NMAT 2020

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Friday, June 19, 2020

Latest Update: NMAT 2020 exam will be held from October 6 to December 19, 2020 at 57 exam centres in India and abroad. NMAT 2020 is an important national level MBA entrance test leading to MBA admission 2021 in top MBA colleges including NMIMS Mumbai, SPJIMR, ISB, VIT, XIMB among others


GMAC, the exam conducting body for NMAT by GMAC has released the NMAT exam 2020 notification with complete schedule for NMAT 2020 Exam. NMAT 2020 exam scores will be accepted for MBA admission 2021-23 batch in NMIMS Mumbai; SPJIMR Mumbai (PGMPW); ISB (Certificate programme); VIT Vellore; XIM Bhubaneswar and many other MBA colleges in India.  NMAT 2020 application dates start from August 1, 2020.


NMAT exam date starts through 75 days test window commencing from October 6 to December 19, 2020.


NMAT Exam 2020: Salient Features
Some of the unique features of NMAT 2020 exam are:

  • Official prep materials (Official guide book and online practice exams) from the house of GMAC
  • Free All India Mock Tests by GMAC for the aspiring NMAT 2020 candidates
  • 75-day long testing window
  • 2 retake attempts
  • Opportunity to revise the answers
  • No negative marking
  • 70 conveniently located testing centers across 50 Cities 

NMAT Exam Highlights
One of the most important but a moderate MBA entrance exam – NMAT 2020 has following key highlights:

NMAT Exam Conducting Body

Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC)

Top MBA colleges under NMAT 2020

NMIMS, SPJIMR, ISB, XIMB, VIT, ICFAI, Shiv Nadar, SDA Bocconi, L M Thapar

NMAT 2020 Testing window

75 days from October to December

Mode of NMAT 2020 exam

Online Computer based exam

Number of Times you can Take the NMAT exam


NMAT Exam Application Fee


NMAT by GMAC Full Form

NMIMS Management Aptitude Test by Graduate Management Admission Council

Total Questions in NMAT Exam 2020


Sectional Division of the Exam

3 Sections

Sectional Time Limit

Yes, applied and is different for each section

Choice of determining order of sections

Yes, available only once

Exam Difficulty Level

Moderate as compared to CAT, XAT, SNAP

Required NMAT exam Percentile for MBA admission in Top Colleges


Importance of Taking NMAT 2020 exam

Offers opportunity to improve rank & score with 2 retakes

Exam application process


NMAT 2020 Important Dates
NMAT 2020 important dates for the NMAT exam are as follows:

Exam Activity


Last Date

Registration & Application Process

August 01, 2020

October 05, 2020

Facility to choose NMAT Exam Date

August 01, 2020

October 18, 2020

NMAT Late Registration dates

October 06, 2020

October 16, 2020

Exam Re-scheduling Dates

August 01, 2020

December 16, 2020

NMAT 2020 Exam Dates

October 06, 2020

December 19, 2020

Re-take Scheduling dates

October 07, 2020

December 16, 2020

NMAT Result Date

 3rd Week January 2021


Last date for score card download


March 31, 2021

 (All dates are tentative)


The NMAT 2020 Scorecards can be downloaded within 48 hours of giving the exam and you will be informed once Scorecard is available. The scorecards can be downloaded till Wednesday, March 31, 2021


NMAT 2020: How to Apply for the Exam
NMAT 2020 application process can be completed in two simple steps on the official exam website.


NMAT offers normal and late application windows. While the normal application process for the exam will close on October 5, the application process with late fee will close on October 16, 2020. GMAC the NMAT exam conducting authority usually does not extend the last date to apply for the exam.


The NMAT application & exam fee (Without late fee) is Rs.2000/-. After the last date to apply, you have to pay Rs.2500/-.


NMAT 2020 application form offers the facility to choose your own exam date during the 75 days testing window. While completing your NMAT Application form 2020, you can choose your date of the exam.. Read More on NMAT 2020 application Process


NMAT 2020 Exam Pattern
NMAT is a moderate difficulty level exam. This year GMAC has introduced some key changes in the NMAT 2020 exam pattern. During the last five years NMAT exam pattern had remained unchanged. NMAT 2020 offers the facility to retake the exam in case your exam score in first attempt is not satisfactory. 


You can view your NMAT 2020 exam results in 48 hours of taking your exam and then decide to apply to business school or retake the test depending on your comfort with the scores you’ve obtained in your first attempt. It offers admission opportunity in 30+ MBA Colleges apart from Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai.  


NMAT 2020 exam pattern is similar to other leading national level MBA entrance exams like CAT and XAT. It will be computer based test with MCQ question types. There are 3 sections in NMAT exam. The sections are Language Skills, Quantitative Skills and Logical Reasoning. All the three sections in NMAT exam are individually timed. Besides, there is no negative marking in the exam.         


NMAT 2020 Exam: Composition

Section Name

Number of questions

Allotted time in minutes

Language Skills



Quantitative Skills



Logical Reasoning






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Key Changes in NMAT Exam Pattern 2020
Substantial changes in NMAT 2020 Exam are introduced by GMAC over last year NMAT exam. Key changes as compared to last year are:

NMAT Exam Components

NMAT 2020

NMAT 2019

Changes in Registration Window

Aug 1 to Oct 5, 2020

July 2 to Oct 3, 2019

Test Taking Window

Oct 6 to Dec 19, 2020

Oct 4 to Dec 17, 2019

Total Question in NMAT



Change in total Questions/allotted time in Language Skills Section

  36 Qs in 28 Mins

  32 Qs in 22 Mins

Change in total questions/allotted time in Quantitative Skills Section

  36 Qs in 52 Mins

  48 Qs in 60 Mins

Change in total questions/allotted time in Logical Reasoning section

  36 Qs in 40 Mins

  40 Qs in 38 Mins

How to Prepare for NMAT 2020
NMAT Exam preparation 2020 can be well planned in 3-4 months. With the available preparation time, you can prepare on your own with the help of books and other study material, can opt for coaching or can carry on with a mix of both.


Prepare with Best NMAT Books

You can prepare well for NMAT exam at home with the help of NMAT Preparation Books,  official guide, and other appropriate preparation Material like Mocks and previous test papers. Graduate Management Admission Council has released a comprehensive ‘NMAT by GMAC 2020 Preparation Guide’ containing syllabus, fundamentals to prepare, access to NMAT Mocks, CD to prepare, previous NMAT questions, probable NMAT questions among others.


Best NMAT Preparation books include How to Prepare for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for CAT’- by Arun Sharma & Meenakshi Upadhyay; ‘Word Power Made Easy’ – by Norman Lewis; How to Prepare for Logical Reasoning for the CAT’ - by Arun Sharma (Published by McGraw Hill); ‘Logical Reasoning and data Interpretation for the CAT’ - by Nishit K Sinha (Published by Pearson); ‘How to prepare for Quantitative for the CAT’ - by Arun Sharma, published by MGH Education among others.. Read More How to Prepare for NMAT


MBA Colleges Accepting NMAT
There are 30+ MBA colleges and universities including many top MBA colleges who will accept NMAT 2020 exam score. Some of the top MBA colleges accepting the NMAT by GMAC score for MBA admission 2021 are:

  • NMIMS University, Mumbai 
  • SPJIMR, Mumbai (PGMPW)
  • ISB Hyderabad, Mohali (Advanced Management Programme in Business Analytics (AMPBA)) 
  • VIT University Vellore, Chennai
  • Xavier University, Bhubaneswar
  • TAPMI  (Mu Sigma- TAPMI L.E.A.D Program) 
  • SDA Bocconi
  • Thapar Business School
  • Ahmedabad University. Read More

NMAT Exam Full Form
NMAT full form is NMAT by GMAC. Earlier the NMAT full form was NMIMS Management Aptitude Test and was the abbreviated form for Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies (NMIMS) Management Aptitude Test. The exam was acquired by Graduate Management Admission Council in 2015 and therefore, the NMAT has been renamed as NMAT by GMAC and as such now the NMAT exam full form is NMAT by Graduate Management Admission Council. 


Prior to 2015, Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies (NMIMS), Mumbai used to conduct the NMAT exclusively for admission to its MBA programmes and therefore the full form of NMAT stood as NMIMS Management Aptitude Test. Now the NMAT score is accepted by 30 institutes in India and is conducted by GMAC.


5 NMAT Exam Windows: Division of Dates
There are 5 NMAT windows in 2020 beginning from October 6 to December 19, 2020. They cover all the NMAT 2020 important dates. This  system is determined on the basis of declaration of NMAT result for each window. The five windows are:


NMAT Window 1: October 6 to October 18, 2020
It is recommended to appear in latter part of this window as you are well aware by this time how has been the NMAT paper pattern


NMAT Window 2: October 19 to November 2, 2020
Your NMAT window 1 result is out now, you can decide whether to re-take the exam now. Better to take NMAT towards the end of the window


NMAT Window 3: November 3 to November 19, 2020
Most candidates targeting top IIMs and appearing in CAT 2020 may not prefer this window. If you appear/retake NMAT now, you may expect a very good percentile as fewer candidates are there and most of them are not top students


NMAT Window 4: November 18 to December 2, 2020
Two prominent exams CAT 2020 and IIFT 2021 lie in the 4th NMAT window. Very few candidates are expected to appear in this window 4 and would prefer window 5.


NMAT Window 5: December 3 to December 19, 2020

It will be better to appear in NMAT Window 5 towards the end of it as by this time the clarity on NMAT last leg paper pattern can be understood and after appearing in other exams, you are well prepared to take NMAT by then 


NMAT Rescheduling
NMAT test takers have the facility to reschedule the exam in case of any exigency. In case you do not wish or cannot appear in NMAT on the original self-scheduled date, you may reschedule your NMAT exam date during the complete testing period of October 6 to December 19, 2020. The NMAT rescheduling process is available upto 72 hours prior to your original NMAT exam date. After this, the NMAT rescheduling for the original date may not be allowed. 


The NMAT rescheduling fee is Rs.1100 + taxes for each instance. The NMAT fee for reschedule can be paid by means of credit card only.


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NMAT Test Series
NMAT Test series 2020 for the exam can help you to get through the NMAT Test smoothly. The NMAT Test series are offered by various coaching institutes like TIME, CL, IMS among others. However, the best test series can be provided by the makers of NMAT by GMAC exam – the Graduate Management Admission Council. GMAC releases not only the past NMAT Test questions but also the NMAT 2020 Mock Test on the actual NMAT 2020 test pattern. The Free NMAT Test series 2020 is available alongwith the Test guide released by GMAC.  


NMAT Full Form: Don’t confuse with Medical Entrance
NMAT full form NMIMS Management Aptitude Test should not be confused with the National Medical Admission Test (NMAT) as both are very different. Accordingly the NMAT is now NMAT by GMAC, a management aptitude test while other is medical course entrance test.  


There is a 2 month time to apply for NMAT 2020 from August to October 2020. NMAT test takers are between 85000 to 90000. Narsee Monjee Mumbai, ranked amongst the top B-schools in India accepts only NMAT by GMAC exam score.


The NMAT exam is a moderate difficulty level test, divided into three sections without any negative marking for wrong answers. 


NMAT 2020: Key Benefits of Taking the Exam
Let’s look at some salient features of this test.

  • Gateway to Top MBA Colleges: NMAT 2020 scores are accepted for MBA admission at NMIMS University, XIM Bhubaneswar (for some courses), VIT Vellore and 30 other well-known universities and MBA colleges.
  • Similar to CAT and SNAP: NMAT is an online computer-based test on the pattern of CAT, XAT, SNAP with only difference in number of questions and difficulty level.
  • Moderate difficulty level: NMAT is a moderate difficulty level exam with 108 questions divided in three core sections of Verbal Ability, Quant and Reasoning. The duration of the exam is 2 hours.
  • No Negative Marking: There will be no negative marking in NMAT. It allows you to maximise your score.
  • 2 Retakes to improve score: NMAT 2020 offers three chances to improve your score after appearing in the exam for the first time. This gives students opportunity to do their best.  
  • 75 days Test window: NMAT exam dates have 75 days testing window and allow you to self- schedule the preferred exam date to appear in the exam. So, you can easily take the exam, without worrying for date-clash with other exams.

MBAUniverse.com will continue to update this page to highlight latest dates and other exam announcements in this Covid-19 pandemic. So bookmark this page for your NMAT preparation. 

Register for NMAT by GMAC exam updates

Exam dates and schedule

  • Registration – Online: 01-08-2020 10:00 AM to 05-10-2020 11:45 PM (Confirm)
    Late Registration – Online: 06-10-2020 10:00 AM to 16-10-2020 05:00 PM (Confirm)
    Late Registration – Offline: 06-10-2020 10:00 AM to 16-10-2020 05:00 PM
    Exam Date & Timings- Online: Tuesday, October 6, 2020 - 10:00 to Saturday, December 19, 2020 - 10:00 (Confirm)
    Result: 22-01-2021 10:00 AM (Tentative)

NMAT by GMAC toppers

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NMAT by GMAC 2020

NMAT by GMAC: Top MBA Colleges, Registration, Pattern, Changes


NMAT by GMAC is an important National level MBA entrance exam conducted by Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC). NMAT by GMAC exam is the mandatory entrance test for MBA admission to NMIMS Mumbai and its other campuses as well as 30 other MBA colleges across India. 


NMAT Exam Full Form
NMAT is the abbreviated form for Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies (NMIMS) Management Aptitude Test. The exam was acquired by Graduate Management Admission Council in 2015 and thereafter, the NMAT has been renamed as NMAT by GMAC.


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NMAT Eligibility 2020

NMAT 2020 is a national level computer based MBA entrance test leading to MBA admission 2021 in top MBA colleges like NMIMS Mumbai, SPJIMR Mumbai (PGMPW), ISB (Certificate programme), VIT Vellore, XIM Bhubaneswar and many other MBA colleges in India.


Conducted by GMAC, the NMAT 2020 dates for NMAT registration and NMAT exam are scheduled from October to December 2020. Based on last year NMAT exam schedule, this year NMAT will also be held in a 75 day test window throughout the country.    


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NMAT Registration 2020

NMAT Registration 2020: Fees, Process, Key Dates, How to Apply Online - check here

Latest Update: NMAT 2020 registration start date is August 1, 2020. The last date to apply for NMAT without late fee is October 5, 2020. Many changes in NMAT 2020 exam have been introduced


NMAT 2020 Registration process will start on August 1, 2020 at the official NMAT exam website NMAT.Org. This year NMAT exam structure has been changed by GMAC.


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NMAT Application Form 2020

Latest Update: NMAT 2020 Application start date is August 1, 2020. The last date to apply for NMAT without late fee is October 5, 2020. Many changes in NMAT 2020 exam have been introduced


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NMAT Syllabus 2020

NMAT Syllabus 2020: Download Section Wise NMAT Syllabus
NMAT 2020 is a national level computer based MBA entrance test leading to MBA admission 2021 in top MBA colleges like NMIMS Mumbai, SPJIMR Mumbai (PGMPW), ISB (Certificate programme), VIT Vellore, XIM Bhubaneswar and many other MBA colleges in India.  Conducted by GMAC, the NMAT 2020 dates for NMAT registration are from August to October and NMAT exam is scheduled from October 6 to December 19, 2020.


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NMAT Exam Pattern 2020

NMAT Exam Pattern: Overall & Sectional Composition, Scoring pattern, Weightage, NMAT Vs other exams 

Latest Update: NMAT exam 2020 will be conducted in a changed pattern from October 6 to December 19, 2020 as a computer based test. The exam will be held in 57 test cities in India and abroad.


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NMAT Admit Card 2020

NMAT Admit Card: Download Dates, Process, Test Day Guidelines

NMAT Admit card 2020 will be released by GMAC, 24 hours after your successful registration and completion of payment of NMAT exam fee. NMAT exam dates are from October 6 to December 19, 2020. It is a computer based test leading to MBA admission 2021 in more than 30 MBA colleges including NMIMS, SDA Bocconi, SPJIMR, XIMB, ISB, VIT among others. 


If you apply for NMAT by GMAC 2020 on August 3, you will get your NMAT 2020 Admit Card latest by August 5, 2020. NMAT 2020 Admit Cards will be issued to all the candidates whose application is successfully submitted for NMAT 2020 till October 5 without late fee or October 16 (with late fee).


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NMAT Preparation 2020

NMAT Preparation strategy for NMAT 2020 exam should ideally be finalized well in advance as per the NMAT exam pattern and Syllabus. 


Since NMAT is now conducted by GMAC and not by NMIMS Mumbai, the NMAT Exam preparation must be well defined. An important point which differentiates NMAT preparation is the focus on maximizing your attempts in the exam as it does not have any negative marking. Additionally the facility of three attempts in NMAT and freedom to choose the order of sections on NMAT exam day also help to improve your NMAT exam score.


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NMAT Previous Year Question Paper

NMAT question paper and the NMAT Previous Year Papers are the best guide to prepare for the NMAT question papers 2020. GMAC, the NMAT exam conducting authority has started to release official NMAT Previous Test Papers at a nominal price. 


NMAT Papers: Availability Source
The NMAT previous year question paper will be released in the month of June/July 2020 by Graduate Management Admission Council in its official guide 2020 for NMAT 2020, many months before the commencement of NMAT exam. The NMAT by GMAC 2020 exam will be held from October 4 to December 17, 2020


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NMAT Mock Test

NMAT Mock Tests 2020 are officially available and can be obtained online and offline from Graduate Management Admission Council which has published NMAT by GMAC Mock test papers in its official guide 2020 for NMAT 2020.


Official NMAT Mock test 2020
GMAC conducts All India NMAT Mock Tests. Besides, official Mock Tests and Practice papers are also provided by GMAC. Key features are:

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Cities where NMAT Exam is held

The NMAT exam from October  to December as computer based test, will be  delivered at 58 test centres in 44 test cities throughout India and 4 cities abroad. The test cities are 

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NMAT Percentile Predictor

You will be anxious to know your NMAT 2020 percentile and the process how to arrive at the accurate NMAT percentile calculation, immediately after your NMAT 2020 exam dates are over. Since NMAT offers 3 Attempts to take NMAT by GMAC, you may go on improving your percentile with each retake to find admission opportunity in NMIMS Mumbai or other top MBA colleges accepting NMAT 2020 exam score for MBA admission 2021.


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NMAT Exam Analysis

NMAT exam 2020 analysis will be released for different exam slots immediately after the NMAT 2020 exam is over for the particular slot. NMAT Exam Analysis is published by MBAUniverse.com periodically during the 75 days NMAT testing window.


NMAT by GMAC is an online test that is conducted by GMAC now, after the ownership of NMAT has been acquired by GMAC and the name of NMAT has been changed to NMAT by GMAC.  Apart from 4 campuses of NMIMS University, 30 more B-schools and Universities have joined NMAT by GMAC and will accept its scores for admission to their MBA/PGDM 2021-23 batch


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NMAT Result

The final NMAT 2020 result will be declared in the 3rd week of January 2021 by GMAC. The last NMAT 2020 exam date is December 19, 2020 and it will take 2-3 weeks to finalise the result.


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NMAT Cut off

NMAT exam cut offs are applicable in 30 MBA colleges accepting NMAT 2019 score for MBA admission 2020. The NMAT by GMAC is conducted by GMAC from October 4 to December 17, 2019 across the country.  SPJIMR (Specialized programs); Amrut Mody School of Management, Ahmedabad University; O.P. Jindal University, Bennett University are the new additions to the list of MBA colleges accepting NMAT score for admission to 2020-22 batch. The NMAT 2019 cut offs in top MBA colleges in India like NMIMS, XIMB, VIT among others are fairly high in the range of 92-96.  


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How is IBSAT different from NMAT by GMAC? Whether you should choose NMAT or IBSAT? The queries on searches related to NMAT Vs IBSAT are very well answered by experts with the help of the key differentiating features narrated as well as placed in a tabular form.


Responding to the query which one is better IBSAT or NMAT by GMAC, experts are of the opinion that due to its low difficulty level as compared to NMAT, IBSAT is an easier exam but the scores of IBSAT are accepted by a different set of MBA colleges affiliated to ICFAI University. 


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