NMAT Exam Dates, Fees, Eligibility & Notification

NMAT Exam Dates, Fees, Eligibility & Notification
October 1, 2021
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NMAT stands for Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies (NMIMS) Management Aptitude Test. NMAT by GMAC is a National level entrance exam. This entrance exam provides admission to top Business Schools across the country. NMAT stands for NMIMS Management Aptitude Test. Earlier it was conducted by Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai. This is a Private Business School in the country and is one of the top-ranked institutes. However, since 2015, Graduate Management Aptitude Council (GMAC) conducts NMAT. Hence, the name NMAT by GMAC. Students who clear NMAT 2021 by GMAC can opt for MBA/PGDM courses offered by NMIMS. NMIMS is a well known Business School in India

There are various other institutes that accept NMAT scores other than NMIMS. Students can hence opt for several top-ranked Business schools to kick-start their careers. Around 37+ Business Schools in India accept NMAT scores. 10+ colleges outside India are known to accept NMAT scores. Hence, Students can choose to study abroad too with NMAT scores.

Students clearing NMAT can choose MBA/PGDM programs with a wide range of specializations such as Human Resources, Finance, Marketing, Information Systems, Operation and Decision Sciences and Pharmaceutical Management. NMAT is a student-friendly exam. This means they have the liberty to choose their date, time, and venue for the exam.

Students can attempt this exam 3 times. The first time is the main attempt. The second and third times are retakes. This exam can be taken from India as well as Abroad. The NMAT by GMAC consists of 3 sections: Language Skills, Logical Reasoning and Quantitative Skills. Each section consists of 36 questions carrying 1 mark each. The exam can be taken in 2 ways: Computer-based Tests and Online Proctored Exams from home.

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NMAT Notification:

  • GMAC has released NMAT 2021 Application forms online
  • NMAT 2021 Exam Scheduling has started. Book a slot before 17th November 2021
  • NMAT 2021 Exam dates out

GMAC has announced NMAT 2021 dates. NMAT by GMAC registration has started from 3rd August 2021. NMAT will be held from 14th October to 27th December 2021 over a 75-day test window. Applications will close on 10th November 2021.


NMAT: Exam Highlights


Exam Name NMAT 2021
Full form NMIMS Management Aptitude Test
Conducting Body Graduate Management Aptitude Council (GMAC)
Previously conducting Body Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai
NMAT 2021 exam mode Online, Computer Based Test
Test window 75 days
Number of Sections 3 sections


Logical Reasoning

Language Skills

Quantitative Skills

Exam Retake 2 retake attempts
Number of Questions 108 questions
Colleges accepting NMAt scores NMIMS




SDA Bocconi


Shiv Nadar

Percentile requirement 90%
Courses offered MBA/PGDM courses
Exam dates 14th October to 27th December 2021
Attempts a year 3 attempts
Application Fee Rs.2,300/-
NMAT Test centres Over 73 centres in 68 cities
Exam level National level entrance exam
NMAT colleges abroad 7 Business schools in South Africa

5 Business schools in Philippines

NMAT website https://register.nmat.org/


NMAT Eligibility

Students must always check the NMAT eligibility criteria before applying for an entrance test or institute. It helps to understand whether they will be eligible to take the test or apply to a college.

Students should have completed 10+2 level and 3 years graduation or equivalent course for applying to NMAT 2021. Applicants can be from any stream. She/he must have scored at least 50% aggregate in graduation level to opt for NMAT 2021. Students who are in their final year of graduation can also apply. Institutes will grant admission to those students on a provisional basis. Admission will be finalized after submitting the graduation mark sheet and qualifying exam certificate.

However, different participating institutes will have different eligibility criteria. She/he must check the individual eligibility criteria before applying to any institute. A student can choose up to 5 colleges while registering for NMAT 2021.

There is no age bar for taking NMAT 2021 by GMAC.


For Overseas Students:

The student must have at least 50% aggregate in a full-time Bachelors course. She/he can be from any discipline. Students must have a GMAT score of 600 and above. The candidate will need clearance from their country’s government and a valid student visa from the Indian Embassy of Home country.


NMAT Registration 

The NMAT registration process has begun. NMAT by GMAC has released the application forms on their official website. The forms have been released on 3rd August 2021. Students can follow the steps below to apply and register for NMAT by GMAC.


  • Students must visit the official website https://register.nmat.org/ and create an account for NMAT Registration with a valid email ID
  • She/he must provide all details correctly. The details include Personal details, contact information, education qualification, work details if any. Other details include ID proof, programs/courses of interest. The ID proof will be required for verification at the test centre
  • Students will have to choose up to 5 institutes they would like to apply to. THE NMAT scores will be sent to these institutes after NMAT by GMAC results are declared
  • Applicants must upload a scanned copy of the recent photograph
  • She/he must choose a suitable test centre, time and date on the exam schedule link after registering themselves
  • NMAT application fee must be paid online. An application fee of Rs.2,300/- has to be paid via card only. Options include Mastercard, Debit, American Express, Diners Club, Net Banking or Mobile wallets. NMAT Rescheduling payments will also be accepted online

Students can use their NMAT login credentials to view their application on the website later.


NMAT Important dates:

GMAC has released NMAT 2021 Important dates. Check the table below for all NMAT 2021 dates.

Events Start date Last date
NMAT Registration 3rd August 2021 10th November 2021
(Late) NMAT Registration 11th November 2021 15th November 2021
NMAT Exam Scheduling process 3rd August 2021 17th November 2021
NMAT Reschedule exam 3rd August 2021 24th December 2021
Exam Delivery 14th October 2021 27th December 2021
NMAT Registration Retake 15th October 2021 24th December 2021
Retake exam date 15th October 2021 24th December 2021


To know more about NMAT exam date click here


Steps to Schedule NMAT and utilize 3 attempts:

The student must already know that GMAC offers 3 attempts to perform better in NMAT. She/he is free to take all the 3 attempts in order to improve the score and use their best score to get into an institute of choice. Thus, she/he will need to register for the exam as soon as possible. The table below shows the number of possible attempts date-wise


NMAT First attempt date Possible Number of Attempts
On or before 24th November 2021 3 attempts
24th November to 10th December 2021 2 attempts
11th December 2021 and after 1 attempt


NMAT Syllabus:

NMAT is an MBA Entrance exam conducted by GMAC. Earlier it was conducted by NMIMS. NMAT Syllabus will consist of 360 marks. It will have 108 Multiple Choice Questions. The MCQs will be divided into 3 sections: Language Skills, Logical Reasoning and Quantitative Ability. GMAC has updated the NMAT syllabus and exam pattern. The latest update says there will be no negative marking for wrong/unattempted questions.


Check the table below for a detailed understanding of the exam pattern:

Sections Number of questions Marks Range (Scale score)
Language Skills 36 12-120
Logical Reasoning 36 12-120
Quantitative Skills 36 12-120
Total 108 36-360


As noted already, the NMAT exam is divided into 3 sections. The sections are Language Skills, Logical Reasoning and Quantitative Ability. Each section has a variety of topics under them. Check the table given below for the detailed syllabus of each section.

NMAT 2021 Syllabus for Language Skills Grammar


Reading Comprehension

NMAT 2021 Syllabus for Logical Reasoning Verbal Reasoning

Analytical Reasoning


Numerical Grid

NMAT 2021 Syllabus for Quantitative Aptitude Data Interpretation



Modern Math

Geometry and Mensuration


To know more about NMAT exam syllabus click here


Key Changes in NMAT 2021:

GMAC tends to introduce some changes in the syllabus and exam pattern of the NMAT every year. Last year, NMAT 2020 underwent some changes. This year, NMAT 2021 sees some more changes. WE have mentioned below the changes in NMAT 2021 exam as per the official notification from GMAC.


  • NMAT 2021 exam pattern will be the same as NMAT 2020. However, there will be about 10% fewer questions than last year. NMAT 2021 will have 108 questions. The time allotted for the exam is 2 hours or 120 minutes
  • The NMAT 2021 application fee has been increased. The application fee has been increased from INR 2000 to INR 2300 for early application. The fee has increased from INR 2500 to INR 2800 for late registration
  • No changes have been introduced in the NMAT 2021 Marking scheme
  • GMAC has increased the number of test cities for NMAT 2021. NMAT 2020 was conducted from 66 exam centres in 52 cities last year. This year, NMAT 2021 will be conducted from 73 exam centres located in 68 test cities
  • NMAT 2021 75 days testing window dates are from 14th October to 27th December 2021
  • NMAT 2021 applicants will be able to view their exam scores within 48 hours of the exam. They can take the test again if they wish to. There are up to 2 retakes for NMAT 2021
  • NMAT 2021 will be conducted in 2 modes. The 2 modes are Computer Based Test and Remote proctored mode from home. Both modes are online. A student can take the test from India or anywhere in the world


Why should you take NMAT ?

NMAT is one of the most competitive exams in India. Students are increasingly opting for this test. There is immense scope in taking NMAT 2021. We would like to enlist a few reasons why you should take NMAT 2021 right away.


  • Admission to top Business schools in the country. NMAT is originally the entrance exam for NMIMS, a leading business school in the country. Clearing the test will open gates to a wide range of top B-schools in the country as well as abroad. Some of the Institutes are XIM Bhubaneswar, NMIMS, Mumbai, SRM University Chennai, VIT Vellore, NMIMS Hyderabad
  • Students can take up to 3 attempts. This ensures they have 2 retake options in order to better their scores. This enhances chances of getting into an institute of choice
  • Much easier than CAT and XAT. While NMAT is also an entrance like CAT, XAT, SNAP etc, and the difficulty level is much lower. Students can easily clear the test with the correct method and strategy and pursue MBA/PGDM courses from top B Schools
  • Zero Negative Marking. Various competitive exams have negative markings. The last update ensured NMAT was free from negative marking. This made the exam more candidate-friendly and reduces chances of losing marks
  • Equal Weightage to all 3 sections. The NMAT exam consists of 3 sections. There are 36 questions in each section. So, she/he can choose to start from a section of choice and proceed accordingly


Other Reasons:

  • Students can self schedule the NMAT exam as per convenience, preparation and preference. There is a 75-day test window to take the test. However, the number of attempts would vary based on the dates
  • Option to choose exam mode. The student is free to choose an exam mode as per convenience. She/he can take the test either through CBT mode or Online proctored mode. Students taking tests from abroad can only take through the home proctored mode.


NMAT Admit card:

GMAC will release the NMAT 2021 admit card on the official website, https://register.nmat.org/. Students will need to visit the official website and use their credentials to download the NMAT 2021 admit card. Applicants can follow the steps given below to download their NMAT 2021 admit card.


  • Visit the official NMAT by GMAC website, https://register.nmat.org/ and find the link for NMAT 2021 admit card
  • A new page will open. Students will need to enter their credentials used at the time of application to view the admit card. The credentials include personal email ID and password
  • The admit card will appear. Students must save and download the admit card for exams and future references. This will be mandatory during the exam
  • The student must report to the NMAT helpdesk if she/he faces trouble in downloading the admit card or any detail is misprinted. It must be reported and rectified right away.


To know more about NMAT exam admit card click here


NMAT Results:

NMAT results will roughly be released 2-3 weeks after the final exam is over. The result will be released for all the candidates. They can view their results by visiting the official website of NMAT by GMAC, https://register.nmat.org/ . However, students can view their individual scorecards within 48 hours of taking the test. GMAC will also notify the candidates on their email ID after the results will be made available. Students can download the results till March 2022 end (roughly). NMAT results usually consist of a scorecard with the marks for every section, the percentile and overall score. The NMAT 2021 results will also be sent to the institutes chosen by the students during the NMAT 2021 online application step. Every institute will have a specific cut-off. The institutes will select the candidate based on their respective cut-offs.

Hence, students must make the best use of the 3 attempts provided to them. This will ensure that they can choose to score better in every attempt. This increases the chance of getting into a college of choice.


How to check NMAT 2021 Results:

Students can view and download their NMAT results from the official website of NMAT by GMAC. They can follow the steps below to download the results:


  • Visit the NMAT by GMAC official website, https://register.nmat.org/ and click the NMAT 2021 Results link
  • A new page will open. The page will ask for credentials. Students must enter their details like login ID/registration number and password (same as application)
  • The results will appear on the new page. Students must download the scorecard and keep it safe. It will be required during the counselling and admission procedure


The expected dates for NMAT 2021 results are given below.

Events Dates
NMAT by GMAC exam dates November 2021-January 2022
NMAT 2021 results Third/Fourth week of January 2022
NMAT 2021 scorecard last date March 2022 Last week


To know more about NMAT exam result click here


NMAT Selection Process:

The NMAT selection process will begin after NMAT 2021 results and the cut-off for each college is published. There is no centralized selection process taking place for NMAT 2021. Every college carries out its own selection process based on its criteria and cut-offs. The selection process is based on Group Discussion (GD) and Personal Interviews (PI). The final admission depends on these two rounds and NMAT scores combined. However, some colleges may conduct a written test instead of a Group Discussion round. Students must be prepared beforehand.


Colleges accepting NMAT scores outside India:

South Africa:

  • North-West University
  • Wits Business School
  • Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS)
  • Milpark Business School
  • Nelson Mandela University Business School
  • University of Capetown
  • Rhodes Business School
  • University of South Africa (UNISA) Graduate School of Business Leadership



  • Covenant University
  • Redeemer’s University
  • Lagos Business School
  • Caleb University
  • Afe babalola University
  • Lead City University



  • Africa Business School



  • Paul University Manila
  • Asian Institute of Management
  • De La Salle University
  • University of Santo Tomas Graduate School
  • School of Business Administration, Arellano University
  • Virata School of Business, University of the Philippines


NMAC by GMAT Official Guide:

We would advise students who are planning to opt for NMAT 2021 to buy the NMAT official guide. It is absolutely essential to prepare for the entrance. The students can buy the official guide from Amazon for a small price of INR 1024. They can also opt for the kindle version for a price of INR 813. The guide will prove to benefit those using it.

It has a detailed structure and format of the NMAT exam. It is based on an official source of information. The guide offers 480+ fully solved questions. The guidebook also provides over 230 previously asked NMAT questions with explanations and solutions. The NMAT official guide will provide students with unique tips, tricks and methods to tackle the entrance. It also consists of 145 new questions across all sections of the NMAT Syllabus. This is the best preparation hack for NMAT 2021.


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We have come across few questions that are frequently asked by NMAT applicants. Hence, we have prepared a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for NMAT 2021. We have tried to clarify and answer them to the best of our ability. We hope we could help you out.


Q. What is NMAT by GMAC?

A. NMAT stands for NMIMS Management Aptitude Test. This is a National Level Entrance exam. Students clearing NMAT can take admission into various top B-Schools in the country. The test is conducted by Graduate Management Aptitude Council (GMAC). GMAC has been conducting NMAT since 2015. Earlier, it was conducted by Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai.


Q. Why should I take NMAT by GMAC?

A. NMAT by GMAC is a student-friendly exam. It has several benefits as compared to other Management entrance tests. It is much easier and offers several benefits over the other entrances.


Q. Which institutes accept NMAT scores?

A. There are various institutes in the country accepting NMAT scores. Around 37+ Business Schools in India accept NMAT scores. Several colleges outside India also accept NMAT scores. This offers foreign opportunities to students appearing for NMAT. Various institutes across South Africa and the Philippines accept NMAT scores.


Q. Is NMAT difficult to crack?

A. NMAT is comparatively easier to crack than other MBA entrances. The only thing difficult is solving 108 questions in 120 minutes. This isn’t a big issue. It can be resolved with correct preparation and strategy.


Q. What is the exam mode of NMAT?

A. NMAT can be taken in 2 ways. One, the Home proctored method. The other, Computer Based Test. Both the methods are online. However, foreign students can only opt for the Home proctored method.


Q. Is there any negative marking in NMAT?

A. No, there is no negative marking in NMAT. This is an advantage as compared to various other entrances.


Q. Name some institutes accepting NMAT scores.

A. Some institutes accepting NMAT scores are SRM University Chennai, XIM Bhubaneswar, VIT Vellore, NMIMS Mumbai, NMIMS Bangalore, UPES, Dehradun, Amity University, Noida etc.


Q. How can I apply for NMAT?

A. You can apply for NMAT 2021 online by visiting NMAT by GMAC official website.


Q. What is the syllabus and exam pattern of NMAT?

A. The NMAT exam consists of 3 sections, Language Skills, Logical Reasoning and Quantitative Aptitude. Each section has 36 questions. There are various sub-topics under each section. The exam consists of 108 questions. The total mark for the exam is 360. The duration of the exam is 120 minutes or 2 hours.


Q. Is there any age bar for the exam?

A. No, there is no age bar for taking NMAT 2021.


Q. How many times can I attempt NMAT?

A. An applicant is free to attempt NMAT as many times as they want. However, they can attempt only 3 times a year.


Q. Can foreign students apply for NMAT 2021?

A. Yes, foreign students can also opt for the test. However, they need a minimum of 50% aggregate in their Bachelor’s degree. The applicant can be from any discipline.


Q. Who will conduct NMAT 2021?

A. Graduate Management Aptitude Council (GMAC) will conduct NMAT 2021. They have been conducting NMAT since 2015.


Q. When will I get my NMAT 2021 admit card?

A. NMAT 2021 admit card will be available within 24 hours of registering on the official website of NMAT.


Q. Can I edit my NMAT application once I have registered?

A. There is no provision to make changes once registration is complete. We advise students to carefully fill in their details when registering for the entrance test. No changes will be accepted after submission.

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