NMAT 2021: Exam Date (Announced), Form, Syllabus
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  • Last Modified 08-06-2022
  • Written By Mrinalini_M
  • Last Modified 08-06-2022

NMAT 2021: Exam Date (Out), Eligibility, Syllabus

NMAT 2021: The registration process has been started on August 03, 2021. The candidates who want to apply for it can fill the NMAT 2021 application form by November 10, 2021. Such candidates can use the official website i.e. register.nmat.org. The direct link to fill the application form has been provided here. The candidates who are eligible for NMAT 2021 exam should fill the form as soon as possible. The candidates can schedule the NMAT 2021 exam between August 03 to November 17, 2021. The duration of this exam is 2 hours. GMAC (Graduate Management Admission Council) is the exam conducting authority for the NMAT 2021 exam. It is a candidate-friendly exam as for this, the candidate can schedule their time, date, and centre at their convenience.

NMAT is usually conducted once a year. The candidates need to pay the INR 2300/- as in the application form fee format. The last date to schedule this exam is November 17, 2021. The candidates who have passed their bachelor’s exam in any discipline with a minimum of 50% marks are eligible o apply for NMAT 2021. This exam relies on the three sections such as quantitative aptitude, logical reasoning and language skills. Read this article fully to know the important details such as eligibility criteria, the application process, exam pattern, syllabus, cutoff, selection process etc.

Latest: The NMAT 2021 exam scheduling process has been started. The candidates are advised to schedule their exam before November 17, 2021.

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NMAT 2021: Overview

NMAT is one of the sought exams for MBA entrance exam that is conducted for admission in India & abroad. Candidates who are interested in appearing in NMAT must be aware of the NMAT admission criteria. Let’s have a review at the below-mentioned NMAT overview. This will help candidates in knowing about all the important features of the NMAT exam. Let’s have a look at the below-mentioned field in a table that shows every minute detail about the NMAT exam.

Exam NameNMIMS Management Aptitude Test (NMAT)
Conducting body Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC)
Frequency of examOnce a year (74-day test window)
Level of examNational level
Mode of examComputer-based online mode
NMAT Full FormNMIMS Management Aptitude Test 
Medium of examEnglish
Participating institutes29 in India, 7 in South Africa and 5 in the Philippines
Official Websitenmat.org

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NMAT Important Dates 2021

Those candidates who are planning to appear for the NMAT 2021 exam can check the below-provided schedule for the NMAT 2021. The candidates are advised to keep track of the record of the NMAT important schedule and other event details. If you are keeping a track of the schedule announced by the GMAC (Graduate Management Admission Council), then there will be less chance that you can miss out on any recent event updates. Check the complete schedule from below provided table below –

NMAT EventsStart DateEnd Date
NMAT Registration dateAugust 3, 2021November 10, 2021
NMAT 2021 SchedulingAugust 3, 2021November 17, 2021
Late NMAT 2021 registration periodNovember 11, 2021November 15, 2021
NMAT 2021 Registration-RetakeOctober 15, 2021December 24, 2021
NMAT 2021 Re-schedulingAugust 3, 2021December 24, 2021
Retake re-schedulingOctober 15, 2021December 24, 2021
NAMT Exam date 2021October 14, 2021December 27, 2021
NMAT Result 2021 Within 48 hours of exam submissionWithin 48 hours of exam submission

What is NMAT Exam 2021?

NMAT, being a national-level exam, is a gateway for admissions into various management programs. NMAT or NMIMS Management Aptitude Test is conducted by the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC). The purpose of conducting the NMAT by GMAC Exam is to offer admissions to aspiring candidates into various management courses, as offered by NMIMS and other institutes taking NMAT scores.

Candidates can take a maximum of 3 attempts with a compulsory gap of at least 15 days between 2 attempts. NMAT is a national-level exam that offers admission into MBA/ PGDM courses whose scores are accepted by top institutes. This exam offers admission in around 37+ B-Schools in India and 10+ colleges located outside India. Candidates can choose 5 colleges for admission during the NMAT registration process.

Advantages Of NMAT 2021

Here are the advantages of the NMAT exam:

  1. No negative marking
  2. Less Speeded-10% lesser Questions
  3. Equal Weightage to all Sections
  4. Choose Section Order
  5. Personalize your Preparation using Official Guide, Study Plan and Prep Exams
  6. Preview Score Instantly
  7. Download Scorecard within 48 hours
  8. 3 attempts to Improve your Score
  9. Choose NMAT Accepting schools to send scores
  10. Test Centre with Social Distancing Norms or Online Proctored Test at Home
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NMAT 2021 Eligibility Criteria

Before filling the NMAT application form 2021, the candidate must check the eligibility criteria. The authorities have specified NMAT 2021 eligibility criteria. The exam conducting body has specified mentioned eligibility criteria. There is no age limit to be eligible for NMAT 2021. Let’s have a look at the below-mentioned eligibility criteria. Candidates who meet the eligibility criteria can fill the application form of NMAT till November 10, 2021. Below are the eligibility criteria required to appear for the NMAT exam:

Educational Qualifications:

  • Candidates must have completed graduation under 10+2+3 or 4 years of education irrepective of any stream.
  • Candidate must have scored at least 50% aggregate in the final year of Graduation.
  • Candidates who are in the final year of graduation are also eligible to apply for NMAT 2021. Admission is mainly granted on the provisional basis of graduation mark sheet and certificate of qualifying examination.

Age limit:

  • There is no age bar to attempt NMAT Exam. Candidates of any age can apply for NMAT exam.

Work Experience:

  • During the final selection process, candidates with two to three years will be given previliaged.
  • Even candidates with no work experience are also eligible.

Maximum Attempts:

  • Candidates can attempt atleast three times with a gap of maximum 15 days.

Eligibility Criteria For Overseas Candidates:

  • Candidate must have done full-time bachelor’s degree in any discipline with minimum of 50% aggregate marks.
  • Candidate must hold a score of 600 or above in GMAT is essential.
  • Clearance certificate will be provided by the Government from the native country and a valid student Visa from Indian Embassy in candidate’s country.

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Course-Wise Eligibility Criteria of NMAT

Candidates who wish to secure admission in the associated courses must check the below-mentioned eligibility criteria. Let’s have a look at the below tabular representation for checking the eligibility campus-wise.

CoursesEligibility Criteria
(Mumbai Campus)
Full-time Bachelor’s degree (10+2+3/4) with 50% aggregate
(Mumbai Campus)
Full-time Bachelor’s degree (10+2+3/4) with 50% aggregate
NMIMS MBA Pharmaceutical Management
(Mumbai Campus)
the selection process for this is separate
Full-time Bachelor’s degree (10+2+3/4) with 50% aggregate

PG in Psychology, Sociology, and Economics

B.Tech or B.E in Bio-Tech. or Bio-Medical
NMIMS PGDM Full-time Bachelor’s degree (10+2+3/4) with 50% aggregate
For International CandidatesFull-time Bachelor degree (10+2+3/4) with 50% aggregate

A Valid GMAT score of 600 and above

Having more than 2 years of post-qualification experience will be preferred

Candidates need to check the eligibility criteria of NMAT participating colleges individually before registering for the examination. Candidates need to select at least five institutes of their preferences for admission while applying to those institutes.

Note: Part-time graduates, distance-learning or correspondence courses are not eligible to apply.

NMAT Application Form 2021

NMAT application process commenced on August 3, 2021. The last date to register for the NMAT application includes November 10, 2021. For registering successfully, the candidate must create an NMAT registration account by using an email ID. The candidate will provide their details, preference and must upload photographs. The registration fee of NMAT is Rs 2300. The candidates can apply for NMAT 2021 registration through online mode from the official website of GMAC i.e. nmat.org. In order to fill the application form, the candidates can follow the steps mentioned below:

Step 1: Registration

  • – Firstly, the candidates have to complete the registration process by entering their name, country, mobile number and click on “Register” button.
  • – The email id and the password will be sent to the registered email ID and mobile number.
  • – Then login from NMAT homepage using the register email ID and password.

Step 2: Selection of B-School- After logging in, the candidates have to select the preferred programmes and B-schools for admission under the “School Preference” section. 

Step 3: Upload Photograph- The applicants have to now proceed to upload a recent, coloured, passport-sized photograph. The file size should not be more than 1 MB and should be in JPG/JPEG or PNG format.

Step 4: Select exam-taking option between test centre and online remote proctored mode at home

Step 5: Submit the Application Form – In the end, the candidates need to check all the information mentioned in the previous steps and correct the errors, if any and then submit the same.  

After submitting the NMAT registration form 2021, any changes apart from “School Preference” and “Communication Preference” will not be allowed. On successful submission of the application form, candidates will be able to see their registration number for NMAT by GMAC displayed on the screen.

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NMAT 2021 Registration Fee

Candidates filling the registration form of NMAT 2021 need to pay the application fee using Credit Card/ Debit Card/ Net Banking/American Express Card/ Diners Card, IMPS, UPI or Mobile Wallets.

NMAT Registration Fee

NMAT Registration fee (Early) Rs. 2300 + applicable taxes
NMAT Registration fee (Late)Rs. 2500 + applicable taxes
Exam Retaking feeRs. 2300+ applicable taxes
Exam Rescheduling feeRs. 1100+ applicable taxes
Additional Score Reports feeRs. 200 per score report + applicable taxes
  • As soon the payment is realized, the scheduled NMAT 2021 option will be activated in the dashboard. Candidate must book any slot after 24 hours from the hour of booking.

    Schedule at NMAT Test Center 2021
  • Candidate must click on ” book exam” tab.
  • Select the countrty and city name and test centre and also choose the date and time to take the exam.

    Schedule Online Proctored Test at Home
  • Click on “book exam tab” for rescheduling system.
  • Candiate must fill out “My Profile” section before moving to “Scheduling exam appointment”.

NMAT Registration 2021: Recommended Web Browsers

In order to avoid any issue in the registration process, candidates must choose the recommended web browsers for a smooth registration procedure. Lets’s have a look at the below-recommended web browsers:

  • Mozilla 3.0 and above
  • Internet explorer 8 & above
  • Google Chrome 3.0
  • Safari (For iOS users)

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How To Retake NMAT Exam 2021?

NMAT Exam Retake Process: Candidates who wish to retake the exam of NMAT must be aware of the rules. The NMAT Retake rules which are specified by the officials are given below:

  1. An aspirant can reschedule or retake the test within 72 hours from the date prior NMAT exam was scheduled.
  2. The test-takers will be allocated new slots on a First Come, First served basis.

Candidates will be allowed to take NMAT by GMAC exam a maximum of 3 times during the time span of this 73-day open window. This will mainly include the first attempt plus a maximum of two retake attempts. No shows are even considered as attempts. NMAT retake registration option will be enabled in the candidate’s dashboard after the exam date. Candidates can easily register for a retake by clicking on the retake section.

How To Apply For NMAT 2021 Reschedule?

Candidates who wish to apply for the NMAT exam must keep a gap of 15 days between the two exams. Aspirants who wish to apply again must make a note of the effective steps. Candidates who wish to reschedule the NMAT exam must follow the below steps. Let’s have a look at the below-mentioned steps:

  • Candidate must visit the official website and log in to NMAT account using login credentials.
  • Click on “Schedule Exam” tab.
  • Candidate must choose the preferred date and time of test.
  • Candidate must choose the prefreable location
  • Complete the process by making a payment of rescheduling fee.
  • Click on process button.

NMAT Application Form 2021: What After Filling Form?

After filling the NMAT application form, the candidate must download NMAT admit card that is available on the official website. To download the same, candidates will have to log in using the credentials.

NMAT Exam Pattern 2021

NMAT is an online exam of 360 marks. This exam consists of 120 MCQs which has to be reduced to 108 questions that involve language skills, quantitative skills & logical reasoning. There is no negative marking for wrong answers and unattempted questions.

The candidates preparing to appear for the NMAT exam must know the exam pattern so that they can prepare for the exam accordingly. Knowing the NMAT exam pattern in advance will help them know what to expect in the exam.

This year NMAT Exam Pattern has been slightly changed. Below is the exam pattern:

  • Mode of Exam: Computer-based exam at test centres as well as Online Proctored Exam from Home
  • Language of Exam: English
  • Type of Questions: Objective type (MCQ)
  • Number of Questions asked in the exam: 108
  • Time Duration of exam: 120 minutes
  • Marking Scheme: 1 mark for each correct answer, No negative marking
  • Marks Distribution: The section-wise breakup of questions in the exam would be as under:
Section NameNumber of questionsAllotted time in minutes
Language Skills36 28
Quantitative Skills36 52
Logical Reasoning36 40

NMAT 2021 Syllabus

In order to prepare for the exam in a particular way, knowing the syllabus of the exam should be on the top to-do list. The NMAT 2021 syllabus contains the section-wise topics from which each section of the NMAT exam paper will be prepared. Check the NMAT syllabus below to help and make a proper plan to study:

Language skills: This section aims to test the verbal ability, language structure skills and reading comprehension of a candidate. The important topics under this section are as follows:

Vocabulary: This section includes topics as mentioned below:

  • Reading comprehension
  • Language usage and their rules
  • Syntax and correct grammar
  • Antonyms and Synonyms
  • Fill in the blanks
  • Idioms
  • Para jumble

Quantitative skills: This section checks the quantitative ability of a candidate. The questions asked in this section are from the topics like data interpretation, problem-solving and data sufficiency. The problem-solving section will include questions from the following:

  • Arithmetic
  • Geometry
  • Modern mathematics
  • Algebra 
  • Number system

Logical reasoning: This section consists of questions based on the family tree, arrangement, numeric grid, coding and series. 

NMAT 2021 Admit Card

GMAC will release the NMAT 2021 admit card within 24 hours after the successful NMAT registration and rescheduling of the NMAT 2021 exam. Those who have successfully filled the application form for NMAT 2021 can download the hall ticket from the dashboard. To download the NMAT 2021 admit card, the candidates will have to use their login credentials, such as registration ID and password. It is mandatory for the candidates to bring their NMAT 2021 admit card along with the confirmation email.

It is mandatory for each candidate to carry their NMAT admit card 2021, confirmation email printout, a valid photo ID and signature ID (original) to the allotted exam centre. The candidates are advised to reach the allotted exam centre 30 minutes prior to the exam starting time. 

Steps To download NMAT Admit card:

  • Candidate must visit the official website.
  • Find the link “Download Admit Card”. Click on the click.
  • Enter the NMAT by GMAC account by entering the registered email id & password.
  • Admit card will appear.
  • Download admit card and get a print out to take it to exam center.
  • If candidate is not able to download the admit card, then get in touch with NMAT helpdesk.

NMAT admit card 2021 is one of the must-have documents. Details that are mentioned in the NMAT hall ticket include the candidate’s details such as name, parent’s name, gender, application number, date of birth, NMAT exam date, shift timings, duration, NMAT exam centre name, location & exam day instructions.

NMAT 2021 Exam Centres

On this page, the candidates can check the list of the NMAT 2021 exam centres. The candidates will have to select the most convenient NMAT exam centre according to them among the 44 cities of India. There are 4 international cities included in the NMAT 2021 exam centres.

NMAT 2021 Exam Centres – India

Agra, Chandigarh, Dehradun, Delhi, Faridabad, Gurgaon, Jammu, Kanpur, Lucknow, Noida, Patiala, VaranasiNorth
Bhopal, Indore, Jabalpur, RaipurCentral
Bhubaneswar, Guwahati, Jamshedpur, Kolkata, Patna, Ranchi, ShillongEast
Bengaluru, Chennai, Kochi, Hyderabad, Manipal, Mysore, Tiruchirapalli, Vellore, Vizag, VijayawadaSouth
Ahmedabad, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Kota, Mumbai, Nagpur, Nasik, Pune, Pilani, Surat, VadodaraWest

NMAT 2021 Exam Centres – Abroad

ColomboSri Lanka

NMAT Cutoff 2021

The candidates who are appearing for the NMAT 2021 exam can check the cutoff released by GMAC on their official website after the declaration of the final result. The NMAT 2021 cutoff includes the minimum requirement of the marks that need to be considered for admission in the participating institutes. The candidates are advised to check the eligibility criteria and cutoff trends for different business schools. Only those candidates will be called for the counselling who successfully clear the cutoff for NMAT 2021. For the next round, the candidates will have to take part in the Group Discussion, Written Ability Test, Case Discussion and Personal Interview.

NMAT Result 2021

The candidates who are appearing for the NMAT 2021 exam will be able to check their results from the official website only. To check the NMAT result, the candidates need to use their login credentials such as registration ID and password. The NMAT scorecard will have the details such as the section-wise scaled score of the candidate, total score, ranking and percentile. After the NMAT 2021 result declaration, the candidates’ NMAT results will be sent to the 5 top-5 B-schools selected by the respective candidates during the application form filling process. In the table below, the candidates can check the section-wise score range for the exam result – 

NMAT 2021 Score Range

SectionScore Range
Quantitative Skills12-120
Language Skills12-120
Logical Reasoning skills12-120

Key Changes in NMAT 2021

Some changes have been observed in NMAT. With the current examination session, GMAC has made several changes from the previous session. Some of the key changes in the NMAT are described below:

  • Review score instantly: Candidates will get an option of reviewing the score right after completong the NMAT exam 2021. This enables candidates to decide whether they are satisfied with their attempt. If candidate feels that score is not upto mark, they can appear for NMAT after 15 days.
  • Download scorecard within 48 hours: Candidates have the flexibility of downloading the NMAT scorecard within 2 days of examination. The official scorecard will be released after the result is announced.
  • 10% less questions: NMAT 2021 comprise of 108 questions that are equally distributed in 3 main sections of NMAT.
  • NMAT 2021 is being conducted in two modes i.e. CBT and remote proctored exam from home.
  • NMAT will be conducted in as many as 68 exam cities with 73 exam centres.
  • Increase in application fee: Candidates need to pay Rs 2300 and Rs 2800 to register under early and late registration window respectively.

NMAT 2021 Participating Institutes

Here in the list of 40 institutes accepting the NMAT 2021 score to offer admission to its management programs.

  1. SVKM’s Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies
  2. Indian School of Business (ISB) (Advanced Management Programme in Business Analytics (AMPBA))
  4. SDA Bocconi Asia Center (formerly MISB Bocconi)
  5. Xavier University
  6. ICFAI Business School
  7. IFMR Graduate School of Business
  8. Master’s union school of business
  9. Athena School of Management, Mumbai
  10. Chitkara university
  11. IILM University
  12. Myra School of Business
  13. School of Petroleum Management, PDPU
  14. Jain University – CMS Business School
  15. Alliance University
  16. SOIL Institute of Management
  17. Shiv Nadar Institute of Management Studies
  18. Bennett University
  19. Universal Business School
  20. Woxsen School of Business Management
  21. Thapar School of Management
  22. ISBR Business School
  23. Amrut Mody School of Management, Ahmedabad University
  24. BSE Institute Limited
  25. Amity University
  26. SRM University Chennai, Delhi NCR Sonipat
  27. University of Petroleum & Energy Studies (UPES)
  28. BML Munjal University
  29. VIT University
  30. ITM Business School, Navi Mumbai
  31. Mody University
  32. GITAM School of International Business, Visakhapatnam
  33. Hyderabad Business School, GITAM University
  34. Jindal Global Business school – Delhi/NCR
  35. Ansal University, Gurgaon
  36. Lovely Professional University, Phagwara, Punjab
  37. IIHMR University, Jaipur, Rajasthan
  38. IFIM College
  39. VijayBhoomi University
  40. ISME – School of Management & Entrepreneurship

NMAT 2021 Preparation Tips

NMAT is a speed-based test that provides candidates admission to MBA or PGDM courses. Candidates must follow NMAT preparation strategies that help candidates to increase the speed and accuracy level of the exam. In order to increase the speed and get acquaint with the exam pattern, the candidate must commence the preparation and appear for mock tests as well. Let’s have a look at the below-mentioned points for preparing the test:

  • Candidate must devote three to four months in order to build conceptual clarity.
  • Appear for NMAT mock test by analysing the preparation level.
  • Create notes of each topic and revise them from time to time.
  • Clear your doubts, have better understanding of the topics.

Section-wise Preparation Tips

NMAT Exam has 3 sections and each section has been assigned a period of limited time span i.e. 120 minutes. Let’s have a look at the below-mentioned preparation tips:

Language Skills:

  • Candidate must develop strong grammatical skills and good vocabulary for performing well in the NMAT exam.
  • Candidate must even develop good reading skills which will enable candidate to read the comprehension passage quickly.
  • Learn more and more to learn new words.
  • Important topics included in this section includes reading comprehension passages, sentence corrections, grammar, prepositions, critical reasoning, vocabulary based antonyms and fill in the blanks.

Quantitative Aptitude:

  • Candidate must develop skills that enhances the speed and accuracy to solve the selectional mocks.
  • Candidate must develop shortcut tricks for doing calculations faster.
  • By practicing lot of different questions from NMAT preparation books.
  • Important topics that included in this section includes numbers, Quadratic, inequalities, profit loss, average, allegations & mixtures, ratio & proportions, time, speed and distance, tables.

Logical Reasoning:

  • Practice as many questions as you can to develop speed and get an idea of various type of questions.
  • Refer & solve NMAT mock tests & sample papers to increase speed and accuracy.
  • Important topics that are included in this section are logical reasoning, decision making, arranagments, sequence and series, numericial grid, family tree etc.
  • Candidates must have a holds on over the topics by practicing various questions.

FAQs On NMAT By GMAC Exam 2021

Here are some frequently asked questions regarding NMAT:

Q: What is 88- day test window in NMAT 2021?
Ans: NMAT is a unique MBA exam that has 88 days. This time span is included to cut the stress level of candidates. Candidates can schedule the test as per their convenience & individual preparation. Candidates can take NMAT for a maximum of three attempts. If candidates are not satisfied with their performance or if they are not confident about their preparation and candidate can take advantage of the same.
Q: What are the guidelines for document uploading for NMAT application submission?
Ans: Some of the guidelines for the document includes:
Photographs format: JPG, PNG, GIF
Landscape or rotated images are discarded.
The file size of images should not exceed MB.
Photographs should have a preferably white or light-coloured background.
Q: What is the procedure to retake NMAT?
Ans: Retake option for the NMAT exam is available in the candidate’s existing registration account after the first attempt. With the help of the Retake tab option in the dashboard of the candidate’s account. Candidates have to wait for 15 days before retaking the exam.
Q: Is there any option to review answers in the NMAT exam?
Ans: Yes, candidates have the option to review answers in the NMAT exam. Candidates can review as make changes in the answers in different sections. There is no option to move back and forth between sections.
Q: Where can I find the application form of the NMAT 2021 exam?
Ans: You can access the online application form for NMAT 2021 exam on the official website of NMAT by GMAC at nmat.org.in.

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