NMAT – NMAT or Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies (NMIMS) Management Aptitude Test is conducted by the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) It is a national level exam MBA entrance exam. A good score in NMAT is a key to admission in flagship programs of NMIMS Mumbai, Bengaluru, and Hyderabad campuses along with many other top colleges of India.
It is a Computer-Based Test (Online Mode). NMAT is a candidate friendly test, designed to provide the convenience of the students so that they are confident while taking the test and perform well.
It allows you to navigate between the sections. Also, there is no negative marking for the wrong or unattempted questions. You can preview your scores instantly after the test and give 3 attempts to improve your scores. The best out of the 3 scores will be considered for the evaluation. The fees for all three attempts need to be filled separately.
The test had a few changes from the previous year due to Covid-19. The test window was extended from 75 days to 88 days.
GMAC introduced two ways to take the test. One is the Centre Based Online test, and the other is the Online proctored test (Home-based).
No. of questions also reduced from 120 to 108.
No. of test-takers in the year 2020 are between 85,000 to 90,000.
SNAP – SNAP or Symbiosis National Aptitude Test is a national level MBA entrance exam, conducted by Symbiosis International University (SIU) Pune, which offers admission in the flagship program in Symbiosis Institute of India. It is a Computer-Based Test. The difficulty level in SNAP is considered to be moderate to difficult. SNAP test window is open for 3 days. A candidate may appear for a test twice this time
SNAP test takers are approximately 50,000 each year.
CMAT – CMAT or Common Admission Test is a national level MBA entrance exam, which used to be conducted by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) every year as per the directions of the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Government of India. The Test will now be conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA). It is a Computer-Based test, held once every year. CMAT scores are accepted by all AICTE-Approved Institutions/University Departments/Constituent Colleges/Affiliated Colleges.
Around 74,486 candidates registered for the CMAT exam in the year 2020 from this approximately 54,526 candidates appeared for the exam. The reason for such less conversion was the ongoing pandemic, Covid – 19.
The preparation for NMAT and SNAP is quite similar to that of CAT. The exam is divided into 3 sections; General English: Reading Comprehension, Verbal Reasoning, Verbal Ability, Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning, and Quantitative Aptitude. Its tests the candidate on these aspects and may include questions with varying level of difficulty. NMAT is more speed-based and is an easier nut to crack, while CAT has a higher level of difficulty. CMAT has an additional section; General Awareness which has equal weightage to the other 3 sections. So, a candidate must prepare well for the General Awareness section as it attracts a -0.25 penalty. The level of difficulty of CMAT is much easier than CAT, so if you have prepared well for CAT, you may appear for NMAT, SNAP, and CMAT with little extra effort. Strategy for GK in CMAT – All other three sections in CMAT is more or less similar to what is there in CAT. In fact, the level of difficulty is much easier than that of CAT. In the past years it has been observed that CMAT asks questions related to static GK. In CMAT 2020 only 1 question was asked from current affairs. The difficulty level ranges from easy to moderate level of questions but the topics are diverse and less known. Hence, candidates need to prepare well for this section as it is the least time-consuming section and a good chance to score well.
Conclusion: With the information provided above, a candidate can make an informed choice about which exam they need to tackle as per the level of difficulty, number of colleges accepting the score, and their intake (based on the programs offered).