NMAT 2021 Registration window is open for the additional phase 2 exam dates announced by GMAC. NMAT 2021 exam will be conducted on 5 more dates- Jan 11 to 15, 2022. Check NMAT by GMAC Exam Dates
- Candidates who fulfill NMAT 2021 eligibility criteria and have not yet exhausted all their 3 attempts will be able to fill NMAT Application forms online on the official website till Jan 9, 2022.
- NMAT is considered to be a candidate-friendly exam as test-takers can schedule the time, date, and venue of the exam according to their convenience during the scheduling process. NMAT Scheduling for the additional 5-day testing window (phase 2) has also started on Jan 3 and will be available till Jan 9, 2022. Check NMAT 2021 Scheduling
- NMAT exam has already been conducted for 75 days from Oct 14 to Dec 27, 2021. As per the analysis of NMAT 2021 exam based on the initial reaction of the test takers, the overall difficulty level of the exam is rated moderate. Check NMAT 2021 Exam Analysis
- NMAT Cut off is expected to be 95+ percentile for NMIMS Mumbai and 90+ for NMIMS Hyderabad & Bengaluru campuses. Check NMAT Cut off for NMIMS
- Other than the exceptional record in placements, NMIMS has been consistently ranked among the top 100 MBA/ PGDM institutions in India. Check NMAT by GMAC Score Accepting Colleges
- The exam pattern for NMAT underwent changes in 2020 by GMAC, and as per the revised paper pattern, each of the 3 sections of NMAT 2021 Syllabus, viz. Quantitative Skills, Logical Reasoning (LR), and Language Skills comprise 36 questions carrying 1 mark each. Check NMAT Exam Pattern 2021
- NMIMS colleges will provide a holistic experience to students that include academics and overall skill development that will prepare the students in facing the challenges of top paying management jobs across the globe. Also Check: NMAT Official Guide
What is NMAT Exam? NMAT by GMAC is a national-level management entrance examination for admission into MBA/ PGDM courses offered by NMIMS and other top institutes accepting NMAT exam scores. Earlier conducted by NMIMS, NMAT exam is now being conducted by Graduate Management Aptitude Council (GMAC) since 2015. Around 37+ B-schools in India and 10+ colleges located outside India accept NMAT scores and candidates can choose 5 colleges for admission during the registration process.
Also Check NMAT Previous Year Paper PDFs
NMAT 2021 Exam Dates
The official dates for NMAT 2021 exam have been released by GMAC. Tabulated below are the important NMAT by GMAC dates for phase 1 and phase 2 as per the official notification:
|NMAT Registration (Early)
||August 3, 2021
||November 10, 2021
|NMAT Late Registration
||November 11, 2021
||November 15, 2021
|NMAT Exam Scheduling
||August 3, 2021
||November 17, 2021
||August 3, 2021
||December 24, 2021
|NMAT 2021 Exam Delivery
||October 14, 2021
||December 27, 2021
||October 15, 2021
||December 24, 2021
|NMAT Exam Date for Retake
||October 15, 2021
||December 24, 2021
|Additional Registration Window for NMAT 2021 (Phase 2)
||January 3, 2022
||January 9, 2022
|NMAT Scheduling for Phase 2
||January 3, 2022
||January 9, 2022
|NMAT 2021 Exam Delivery (Phase 2)
||January 11, 2022
||January 15, 2022
NMAT by GMAC 2021 Highlights
||Graduate Management Aptitude Council (GMAC)
||75 Day Window + 5 Additional Dates
|NMAT Exam Mode
||Online Computer Based Test
|Number of Questions
|Number of Sections
||3 (Language Skills, Quantitative Aptitude, Logical Reasoning)
||Can be Decided
||2 opportunities to retake the exam
||35+ NMIMS, SPJIMR, ISB, XIMB, VIT, ICFAI, Shiv Nadar, SDA Bocconi
|Average Percentile Required
|NMAT Exam Type
|NMAT Exam Mode
|NMAT Application Fee
||INR 2300/- (plus taxes)
|Number of attempts
||3 times a year
|NMAT Exam Centers
||73 centers in 68 cities
||37 B-schools in India 7 B-schools in South Africa 5 B-schools in the Philippines
|NMAT Official website
NMAT Exam Difficulty Level Analysis
Based on the reviews of NMAT 2021 phase 1 test-takers, it has been deciphered that the overall NMAT 2021 question paper was of moderate to high difficulty level. Given below is NMAT 2021 exam analysis based on student’s reviews:
- Quantitative Skills was the toughest of all the sections with the following distribution between different topics:
- 16 questions from Data Interpretation & Sufficiency
- 12 questions from Arithmetic
- 8 questions from Modern maths
- Logical Reasoning was the easiest of all the three sections with 19 questions from Verbal reasoning & 17 questions from Non-verbal reasoning from major topics like Input-Output, critical reasoning, blood relations, grouping, syllogisms, etc.
- Language Skills was of easy to moderate difficulty level. There were 3 Reading Comprehension passages (500-650 words) having 4 questions each and they were tougher than the rest of the questions asked in the verbal ability section. Questions on Verbal Ability were dominated by grammar, vocabulary, para jumbles, and analogies.
||Number of Questions
||Good Attempts (with 95+ % accuracy)
||Moderate to High
||Easy to Moderate
Check detailed NMAT Paper Analysis
NMAT 2021 Exam Pattern
NMAT is an online MBA exam with a scaled score range of 36-360 marks. It comprises 108 multiple-choice questions (MCQs) divided in 3 sections comprising 36 questions each; Language Skills, Quantitative Skills, and Logical Reasoning. As per the updated NMAT exam pattern, there will be no negative marking for wrong/ unattempted questions.
NMAT 2021 Syllabus
As seen in NMAT exam pattern, Syllabus for NMAT exam is divided into three sections consisting of various topics under every section. The detailed NMAT syllabus 2021 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
- Analytical Reasoning
- Verbal Reasoning
- Numerical Grid
- Data Interpretation
- Geometry & Mensuration
- Modern Math
- Detailed NMAT Syllabus for Language Skills
- Detailed NMAT Syllabus for Logical Reasoning Preparation
- Detailed NMAT Syllabus for Quantitative Aptitude Preparation
NMAT by GMAC Official Guide
Candidates planning to appear for NMAT exam must buy NMAT 2021 official guide which is now available for purchase on amazon.in for INR 1024. Also, candidates can access the kindle edition at just INR 813. The importance of this guide can be understood from its below-mentioned features:
- An official source of information about the format and structure of NMAT examination.
- Provides 220+ previously asked NMAT questions with detailed explanations and solutions along with 145 new questions covering all aspects of NMAT syllabus.
- Furthermore, NMAT Official Guide comes with 475 fully solved practice questions.
- It includes a detailed discussion of the concepts of each NMAT section with tips, tricks, and relevant examples. Read More on NMAT Official Guide
NMAT 2021 Preparation Tips
Candidates planning to appear for NMAT 2021 have almost 3 months to prepare for the exam. But when one starts preparing even 3-4 months seem too short to complete the syllabus if one has not planned their preparatory in advance. The candidates must study in a smart and efficient way to bring out the best within the limited time that they have. So below are some of the best tips to prepare for NMAT. Read More
- Know NMAT 2021 syllabus: Firstly one who decides to appear for NMAT or any other competitive exam must know the syllabus thoroughly. Study the topics from which more questions are asked and devote lesser time to the topics from which very few questions are asked or the topics from which no questions have been asked for years. This strategy will help in preparing the most important topics and leaving the unimportant topics. Check NMAT Section-wise Syllabus, Important Topics
- Prepare a timeline to complete the entire syllabus: Time management is required not only during the exam but also during the preparation for NMAT exam. Preparing a timetable can be helpful. The preparation can be completed in either 3 months, 6 months, or can also take up to 1 year, depending upon how one has planned one’s preparation. The timetable should include the period fixed for completion of topics and also the time for practice, NMAT mock tests, and revision. Check NMAT Mock Tests
- Understand the concepts: Conceptual clarity is of utmost importance. One cannot predict how twisted the question may be asked in NMAT 2021 examination. But if one’s basics are clear then one may find a way to unravel the question and choose the correct answer. One can join coaching classes for NMAT 2021 along with the help of books and videos. You can just take crash courses if you don’t want to take the regular coaching classes. Crash courses can be best if the candidates want to divide their time efficiently between coaching and self-study.
- Know your strength and weakness: Knowing one’s strengths and weaknesses is a quintessential part of the preparation as when one knows which topics are easy to understand and solve, then it becomes easier to devise a full-proof strategy. One must spend less time on their strengths during the preparation for NMAT exam. The topics that are difficult for you to understand and solve will be classified as your weaknesses. But these topics are equally important and may hold more questions in NMAT 2021 exam. So rather than skipping those, one should try to spend more time mastering them. This helps to minimize the number of wrong answers and unattempted questions in the actual exam.
- Know the shortcuts and tricks: Time management is very much crucial during the examination. NMAT has sectional timing and you must try your best to attempt each and every question within this limited time frame. Coaching classes for NMAT exam preparation teach some tricks to solve questions quickly. You can also find videos on youtube for such tricks and shortcuts.
- Practice the sample papers and previous years’ question papers: Practice will help you increase your speed in solving NMAT exam questions. Practice will also help you in figuring out how to clear your basics. Solve the sample papers and previous year's NMAT questions papers to get an idea of what type of questions are usually asked in NMAT by GMAC examination. It will further help in understanding the question pattern, help you revise, increase your speed, and boost confidence. Download NMAT Free Practice Papers
- Take official preparation for NMAT or other mock tests: NMAT mock test is like real exams, where you have to solve the question paper in the required time. It helps you analyze your preparation level and highlights the areas that require improvement. NMAT by GMAC also offers official preparations for the exam. So students can also take this and figure out how good they are with their NMAT exam preparation.
- Do Revise Important Topics: Before you start a new day, revise what you have studied the previous day. When you prepare for new topics every day, there are high chances of forgetting the old topics. Hence it is important to revise the topics every day. Don't spend too much time on such topics, just take a quick look and move forward with your preparation.
Section-wise preparation tips
As we know there are 3 sections in NMAT and each section has been assigned a period of limited time totaling 120 minutes. So each NMAT by GMAC section needs to be prepared properly to utilize the allotted time effectively.
||NMAT Preparation Tips
- Need strong grammatical skills and good vocabulary to perform the best in this section of NMAT 2021.
- You should also have good reading skills to be able to read the comprehension passage quickly and mark the important words and phrases to locate them easily while answering the questions related to that particular phrase in the passage.
- Read more and more to learn the new words you may come across.
- Some of the important topics in NMAT Language Skills section are Reading Comprehension passages, Sentence Corrections, Grammar, Prepositions, Critical reasoning, Vocabulary based Antonyms, Synonyms, and fill-in-the-blanks.
- This section requires speed and accuracy, hence you should try to solve sectional mocks within a set time frame.
- It can be beneficial to be aware of the shortcut tricks for doing faster calculations. One can go through online youtube channels for learning some valuable short tricks for solving complex concepts
- Practice a lot of different questions from the best NMAT preparation books by top authors like Arun Sharma N K Sinha, and R S Aggarwal.
- Some of the important topics in NMAT Quant section are Numbers, Quadratic Equations, Inequalities, Profit Loss, Average, Allegations & Mixtures, Ratio & Proportion, Time Speed & Distance, SI/ CI, Data Sufficiency, Bar Graphs, Pie Charts, and Tables.
- Practice is the key to crack NMAT LR section. So practice as many questions of different types as you can every day to develop speed and get an idea of the various types of questions.
- Refer to online NMAT preparation channels on youtube for learning shortcuts.
- Solve many NMAT mock tests and sample papers to increase your speed and accuracy.
- Some of the important topics for NMAT Logical Reasoning are Decision Making, Arrangements, Sequence & Series, Numerical Grid, Family tree, and Verbal Reasoning.
NMAT 2021 Best Android/ iOs Apps
Online preparation apps available for download on mobile phones help the candidates to prepare for different exams like CAT, CMAT, XAT, and NMAT. The apps that help to prepare for NMAT exam offer sample papers, previous year question papers, and conduct mock tests. These NMAT exam preparation apps help a candidate in analyzing the performance and highlighting the weak points. Some of the top-notch android or iOs apps for the preparation for NMAT by GMAC exam are:
- MBA Test Prep - This is the highest-rated app for management entrance exam preparation. They help the candidates in preparing 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 along with those for other top MBA exams.
- TCY Exam Prep - They offer more than 10 free tests for NMAT and other exams along with performance analysis for revision. They provide valuable guidance and provide challenging zones to complete with other test-takers.
- NMAT Online Mock Tests – This app offers hundreds of free NMAT mock tests, practice papers in both Hindi and English languages. Candidates can check and improve their scores using this NMAT online app.
NMAT 2021 Preparation Books
There are various books for the preparation of NMAT. It is not necessary to buy books related to NMAT only. The sections in all the MBA competitive exams like NMAT, CAT, and XAT 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 NMAT preparation material and books from the top coaching centers.
NMAT Books for Language Skills
The language skills section of NMAT 2021 exam will consist of questions on topics like reading comprehension, English grammar, word meaning, and verbal ability. The candidates can prepare for this NMAT exam section by reading the newspapers, editorials, novels, articles, etc., to improve much-needed vocabulary and reading speed. For grammar, candidates are suggested to refer to the grammar books by S K Bakshi and Wren & Martin. Clearing the concepts would make it easier to understand and solve grammatical questions. Some of the good books that can be referred for NMAT 2021 language skills are:
|Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for CAT
||Nishit K Sinha
|Word Power Made Easy
|General Objective English
||S K Bakshi
|High School English Grammar & Composition
||Wren & Martin
NMAT Books for Quantitative Skills
Quantitative Aptitude/Skills are a major part of almost all competitive exams like NMAT, XAT, CAT, etc., so there are various books to choose from. Candidates are advised to choose those books that explain the concepts in easy language and give an idea of what sort of questions are expected to appear in the exam. NMAT exam QA section usually requires speed and accuracy and these can only be acquired through conceptual clarity and consistent practice. Some of the highly recommended books for NMAT 2021 that can be referred for Quantitative Aptitude are:
|Quantitative Aptitude for CAT
||S K Verma
|Quantitative Aptitude for MBA Entrance Exams
||R S Aggarwal
NMAT Books for Logical Reasoning
For NMAT 2021 logical reasoning preparation, the only thing important is practice. Candidates may go through the topics but may still find the questions to be twisted and this can be mastered only with a lot of practice. One can always learn some tricks to find a solution to the questions. Some of the best NMAT books to prepare for the LR section are:
|How to prepare for logical reasoning for CAT
|Logical and Analytical Reasoning
|A Modern Approach to Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning
||R S Aggarwal
||M K Pandey
Check Full List of Best Books for NMAT 2021 Preparation
NMAT 2021 Cut Off
NMAT Cut Off 2021 is the minimum score and percentile required for admission to the top participating colleges. Colleges that accept NMAT scores will release both sectional and overall cut off for participation in further selection rounds of GD and PI. Given below is the expected cut off for NMAT 2021 based on the analysis of past years:
||Cut Off Range
Check NMAT Cut Off
Top Colleges Accepting NMAT Scores
||Top NMAT Colleges
|NMAT Colleges Accepting 90 and above percentile
||NMIMS Mumbai Campus
|NMIMS Bengaluru Campus
|NMIMS Hyderabad Campus
|NMAT Colleges Accepting 80 and above percentile
|SRM University, Chennai
|NMAT Colleges Accepting 70 and above percentile
||BSE Institute Ltd, Mumbai, New Delhi, Chennai, Kolkata, Ahmedabad
|Shiv Nadar University, Greater Noida (Delhi NCR)
|SDA Bocconi, Mumbai
|IBS (ICFAI B-schools), Hyderabad & 9 other cities
|Alliance University, Bangalore
|Woxsen School of Business, Hyderabad
|NMAT Colleges Accepting 60 and above percentile
||Amity University, Noida (Delhi NCR)
|Thapar School of Management, Chandigarh
|ITM, Navi Mumbai
|BML Munjal University, Gurgaon
|Mody University, Sikar
NMAT Score Accepting Colleges Outside India
- Asian Institute of Management
- Virata School of Business, University of the Philippines
- De La Salle University - Dasmariñas
- Ateneo Graduate School of Business
- De La Salle University
- University of Santo Tomas Graduate School
- School of Business Administration, Arellano University
- St. Paul University Manila
- Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS)
- Rhodes Business School
- University of South Africa (UNISA) Graduate School of Business Leadership
- Wits Business School
- Milpark Business School
- University of Cape Town
- Johannesburg Business school, University of Johannesburg
- North West University
- Nelson Mandela University Business School
- Tshwane School of Business and Society, Tshwane University
- Afe Babalola University
- Lagos Business School
- Covenant University
- Lead City University
- Redeemer's University
- Caleb University
NMAT 2021 Selection Process
NMAT Selection Process begins after the release of results and NMAT cut off by the respective colleges. Candidates must note that no centralized selection process is followed by the institutes and every college may conduct NMAT 2021 selection process based on their criteria. Generally, the selection process for NMAT 2021 will consist of:
- Group Discussion (GD)
- Personal Interview (PI)
Some participating colleges may also conduct WAT (Written Ability Test) instead of the GD round. The final admission will be based on your NMAT score and performance in GD-PI rounds.
Check detailed NMAT Selection Process
How to Schedule NMAT 2021 Exam to Utilize all 3 Attempts?
Candidates registering for NMAT 2021 exam must know that GMAC provides a maximum of 3 attempts for the exam cycle. Candidates must try to utilize all three attempts to better their scores and chances of acing NMAT by GMAC exam 2021 by registering for the exam as early as possible. Given below is the table providing the maximum attempts you can give based on your first attempt exam date:
|NMAT Exam Date for First Attempt
||Possible Number of Attempts
|Before November 24, 2021
|November 24 to December 10, 2021
|After December 11, 2021
NMAT 2021 FAQs
Ques. How many times will NMAT 2021 be conducted by GMAC?
Ans. NMAT 2021 exam will be conducted in 2 phases this year by GMAC-
- Phase 1: 75-day test window from 14th October to 27th December 2021.
- Phase 2: 5-day test window from Jan 11 to 15, 2022.
Ques. Is NMAT by GMAC tougher than CAT exam?
Ans. No, CAT exam is comparatively tougher than NMAT. As per the analysis of previous year trends, it can be seen that the difficulty level of questions asked in NMAT is easier than that in CAT exam especially the LR & DI section.
Ques. Will NMAT 2021 be conducted in 2 phases as in the previous year?
Ans. This year, GMAC will conduct NMAT in 2 phases. The 2nd phase of NMAT 2021 will be conducted from Jan 11 to Jan 15, 2021. Last year also, a 2nd phase of the exam was conducted from February 2 to 8, 2021, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Ques. Who will conduct NMAT 2021 exam?
Ans. Graduate Management Aptitude Council (GMAC) will conduct NMAT 2021 exam.
Ques. What is the syllabus for NMAT 2021?
Ans. NMAT Syllabus has been divided into 3 sections, viz. Quantitative Skills, Logical Reasoning, and Language Skills. Candidates must go through the detailed syllabus of all the 3 sections and cover all the important topics for NMAT exam preparation.
Ques. Is there any limit on the number of attempts for NMAT exam?
Ans. There is no attempt limit for NMAT exam, hence candidates can appear for the exam as many times as they want. However, the candidates need to remember that they can appear a maximum of 3 times (including 2 retakes) in a single session/ year.
Ques. When will NMAT 2021 be conducted?
Ans. The exam conducting authorities of NMAT have changed the pattern of conducting NMAT by GMAC exam. NMAT 2021 has been conducted from October 14, 2021, to December 27, 2022, over a 75-day test window. However, GMAC has announced additional dates for NMAT 2021 exam- Jan 11 to 15, 2022. The candidates can either take the online proctored test from home or in CBT mode at the examination centers. This choice is entirely of the students.
Ques. Can foreign candidates appear for NMAT exam?
Ans. Yes, foreign candidates can appear for NMAT exam. However, they need to have a bachelor’s degree in any discipline with at least 50% marks. Preference will be given to those foreign nationals who have secured 600 or above in GMAT. Check NMAT Eligibility
Ques. When will the registration process for NMAT 2021 commence?
Ans. The registration process of NMAT 2021 has commenced on August 3, 2021. The candidates are advised to visit the website for registering for the exam as early as possible.
Ques. What is the duration of NMAT by GMAC exam?
Ans. NMAT 2021 is divided into three sections- Quantitative Skills, Language Skills, and Logical Reasoning. The total number of questions in the exam is 108. The candidates need to complete these questions within 120 minutes. There will also be a sectional time limit in NMAT 2021: 52 minutes for Quant, 28 minutes for Language skills, and 40 minutes for LR.
Ques. Is there any negative marking in NMAT?
Ans. No, there is no negative marking in NMAT. For every correct answer, three marks are awarded and for every incorrect answer, no mark is deducted. The candidates need to practice a good amount of mock tests before appearing for NMAT 2021 to score high.
Ques. When will the admit card for NMAT 2021 be released?
Ans. The admit card of NMAT 2021 will be available for download within 24 hours of registering. What all the candidates need to do is log in to the official website and locate the admit card link and download the same. The candidates need to bring the admit card along with them while appearing for NMAT 2021.
Ques. Is NMAT conducted only in India?
Ans. No, NMAT is not conducted only in India. It is open to foreign nationals too and is conducted in 4 other countries like Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, and Srilanka. The candidates need to check their eligibility criteria before appearing for NMAT 2021.
Ques. Which books should one refer to for clearing the logical reasoning section of NMAT 2021?
Ans. Given below are the books that students can refer to for gaining knowledge in the logical reasoning section of NMAT 2021.
Name of the book
Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation for the CAT
Nishit K Sinha
How to Prepare for Logical Reasoning for CAT
A Modern Approach to Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning
M K Pandey
Ques. Can one edit the application form of NMAT exam after submitting it?
Ans. No, there is no provision for editing the application form of NMAT after submitting it. The candidates need to fill the form carefully on the first attempt.No requests for modification in the application form will be entertained by the authorities.
Ques. How many institutes accept NMAT scores?
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 on the test day at 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 documents will be accepted as valid IDs for NMAT 2021 exam?
Ans. The documents that can be accepted as the valid id for the NMAT exam are:
- PAN Card
- Voter ID Card
- UID/ Aadhar Card
- Driver’s License
Ques. What is the paper pattern of NMAT 2021?
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. Is NMAT 2021 conducted on multiple days?
Ans. NMAT is not a single sitting test, it is a 75-day window plus 5 additional dates announced for phase 2 exam. This helps the candidate to schedule the exam according to their convenience.
Ques. Which courses can I apply for through NMAT?
Ans. Through NMAT exam, candidates can apply for MBA and PGDM courses offered by NMAT score accepting colleges not only in India but also in Philippines, South Africa, and Morocco.
Ques. What is the mode of payment for 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.