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NMAT: 82,928 candidates register for NMAT 2017, 17% growth over last year

Last Updated - December 28, 2016

NMAT is conducted by the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC), the organization that owns the GMAT exam. NMAT is used for securing admissions to some of the leading graduate business programs in India. This year, a record-breaking number of 82,928 candidates registered for NMAT 2017. About 17% growth was observed in NMAT registrations as compared to last year’s registrations. GMAC announced, “With the retake, total registrations closed at 82,928 in 2016 compared to 70,950 last year.”


NMAT Result Dates

The exam window for NMAT has concluded. Now, candidates wait for NMAT Result that will be declared on January 17, 2017. Here are some of the important dates related to NMAT:

Result AnnouncementJanuary 17, 2017
Registration for CD/ PI3rd week of January to last week of January, 2017
Conduct of CD/ PIfirst week of February, 2017 to third week of February, 201

What is new in NMAT 2017?

Many new and unique features are introduced to facilitate the exam procedure for the aspirants. These features focus on making the registration process more convenient for the candidates. Some of these features include single sign-on, inclusion of 12 mobile wallet options for easy payment, along with addition of 5 new test centers and 3 top quality institutions in the list of NMAT accepting institutions.

These features and the addition of 3 new institutions (Xavier University Bhubaneswar, MISB Bocconi, and Shiv Nadar University) have widely contributed in the overall increase in the number of registrations this year. These features have been discussed below:


Addition of Candidate-Friendly Features

Mr. Vikram Shah, Director - Product Management – GMAC, was asked about the increase in the number of NMAT registrations, to which he replied, “GMAC’s focus is to provide the tools and information necessary for schools and talent (candidates) to discover and evaluate each other. With the introduction of candidate convenient features like Single Sign-on, additional test access, flexibility of payment modes and 19 accepting institutions, NMAT by GMAC is poised to be the most candidate friendly management entrance exam in India.

With 39% women and 46% non-engineers in the registration pool, NMAT continues to be the most diverse management education test in India which reflects continued confidence of candidates in our core mission and active promotion of admission test being a platform of selection as opposed to elimination. We are working closely with the 19 NMAT by GMAC accepting institutions to help them evaluate the talent coming through the NMAT by GMAC exam into their respective classroom”.

When asked the same question, Gaurav Srivastava, Regional Director, South Asia, GMAC said “The NMAT by GMAC exam offers candidates unparalleled convenience in terms of the overall testing experience and sending their online scores to multiple schools free of cost. Schools also enjoy benefits like free access to a large and diverse set of candidates who are interested in them through a state of the art dashboard which allows them to grow their applicant pool and diversify their student body.”


Study Material for NMAT

NMAT by GMAC has always aimed to provide all the aspirants with the best of opportunities even when preparing for the exam. Hence, the candidates are provided with study materials to enhance their preparations. The study material is available online at NMATPrepTM and offline (official guide for NMAT by GMAC). These study materials include the questions that appeared in the previous years’ exams.


5 New Test Centers Opened

As the number of aspirants increased, NMAT by GMAC opened 5 new test centers to become more accessible to the candidates. The new test centers are opened in Pune, Gurgaon, Jamshedpur, Baroda, and Manipal. This brings to a total of 32 test centers across 24 locations in India.


NMAT Participating Institutes

Since acquiring ownership of the exam from Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies (NMIMS) in March 2015 and rebranding it as NMAT by GMAC, the exam has been accepted as a selection criteria by 19 of the top B-Schools of India. The following is the list of these institutes:

  • SVKM’s Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies
  • Xavier University
  • ICFAI Business School (IBS)
  • MISB Bocconi
  • Alliance University
  • University of Petroleum & Energy Studies (UPES)
  • VIT University
  • Thapar School of Management
  • BML Munjal University
  • Amity University
  • Woxsen School of Business Management
  • SRM University
  • Hyderabad Business School - GITAM University
  • Chitkara University
  • Institute of Management - JK University
  • Ansal University
  • Mody University
  • Shoolini University
  • Shiv Nadar University
  • Gitam School of International Business.

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