The NMAT Exam is one of India’s leading entrance exams for higher business management studies, also accepted by many overseas colleges.
Owned and administered by the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC), fresh graduates as well as working professionals can sit the NMAT by GMAC Exam to gain admission into business school MBA and master’s programs.
Each year, over 75,000 NMAT tests are taken in a test center or online, and 59 Indian and overseas MBA colleges accept the test.
If you’re considering applying to business school, read on or skip to your section of interest to find out everything you need to know about the NMAT Exam for the 2022 testing year:
NMAT Exam Structure And Scores
To understand what the NMAT exam is, you need to understand its core structure.
The NMAT Exam structure is designed to be competitive while being candidate-friendly. You can benefit from its various features:
The NMAT is made up of three equal-weightage exam sections: Language Skills, Quantitative Skills, and Logical Reasoning, each consisting of 36 questions and scored from 12 to 120. You can choose your own section order.
You get your unofficial NMAT score immediately after taking the exam. The official score is sent to you within 48 hours. NMAT total scores range from 36 to a maximum score of 360.
You can take the NMAT Exam at your choice of date and time, and self-schedule your test as well. You also have the choice to select between online and physical centers.
GMAC offers 73 NMAT Exam centers spread across 68 cities in India, and 24 centers in South Africa and neighboring countries, Nigeria, and the Philippines. The NMAT online exam is proctored and available to both Indian and international students.
There is no negative marketing in the NMAT Exam. This means that if you answer a question wrong or leave questions unanswered, no marks will be deducted.
NMAT Exam Registration And Fees
NMAT registration is easy and fast. Register at register.nmat.org. If you are new to the site, create your account and fill the registration form with all details.
Then schedule your exam and select your preferred MBA colleges where you want your NMAT Exam score sent. You can select five colleges; additional choices are available for an additional fee.
For Indian candidates, the NMAT Exam fees excluding taxes are:
NMAT registration fees: INR 2,300 ($31)
NMAT retake fee: INR 2,300 ($31)
Rescheduling: INR 1,200 ($16)
Fee to send your NMAT score to additional colleges: INR 300 ($4) per college
These fees also apply to candidates from Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, and Sri Lanka. There is an additional 18% GST that applies over these fees.
Candidates elsewhere—for example, in South Africa and the Philippines—pay:
NMAT Registration: US$65 + applicable taxes
Retake: US$65 + applicable taxes
Additional Score: Reports (beyond first five): US$5 per Score Report + applicable taxes
Reschedule: US$30 + applicable taxes
NMAT Exam Dates 2022
India NMAT Exam Dates for 2022 will likely be announced between July and August 2022. Typically, the NMAT test schedule for Indian candidates is as follows:
July/August 2022: NMAT registration opens
October/November 2022: NMAT registration closes
October-December 2022: Testing
The last date to apply for the NMAT in 2022 is in November. NMAT exam dates 2022 also apply to candidates from Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, and Sri Lanka.
Candidates located elsewhere can register and sit for the NMAT Exam throughout the year. See dates here.
You can take the NMAT Exam three times in a testing year. This means that you can retake the NMAT twice during that time to improve your score.
After taking the test, you have to wait at least 15 days before you can apply for a retake attempt.
However, your NMAT Exam score only lasts for one application cycle. If you want to apply with the NMAT again in a following year, you have to sit the NMAT again.
NMAT Accepting Colleges
Where is the NMAT accepted?
Leading NMAT accepting colleges in India include the Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies (NMIMS), the Indian School of Business (ISB) (Advanced Management Program in Business Analytics), K J Somaiya Institute of Management (KJSIM), SP Jain Institute of Management and Research (SPJIMR) (PGMPW), and Flame University.
Many MBA colleges in South Africa and neighboring countries, Nigeria, and the Philippines also accept the NMAT. Check the full list of NMAT colleges.
NMAT vs GMAT | Key Differences
GMAC administers both the NMAT and the GMAT Exam. The NMAT is specifically designed for candidates applying to business schools in India and other emerging markets, whereas the GMAT is designed for applications to business schools globally.
You can therefore can use the GMAT to apply to more business schools internationally—including all the top-ranked schools like Harvard, Stanford, and London Business School—while you can use the NMAT to apply to a select list of MBA colleges in India and some other emerging markets.
The other key differences between the NMAT vs GMAT are:
Cost. The NMAT is the much more affordable option. While the GMAT costs over INR 20,500 for Indian candidates ($275), the NMAT registration fee is INR 2,300.
Duration. The NMAT is a shorter exam with a duration of 2 hours, while the GMAT is 3 hours, 7 minutes, not including two optional eight-minute breaks.
Validity. Your NMAT score is valid for one testing year whereas GMAT scores are valid for five years. You can make three attempts within a testing year for the NMAT and five for the GMAT.
Structure. The GMAT exam has four sections—Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Verbal Reasoning—compared with the NMAT’s three sections.
If you’re applying for international business schools, the GMAT is the better choice. However, if you’re applying to NMAT accepting colleges in India, it makes sense to go for the more affordable NMAT Exam, which is equally valued by NMAT colleges.
Also see: GMAT vs GRE: What’s the difference?
NMAT vs CAT | Key Differences
The CAT, or Common Admission Test, is the biggest admission exam in India run by the Indian Institutes of Management. To apply for an IIM, you have to take the CAT.
Aside from the schools that accept the CAT vs NMAT, the main difference between the CAT and the NMAT is that you can only take the CAT once in a testing year, while you can take the NMAT three times.
If you get a bad CAT score, you would have to wait until the following year to try to improve that score.
The NMAT also has no negative marketing, while the CAT has negative marking for multiple choice questions—if you get a question wrong you’ll get one point deducted from your score. While you should prepare thoroughly for either test, some candidates therefore see the NMAT as the less difficult option.
Ultimately, taking the NMAT will allow you to apply for and stand out to some of the top MBA colleges in India and elsewhere in a flexible and affordable way.
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