NMAT by GMAC 2020


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September 11, 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.


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 more than 30 institutes in India and is conducted by GMAC. It’s name has been changed to NMAT 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, another (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. Earlier known as NMAT, the exam was conducted by NMIMS, Mumbai exclusively for MBA admission to all its campuses, However, the NMAT was acquired by GMAC and has been re-named as NMAT by GMAC, the Graduate Management Admission Council. GMAC has been conducting NMAT by GMAC for MBA admission not only to NMIMS University campuses but also to 30 other MBA colleges. 

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The popularity of NMAT by GMAC exam is growing year after year. During last few years the number of NMAT by GMAC exam takers has gone upto 88,000.


What is NMAT by GMAC exam Structure
NMAT by GMAC is a computer based Test. Key features of The NMAT by GMAC exam are:

  • NMAT by GMAC is usually held in a 75 days test window from October 1st week to December 3rd week every year. However, due to Covid 90 pandemic, the NMAT by GMAC 2020 is conducted in 88 days test window from November 2020 to January 2021.
  • During the 88 days Test window the NMAT by GMAC exam will have same exam structure
  • NMAT by GMAC is 2 hours computer based test divided in three sections with individual sectional time limit to attempt each section.
  • The NMAT by GMAC 2020 has introduced two testing modes – Computer based online test at exam centres and Online proctored test from the convenience of home. Candidates have the option to choose either type of exam.
  • Section-1: Language Skills with 36 questions of MCQ type to be solved in 28 minutes
  • Section-2: Quantitative Skills with 36 questions of MCQ type to be solved in 52 minutes
  • Section-3: Logical Reasoning with 36 questions of MCQ type to be solved in 40 minutes
  • NMAT by GMAC exam taker can choose order of sections only once before beginning of test.

When is the next NMAT by GMAC Exam
The NMAT by GMAC exam 2020 will be held from November 4, 2020 to January 30, 2021 across the country at 57 test centres. 


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

NMAT by GMAC Exam Components
NMAT by GMAC 2020
NMAT by GMAC 2019
Changes in Registration Window
Sep 14 to Nov 20, 2020
July 2 to Oct 3, 2019
Test Taking Window
Nov 4, 2020 to Jan 30, 2021
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

Read More about NMAT by GMAC Exam Structure  


How to apply for NMAT by GMAC
Although the notification for NMAT by GMAC is released in the month of June every year alongwith the complete exam schedule, the NMAT by GMAC Registration & Application process for 2020 exam started from September 14, 2020 due to Covid-19 pandemic challenges.  Otherwise, the Registration window would open in July first week. The change has been made due to Covid-19 pandemic. NMAT by GMAC 2020 Application window will remain open till November 20, 2020. Read More about NMAT by GMAC Registration Process & Registration Dates


When to get the Admit card for NMAT by GMAC
Admit card for NMAT by GMAC Exam is released by GMAC in 24 hours after completion of your successful registration and completion of payment process on its website.  The admit card is a mandatory document to be taken to the NMAT by GMAC exam centre. It contains your NMAT registration details and photograph. You should download the Admit card for NMAT by GMAC exam from the NMAT by GMAC website. Read More about NMAT by GMAC Admit Card 


Why to Take NMAT by GMAC
NMAT by GMAC exam is accepted for MBA admission by 21 leading MBA colleges. The list of MBA colleges accepting NMAT by GMAC exam score is growing every year. NMAT by GMAC helps you to pursue the management degree at NMIMS or one of the other 30 MBA colleges.


Some of the key benefits of taking NMAT by GMAC are:

  • NMAT by GMAC is a moderate difficulty level test without any negative marking for wrong answers.
  • NMAT by GMAC allows you to self schedule the preferred NMAT by GMAC exam date to appear in NMAT exam
  • NMAT by GMAC exam offers three chances of taking the test including two retakes to improve your score. This gives students opportunity to do their best.  
  • Besides, the candidates can also reschedule their NMAT by GMAC Exam date at their convenience.
  • NMAT by GMAC scores are sent to 5 programmes for free  
  • You can apply to Business Schools after reviewing your NMAT by GMAC score Read More about the Leading MBA colleges accepting NMAT by GMAC exam score

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