparation of the exam. Preparing a timetable can be helpful. The preparation can be completed in 3 months, 6 months or can take up to 1 year, depending upon how you plan. The timetable should not only include the completions of topics but it should also include the time for practice, mock tests, and revision.

    • Understand the concepts

    Conceptual clarity is very important. You don’t know how twisted the question may be asked in the examination. But if your basics are clear then you may find a way to untwist the question and find the correct answer. 

    You can join coaching classes or can prepare by yourself with the help of books and videos. You can just take crash courses if you don’t want to take the year-long coaching classes. It totally depends on the candidate to choose what can work best for them. Sometimes the student keeps on going to the coaching classes but they don’t find time for self-study. In such cases, crash courses can be best, where the concepts will be cleared in the minimum required time and the student can spend more time practicing and taking mock tests. Try to complete the theories as early as possible and spend more time on solving and practicing the sample papers.

    • Know your strength and weakness

    Knowing your strengths and weaknesses is an important part of preparation. When you know which topics are easy for you to understand and solve, then they are your strengths. You can spend less time on them during the preparation. And they will help you increase scores in the examination.

    The topics that are tough for you to understand and solve are your weaknesses. We usually try to skip or pay less attention to the topics that are tough. But these topics can be important topics and can hold more questions in the examination. So rather than skipping them, we should try to spend more time on them. This will help you to minimize the number of wrong answers and unattempted questions in the examination. So know your strengths and weaknesses and plan your timetable according to it.

    • Know the shortcuts and tricks

    Time management is very crucial during the examination. NMAT has sectional timing and you need to try your best to attempt each and every question. You have to find the correct answer in the minimum time possible. Coaching classes teach the students with some tricks to solve questions quickly. You can also find videos for such tricks and shortcuts on youtube. Knowing some of these can be beneficial.

    • Practice the sample papers and previous year question papers

    Practice as much as you can. Practice will help you increase your speed in solving questions. Practice will also help you figure out how clear your basics are. Solve the sample papers and previous year questions papers to get an idea of what type of questions are asked in the examination. It will help you understand the question pattern, help you to revise, will increase your speed, and boosts confidence.

    • Take official preparation for NMAT or other mock tests

    A mock test is like real exams, where you have to solve the question paper in the required time. This helps you analyze the level of your preparation and highlights the areas of improvement. You can figure out your solving speed, topics you are unable to solve, expected scores, etc. With this, you can improve the areas where you are weak.

    NMAT by GMAC offers an official preparation for the exam. The students can also take this and figure out how good they are with their preparation.

    • Do revision

    Before you start a new day, revise what you have studied the previous day. When you start learning new topics every day, there are high chances of forgetting the old topics. Revise the topics every day. Just make a quick look through all the topics you have studied. Don't spend much time on these, just take a quick look and move forward. 

    NMAT 2021 Best Android/ iOs Apps

    NMAT 2021 Best Android/ iOs Apps

    There are apps that help the candidates to prepare for different exams. The apps that help to prepare for management entrance exams offer sample papers, previous year question papers, and conduct mock tests and to prepare the students for different exams. These apps also analyze the performance of the candidates and highlight the weak points. Some of the android or iOs apps for preparation of NMAT are:

    • MBA Test Prep - This is the highest rated app for the management entrance exam preparation. They help to prepare on a daily basis with a word list, the question of the day, a tip of the day, a puzzle of the week, news, and announcements. They offer 12 NMAT mock tests and also the mock tests of other exams.
    • TCY Exam Prep - They offer at least 10 free tests for NMAT or any other exam along with performance analytics. They provide guidance and they have challenging zones to complete with other users.

    Section-wise preparation tips

    As we know there are 3 sections in NMAT and each section has been assigned with limited time. So each section needs to be prepared properly to utilize the time effectively.

    • Tips for Language skills

    This section has 32 questions to be completed in 22 minutes. All you require here is strong grammatical skills and good vocabulary to give the best in this section. You should also have speed reading skills to read the comprehension passage and try to mark the important words and phrases to find them easily while answering the questions related to the passage. All you can do for this section is read as much as possible. Read every day and try to learn the new words you go through.

    Some of the important topics are Reading Comprehension, Sentence Correction, Grammar-based questions, Prepositions, Critical reasoning, Vocabulary based Antonyms, Synonyms, and fill in the blanks.

    • Tips for Quantitative Aptitude

    This section has 48 questions to be solved in 60 minutes. This section has the highest number of questions. This section requires speed and accuracy. It can be beneficial if you are aware of the shortcut tricks for a quick calculation. 

    Some of the important topics are Numbers, Coordinate Geometry, Quadratic Equations, Inequalities, Simplification, Profit Loss, Average, Allegations & Mixtures, Ratio & Proportion, Time, Speed & Distance, Simple & Compound Interest, Clock & Calendar, Permutation & Combination, Probability, Data Sufficiency, Bar Graph, Pie Chart, and Table.

    • Tips for Logical Reasoning

    This section has 40 questions to be answered in 38 minutes. Some of the important topics for this section are Decision Making, Arrangements, Series, Numerical Grid, Family tree, and Verbal Reasoning. This section totally depends on your practice. So practice as much as you can.

    NMAT 2021: Preparation Books

    There are various books present online for the preparation of NMAT exams. It is not necessary to buy books related to NMAT only. The sections in all the MBA competitive exams are almost similar and you can refer to general books from known authors for better understanding of the concept. Even the candidates can refer to the books from the top coaching centers.

    • NMAT by GMAC Official Guide

    The candidates planning to take NMAT exams can buy the NMAT official guide. This guide is from the makers of the GMAT and has an official source of information about the format and structure of the examination. It includes concept discussion of each section, past year question papers, new questions with answer key & explanation, and practice papers.

    • Books for Language Skills

    The language skill section consists of reading comprehension, English grammar, word meaning, and verbal ability. The candidates can prepare for this by reading the newspaper, editorials, novels, etc. and improve their vocabulary and reading speed. For grammar, it's best to refer to the grammar book of class 6 to 10. Clearing the concepts would make it easy to solve grammatical questions.

    Some of the books that can be referred for language skills are:

    • How to prepare for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for CAT - Arun Sharma
    • Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for CAT - Nishit K. Sinha
    • Objective General English - S.P Bakshi (Arihant Publication)
    • Word Power Made Easy - Norman Lewis
    • High School English Grammar & Composition - Wren & Martin
    • Books for Quantitative Skills

    Not only for NMAT but quantitative aptitude is a major part of almost all competitive exams, so there are various books to choose from. Consider the books that explain the concepts in easy language and give an idea for what sort of questions usually appear in the exam. This section usually requires speed and accuracy and this can be only through conceptual clarity and continuous practice.

    Some of the books that can be referred for Quantitative Aptitude are:

    • Quantitative Aptitude - R.S. Agarwal
    • Quantitative Aptitude for CAT - Arun Sharma
    • Quantitative Aptitude for MBA Entrance examinations - Abhijit Guha
    • Books for Logical Reasoning

    For logical reasoning, the only thing that can help is practice. You may go through the topics but the questions would always be twisted and that can be solved with a lot of practice. You can always learn some tricks to find a way to the solution.

    Some of the books to prepare for Logical Reasoning are:

    • How to prepare for logical reasoning for CAT - Arun Sharma
    • Non Verbal reasoning - R.S. Agarwal
    • A Modern Approach to Logical Reasoning - R.S. Agarwal
    • Logical Reasoning - Arihant Publication
    • Logical and Analytical Reasoning - Ashok Gupta

    NMAT 2021 FAQs

    NMAT 2021 FAQs

    Ques. How many institutes accept the NMAT score?

    Ans. 37 B-schools in India, 7 B-schools in South Africa, and 5 B-schools in the Philippines accept NMAT scores.

    Ques. What are the documents required during the test day in the examination center?

    Ans. A valid id, admit card/ confirmation email should be accompanied along with the candidate for the examination, otherwise, they won't be allowed into the testing room.

    Ques. What are the documents that will be accepted as valid id?

    Ans. The documents that can be accepted as the valid id for the NMAT exam are:

    • Passport 
    • PAN Card
    • Voter ID Card
    • UID/ Aadhar Card
    • Driver’s License

    Ques. What is the structure of the NMAT exam?

    Ans. There are 3 sections in the question paper and each of them has been allotted with limited time. The test takers can review them in the allotted time and can choose the order of the section. 

    Ques. How long is the exam conducted?

    Ans. NMAT is not a single sitting test, it is a 75-day window. This helps the candidate to schedule the exam according to their convenience.

    Ques. What are the courses offered by NMAT?

    Ans. MBA and PGDM courses are offered by the NMAT exam.

    Ques. What is the mode of payment for the NMAT application fees?

    Ans. The fees for registration, late registration and retake application can be paid through Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Debit Card, Net Banking, Diners Club, Mobile Wallets, UPI, etc. But the rescheduling fees can only be paid through the credit card.

    *The article might have information for the previous academic years, which will be updated soon subject to the notification issued by the University/College

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