About NMAT

NMAT by GMAC or NMAT is a national-level MBA entrance test conducted for admission to NMIMS University and other reputed B-Schools in India. NMAT exam is a candidate friendly exam. It is designed keeping in mind the convenience of the test takers. Candidates are allowed to choose their preferred date during the testing window as well as self-schedule the test, appointment date, time and venue based on the availability of seats at each test centre.GMAC, the exam conducting body Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) has announced the NMAT 2020 exam dates after revoking it earlier. The NMAT 2020 registration process has commenced from September 14 and will end on November 20. The exam has started on November 4 and will end on January 30, 2021.

Important Dates

Application Process

After creating your NMAT by GMAC account as a new user by filling up your name, e-mail ID and mobile number, you will receive your user ID and Password on your mail separately. You need to login to complete your NMAT application form as existing user. There are 7 pages in NMAT 2020 registration and application form. You need to complete them carefully one by one

Step-1: Fill up Your Personal Information
On the very first page, you need to fill up your identity information like your name, date of birth, age, gender, category, native language. You have to upload your photo of required size on this page. The details about your parents and your about your identity proof are also to be entered on this page  

Step-2: Fill Up Your Contact Details
On the second page of NMAT Application form 2020, you are required to enter the contact details like Mobile number, Email ID, Address for communication

Step-3: Fill up Your Academics & Work Experience
Here you need to enter your highest qualification and your work experience that you have acquired after graduation

Step-4: Fill Up MBA College Preference
On this page, you can select 5 MBA/PGDM programs/B-schools where your NMAT 2020 scores will be sent free of cost. Out of the available choices, you need to choose 5 most preferred programs/B-schools. The B-schools can be selected not only from India but also from the given list of B-schools in South Africa, Philippines and Nigeria .

Step-5: Fill up Additional Information
You need to fill in additional information on this page. The information is related to your source of information about NMAT exam, which other MBA entrance exams you are planning to take, how do you propose to fund your MBA course, whether you are helping others to prepare for MBA entrance exam.

Step-6: Agree on Declaration Form
This is the declaration form stating that whatever information you have provided on all the pages is correct and you also agree to abide by the NMAT by GMAC terms. Unless you click on ‘I Agree’, your form remains incomplete. After completing this page, you should review the complete registration and application form of NMAT by GMAC and click on save & next to continue on next page.

Step-7: Make Payment of Application Fee – Rs.2360/- (Including GST)
You need to click on submit and make payment of application fee of Rs.2000/- + Rs.360/- towards taxes online. The registration fee of Rs.2000+360 (GST)for NMAT should be paid online through Visa or MasterCard Credit Card/Debit Card/ Net Banking/American Express Card/ Diners Card, IMPS, UPI and Mobile Wallets. You need to follow the instructions on the website after choosing the card option.

Selection Process

Once Exam is over and results are declared, the entire admission is done by respective authority through online CAP Round / Admission process, please refer this page for further updates.

No of seats/vacancies


Eligibility Criteria

The NMAT by GMAC eligibility will depend upon the application/admission eligibility criteria of the respective MBA College. However, despite this fact that there is no specific NMAT 2020 eligibility criteria, there are few basic parameters in NMAT by GMAC eligibility criteria 2020 which an applicant requires to fulfil to appear in NMAT exam. These are:

  • The candidate must hold Bachelor’s Degree
  • Percentage of minimum marks in graduation should be as per the requirement of MBA college or equivalent CGPA.
  • Candidates in final year of Graduation are also eligible to apply for NMAT by GMAC 2020
  • If selected, the final year candidates will need to comply with the graduation certificate/degree submission requirement of the MBA college by the last date as prescribed by the institute.
  • Candidates who have completed professional degree (CA/CS/ICWA) or are waiting for the result can also apply.
  • NMAT eligibility does not impose any age bar to appear in NMAT 2020 exam.
  • The percentage of marks obtained by the candidate would be calculated based on the practice as followed by the respective University/Institution.
  • In case of grades / CGPA, the conversion to percentage of marks would be based on the procedure as certified by the respective University/ institution in accordance with its eligibility criteria.
  • If any University/institution confirms that there is no scheme for converting CGPA into equivalent marks, the equivalence would be established by dividing the candidate’s CGPA by the maximum possible CGPA, and multiplying the result with 100 as per the MBA college eligibility
  • Mere fulfilment of minimum NMAT eligibility criteria 2020 will not ensure consideration for short listing by the institute.

Exam Syllabus and Pattern

NMAT Syllabus 2020 with three major sections on English Language, Quant and Logical Reasoning is revamped with sectional changes and different type of questions appearing in each section of NMAT exam. GMAC releases every year the changes in NMAT syllabus with test taking strategy and expected type of questions in the exam as per the NMAT exam syllabus. 

Accordingly, the topics for NMAT Exam syllabus go on changing and there are many topics in NMAT syllabus 2020 on which questions, which did not appear earlier, may appear again this year. With effect from 2015 the NMAT exam syllabus has seen consistent changes with major overhaul in 2020. Recently, GMAC has also released the NMAT preparation guide in accordance with the changed NMAT 2020 exam syllabus.

NMAT Exam Syllabus 2020: Composition
NMAT Syllabus is divided into three major sections as given below. The number of questions in each section of NMAT are different. The questions are of MCQ type and are to be attempted within the allotted time limit.

NMAT 2020 Exam Pattern 
There are three sections in NMAT exam pattern 2020. The sections are Language Skills, Quantitative Skills and Logical Reasoning. The NMAT Exam Pattern also prescribes that all the three sections in NMAT exam are individually timed. Besides there is no negative marking in NMAT by GMAC 2020exam pattern.         

NMAT by GMAC Exam Pattern 2020: Sectional composition
NMAT paper pattern has three sections. The number of questions in each section of NMAT 2020 paper pattern are equal. Earlier they used to be different. The NMAT paper pattern expects you to attempt the sectional questions within the allotted time limit which is different for each section. 


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

Follow these guidelines mentioned below when uploading documents to fulfil the NMAT application process:
Acceptable photograph formats: JPG, PNG, and GIF
Landscape or rotated images are discarded
File size of images should not exceed 1 MB

No, there is no provision of form correction in NMAT exam. The ‘School Preference’ and ‘Communication Preference’ fields in the application form is enabled after the submission of the application fee. All the particulars must be carefully cross-checked before submitting the NMAT application form.

The facility to reschedule NMAT exam is available 72 hours before the scheduled time slot. However, the facility to reschedule the exam on a different date, time and test venue is subject to availability as it is on first-cum-first serve basis. The additional fee has to be remitted via credit card only. A confirmation email regarding the approval of the rescheduled test slot will be sent to the candidate’s registered email ID.

Yes, there is an option to review answers in NMAT exam. Candidates can review as well as make changes in the answers in different sections only within the slated sectional time limit. There is no option to move back and forth between sections. If a test taker moves to the next section, they will not be able to make any changes in the previous section.

The NMAT exam is conducted over a three-month period. It is divided into five windows in which each window is 15-day long (first and the last date is inclusive in the window).

The meaning of retake of the NMAT exam implies that any applicant can attempt the test thrice including the first attempt. In other words, the process of reapplying for the exam is known as exam retake. However, candidates can reappear for the exam, not before 15 days from the first attempt.

Scheduling the NMAT exam refers to choosing a time slot for the test. Aspirants can schedule the test paying the registration fee. Candidates can, however, ‘reschedule’ the date if they due to some unforeseen reason are not able to appear for the test on the allotted date. There is another provision available in NMAT, known as re-take scheduling. It implies, that candidates can re-take the exam if they wish to by applying the re-take exam schedule option.

Yes,40 top B-schools in India such as ISB, SPJIMR, Xavier University, IBS Hyderabad and many other institutes accept NMAT scores

In comparison with any other MBA entrance exams, the level of difficulty of the NMAT exam is moderate. In NMAT 2019 exam, the Logical Reasoning section was considered to be the most difficult section.

Unlike other MBA entrance exams, NMAT exam is held over a period of 90 days and an examinee can appear for the test three times including the first attempt in the same year to improve their score.