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NMAT by GMAC 2018 Exam Date, Registration, Syllabus

Updated On - February 15th 2018 by SOUMYA SEHGAL

NMAT by GMAC is conducted for admission to MBA/PGDM programme. Since 2015, Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) administers NMAT. Scores of the exam are accepted by top B-schools in India. Nearly 90,000 candidates take NMAT by GMAC each year. 

NMAT by GMAC is conducted between October- December in multiple windows. NMAT 2018 Registration is expected to begin in July. The application form is available online. Candidates with minimum 50% in graduation can apply for the exam. Check  NMAT by GMAC Eligibility 2018

A candidate can attempt NMAT by GMAC thrice against a single application in a given year. These 3 attempts include the first attempt followed by 2 optional reattempts. Final selection of a candidate is made upon his performance in NMAT Exam, Case Discussion(CD) and Personal Interview(PI). Download free NMAT by GMAC Sample Papers 2018

NMAT by GMAC 2018- Latest Updates

  • GMAC to release NMAT by GMAC 2018 Notification soon. Check  tentative exam dates
  • 20 domestic and 4 international test centers have been added to the exam centers list. Check here
  • GMAC has released the updated syllabus for NMAT by GMAC 2018. Download now

Highlights of NMAT by GMAC

Highlights of NMAT 2018
NMAT by GMAC 2018 Exam DateOctober- December 2018
Conducting BodyGraduate Management Admission Council (GMAC)
Exam TypeNational Level
Mode of ApplicationOnline
Expected Registrations for NMAT by GMAC 201890,000
Mode of ExamOnline
Duration of Exam2 hours
Type and Number of Questions120 MCQ type Questions
Courses OfferedMBA/ PGDM
NMAT Help Desk7863008300 |

NMAT by GMAC Participating Colleges

NMAT Participating Colleges (Exclusive)

NMAT by GMAC Exclusive

  • SVKM's Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai, Bangalore, Hyderabad

NMAT by GMAC Preferred

  • MISB Bocconi, Mumbai
  • ICFAI Business School (IBS), Hyderabad and other locations
  • Woxsen School of Business Management, Hyderabad

NMAT Participating Colleges (Preferred)

  • Alliance University, Bangalore
  • BSE Institute Limited
  • Thapar School of Management, Chandigarh
  • SRM University, Chennai, Delhi NCR Sonipat
  • Woxsen School of Business Management, Hyderabad
  • ITM Business School, Navi Mumbai

NMAT by GMAC Accepted

NMAT Participating Colleges (Preferred)

  • Xavier University, Bhubaneswar
  • Amity University, Delhi NCR
  • Shiv Nadar University, Greater Noida
  • University of Petroleum & Energy Studies (UPES), Dehradun
  • Woxsen School of Business Management, Hyderabad
  • BML Munjal University, Delhi
  • VIT University, Vellore
  • Mody University, Rajasthan
  • GITAM School of International Business, Visakhapatnam
  • Hyderabad Business School, GITAM University, Hyderabad
  • Bennett University
  • Amrut Mody School of Management, Ahmedabad University

Dates for NMAT by GMAC 2018

While the official notification is yet to be released by GMAC, given below is the tentative schedule of NMAT by GMAC 2018:

EventsDates ( Tentative )
NMAT by GMAC 2018 RegistrationFirst week of July 2018- First week of October 2018
NMAT by GMAC Scheduling 2018First week of July 2018- Second week of October 2018
Re-Application WindowSecond week of October 2018- Second week of December 2018
NMAT 2018 Exam DateSecond week of October - Third week of December 2018
Result DeclarationThird week of January 2019
Starting of Registration for PI/CDThird week of January - last week of January 2019
Dates for GD/PIFirst week of February - Third week of February 2019

Check complete  NMAT by GMAC 2018 Exam Date

NMAT by GMAC 2018 Eligibility Criteria

Given below are the eligibility conditions that a candidate must satisfy:

  • Nationality- Both Indian and NRI candidates can apply
  • Minimum Qualification- 50% marks in Graduation; appearing candidates can also apply
  • Age- Upper age limit is 25 years
  • Work Experience of two or more years after graduation is favored

NOTE: NMAT by GMAC Eligibility Criteria may hold separate conditions as per alloted college.

NMAT by GMAC 2018 Registration

For the convenience of candidates, NMAT by GMAC 2018 Registration process is conducted in online mode. The application procedure shall commence from the first week of July at the official website.

The steps to register for NMAT by GMAC 2018 are as follows:

Step 1: Registration

  1. Visit the official website of NMAT by GMAC and search for ‘registration’ link
  2. Click on ‘new user’ and enter details like email ID, phone number, password, etc
  3. You will get a unique user id and password on the registered email id or contact number

Step 2: Form Filling

  1. Provide your personal details, academic details, work experience, programme
  2. Upload a scanned copy of your recent passport size photograph in JPEG format

Step 3: Payment of Registration Fee

The registration fee can be remitted online (net banking facility or credit card/debit card) as well as offline (demand draft). The amount of various services is given below:


Test registration

INR 1800/-

Late test registration

INR 2000/-


INR 1800/-


INR 1000/-

Additional score reports

INR 200/-

NOTE: Up to 5 programmes/schools are included in your registration fee. If you wish to apply to more than five (5) programmes/schools a fee of INR 200 plus applicable taxes will be charged for each additional programme/school.

Education Loan facility for NMAT Test takers

NMAT by GMAC also offers candidates a facility to finance their MBA degree. Credila, an HDFC Ltd company offers special education loan programme for NMAT by GMAC Test takers.


  1. Upto 100% finance
  2. Easy EMIs
  3. Loan sanction before admission
  4. Good rate of interest and origination fee
  5. Reimbursement of NMAT by GMAC registration fee

NMAT by GMAC 2018 Scheduling Process

Candidates who have paid the registration fee will receive a Username and Password within 24 hours on the registered email id. Scheduling for NMAT by GMAC 2018 is expected to begin from the first week of July.

The details regarding scheduling of NMAT by GMAC 2018 are given below:

  • Candidates will have to pick their preferred time slot, date, andcentre of examination from the given options. The scheduling for NMAT by GMAC 2018 is done on first come first serve basis.
  • Candidates are provided the option of scheduling one test attempt at a time.
  • Once the scheduling is done, candidates receive a confirmation email from person VUE intimating the details of NMAT by GMAC 2018 exam. Details such as date, time, centre of the exam, etc. are included.
  • Candidates can contact the helpdesk on 09213027791/09213027792 – Monday to Friday (except public holidays - 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM IST) to get support.

NMAT by GMAC 2018 Test Retake

Candidates can retake NMAT by GMAC after the first attempt. However, the exam schedule for the retake of NMAT by GMAC 2018 can be done 15 days after the commencement of the first attempt. The exam scheduling window remains open and candidates can reschedule their exam according to their convenience.

Read More NMAT by GMAC 2018 Scheduling

NMAT by GMAC 2018 Admit Card

In the first week of September 2018, GMAC will release the admit card for NMAT 2018 on the official website. The steps to download NMAT by GMAC 2018 Admit card are:

  1. Go to the official website of NMAT by GMAC and click on ‘Download Admit Card’ link
  2. Enter your registered email id and password. 
  3. Your hall ticket will appear on the screen. Check all the important details and download it.
  4. Take print out of NMAT by GMAC 2018 Admit Card and carry it to the test centre along with a photo id proof.

Discrepancy in NMAT Admit Card

Candidates can contact NMAT by GMAC helpdesk (7863008300/ in case of any discrepancy. The possible errors/ queries may include:

  • If your name or any other personal information is misspelled/ incorrect
  • If your photograph is not visible
  • If you are unable to download admit card despite successful registration

NMAT by GMAC 2018 Exam Centers

NMAT by GMAC 2018 will be held at 58 test centres across 44 cities throughout India and at 4 International centres. The choice to select preferred exam centre is given at the time of registration. Candidates have to fill the choices of exam centers in the stipulated time frame. After passing the deadline, candidates cannot edit the application form.

Generally, GMAC allots the chosen center. In case of non-allotment of the preferred NMAT Exam Centers 2018, GMAC shall allot the center at a nearby center.

NMAT by GMAC Exam Centres in India


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

SouthBengaluru, Chennai, Kochi, Hyderabad, Manipal, Mysore, Tiruchirapalli, Vellore, Vizag, Vijaywada
WestAhmedabad, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Kota, Mumbai, Nagpur, Nasik, Pune, Pilani, Surat, Vadodara
EastBhubaneswar, Guwahati, Jamshedpur, Kolkata, Patna, Ranchi, Shillong
CentralBhopal, Indore, Jabalpur, Raipur

NMAT by GMAC International Test Centers


NMAT by GMAC 2018 Exam Pattern

NMAT by GMAC 2018 is a computer-based test. Candidates appearing for the exam are expected to have basic knowledge of operating computer. The exam shall comprise of 3 sections which can be attempted in candidate’s preferred sequence. 

The duration of the exam is two hours. 120 questions are to be answered within the stipulated time, for which, candidates will be awarded 3 marks each for every correct answer. No negative marking is applicable. The section-wise exam pattern of NMAT 2018 is given below:

SectionQuestionsTime Allotted
Language Skills32 questions22 minutes
Quantitative Skills48 questions60 minutes
Logical Reasoning40 questions38 minutes
Total120 questions

120 minutes

Check Detailed Exam pattern for NMAT by GMAC

NMAT by GMAC Syllabus 2018

There is no official syllabus released by GMAC. However, from the past year question papers, we have curated the most important topics. NMAT has always been a speed-driven test. An attempt 80 questions within 120 minutes, is considered as a good attempt.

The section-wise syllabus for NMAT 2018 is given below.

Quantitative SkillsLogical ReasoningLanguage Comprehension
GeometryCritical ReasoningVerbal Reasoning
Arithmetic ProgressionVisual ReasoningSyllogisms
Installment PaymentsAssumption-Premise-ConclusionContextual usage
Ratios and ProportionsAssertion and reasonsAnalogies
Arithmetic MeanStatements and assumptionsSentence completion
LogarithmMatrix arrangementsIdioms
Work and TimeCoding and DecodingSentence Correction

Download  NMAT by GMAC Syllabus 2018

NMAT by GMAC 2018 Result

GMAC will release the result for NMAT 2018 in the 3rd week of January 2019. Candidates can obtain their scores from the official website using their user id and password. The details mentioned in NMAT by GMAC 2018 score card will be as follows:

  • Scaled score for each section
  • A total score
  • A percentile ranking

The defined limit for each section of NMAT by GMAC 2018 score is as follows:

Sections in NMAT by GMAC 2018Score Range for NMAT by GMAC 2018
Quantitative skill section NMAT by GMAC 20180-144
Language skill section NMAT by GMAC 20180-96
Logical skill section NMAT by GMAC 20180-120

Check  NMAT by GMAC results

How is NMAT Score Calculated?

 NMAT by GMAC score is calculated in 3 ways:

  • Scaled Score- All the test forms will be put together for comparison to decide on the raw score obtained in the test by the applicants on a common scale.
  • Historical Percentile Ranking- The historical percentile ranking is percentile score relative to the previous year score of the candidates. The pool candidates appearing for the test may change but the score obtained finally by the last pool of candidates is considered while preparing the current score. Therefore, the ranking secured by any candidate is called historical percentile ranking as it is the ranking which the candidate has obtained relative to the past year score.
  • Final Percentile Score- This is the final score of the candidate. Candidates can obtain them from the official website of NMAT by GMAC.

NMAT by GMAC 2018 Answer Key

NMAT by GMAC 2018 Answer Key will be released soon after the exams are over. Candidates who appear for the exam can check the official website. It must be noted that the candidates’ answer sheets are also available to download. Thus, candidates are advised to download their NMAT by GMAC 2018 answer sheet as soon as released so that they can match their responses with official answer key and analyze their performance in the entrance exam. In order to download official NMAT by GMAC 2018 Answer key, candidates will have to enter their registration number and password.

NMAT by GMAC 2018 Cut Off

The cut off for NMAT by GMAC 2018 is released soon after the declaration of the results. NMAT Cut off for each college is released separately. Candidates can go through the previous year cut offs given below:

NMAT by GMAC 2016 cutoff

CourseLanguage Skills (96)Quantitative Techniques (144)Logical Reasoning (120)Overall Cut Off (360)
MBA Program/ MBA Banking/ MBA Capital Market/ MBA HR557461208
MBA Pharmaceutical Management505050169

NMAT by GMAC 2015 Cutoff

CourseLanguage Skills (96)Quantitative Techniques (144)Logical Reasoning (120)Overall Cut Off (360)
MBA Program/ MBA Banking/ MBA Capital Market/ MBA HR557461208
MBA Pharmaceutical Management505050169

NMAT by GMAC 2018 Selection Process

The selection process of NMAT by GMAC 2018 comprises of 3 stages:

  • Marks scored in NMAT by GMAC 2018
  • Case Discussion
  • Personal Interview

Once a candidate qualifies the cut off, he is called for case discussion (also known as group discussion). Candidates are asked to present their case among a group of people on the given topic. Shortlisted candidates are called for Personal Interview.

During preparation of final merit list, work experience is also considered. Selected candidates can download their call letter from the official website.

Read more about NMAT Selection Process 2018

NMAT by GMAC- Interesting Facts

Given below are statistics observed in NMAT 2016. Similar trend is expected to be followed this year too.

nmat gender representation

  1. Going by the above pie-chart, NMAT 2016 saw a whopping number of female candidates (38.72%). This was more than half of the male registrations (61.20%).

nmat educational background

  1. Interestingly, maximum number of examinees belonged to the engineering field (53.56%). NMAT 2016 debunked a classic B-school stereotype by recording an impressive 46.44% registrations from candidates with non-engineering backgrounds.

nmat geographical representation

  1. In NMAT 2016, candidates registered from all over the country. Most registrations were from the Western states (35.03%).

nmat work experience

  1. 41.53% of NMAT 2016 registrants had worked in the industry before opting for formal management education.

*The article might have information for the previous academic years, which will be updated soon subject to the notification issued by the University/College


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14 Jul, 2017 18:08
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15 Jul, 2017 11:57
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If I have a last minute problem with the test taking process, can I reschedule the test?

14 Jul, 2017 18:08
Sakshi Garg Expert

Hi Soumya, No, you cannot reschedule the exam. The frame for rescheduling closes 72 hours before the test date.

15 Jul, 2017 11:58
Soumya Sehgal

I have some problems with my NMAT application form, whom to contact?

14 Jul, 2017 18:05
Sakshi Garg Expert

Hi Soumya, In the case of any issue it is best to contact the exam group at following details: Phone: 0120 4397855 and Email:

15 Jul, 2017 12:01
Anwesha Das

Can I get some discounts in the fee, for applying to additional institutes, if I apply to 5 more colleges?

14 Jul, 2017 17:36
Sakshi Garg Expert

Hi Anwesha, No, you have to pay a fee of Rs.200 for every college above the upper limit of 5. If the fee is not accompanied, the score will not be sent.

15 Jul, 2017 12:06

Are there any changes in the NMAT exam pattern?

14 Jul, 2017 15:06
Sakshi Garg Expert

Hi Karan, No changes have been reported till now, in case any changes come up, you will get a notification in your email account if you register with us.

14 Jul, 2017 15:34
Yashika Goel

Will I get my NMAT result through speed post or online?

14 Jul, 2017 14:53
Sakshi Garg Expert

Hi Yashika, GMAC will not send the result to any candidate, students must keep checking the website for results. Also, the scaled score will be released within 4-5 weeks of the test.

14 Jul, 2017 15:31

I want to reschedule the test later in the afternoon, is it possible?

14 Jul, 2017 14:53
Sakshi Garg Expert

Hi Arindam, No, you can only reschedule the test 15 days after the present test day.

14 Jul, 2017 15:11
Sonal Rohatgi

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14 Jul, 2017 14:53
Sakshi Garg Expert

Hi Sonal, No, only the NMAT score is considered but you need to fill the application form separately.

14 Jul, 2017 15:13
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