Introduction to NMAT by GMAC™
Integrated | MBA | // Jun 23, 2018

NMIMS Management Aptitude Test (NMAT) is a computer-based entrance test conducted by Graduate Management Admission Council® (GMAC®) for admissions into the management programs of some of the best B-schools in India. 

When is the NMAT exam conducted?

Unlike CAT and CMAT, NMAT will be taken thrice in a 75 day window from 4th October to 17th December. This allows students who couldn’t perform well during the first attempt an opportunity to make a comeback statement during the second or third attempts.

Detailed schedule for NMAT 2018-19 is as below:


How many students appear for the NMAT every year?

Around 45,000 students register for the NMAT exam every year. However, since NMAT allows multiple attempts, the total number of test attempts is nearly 70,000 owing to the fact that the same candidates appear for the test twice.

What is the eligibility criteria for NMAT 2018-19?

Apart from the fact that the candidate must have paid the exam fees within the notified time period and must agree to the standard terms and conditions for taking NMAT, there’s no other stringent criteria for taking the test.

However, the B – schools that the candidate is planning to apply to can have criteria and hence one must visit the individual B – school website to know more.

What is the eligibility criteria for getting admission in NMIMS?

In order to be eligible for getting admission to NMIMS, a candidate must have a Bachelor’s degree (10 + 2 + 3 or 4 years) with minimum 50% marks in the aggregate.

However, final year students of Bachelor’s degree are also eligible to apply.

How many institutes accept NMAT scores?

The acceptance of NMAT scores is growing every year. Some of the top rated B-schools accepting NMAT are: SVKM’s NMIMS (Mumbai, Bangalore & Hyderabad), Xavier University (Bhubaneshwar), SDA Bocconi Asia Center (Mumbai), ICFAI Business School (Hyderabad & other locations), SRM University (Chennai), VIT University (Vellore), Amity University (Delhi NCR) and many others.

Which are the top institutions accepting NMAT scores in Gujarat?

There aren’t many colleges accepting NMAT exam scores in Gujarat. However, Amrut Mody School of Management, Ahmedabad University accepts NMAT exam scores.


What is the format of NMAT exam?

The test takers can choose the order of sections. There are three sections on the NMAT:



What is the duration of the NMAT exam?

Duration of the test is 2 hours.

As we have seen, there are three sections on the NMAT exam and there is a sectional time limit for every section apart from the overall time limit of 2 hours. 

Candidates can review the answers of a particular section within the sectional time limit, but once s/he moves to the other section, the candidate will not be able to go back to any of the previous sections. 

What is the syllabus?

There is a misconception among so many students that NMAT is a test of Mathematics & English. Well, if that would have been the case, then why would NMAT name its sections Quantitative Skills (QS) and Language Skills (LS)?

All questions that candidates find on QS & LS sections are conceptually below class X. However, the level of logic and common sense tested on these questions is way higher. Similarly, LS section does not test pure academic English skills; it tests whether you can process mountains of drab English prose to find answers to the questions asked. It also tests critical thinking ability and appropriate usage of English words.

In short, if a student is focused on just cramming English vocabulary, grammar rules and tons of tricks and formulae, the chances of him succeeding are less.

What is the scoring system on the test?

Each question on the NMAT exam carries 3 points irrespective of its difficulty level.

If the candidate’s answer is incorrect, then there is no negative marking. So, we would advise students not to skip any questions on the test.

What is the question format?

The questions asked on the NMAT are of Multiple Choice Question Type.

What is the exam registration fee?


Which documents must a candidate carry on the exam day?

Candidates must carry the NMAT registration confirmation email printout, NMAT admit card printout, a photocopy and an original copy of the Photo ID (Passport, PAN Card, Voter’s ID & Aadhar Card), a signature ID. Differently abled candidates must carry any other document as advised by NMAT.

Where can you find the latest updates about NMAT exam? 

Refer to the official  website for the latest updates  regarding NMAT:


How can Logic Academy help you  in cracking the NMAT?

Refer to our MBA Integrated Programs page to know more about our awesome NMAT prep programs:

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