NMAT 2021: Registration, Syllabus, Pattern and Exam Analysis

NMAT 2021 (NMIMS Aptitude Test 2021) is a national level MBA Entrance test which grants admission in the flagship PGDM programme of NMIMS Mumbai, Hyderabad and Bangalore. You can take your NMAT by GMAC exam at most up to 3 times I.e. one attempt and 2 retakes. The NMAT Notification was released on 3rd August, 2021. The registration window of NMAT 2021 will be open from 3rd August 2021 to 17th November 2021. You can deliver the exam between 14th October 2021 and 27th December 2021.

The NMAT 2021 Exam will continue to be computer adaptive like last year. What this means is that the level of difficulty of the previous question would determine the difficulty level of the next question. NMAT 2021 is expected to be held at more than 66+ test centers across 55+ cities in India, along with 4 international centers. The NMAT exam allows students upto 3 attempts which have to have a 15 day gap. In addition to this, the students also have the facility to reschedule the date and time according to his/her convenience within the 88-day test window.

To know more about NMAT 2021 important dates, NMAT exam notification, NMAT 2021 exam schedule and NMAT registration, click here.

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A brief overview of NMAT 2021

  • NMAT 2021 exam will be conducted by GMAC in an online mode
  • The test window for NMAT 2021 is an 88-day test window starting from 14th October to 27th December.
  • In the given test window, the number of times an aspirant can take the exam is 3 times, with a gap of 15 days between two successive attempts.
  • NMAT Paper consists of 108 questions spread across three sections, viz Language skills, Quantitative skills, and Logical Reasoning.
  • All the sections will have equal number of questions I.e 36
  • The medium of instructions will be English.
  • Students can choose the order of sections in which he/she wishes to attempt the paper.
  • Movement across sections is not available.
  • The duration of the test is 120 minutes.
  • There is an individual time limit for each section.
  • It is an "computer adaptive" online examination.
  • Students can review the summary of their attempts at the end of each section.
  • With this year's transition to adaptive testing, the score of the NMAT Exam will be displayed within 48 hours of the exam.
  • The registration charges for NMAT 2021 is Rs. 2300 + Applicable Taxes per attempt

NMAT 2021 Important Dates

NMAT 2021 registration has begun as of 3rd August 2021 and will end on 10th November 2021. Candidates need to fill the application form and pay the application fees online in order to register successfully. Students are also required to NMIMS College for the NMAT Score to be counted towards getting a call. The registration forms will be available on NMAT by GMAC's official website. Here are all the important dates pertaining to NMAT 2021 examination:

Event Date Related Information
NMAT 2021 Main Online Registration Date of Commencement: 3rd August 2021 Deadline: 10th November 2021
Late Submission of Application form Deadline: 15th November 2021
Exam Scheduling Window Date of Commencement: 3rd August 2021 Deadline: 17th November 2021
NMAT 2021 Examination Date of Commencement: 14th October 2021 Deadline: 27th December 2021
Registration for Exam Retake Date of Commencement: 15th October 2021 Deadline: 24th December 2021
Exam Retake Scheduling Date of Commencement: 15th October 2021 Deadline: 24th December 2021
NMAT 2021 result Second to third week of January 2022 (tentative)

Also Check out: NMAT 2021 Notification

NMAT 2021 Important Changes

Given below are some important changes announced in NMAT by GMAC 2021:

NMAT 2021 Eligibility Criteria

Each NMAT 2021 aspirant needs to be aware of the NMAT Eligibility Criteria before they pay the fees for the NMAT Exam. Only students who fulfill the eligibility criteria will be allowed to attempt the NMAT Exam.

Only the candidates who comply with the policies of GMAC and register timely for NMAT 2021 will be allowed to take NMAT 2021. In case you register for NMAT 2021 and change your mind afterwards, the application fees would not be refunded. Also, if any Information entered by you is found out to be frivolous or fraudulent, GMAC have all the rights to revoke your examination and cancel your candidature.

Given below is the eligibility criteria of NMAT 2021:

Academic Qualification

Students should have completed their graduation from a UGC/AICTE recognized institute or equivalent. Candidates in their final year can also apply subjected to submission of their final


There is no nationality criteria for NMAT

Age Limit

There is no age limit barrier for NMAT

Professional Qualification

Work Experience is not mandatory

Maximum Attempts

Candidates can attempt for GMAT 3 times I.e One examination attempt and two retakes which includes any no shows

Minimum Aggregate

Candidates should have scored at least 50% in their graduation to be eligible for NMAT


NMAT 2021 Exam Pattern

NMAT 2021 is a computer-based test which consists of 3 sections - Language skills, Logical Reasoning, and Quantitative Skills. The overall test duration is 2 hrs. There is an individual time limit for each section. Students can choose the order in which they wish to attempt the paper. All the questions in the NMAT exam are MCQ type questions. The medium of instructions of NMAT 2021 will be English.

Here is the NMAT 2021 Exam Pattern


No of Questions

Sectional Time Limit

Range of Marks

Quantitative Skills




Logical Reasoning




Language Skills








Key points in NMAT 2021 Exam Pattern

The NMAT Exam Pattern has not undergone any changes in the last few years, except NMAT 2020 which is expected to carry forward to NMAT 2021. Here are the key points that you need to essentially remember while studying for NMAT 2021:

NMAT 2021 Syllabus

NMAT, like other MBA Entrance Exams, does not have a fixed syllabus. However, based on the previous years’ NMAT Exams, a comprehensive list of topics has been compiled by our experts for your perusal.

According to the analysis of the last 2 years, the most dominant topics in NMAT have been:

Quantitative Aptitude and Data Interpretation:

This is one of the most important sections in the NMAT entrance as it covers all the conceptual basis of 8-10th class mathematics. However, in keeping with the syllabus and exam pattern for NMAT 2021, this section would not only contain questions based on mathematics but also Data Interpretation and Data Sufficiency. Major part in the NMAT by GMAC Syllabus 2021 on Quant section remains moderate. Still a few difficult questions are placed randomly on some of the topics covered in NMAT by GMAC syllabus. The quant section consists of 36 questions and the time frame allotted to a candidate is 52 minutes.

Here is an overview of NMAT 2021 Quantitative Skills syllabus:



Geometry & Mensuration

Modern Math

Data Interpretation

Time & Work


Lines, Angles and Triangles

Permutation & Combination

Line Graphs

Simple & Compound Interest




Pie Chart




Coordinate Geometry

Bar Chart


Linear Equations

Square & Rectangles

A.P, G.P and H.P

Tabular Graphs


Quadratic Equations

3 Dimensional Figures

Set Theory



Absolute Value

Cylinder, cones and spheres

Venn Diagrams







Language Skills

The Language Skills section in NMAT 2021 Syllabus of NMAT by GMAC exam covers the topics to test Reading Comprehension, Verbal Ability and English Language Skills. The number of questions expected in this section are 36 which you need to complete within a time duration of 28 minutes. The Language Skills section as per the NMAT syllabus will test you on the following major topics spread in three broad segments namely Vocabulary. Grammar and Reading Comprehension. Refer the below mentioned table in order to get an idea of the NMAT Verbal Section syllabus.





Identify the Error

RC Passages


Choose the Correct Preposition

Jumbled Sentences


Sentence correction

Para Jumbles

Fill in the Blanks


Odd one out

Cloze Test

Parts of speech

Paragraph Summary


Phrasal verbs

Logical Reasoning

This section is a scrupulous evaluation of the test taker's analytical, critical as well as logical reasoning skills. It is designed to measure your caliber and implicitly synthesize the information given in the question, without checking the truth about the information. You should brush up on your visual as well as logical reasoning skills in order to be able to identify patterns, understand family trees, code and decode and have a sense of complex directions. You should decide based on the information provided in the questions, rather than relying on real time scenarios and your assumptions. There will be 36 questions in this section that a candidate can complete within 40 minutes.

Here is a brief overview of the topics that can be asked for NMAT 2021:

Verbal Reasoning

Analytical Reasoning

Statement and Argument based Questions

Linear and Circular Arrangements

Statement and Assumption based Questions

Classification and syllogisms

Statement and Inference based Questions

Blood Relation Questions

Decision making

Coding and Decoding

Course of Action

Series and direction questions

Critical Reasoning

Matrix Type Questions


Blood Relation and Input-Output Questions

Solving all these topics should hold you in good stead.

NMAT 2021 Registration Process

The NMAT 2021 registration process commenced as of 3rd August 2021 and will end on 10th November 2021. The exam will be conducted in a 88-day window expected to commence from the 14th October 2021 to the 27th December 2021. Candidates need to register for the exam before the 10th November 2021 to avoid late fees. There is a provision to register between 11th November 2021 and 15th November 2021 with late registration fee.

Here are the distinguished levels of NMAT 2021 registration that you must understand before applying for the examination :

Level 1 

Visiting the official NMAT website and creating an account using a valid email ID and other personal credentials.

Level 2

Open your email account and click on the verification link received by GMAC and sign up successfully for NMAT 2021.

Level 3

Enter your personal credentials, academic credentials, work experience details, choice of MBA courses of various colleges accepting NMAT scores (You can select up to five courses and b-schools), preference of test cities and ID number i.e Aadhaar, PAN, Driving License, etc.

Level 4

Scan and upload your photograph and digital signature as per the resolution (Max 1 MB) and the format (JPG/JPEG, PNG, GIF) specified by GMAC. If the document will be more than the specified format, GMAC would not allow its upload.

Level 5

Save and submit all the above entered information and proceed to payment. After remitting the fees, you would get your "NMAT ID" that will be provided by GMAC itself. Take a print out for future reference. Now, you will be notified by GMAT for scheduling your exam, booking your slot and downloading your hall ticket. The same will be reflected on your NMAT dashboard.

NMAT 2020 Official website

NMAT 2021 Registration : Key points to remember

As we are aware by now that NMAT 2021 has undergone major changes and that GMAC is capable of introducing even more changes in the upcoming NMAT exam, here are some important points that you must make a note of during NMAT 2021 registration.

Also learn about: NMAT Exam Analysis 2020

NMAT 2021 Application Fee

The NMAT 2021 application fee will be the same for everyone. If you register for NMAT before 10th November 2021, you need to pay Rs 2300/- (with additional taxes). If you register between 11th November 2021 and 15th November 2021, you would have to pay a late fee of Rs 500 along with the fixed registration fee i.e Rs 2300/-. Hence, the total amount to be paid for late registration is Rs 2800/- (with additional taxes). If you want to attempt for NMAT more than once, you have to pay an additional fee of Rs 2300 (with additional taxes) per attempt. For rescheduling your NMAT 2021 on a different date, You need to pay an additional amount of Rs 1200/- (with additional taxes). The mode of payment needs to be online via credit/debit card (VISA/Mastercard/Rupay), Net banking and UPI.

How to schedule NMAT 2021

You can schedule your exam after creating your NMAT account between 3rd August 2021 and 10th November 2021. Here are the necessary steps to schedule your NMAT exam correctly:

How to Retake NMAT 2021

You have an opportunity to retake the test twice after the first attempt. The option of retaking the test would be activated on your student dashboard after you appear for NMAT once. Also, you will be required to pay the retake fees per attempt, which is Rs 2300/-

How to reschedule NMAT 2021

NMAT candidates have the feasibility of rescheduling their NMAT examination under some urgent circumstances. If you have pre-booked your NMAT slot and are unable to follow that schedule, you can very well postpone your exam to a later-on date. However, you will not be permitted to reschedule your exam to the former exam date set by you. The fees for rescheduling the exam will be Rs 1200 +taxes

NMAT 2021 Hall Ticket

NMAT hall ticket will go live on your student dashboard within 24 hours of NMAT registration. You can visit your NMAT dashboard by visiting nmat.org.in logging in to your NMAT by GMAC account. NMAT 2021 hall ticket can be downloaded online from the NMAT dashboard. NMAT exam window will last from 14th October 2021 to 27th December 2021. You need to carry this hall ticket along with your govt. ID proof on the exam day. Here are the details which will be mentioned on your NMAT 2021 hall ticket.

How to prepare for NMAT 2021?

Step 1: Get your basics in place

The first step is to develop a sound understanding of the basic concepts. It is suggested that you accomplish the same at most by 15th August, so that you can spend the remaining time revising. At this stage, you should be able to solve the basic level questions across topics and should be ready to take your first mock.

Step 2: Practice Advanced Level problems

The next step in the process is to increase the difficulty level of the questions you are solving. Through this, eventually, you will be able to develop a command over the topics. The vital aspect is to continue solving questions religiously. You should aim to finish solving the advanced level problems by 10th September. Meanwhile, you should take your second NMAT mock.

Step 3: Take Mocks

This step needs to take place in conjunction with steps 1 and 2 as well as on its own. At this juncture, you should take one mock per week. Don't forget to thoroughly analyse each mock. Each analysis will point to the areas of improvement and will help you tackle them before you take the next mock. Keep following the mock-analysis-mock loop till your exam.

Read in detail: How to prepare for NMAT

NMAT Test Series

NMAT Test Series will help you get familiarized with the nuances of the paper pattern and put your preparation in the right direction. By taking mocks you will be able to determine which order of section works best for you and accordingly develop a well-tested strategy for the exam day. This is even more important for aspirants as the NMAT Exam has shifted to the computer adaptive mode rather than the general online exam.

NMAT Test Series

NMAT exam

NMAT score vs percentile

NMAT top colleges

NMAT 2021 Official Marksheet

The official NMAT 2021 marksheet will comprise of an individual sectional scaled score and overall score and percentile of a candidate. The candidate's final percentile will be informed to them.

Calculation of NMAT 2021 is done in two parts I.e scaled score and final percentile score. Calculation of scaled score is done before calculating the final percentile. The scaled score procedure ascertains that the scores are comparable across all test forms resulting in a final score irrespective of candidate's test-taking modes, difficulty level and other factors. Based on the scaled score, the final percentile score is calculated by the authorities and updated in the official scorecard that will be sent to b-schools.

Also read: NMAT Score vs Percentile

NMAT 2021 Cut off

The cut-off will be the minimum marks candidates will have to score to qualify the examination. The NMAT cut-off will be released for each MBA specialization after the declaration of NMAT result. Each participating institute will release a different cut-off. Candidates will be able to check cut-off marks for each section. Candidates who reach the cut-off will get selected for the further admission procedure and have to clear all the shortlisting rounds like Group Discussion (GD), PI (Personal Interview) and WAT (Writing Test Ability) of the participating institute.

NMAT Accepting B-Schools

Today the NMAT by GMAC™ is accepted by the following leading institutions and this list is growing. Pursuing a management degree at one of these institutions makes the pursuit of your dreams that much easier. Kindly find the below mentioned list by GMAC to get a clarity on top B-Schools in India accepting NMAT scores.

Read in detail: Top NMAT colleges you should target


NMAT by GMAC is one of the most prestigious MBA entrance exams in the country. NMIMS, along with many other renowned B-schools, accept the NMAT score for MBA admissions. Naturally, it is a hot topic among the MBA aspirants of India each year. The NMAT exam has a different pattern than the other entrance exams of the country, and it needs a unique approach. However, just like any other entrance exam, you can crack it, given that you have a sound preparation strategy and dedication. Moreover, focus on concept clarity rather than remembering boatloads of formulas. Practice each section every day for at least 45 minutes to 1 hour. You can start with 30 minutes on each section, but you should gradually increase it. Avoid neglecting the entire section for any reason whatsoever. If you feel it's too easy, you might be overconfident and take it lightly which might backfire on the day of the exam. If you think a section is tough then you can always take the help of a teacher, your peers or any other medium. Also, don’t underestimate the significance of mock tests. Give plenty of mocks before the exam. Mocks not only familiarize you with the questions but also improves your time management ability. If you keep all of the above in mind and walk in to give your NMAT exam, cracking it would be walking down a smooth slope. We hope that this article cleared any doubts you had regarding NMAT 2021.

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