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NMAT 2015

About NMAT 2015

The NMAT™ exam opens doors to the leading management programmes in India. Brought to you by the organization that owns the GMAT® exam, the NMAT enables schools to recruit top talent with the comfort that the test measures the skills needed to succeed in their programmes. It gives candidates the confidence to perform their best.

The NMAT exam is used for admissions to some of the leading graduate business programmes in India. Since becoming a computer based test in 2009, the NMAT has been at the forefront of measurement in India as a valid and reliable predictor of success in graduate business school.

In 2015, the NMAT exam will build on these strengths by increasing access to the exam. Schools will have access to one of the more diverse test taking populations in India with some of the highest proportions of women and non-engineers taking the exam. Test takers will have access to practice materials to enhance their preparations.

The NMAT exam has been, and will continue to be, a symbol of quality – enabling test takers to access graduate management education and a career of choice, while providing schools access to top talent.

Important Dates

Event Start Date End Date
Registration  2nd July, 2015 5th October, 2015
Scheduling 3rd July, 2015 22nd October, 2015
Late Registration 6th October, 2015 19th October, 2015
Rescheduling 3rd July, 2015 16th December, 2015
Exam 6th October, 2015 19th December, 2015
Retake Scheduling 6th October, 2015 18th December, 2015
Announcement of Result   15th January, 2015



The eligibility of NMAT exam is given below:

The candidate must be a graduate with 50% marks or equivalent CGPA in first attempt.

Candidates appearing for the final year of bachelor's degree/equivalent qualification examination and those who have completed degree requirements and are awaiting results can also apply subject to clearing the final examination in first attempt with 50% aggregate marks.

For all the Full Time programs, candidates with two or more years of post-qualification work experience will be preferred.

Application Procedure

The Application Process for NMAT 2015 is as follows:

  • Create an account on nmat.org.in using a valid email address.
  • Provide contact information, personal, educational and work experience, the list of programmes to send scores, and the ID that you will use at the test centre. Indicate your interest in participating in a search service and agree to the terms and conditions.
  • Pay the test fee.
  • Your name and date of birth that you enter on the registration form must exactly match the name and date of birth on your primary and secondary ID.
  • Choose the schools to send your scores under the "Programme Details" section. Up to 7 programmes are included in your registration fee. An additional fee of INR 200 + applicable taxes will be applied for each programme added in excess of 7 programs.
  • You must upload a photograph that bears likeness to you and the photograph on your primary ID. This photograph will be included on the admit card that you must bring


Total number of Applicant for this year is 63,500

Application Document

Exam Pattern

The NMAT 2015 is an objective multiple choice type question exam. It is a computer based exam which will be held in a window of 75 days. The NMAT 2015 Exam Pattern includes 3 sections, Language Skills, Quantitative Skills and Logical Reasoning. The total number of questions is 120.

Documents to be Carried

  1. 10th Marksheet & Passing Certificate
  2. 12th Marksheet & Passing Certificate
  3. Degree Marksheet (for 1,2,3,4th year), separately for each semester/ trimester
  4. Degree Certificate
  5. Provisional Degree certificate/ Passing Certificate
  6. Post Graduate Degree Marksheet, wherever applicable
  7. Post Graduate Degree Certificate, wherever applicable
  8. AIU (University Equivalence) Certificate (For Foreign University students Only)
  9. Migration Certificate
  10. Eligibility Certificate (If required)
  11. Work Experience Certificate
  12. Medical Fitness Certificate (In Original signed by Registered Medical Practitioner)
  13. Mediclaim Policy


NMAT 2016 syllabus is given below with detailed sections:

Language Skills

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Passages
  • Poems
  • Synonyms
  • Anonyms
  • Dictionary meanings of different words,
  • Syntax, and correct grammar
  • Language usage and their rules

Quantitative Skills, Data Interpretation & DS

  • Arithmetic
  • Algebra
  • Trigonometry
  • 2D and 3 D Geometry, and Statistic.
  • Line graph
  • Bar graph
  • Tables
  • Pie chart.

Logical Reasoning

  • Coding & Decoding,
  • Strong Arguments and Weak Arguments,
  • Series,
  • Family tree,
  • Multi-dimensional arrangements,
  • Puzzles

Analysis of Past Year Papers

Brief Anlaysis of Exam paper section wise :

Logical Reasoning

Coding & Decoding, Language Skill: This section was along the expected lines and the breakup of the 32 questions was:

  • Reading Comprehension: 8 questions in 2 passages of approximately 500 – 600 words each.
  • 5 statement Para jumbles: 4 questions
  • Sentence Correction: 4 questions, mark the underlined part of the statement which is grammatically incorrect
  • Vocabulary: 8 questions equally split between synonyms and antonyms
  • Cloze test:Â  4 questions
  • Fill in the blanks: 4 questions with 3 blanks each (prepositions)
  • Only RC and to an extent Para-jumble questions were time consuming (relatively). In RC most of the questions were factual and one could go for skim and scan technique. In Para-jumble, please look at the options before you start putting these sentences in a sequence as in most of the cases the options help you finalize the answer in a jiffy.
  • The questions on Antonyms and Synonyms did not follow any sequence, e.g. you might get a question on Antonyms after two questions on Synonyms followed by a question on Antonyms again, hence be very careful in marking your answers. You must know for each of these questions whether you are looking for an Antonym or a Synonym. Savdhani hati durghatna ghati!!!

Quantitative Skill: 

  • There were a number of questions which are quite new to even a very seasoned test taker. However the good thing is that many difficult/complicated questions can be easily solved with the help of choices and SQC techniques can be applied. Please be very thorough with your concepts in Geometry and Number System as well.
  • In addition tithe 28 questions of Quantitative Aptitude, this section had Data Interpretation (DI) and Data Sufficiency (DS) also.
  • The 12 questions of DI were split in 3 sets of 4 questions each and were not calculation intensive but they did require you to understand the data before proceeding to the questions.
  • There were 8 questions of DS from all areas of quantitative aptitude. Do practice DS questions from GMAT, available on MBA.com and other such sites, before the actual test.
  • One should be able to solve around 27-28 questions in this section and the remaining questions should be marked randomly. Do not go for the 3 Round strategy, attempt this section in two Rounds, even one Round is acceptable. The sectional cutoff for this section has been in the range of 72-76 in the last 3-4 years and it is possible that this year it will be at the lower end of this range.


  • This section had questions on Verbal as well as Analytical reasoning.
  • Questions on Linear and circular arrangement, Syllogism, Assumption-conclusion etc. constituted a major part of this section. Some questions in this section had some fundamental errors. Most of the questions, barring the erroneous ones, were doable. One could easily solve some 22-24 questions in the given 38 minutes. This section two should be attempted in one Round only.
  • The sectional cutoff for this section has been around 61-62 and should be the same this year also. A safe score for clearing the sectional cutoff is 65.


Test Location

Cities Region
Delhi, Chandigarh, Jaipur, Lucknow North Region
Ahmedabad, Mumbai, Nagpur West Region
Bangalore, Chennai, Cochin, Hyderabad South Region
Bhillai, Bhopal, Indore Central Region
Bhubaneswar, Guwahati, Kolkata, Patna East Region



Full Time MBA Program/MBA Capital Market/MBA HR/MBA Banking

Sectional Cut-off

  • Language Skills (96) - 55
  • Quantitative Techniques (144) - 74
  • Logical Reasoning (120) - 61

Overall Cut-off

  • Total seats 360 - 208

Full Time MBA Pharmaceutical Management

Sectional Cut-off

  • Language Skills (96) - 50
  • Quantitative Techniques (144) - 50
  • Logical Reasoning (120) - 50

Overall Cut-off

  • Total seats 360 - 169

PGDM Bangalore and Hyderabad Campus

Sectional Cut-off

  • Language Skills (96) - 55
  • Quantitative Techniques (144) - 70
  • Logical Reasoning (120) - 55

Overall Cut-off

  • Total seats 360 - 200

Subject Experts

Anjum Seikh NMAT Topper 2015 share her thoughts regarding NMAT Exam :

I started my preparation for NMAT in January 2014. Initially, I spent time in clearing my doubts and learning the basics. Once my doubts were cleared and my basics were strong, I started with the mock tests. I made sure that each day I spend a minimum of 3 hours for solving problems. For cracking NMAT with a good score a person needs to increase his speed of solving problems and this was my basic stratergy.

I think coaching classes help you to clear your basics along with study materials and mock tests. But in the end it is the student himself who need to put efforts to crack any MBA exam. If a student is determined for what he wants, then he can get through the entrance exams without any coaching or mentoring.

Preparation Tips

To prepare for language skills it is necessary to read lot of books and concentrate on increasing your vocabulary.
For Quantitative Skills it is important to clear the basics thoroughly and then practice problem solving. QS requires time management and accuracy, so one needs to get use to problem solving at a fast speed.
For Logical Reasoning practice is very important, you must practice and solve lot of problems as the questions are easy but are very much time consuming.