NMAT by GMAC 2018
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NMAT by GMAC 2018 –  NMAT exam 2018 has been scheduled from October 4 to December 17. Candidates can take the test anytime during this 75-day window by scheduling their exam. The exam is being administered by the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) in online mode. The registration for NMAT 2018 with late fee has concluded and no more NMAT Application Form will be accepted. Before appearing for the NMAT 2018 exam, candidates must download the NMAT admit card from nmat.org.in. Apart from 28 B-schools in India, South Africa and Philippines schools will also accept the scores of NMAT by GMAC for admission in their postgraduate management programmes. The participating B-schools of NMAT 2018 include Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies, Xavier School of Rural Management – Bhubaneswar, UPES Dehradun to name a few. This article brings to you the details about NMAT by GMAC 2018 regarding eligibility criteria, application form, important dates, exam pattern, result, cutoff, selection procedure etc.

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  • The exam is conducted during a 75-day long window. Hence, candidates have the flexibility to schedule and take the exam anytime as per their convenience and availability.
  • Option to re-scheduling NMAT exam date, time and centre 
  • 58 test centres in 44 cities in India. GMAC will allot the centre closest to you. 
  • Four international test centres of NMAT are present in Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka have made NMAT exam more easily accessible and demography-wise inclusive.
  • Improvise your NMAT score - candidates are allowed upto three attempts - one original attempt and two retakes (including no shows). The highest score amongst the three will be considered.
  • Popular exam -  total registrations for NMAT closed at 88,454 in 2017 compared to 82,928 in 2016. Also, in 2017, 40 percent women test takers added to the diversity in the candidate pool. The number of test takers are expected to increase this year as well.
  • No negative marking - Attempt questions even if you are doubtful with calculated guesswork
  •  Register for NMAT from mobile - GMAC allows registrations using mobile phone as one of the mediums. So register on the go! 
  • Prepare with Ease - Use the NMAT Official Prep Guide 2018 available on nmat.org.in. Take one free online practice exam consisting of a new pool of 120 past NMAT exam questions. The online mock and test preparation material has been launched by GMAC to help aspirants prepare better and get accustomed to the actual test.

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New entries in the list of NMAT Participating Institutes. 

  • B-schools in India: School of Petroleum Management (Pandit Deen Dayal Petroleum University, Gandhinagar), Universal Business School, ISB Hyderabad, CMS Business School etc.
  • 5 B-schools in Philippines and 7 B-schools in South Africa

will start accepting NMAT score from this year. 

The NMAT 2018 exam is of two-hour duration, carrying 120 objective type multiple choice questions from three sections. 

NMAT by GMAC – Fast Facts

  • Exam Name: NMAT by GMAC
  • Exam Level Type: National
  • Exam Category: Post Graduate
  • Conducting Body: Graduate Management Admission Council- GMAC

NMAT 2018 Important Dates 

Below mentioned are the important dates for NMAT 2018.

NMAT Important Dates 2018





July 03, 2018

October 03, 2018


July 03, 2018

October 16, 2018

Late Registration (concluded)

October 04, 2018

October 14, 2018

Registration - Retake

October 05, 2018

December 14, 2018


July 03, 2018

December 14, 2018

Re-take Scheduling

October 5, 2018

December 14, 2018

Exam delivery

October 04, 2018

December 17, 2018

Final Announcement of Results


Third week of January, 2019

Last date for Official score card download


March 31, 2019

NMAT Exam Pattern 2018

NMAT 2018 is a computer-based test. Compared to last year, there are no changes in the NMAT 2018 exam pattern. The exam duration is 120 minutes and it will have three sections - language skills, quantitative skills and logical reasoning skills. Candidates can take NMAT thrice, one original attempt followed by two retakes and the best score out of three attempts will be considered for the admission. Candidates will need to answer the question within the allotted section time. They will not be able to move back and forth between sections. 

Candidates can refer to the below-mentioned table for NMAT 2018 exam pattern:

NMAT Exam Pattern 2018


Number of Questions

Time in Minutes

Language Skills



Quantitative Skills



Logical Reasoning






Marking Scheme of NMATby GMAC: Each question will carry one mark and there is no negative marking for the wrong attempts. No marks will be allotted or deducted for unattempted questions.

NMAT Syllabus 2018

The syllabus of NMAT conducted by GMAC is divided into three sections - language sections, quantitative skills and logical reasoning. 

1. Language skills: This section will check the verbal ability, language structure skills and reading comprehension of a candidate. Below mentioned are the important topics to cover under this section:

  • Language usage and their rules

  • Para jumble

  • Syntax and correct grammar

  • Vocabulary

  • Fill in the blanks

  • Idioms

  • Reading comprehension

  • Anonyms and Synonyms

2. Quantitative skills: This section will check the quantitative ability of a candidate. This section will focus on topics like data interpretation, problem-solving and data sufficiency. The problem-solving section will include questions from arithmetic, geometry, modern mathematics, algebra and number systems.

3. Logical reasoning: This section will include questions based on family tree, arrangement, numeric grid, coding and series. 

NMAT Admit Card 2018

The admit card of NMAT by GMAC 2018 can be downloaded from the dashboard once the payment is realized. The NMAT 2018 admit card is available only in online mode and the hard copy won’t be sent to candidates. They would need to carry the printed copy of the NMAT admit card 2018 on the exam date at the allotted exam centres.

NMAT Exam Centres 2018

NMAT 2018 will be conducted by GMAC at 44 cities all over India and four international centres 

NMAT 2018 exam cities (Domestic)



Agra, Chandigarh, Dehradun, Delhi, Faridabad, Gurgaon, Jammu, Kanpur, Lucknow, Noida, Patiala, Varanasi


Ahmedabad, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Kota, Mumbai, Nagpur, Nasik, Pune, Pilani, Surat, Vadodara


Bengaluru, Chennai, Kochi, Hyderabad, Manipal, Mysore, Tiruchirapalli, Vellore, Vizag, Vijayawada


Bhopal, Indore, Jabalpur, Raipur


Bhubaneswar, Guwahati, Jamshedpur, Kolkata, Patna, Ranchi, Shillong


International test cities for NMAT 2018











NMAT Exam Analysis 2018

According to the academic experts, the overall difficulty level of the exam was the same as last year - easy to moderate. The calculations involved in the Data Interpretation section were quite intensive. The Logical Reasoning section was comparatively easy while the English language section was moderate in terms of difficulty level.

NMAT  Result 2018

Test takers can check the result of NMAT 2018 on the official website. To check the result, login to the NMAT account to download the scorecard. NMAT Final result 2018 will be declared in the second week of January 2019. An email will be sent regarding the NMAT result declaration. The scores will be sent to those five B-schools, which were opted for during application, once the final percentile is declared.

NMAT Cutoff 2018

Candidates can check their final percentile in the third week of January. They need to login to their NMAT account to check the scorecard. NMAT 2018 cutoff will vary from institute to institute and will be announced soon after the announcement of the final result of NMAT 2018. 

As per the day 1 analysis of the exam, the NMAT 2018 cutoff is expected to be around 208 to 210 for NMIMS Mumbai.

NMAT Participating Institutes 2018

The number of leading institutes accepting NMAT by GMAC is around 25. Below mentioned is the list of institutes accepting NMAT scores: 

NMAT 2018 Participating Institutes




Name of Participating             Institutes      


Expected Cutoff Score in NMAT    


Intake seats    


SVKM's Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies        212        MBA in Finance, Information           

Systems, Marketing, Operations;             Decision Sciences and Analytics - 500

 For MBA HRM - 60    

Xavier School of Human Resource             Management - Bhubaneswar

MBA-HRM: 87 percentile*        120        
          3.                       Xavier School of Rural Management - Bhubaneswar        MBA rural Management - 50             percentile*           

(*Additional cutoffs on             sections are also applied)

Xavier School of Sustainability - BhubaneswarMBA in Sustainability             Management - 40 percentile    60        
Xavier Faculty of management (Urban Management & Governance) - Bhubaneswar                    

MBA in Urban Management and             Governance - 40 percentile   



SDA Bocconi Asia Center, Mumbai        Average 200 score        140-160        
SPJIMR, Mumbai
(For PGMPW)        
NA        NA        
Indian School of Business (ISB)(For Certificate Programme in Business Analytics - CBA)        NA        NA        
ICFAI Business School (IBS), in Hyderabad, Kolkata, Jaipur, Ahmedabad, Pune, Gurgaon, Dehradun, Bengaluru & Mumbai        150+        NA        
Shiv Nadar University                

60 percentile

Alliance University        100+      180  
12.          VIT University                

85 percentile


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Amity Business School,Noida             

For Non Sponsored category- 60 percentile


For Sponsored category- 50 percentile





Amity Business School, Jaipur


65 percentile   




Amity Business School, Mumbai     


65 percentile      




Amity Business School, Lucknow


65 percentile    




Amity Business School, Gurgaon


65 percentile     



Amity Business School, Gwalior    65 percentile        NA        



Thapar School of Management     





Woxsen School of Business Management        160+        120        

University of Petroleum & Energy Studies (UPES)



MBA Oil and Gas Management - 90           



General MBA - 80




MBA in Logistics and Supply             Chain Management - 80




MBA in Business Analytics - 50




MBA in International Business -             50




MBA in Power Management - 45




MBA in Aviation management - 30




MBA in Energy Trading - 30




MBA Port and Shipping             Management - 20


GITAM School of International Business (GSIB), Visakhapatnam


140+ score


MBA (International             Business)-120




MBA (International Banking &             Finance)-60 




MBA (Global Logistics and             Supply Chain Management)-60




PGDBA (Post Graduate Diploma in             Business Analytics)-60


Hyderabad Business School, GITAM University


140+ score




SRM University






BML Munjal University


 No cut off 




Mody University


40 per cent





ISBR Business School






Amrut Mody School of Management, Ahmedabad University






ITM Business School, Navi Mumbai







Bennett University






BSE Institute Limited






Jindal Global Business school - Delhi/NCR







School Of Petroleum Management, Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University,             Gandhinagar        






Universal Business School, Raigad






Jain University - CMS Business School






Athena School of Management, Mumbai





NMAT Selection Procedure 2018

After the declaration of result, participating institutes will declare shortlist of candidates based on their cutoffs. NMAT 2018 selection procedure will vary from institute to institute and there is no common selection procedure. Shortlisted candidates have to appear for Group Discussion (GD) or Writing Ability Test (WAT) or Case Discussion (CD) and Personal Interview rounds. Final merit list will be generated based on candidates’ performance in NMAT by GMAC, GD/WAT/CD-PI rounds and or past academic records and work experience. Each institute will have different admission criteria.

NMAT Eligibility Criteria 2018

The eligibility criteria of NMAT by GMAC 2018 is as follows:

  • The applicants should be graduates in any discipline from a recognized university with a minimum of 50 per cent marks in aggregate.

  • Candidates who are appearing for the final examination of their Bachelor’s degree are also eligible to apply. Provisional admission will be given to students on a condition to pass their final examination of Bachelor’s degree in the first attempt and in the stipulated duration with 50 per cent aggregate marks.

  • For all the Full-Time programmes, candidates having two and more years of post-qualification work experience will be preferred.

NMAT Registration 2018

It is a must to register and pay for the NMAT exam before scheduling a test date and location. NMAT 2018 Registration opened on July 3, 2018. The application process is online only at the NMAT 2018 official exam website. Candidates can register and schedule their exam for any day during the 90-day window (from July 3 to October 3) without late fee. Registrations for NMAT will be accepted after October 3 until October 16, by paying the late registration fee. 

Candidates will have to register themselves after which they will receive NMAT user id and password on their registered email address. Upon receiving the credentials, they will have to login to the application window and complete the process by filling up the form with personal, academic and work experience details. Applicants have to also select B-schools, where they wish to send their scores. They can select up to five programmes within the registration fee. They have to upload photograph and signature under given dimensions.

Application Fee

A registration fee of Rs.2000 + applicable taxes can be paid through Credit Card/ Debit Card/ Net Banking/American Express Card/ Diners Card, IMPS, UPI and Mobile Wallets. Candidates can refer to the below-mentioned table for NMAT by GMAC application fee: 

NMAT 2018 Application Fee

Activity for which fee is paid


NMAT Registration (Early) fee

Rs. 2000 + applicable taxes

NMAT Registration (Late) fee

Rs. 2500 + applicable taxes

Exam Retaking fee

Rs. 2000+ applicable taxes

Exam Rescheduling fee

Rs. 1100+ applicable taxes

Additional Score Reports (beyond five) fee

Rs. 200 per score report + applicable taxes

Frequently Asked Questions for NMAT or NMAT by GMAC

Q. What is the updated / latest question paper pattern of NMAT 2018?

A- NMAT 2018 is divided into 3 sections, namely Language Skills, Quantitative Skills and Logical Reasoning. Each section is timed according to the questions asked and the candidates need to answer questions of each section within the allotted time.                                                                                                                                       




No. of Questions


Allotted Time


Language Skills




22 minutes


Quantitative Skills




60 minutes


Logical Reasoning




38 minutes


Q. How can I review the questions attempted during the exam?

A- Candidates can recheck and change their answer in the given time allotted for each section. For eg: If you want to review your answers for Quantitative section, then you must do it before you run out of the 60 minutes allotted for that section. If you manage to complete the section before the time limit gets over, you can as well review it. After moving to the next section, you will not be allowed to go back to that section, attempt answers or change any responses. 

Extra time will not be added to the time limit of next section. 

Q. What must be carried to the exam hall of NMAT?

A -  Following documents must be carried to the NMAT test centre on exam day-

  1.   Printout of the confirmation email of NMAT Registration
  2. Admit Card: Candidates are required to download their NMAT Admit Card from their account
  3. One photocopy of the Photo ID for submission at the test center
  4. Any other document as advised by the authorities for differently abled candidates.

Q. What are the ID proofs that are accepted at the test centers?

A- Following ID proofs will be accepted at the NMAT test centre:

  1.  Passport
  2.  PAN Card
  3. Voter's ID Card

  4. UID/Aadhar Card   

  5. Debit/Credit Card   
  6. Driver's License

Make sure that the ID proofs are not expired. 

Q. Which are the ID proofs which will not be considered for entry in the exam hall of NMAT?

A- List of ID proofs not allowed at the exam center-

  • Learner’s driver’s license
  • Photocopies (attested or otherwise)
  • Notarized copies

Q. What is a 75-Day window to NMAT test?

A- During a period of 75 days (October 4 to December 14, 2018), candidates can schedule their test anytime. This will help them improvise their preparation in case they want to take a re-attempt. 

Q. What are the activities that are prohibited inside the test center?

A- The following practices are not allowed inside the exam hall -

  • Hiring someone to take the test on your behalf

  • Taking the test for someone else  

  • Memorizing and sharing test questions

  • Copying, asking or sharing answers with others during or after the administration of the test   

  • Carrying any prohibited item to the examination hall

  • Receiving, discussing or disclosing exam content via text message, e-mail, in an internet “chat room” message board, or any other forum, before, during the exam.


Failure to comply by these rules, could result in the following penalties:

• Cancellation of your NMAT scores

• Ban on future testing

• Notification to schools / universities accepting NMAT by GMAC exam score

• Damages for infringement of copyright

• Legal prosecution

Q. What should be done if the computer malfunctions or some glitch arises during the test?

A- If some glitch occurs in the system inside the exam hall, the invigilator must be quickly informed. The invigilator will re-boot the computer. The answers marked by the candidates will be stored and the time clock will stop. As soon as the computer is rebooted or is functioning properly again, the candidate can resume from where he/she left.

Q. How will the date and venue be allotted to the candidate for NMAT?

A- Prospective test takers get to choose the date, time slot and location of their preference subject to availability on a First-come First-Served basis. After the registration is complete, a confirmation email about the registration will be sent. Candidates can schedule their exam through the scheduling exam tab in candidate dashboard available in the account.  

Q. When will GMAC declare the window-wise results for NMAT?

A- Within 4 to 5 weeks of the test taken.

Q. Will the NMAT scorecard be sent by post? How will I be notified about it?

A- No, the score cards will not be sent by post directly to any candidate. An email will be sent to them notifying them about the result which will be available after 4 to 5 weeks of the exam.

Q. Will rough sheets be provided for doing calculations or rough work?

A- Yes, rough sheets will be given to candidates in the examination hall only.

Q. What are the timings for NMAT?

A- Timings for the test are mentioned on the admit card. 

Candidates are advised to reach 45 minutes prior to the exam start time. Also, the candidates who reach 15 minutes after the entry time will not be allowed to take the test.

Q. Can editing or changes be made in the application form after it is submitted?

A- Except for the following fields, no changes will be allowed in the application form of NMAT after it is submitted:

1. School Preference

2. Communication Preferences 

Q. How many times can I candidate register for the test?

A- Test takers are not allowed to make duplicate/ multiple registrations which can lead to cancellation of the candidature and also forfeit of the application fee paid.

Q. Can take 2 exams on 2 consecutive days, i.e. back to back on two days?

A- No. A candidate must wait for 15 days before retaking the test.

Q. How do I take a re-test for NMAT?

A- Retake option will be enabled in the candidate’s existing NMAT account after the first test is taken. Once the re-take fee has been paid, the option to retake the test will be displayed in the Retake tab on the dashboard.

Q. How to reschedule my NMAT exam?

A- Rescheduling is allowed within a period of 72 hours before the scheduled test. Candidates can exercise the option of re-scheduling the following options:

1. NMAT exam date,

2. Exam time

3. Test center, subject to availability,

by paying an additional fee which can be paid through Credit Card only.

Candidates will receive a confirmation e-mail if the re-scheduled test has been approved. 

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