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NMAT leading to MBA admission in NMIMS Mumbai and other 30+ MBA colleges in India and many MBA colleges abroad is conducted by GMAC while IBSAT is MBA entrance exam for MBA admission in 9 ICFAI B-schools.


Both NMAT and IBSAT are the important MBA entrance tests and have many similarities. So, how is IBSAT different from NMAT by GMAC? Whether you should choose NMAT or IBSAT? These 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 than the more number of diverse NMAT accepting colleges. 

Before applying and preparing for IBSAT or NMAT by GMAC, candidates should know well the difference between NMAT by GMAC and IBSAT exam pattern; difference between NMAT by GMAC and IBSAT Syllabus; NMAT Vs IBSAT difficulty level and other key factors that could determine how NMAT by GMAC is different from IBSAT. 


There are many similarities between NMAT by GMAC and IBSAT but still there are important differences of NMAT exam from IBSAT exam. The searches related to NMAT by GMAC Vs IBSAT by the prospective test takers and the right guidance with comparison tables for these exams help not only in the NMAT or IBSAT preparation but also in choosing the right exam leading to right MBA colleges accepting NMAT by GMAC score or IBSAT score.  

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What is the Difference between NMAT by GMAC and IBSAT Entrance Exams: Comparative Analysis
A brief comparative analysis of the differentiating features of NMAT by GMAC Vs IBSAT will enable you to choose between NMAT or IBSAT and help you decide which one is better IBSAT or NMAT by GMAC.

  • IBSAT is conducted by ICFAI Foundation for Higher Education (a deemed to be University) and is the MBA entrance exam for 9 campuses of ICFAI Business School (IBS).
  • NMAT by GMAC is conducted by Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) and is the mandatory MBA entrance test for NMIMS Mumbai and its other campuses. The NMAT by GMAC scores are also accepted by other renowned MBA colleges like VIT Vellore, XIM Bhubaneswar.
  • IBSAT 2021 is scheduled in a 2 day testing window while NMAT 2021 has a long testing window of 75+ days with option to choose and self schedule the preferred date of the exam.
  • While IBSAT exam scores are accepted by 9 ICFAI B-schools and a few other MBA colleges, NMAT by GMAC scores are accepted by NMIMS Mumbai and 30+ other MBA colleges.   
  • NMAT by GMAC is considered as higher difficulty exam as compared to IBSAT exam which has a low difficulty level
  • Which one is better NMAT or IBSAT?  The answer to this query depends upon your preferences. If you wish to seek admission opportunity in NMIMS Mumbai, you should appear in NMAT by GMAC but if your interest is to do MBA from ICFAI Business Schools like IBS Hyderabad or its other campuses, you should appear in IBSAT exam

NMAT and IBSAT Exam pattern have many similar sections and questions on same pattern. The candidates preparing for both the exams may coordinate their sectional and overall exam preparation. 

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A comparative analysis detailing the key features of NMAT by GMAC and IBSAT is shared below:

Next Exam Date
December 25 & 26 2021,  (2 days Testing window)
October 14 to December 27, 2021, (75 days Testing Window)
Exam Conducted by
ICFAI Foundation for Higher Education (a deemed to be University)
Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC)
Testing mode
Computer Based Test
Online Computer Based
Total Questions
Overall Time Limit to Attempt the Exam
2 hours
 2 hours
Type of Questions
Answer Options for each MCQ
Marks Awarded for each correct answer
Negative Marking
No Negative Marking
No negative marking
Exam Difficulty Level
Easy to Moderate
Number of Sections
Section-1: Name and Number of Questions
Verbal Ability-50
Language Skills-36 questions
Section-2: Name and Number of Questions
Reading Comprehension-30
Logical Reasoning-36 questions
Section-3: Name and Number of Questions
Quantitative Aptitude-30
Quantitative Skills-36 questions
Section-4: Name and Number of Questions
Data Adequacy & Data Interpretation-30
Not Applicable
Facility to Choose Order of Sections & Questions
Yes, Any question from any section within overall time limit
Yes, but once chosen has to follow the order to attempt the test section
Individual Sectional Time Limit
Yes, varying time limit of 28 minutes to 52 minutes
Top MBA Colleges Accepting Exam Score
IBS Hyderabad, IBS Pune, IBS Gurgaon, and other 6 IBS campuses Read More
NMIMS, K J Somaiya, VIT, IFMR, XIMB, IBS-ICFAI, ITM, MISB Bocconi, Alliance University Read More

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