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NMIMS Management Aptitude Test (NMAT) is one of the popular, national-level, MBA entrance exams which can be your pathway to pursue the Management courses from top universities in India. Conducted by the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC), NMAT score can help you pursue MBA or PGDM courses from the Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies [NMIMS] as well as some other affiliated top B-schools. Just like the GMAT exam, the management course aspirants can attempt this entry-level examination 3 times in a period of 75 days. If you want to get enrolled in reputed institutions like SKVM’s Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies, Xavier’s University, SDA Bocconi Asia Center and many others, then here is a blog that will highlight the intricacies of the NMAT exam 2021 in a comprehensive way!

Name  NMAT (NMIMS Management Aptitude Test)
Conducting Body GMAC (Graduate Management Admission Council)
Exam Level National 
Frequency Once a year
Duration 2 hours 
Medium of the Test English 
Mode of the Examination  Online 
Number of Questions  108
Application Fee INR 2,000/-
Course Offered MBA/PGDM
Number of Test Cities 46
Exam Website https://www.nmat.org/ 

NMAT 2021 Important Dates (Tentative)

GMAC is scheduled to release the NMAT 2021 schedule in August. The new exam schedule will be announced as soon as possible by the exam conducting body.

Events  Dates (Tentative)
NMAT 2021 registrations (Main) 1st week of August 2021- 3rd week of November 2021
NMAT late registration 2021 3rd week of November 2021- 4th week of November 2021
NMAT scheduling 3rd week of September 2021- 1st week of January 2022
NMAT 2021 Re-scheduling 3rd week of September 2021- 3rd week of January 2022
NMAT 2021 Exam 1st week of November 2021- 4th week of January 2022
Retake scheduling 1st week of November 2021- 3rd week of January 2022
NMAT 2021 result announcement Within two weeks of taking the test

Registration Process 

The first and foremost step in any exam is to timely register without conducting any mistakes. If you are planning to appear for the NMAT exam 2021, here is a step by step guide on how to register for the exam hassle-free: 

  • Visit the official website and fill in all the required details like Name, Date of Birth, Educational Qualifications, etc.
  • Select the schools of your preference where you wish to send you scores.  
  • Upload your latest photograph and a valid photo ID proof. 
  • Make the payment through a suitable mode. 
  • Schedule the test date, time slot and exam center [subject to availability of seats]. 
  • The flexibility to choose the slots for both registration and scheduling is provided on the first come first serve basis. 
  • Once the payment is successful you will be able to download the admit card. 

Note: Candidates are allowed to choose only 5 programmes per application form. If the applicants wish to select more courses, a fee of Rs. 200 along with taxes will be applicable (per course).

NMAT Fee 2021

  • NMAT 2021 registration fee (early) Rs. 2000/-
  • NMAT 2021 registration fee (late)  Rs 2500/-

NMAT Eligibility Criteria  

To get onto the path which leads to your dream career, you must possess some essential requisites. Before starting the application process for any of the competitive exams, you must make sure that you fulfill all the requisites set by the official authorities. Following are important eligibility conditions for NMAT: 

  • Candidates must have scored at least 50% marks in their undergraduate degree. 
  • There is no set age limit to appear for the exam. 
  • The candidates appearing for the final year examination in their undergraduate course can also apply. However, it would be a tentative admission which can be cancelled if the student fails or is unable to provide the required documents at the time of admission. 

Exam Pattern

Analyzing and staying abreast of the exam pattern can help you score well in the exam. The NMAT authorities provide a platform for the students who couldn’t score well in their first attempt to re-appear for the exam. The test aims to examine the knowledge pertaining to the general concepts which will help the enrolled students gain a better hold of the management subjects. There are three sections having Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) which candidates have to solve in 120 minutes. For every correct answer, 3 marks will be awarded. However, there is no negative marking in the exam. Tabulated below is the exam pattern in detail:

Sections   Number of Questions Allotted Time [in minutes]
Quantitative Skills  48 60
Language Skills  40 38
Logical Reasoning  32 22
Total  120 120 

NMAT Syllabus 

To crack a competitive exam, it is vital to prepare each and every section thoroughly. You can either target separate sections based on your strengths and weaknesses or can practice questions of all the sections together. Formulating a plan of action and working accordingly is thus a necessity as it can be your success mantra for getting a perfect score in the examination! To make things more clear, the major inclusions in the NMAT syllabus has been given a rundown below:

Quantitative Skills

Logical Reasoning 

  • Assertion and Reasons 
  • Coding and Decoding
  • Matrix Arrangement 
  • Statements and Assumptions 
  • Assumption-Premise-Conclusion
  • Critical Reasoning 
  • Visual Reasoning 

Language Comprehension

  • Syllogism 
  • Contextual Usage 
  • Analogies 
  • Verbal  Reasoning  
  • Idioms
  • Sentence Correction  
  • Sentence Completion 

Colleges Accepting NMAT Score

There are many reputed institutes nationwide that accept the NMAT score. Such business schools grant admissions to shortlisted candidates in their high-end MBA/PGDM/their equivalents. While filling the application form, applicants can choose the colleges to which they want to send their scores.

It is thus advised to select the university wisely as it can give the right direction to your career and provide you with opportunities to achieve your career aspirations. Here are some of the top MBA colleges in India which you can consider applying to through this exam: 

  1. VIT University
  2. KJ Somaiya Institute of Management, Mumbai
  3. Athena School of Management
  4. Alliance University
  5. IILM University, Gurugram
  6. School of Management, BML Munjal University
  7. ICFAI Business School (IBS)
  8. SRM University
  9. SP Jain Institute of Management and Research
  10. Xavier University, Bhubaneswar
  11. T.A: Pai Management Institute
  12. Indian School of Business, Hyderabad
  13. School of Inspired Leadership
  14. Ansal University
  15. Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University
  16. Universal Business School
  17. ISBR Business School
  18. Amrut Mody School of Management, Ahmedabad University
  19. Bombay Stock Exchange Institute (BSE Ltd.)
  20. University of Petroleum & Energy Studies (UPES)
  21. Bennett University, Delhi
  22. Shiv Nadar University, Greater Noida
  23. Woxsen School of Business Management, Hyderabad
  24. GITAM, Hyderabad Business School
  25. CMS Business School, Jain university
  26. LM Thapar School of Management
  27. ITM Business School, Mumbai
  28. SDA Bocconi Asia Center

NMAT 2021 Prepared Ideas 

These are the NMAT 2021 Preparation Tips to help you secure successful scores in the entrance exam-

  • Make a brief note and revise it frequently. 
  • Taking the best sleep schedule and the Nutritious Food plan. 
  • Create the correct time table and observe it consistently. 
  • Study your words in English. 
  • Solve reference papers and query papers for the previous year.


Often, financial constraints become the biggest hurdle in the route to acquire quality education. Students with exceptional academic achievements refrain or deviate from their path of pursuing an MBA due to high costs. In such cases, scholarships turn out to be the knight in the shining armor! If you want to pursue a management course but lack the fundings, here are some of the scholarships along with the NMAT score you need to achieve: 

Institute Required Score  Scholarship Amount
Alliance School of Business 210+ score  50% tuition fee
Bennett University 220+ score 100% tuition fee for the first year only
Athena School of Management 185+ score  Up to 25% tuition fee
BML Munjal University 95 and above NMAT percentile 100% tuition fee + hostel charges
IILM University 195+ Score  40% tuition fee
O.P. Jindal University  201+ Score INR 1,20,000
ISBR Business School 200+ Score  100% tuition fee for the first year


What is NMAT exam for?

The NMAT by GMAC exam is required for MBA admission to NMIMS Mumbai and its other campuses, as well as 30 other MBA colleges throughout India. The Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies (NMIMS) Management Aptitude Test is abbreviated as NMAT.

How many years is NMAT valid?

NMAT scores are only valid for two years.

What is the passing score for NMAT?

A scaled score of 222-238 was equivalent to 99 percentile, a scaled score of 217/216 was equivalent to 97 percentile, and a scaled score of 210/211 was equivalent to 94 percentile, according to NMAT 2017 data.

Is Narsee Monjee good for MBA?

It is best known for its MBA/PGDM program, which was recently ranked 4 in Outlook 2020 for Private MBA and 24 in NIRF 2020 for Private MBA. This deemed-to-be private university is also well-regarded for its BTech, BBA, and Pharmacy programs. The MHRD has classified it as a Category 1 university.

Is 200 a good score in NMAT?

90% – This is the score that gets you calls from colleges like NMIMS Bangalore and NMIMS Hyderabad, as well as XIMB. For this percentile, you must achieve a score of at least 200.

Thus, we hope that this blog on the NMAT exam has provided you with the knowldege pertaining to the key aspects of the exam. Needless to say, with a wide range of MBA specializations available, choosing a course that aligns with your professional goals can be a daunting task. So, if you are confused about which MBA specialisation to pursue then contact our experts at Leverage Edu who through a psychometric test will recommend the most suited program for you! 

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