NMAT 2020: Registration, Exam Date, Application Form

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 exam 2020 notification with complete schedule for 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 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


Key Description of NIMMS

Organizing Institute: Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies (NMIMS)

Website: https://www.nmat.org/

Social Network: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube


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 3
NMAT Exam Application Fee Rs.2000/-
NMAT by GMAC Full Form NMIMS Management Aptitude Test by Graduate Management Admission Council
Total Questions in NMAT Exam 2020 108
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 90+
Importance of Taking NMAT 2020 exam Offers opportunity to improve rank & score with 2 retakes
Exam application process Online



NMAT 2020 Important Dates

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

Exam Activity Starts 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.



NMAT 2020 Exam Pattern

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

You can view your NMAT 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 36  28
Quantitative Skills 36  52
Logical Reasoning 36  40
Total 108 120



Key Changes in NMAT Exam Pattern 2020

Substantial changes in NMAT 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 108 120
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.


MBA Colleges Accepting NMAT

There are 30+ MBA colleges and universities including many top MBA colleges who will accept NMAT 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 exam 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.



NMAT 2020: Key Benefits of Taking the Exam

Let’s look at some salient features of this test.

Gateway to Top MBA Colleges: NMAT 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 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.