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NMAT 2021: Exam Date, Registration, Syllabus, Official Guide, Preparation, Cutoff, Colleges

NMAT by GMAC is a national-level entrance examination for admission into MBA courses. NMAT Exam will be conducted online for 2 hours for a window of about 3 months from October to mid December, 2021. Around 37 B-schools in India and 10+ B-schools in South Africa and the Philippines accept NMAT scores.

  • NMAT is a candidate friendly exam, applicants can schedule the time, date, and venue of the exam according to their convenience.
  • NMAT exam will be held for 88 days at 58 centers across India and 4 international. Candidates can retake the exams 3 times in this duration.
  • Candidates can choose 5 Colleges to send their scores while NMAT Registration.
  • NMAT Exam Pattern changed in 2020, all 3 sections will have 36 questions each for a score range of 12-120.
  • NMAT 2021 Syllabus consists of: language skills (28 min), quantitative aptitude (52 min) and reasoning (40 min) respectively.

Apart from its exceptional record in placements, NMIMS has consistently ranked in top 100 MBA institutions in India. NMIMS colleges are known to give a very holistic experience to students that include academics and overall skill development that prepares students to face the challenges of management jobs.

Also Check: NMAT Official Guide

NMAT by GMAC 2021 Highlights

Particular Detail
Conducting Body Graduate Management Aptitude Test
Testing Window 88 Day Window 
NMAT full form NMIMS Management Aptitude Test by Graduate Management Admission Council
NMAT Exam Mode Online Computer Based Test
Number of Questions 108 questions
Number of Sections 3 (Language Skills, Quantitative Aptitude, Logical Reasoning)
Sectional Order Can be Decided
Retake 3 opportunities to retake the exam
NMAT Colleges 35+ NMIMS, SPJIMR, ISB, XIMB, VIT, ICFAI, Shiv Nadar, SDA Bocconi
Average Percentile Required 90+
NMAT 2021 Exam Date October first week - December third week (tentative)
Conducting body Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC)
Exam Type National-level
Exam Mode Computer-based
NMAT Fees INR 2000/-
Number of attempts 3 times in an academic year
Course Offered MBA/ PGDM
Exam Centers 58 centers in 56 cities
NMAT Colleges 37 B-schools in India 7 B-schools in South Africa 5 B-schools in the Philippines
NMAT Official website nmat.org.in

NMAT Dates

NMAT 2021 Exam Date

The official dates will be released by GMAC. But here is the tentative NMAT important dates according to the dates of previous NMAT exam:
Events Starting date Closing date
NMAT Registration July 2, 2021 October 3, 2021
NMAT Scheduling July 2, 2021 October 16, 2021
NMAT Late Registration October 4, 2021 October 14, 2021
Retake registration October 5, 2021 December 14, 2021
NMAT Re-Scheduling July 2, 2021 December 14, 2021
Retake Scheduling October 5, 2021 December 14, 2021
NMAT Exam DATE October 4, 2021 December 17, 2021
NMAT Result 3rd week of February, 2022
NMAT scorecard March 31, 2022 INR 200 (only if more than 5 scorecards are downloaded
Starting of registration of GD/ PI March 2022 onwards
GI/ PI March 2022 onward

NMAT Eligibility Criteria

NMAT 2021 Eligibility Criteria

The eligibility criteria to apply for NMAT is set by GMAC. The basic criteria is mentioned below but it may vary institute-wise.
  • Qualification - The candidate should be a graduate with at least 50% marks or should be in the final year of the graduate program. The part-time or correspondence bachelors are not encouraged.
  • Age limit - The candidate should not be more than 25 years of age. 

Eligibility Criteria for Overseas candidates:

  • The candidate should have a full-time bachelor's degree in any discipline with at least 50% marks.
  • They should have appeared for GMAT and should have a score of 600 or above.
  • They should get clearance from the government of their country and a student visa from the Indian Embassy in the candidate's country.

NMAT Registration

NMAT 2021 Registration

  1. Create an account with a valid email id in nmat.org
  2. Provide all the other details like contact information, personal details, education and work experience, list of programs to apply, and the ID that will be used at the test center.
  3. Choose the institutes to apply for, so the scores can be sent to these institutes.
  4. Upload a photograph of yourself.
  5. After registration, schedule your examination by choosing the test center, date & time.
  6. Pay NMAT Registration fee of INR 2000.
  7. Payments can be made through only Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Debit Card, Net Banking, Diners Club, Mobile Wallets. For rescheduling, payments will only be accepted through credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, and American Express).
Note: NMAT login credentials can be used anytime once registered to view their application and make changes. Know NMAT Complete Application Process

NMAT 2021 Exam Centres

The exam will be conducted in 58 centers across 56 cities across India and in 4 international centers. The candidates can choose the test centers according to their convenience. Read More

Domestic Locations:

Region Cities
North Agra, Chandigarh, Dehradun, Delhi, Faridabad, Gurgaon, Jammu, Kanpur, Lucknow, Noida, Patiala, Varanasi
West Aurangabad, Rajkot, Ahmedabad, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Kota, Mumbai, Nagpur, Nasik, Pune, Pilani, Surat, Vadodara
South Aurangabad, Rajkot, Ahmedabad, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Kota, Mumbai, Nagpur, Nasik, Pune, Pilani, Surat, Vadodara
Central Bhopal, Indore, Jabalpur, Raipur
East Bhubaneswar, Guwahati, Jamshedpur, Kolkata, Patna, Ranchi, Shillong

International Locations:

City Country
Kathmandu Nepal
Thimphu Bhutan
Dhaka Bangladesh
Colombo Srilanka

NMAT Admit Card

NMAT 2021 Admit Card

The admit card will be released on the official website. The candidates can download it from their NMAT by the GMAC account.

Steps to download NMAT admit card:

  • Go to the official website of NMAT.
  • Find the link 'Download Admit Card'. Click on the link.
  • Enter into your NMAT by GMAC account by entering your registered email id and password.
  • Admit Card will appear. 
  • Download the admit card and get a print out to take it to the exam center 
  • In case of any problem with the admit card, the candidates can contact the NMAT helpdesk.

Know Complete NMAT Admit Card Details

NMAT Exam Pattern

NMAT 2021 Exam Pattern 

NMAT is an online exam of 360 marks. It consists of a total of 120 multiple-choice questions divided into 3 sections: Language Skills, Quantitative Skills, and Logical Reasoning. Each objective type question carries 3 marks and there is no negative marking for wrong answers and unattempted questions.
Sections No. of questions The time limit in minutes Marks Range
Language Skills 36 28 12-120
Quantitative Skills 36 52 12-120
Logical Reasoning 36 40 12-120
Total 108 120 360

Check Detailed Revised NMAT Exam Pattern

NMAT Syllabus

NMAT 2021 Syllabus

As seen in the exam pattern, NMAT paper is divided into three sections consisting of various topics under every section. The detailed NMAT syllabus for each section is given below in a tabular form.

NMAT Syllabus for Language Skills NMAT Syllabus for Logical Reasoning NMAT Syllabus for Quantitative Aptitude
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Grammar
  • Vocabulary
  • Analytical Reasoning
  • Verbal Reasoning
  • Algebra
  • Arithmetic
  • Data Interpretation
  • Geometry & Mensuration
  • Modern Math

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NMAT 2021 Coaching Centers

There are various coaching centers that have been helping students crack the competitive exams. Below is the list of coaching classes that are best in a particular region.
Region  Coaching centers
Northern India PT Education Bull's Eye T.I.M.E. Career launcher IMS Learning Resources
Southern India Career Launcher T.I.M.E. IMS Learning Resources
Eastern India T.I.M.E Career Launcher IMS Learning Resource
Western India T.I.M.E. Creek Forum IMS Learning Resource PT Education
Central India Career Launcher IMS Learning Resource Path Finder Cerebral Heights

NMAT Preparation

NMAT 2021 Preparation Tips

The candidates who are planning to appear for NMAT 2021 have almost a year to prepare for the exam. But when you start preparing even 1 year seems to be too short to complete the syllabus if the student has not planned their preparatory journey. The candidates have to study in a smart and effective way to bring the best within the time they have. So below are some of the tips to plan your preparatory journey for NMAT. Read More
  • Know the syllabus

The first thing that should be done when you decide to appear for NMAT or any other competitive exam is to know the syllabus. Figure out the topics from which more questions are asked and the topics from which very few questions are asked or the topics from which no questions have been asked for years. This will help you segregate important topics and less important topics. According to this, you can plan which topics to be prepared before and on which topics more time should be spent. Read NMAT Section wise Syllabus, Important Topics
  • Prepare a timeline to complete the syllabus

Time management is not only required during the exam but also during the preparation of the exam. Preparing a timetable can be helpful. The preparation can be completed in 3 months, 6 months or can take up to 1 year, depending upon how you plan. The timetable should not only include the completions of topics but should also include the time for practice, mock tests, and revision. See Mock Tests and Sample Papers
  • Understand the concepts

Conceptual clarity is very important. You don’t know how twisted the question may be asked in the examination. But if your basics are clear then you may find a way to untwist the question and find the correct answer.  You can join coaching classes or can prepare by yourself with the help of books and videos. You can just take crash courses if you don’t want to take the year-long coaching classes. It totally depends on the candidate to choose what can work best for them. Sometimes the student keeps on going to the coaching classes but they don’t find time for self-study. In such cases, crash courses can be best, where the concepts will be cleared in the minimum required time and the student can spend more time practising and taking mock tests. Try to complete the theories as early as possible and spend more time on solving and practising the sample papers.
  • Know your strength and weakness

Knowing your strengths and weaknesses is an important part of preparation. When you know which topics are easy for you to understand and solve, then they are your strengths. You can spend less time on them during the preparation. And they will help you increase your scores in the examination. The topics that are tough for you to understand and solve are your weaknesses. We usually try to skip or pay less attention to the topics that are tough. But these topics can be important topics and can hold more questions in the examination. So rather than skipping them, we should try to spend more time on them. This will help you to minimize the number of wrong answers and unattempted questions in the examination. So know your strengths and weaknesses and plan your timetable according to it.
  • Know the shortcuts and tricks

Time management is very crucial during the examination. NMAT has sectional timing and you need to try your best to attempt each and every question. You have to find the correct answer in the minimum time possible. Coaching classes teach the students some tricks to solve questions quickly. You can also find videos for such tricks and shortcuts on youtube. Knowing some of these can be beneficial.
  • Practice the sample papers and previous year question papers

Practice as much as you can. Practice will help you increase your speed in solving questions. Practice will also help you figure out how clear your basics are. Solve the sample papers and previous year questions papers to get an idea of what type of questions are asked in the examination. It will help you understand the question pattern, help you to revise, will increase your speed, and boosts confidence. Download NMAT Free Practice Papers
  • Take official preparation for NMAT or other mock tests

A mock test is like real exams, where you have to solve the question paper in the required time. This helps you analyze the level of your preparation and highlights the areas of improvement. You can figure out your solving speed, topics you are unable to solve, expected scores, etc. With this, you can improve the areas where you are weak. NMAT by GMAC offers an official preparation for the exam. The students can also take this and figure out how good they are with their preparation.
  • Do Revise

Before you start a new day, revise what you have studied the previous day. When you start learning new topics every day, there are high chances of forgetting the old topics. Revise the topics every day. Just make a quick look through all the topics you have studied. Don't spend much time on these, just take a quick look and move forward. 

NMAT 2021 Best Android/ iOs Apps

There are apps that help the candidates to prepare for different exams. The apps that help to prepare for management entrance exams offer sample papers, previous year question papers, and conduct mock tests and prepare the students for different exams. These apps also analyze the performance of the candidates and highlight the weak points. Some of the android or iOs apps for preparation of NMAT are:

  • MBA Test Prep - This is the highest rated app for the management entrance exam preparation. They help to prepare on a daily basis with a word list, the question of the day, a tip of the day, a puzzle of the week, news, and announcements. They offer 12 NMAT mock tests and also the mock tests of other exams.
  • TCY Exam Prep - They offer at least 10 free tests for NMAT or any other exam along with performance analytics. They provide guidance and they have challenging zones to complete with other users.
  • NMAT: Online Mock Tests – This app offers hundreds of free mock tests, practise papers in both Hindi and English. Candidates can check and improve their scores using this app.

Section-wise preparation tips

As we know there are 3 sections in NMAT and each section has been assigned with limited time. So each section needs to be prepared properly to utilize the time effectively.

  • Tips for Language skills

This section has 32 questions to be completed in 22 minutes. All you require here is strong grammatical skills and good vocabulary to give the best in this section. You should also have speed reading skills to read the comprehension passage and try to mark the important words and phrases to find them easily while answering the questions related to the passage. All you can do for this section is read as much as possible. Read every day and try to learn the new words you go through. Some of the important topics are Reading Comprehension, Sentence Correction, Grammar-based questions, Prepositions, Critical reasoning, Vocabulary based Antonyms, Synonyms, and fill in the blanks.

  • Tips for Quantitative Aptitude

This section has 48 questions to be solved in 60 minutes. This section has the highest number of questions. This section requires speed and accuracy. It can be beneficial if you are aware of the shortcut tricks for a quick calculation.  Some of the important topics are Numbers, Coordinate Geometry, Quadratic Equations, Inequalities, Simplification, Profit Loss, Average, Allegations & Mixtures, Ratio & Proportion, Time, Speed & Distance, Simple & Compound Interest, Clock & Calendar, Permutation & Combination, Probability, Data Sufficiency, Bar Graph, Pie Chart, and Table.

  • Tips for Logical Reasoning

This section has 40 questions to be answered in 38 minutes. Some of the important topics for this section are Decision Making, Arrangements, Series, Numerical Grid, Family tree, and Verbal Reasoning. This section totally depends on your practice. So practice as much as you can.

NMAT 2021 Preparation Books

There are various books for preparation of NMAT. It is not necessary to buy books related to NMAT only. The sections in all the MBA competitive exams are almost similar and you can refer to general books from known authors for a better understanding of the concept. Even the candidates can refer to the books from the top coaching centers.

NMAT by GMAC Official Guide

The candidates planning to take NMAT exams can buy the NMAT official guide. This guide is from the makers of the GMAT and has an official source of information about the format and structure of the examination. It includes concept discussion of each section, past year question papers, new questions with answer key & explanation, and practice papers. Read More on NMAT Official Guide

NMAT Books for Language Skills

The language skill section consists of reading comprehension, English grammar, word meaning, and verbal ability. The candidates can prepare for this by reading the newspaper, editorials, novels, etc. and improve their vocabulary and reading speed. For grammar, it's best to refer to the grammar book of class 6 to 10. Clearing the concepts would make it easy to solve grammatical questions. Some of the books that can be referred for language skills are:

  • How to prepare for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for CAT - Arun Sharma
  • Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for CAT - Nishit K. Sinha
  • Objective General English - S.P Bakshi (Arihant Publication)
  • Word Power Made Easy - Norman Lewis
  • High School English Grammar & Composition - Wren & Martin

NMAT Books for Quantitative Skills

Not only for NMAT but quantitative aptitude is a major part of almost all competitive exams, so there are various books to choose from. Consider the books that explain the concepts in easy language and give an idea of what sort of questions usually appear in the exam. This section usually requires speed and accuracy and this can be only through conceptual clarity and continuous practice. Some of the books that can be referred for Quantitative Aptitude are:

  • Quantitative Aptitude - R.S. Agarwal
  • Quantitative Aptitude for CAT - Arun Sharma
  • Quantitative Aptitude for MBA Entrance examinations - Abhijit Guha

NMAT Books for Logical Reasoning

For logical reasoning, the only thing that can help is practice. You may go through the topics but the questions would always be twisted and that can be solved with a lot of practice. You can always learn some tricks to find a way to the solution. Some of the books to prepare for Logical Reasoning are:

  • How to prepare for logical reasoning for CAT - Arun Sharma
  • Non Verbal reasoning - R.S. Agarwal
  • A Modern Approach to Logical Reasoning - R.S. Agarwal
  • Logical Reasoning - Arihant Publication
  • Logical and Analytical Reasoning - Ashok Gupta

NMAT Cutoff

NMAT 2021 Cutoff

NMAT 90 Percentile College NMAT 80 Percentile College NMAT 70 Percentile College NMAT 60 Percentile College
  • NMIMS Mumbai Campus
  • NMIMS Bengaluru Campus
  • NMIMS Hyderabad Campus
  • XIM, Bhubaneswar
  • VIT, Vellore
  • SRM University, Chennai
  • SDA Bocconi, Mumbai IBS (ICFAI B-schools), Hyderabad & 9 other cities
  • Alliance University, Bangalore
  • BSE Institute Ltd, Mumbai, New Delhi, Chennai, Kolkata, Ahmedabad
  • Shiv Nadar University, Greater Noida (Delhi NCR) WOXSEN, Hyderabad
  • Amity University, Noida (Delhi NCR)
  • Thapar School of Management, Mohali
  • UPES, Dehradun
  • BML Munjal University, Gurgaon
  • ITM, Navi Mumbai
  • Mody University, Laxman Garh (Jaipur)
  • GSIB, Visakhapatnam
  • HBS, Hyderabad

NMAT 2021 FAQs

NMAT 2021 FAQs

Ques. How many institutes accept the NMAT score?

Ans. 37 B-schools in India, 7 B-schools in South Africa, and 5 B-schools in the Philippines accept NMAT scores.

Ques. What are the documents required during the test day in the examination center?

Ans. A valid id, admit card/ confirmation email should be accompanied along with the candidate for the examination, otherwise, they won't be allowed into the testing room.

Ques. What are the documents that will be accepted as valid id?

Ans. The documents that can be accepted as the valid id for the NMAT exam are:
  • Passport 
  • PAN Card
  • Voter ID Card
  • UID/ Aadhar Card
  • Driver’s License

Ques. What is the structure of the NMAT exam?

Ans. There are 3 sections in the question paper and each of them has been allotted with limited time. The test takers can review them in the allotted time and can choose the order of the section. 

Ques. How long is the exam conducted?

Ans. NMAT is not a single sitting test, it is a 75-day window. This helps the candidate to schedule the exam according to their convenience.

Ques. What are the courses offered by NMAT?

Ans. MBA and PGDM courses are offered by the NMAT exam.

Ques. What is the mode of payment for the NMAT application fees?

Ans. The fees for registration, late registration and retake application can be paid through Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Debit Card, Net Banking, Diners Club, Mobile Wallets, UPI, etc. But the rescheduling fees can only be paid through the credit card.

*The article might have information for the previous academic years, which will be updated soon subject to the notification issued by the University/College.


Can I change my exam center?
abhishek upadhyay

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abhishek upadhyay

Hello Ibashisha, greetings from Collegedunia. No provisions are available at this point in time to change your exam center.

Can I take admission in the executive course program on the basis of NMAT scores?
abhishek upadhyay

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What is the late registration fee for NMAT?
abhishek upadhyay

Hello Sadim, greetings from Collegedunia. The late registration fee for NMAT is 2500/-.

Can we wear a digital watch in the exam center?
abhishek upadhyay

Hello Drona, greetings from Collegedunia. You are not allowed to wear any fancy items during the exam.

Is there any exam center in Malappuram?
abhishek upadhyay

Hello Kunal, greetings from Collegedunia. For the list of exam centers of NMAT, click here.

Will there be a counselling from the GMAC? Or does each institute organise their individual counselling?
What should be the ideal study routine for NMAT 2021?
abhishek upadhyay

Hello Avinash, greetings from Collegedunia. Click here, for the recommended study plan for NMAT.

I have done graduation from distance. Am I eligible for the NMAT exam?
abhishek upadhyay

Hello Nishu, greetings from Collegedunia. For the detailed eligibility criteria for NMAT, click here.

Is this december date of exam, fixed or tentative?
abhishek upadhyay

Hello Prahasti, greetings from Collegedunia. As of now, the exam dates declared by the authorities are official and confirmed.

Are there any changes in the NMAT syllabus?
abhishek upadhyay

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Are there any foreign universities that accept NMAT score?
abhishek upadhyay

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When are NMAT 2021 application forms expected to be released?
shekhar suman

Hi Urvashi, NMAT 2021 application form is likely to be released around the first week of July, 2021. The registration portal will be active for nearly 3-4 months i.e. around first week of October, 2021.

nmat last date registration
Hi Nagma, Dec 14, 2019 is the last date to apply for NMAT.
please send me the link where i can fill up the institute form. also i need to make some changed in the form how can i do it?
Hi Debasree, you need to write a mail to them at nmatsupport@gmac.com and mention the details which are wrong and also provide the correct details.
I am 27yrs old. Am I eligible for NMAT?
Hi Shruti,25 years is the maximum age limit for NMAT.
when will the next exam held
Hello Dipak, NMAT by GMAC Registration 2018: Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) will release NMAT Application Form 2018 in the first week of July.
I want t register for XIMB under nmat programme but came to know that registrations are closed Is there any way that registrations will open again?
Hello Megha, You can apply fro NMAT 2018. The registration window will open in First week of July 2018- First week of October 2018.
i need someone to help me with choosing my stream for mba
Hi Shantanu, There are lots of streams in MBA, so, first of all, please tell me about your areas of interest, then according to that I will give you suitable advice regarding the stream in MBA that you should pursue. Hope you will do this for me.
Hey Kalpana, if at all my interest lies in developing any given organization by various strategies/methodologies. Do i need to do my MBA in Operational management? my keen interest is in looking after the development of any Organisation. Please do comment on this.. Thanks
Hello Rohit, Yes you can go ahead with MBA in Operational management
Why is there a “first come first serve” basis for NMAT registration?
Hi Shivani, When the number of seats is full for a particular test date, no matter how much desperate you are for the seat allotment, it will not be done. So seats are allotted for test on the FCFS basis.
What is this 75 day window process in NMAT?
Hi Jainab, The window is designed such that the test taker can take the test anytime within the 75 days time frame, of the test registration. This includes, that you can appear for every section of the test on different dates.