NMAT 2023 Exam Analysis

Updated on 7th December 2023 | 2:55 pm | #NMAT2023

NMAT is an MBA entrance exam conducted over a 70-day window. This year, candidates can appear for NMAT 2023 between 10th October and 19th December 2023.

NMAT is a computer-adaptive test meaning that the level of difficulty of the exam is not constant and will be modified as per the aptitude of the candidate attempting it. The exam paper comprises 108 questions to be answered in 2 hours.

The written analysis for NMAT will be made available regularly. We will discuss the paper pattern, good attempts, and expected cutoffs for NMAT 2023.

The most recent NMAT 2023 analyses are given below:

Detailed First-Day Analysis of NMAT

NMAT 2023: Overview

Here is a brief overview of NMAT 2023 based on the past year papers:

  • NMAT 2023 exam will be conducted by GMAC in an online mode.
  • NMAT 2023 has a 70-day test window.
  • 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 an equal number of questions I.e. 36
  • The medium of instruction will be English.
  • Students can choose the order of sections in which they wish 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 a computer-adaptive online examination.
  • Students can review the summary of their attempts at the end of each section.
  • The registration charges are Rs. 2800 + applicable taxes per attempt

NMAT Exam Dates

NMAT registration started on 1st August 2023 and will close on 10th October 2023. Candidates need to fill out 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:


Start Date

End Date

NMAT Registration Dates

1st August 2023

10th October 2023


1st August 2023

12th October 2023


10th October 2023

19th December 2023

NMAT 2023 Eligibility Criteria

Only the candidates who comply with the policies of GMAC and register timely for NMAT 2023 will be allowed to take the exam. In case you register for NMAT 2023 and change your mind afterward, the application fees would not be refunded. Also, if any Information entered by you is found to be frivolous or fraudulent, GMAC has all the rights to revoke your examination and cancel your candidature.

The eligibility criteria of NMAT 2023:

Academic Qualification

Completed graduation from a UGC/AICTE recognized institute or equivalent

Minimum Aggregate

Candidates should have scored at least 50% in their graduation


There are 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 NMAT 3 times i.e one examination attempt and two retakes which includes any no shows

NMAT Exam Pattern

NMAT 2023 is a computer-based test that 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 instruction for NMAT 2023 is English.

Here is the NMAT 2023 Exam Pattern


No of Questions

Sectional Time Limit

Range of Marks

Quantitative Skills




Logical Reasoning




Language Skills








NMAT 2023 Marking Scheme:

  • It is mandatory for candidates to attempt all questions.
  • For every right answer, 3 marks will be awarded
  • There is no negative marking for an incorrect answer

Key Points in the NMAT Exam Pattern

Here are the key points that you need to essentially remember while studying for NMAT 2023:

  • The number of questions in NMAT 2023 is 108
  • All the 3 segments of NMAT i.e Quantitative skills, logical reasoning and language skills will have different marks weightage
  • The level of difficulty will be moderate as compared to other entrance examinations i.e CAT, XAT and IIFT.

NMAT Exam 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:

NMAT Exam Syllabus: 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 2023, this section would not only contain questions based on mathematics but also data interpretation and data sufficiency. The quant section consists of 36 questions and the time frame allotted to a candidate is 52 minutes.

Here is an overview of the NMAT 2023 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







NMAT Exam Syllabus: Language Skills

The language skills section in NMAT 2023 syllabus covers the topics to test reading comprehension, verbal ability, and English language skills. The number of questions expected in this section is 36 which you need to complete within a time duration of 28 minutes. As per the NMAT syllabus, the section will test you on the major topics given in three broad segments namely vocabulary, grammar, and reading comprehension. Refer to 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

NMAT Exam Syllabus: Logical Reasoning

This section is a scrupulous evaluation of the test taker's analytical, critical as well as logical reasoning skills. Candidates should brush up on their 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. Answers should be based on the information provided in the questions, rather than relying on real-time scenarios and 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 under logical reasoning:

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

NMAT Registration Process

The exam will be conducted in a 70-day window. Here are the levels of NMAT 2023 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 2023.

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 is provided outside the specified format, GMAC will not allow it to be uploaded.

Level 5

Save and submit all the above-entered information and proceed to payment. After remitting the fees, you will get your "NMAT ID" which will be provided by GMAC itself. Take a printout for future reference. Now, you will be notified by GMAC to schedule your exam, book your slot and download your hall ticket. The same will be reflected on your NMAT dashboard.

NMAT 2023 Registration: Key points to remember

Here are some important points that you must make a note of during NMAT 2023 registration.

  • There is no specific age limit to register for NMAT registration dates are extensible and will be governed by GMAC, the test administrator.
  • In case there is a delay in registration, you can be sure that admit cards will be available on time.
  • The cut-offs and shortlisting process of NMIMS and other colleges accepting NMAT scores will begin after the results will be tentatively declared in January 2023.

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NMAT Exam Analysis 2023

NMAT 2023 Application Fee

The NMAT 2023 application fee will be the same for everyone. The mode of payment needs to be online. Given below is the application fee for NMAT-

Fee Type

Fee Amount

Registration Fee

INR 2,800 + applicable taxes

Fee to Reschedule

INR 1,200 + applicable taxes

Fee to Retake Exam

INR 2,800 + applicable taxes

Additional Score Report Fee (above 5)

INR 300 + applicable taxes per report

How to Schedule NMAT

Candidates can schedule the exam after creating their NMAT account during the scheduling period from 1st August 2023 to 12th October 2023. Here are the necessary steps to schedule the NMAT exam correctly:

  • Login to the NMAT account and visit the NMAT Dashboard
  • Go to the 'Schedule Exam' option that will be visible after successfully paying the exam fee.
  • Schedule the NMAT date and time using the activated feature
  • Choose the test mode i.e. either test center-based online test or remote proctored online test from home
  • Download the test hall ticket from the dashboard.

NMAT Retake and Reschedule

Candidates get the option to reschedule their NMAT exam, though a fee must be paid for the same. In NMAT 2023, a candidate is allowed 2 retakes i.e. 3 attempts can be made in NMAT.

How to Retake NMAT

Candidates have an opportunity to retake the test twice after the first attempt. The option of retaking the test would be activated on the student dashboard after appearing for NMAT once. Retake fees must be paid per attempt by the candidates.

How to Reschedule NMAT

NMAT candidates have the feasibility of rescheduling their NMAT examination under some urgent circumstances. However, a fee must be paid for the same. If candidates are unable to follow that schedule, it can be very well postponed to a later-on date. Once the exam date is rescheduled, it can not be set to the former exam date again.

NMAT Admit Card

NMAT hall tickets will go live on the student dashboard within 24 hours of NMAT registration. Candidates can visit the NMAT dashboard via the official website. NMAT 2023 hall tickets can be downloaded online from the NMAT dashboard. The NMAT exam window will be from 10th October 2023 to 19th December 2023. Candidates must carry this hall ticket along with a govt. ID proof on the exam day. Here are the details which will be mentioned on the NMAT 2023 hall tickets.

  • Name
  • Registration ID
  • Test centre name
  • Exam date and Exam time
  • Course
  • Social Category

NMAT Cutoff

The cut-off will be the minimum marks candidates will have to score to qualify for admissions. The NMAT cut-off will be released for each MBA specialization after the declaration of the 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 NMAT 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.

  • SVKM's Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies
  • Indian School of Business (ISB)(Advanced Management Programme in Business Analytics (AMPBA))
  • S.P. Jain Institute of Management and Research.
  • SDA Bocconi Asia Center
  • Xavier University
  • ICFAI Business School (IBS), Hyderabad and other locations
  • Master's Union School of Business
  • Chitkara University
  • IILM University
  • Myra School of Business
Top NMAT Colleges

Previous Analysis: NMAT 2022

The NMAT 2022 test-taking window started on 10th October and went on till 19th December 2022. NMAT 2022 followed a similar pattern to the previous year with each section comprising 36 questions. Overall the candidates had to attempt 108 questions in 120 minutes.

NMAT 2022 had a moderate level of difficulty.

The Language Skills section was easy-moderate in difficulty and comprised 2 reading comprehension questions along with fill-in-the-blanks, antonyms, synonyms, and para completion.

The Logical Reasoning section was more time-consuming and comprised textually-heavy questions. The section was of moderate difficulty.

While Quantitative Skills had questions from all the sections except geometry, it was dominated by modern math and numbers. The data interpretation section was simple but lengthy. The Quantitative section was on a moderate level.

NMAT 2022 Analysis


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. To prepare for NMAT, one must study diligently, give plenty of mocks, and familiare with the pattern.


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