NMAT 2021: Exam Pattern, Syllabus, Exam Analysis, Cut Offs, Eligibility Criteria

NMAT 2021 Exam, similar to NMAT 2020, will be an adaptive exam. An Adaptive test gets easier and harder based on the answer given to the previous question. Along with 4 international centers, NMAT 2021 is being held at 60+ test centers across 50+ cities in India.

The NMAT 2021 Notification was released on August 3, 2021. The last date to register for NMAT 2021 is November 10, 2021. A candidate can take the NMAT 2021 exam between October 14, 2021 and December 27, 2021. NMAT 2021 exam can be taken upto 3 times but the retake or re-application scores will not be considered for the further selection process.

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GMAC, who conducts GMAT, is also the test administrator of NMAT 2021. In order to secure admission in the prestigious PGDM program of Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies, candidates need to clear the NMAT exam. An autonomous institute, Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies is one of the top B-schools in the country. Although there are 11 NMIMS branches in total and 30 other B-schools offering admission through NMAT, most students compete for the three most prominent branches, i.e NMIMS Mumbai, NMIMS Bengaluru and NMIMS Hyderabad. Besides NMINS, some of the other A listed B-schools accepting NMAT scores are SPJIMR Mumbai (Management Courses), XIMB (Hotel Management and Human Resources Courses), VIT Vellore, ICFAI Business School etc. In the last couple of years NMAT has become quite popular among MBA aspirants with the number of test takers going as high as 88000.

Important Highlights of NMAT 2021

  • NMAT 2021 is an adaptive test conducted online by GMAC (who conducts GMAT)
  • Candidates can take the NMAT 2021 exam between October 14, 2021 and December 27, 2021 (88 day window)
  • Candidates can write the NMAT 2021 exam thrice with a gap of 15 days but the retake or re-application scores will not be considered for the further selection process.
  • NMAT 2021 Exam is an English medium exam with 3 sections (Language Skills, Logical Reasoning and Quantitative Skills)
  • NMAT Exam consists of 108 questions equally divided among the 3 sections of 120 minutes
  • Candidates can choose the order of sections in which they want to attempt. Sectional time limit applies in NMAT exam
  • Similar to 2020, NMAT 2021 score will be available for the candidates to see within 48 hours

NMAT 2021 Important Dates

NMAT 2021 Exam registration closes on November 10, 2021. Candidates are required to pay an online application fee for writing the NMAT 2021 exam. NMIMS requires separate registration without which a candidate is not eligible for further selection. Candidates can refer to the NMAT by GMAC’s official website for more information.

Some of the important dates for NMAT 2021 are mentioned below:

Event

Date Related Information

NMAT 2021 Online Registration

August 3, 2021 to November 10, 2021

Last Date to submit the Application Form

November 15, 2021

Exam Scheduling Window

August 3, 2021 to November 17, 2021

NMAT 2021 Exam

October 14, 2021 till December 27, 2021

NMAT Exam Retake Registration

October 15, 2021 to December 24, 2021

Exam Retake Scheduling

October 15, 2021 to December 24, 2021

NMAT 2021 Result

TBA

Second Week of January 2022

NMAT 2021 Latest Updates:

Score Review – Candidates are able to view their score immediately after they complete the NMAT 2021 exam. This feature was introduced in the NMAT 2020 exam. The feature is a medium for students to judge whether they are satisfied with their attempt or not.

Download Scorecard – Candidates are able to view their score immediately after they complete the NMAT 2021 exam. Within 2 days the candidate can download the NMAT 2021 scorecard in a pdf format. The official NMAT 2021 scorecard will be available post result announcement. Candidates can download the scorecard somewhere in the February month.

NMAT 2021 Exam Pattern – The exam pattern of NMAT 2021 will be similar to the NMAT 2020 exam with 108 questions (36 questions in 3 sections each)

NMAT 2021 Eligibility Criteria

Every NMAT 2021 candidate must be informed about the NMAT Eligibility Criteria before they register for the NMAT Exam. NMAT Eligibility Criteria is crucial for students wrtting the NMAT exam.

The NMAT is being conducted by GMAC and has its own set of policies which a candidate must adhere to. The NMAT application fees once submitted will not be refunded under any circumstances. GMAC reserves the right to cancel a candidate’s application in case of any fraudulent or misinformation.

The eligibility criteria of NMAT 2021:

  • Students should have completed their graduation from a UGC/AICTE recognized institute or equivalent with a minimum of 50% aggregate of their bachelors’ degree.
  • There is no age limit for applying NMAT
  • It is not mandatory for a candidate to have work experience to write NMAT
  • Candidates can attempt NMAT 2021 thrice in a gap of 15 days
  • Candidates should have scored at least 50% in their graduation to be eligible for NMAT

NMAT 2021 Exam Pattern

NMAT 2021 Exam, similar to NMAT 2020, will be an adaptive exam. A candidate can take the NMAT 2021 exam between October 14, 2021 and December 27, 2021. NMAT 2021 exam can be taken upto 3 times but the retake or re-application scores will not be considered for the further selection process.

NMAT 2021 consisted of 108 questions spread across 3 sections i.e. Language skills, Logical Reasoning, and Quantitative Skills. Candidates have 2 hours to complete the NMAT exam. MCQ questions are asked in the NMAT exam.

Here is the NMAT 2021 Exam Pattern:

Section

No of Questions

Sectional Time Limit

Range of Marks

Quantitative Skills

36

52

12-120

Logical Reasoning

36

40

12-120

Language Skills

36

28

12-120

Total

108

120

36-360

NMAT 2021 consisted of 108 questions spread across 3 sections i.e. Language skills, Logical Reasoning, and Quantitative Skills. Candidates have 2 hours to complete the NMAT exam. MCQ questions are asked in the NMAT exam.

NMAT 2021 Key Changes in Exam Pattern

NMAT 2020 underwent significant changes in terms of number of questions and total marks. The NMAT 2021 exam will be similar to the NMAT 2020 Exam. It is an adaptive test with 108 questions spread across 3 sections.

Candidates are able to view their score immediately after they complete the NMAT 2021 exam. Within 2 days the candidate can download the NMAT 2021 scorecard in a pdf format. The official NMAT 2021 scorecard will be available post result announcement.

NMAT 2021 Syllabus

NMAT 2021 doesn’t have a defined syllabus. BYJU’s Experts have analysed the past year NMAT papers and come up with comprehensive topics that are important in the NMAT exam.


Quantitative Aptitude and Data Interpretation:

Based on past year trends, this section is considered to be one of the most crucial sections in the NMAT exam. This section contains questions from 9-10th class Mathematics. The level of difficulty remains moderate. However, NMAT 2021 is an adaptive paper with questions randomly placed based on the previous question’s level of difficulty. Candidates have to complete 36 questions in 52 minutes

Here is an overview of NMAT 2021 Quantitative Skills syllabus:

Arithmetic

Algebra

Geometry & Mensuration

Modern Math

Data Interpretation

Time & Work

Equations

Lines, Angles and Triangles

Permutation & Combination

Line Graphs

Simple & Compound Interest

Inequalities

Polygons

Probability

Pie Chart

Ratio-Proportions

Logarithm

Circles

Coordinate Geometry

Bar Chart

Percentages

Linear Equations

Square & Rectangles

A.P, G.P and H.P

Tabular Graphs

Integers

Quadratic Equations

3 Dimensional Figures

Set Theory

HCF-LCM

Absolute Value

Cylinder, cones and spheres

Venn Diagrams

Others

Others

Quadrilaterals

Language Skills

Language Skills in NMAT 2021 exam tests the student’s Vocabulary Skills & Grammar. Candidates have to complete 36 questions in 28 minutes. Reading Comprehension, Verbal Ability and English Language Skills are important topics covered in this section.

Refer below to get an overview of important topics in the Language Skills section:

Vocabulary

Grammar

Comprehension

Synonyms

Identify the Error

RC Passages

Antonyms

Choose the Correct Preposition

Jumbled Sentences

Analogies

Sentence correction

Para Jumbles

Fill in the Blanks

Tenses

Odd one out

Cloze Test

Parts of speech

Paragraph Summary

Idioms

Phrasal verbs

Logical Reasoning

In this section the candidate gets tested on his analytical, logical reasoning and critical reasoning skills. It is an important section to judge the candidate’s ability to extract answers from the given information. Candidates must be able to identify patterns, family trees and complex directions to ace this section. Candidates need to answer 36 questions in this section within 40 minutes.

Below is an outline of the topics asked in this section:

Verbal Reasoning

Analytical Reasoning

Statement and Argument based Questions

Linear and Circular Arrangements

Statement and Assumption based Questions

Classification and syllogisms

Statement and Inference based Questions

Blood Relation Questions

Decision making

Coding and Decoding

Course of Action

Series and direction questions

Critical Reasoning

Matrix Type Questions

Blood Relation and Input-Output Questions

Solving all these topics should hold you in good stead.

NMAT 2021 Registration Process

The NMAT 2021 registration started on August 3, 2021. The last day to fill the application for NMAT 2021 is November 10, 2021. NMAT Exam will be conducted in a span of 88-day window from October 14, 2021 till December 27, 2021. Registration for NMAT 2021 before November 10, 2021 is mandatory to avoid late fees. Late Registration fee will be charged in case a candidate chooses to register for the NMAT exam between November 11, 2021 till November 15, 2021.

Here are the key steps on how to register for NMAT 2021:

  1. Using a valid email address, a candidate needs to create an account on register.nmat.org
  2. Fill in the contact details, education & personal details and upload identification cards. Select from a list of programmers to send scores to. (Maximum limit is 5).
  3. Upload your photograph and signature based on the resolution and format criteria set by GMAC.
  4. Once you have saved and submitted the required information, proceed to the payment portal. Once you make the payment, you will get your “NMAT ID” provided by GMAC itself. You can keep a print out of the same for verification purposes. Now, GMAT can update you for scheduling your exam, booking a slot and downloading the hall ticket. The same will also show on your NMAT dashboard.

In case you require any other information, visit the NMAT 2021 official website

NMAT 2021 Application Fee

The last day to fill the application for NMAT 2021 is November 10, 2021. Candidates can register for NMAT 2021 before November 10, 2021 by paying Rs.2300/- (taxes excluded). Additional Rs.500 will be charged in case a candidate chooses to register for the NMAT exam between November 11, 2021 till November 15, 2021.

Candidates who are writing the NMAT Exam more than once will need to pay Rs.2300/- additional for every attempt. Rescheduling of NMAT Exam will lead to additional fee of Rs.1200/- (taxes excluded)

NMAT 2021 – Schedule the Exam

Candidates can schedule the NMAT Exam after completing the registration and fee payment on the official website between August 3, 2021 and November 10, 2021.

  1. After making the payment, visit the NMAT Dashboard using the login credentials
  2. Schedule the NMAT exam from the “Schedule Exam” option
  3. Choose the test mode (Take from Home or Center Based)
  4. After scheduling the exam, the candidate can download the Hall Ticker from the dashboard

NMAT 2021 – Retake

Candidates can attempt thrice for the NMAT exam. The retaking option is activated in the NMAT dashboard once the candidate is through with his first NMAT attempt. A fee of Rs.2300/- (taxes excluded) is charged for every attempt.

NMAT 2021 – Reschedule the Exam

NMAT 2021 candidates have the option to reschedule their NMAT Exam date incase of emergencies However, a fee of Rs.1200/- (taxes excluded) will be charged for rescheduling the NMAT exam. After rescheduling, candidates will not be permitted to reschedule their exam to the former exam date set by them.

NMAT 2021 – Hall Tickets

NMAT 2021 hall tickets are available for download in candidates’ NMAT dashboards within 24 hours after registration. Candidates need to carry their identity cards along with hall tickets on the exam day.

NMAT 2021 hall tickets have the following details:

Name, Registration ID, Test Center Name, Exam Date and Exam Time, Course & Social Category.

NMAT 2021 – Score Cards

NMAT 2021 is an adaptive exam and candidates can view their score after 48 hours of attempting the test. The NMAT 2021 Score cards can be downloaded from the NMAT dashboards. It will include the overall score and sectional score of the candidate.

NMAT 2021 – Cut Off

Candidates can qualify for the exam by obtaining a minimum score that constitutes as the cut off. NMAT cut offs will be released after the declaration of the NMAT results. It is separate for every institute. Candidates will be able to check the overall and sectional cut offs to qualify.

GMAC NMAT is a reputed MBA entrance exam attracting a lot of applicants every year. NMIMS, like many other known B-schools, accent NMAT scores for MBA admissions. NMAT exam pattern is different from other entrances and requires a different approach. But with a strategic preparation strategy and practice, one can crack it. Attempting mock tests is an effective way to familiarize and practice questions and solutions. We hope this article was helpful in clearing any of your doubts regarding the NMAT exam.

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