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NMAT 2021 – NMAT Exam Details

About NMAT by GMAC:

NMAT 2021 is an online computer-based exam that helps aspirants to choose one of the best B-schools, not only in India, but in countries like South Africa, the Philippines, and Nigeria as well. Previously known as NMAT (NMIMS Management Aptitude Test), presently it is conducted by GMAC (Graduate Management Admission Council) and hence known as NMAT by GMAC. The students can target colleges like NMIMS (Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies), XUB, SPJIMR (For PGMPW), etc. NMAT gives you three attempts between October and December in one exam cycle per year. So, an aspirant can apply three times for NMAT by GMAC with a minimum of 15 days gap between two consecutive attempts to get admission in MBA or other graduate management degrees from the above-mentioned prominent B-schools. NMAT 2021 scores are valid for one academic session. NMAT application form link

NMAT 2021 Eligibility

  •  The candidate should be having a bachelor’s degree in any discipline with at least a 50% aggregate score from a recognized university.        
  • Candidates who are in their final year of graduation are also eligible for NMAT. Admission is granted on a provisional basis until the graduation mark sheet and certificate of the qualifying examination are submitted.     
  • While applying for the colleges, check the college’s eligibility criteria also as it may differ from college to college.

NMAT 2021 Exam Structure


NMAT comprises of three sections namely Language Skills, Quantitative Skills, and Logical Reasoning. Before the exam starts, the candidates get a chance to choose the order in which they want to attempt the sections. There are MCQ type questions in NMAT. Every question has five choices and a candidate needs to choose one option per question. Till last year, that is for NMAT by GMAC 2020, the exam pattern was as follows:


SectionsQuestionsAllotted Time
Language Skills36 questions28 minutes
Quantitative Skills36 questions52 minutes
Logical Reasoning36 questions40 minutes
Total108 questions120 minutes

For every right answer, the candidate is awarded +3 marks. There is no negative marking, so ideally all the questions should be attempted.

NMAT Syllabus

As already mentioned, NMAT 2021 comprises three sections, and they are – Language Skills, Quantitative Skills, and Logical Reasoning. Let’s see what topics are being covered in these sections.

1. Language Skills

2. Quantitative Ability

3. Logical Reasoning

Scores to be Achieved

The cut off for various campuses of NMIMS (Mumbai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Indore, Navi Mumbai) varies from 80 to 94 percentile, with NMIMS Mumbai having the highest cut off. Additionally, NMIMS assigns different weightages to the following components of final merit list:

  • NMAT Score – 70%
  • Group/Case Discussion – 10%
  • Personal Interview – 10%
  • Academic Performance – 5%
  • Work Experience – 5%

How to register for this exam?

  • The stepwise process of registering for NMAT 2021 is given below:
  • Step 1: Go to and create an account using a valid Email address. 
  • Step 2: Fill in your personal information i.e. name, date of birth, age, gender, category, native language, etc. Upload your photograph (as per the size specified) and add details of the identity proof. The same ID needs to be presented at the test centre on the day of NMAT.
  • Step 3: Fill in your contact details and education/ work experience.
  • Step 4: Choose the colleges to send your scores under the “Schools Preference” section. Up to5 programs are included in your registration fee. Further fees of INR 200 + applicable taxes are going to be applied for every program added apart from the already mentioned 5 programs. Candidates can choose programs from B-schools in South Africa, the Philippines, and Nigeria.
  • Step 5: Fill in additional information (How did you learn about NMAT by GMAC, other exams you are planning to take, etc.) and agree to the declaration.
  • Step 6: Pay the application fee of Rs.2000/- + Rs.360/- (taxes). This should be paid online through Visa or MasterCard Credit Card/Debit Card/ Net Banking/American Express Card/ Diners Card, IMPS, UPI, and Mobile Wallets.
  • Step 7: Registering for NMAT is not the only thing candidates need to do. Go to the websites of the colleges and apply them individually for each college (or program) selected in step 4.
  • Step 8: After successfully registering, the student account gets created on Login to your account and select the schedule exam option. Select the exam mode, whether you want to take the exam at the Test Centre or Online Proctored at Home.
  • Note: Once you have booked your exam, you cannot reschedule for a different mode for the same attempt. However, you can choose the exam mode again, while scheduling the next attempt.
  • Step 9.1: For the test centre: Choose the country, city, test centre, date, and time for your first attempt.
  • Step 9.2: For the online proctored test at home: Fill the My Profile section before selecting this option for scheduling the exam.
  • Step 10: After 24 hours, you will be able to download y6+our admit card from your dashboard.

Important Dates of NMAT 2021

EventStart DateEnd Date
Registration and Application ProcessAugust 3, 2021November 10, 2021
SchedulingAugust 3, 2021November 17, 2021
NMAT Late Registration DatesNovember 11, 2021November 15, 2021
Registration – RetakeOctober 15, 2021December 24, 2021
Exam Re-scheduling DatesAugust 3, 2021December 24, 2021
NMAT Exam DatesOctober 14, 2021December 27, 2021
Re-take SchedulingOctober 15, 2021December 24, 2021
NMAT Results Announcements To be NotifiedTo be Notified
Last date for Official score card downloadTo be NotifiedTo be Notified

In a particular testing year, a candidate can appear thrice for NMAT exam. But there must be a gap of at least 15 days between two attempts. The given table shows the number of attempts available in the latest session:


Exam SessionsMax. Available Attempts
On/ before 24 November, 20213
Between 25 November to 10 December, 20212
On/ after 11 Dec, 20211


List of colleges accepting NMAT 2021 scores:


College NameLocationWebsite
1SVKM’s NarseeMonjee Institute
of Management Studies
Mumbai, Bengaluru,
Navi Mumbai,
2Indian School of Business (ISB)
(Advanced Management Programme
in Business Analytics (AMPBA))
Hyderabad, Mohali
4SDA Bocconi Asia Center
(formerly MISB Bocconi)
5Xavier UniversityBhubaneswar
6IBS ICFAI Business SchoolHyderabad, Bengaluru,
Mumbai, Gurugram,
Pune, Kolkata,
Ahmedabad, Jaipur,
7IFMR Graduate School
of Business
8Master’s union school of businessGurugram
9Athena School of ManagementMumbaihttps://www.athenaschool
10Chitkara universityPunjab
11IILM UniversityLodhi Road,
Greater Noida
12Myra School of BusinessMysuru
13School of Petroleum
Management, PDPU
14Jain University – CMS Business SchoolBengaluru
15Alliance UniversityBengaluru
16SOIL Institute of ManagementGurugram
17Shiv Nadar Institute of
Management Studies
18Bennett UniversityGreater Noida
19Universal Business SchoolNew Delhihttps://universal
20Woxsen School of
Business Management
21Thapar School of ManagementMohali
22ISBR Business SchoolBangalore
23AmrutMody School of Management,
Ahmedabad University
24BSE Institute LimitedNew Delhi
25Amity UniversityRanchi
Greater Noida
26SRM University Chennai, Delhi NCR SonipatTamil Nadu
27University of Petroleum &
Energy Studies (UPES)
28BML Munjal UniversityHaryana
29VIT UniversityTamil Nadu
30ITM Business School, Navi MumbaiRaipur
Navi Mumbai
31Mody UniversityRajasthanhttp://www.mody
32GITAM School of International
Business, Visakhapatnam
Andhra Pradesh
33Hyderabad Business School,
GITAM University
34Jindal Global Business school – Delhi/NCRHaryana
35Ansal University, GurgaonHaryana
36Lovely Professional University,
Phagwara, Punjab
37IIHMR University, Jaipur, RajasthanJaipur
38IFIM CollegeBangalore
39VijayBhoomi UniversityMumbai
40ISME – School of Management
& Entrepreneurship
South Africa
41Gordon Institute of Business
Science (GIBS)
42Milpark Business SchoolCape Town
43North West UniversityPotchefstroom
44Rhodes Business SchoolGrahamstown
45University of South Africa
(UNISA) Graduate School of
Business Leadership
46Wits Business SchoolJohannesburg
47Nelson Mandela University Business SchoolPort Elizabethhttp://businessschool.
48University of Cape Town (UCT)Cape Town
49Johannesburg Business school,
University of Johannesburg
50Tshwane School of Business and
Society, Tshwane University
51Asian Institute of ManagementMetro Manila
52Ateneo Graduate School of BusinessMakati
53Virata School of Business,
University of the Philippines
Quezon City
54De La Salle University – DasmariñasDasmariñas
55School of Business Administration,
Arellano University
56De La Salle UniversityManila
57University of Santo Tomas
Graduate School
58St. Paul University ManilaManila
59Lagos Business SchoolLekki
60Lead City UniversityIbadan
61Redeemer`s UniversityOsun State
62AfeBabalola UniversityAdo Ekiti
63Covenant UniversityOta
64Caleb UniversityLagos

Cut Off For NMAT 2020:


Mumbai200 +
Hyderabad180 +
Bangalore180 +

Click Here to Check Past Year’s Paper Analysis of NMAT of 2019, 2018, 2017

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