NMAT 2021: Exam Dates (Started), Registration, Eligibility, Syllabus

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NMAT by GMAC or NMAT is a national level MBA entrance test conducted for admission to NMIMS University and other renowned B schools in India. The NMAT exam is a candidate friendly exam. It is designed with the convenience of the examinees in mind. Candidates can choose their preferred date during the testing period, as well as automatically schedule the test, appointment date, time, and location based on seat availability at each testing center. Also, the dates announced the 2020 NMAT exam dates after revoking it earlier. The NMAT 2020 registration process began on September 14 and ended on November 20. The late registration process took place from November 21-30. The scheduling process will end on December 2. The exam began on November 4 and will end on January 30, 2021. Candidates who have applied for NMAT 2020 are eligible to apply for a retake, which began on November 5 and will conclude on January 17, 2021.

NMAT 2021 Eligibility Criteria

The examining authority has specified the following eligibility criteria for NMAT 2020. Candidates must meet the eligibility requirements before applying for the entrance test.

  • The candidate must have completed graduation under 10 + 2 + 3 or four years of education pattern from any stream
  • Insured no less than 50 percent total in the final year of graduation

Candidates awaiting results or in their final year of graduation are also eligible to apply for NMAT 2020. Admission is granted on a provisional basis until graduation score sheet and grading test certificate are submitted. Candidates must also verify the eligibility criteria of the NMAT participating colleges individually before registering for the exam. Applicants must select five institutes of their choice for admission while applying and those institutes may have different eligibility criteria for admission.

NMAT 2020 Highlights

NMAT is one of the popular MBA entrance tests in the country. The table below covers some of the major highlights of NMAT by GMAC exam.



Exam Name

NMIMS Management Aptitude Test

Conducting Body

Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC)

Exam Level



Once a year (75-day test window)




180 minutes


Language Skills, Quantitative Skills and Logical Reasoning


108 Questions




Rs 2000

Exam Purpose

Admission into top business schools of India such as NMIMS, SP JIMR, ISB, XIMB, VIT, ICFAI, Shiv Nadar, SDA Bocconi, LM Thapar, etc.

Course Offered


No. of Test Cities


Exam Helpdesk No.

 0120 4397855

Exam Website



2020 NMAT by GMAC exam dates

The previously announced NMAT 2020 program has been revoked by GMAC and the testing body will announce the new program soon.



Salient Features

NMAT 2020 registrations- Main

01-Aug-2020 to 05-Oct-2020  14-Sept-2020 to 20-Nov-2020

The registration process will begin on the official website

NMAT late registration 2020

06-Oct-2020 to 16-Oct-2020 21-Nov-2020 to 30-Nov-2020

Late registration facility will be available on the official website

NMAT registration - Retake

07-Oct-2020 to 16-Dec-2020 05-Nov-2020 to 17-Jan-2021

Candidates who wish to take the test again can apply for retakes

NMAT scheduling

01-Aug-2020 to 18-Oct-2020 14-Sept-2020 to 02-Dec-2020

Candidates can book their exam slot during this period

NMAT 2020 Re-scheduling

01-Aug-2020 to 16-Dec-2020 14-Sept-2020 to 17-Jan-2021

Re-scheduling of exam facility available during this period

NMAT 2020

06-Oct-2020 to 19-Dec-2020 04-Nov-2020 to 30-Jan-2021

Exam is being held in an 88-day test window. Candidates can take the test as per the slot selected

Re-take scheduling

07-Oct-2020 to 16-Dec-2020 05-Nov-2020 to 17-Jan-2021

Candidates who applied for retake can reschedule their exam date

NMAT 2020 result announcement

31-Mar-2021 (Tentative)

The final scorecard will be released on the official website of NMAT by GMAC


Top MBA Colleges Accepting NMAT Scores

Given below is the list of top colleges that accept NMAT score for MBA admission.

NarseeMonjee Institute of Management Studies (NMIMS)

VIT University

Alliance University

Athena School of Management

School of Management, BML Munjal University

ICFAI Business School (IBS)

SRM University

SP Jain Institute of Management and Research

Xavier University, Bhubaneswar

T.A. Pai Management Institute

Bennett University, Delhi

Shiv Nadar University, Greater Noida

Woxsen School of Business Management, Hyderabad

GITAM, Hyderabad Business School

CMS Business School, Jain university

LM Thapar School of Management

ITM Business School, Mumbai

SDA Bocconi Asia Center

Indian School of Business, Hyderabad

School of Inspired Leadership

Ansal University

PanditDeendayal Petroleum University

Universal Business School

ISBR Business School

AmrutMody School of Management, Ahmedabad University

Bombay Stock Exchange Institute (BSE Ltd.)

University of Petroleum & Energy Studies (UPES)

VIT University


NMAT 2020 admission process

The admission process for NMAT includes six stages: filling of the NMAT 2020 application form, issuance of the NMAT 2020 admission card, NMAT 2020 exam, NMAT 2020 result statement and NMAT 2020 selection process (Group Discussion and Personal Interview) of shortlisted candidates. Each stage of the NMAT 2020 admissions process is briefly explained below.

Stage 1: Filling of the NMAT 2020 application form

The first step of the admission process begins with the filling of the NMAT 2020 application form. Candidates must complete the NMAT application form within the stipulated time. Only selected applicants receive the NMAT 2020 admission card. The NMAT 2020 application process is online and candidates must create a login ID and password to complete the online registration process. The application fee is Rs 2,000 (excluding GST). The fee can be paid online by debit card, master card, mobile wallet, and other options.

After completing the registration process, the test rescheduling option is enabled on the student's account. To reschedule the NMAT 2020 test, candidates must apply for the NMAT exam rescheduling option within 72 hours from the test date and time. NMAT rescheduling steps can also be completed through the same student account. The repeat fee is Rs 2,000 and the rescheduling fee is Rs 1,100. The late registration fee for NMAT 2020 is Rs 2,500.

Stage 2: Issuance of the NMAT 2020 admission card

Once the NMAT 2020 application process is completed with payment of the application fee, candidates can reserve their preferred exam place and download the NMAT 2020 admission card at the same time.

Stage 3: NMAT 2020 Exam

NMAT 2020 takes place on the computer-based test (CBT), as well as the Internet-based test (IBT) mode, in which candidates can take the test from home in a remote supervised way online. Test takers must solve 108 MCQs in 120 minutes. There is a time limit per section on the NMAT 2020 exam. The online exam has three sections which are language skills, quantitative skills, and logical reasoning.

Stage 4: NMAT 2020 Result Statement

The NMAT 2020 result is declared on the official NMAT website by GMAC. The result can be verified online using login credentials. Candidates should save the scorecard and take impressions of the result for future reference.

Stage 5: NMAT 2020 Selection Process

The next stage in the NMAT selection process is the Group Discussion and Personal Interview (GD & PI) round which is conducted by the participating institutes. The participating institute may also decide to conduct a WAT (Writing Ability Test) round or a Case Discussion (CD) round instead of the conventional GD round. The final admission decision is based on combined performance on the NMAT online test and the GD-PI round.

NMAT 2020 test centers

Please see the table below for all test cities where the NMAT by GMAC exam will be taken.



































































NMAT 2020 Test Locations Abroad

Find the list of countries where NMAT by GMAC 2020 exam will be held in the table below.

Test Cities









Sri Lanka

NMAT 2020 Preparation Tips

NMAT, like any other MBA entrance exam, is a speed-based test. Therefore, all preparation must be aligned with this thought. Candidates must follow NMAT preparation strategies, which helps them increase the speed and level of accuracy in answering questions on the test. In order to increase speed and level of accuracy, candidates must obtain the best NMAT prep books, five years of NMAT sample work, and attempt simulations. Consider the following points to prepare for the test:

  • Spend three to four months generating conceptual clarity on the topics included in the NMAT syllabus
  • Test your level of readiness by practicing the NMAT quizzes
  • Create notes on each topic as you study them and review them from time to time
  • Discuss your doubts with peers and mentors to clarify them.

NMAT by GMAC: Guidelines and Facilities for Students with Disabilities

Examinees with disabilities will have access to special arrangements during NMAT by GMAC, including accommodation facility. Such candidates must submit an application to GMAC for the same while completing the NMAT application form.

Candidates with the following disabilities can make use of this feature:

  • Mobility impairment
  • Learning disability
  • Blindness (low or no vision)
  • Leprosy
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Others

Other arrangements made by GMAC for disabled candidates are:

  • Reader
  • Extra time
  • Large fonts
  • Mobility aid

Frequently asked questions about the NMAT 2020 exam

Question 1. What is the 88 day trial window at NMAT?

Answer. NMAT is a one-time MBA exam, which has a testing window of almost 90 days, 88 days to be precise. This provision is included to reduce the stress level of the examinees. Candidates can schedule the test based on convenience and individual preparation level. Candidates can also take the NMAT by GMAC exam for a maximum of three attempts.

In case candidates are not satisfied with their performance or are unsure of their level of preparation, they can take advantage of three attempts at NMAT. Test takers may reserve test spaces at their convenience and willingness to take the test.

Question 2. How many times can you register at NMAT?

Answer. Registration for the NMAT exam is accepted one time. However, candidates can retake the test twice, for which they must reschedule the test.

Question 3. What are the guidelines for uploading documents for submitting NMAT applications?

Answer. Follow these guidelines mentioned below when uploading documents to fulfill the NMAT application process:

  • Acceptable photo formats: JPG, PNG and GIF
  • Horizontal or rotated images are discarded
  • The file size of the images must not exceed 1 MB.
  • Photographs should have a preferably white or light-colored background.

Question 4. Is there a form proofing feature available for the NMAT application process?

Answer. No, there is no form correction provision on the NMAT exam. The 'School Preference' and 'Communication Preference' fields on the application form are enabled after submission of the application fee. All data should be carefully checked before submitting the NMAT application form.

Question 5. How can applicants find out the time slot and date of NMAT 2020?

Answer. The date, time and place of the exam are printed on the NMAT admission card. It's a process chain: first, the candidate will need to schedule the test using the "schedule test" option available on the exam tab in the candidate's control panel in the GMAC NMAT account. The exam scheduling option will be available after they have received a confirmation email from the exam conducting authority of receipt of the NMAT application fee. Candidates can choose the test date and time according to their convenience for the NMAT by GMAC exam.

Question 6. What is the procedure to retake NMAT?

Answer. The option to retake the NMAT exam is available in the candidate's existing registration account after the first attempt. The option to retake the test is present in the "Retake" tab in the control panel of the candidate's account. Candidates must wait 15 days before retaking the NMAT exam. It is subject to the payment of the application fee. Candidates can retake the NMAT exam twice during the 90-day trial period.

Question 7. What is the procedure for rescheduling the NMAT exam?

Answer. The facility to reschedule the NMAT exam is available 72 hours before the scheduled time slot. However, the possibility of rescheduling the exam at a different date, time and test location is subject to availability, as it is done on a first service basis. The additional charge must be remitted only by credit card. A confirmation email regarding the approval of the rescheduled trial space will be sent to the candidate's registered email ID.

Question 8. Is there an option to review the answers on the NMAT exam?

Answer. Yes, there is an option to review answers on the NMAT exam. Candidates can review and make changes to responses in different sections only within the scheduled section time limit. There is no option to move back and forth between sections. If an examinee proceeds to the next section, they will not be able to make any changes to the previous section.

Question 9. What do the scaled and percentile scores on the NMAT refer to?

Answer. Here is the basic difference between scaled scores and percentile scores on NMAT:

Scaled Scores: Test shapes are matched to account for any difference in overall difficulty, and raw test scores are normalized to a common scale to arrive at scaled scores.

Percentile Scores: The rank or percentile score is an indicator of the candidate's score / rank compared to the score / rank of all other examinees.

Question 10. How long does the NMAT exam window stay open?

Answer. The NMAT exam takes place over a three-month period. It is divided into five windows in which each window has a duration of 15 days (the first and the last date are included in the window).

Question 11. What is the meaning of retaking the NMAT exam?

Answer. The meaning of retaking the NMAT exam implies that any applicant can take the exam three times, including the first attempt. In other words, the process of reapplying for the exam is known as a retest. However, candidates can re-sit for the exam, no earlier than 15 days from the first attempt.



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