NMAT (NMIMS Management Aptitude Test)

NMAT (NMIMS Management Aptitude Test)

NMAT (NMIMS Management Aptitude Test) is a national level MBA entrance test, which is conducted by GMAC (Graduate Management Admission Council). The test will select candidates for admission into Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies (NMIMS) and other 23 popular Management colleges across India. NMAT is a computer based test which is conducted for 75 days; begins in 1st week of October and ends in 3rd week of December. The registration for NMAT Exam starts in July every year. The top 5 MBA colleges of India which accepts the NMAT scores are:

  • NMIMS, Mumbai
  • XIM, Bhubaneswar
  • IBS (ICFAI B-schools), Hyderabad
  • VIT, Vellor
  • Alliance University, Bangalore


There are no specific eligibility criteria for NMAT; however any graduate from a recognized institution/ university with 50% marks can apply. The eligibility for the test changes as it depends on the requirements of participating colleges. The candidates need to check the eligibility criteria of the colleges to which they are applying before registration. It is the candidate’s responsibility to ensure that they are eligible for the respective colleges of their choice.

Application Fees

The registration fees for the NMAT exam is INR 1800/- but if the candidate fails to register till the last date have to pay with late charges of 200/- i.e. INR 2000/- for registering.

Examination Pattern

The total marks of the NMAT is 120, each question carries 1 mark. The questions are divided into three sections; the students must complete it within 120 minutes/ 2 hours. NMAT offers one relief to the candidates as there is no system of negative marking for any wrong attempts. Along with this NMAT also gives the students three opportunities to improve their scores by retaking the test. The pattern of the exam is as follows;

Sections No. of Questions Time allotted
Language Skills 32 22 minutes
Quantitative Skills 48 60 minutes
Logical Reasoning 40 38 minutes
Total 120 120 minutes

The difficulty level of the NMAT test is moderate and it also gives the candidates their choice of ordering the sections during exam.

Selection Procedure

The NMAT, GMAC, result is released in the official website www.nmac.org.in after 4-5 weeks of conducting the exam. The candidates can view their score card online. Then the shortlisted candidates through NMAT will have to undergo other phases of selection by the concerned colleges that they want to join. These phases include Group Exercise, Personal Interview and Writing Ability Tests. According to the scores secured by candidates in all these phases a final merit list of students is prepared who are eligible to take admission.

The NMAT test gives the applicants enough scopes to improve their scores by giving the chance of attempting the exam 3 times in a session, which helps them to take admission into best colleges. The exam standard is also similar to India’s top Management entrance tests like CAT/XAT etc.