NMAT Exam: Exam Pattern, Insights and Previous Year Papers

This year’s NMAT (Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies- Management Aptitude Test) schedule has been released by the Graduate Management Admission Council, which controls and conducts the NMAT exam each year. This national level examination is organized once in a year in the online mode to offer management courses in over 29 institutes in India, 7 colleges in South Africa and 5 colleges in Philippines.

Moreover, GMAC has done its best to make the test taking experience of NMAT as convenient as possible; candidates can clear the NMAT in three attempts, aspirants are given the liberty to start the exam with the section they are most comfortable with, test takers can revise and review their answers after attempting each section, and last but not the least, the test has no criteria of negative marking whatsoever.

Furthermore, interested graduates can also choose the exam date, time and location as per their comfort; candidates can apply online through the NMAT official website. Registration process will start from July 02, 2020 and last till October 3, 2020, candidates will have the chance to re-schedule the test till 14th December, 2020 and the NMAT exam will be organized over a 75 days period starting from 4th October to 17th December, 2020.

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Key Highlight
Exam Date
Online Examination: 4 Oct, 2020 to 17 Dec, 2020
Declaration of Result: 3rd week of January 2021
Age Limit:
The is no age limit for this exam
Educational Qualification:
The candidate must have a Bachelor’s Degree with at least 50% marks or equivalent CGPA.
Total Marks:
The exam will be of 120 marks
Exam Duration:
The exam will be of 120 minutes
No. of Sections:
Language Skills Quantitative Skills Logical Reasoning
Application Fees:
For all the categories: Early fees- Rs.2000 + applicable taxes
Negative Marking:
There is no negative marking.
Selection Process:
• NMAT Exam • Group Discussion (GD) or Writing Ability Test (WAT) or Case Discussions • Personal Interview

Eligibility for NMAT Exam

Age of the candidate:

The is no age limit for this exam.

Educational Qualification:

  • The candidate must have a Bachelor’s Degree with at least 50% marks or equivalent CGPA.
  • Final year candidates can also apply.
  • The candidate with two or more years of work experience will be preferred.
  • The candidates need to pay the fees in the specified time.
  • The candidates need to submit the original documents within the specified time.


NMAT Exam: Important Dates

  • NMAT 2020 registration will start from first week of July 2, 2020 till October 3 2020
  • NMAT scheduling will be conducted from first week of July 2020 till third week of October 2020
  • Late registration period starts from first week of October 04, 2020 till second week of October 14, 2020
  • NMAT 2019 Exam dates: First week of October 04, 2020 to Third week of December 17, 2020
  • NMAT result declaration: Third week of January 2021
  • Last date to download NMAT scorecard: Last week of March 31 2021


Application fees

For all the categories:

Early fees- Rs.2000 + applicable taxes

Late fees- Rs. 2500 + applicable taxes

Exam Retaking fees- Rs. 2000 + applicable fees

Exam Rescheduling fees- Rs. 1100 + applicable fees


NMAT Exam: Exam pattern

  • Common Aptitude Test (CAT) is a computer based test.
  • The exam will be of 120 marks.
  • The exam will consist of 120 questions.
  • The candidate can start any section as they wish.
  • The medium of the questions will be English.
  • Sections in the exam: Three
    • Language Skills for 32 marks
    • Quantitative Skills for 48 marks
    • Logical Reasoning for 40 marks
  • Marking scheme: 1 marks will be allotted for each right answer and no mark will be deducted for wrong answer

NMAT Exam: Selection Process

  • NMAT Exam
  • Group Discussion (GD) or Writing Ability Test (WAT) or Case Discussions
  • Personal Interview

Syllabus: NMAT Exam 

  • QUANTITATIVE SKILLS: Probability, Permutations & Combinations, Algebra, Averages, Time Speed & Distance, Time & Work, Profit & Loss, Ratio & Proportion, Simple & Compound Interest, Percentage, Number Series, Mixtures & Alligations, Simplification, Number System, Heights and Distances, Geometry & Mensuration, Data Sufficiency, Logarithms, Progressions


  • LOGICAL REASONING: Puzzles, Syllogisms, Binary Logic, Clocks & Calendars, Cubes & Dice, Series, Analogies, Classification, Blood Relations, Directions & Distances, Ordering & Ranking, Coding-Decoding, Non-Verbal Reasoning, Data Sufficiency, Seating Arrangement, Venn Diagrams, Arrangements & Patterns, Problem Solving, Coded Inequalities, Double Lineup, Logical Deductions, Routes & Networks, Scheduling, Grouping & Selections Verbal Reasoning


  • LANGUAGE SKILLS: Reading Comprehension, Synonyms & Antonyms, Fill in the Blanks, Analogy, Theme Detection, Direct & Indirect Speech, Active & Passive Voice, Parajumbles, Sentence Jumbles, Error Spotting, Phrase Replacement, One Word Substitution, Spellings


Preparation tips for NMAT Written Test

  • You need to finish three sections of NMAT within 120 minutes, which means you need speed with accuracy in order to attempt 120 questions in total. The more you practice, the better chances you have of acing this exam.
  • Make Quantitative and Logical Reasoning Sections your strong suit, practise questions to solve them within time to increase efficiency.
  • Remember negative marking is not a factor here. Therefore, try  to attempt all the questions.
  • Manage your time properly; give appropriate amount of time to each section. Try to improve your time by practicing as many online tests as possible. Youth4work provides online mock tests ; this way one can learn to finish the entire exam within the time limit.
  • It is very important to maintain proper health, so you don’t fall sick on the big day. Give your brain appropriate time to refresh itself. Don’t rush too much information into your head than its limit allows.
  • Take it slow and steady. And get at least eight hours of sleep each night.
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