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Important Dates
Registration Date
Jul 03, 2014
Test Date
Oct 09, 2014
Result Date
Jan 15, 2015

How to Prepare for NMAT 2014

Preparation Strategy

NMAT exam’s main objective to test speed and accuracy. Candidates need to attempt each question in less than 80 seconds. Selection is crucial here.

Aspirants should focus on core quant topics and theory. Try and finish all the topics in the next two months. Thereafter, do not touch new topics or comfortable areas. The chief strategy should be to attempt familiar questions and leave non-familiar/non-comfortable questions. Candidates should be able to decide this within 10 seconds.

Speed will be also very critical in NMAT exam. Apart question learning to select a question, candidates should also to reject a question in less than 10 seconds.

Expect some calculation-heavy problems. These questions are meant to be left alone. Give it a try only if are not very close.

So focus on CAT quant syllabus. Here are some core topics that you can expect:

Candidates can safely ignore Trigonometry & Statistics. This topic has a maximum of one to two questions, which are generally easy. Questions related to Data Sufficiency has not been observed so far.

Logical reasoning is comparatively easier than Quant and Data Interpretation in NMAT exam. We can expect a similar pattern in NMAT exam 2016. Questions in LR can range from Decision Making to Verbal Logic.

Verbal ability section usually consists of grammar, reading comprehension. There’s no different strategy for VA section. Candidates need to focus on an overall strategy for MBA exams while preparing for verbal sections, because all the exams have similar syllabus.

Finally, practicing past years' NMAT question papers as well as Mock Tests of various players are perhaps the best source for preparation. It provides opportunity to plug the loopholes in the preparation of NMAT entrance exam and one should give maximum importance to these question papers.

Tips –

NMAT is 120 minutes CBT test the most important thing is that one should ensure SPEED & ACCURACY

Starts from N.C.E.R.T books and clear your basics.

Do as much practice as you can by solving practice papers, sample papers etc.

Find out your weak areas and work upon them.


1) Who administers NMAT by GMAC test?

The NMAT by GMAC is a computer administered test owned by the Graduate Management Global Connection (India) Private Limited (GMGC), a subsidiary of Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC).

2) When will the NMAT by GMAC exam be offered for admission session 2017-19?

The NMAT by GMAC exam for the academic session 2017-19 will be offered in a testing window from Oct 7, 2016, to Dec 20, 2016.

3) What are the important dates for the NMAT by GMAC ?

The important dates for the NMAT by GMAC exam are listed below.








Monday, July 04, 2016

Monday, October 03, 2016


Monday, July 04, 2016

Friday, October 14, 2016

Late Registration


Tuesday, October 04, 2016

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Registration - Retake

Saturday, October 08, 2016

Thursday, December 15, 2016


Monday, July 04, 2016

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Exam Delivery


Friday, October 07, 2016

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Re-take Scheduling


Saturday, October 08, 2016

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Final Announcement of Results


Tuesday, January 17, 2017

4) What is the test fee for NMAT by GMAC™?

Test takers applying for NMAT by GMAC™ can register for one of the programs individually or for both the programs. Following table provides the applicable fees:



Test Registration (Early)

INR 1700 + applicable taxes

Test Registration (Late)

INR 2000 + applicable taxes


INR 1700 + applicable taxes


INR 1000 + applicable taxes

Additional Score Reports (beyond first seven)

INR 200 / Score Report + applicable taxes

5) How does a test taker register for NMAT by GMAC™?

Test takers can register for NMAT by GMAC™ through an online registration application available on the website from 9:00 am (IST) onwards starting July 4, 2016. Online registrations will close at 11:59 pm Indian Standard Time (IST) on Oct 3, 2016. GMGC shall not accept registrations from test takers in any other mode or form.

6) What is the mode of payment?

Registration fee can be paid by:

  1. Credit card

  2. Demand draft

  3. Cash at bank

7) Why should a test taker register early?

The test taker will be able to schedule the test on his / her preferred date, time slot, and Test Centre only if seats are available at that Test Centre for the date and time slot being sought (First Come First Serve basis). As test takers will be required to schedule their test after registering through an online application system, the earlier they register, the sooner they will be able to schedule their test. Test takers may not get their preferred date, slot, and Test Centre if other test takers have already taken up the available seats for that particular date, slot, and center. In such a situation, test takers would need to look at other options of date, time slot, and Test Centre and schedule their test accordingly.

8) Does the "First come First serve" principle apply to Registration or Scheduling or both?

"First come First serve" principle applies to both registration and scheduling. The earlier one registers and makes payment, the earlier will be able to schedule the test. And the earlier one schedules the test, higher are the chances of getting the preferred date, time and test location.

9) Can a test taker edit his/her registration application post registration payment?

Test takers will be able to edit only certain section like Programme/School Preference and Communication Preferences in their registration form after submitting the registration fee. Test takers are advised to check the information entered in the online registration form very carefully while registering and once again before submitting the registration as they will not be allowed to make any changes after submission.

10) What are the specifications of the photograph to be uploaded on the registration Application?

Test takers need to upload their recent photograph while filling the Registration application. Test takers must ensure the following while uploading their photo in the registration Application:

  • Photos should be in JPEG format, and dimensions should be 200 pixels tall and 150 pixels wide. Size should not exceed 500 kb. If the image is scanned kindly upload it in portrait format (No landscape/rotated Pictures).

  • The photo should have either white or lightly colored background.

  • Eyes should be open and clearly visible.

  • Test taker face should be distinctly visible, straight and at the center. Shoulder tops should be also clear on the photo.

  • Photographs should not be more than 6 months old.

  • Following photographs are not acceptable and liable to get rejected.

    • Facebook photos and/or photos not having the above-mentioned specifications of size.

    • Photos in which the test administration staff cannot sufficiently authenticate your identity.

    • Photos with the dark color background.

11) If I cannot pay the fee on time then is there any fine?

Yes, there is a fine of Rs 550 means the late fee is Rs 2550.

12) Which are the designated centers for this examination?

The NMAT by GMAC™ exam will be administered at 32 test centers across 23cities within India. The cities are as follows:

  • North: Chandigarh, Delhi, Gurgaon, Jaipur ,Lucknow, and Noida

  • West: Ahmedabad, Baroda, Mumbai, Nagpur, and Pune

  • South: Bengaluru, Chennai, Kochi and Hyderabad

  • Central: Bhillai, Bhopal, and Indore

  • East: Bhubaneswar, Guwahati, Jamshedpur, Kolkata and Patna

Some cities will have multiple test centers to choose from.

The NMAT by GMAC™ will not be offered at any international location.

13) How many times can a test taker take NMAT by GMAC™?

A test taker can take the NMAT by GMAC™ up to a maximum of 3 times (first attempt plus 2 retake attempts) including no shows if he/she wishes to.

14) If a test taker takes the NMAT by GMAC™ exam more than 1 time, which of the scores out of these attempts will be considered by NMAT by GMAC™ accepting Schools?

Please visit respective NMAT by GMAC™ accepting school website for their policies on acceptance of NMAT score.

15) If a test taker could not register online for the NMAT by GMAC™, as the following error message appeared - "Java Script Error". What should he/she do?

Please use Internet Explorer v.6.0 and above, Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome.

16) If a test taker could not register online for the NMAT by GMAC™, as he/she was not able to proceed after "I agree". What should the test taker do?

This application uses JavaScript. Test takers should make sure that JavaScript is enabled in their browser. To enable JavaScript go to: Tools>>Internet Options>>Security>>Custom Level. Scroll down until one sees the section labeled 'Scripting' Under 'Active Scripting', select 'Enable' and click OK. Click refresh and restart the registration process.

17) In the application form, what should the test taker fill in the Category field?

Under the Category field in the application form, the following stand for:

  1. GEN: General Category

  2. SC: Scheduled Caste

  3. ST: Scheduled Tribe

  4. OBC: Other Backward Classes

  5. NT: Nomadic Tribe

  6. DT: Denotified Tribe including any other Category not listed here

  7. Foreign Nationals should also select GEN (General) in this field.

18) Can a test taker register multiple times?

Test takers are not allowed to make duplicate/ multiple registrations. Candidature of a test taker is liable to get rejected and fee forfeited, if the test taker registers multiple times. Test takers applying to various programs being offered by NMAT by GMAC™ accepting schools are also required to register only once and take up to a maximum of 3 attempts, including NO SHOWS. For retakes of the exam test taker has to pay applicable fees as per retake policy. Candidature of a test taker is liable to get rejected if the test taker has registered multiple times and has taken tests under different registration numbers.

19) What if a test taker cannot register by the last date of registration? Does he/she have an option of registering late?

Test takers who are unable to register in the Registration window between July 4, 2016, to Oct 3, 2016, will have the option of registering through the online registration application available on the website during the Late Registration window from Oct 4, 2016 to Oct 12, 2016 by paying the prescribed fee as specified on the website.

20) What is the difference between Registration and Scheduling?

Registration means filling the online registration application and making the requisite payment on Scheduling means test takers scheduling their test for a certain date, time and center.

21) What can lead to cancellation of the registration?

Test takers need to ensure that the information submitted by them is correct and true in all respects. If any information is found to be incorrect or false at a later date, GMGC reserves the right to prevent the test taker from testing and/or cancel the test score. In the event of the prohibition to test or cancellation of the score due to the furnishing of incorrect/false information, the test registration fee will not be refunded.

NMAT by GMAC™ registration will also stand canceled if there are duplicate registrations, the application has incomplete information or test fee is received by GMGC after the due date.

22) Can a test taker re-schedule the test?

A test taker can re-schedule the test 72 hours or more prior to the scheduled appointment, subject to availability of seats, upon payment of the applicable fee. The re-schedule window will remain open from July 04, 2016 to December 17, 2016. Please also note that this transaction on any Master Card or a Visa card may be processed in US Dollars equivalent of the applicable fee, and depending upon the credit card organization’s arrangement there may be certain service charges or commission charged to the credit card account to be borne by the test taker. Please note that payment can only be made through a credit card (Master Card and Visa) as seats cannot be reserved and a real-time payment method is required to secure the new test appointment.

23) When and how can a test taker decide to take a retake?

A test taker after taking his / her test can decide to retake NMAT by GMAC™ exam. The test taker will be allowed to pay for the retake test in the registration page with same login id & password by paying the applicable fee through the available payment modes. Retake option will be enabled in the test takers’ existing registration account after taking the first test and separate registration account is not required. A test taker is allowed to take the NMAT by GMAC™ exam, a maximum of three times (first attempt plus a maximum of two retake attempts, including NO SHOWS). A Test taker will be allowed to schedule the retake test on a date which is 15 days or more, later than the date of his/her previous attempt. In other words, a test taker will have to wait at least 15 days before he / she can appear for a retake attempt. Test takers are required to pay the applicable fee for each Retake attempt.

24) When and how can a test taker decide to take a reschedule?

The Rescheduling option will be available to test takers for the period starting July 04, 2016 to December 17, 2016. A test taker can decide to reschedule his / her test no later than 72 hours prior to the scheduled test, to a different date, time and test center, subject to availability, by paying an additional fee through Credit Card only. After the test taker receives the confirmation e-mail from Pearson VUE, she or he will be able to reschedule the test. Seat availability in terms of the test center, slot or date will be on a “First come First serve” basis. A test cannot be rescheduled if 72 hours or less remain before the scheduled appointment time.

25) If a test taker appeared for the first time in the NMAT by GMAC™ today. Can he/she schedule the retake test today?

Yes, the test taker can schedule the retake test today for a date which is minimum 15 days later than today.

26) Can a test taker take the exam over two consecutive days?

No, a test taker cannot take the test on two consecutive days. The test taker will be required to wait for 15 days before he/she can appear for the retake test.

27) Can the test taker reschedule the test for later in the day?

No, the test taker cannot schedule the test for the same day. Test takers can schedule the test at any time 24 hours or later.

28) After taking the NMAT by GMAC™, can a test taker schedule the retake for the same day?

No, the test taker cannot schedule his/her test for the same day. One can schedule his/her test for any time 24 hours or later from now. Also, there should be a gap of minimum 15 days between two attempts.

29) What is the Admit card? Why is it important and how do one get it?

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

30) 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 on their confirmation e-mail.

31) What will happen if a test taker reaches late for the test?

Test takers, who arrive at the test centre on the specified scheduled test date more than fifteen (15) minutes after the scheduled exam start time, may not be permitted to take the test and will have to forfeit the full cost of the test.

32) What will happen if a test taker does not appear for the test?

Test takers, who do not appear at the test centre on the specified scheduled test date(first attempt or retake attempt(s)), will have to forfeit the full fee of the test. They will be marked a “No Show” and this will be treated as an attempt. Test takers will be allowed a maximum of 3 attempts in NMAT by GMAC™ including “No show” as per the retake policy.

33) What is the test taker identification process on the day of the test?

All test takers will have to go through a test taker identification process on the day of the test. Digital photograph and digital signature of each test taker will be taken and kept for records. Any test taker not willing to participate in the test taker identification process will not be allowed to sit for the test. Please note that tests will be administered under video surveillance.

34) Who is eligible for this exam?

Candidate having bachelor degree with 50% in any discipline in the first attempt is eligible for this examination.

35) In what mode this exam will be conducted?

This examination will be conducted in online mode.

36) How is the NMAT by GMAC™ exam structured?

NMAT by GMAC™ exam is a 120-minute test with three sections.


No. of Questions

Allotted Time

Language Skills


22 minutes

Quantitative Skills


60 minutes

Logical Reasoning


38 minutes

37) Is there any negative marking in this examination?

No, there is no negative marking for wrong answers.

38) Can a test taker review questions and /or sections?

Yes, a test taker can review the sections of the exam within the allotted section time. The Review Screen at the end of every section will allow the test taker to either move directly to incomplete (unanswered) questions, flagged for review questions or review all or any questions. Once a test taker has moved ahead from one section to the next section, he/she will not be able to return to the previous section. Hence, test takers should complete (answering and reviewing) each of the three sections in their respective allotted time limits.

39) If a test taker completes answering and reviewing a section before the allotted section time completion, does the balance time get added to the next section(s)?

No, one cannot add balance time of one section to the other. If a test taker completes answering and reviewing a section before the allotted section time expires, he/she may choose either to revise the section or move to the next section, but the balance time cannot be added on to the next section timing.

40) Will the content of the NMAT change this year?

The content will not change for the NMAT by GMAC™. The exam will be a multiple-choice question paper that includes Quantitative Ability, Language Skills, and Logical Reasoning.

41) 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.

42) What is the test taker identification process on the day of the test?

All test takers will have to go through a test-taker identification process on the day of the test. Digital photograph and the digital signature of each test taker will be taken and kept for records. Any test taker not willing to participate in the test-taker identification process will not be allowed to sit for the test. Please note that tests will be administered under video surveillance.

43) While taking the test, can a test taker return to previous questions to review them or change answers?

Test takers can choose the order of sections in NMAT by GMAC™ exam. Every section has a time limit associated with it and during the time allowed for the section, test takers may move freely within the section. Test takers may return to previous questions, change their answers and mark questions that they would like to review before completing the section. However, once the test taker completes the section or the section time is over, the test taker can no longer access any question in that section.

44) 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 center staff will not be able to do anything and the test taker will lose the test attempt as well as forfeit the test fee.

45) If while reviewing the questions on Review Screen, a test taker happens to click “End Review”, will he/she be able to return to the exam or review screen?

Once the test taker clicks on “End Review” button, the test taker will be prompted to confirm if he/she wishes to end the review. If the test taker reconfirms, then he/she will move to the “Next Section” or the “End Exam” screen as per the case. The test taker will not be able to return to the previous section or the review screen.

46) What will happen if the computer malfunctions in the middle of the test?

In the unlikely event of a computer malfunction during the test, the test centre staff will need to reboot the computer. During this process, the test taker will not lose any answers already entered. The computer system in the testing centre stores all test taker answers instantly. After rebooting, the computer will come back exactly to where the test had stopped. Please note that the time clock will have stopped when the computer reboots, and the clock will start as soon as the test is re-started by the test taker.

If a test taker faces any problem because of computer malfunctioning, he/she should inform the Test Administrator immediately and the test will resume from the same point where the test taker had left at the time of malfunctioning. No request will be entertained after the section or the test is over.

47) When will the NMAT by GMAC™ results be declared?

The NMAT by GMAC™ scaled scores by section and test total scaled score will be announced within 4 to 5 weeks after the test taker has tested. The percentile scores will be calculated after all the test takers have taken their exam(s). Please refer for final result announcement date.

48) 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.

49) What do you mean by scaled scores and percentile scores?

Scaled scores - All the test forms are equated to account for any differences in overall difficulty and the raw test scores are placed on a common scale. This is done to ensure scores are comparable across test forms such that the scores are not impacted by different test takers getting different test forms.

Percentile scores - The percentile rank or score shows how a test taker scored when compared to all other test takers who took the exam (e.g. all test takers who took the NMAT by GMAC™ exam). For example, if a test taker is said to be at the 75th percentile, the test taker scored better than 75% of the test takers who took the NMAT by GMAC™ exam.

50) How will a test taker receive the results?

Test takers will not be sent any results directly. NMAT by GMAC™ will publish scaled scores section wise within 4 to 5 weeks after the test taker has tested. Candidates will be notified by email on availability of their score report which a candidate can access by logging into the NMAT by GMAC™ account. Please refer offical Website for final result announcement date.

51) Does NMAT have sectional cut-offs?

Yes NMIMS has a provision for sectional cutoffs, most of the other B-schools accepting NMAT scores do not have this provision.

52) Which Universities / Business Schools accept NMAT by GMAC™ scores for admissions?

NMAT by GMAC™ scores are accepted by following Universities/ Business Schools:

  • SVKM’s Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies

  • ICFAI Business School (IBS)

  • Alliance University

  • University of Petroleum & Energy Studies (UPES)

  • VIT University

  • Thapar School of Management

  • BML Munjal University

  • Amity University

  • Woxsen School of Business Management

  • SRM University

  • Hyderabad Business School, GITAM University

  • Chitkara University

  • Institute of Management, JK University

  • Ansal University

  • Mody University

  • Shoolini University

  • Shiv Nadar University

  • Gitam School of International Business

53) which courses are offered by this exam?

  • There are total 5 courses are offered namely:
    • MBA in Finance, IS, marketing and decision sciences

    • MBA in human resource

    • MBA in pharmaceuticals

    • PGDBM

    • PGDM

There are total 5 courses are offered namely: MBA in Finance, IS, marketing and decision sciences MBA in human resource MBA in pharmaceuticals PGDBM PGDM

  • The mandatory documents are:
    • 10th and 12th marking sheets and passing certificate

    • Mark sheet of each and every semester

    • Degree and provisional certificate

    • Medi-claim policy

    • Medical fitness certificate

    • Work experience certificate

    • Migration certificate

    • Eligibility satisfaction certificate

    • AIU certificate

54) If I will not continue the selection procedure, then will my fee be refunded?

No, the fee will not be refunded in any situation.

55) How many stages are included in the selection procedure?

The Selection is based on 3 different factors:-

  • Written examination

  • Case discussion and personal interview

  • Academic performance and work experience.