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NMAT 2021 eligibility criteria, syllabus, exam pattern, study plan, vacancies, salary, and more


NMAT 2021, commonly known as NMAT by GMAC 2021, is a national level MBA entrance exam for admissions at NMIMS University and other prestigious business schools in India and worldwide. NMAT initially was administered by Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies until GMAC took it over. Often mentioned alongside GMAT, the NMAT can be taken three times in a 75-day time frame. If your dream school includes the likes of NMIMS, Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies, and similar top-ranked B-schools across India, NMAT is the first step.

Here are the details you might need:


Full FormNMIMS Management Aptitude Test
Name of examNMAT by GMAC
Conducting BodyGraduate Management Admission Council (GMAC)
Level of examNational Level: MBA Entrance Test
Frequency of examOnce a year (88-day test window)
Mode of examOnline
Duration of exam120 minutes
Course OfferedMBA/PGDM
Number of Test Cities46
Exam Helpdesk Number0120 4397855
Exam Website


Registration BeginsAugust 2021
Last date for registration 2021November 2021
Scheduling of ExamBegins in September 2021
Last date to schedule the examDecember 2021
Late RegistrationNovember 2021
Exam DateNovember 2021 to January 2022


Here, have a quick check to see if you are eligible for the NMAT 2021!

Educational Qualification-

The candidate must have a graduate degree of 10+2+3/ four years pattern. The graduation stream can be any; however, the NMAT educational qualification percentage is at least 50% aggregate. Candidates who are in the final year of graduation & are waiting for their results can also apply for NMAT Exam.

Candidates need to check the educational eligibility criteria of each NMAT participation institute before applying. Each college or university has different NMAT academic standards.

Work experience: Candidates with at least two to three years of prior experience in work are preferred throughout the final selection process. Candidates with no past work experience are also appreciated.

Age Limit-

There is no minimum age limit for the examination. Candidates with prior work experience are favored.


Application Form serviceFee
Test RegistrationINR 2000 + taxes
Late Exam RegistrationINR 2500 + taxes
Exam RetakeINR 2000 + taxes
Exam RescheduleINR 1100 + taxes
Additional Score Reports (beyond 1st five)INR 200 /Score Report + taxes
Additional fee for more than five schoolsINR 200 + taxes


  • Visit their official website,
  • Click on 'Register Now' under quick links.
  • Register using the information required, such as name, a valid email id, mobile number & choose a password. After this, you will receive an email regarding the log in details.
  • Log in to access the NMAT by GMAC registration form & complete the NMAT application form.
  • Choose the college & university names you wish to apply for under the "Schools Preference" section. You can choose up to five programmes/ schools. You need to pay an additional fee to add more colleges.
  • Upload a scanned photograph (size should not exceed 1 MB).
  • Click on "Submit" & a unique NMAT by GMAC Registration Number will occur.
  • Pay the application fee to finish the process.


Candidates can download their admit cards right after the completion of NMAT 2021 registration from the official website. Login to your NMAT account using the given credentials.

To receive your NMAT admit card, follow the process outlined below.

  • Visit the NMAT by GMAC official website.
  • If candidates have finished their NMAT registration process, they should log in to verify their application status. If it confirms as "payment successful," they can go to the examination application dashboard & download their NMAT hall ticket.
  • Candidates who haven't completed the registration process should first and then download the admit card.


The selection process concerning the NMAT by GMAC exam rests on four phases. It starts with the entrance examination, followed by CD/GD round. The shortlisted candidates will be called for the PI & WAT rounds. Check the steps of the selection process here:

  • NMAT entrance exam.
  • Group Discussion (GD)/ Case Discussion (CD).
  • Personal Interview (PI).
  • Writing Ability Test (WAT).
  • Final Selection.


The NMAT exam consists of 3 primary sections:

  • Language Skills
  • Quantitative Skills
  • Logical Reasoning

The total number of questions for NMAT reduced last year, and we expect the same to be followed for NMAT 2021.

SectionNo. of QuestionsNo. of marksSectional time
Language Skills369628 minutes
Quantitative Skills3614452 minutes
Logical Reasoning3612040 minutes
Total108 questions360120 minutes
  • The NMAT exam pattern thankfully has no negative markings & no marks will be subtracted for unattempted questions.
  • Each candidate can take the examination three times, i.e. one attempt & two retakes.


NMAT syllabus is somewhat similar to other MBA entrance exam syllabus. You can refer to the table below for the topic-wise syllabus of NMAT.

Language skillsReading Comprehension, Para jumbles, Grammar, Sentence Correction, Antonyms and Synonyms, Sentences Completion, Analogies.
Quantitative skillsProfit and Loss, Simple Interest and Compound Interest, Ratio Proportions, Time and Work, Time Speed and Distance, Number System, Algebra, Quadratic and Linear Equations, Geometry, Trigonometry, Probability, Permutation and Combination, Mensuration, Data Sufficiency, Tables, Line Charts, Bar Graphs, Pie Charts, Venn Diagrams, Combination Graphs.
Logical ReasoningCritical Reasoning, Assertions and Reasons, Assumption Conclusions, Course of Action, Strong and Weak arguments, Family-Based Puzzles, Seating Arrangements, Circular Arrangements, Coding/ Decoding, Input/ Output, Directions.


NMAT result 2021 will be compiled & announced by GMAC. You can check the NMAT final result 2021 on its official website. Log in using your credentials to access the NMAT website dashboard to view your NMAT Score & download the scorecard. After the release of the NMAT result, you can narrow your NMAT Scorecard 2021 & NMAT percentile. Download the NMAT scorecard 2021 for moreover college applications.


Individual participation institutes of NMAT determine NMAT cutoff marks. Each college releases its seat of cutoffs for various courses and categories. NMAT final cut off marks can be either issued in the form of NMAT score or NMAT percentile. NMAT Cutoff marks range from 150 to 200 & certain institutes will give preference to sectional cutoffs in addition to the overall NMAT Cutoff. Cut Off will be determined as per the difficulty level of the exam, vacancies in the course & average performance by the students. There can be more concluding factors for NMAT cutoff marks. Here are the required NMAT scores for the top 10 business schools in India:

InstitutionExpected cut off
SRM University Chennai, Delhi NCR Sonipat250+
Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies (NMIMS Mumbai)200+
VIT University250+
Shiv Nadar University200+
BSE Institute Limited200+
Amity University200+
ITM Business School, Navi Mumbai200+
Xavier Institute of Management (XIMB), Bhubaneswar200+
BML Munjal University200+
Mody University200+

To know the NMAT cut off of your desired university, check out the said university's website.


RegionTest Cities
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.
SouthBengaluru, Chennai, Kochi, Hyderabad, Manipal, Mysore, Tiruchirapalli, Vellore, Vizag, Vijayawada.
CentralBhopal, Indore, Jabalpur, Raipur
EastBhubaneswar, Guwahati, Jamshedpur, Kolkata, Patna, Ranchi, Shillong.

The NMAT 2021 international test centres list will be released soon on the official website.


NMAT has a moderate difficulty level compared to the general entrance tests like CAT, XAT, etc. However, since the exam setup changed from computer-based to a computer-adaptive last year, NMAT is perceived as slightly more difficult by the candidates. While there were minute sectional variations among different sessions of NMAT 2021, the overall opinion remained more or less the same as the former year.

Language Skills – Analysis

According to the 2019 NMAT analysis, the Language section was a mix of easy & tricky questions, with three RC passages of medium difficulty. The passages were a little time-consuming & their questions mainly focus on the central idea. Other questions were based on vocabulary, para jumbles, Fill in the blanks, sentence correction, analogies, etc. These questions were relatively simple and doable.

Quantitative Skills – Analysis

According to the 2019 NMAT analysis, the Quant segment comprised manageable and straightforward questions, emphasising arithmetic and modern math. There were also three complex sets of DI, contributing about 30% to the entire section. Since the exam was adaptive, DI sets varied in the type of graphs & charts. Moreover, there were also a few questions about geometry. Algebra was nearly absent in the section.

Logical Reasoning – Analysis

According to the 2019 NMAT analysis, the LR section was equally focused on verbal and non-verbal reasoning. Verbal reasoning questions were from critical reasoning, decision making, syllogism, assumption-conclusion etc. On the other hand, non-verbal reasoning questions were based on Venn diagrams, puzzles, sequential output, etc. LR questions appeared in both standalone & set formats.


The NMAT by GMAC score is affirmed by a wide range of B-schools. Candidates who attempt NMAT open doors of many colleges for MBA programs.

Top NMAT Colleges 2021-

MBA college/UniversityPrograms Offered
NMIMS UniversityUniversity MBA
K J Somaiya Institute of Management, MumbaiMBA
Xavier University BhubaneswarSpecialized MBA
IFMR Graduate School of Business at KREA University, Sri CityMBA
IBS Hyderabad: ICFAI Business SchoolMBA
VIT University Vellore, ChennaiMBA
SOIL - School of Inspired Leadership, GurgaonPGPM, PGDM
SDA Bocconi Asia Center, MumbaiInternational Master in Business
ITM Navi Mumbai: ITM Group of InstitutionsMBA/PGDM
Mody University School of Business, JaipurMBA/PGDM
ICFAI IBS Dehradun, Jaipur, Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Gurgaon Kolkata, Mumbai, PuneMBA/PGPM
Jindal Global Business School – Sonepat, Delhi/NCRMBA/PGDM
HBS, HyderabadMBA (Dual Specialization)
WOXSEN Hyderabad: WOXSEN School of BusinessMBA
Amity University, Noida (Delhi NCR)MBA
Thapar School of Management, MohaliMBA
UPES DehradunMBA
BML Munjal University, BMU GurgaonMBA
GSIB Visakhapatnam: Gitam School of International BusinessMBA (Dual Specialization)
Amrut Mody School of Management, Ahmedabad University,MBA
Bennett University Greater Noida, Delhi NCRGlobal MBA
Myra School of Business, Mysuru (Karnataka)MBA
Jain University, BangaloreMBA
Universal Business School, MumbaiMBA
Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University, Gandhinagar, GujaratMBA
IILM University, Gurgaon (Delhi NCR)MBA/PGDM
ISBR Business School, Bangalore, ChennaiMBA
Ansal University, GurgaonMBA
Lovely Professional University, Phagwara, PunjabMBA (HM)

NMAT Colleges in Delhi-

MBA college/UniversityPrograms Offered
SOIL - School of Inspired Leadership, GurgaonPGPM, PGDM
Jindal Global Business School – Sonepat, Delhi/NCRMBA/PGDM
Amity University, Noida (Delhi NCR)MBA
BML Munjal University, BMU GurgaonMBA
Bennett University Greater Noida, Delhi NCRGlobal MBA
IILM University, Gurgaon (Delhi NCR)MBA/PGDM
Ansal University, GurgaonMBA

NMAT Colleges in Mumbai-

MBA college/UniversityPrograms Offered
NMIMS UniversityUniversity MBA
K J Somaiya Institute of Management, MumbaiMBA
SDA Bocconi Asia Center, MumbaiInternational Master in Business
ITM Navi Mumbai: ITM Group of InstitutionsMBA/PGDM
ICFAI IBS Dehradun, Jaipur, Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Gurgaon Kolkata, Mumbai, PuneMBA/PGPM
Universal Business School, MumbaiMBA


NMAT, like all other MBA Entrance exams, tests your basic attitude skills & speed. You must ensure that you are curating the best study resources to ace the exam. NMAT examination will be conducted for 2 hours & you will be tested for your speed & accuracy.

Keep a transparent image of the exam pattern and syllabus in your mind. Be relaxed and understand the concepts of the topics. Do not fear, as you can achieve anything with constant determination. Practice more to improve your memory. Start reading newspapers and magazines. Attempt mini mocks to analyze where do you stand today than yesterday.


Here are a few previous years question papers for NMAT:

For more previous years question papers, visit the [official NMAT website](https://


For Language Skills-

Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for CATArun Sharma and Meenakshi Upadhyay
Verbal Ability and Reading ComprehensionAjay Singh
Descriptive English for Competitive ExamsSJ Thakur and SK Rout
Word Power Made EasyNorman Lewis
Mastering the Verbal Ability for CATArihant

For Quantitative Skills:

Quantitative Aptitude for CATArun Sharma
Quantitative Aptitude for MBA Entrance ExamsAbhijit Guha
Mathematics for MBARS Aggarwal
Quantitative Aptitude and Numerical Ability (7000+ Objective Questions)Pratiyogita Kiran and KICX Think Tank of Kiran Prakashan
Quantitative Aptitude QuantumSarvesh K Verma

For Logical Reasoning-

A Modern Approach to Logical ReasoningRS Aggarwal
Logical ReasoningArihant
How To Prepare Logical Reasoning for CATArun Sharma
Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation for CATNishit K Sinha
Logical and Analytical ReasoningAshok Gupta


Here's how you should plan your study hours to make to most out of them:

  • Your mind should be fresh while sitting down to study. There should be as few distractions as possible.
  • Divide your focus on your speaking skills and your theoretical knowledge.
  • Make sure you have the previous years' papers and a few mock test centers around, to sit for practice tests.
  • Keep your eyes and ears open so that you are always up to date with current affairs. This is one of the best ways to learn. Watch news channels, read newspapers and magazines.
  • If reading too many books get exhausting, switch to alternative modes of learning that are more interesting: watch videos related to your study topics, find out movies and literary works pertaining to the core themes that will help you learn without sitting down and burying your head in a book.

Keeping track of the NMAT 2021 details will help you inch closer to your dream business school in India. Make sure you note down your application number and pay the application fee in time.

Arrange for proper internet connectivity and a working mobile/PC to successfully register yourself and submit your online application form. Go through the syllabi and exam patterns carefully to ace the NMAT 2021 exam with flying colors!