NMAT vs SNAP vs CMAT: Which Exam Should You Prefer

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.


Top colleges which accept NMAT score –


Sn.CategoryName of InstituteNo. of Intake seatsCut Off
1Tier 1NMIMS, Mumbai60094
2Tier 2NMIMS, Bangalore24091
Tier 3
NMIMS, Hyderabad12090
4Xavier School (Human Resource Management)
at Bhubaneswar
5Xavier School of Sustainability in Bhubaneswar6090
6Xavier Faculty of management (in Urban Management
and Governance) in Bhubaneswar
7SDA Bocconi Asia Center, Mumbai140-16070
8Shiv Nadar University6070
9VIT University12085
10Amity Business School, NoidaNA65
11Woxsen School of Business Management12070
12ITM Business School, Navi MumbaiNA65


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. 

Top colleges accepting SNAP score and their intake:


1Tier 1Symbiosis Institute of
Business Management (SIBM-Pune
Master of Business
Administration (MBA)
2Tier 2Symbiosis Center of Management and
Human Resource Development (SCMHRD)
3Tier 2Symbiosis Institute of International
Business (SIIB
MBA (International Business)93.2120
4Tier 3Symbiosis Institute of Management
Studies (SIMS
5Tier 3Symbiosis Institute of Telecom
Management (SITM
MBA (Telecom Management)83150
6Tier 3Symbiosis Institute of Computer Studies
and Research (SICSR
MBA (Information Technology)8290
7Tier 3Symbiosis School of Banking and
Finance (SSBFF
MBA (Banking and Finance)6550
8Tier 3Symbiosis Centre of Information
Technology (SCIT
MBA (Information Technology
and Business Management)
9Tier 3Symbiosis Institute of Business Management,
Hyderabad (SIBM
10Tier 3Symbiosis Institute of Health
Sciences (SIHS
MBA (Hospital and
Healthcare Management)
11Tier 3Symbiosis Institute of Business Management,
Bengaluru (SIBM
12Tier 3Symbiosis Institute of Operations
Management (SIOM, Nasik
MBA (Operations
13Tier 3Symbiosis Institute of Media and
Communication, Pune (SIMC
MBA (Communication
14Tier 3Symbiosis School of Media and
Communication, Bengaluru (SSMC
MBA (Communication


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. 


Top colleges accepting CMAT scores and their intake:


Sn.CategoryInstituteCMAT 2020 Seat IntakeCut off
1Tier 1Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management
Studies (JBIMS), Mumbai
18 (MMS)99.99 | 320
Tier 2
120 (MMS)
99.96 | 310
60 (PGDBM )
3Tier 3KJ Somaiya Institute of Management
Studies & Research (KJSIMSR), Mumbai
120 (PGDM)90 | 232
4Tier 3SIES College of Management Studies120 (PGDM)80
5Tier 3Goa Institute of Management, Goa240 (PGDM)90 | 232
6Tier 3Christ University, Bangalore700 (MBA)80-85
7Tier 3Doon Business school, Dehradun240 (MBA)80
8Tier 3Great Lakes Institute of Management, Chennai120 (PGDM)90 | 232

Comparative analyses on exam pattern:


SectionsQuantitative Aptitude,
Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning,
Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension
Quantitative Aptitude, Data
Interpretation & Logical Reasoning, Verbal
Ability and Reading Comprehension
Quantitative Techniques & Data
Interpretation, Logical Reasoning, Language
Comprehension, General Awareness
Number of Questions10860100
Marks Per Question314
Total Marks32460400
Negative Marking00.25-1
Total Time120 mins60 mins180 mins
Difficulty LevelModerateModerateEasy
Tier 1 CollegesNMIMS – MumbaiSIBM – PuneJBIMS (Only 18 Seats
for All India Candidates)

How is Preparation for NMAT, SNAP, and CMAT different from CAT:

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).

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