NMAT 2021: Exam, Registration Dates. Eligibility and Syllabus

NMAT 2021 ( NMAT by GMAC) is a national level management entrance Exam conducted for MBA admissions at NMIMS University and other top rated B-Schools in India as well as abroad. Top MBA  Colleges are XIM University, IFMR Krea University, Thapar University and many others.

Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies (NMIMS) conducted NMAT until GMAC took over the authority. NMAT 2021 is designed keeping the test-taker’s convenience in mind. Candidates can choose the exam date and venue preference during the exam window using the NMAT scheduling option.      

The other key aspects of the NMAT 2021 exam are:

  • The Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) is likely to release exam details in August
  • NMAT by GMAC is expected to be held between November to January
  • Last year, NMAT was conducted in two phases in test centres as well as in an online proctored mode, the same might be followed for the upcoming session
  • GMAC had revised the exam pattern of NMAT last year. The number of questions has been reduced from 120 to 108.

NMAT 2021

NMAT is one of the sought after MBA entrance exams conducted for admission in India and abroad. The table below covers some of the major highlights of NMAT by GMAC exam.



Exam Name

NMIMS Management Aptitude Test

Commonly known as


Conducting Body

Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC)

Exam Level



Once a year (88-day test window)




120 minutes


Language Skills, Quantitative Skills and Logical Reasoning


108 Questions




Rs 2,000

NMAT Eligibility Criteria 2021

The exam conducting authority has specified the below-mentioned eligibility criteria for NMAT 2021. Candidates need to fulfil eligibility requirements before applying for the entrance test.

  1. Candidate must have completed graduation under 10+2+3 or four years of education pattern from any stream
  2. Secured not less than 50 per cent aggregate in the final year of graduation
  3. Candidates who are awaiting results or are in their final year of graduation are also eligible to apply for NMAT 2021. Admission is granted on a provisional basis until the graduation mark sheet and certificate of the qualifying examination are submitted

NMAT Exam 2021 Dates (Tentative)

NMAT 2021 schedule is expected to announced by GMAC in August. The examination conducting body will announce the new schedule soon.


Dates (Tentative)

Salient Features

NMAT 2021 registrations- Main

First week of August 2021 to Third week of November 2021

The registration process will begin on the official website

NMAT late registration 2021

Third week of November 2021 to Fourth week of November 2021

Late registration facility will be available on the official website

NMAT registration – Retake

First week of November 2021 to Third week of January 2022

Candidates who wish to take the test again can apply for retakes

NMAT scheduling

Third week of September 2021 to First week of January 2022

Candidates can book their exam slot during this period

NMAT 2021 Re-scheduling

Third week of September 2021 to Third week of January 2022

Re-scheduling of exam facility available during this period

NMAT 2021

First week of November 2021 to Fourth week of January 2022

The exam is being held in an 88-day test window. Candidates can take the test as per the slot selected

Re-take scheduling

First week of November 2021 to Third week of January 2022

Candidates who applied for a retake can reschedule their exam date

NMAT 2021 result announcement

Within two weeks of taking the test

The final scorecard will be released on the official website of NMAT by GMAC

NMAT 2021 Admission Process

The admission process for NMAT includes six stages—filling of the NMAT 2021 application form, issuing of NMAT 2021 admit card, NMAT 2021 exam, declaration of NMAT 2021 result and NMAT 2021 selection process (Group Discussion and Personal Interview) of the shortlisted candidates. Each stage of the NMAT 2020 admission process is briefly explained below.

Stage 1: Filling of NMAT 2021 Application Form

The first step of the admission process starts with filling the NMAT 2021 application form. Candidates need to fill the NMAT application form within the stipulated time. Only successful applicants are issued NMAT 2021 admit card. NMAT 2021 application process is online and candidates need to create a login ID and password to complete the online registration process. The application fee is Rs 2,000 (excluding GST). The fee can be paid online using Debit Card, Master Card, Mobile wallet and other options.

After completing the registration process, the test reschedule option is enabled in the student account. In order to reschedule the NMAT 2020 test, candidates had to apply for the NMAT exam reschedule option in less than 72 hours from the date and schedule of the test. NMAT rescheduling steps can also be completed through the same student account. The retake fee is Rs 2,000 and the rescheduling fee is Rs 1,100. The late registration fee for NMAT will be Rs 2,500. The application fees for NMAT 2020 second phase was Rs 2,300 plus taxes. The fee for the second phase of the application was Rs 2,300 plus applicable taxes.

Stage 2: Issuing of NMAT 2021 Admit Card

After NMAT 2021 application process is completed with payment of the application fee, candidates can book their preferable exam slot and download NMAT 2021 admit card at the same time.

Stage 3: NMAT 2021 Exam

NMAT 2021 is conducted in the Computer-based Test (CBT) as well as the Internet-Based Test (IBT) mode, wherein candidates can take the test from their home in an online remote proctored manner. The test-takers need to solve 108 MCQs in 120 minutes. There is a sectional time limit in NMAT 2021 exam. The online exam has three sections that are Language Skills, Quantitative Skills and Logical Reasoning.

Stage 4: Declaration of NMAT 2021 Result

The NMAT 2021 result is declared on the official website of NMAT by GMAC. The result can be checked online using login credentials. Candidates need to save the scorecard and take print outs of the result for future reference.

Stage 5: NMAT 2021 Selection Process

The next stage of the NMAT selection process is the Group Discussion and Personal Interview (GD & PI) round which is conducted by the participating institutes.

The participating institute may also decide to conduct a WAT (Writing Ability Test) or Case Discussion (CD) round instead of the conventional GD round. The decision of final admission is based on the combined performance in NMAT online test and GD-PI round. Source: Shiksha