On successful completion of an undergraduate program, many students look forward to pursuing a Master’s degree in management. To secure admission to a graduate management program like MBA or the like in B-schools of their choice, they have to sit for any of the standardized admission tests which are conducted either nationally or internationally such as GMAT, CAT, NMAT to name a few.


Graduate Management Aptitude Test (GMAT) is conducted by the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC). The GMAT is an internationally accredited test for management aspirants to seek admission in graduate management programs like MBA in top tier B-schools globally. It is a computer adaptive test which evaluates an applicant’s quantitative, integrated reasoning, reading, and analytical writing skills in the English language. Its exam pattern is designed in multiple choice questions format.

GMAT applicants can take the test up to five times in a calendar year with a time gap of 16 days from the previous attempt and a maximum of eight times in their entire lifetime. The validity of the GMAT score is 5 years. There are two types of GMAT scores:

  • Unofficial score: This score is immediately available on completion of the test.
  • Official score: This is available after 20 days from attempting the test.


The NMAT is a computer administered test owned by the Graduate Management Global Connection (India) Private Limited (GMGC), an associate of Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC). It is managed by the Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies University (NMIMS), Mumbai, and the NMAT stands for NMIMS Management Aptitude Test. This test is used as a medium for seeking admission in MBA or PGDM programs at Indian cities like Mumbai, Hyderabad, and Bengaluru.

This online test assesses the quantitative abilities, dialect aptitudes, and critical thinking of applicants. It is conducted once in a year for a period of 75 days which is 2.5 months (approx). The entire NMAT exam is divided into 5 windows of 15 days each. Applicants can attempt the exam a maximum of three times during a 75-day period.

Usually, the results are announced with 4-5 weeks from the test date and the group discussion and personal interview is usually held in the subsequent month. NMAT scores are valid for only one year.

In the current era of technology, usually, students often get confused over the various types of competitive tests which is a key prerequisite to pursue a graduate management program like MBA and pick up a specialization of their choice. In this article, we have attempted to throw some light on the distinction between GMAT vs NMAT which will help you to differentiate between the two tests. It will also guide you to choose the graduate admission test which is most suitable to you.


Points of Difference GMAT NMAT
Abbreviation Graduate Management Admission Test Narsee Monjee Management Aptitude Test
Target Audience Business Schools Applicants & working professionals with some work experience Business schools Applicants & having work experience is not mandatory
Accepted by Both National & International Business Schools Indian Business colleges only
Purpose Evaluates an applicant’s suitability in B-schools Evaluates an applicant’s suitability in B-schools
Subjects Verbal, Mathematical and Analytical Skills Verbal, Analytical skills and Mathematics
Duration 3 hours 30 minutes(with optional breaks) 2 hours(no breaks)
Test contents Analytical Writing Assessment, Quantitative Reasoning, Verbal Ability, and Integrated Reasoning Language Skills, Quantitative Skills, Logical Reasoning.
Score Range 200-800 0-360
Score Validity 5 years 1 year
  • Unofficial score: Immediately
  • Official score: 20 days after attempting the test
Available within 4-5 weeks after attempting the test
Cost US$250 (worldwide) INR 1700 + applicable taxes
Frequency 5 times per year 3 times per year

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