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NMAT by GMAC-2017 Exam Pattern & Syllabus

Accepted For : MBA

Exam Mode : Online

Registrations Date

04 Jul, 2017


Exam Date

06 Oct, 2017


NMAT by GMAC 2017 Exam Pattern

The NMAT by GMAC exam has three (3) sections: Language Skills, Quantitative Skills, and Logical Reasoning. Each section is timed individually and test takers have to attempt questions of each section within an allotted time for the section. One cannot return to the previous section if he/she selects to move to the next section or if the time runs out.

Sections No. of Questions Duration
Language Skills 32 questions 22 minutes
Quantitative Skills 48 questions 60 minutes
Logical Reasoning 40 questions 38 minutes
Total 120 questions 120 minutes
  • NMAT by GMAC is of 120-minute duration.
  • There is no negative marking, hence, it is advisable to make informed guesses and attempt all questions without the fear of deduction in marks.
  • Balance time of one section doesn’t get added to the next section. You should take the exam as a collection of “three individually timed” sections and they need to perform their best in each of the three sections in the given section time.

NMAT by GMAC Exam Structure and Features:

  • Test takers can choose the order of sections.
  • All of the three sections are individually timed. Test takers need to answer and review the questions of a particular section within the allotted time for that section.
  • If you complete answering and reviewing a section before the allotted section time expires, he/she has the option to choose either to revise the section or move to the next section. You can review the sections of the exam within the allotted section time.
  • One can either move directly to unanswered questions, flagged for those marked as review questions or review all or any questions on the Review Screen.
  • You should report to the test centre with one valid primary ID and another secondary ID in the original. Test takers who are unable to produce the above forms of valid ID (non-expired and in original) will not be admitted to the testing room and further not be offered a test-fee refund.
  • Persons accompanying the test taker will not be allowed into the test premises and no waiting area will be provided.
  • Test takers must adhere to the NMAT by GMAC Exam Terms and Conditions, policies, rules and regulations which are available at the www.nmat.org.in website.
  • Invigilators have the right to exclude test takers who fail to follow the test centre rules and procedures.
  • Invigilators will not be expected to provide or collect any test registration from test takers.

Features of NMAT by GMAC:

  • 75-day test window – (5th October to 18th December 2017). A long test window provides test takers the convenience of choosing a test date.
  • The choice for test takers to choose 7 programmes of NMAT by GMAC accepting Universities for publishing score as part of the registration fees. INR 200 + applicable taxes per each additional programme (in excess of 7) will be charged.
  • Self-scheduling option – Test takers have the choice to select the date and time of the test in a real time mode, based on seats availability at each of the centres.
  • Option to retake the exam, Test takers have an option of appearing more than once (up to three maximum attempts, including “no shows”). This provides test takers with an opportunity to improve their scores.
  • Unique exam for every test taker – Every test taker will get a unique but an equivalent exam.
  • Equated results - The test taker scores will be declared within a span of 4-5 weeks from the date of test delivery. These shall be equated to bring about parity and fairness and will keep test takers informed in a timely manner.

Advantage of having a 75-day window to test:

  • NMAT offers a 75-day window that enables you to give your best performance and reduce the stress associated with a single sitting test or test offered in a short time window.
  • The longer test window allows you to take the test when you are best prepared.
  • It offers you the opportunity to retake the test with a maximum of 3 attempts, including "No Show", in case you feel that your performance is not up to your expectation can improve their performance in retake attempt.


1. A test taker is supposed to bring the confirmation e-mail printout along with him/her on the day of the test. What is the confirmation e-mail and how does a test taker get it?

A confirmation e-mail is a communication that the test taker receives on the e-mail ID mentioned on the registration application after a test taker has scheduled the test. It contains details of the test – day, time and test centre name and address. 

2. What is the admit card? Why is it important and how does one get it?

Admit card is a document containing test taker registration details and photograph. Test takers can download their Admit card from the "Admit Card" tab provided in the NMAT by GMAC account. It is mandatory to carry the admit card along with required IDs, confirmation letter and photocopy of the primary ID to be allowed to enter the NMAT by GMAC test centre.

3. When should a test taker report to the test centre?

Test takers must report to their allocated test centre forty-five (45) minutes prior to the scheduled time mentioned in their confirmation e-mail.

4. A test taker needs to make calculations or make notes during the test; does he/she need to carry a rough sheet with him/her?

Test takers are not required to carry anything with them other than the confirmation e-mail print out, Admit card and two IDs for the test. Required stationery will be provided to the test taker by the invigilator at the test centre.

5. Are there any breaks during the test?

There are no scheduled breaks in the test. However, test takers can take unscheduled breaks if they want during the test session. An unscheduled break means a break during which the test clock does not stop. If a test taker chooses to take a break, the actual time spent on the break will be deducted from the time allocated to complete the test. No extra time will be given to complete the test. During the break, the test taker must leave the testing room. Upon re-entering the testing room, the test taker must show a valid ID.

6. Will a test taker be allowed to access his/her personal belongings during the unscheduled breaks that he/she take?

Test takers will not be allowed to access any personal belonging including study material and mobile phone during the breaks they take. Test takers will only be allowed to access food or medicines if any.

7. What happens if a test taker clicks “NO, I do not Accept” on Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) screen by mistake?

Test takers are required to click on “Yes, I accept” on NDA screen to start their test. If the test taker clicks on “No, I do not accept” deliberately or by mistake, he/she will be prompted to change the option on the next screen. However, if the test taker still clicks on “No, I do not accept”, the test will end. The test taker will then not be able to resume the test that day under any circumstances. Test centre staff will not be able to do anything and the test taker will lose the test attempt as well as forfeit the test fee.

8. Will a test taker see the results on the day he/she takes the test?

Test takers will not receive their results on the day they take their test. The results will be displayed on NMAT website after 4-5 weeks of the test taker taking the test.

9. Does it take more time to complete the computerized test as compared to the paper version?

Experience with computerised testing reveals that it usually takes less time to complete the test. There are no test booklets and answer sheets to manage and no need to transfer answers manually to an answer sheet with CBT.