All about NMAT 2023: Exam Date, Registration Process, Exam Pattern, Syllabus, Colleges
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NMAT is one of the top MBA entrance exams in the country, the scores of which are accepted by some major MBA colleges in India and abroad. The NMAT is conducted as an entrance exam to grant admissions to management programmes of the various known institutes across the country like NMIMS, SPJIMR, TAPMI, K J Somaiya, and more. It is a national-level test conducted by the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC).
The 2-hour examination is an online exam, held once a year in a long testing window of 75 days. A candidate can make 3 attempts at taking the exam within the 75-day exam period. The exam does not have negative markings.
Key Points to Remember :
- The two-hour computer-based test is conducted in a 75-day long window commencing from October 10 to December 18 for the year 2023.
- The total number of attempts allowed for the NMAT is three. This includes no-shows.
- NMAT account needs to be created on mba.com/nmat. The official website for NMAT is also mba.com/nmat.
- Please note that exam slots are on a first-come-first-served basis only. The earlier you register, the better. The exam will be available at 76 Exam Centres in 73 Cities. Exam slots in Online Proctored Exam at Home will be available on certain dates with limited capacity within the testing period.
What is NMAT?
NMAT full form is NMIMS Management Aptitude Test. It was initially conducted by NMIMS but now has been taken over by GMAC. NMAT by GMAC is a national-level entrance exam conducted for admission in some top MBA colleges including NMIMS Mumbai, XIM Bhubhaneshwar, KJ Somaiya, TAPMI Manipal, and other campuses of SVKM’s NMIMS University.
Basically an aptitude test, NMAT scores are used for screening candidates before they go for further rounds in the admission process. Each college has a separate cutoff and separate process for further rounds.
Being conducted by GMAC, the format of the NMAT 2023 exam is adaptive, that is, the difficulty level goes up with each correct answer. The score is expected to be released 48 hours after the exam. The test can be taken either in test centers across 73 cities or at home in an online proctored mode in the NMAT exam window from 10th October to 19th December 2023.
NMAT 2023 Highlights
|Name of Exam
|NMAT 2023 | NMAT by GMAC
|Graduate Management Admission Council(GMAC)
|NMAT Official Website
|Frequency of NMAT Exam
|75-day test window (maximum 3 attempts allowed)
|NMAT Application Fees
|Rs. 2800 + applicable taxes
|Number of Questions
|Online in test centres OR online at home proctored
|Number of Sections
|NMIMS(all campuses), KJ Somaiya, XIM Bhubhaneshwar, TAPMI Manipal, etc.
Important Dates For NMAT 2023
|NMAT 2023 Registration Window
|1st August to 10th October 2023
|NMAT Exam Scheduling Dates
|1st August to 13th October 2023
|NMAT 2023 Rescheduling
|1st August to 16th December 2023
|NMAT 2023 Exam Dates
|10th October to 19th December 2023
|Registration for Retake of NMAT 2023
|11th October to 16th December 2023
|NMAT Retake Exam Scheduling
|11th October to 16th December 2023
|NMAT Scores Release
|48 hours After Taking the Test
|NMAT Final scorecard
|To Be Announced
NMAT 2023 Eligibility
- No upper age limit criteria
- Candidates with 2-3 years of experience would be favoured throughout the selection process, however, freshers are also eligible to apply
- Candidates must hold a graduation degree with a minimum of 50% marks. Students in the final year of graduation are also eligible to apply
NMAT 2023 Exam Pattern
NMAT by GMAC has 3 sections- Quantitative Skills, Logical Reasoning and Language Skills.
The sections have individual time limits and each section has to be solved within the allotted time for that particular section.
The test would be in a computer adaptive mode, which basically means that the difficulty level would be adjusted basis the attempts of the candidate.
There is no negative marking in NMAT.
|Sectional Time Limit
|Range of Marks
NMAT 2023 Syllabus
The syllabus for NMAT 2023 by GMAC is as follows:
Language skills would include:
- Reading Comprehension
- Paragraph formation
- Error identification
- Sentence completion
- Parts of Speech
- Phrasal Verbs
- Odd One Out
Logical reasoning in NMAT would include:
- Critical reasoning
- Linear and circular arrangements
- Blood Relations
- Coding- Decoding
- Statement- Inference based
- Decision Making
- Statement and Assumption etc.
Syllabus for quantitative skills in NMAT would be:
- DI Caselets and Tables
- DI Graphs and Charts
- Data Sufficiency
The above is not an exhaustive list and other questions around general aptitude can appear in the exam. The questions asked are generally of an easy to moderate difficulty level.
NMAT 2023 Registration Process
- Visit the NMAT Official Website: nmat.org
- Click on 'Register Now' under quick links.
- Register to fill in the data asked, like name, a valid email id, and phone number, and pick a password. After to submitting the details, you will get an email with respect to the login details.
- Sign in to get to the NMAT by GMAC 2023 Registration form and complete the application structure with the right details.
- Pick the NMAT-affiliated college names you wish to apply for under the "Schools Preference" segment. You can decide on up to 5 programs or schools. You can pay an extra fee for adding more schools.
- Upload the checked photo and digital signature. The size shouldn't surpass 1 MB.
- Click on "Submit", and a unique NMAT Exam Registration Number will be shown.
- Pay the NMAT Fee to finish the process.
Once the payment is done, your schedule exam option will be activated in your dashboard, so that you can schedule your exam. Any other slot can be booked after a gap of 24 hours from the time of booking.
NMAT 2023 Exam Scheduling
GMAC conducts NMAT inside a predefined window. Subsequent to presenting the application form, applicants can schedule the test date and time. Utilizing the test booking window, candidates need to indicate a date and test city to appear for the NMAT exam. Only the aspirants who schedule plan the NMAT test will be permitted to take the test. The test scheduling is accessible on the NMAT login dashboard.
NMAT 2023 Application Fees
Below is the application fee for the various components of registration and rescheduling. The fee remains the same for candidates across all categories.
|NMAT Fees (with late fine)
|NMAT Rescheduling Fees
NMAT 2023 Admission Process
The second phase of the NMAT admission cycle is the Group Discussion and Personal Interview (GD and PI) round which is organized by the partaking institutes. Each institute might have their individual selection criteria for final admissions.
Once the NMAT scores are out, candidates would receive calls from the different B-schools based on their individual cutoff scores. Most institutes including NMIMS Mumbai and other campuses of NMIMS have an overall cutoff and an individual sectional cutoff.
Once shortlisted, the candidates would go through the second stage of the admission process. Each college can choose their own components for this stage. While Personal Interview is common in most, individual colleges can take a call whether they want to include Group Discussion(GD), Extempore and/or Written Ability Test to assess the candidates' written and spoken ability and personality.
How to Prepare for NMAT 2023 Exam
The first step to ace any aptitude test would be conceptual clarity. Go through certain books or YouTube channels to gain clarity on the concepts and then solve practice questions to solidify those concepts.
Another important aspect to ace the exam would be taking mock tests. Taking mock tests has multiple benefits. Apart from the much needed practice, it also helps you get used to the exam interface so that you don’t waste any time navigating the exam pattern during the actual exam. Taking mock tests also helps you set targets and analyse your strength and weakness areas, on which you should work to maximise your score.
You should definitely check out our Youtube channel Testprep by InsideIIM for exam tips from toppers of various MBA entrance exams.
NMAT Previous Year Paper Analysis
The difficulty level of NMAT exam papers in the previous year was not high. The paper was easy to moderate, however, the length of the question paper could have been a challenge. The NMAT 2022 question paper had three segments Language Skills, Quantitative Skills, and Logical Reasoning.
Each segment had 36 questions making it a total of 108 to be tackled in the limited time of 120 minutes. NMAT was held in two testing modes - Computer-based tests at test centers and Online Proctored Exams from Home.
Candidates can choose from either of the modes as they like, taking the exam at the nearest NMAT exam center or at home in the online proctored mode.
The cutoffs for the top colleges accepting NMAT scores are in the below table. These are just for reference and the cutoff for NMAT 2023 would be based on the difficulty level as well as overall competition for the exam.
|Colleges That Accept NMAT
|NMAT Cut-Off Score
|235+ NMAT Score
|220+ NMAT Score
|220+ NMAT Score
|140+ NMAT Score
|90+ NMAT Percentile
|SDA Bocconi Asia Centre, Mumbai
|200+ NMAT Score
|180+ NMAT Score
NMAT 2023 Exam Centers
NMAT 2023 will be held across 73 cities in India. Candidates will have a choice of whether to appear from these exam centers or from home in an online proctored mode. Below is a list of all the cities which would have an NMAT test center.
|Bengaluru, Chennai, Kochi, Coimbatore, Manipal, Madurai, Mangalore, Mysore, Vijayawada, Tiruchirapalli, Thiruvananthapuram, Vizag
|Agra, Alwar, Amritsar, Allahabad, Bikaner, Bareilly, Chandigarh, Dehradun, Delhi, Faridabad, Gurugram, Noida, Jammu, Kanpur, Lucknow, Noida, Patiala, Varanasi, Ludhiana, Panipat, Jhansi, Gorakhpur, Ghaziabad
|Ajmer, Aurangabad, Rajkot, Ahmedabad, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Kota, Mumbai, Nagpur, Nasik, Pune, Pilani, Surat, Vadodara, Jalgaon, Kolhapur
|Bhilai, Gwalior, Ujjain, Bilaspur, Bhopal, Indore, Jabalpur, Raipur
|Bhubaneswar, Durgapur, Dhanbad, Guwahati, Jamshedpur, Kolkata, Patna, Ranchi, Shillong, Rourkela, Siliguri
Colleges Accepting NMAT 2023 score
The top colleges accepting NMAT scores are:
- NMIMS Mumbai
- KJ Somaiya, Mumbai
- TAPMI Manipal
- XIM University, Bhubaneswar
- NMIMS Bangalore
Other lower-tier colleges which also accept the NMAT scores are:
- NMIMS Hyderabad
- NMIMS Navi Mumbai
- SDA Bocconi Asia Center
- ICFAI Business School
- SOIL Institute of Management
Q. What is the full form of NMAT?
Ans: The full form of NMAT is NMIMS Management Aptitude Test as it was conducted initially by NMIMS before GMAC took over.
Q. Is there any age limit for NMAT?
Ans: No. There is no age limit to appear for NMAT. Anyone with a graduation degree with a 50% marks minimum can apply.
Q. What is the NMAT 2023 registration last date?
Ans: NMAT 2023 registration's last date is on 10th October 2023.
Q. How many times can we give the NMAT exam?
Ans: You can appear for NMAT 2022 for a maximum of 3 times. You need to pay separately for each attempt.
Q. Is the NMAT exam tough?
Ans: The difficulty level of NMAT can be considered moderate and easier than exams like CAT and XAT. However, it would also depend upon the individual's aptitude and preparedness.
Q. How many questions are there in NMAT 2022?
Ans: There would be 108 questions to be solved in 120 minutes in NMAT 2022.
Q. How to reschedule NMAT 2023 exam?
Ans: The exam can be rescheduled 72 hours prior to the scheduled time. However, the new, date and time can be fixed subject to the availability of slots. The extra fee needs to be paid through a credit card.
Q. Can the answers be reviewed in the NMAT exam?
Ans: Yes, the answers can be reviewed in the NMAT exam in the sectional time limit given for each section.
Q. Is coaching necessary for NMAT?
Ans: Coaching is not necessary for NMAT. However, if you think you need guidance, taking coaching is always an option.
Q. What is the NMAT cutoff for NMIMS Mumbai?
Ans: The NMAT 2021 cutoff for NMIMS Mumbai was 235. However, it changes every year on the basis of difficulty level and competition for that particular year.
Q. How is NMAT different from other MBA entrance exams?
Ans: NMAT is an adaptive computerized exam and can be scheduled according to the candidate’s preference and convenience. Also, the difficulty level is easier than exams like CAT and XAT and it is more of a speed-based exam that can be mastered with good practice.