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NMAT 2021: Exam Date, Registration, Syllabus, Official Guide, Preparation, Cutoff, Colleges

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Anwita Dhar

| Updated On -Jun 14, 2021

NMAT by GMAC is a national-level entrance examination for admission into MBA courses. NMAT Exam will be conducted online for 2 hours for a window of about 3 months from October to mid December, 2021. Around 37 B-schools in India and 10+ B-schools in South Africa and the Philippines accept NMAT scores.

  • NMAT is a candidate friendly exam, applicants can schedule the time, date, and venue of the exam according to their convenience.
  • NMAT exam will be held for 88 days at 58 centers across India and 4 international. Candidates can retake the exams 3 times in this duration.
  • Candidates can choose 5 Colleges to send their scores while NMAT Registration.
  • NMAT Exam Pattern changed in 2020, all 3 sections will have 36 questions each for a score range of 12-120.
  • NMAT 2021 Syllabus consists of: language skills (28 min), quantitative aptitude (52 min) and reasoning (40 min) respectively.

Apart from its exceptional record in placements, NMIMS has consistently ranked in top 100 MBA institutions in India. NMIMS colleges are known to give a very holistic experience to students that include academics and overall skill development that prepares students to face the challenges of management jobs.

Also Check: NMAT Official Guide

NMAT by GMAC 2021 Highlights

Particular Detail
Conducting Body Graduate Management Aptitude Test
Testing Window 88 Day Window 
NMAT full form NMIMS Management Aptitude Test by Graduate Management Admission Council
NMAT Exam Mode Online Computer Based Test
Number of Questions 108 questions
Number of Sections 3 (Language Skills, Quantitative Aptitude, Logical Reasoning)
Sectional Order Can be Decided
Retake 3 opportunities to retake the exam
NMAT Colleges 35+ NMIMS, SPJIMR, ISB, XIMB, VIT, ICFAI, Shiv Nadar, SDA Bocconi
Average Percentile Required 90+
NMAT 2021 Exam Date October first week - December third week (tentative)
Conducting body Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC)
Exam Type National-level
Exam Mode Computer-based
NMAT Fees INR 2000/-
Number of attempts 3 times in an academic year
Course Offered MBA/ PGDM
Exam Centers 58 centers in 56 cities
NMAT Colleges 37 B-schools in India 7 B-schools in South Africa 5 B-schools in the Philippines
NMAT Official website nmat.org.in

NMAT Dates

NMAT 2021 Exam Date

The official dates will be released by GMAC. But here is the tentative NMAT important dates according to the dates of previous NMAT exam:
Events Starting date Closing date
NMAT Registration July 2, 2021 October 3, 2021
NMAT Scheduling July 2, 2021 October 16, 2021
NMAT Late Registration October 4, 2021 October 14, 2021
Retake registration October 5, 2021 December 14, 2021
NMAT Re-Scheduling July 2, 2021 December 14, 2021
Retake Scheduling October 5, 2021 December 14, 2021
NMAT Exam DATE October 4, 2021 December 17, 2021
NMAT Result 3rd week of February, 2022
NMAT scorecard March 31, 2022 INR 200 (only if more than 5 scorecards are downloaded
Starting of registration of GD/ PI March 2022 onwards
GI/ PI March 2022 onward

NMAT Eligibility Criteria

NMAT 2021 Eligibility Criteria

The eligibility criteria to apply for NMAT is set 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 Registration

NMAT 2021 Registration

  1. Create an account with a valid email id in nmat.org
  2. 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.
  3. Choose the institutes to apply for, so the scores can be sent to these institutes.
  4. Upload a photograph of yourself.
  5. After registration, schedule your examination by choosing the test center, date & time.
  6. Pay NMAT Registration fee of INR 2000.
  7. 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).
Note: NMAT login credentials can be used anytime once registered to view their application and make changes. Know NMAT Complete Application Process

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. Read More

Domestic Locations:

Region Cities
North Agra, Chandigarh, Dehradun, Delhi, Faridabad, Gurgaon, Jammu, Kanpur, Lucknow, Noida, Patiala, Varanasi
West Aurangabad, Rajkot, Ahmedabad, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Kota, Mumbai, Nagpur, Nasik, Pune, Pilani, Surat, Vadodara
South Aurangabad, Rajkot, Ahmedabad, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Kota, Mumbai, Nagpur, Nasik, Pune, Pilani, Surat, Vadodara
Central Bhopal, Indore, Jabalpur, Raipur
East Bhubaneswar, Guwahati, Jamshedpur, Kolkata, Patna, Ranchi, Shillong

International Locations:

City Country
Kathmandu Nepal
Thimphu Bhutan
Dhaka Bangladesh
Colombo Srilanka

NMAT 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 NMAT 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.

Know Complete NMAT Admit Card Details

NMAT 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.
Sections No. of questions The time limit in minutes Marks Range
Language Skills 36 28 12-120
Quantitative Skills 36 52 12-120
Logical Reasoning 36 40 12-120
Total 108 120 360

Check Detailed Revised NMAT Exam Pattern

NMAT 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 NMAT syllabus for each section is given below in a tabular form.

NMAT Syllabus for Language Skills NMAT Syllabus for Logical Reasoning NMAT Syllabus for Quantitative Aptitude
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Grammar
  • Vocabulary
  • Analytical Reasoning
  • Verbal Reasoning
  • Algebra
  • Arithmetic
  • Data Interpretation
  • Geometry & Mensuration
  • Modern Math

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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 India PT Education Bull's Eye T.I.M.E. Career launcher IMS Learning Resources
Southern India Career Launcher T.I.M.E. IMS Learning Resources
Eastern India T.I.M.E Career Launcher IMS Learning Resource
Western India T.I.M.E. Creek Forum IMS Learning Resource PT Education
Central India Career Launcher IMS Learning Resource Path Finder Cerebral Heights

NMAT Preparation

NMAT 2021 Preparation 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. Read More
  • 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. Read NMAT Section wise Syllabus, Important Topics
  • 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 should also include the time for practice, mock tests, and revision. See Mock Tests and Sample Papers
  • 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 practising and taking mock tests. Try to complete the theories as early as possible and spend more time on solving and practising 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 your 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 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. Download NMAT Free Practice Papers
  • 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 Revise

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

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 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.
  • NMAT: Online Mock Tests – This app offers hundreds of free mock tests, practise papers in both Hindi and English. Candidates can check and improve their scores using this app.

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 for preparation of NMAT. 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 a 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. Read More on NMAT Official Guide

NMAT 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

NMAT 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 of 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

NMAT 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 Cutoff

NMAT 2021 Cutoff

NMAT 90 Percentile College NMAT 80 Percentile College NMAT 70 Percentile College NMAT 60 Percentile College
  • NMIMS Mumbai Campus
  • NMIMS Bengaluru Campus
  • NMIMS Hyderabad Campus
  • XIM, Bhubaneswar
  • VIT, Vellore
  • SRM University, Chennai
  • SDA Bocconi, Mumbai IBS (ICFAI B-schools), Hyderabad & 9 other cities
  • Alliance University, Bangalore
  • BSE Institute Ltd, Mumbai, New Delhi, Chennai, Kolkata, Ahmedabad
  • Shiv Nadar University, Greater Noida (Delhi NCR) WOXSEN, Hyderabad
  • Amity University, Noida (Delhi NCR)
  • Thapar School of Management, Mohali
  • UPES, Dehradun
  • BML Munjal University, Gurgaon
  • ITM, Navi Mumbai
  • Mody University, Laxman Garh (Jaipur)
  • GSIB, Visakhapatnam
  • HBS, Hyderabad

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.

NMAT 2021 : 5 answered questions


Ques. I got 222 in my NMAT exam, what is my conversion chance for NMIMS Mumbai?

● Top Answer By Ria Dhar on 28 May 21

Ans. One of my friends also opted for conversion. According to him, in recent year's cut-offs, chances of anyone to be shortlisted would be possible if you manage to score around 207-209.  This goes for sectional cut-offs too, like-  Sections Cut off Logical Reasoning 60-61 QA 72-74 Verbal 55-56 If I assume that you have already managed to clear these cut-offs (sectional or non-sectional) and have a good score of 222, chances of converting your call are really, really high.  Read the following points to understand how your NMAT score would not be an exclusive aspect if you really want to pursue a course at NMIMS.  The entire admission process encompasses various factors. Like your academic background, work experience, case discussion, and eventually a personal interview round.  The selection aspect includes the NMAT score. But students with a low score have not managed to make it.  This also proves how you have to have a good Case Discussion and Personal Interview (CDPI) score to eventually make it.  There have been instances where the students have managed to score pretty well. But since they didn't perform well in their CDPI, they could not convert the call. Although, in 2020 the NMAT Exam Pattern has changed itself a bit. The time limit is just the same. The number of questions has been lessened. Expect the NMAT cut-off to surge. There also have been speculations that the number of questions would be unknown making the NMAT exam cut-off pointless to assume already.Read more
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Ques. How difficult is the post-NMAT process at NMIMS Mumbai?

● Top Answer By Anisha Basu on 15 May 21

Ans. Post NMAT process at NMIMS Mumbai includes Writing SOP, CD and PI. The following points are based on my sister’s experience at the institute: CD: Case Discussion is like a group discussion but very different from it.  A structured analysis of a particular circumstance is given as a case.  To clear, the CD makes sure the student makes 2-3 meaningful entries in 15 mins. If the case is long and you are in between the first two persons to speak, make sure to crisply present the problem.  You will be needed to give a clear direction and structure to the problem. SOP & PI: The panel will have your Statement of Purpose. SOP is a representation of the best qualities, journey and achievements with importance on why you yearn to pursue an MBA in NMIMS.  The SOP should be well structured and best described.  You need to make your stories fall in place.  Questions relevant to work experience, previous projects, or internships are usually asked in PI.  Apart from that, some interviewees might end up asking random abstract questions just to check the presence of mind and thought process. A standard interview serves for about 20 to 25 minutes but it depends on the Panel.Read more
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Ques. Can I get a call from ximb with 192 NMAT?

● Top Answer By Nitin Ghosal on 20 Apr 21

Ans. Since the cut-offs range around and over 190+, there is a vivid chance of you getting the admission call from Xavier Institute of Management, Bhubaneshwar (XIMB). If you in any chance put your target for the XIMB-HR department, then you should definitely make sure to obtain a good scoring in the LS section of NMAT, which is basically the Language Section.  Revised in 2020 by GMAC, NMAT is supposed to be centered around having 12 questions less when compared to 2019.  As also mentioned by a friend who appeared in NMAT, is to prepare thoroughly for the GD-PI section which certainly can fetch you XIMB. It is because your score is just above the cutoff, and an additional good GD-PI is supposed to affect your score on the upper side of the hill.  The scoring rate and other relative factors are subjected to vary as per guidelines, and the year date. The NMAT score for XIMB from the past year was estimated at a different rate. The outlook of which is mentioned beneath: Look at the various cut-off ranges, that similarly are subject to change each year, as per criterion. The following data is: HRM - 87 percentile, or 190–200 RM - 70 percentile, or 150–170 Although, the high chance of getting a seat in the institution somewhat depends on the GD-PI, and interview.Read more
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Ques. Is the difficulty level of exams like the NMAT, Snap, and the CMAT the same?

● Top Answer By Sneha on 02 Feb 21

Ans. NMAT, SNAP, and CMAT are some of the Management entrance aptitude tests conducted by different exam bodies in India. All these exams have a set of colleges that accepts these scores. All three exams are computer-based and follow Objective Type Questions (MCQ) question format. These three exams have varying difficulty levels. SNAP conducted by Symbiosis University is tough compared to the other two exams NMAT and CMAT. NMAT and SNAP have a similar level of difficulty but SNAP has a tough choice of questions compared to NMAT. CMAT is the least difficult exam among all the three exams. The pattern differences between the exam are tabulated below, Criteria CMAT NMAT SNAP Duration of the Exam 3 Hrs (180 minutes) 2 Hrs (120 minutes) 1 Hr (60 minutes) Number of Sections 4 sections 3 sections 3 sections Total Mark of the exam 400 marks. 100 marks for each section. 120 Marks 60 marks Marks for Correct Answer +4 Marks +1 Mark + 1 Mark Marks for Incorrect Answer -1 Marks. No negative marking for unattempted questions. No negative marking for incorrect answers and unattempted questions. -0.25 marks for each incorrect attempt. Sectional Time Limits: CMAT does not have any sectional time limits. The exam comprises 4 sections namely Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation, General Awareness, Logical Reasoning, Language Comprehension. Whereas NMAT has sectional time limits. Language Skills (22 mins), Quantitative Aptitude (60 mins), Logical Reasoning (38 mins). SNAP exam does not have sectional time limits. The exam comprises 3 exams namely No sectional time limits. General English, Quantitative-Data Interpretation & Data Sufficiency, Analytical & Logical Reasoning. Section selection: Candidates can answer from any section of their choice in CMAT.  In NMAT candidates can choose the order of sections of their choice. The questions will appear in the order chosen by the candidates. In short, if the exams are to be arranged based on difficulty then SNAP> NMAT> CMAT. SNAP is the most difficult followed by NMAT and then CMAT.Read more
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Ques. What is the difference between the CMAT and the NMAT?

● Top Answer By Toshali Chatterjee on 02 Feb 21

Ans. CMAT and NMAT are some of the management aptitude exams that are conducted for admission in B-Schools in India. Both the exams have Objective Type Questions (MCQ) question format. CMAT (Common Management Admission Test) is a Computer Based Test conducted by the National test Agency (NTA) once a year. NMAT ((Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies) Management Aptitude Test) is also a Computer Based Test conducted by GMAC (Graduate Management Admission Council). In this exam, the candidates can retake the examination within the stipulated exam date. The major differences in the pattern of the CMAT and the NMAT tests are tabulated below, Criteria CMAT NMAT Duration of the Exam 3 Hrs (180 minutes) 2 Hrs (120 minutes) Number of Sections 4 sections 3 sections Total Mark of the exam 400 marks. 100 marks for each section. 120 Marks Marks for Correct Answer +4 Marks +1 Marks Marks for Incorrect Answer -1 Marks. No negative marking for unattempted questions. No negative marking for incorrect answers and unattempted questions. Sectional Time Limits: CMAT does not have any sectional time limits. The exam comprises 4 sections namely Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation, General Awareness, Logical Reasoning, Language Comprehension. Whereas NMAT has sectional time limits. Language Skills (22 mins), Quantitative Aptitude (60 mins), Logical Reasoning (38 mins). Section selection: Candidates can answer from any section of their choice in CMAT. In NMAT too candidates can choose the order of sections of their choice. The questions will appear in the order chosen by the candidates. Some of the top colleges accepting CMAT scores are JBIMS, SIMSREE, KJSIMSR, Great Lakes Institute of Management, Chennai, Goa Institute of Management, SIES College of Management Studies, Christ University Bangalore, etc. More than 35 colleges accept NMAT scores for the admission process. Some of the top institutes NMIMS, SPJIMR, ISB, XIMB, VIT, ICFAI, Shiv Nadar, SDA Bocconi, etc.Read more
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jatin sharma
Where can I get the practice papers for the exam?
sinbad chongtham

You can download NMAT practice papers from Collegedunia’s NMAT page. To download the practice papers, visit NMAT Practice Papers.

ankur jain
Can I know the cutoff of the exam to get admission in MBA International?
sinbad chongtham

The NMAT sectional and overall cut off mark differs for each program and institute. You can check the detailed cut off marks at NMAT Cut Off 2021.

rinki mahapatra
Do I have to give the exam even if I have completed graduation from NMIMS?
sinbad chongtham

Yes, it is mandatory for every candidate to appear in the NMAT examination in order to get admission to the various MBA programs. 

uma goenka
Can the NMAT exam be given by the candidate who is a dropout of MBA 3 years ago?
sinbad chongtham

MBA dropouts are eligible to appear in the NMAT exam if their age does not exceed 25 years. Candidates who have completed graduation from a recognized university with at least 50% aggregate marks are eligible to apply.

gouri kumari
Will the exam score be sufficient to get admission in the colleges or will there be any interview as well?
diya suresh

There will be no common selection process for NMAT, but colleges will release individual cut offs. The process include 3 steps i..e WAT, GD and PI for those who have qualified the entrance test. For final seat allotment, performance in these rounds will also be considered. To know more details visit NMAT Selection Process 2021.

neha thasale
How many exam centers are available at Uttarakhand?
diya suresh

Exam centers are available in the state of Uttarakhand at Dehradun. The exam is conducted in over 66 test centers spread across 52 cities in India. Also, there are 4 international test centers as well. Centers will be alloted as per the availability and a candidate’s preference.

Can I use NMAT score to get admission in any foreign universities?
diya suresh

Yes, NMAT scores will be accepted at 10+ B Schools in South Africa and Philippines. There will be exam centers available at different countries as well. In India, the score is accepted across 37+ B Schools. The entrance test is used for admission to MBA as well as PGDM programs. Find more details at NMAT 2021.

sandesh kumar
Is there any need to pursue MBA on the campus?
diya suresh

No, there are many colleges that offer part time as well as distance mode MBA for which the same entrance test scores will be valid. NMAT can be attempted thrice in a year for admission to MBA as well as PGDM courses. Check more details of eligibility and selection at NMAT 2021.

sandesh kumar
What is the syllabus of data interpretation in exam?
diya suresh

There will be only 3 sections in NMAT entrance test that includes Language Skills, Quantitative Skills and Logical Reasoning. There will be 120 questions of MCQ type for which 3 marks will be awarded for right answer amd 1 mark will be deducted for wrong answer. To know complete syllabus of the exam visit NMAT exam pattern 2021.

diya pillai

NMAT syllabus is divided into 3 broad sections; Language Skills, Quantitative Analysis and Logical Reasoning. For more information please read NMAT Syllabus.

How many times is the exam conducted in a year?
diya suresh

The exam is conducted for around 88 days as a 2 hour long exam at over 58 test centers in India and 4 International centers. A candidate can retake the exam for a maximum of 3 times throughout this period. To know more details of eligibility visit NMAT 2021.

ramesh kumar gupta
Do I need to be present during the document verification procedure?
diya suresh

Yes it is mandatory to present the documents for verification and final seat allotment by the candidate himself. The list of documents required for selection process includes NMAT 2021 Scorecard, NMAT Admit Card 2021, Category Certificate (If applicable), Address Proof / Domicile Certificate, Birth Certificate, Class 10th and 12th  Marksheet and Certificate, Degree Certificate and Marksheet , Photocopies of all the certificates, Six recent Passport size Photographs, Identity Proof.

What are the documents important during the registration of the exam?
diya suresh

Some of the relevant documents required at the time of registration includes valid ID proof, date of birth proof, category certificate, if applicable, Pwd certificate, if applicable, native certificate, scanned copy of photograph and signature. Eligible candidates are required to register themselves in online mode for the exam. To know more visit NMAT registration 2021.

How should I prepare for language skills section?
sinbad chongtham

While preparing for the NMAT Language Skills section, you must keep in mind that the candidates must attempt the 32 questions in a limited time of 22 minutes and therefore one should focus on improving the time management skill. Questions will be asked from topics like Reading comprehension, Grammar, Synonyms and antonyms, Idioms, phrases, clauses, Sentence correction, etc. So, reading a lot of English books, newspapers, magazines, listening to English music, watching English dramas and movies, etc. will definitely help you in writing this section. 

shatakshi patki
Is there any scholarship offered by NMIMS to top 10 students of exam?
sinbad chongtham

NMIMS extends a scholarship program for meritorious students. Students who have passed 12th examination from a recognized board with at least 80% aggregate marks are eligible to apply for this scholarship program. The student’s family income should be less than INR 6 LPA. UG students will get a scholarship amount of INR 1000 every month for the three years and PG students will get INR 2000 every month for two years. 

surabhi s
Do I have to give NMAT even if I have completed graduation from NMIMS with good percentage?
sinbad chongtham

Yes, even though you have graduated from NMIMS you need to appear in the NMAT by GMAC in order to get admission to the various MBA programs at NMIMS. Admission is based on the NMAT score and personal interview conducted by NMIMS.

kashish tomar
Is it possible to use NMAT score in any foreign University?
shivangi srivastava

NMAT 2021 is basically a national- level entrance examination to provide admission to aspiring candidates in various MBA programmes and courses. Apart from top institutes and colleges in India, many reputed B-schools in South Africa and Philippines also accept your NMAT performance and scores to grant admission in respective courses.

puja sao
Does the colleges offer admission in International MBA ?
shivangi srivastava

Yes, NMAT offers admission in International MBA as there are several B- schools located in South Africa as well as Philippines that grant admission though your scores and rank obtained in NMAT 2021. You may search for the respective location of your choice and look out for B- schools accepting the above mentioned admission criteria. 

Can I give NMAT after taking a drop of 3 years after graduation?
shivangi srivastava

Yes, you may appear for NMAT 2021 after taking a gap or drop of 3 years duration. However, you must have a valid reason for such delay as you might be asked for the same in the interview round later. A work experience or certain educational achievement is preferred for further selection processes. 

divakar sharma
Is there any age limit to get admission in MBA?
aniket ranjan

No, There is no age restriction or specific age limit mentioned for admission in MBA program. You can pursue MBA program at what ever age you want but you have to fulfill the eligibility criteria that is graduation degree in any discipline from recognized University.

laxmi mishra
During language skills preparation, do I have to focus on my grammar or vocabulary?
shivangi srivastava

You must have a general idea or grasp of your grammar and vocabulary for the above mentioned section of Language Skills, in case the same is adapted in further interview rounds. The section is allotted 12-120 marks in total and so having a control of your technical English skills might help you ace it.