NMAT 2020: Registration, Syllabus, Pattern and Exam Analysis

NMAT (NMIMS Aptitude Test) is a national level MBA Entrance test which grants admission in the flagship PGDM programme of NMIMS Mumbai, Hyderabad and Bangalore. Apart from NMIMS, there are several top tier b schools that accept the NMAT score I.e SPJIMR Mumbai, XIM Bhubaneshwar, Xavier School of Human Resource Management, ICFAI University, Alliance university, SOIL Gurgaon, VIT Vellore and ISB Hyderabad (Certification courses). ). Almost 25 prestigious B-schools from countries like Nigeria, South Africa, Philippines, etc. which are booming education markets also accept the NMAT score as a qualifying criterion for admission. NMAT is administered by GMAC (Graduate Management Admissions Council), which is also the test administrator of GMAT. The registration for NMAT 2020 has already begun on 14th of September 2020 and will continue till 20th November 2020. Please note that NMAT 2020 Exam Registration and B-School online application are two different processes. The exam is conducted in an 88-day test window starting from 4th November 2020 to 30th January 2021. In case you want to reschedule you NMAT test date, you can do it till 17th January 2021.You can take your NMAT by GMAC exam at most up to 3 times I.e. one attempt and 2 retakes.

GMAC has introduced a major change in the NMAT 2020 exam delivery i.e NMAT 2020 can be either taken from candidate's preferred test center or at home in an online proctored mode keeping in mind the current COVID-19 Crisis. The NMAT exam is usually taken by more than 85000 candidates every year but the number may increase for NMAT 2020 because of the option of taking NMAT in a remote proctored mode i.e from home which will reduce the hassles of travelling on the day of the exam. Apart from this, NMAT 2020 will be held at 66+ test centers across 52+ cities in India, along with 4 international centers. NMAT has always been a student friendly examination where the student is able to reschedule the date and time according to his/her convenience within the 88-day test window. There is no negative marking in NMAT and the student can choose "best of 3 attempts" while sending their NMAT scores to their targeted B-schools.

To know more about NMAT 2020 important dates, NMAT exam notification, NMAT 2020 exam schedule and NMAT registration, click here.


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A brief overview of NMAT 2020

  • NMAT 2020 exam will be conducted by GMAC in an online CBT (Computer- Based) mode
  • The test window for NMAT 2020 is an 88-day test window starting from November till January.
  • 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 2020 will be held as an online exam that can be given from home in proctored mode
  • The registration fee for NMAT will be Rs 2000.
  • 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.
  • There is no negative marking in the paper.
  • 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 the adaptive testing, the score of the NMAT Exam will be displayed within 48 hours of the exam.
  • The registration charges for NMAT is Rs 2360 (Rs 2000 is base fee with an additional tax of 360) per attempt.

NMAT Notification 2020

NMAT Main Dates (Registration to Result)

NMAT 2020 registration began on 14th September 2020 and will end on 20th November 2020. Candidates need to fill the application form and pay the application fees online in order to register successfully. The registration forms will be available on NMAT by GMAC's official website. Here are all the important dates pertaining to NMAT 2020 examination

Event

Date Related Information

Day Related Information

NMAT 2020 Main Online Registration

Date of Commencement: 14th Sept 2020
Deadline: 20th November 2020

Day of Commencement: Monday

Deadline: Friday

Late Submission of Application form

Date of
Commencement: 21st Nov 2020
Deadline: 30th November 2020

Day of Commencement: Saturday

Deadline: Monday

Exam Scheduling Window

Date of
Commencement: 14th Sept 2020
Deadline: 2nd Dec 2020

Day of Commencement: Monday

Deadline: Wednesday

Exam Re-scheduling Window

Date of
Commencement: 14th Sept 2020
Deadline: 17 January 2021

Day of Commencement: Monday

Deadline: Sunday

NMAT 2020 Examination

Date of
Commencement: 4th Nov 2020
Deadline: January 30, 2021

Day of Commencement: Wednesday

Deadline: Saturday

Registration for Exam Retake

Date of
Commencement: 5th Nov 2020
Deadline: 17th Jan 2021

Day of Commencement: Thursday

Deadline: Sunday

Exam Retake Scheduling

Date of
Commencement: 5th Nov 2020
Deadline: 17th Jan 2021

Day of Commencement: Thursday

Deadline: Sunday

NMAT 2020 result

February 2021 (Tentative)

NMAT 2020 Important Changes

Given below are some important changes announced in NMAT by GMAC 2020:

NMAT 2020 Eligibility Criteria

It is mandatory for candidates to do a quick run-through of NMAT 2020 eligibility criteria before registering for the examination. NMAT is set as per international standards of GMAC. Hence, it is mandatory for candidates to adhere to GMAC guidelines along with the eligibility criteria of the B-School they wish to apply for. Candidates who match the criteria can carry on with the online registration and pay the registration fees through various modes I.e credit/debit/net banking within the required time.

Only the candidates who comply with the policies of GMAC and register timely for NMAT 2020 will be allowed to take NMAT 2020. In case you register for NMAT 2020 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 2020:

NMAT 2020 Eligibility Criteria

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

Nationality

There is no nationality barricade for NMAT

Age Limit

There is no age limit barrier for NMAT

Professional Qualification

Candidates having at least 2 years of work experience will be preferred. However. Work Experience is not mandatory

Maximum Attempts

Candidates can attempt for GMAT 3 times I.e One examination attempt and two retakes which incur the “no shows”

Minimum Aggregate

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

Candidates who fulfill the eligibility criteria of NMAT 2020 should keep in mind that they would not be considered viable to take NMAT 2020 until they fill their online application form along with the requisite documents and application fees. Sufficing the above-mentioned eligibility criteria is not enough for a candidate to appear for NMAT 2020 Now, as we know all about NMAT notification, let us understand the NMAT 2020 Exam Pattern.

NMAT 2020 Exam Pattern

NMAT 2020 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. Each question carries 3 marks and there is no negative marking for incorrect attempts. Overall, the NMAT 2020 exam is of moderate level of difficulty. The medium of instructions of NMAT 2020 will be English.

Here is the NMAT 2020 Exam Pattern

Section

No of Questions

Sectional Time Limit

Range of Marks

Quantitative Skills

36

28

12-120 

Logical Reasoning

36

52

12-120

Language Skills

36

40

12-120

Total

108

120

3-360

Differences in NMAT 2020 Exam Pattern

The NMAT Exam Pattern has not undergone any changes in the last few years but the NMAT 2020 Exam Pattern is a little different from the NMAT 2019 pattern :

NMAT 2020 Syllabus

Keeping in mind the NMAT 2020 test analysis, we know that NMAT 2020 syllabus will not be prescribed or fixed. NMAT is a national level entrance test which is conducted by GMAC (Graduate Management Admission Council) leading to admissions in some of the top tier B-Schools in the country and other emerging markets. The admission will be offered into various domain specific management courses, including the flagship NMIMS MBA program. The NMAT 2021 syllabus is released by GMAC, along with preparation guidelines and previous test papers on the NMAT official website.

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 2020 on Quant section remains moderate. Still a few difficult questions are placed randomly on some of the topics covered in NMAT by GMAC syllabus. Quant section consists of 30 sections and the time frame allotted to a candidate is 40 minutes.

Here is an overview of NMAT 2021 Quantitative Skills syllabus:

Arithmetic

Algebra

Geometry & Mensuration

Modern Math

Data Interpretation

Time & Work

Equations

Lines, Angles and Triangles

Permutation & Combination

Line Graphs

Simple & Compound Interest

Inequalities

Polygons

Probability

Pie Chart

Ratio-Proportions

Logarithm

Circles

Coordinate Geometry

Bar Chart

Percentages

Linear Equations

Square & Rectangles

A.P, G.P and H.P

Tabular Graphs

Integers

Quadratic Equations

3 Dimensional Figures

Set Theory

-

HCF-LCM

Absolute Value

Cylinder, cones and spheres

Venn Diagrams

-

Others

Others

Quadrilaterals

-

-

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 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.

Vocabulary

Grammar

Comprehension

Synonyms

Identify the Error

RC Passages

Antonyms

Choose the Correct Preposition

Jumbled Sentences

Analogies

Sentence correction

Para Jumbles

Fill in the Blanks

Tenses


Odd one out

Cloze Test

Parts of speech

Paragraph Summary

Idioms

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 2020 Registration Process

The NMAT 2020 registration process is expected to commence from 14th september 2020 and end on 20th November 2020 i.e after 60 days. The exam will be conducted in a 88-day window starting from 4th November 2020 to January 31, 2020. Candidates need to register for the exam before 20th November 2020 to avoid late fees. There is a provision to register by 30th November 2020 with the late registration fee.

Here are the distinguished levels of NMAT 2020 registration that you must understand before applying for the examination :

Level 1 

Visiting the official NMAT website and creating 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 2020.

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 2020 Registration : Key points to remember

As we are aware by now that NMAT 2020 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 2020 registration.

NMAT 2020 Application Fee

NMAT 2020 application will be the same for everyone. If you register for NMAT before 20th November 2020, you need to remit Rs 2000/- (with additional taxes). If you register between 21st November 2020 and 30th November 2020, you would have to pay a late fee of Rs 500 along with the fixed registration fee i.e Rs 2000/-. Hence, the total amount to be paid for late registration is Rs 2500/- (with additional taxes). If you want to attempt for NMAT more than once, you have to pay an additional fee of Rs 2000 (with additional taxes) per attempt. For rescheduling your NMAT 2020 on a different date, You need to pay an additional amount of Rs 1100/- (with additional taxes). You can freely select up to 5 MBA colleges and 5 MBA courses for free. But after that, you need to remit Rs 200/- (with additional taxes) per B school. The mode of payment needs to be online via credit/debit card (VISA/Mastercard/Rupay) , Net banking and UPI.

How to schedule NMAT 2020

You can schedule your exam after creating your NMAT account between 14th September 2020 and 20th November 2020. Here are the necessary steps to schedule your NMAT exam correctly:

How to Retake NMAT 2020

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 1100/-

How to reschedule NMAT 2020

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 1100 +taxes

NMAT 2020 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 2020 hall ticket can be downloaded online from the NMAT dashboard. NMAT exam window will last from 4th November 2020 to 30th January 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 2020 hall ticket.

How to prepare for NMAT 2020?

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. Dont 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 2020

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 2020 Official Marksheet

The official NMAT 2020 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 2020 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 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 2020 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

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