NMAT by GMAC 2020 to be held in 57 Cities: New pattern with fewer quant questions to widen reach; Dates to be Announced Soon

MBAUniverse.com News Desk |
June 25, 2020
Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) will conduct NMAT by GMAC 2020 in a changed pattern with fewer Quantitative Ability questions. Exam dates and schedule is to be announced shortly. NMAT 2020 will remain a centre-based exam but in a different pattern from earlier years with more time for fewer questions
NMAT by GMAC 2020 Check 5 Big Changes

Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) has released NMAT by GMAC 2020 Exam pattern which will have a different structure this year. The exam dates and registration schedule is to be announced soon with application, rescheduling and retake dates. NMAT 2020 will remain a centre-based exam, to be held in 57 cities in India. While the announced dates may further undergo some change due to COVID 19 pandemic, the changed NMAT exam pattern promises to be a more balanced exam with fewer questions and more time available for each question. Also, with a much lower weightage to Quantitative Section, this exam will increase its appeal to non-engineers.

NMAT by GMAC, popularly known as NMAT, is one of the top national MBA entrance exams that is accepted by NMIMS University Mumbai for its flagship 2 years MBA program. Many private universities including VIT Vellore, ICFAI University Hyderabad, Shiv Nadar University Greater Noida, UPES Dehradun, LM Thapar University Chandigarh, Vijaybhoomi University Mumbai accept NMAT for their flagship MBA program. NMAT is also accepted by top b-schools like ISB, SPJIMR and XIMB for their specialized programmes. Check list of MBA colleges accepting NMAT

NMAT 2020 Exam: Expected Dates
NMAT 2020 expected dates for the NMAT exam are as follows:

Exam Activity

Expected Start Date

Expected Last Date

Registration & Application Process

August 2020 first week

October 2020 first week

NMAT 2020 Exam Dates

October 2020 first week

December 2020 third week

NMAT Result Date

 3rd Week January 2021


Read more about NMAT 2020 Exam Schedule

Five Key Changes in NMAT Exam 2020
Following key changes have been introduced in NMAT 2020 exam:

1. NMAT 2020 Exam Pattern: Fewer Questions, balanced paper
This year NMAT exam pattern has been substantially changed. The exam will have fewer number of questions as compared to last year. All the questions will be equally divided into three sections with a changed time limit for each section. Following are the key changes in NMAT Exam Pattern 2020 as compared to last year:

1.1 Fewer number of questions, with same Test duration 
NMAT 2020 will feature lesser number of questions, while keeping the exam duration as same.

 Overall Test Composition & Duration

NMAT 2020

NMAT 2019

Total Question in NMAT



Test Duration

2 Hours

2 Hours

1.2. Sectional Division of Questions in NMAT 2020 Changed
Although NMAT 2020 will have same three sections, the number of questions in each section have been changed.

MAT 2020: Sectional Composition

No. of Questions in NMAT 2020

No. of questions in NMAT 2019

Section-1: Language Skills Section



Section-2: Logical Reasoning



Section-3: Quantitative Skills






1.3 Changes in Sectional Time Duration
Not only the number of questions in each section is changed but the individual time duration to solve each section has also been changed as under:

NMAT 2020 Sections

Sectional Time Duration in  NMAT 2020

Sectional Time Duration in NMAT 2019

Section-1: Language Skills Section

  28 Minutes

22 Minutes

Section-2: Logical Reasoning

  40 Minutes

38 Minutes

Section-3: Quantitative Skills

  52 Minutes

60 Minutes 

Total Duration

120 Minutes

120 minutes

Implication of Changes in NMAT 2020 Exam Pattern

  • Overall number of questions in NMAT 2020 have been reduced by 12 with same time duration of 2 hours. It gives more time to the test taker per question to maximise attempts.
  • Each section in NMAT 2020 has equal number of 36 questions as against varying number of questions last year. This change has made NMAT by GMAC 2020 a more balanced exam as compared to last year.
  • Weightage to Quantitative Skills section has been reduced to 33% as against 40% last year.
  • More proportionate time in QS section is given to solve each question.
  • Weightage to Language Skills Section has increased to 33% this year from 26% last year.
  • Candidates from Humanities and Commerce backgrounds, who struggle to solve Quantitative section, will benefit from this change.

2. NMAT Registration: Expect Shorter Window
The registration window for NMAT used to be more than 3 months long for earlier NMAT exams. This year the NMAT registration window is expected to be reduced to 2 months period. Following are the expected key changes in NMAT Registration 2020

NMAT 2020 Registration

NMAT 2020 Expected Dates

NMAT 2019

Registration Window

Aug first week to Oct first week, 2020

July 2 to Oct 3, 2019

Key Change

Reduced to about 2 Months

3 Months

Implication of Changes

  • The candidates will need to quickly choose their preferred test date and slot, retake date
  • Candidates must reschedule their exam date and slot in two months now, instead of earlier three months.
  • The three months registration window was perhaps too long. Now the window is more in line with other top MBA entrance tests like CAT and XAT

3. Scoring Pattern: Key Changes
This year NMAT will award scaled score in a range of 36 to 360 overall and 12 to 120 for each section. The score range that used to vary for each section last year has been streamlined. The scaled score pattern – sectional and overall in NMAT 2020 will be as under:

NMAT 2020 

Score Range

Scaled score for Section-1: Language Skills


Scaled score for Section-2: Logical Reasoning


Scaled Score for Section-3: Quantitative Skills


Overall total Scaled Score Range


How the Scaled Score are Calculated?
GMAC, the NMAT exam conducting body has shared the process for calculation of scaled score as below:

  • Questions in the NMAT by GMAC exam are selected from the question pool for each examinee based on his or her performance on the questions previously answered
  • The questions a candidate receives are targeted at his or her ability level
  • A high- scoring candidate will receive a more difficult questions than a low- scoring candidate
  • The NMAT exam first obtains the candidate’s final ability and will then transform to a scaled score ranging from 12 to 120

4. NMAT Exam 2020 Result: Aspirant Friendly Changes
Although NMAT 2020 Exam overall result will be declared in the third week of January 2021, you can check your score card immediately after taking the exam.

Following are the aspirant friendly changes announced by GMAC in regard to NMAT 2020 result declaration and score card download:

  • Check Result Immediately after Exam: Test takers will be able to see unofficial score card on screen after the test is successfully completed
  • Download Score card in 48 Hours: Test taker will also receive an email alert within 48 hours post successful test delivery once the official score card is available for download from the candidate dashboard
  • Final Result with Percentile: The final NMAT 2020 result with score card and percentile will be released in the 3rd week of January 2021.

NMAT 2020 - Exam Fee, Scheduling, Retakes: No Changes
While a lot has changed in NMAT 2020, many procedural things have remained same as last year. There is no change in the NMAT Registration Fee which remains Rs.2000/- as was last year. Candidates have the facility to schedule, reschedule, retake the test at their own convenient date when they are ready to appear in the exam as was available earlier. The exam continues to allow candidates to choose the section order before they start their test. The time limit for each of the 3 sections in NMAT by GMAC exam is fixed like that of CAT and candidates should complete each section within the time limit provided. Like CAT, candidates are not allowed to move between the sections during the NMAT exam.

Before we close, a caveat on NMAT dates. Above NMAT schedule is subject to COVID 19 risks and disruption. Exam dates and testing mode may undergo changes depending upon the situation and government directives in coming month. So, visit MBAUniverse.com NMAT Exam Channel for latest updates and tips. 

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