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NMAT Selection Process 2021: Check GD, WAT, PI Format, and Participating Colleges

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Anwita Dhar

| Updated On - Aug 3, 2021

NMAT Selection Process 2021 will start after the concussion of the exam. There is no common selection process followed by participating B-schools and each school will release its own NMAT Cut off. Generally, NMAT selection process involves 3 steps i.e. WAT, GD, and PI. Check NMAT Cutoff 2021

There is total of 35 Participating B-schools in NMAT like NMIMS Mumbai, ICFAI Business School, VIT Vellore, and XIM Bhubaneswar. NMAT scores of candidates will be sent to the colleges chosen by them. Candidates may choose more than 5 colleges.​Check Participating B-schools in NMAT

NMAT Selection Process 2021 Important Dates

The schedule for NMAT selection process will be released soon on the official website. Till that time candidates can check the tentative schedule provided below:

Events Dates
NMAT Result February 2022
NMAT scorecard March 2022
Registration of GD/ PI process March 2022
GI/ PI March 2022 

NMAT Selection Process

NMAT Selection Process 2021

NMAT 2021 selection process will begin with candidates registering and appearing for the entrance exam.

  • Appear for NMAT 2021: First of all, candidates will have to appear for NMAT 2021 exected to held in the month of Novermber/ December 2021. 
  • NMAT Result 2021: NMAT result will be made public in the month of February. After this, all B-schools will release their respective NMAT 2021 cut-offs. Candidates will have to clear the exam cut-off in order to proceed with the selection process.
  • Appearing for screening process: In the third step, the candidate will have to appear for further screening rounds organized by B-schools which includes CD (Case Discussion) or WAT followed by PI (Personal Interview) rounds.
  • Final Selection: The final selection of the candidate depends upon the score achieved in the screening rounds. The weightage of each round in NMAT score will be decided by respective MBA college.

NMAT Written Ability Test 2021

Last year due to the pandemic situation the WAT round was conducted online were had provided their WAT test articles on Google Docs. 

  • Written Ability Test (WAT) is introduced by a few B-schools only. During this round candidates will be judged for the knowledge on the provided topic. 
  • Candidates will also be judged for Grammar, Language, Vocabulary, Clarity Of Thought etc. 
NMAT Group Discussion

NMAT Case Discussion 2021

Case Discussion is a round common to many of the B-schools accepting NMAT score admission process. Candidates’ knowledge is tested around varied topics of political, social, economical, sports, arts, educational nature. For group discussion, candidates will be divided into groups of 5- 10. Each group of student will get about 15 – 20 minutes to discuss the assigned topic and will be judged on the following factors:

  • Leadership Skills
  • Communication Skills
  • Managerial Skills
  • Negotiation Skills
  • Personality
  • Listening Skills
  • Confidence of Speaking

NMAT Group Discussion Topics

Group discussion round is a rather difficult part of NMAT Selection Process. Group Discussion topics often come as a surprise to students as they are mostly unpredictable. However some common topics which can be expected include:

  • Social issues
  • Political events
  • Science and Technology
  • Finance and Economics
  • Latest global happening such as COVID 19

NMAT Personal Interview

NMAT Personal Interview 2021

PI round is the second most common round of the admission process of colleges accepting NMAT score. This round is usually conducted as a panel discussion with 3-4 panelists. The panelists include senior interviewers from B-schools and experts of various fields. During this session, the panelists try to assess the candidate on the basis of his/her interests, attitude, personality, and future aspirations. Academic and work profile of the applicant is also considered.

Last year the PI round was conducted over Zoom Call. Following points must be kept in mind of the candidate on which s/he will be tested:

  • Personality
  • Communication Skills
  • Confidence
  • Academic Profile

Collegedunia Selection Process Tips for NMAT 2021

Here are some of the tips to help candidates clear the GD, WAT, and PI rounds.

  1. Case Discussion: A topic will be provided by the B-school on the spot for candidates to indulge in group discussion. The topic may be related to any field. So, applicants are advised to be familiar with current affairs related to social, political, and economic walks of life along with knowledge of their respective fields.
  2. Written Ability Test: The WAT round is conducted to test candidates’ writing skills. Candidates are made to write an essay on a given topic. It is necessary to first understand the topic well, jot down the necessary points and plan out a structure before beginning with the essay.
  3. Personal Interview: This round involves candidates appearing for a face-to-face interview session with panelists. The panel may include members from the B-school selection committee as well as independent experts. It is essential for candidates to be presentable and alert while making conscious answers.
NMAT Documents Required

NMAT Documents Required for Selection Process

Candidates who are selected after clearing of the selection process of NMAT 2021, are required to complete the documentation process and admission formalities. Following documents must be kept ready for further procedures:

  1. NMAT 2021 Scorecard
  2. NMAT Admit Card 2021
  3. Category Certificate for students (If Applicable)
  4. Address Proof / Domicile Certificate
  5. Birth Certificate
  6. Class 10 Marksheet / Matriculation - Certificate
  7. Class 12 Marksheet / Intermediate - Certificate
  8. Degree Certificate / Graduation Marksheet
  9. Photocopies of all the certificates
  10. Six recent Passport size Photographs
  11. Identity Proof (Aadhar Card, Voter ID, License, Passport)

NMAT Cut Off

NMAT Participating Colleges Cut off

NMAT Sectional Cut Off

NMAT cut off will be released soon after the declaration of the result. However, an idea of the cut off can be made from previous year cut offs.

Section Marks Sectional Cutoff
Language Skills 96 55
Quantitative Skills 144 70
Logical Reasoning 120 55
Total 360 200

Know more about  NMAT Cut Off 2021


NMAT 2021 Selection Process FAQs

Ques. When is NMAT 2021 Selection Process likely to start?

Ans. NMAT 2021 Selection Process will start soon after the declaration of results. The tentative time for the beginning of the process is February 2021.

Ques. What is the criteria for shortlisting candidates in NMAT Selection Process?

Ans. In NMAT Selection Process, a candidate’s collaborative performance in Group Discussion, Personal Interview, and Written Ability Test is considered while shortlisting.

Ques. What documents does a candidate need to carry at the time of the NMAT Selection Process?

Ans. Once a candidate gets shortlisted for the selection process, s/he is required to carry the following documents:

  • NMAT Scorecard
  • NMAT Admit Card
  • Category Certificate for students (If Applicable)
  • Address Proof / Domicile Certificate
  • Birth Certificate
  • Class 10 Marksheet / Matriculation - Certificate
  • Class 12 Marksheet / Intermediate - Certificate
  • Degree Certificate / Graduation Marksheet
  • Photocopies of all the certificates
  • Six recent Passport size Photographs
  • Identity Proof (Aadhar Card, Voter ID, License, Passport)

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


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