All about NMAT 2022: Exam Date, Registration Process, Exam Pattern, Syllabus, Colleges

NMAT exam 2022 will be conducted from 10th October 2022 to 19th December 2022. Candidates can schedule a test date according to their convenience during this 70-day window. NMAT registrations' last date is 10th October 2022, starting from 1st August 2022.

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NMAT is one of the top MBA entrance exams of the country, the scores of which are accepted by some major MBA colleges in India and abroad. The NMAT is conducted as an entrance exam to grant admissions to management programmes of the various known institutes across the country like NMIMS, SPJIMR, TAPMI, K J Somaiya and more. It is a national level test conducted by the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC).

The 2-hour examination is an online exam, held once a year in a long testing window of 75 days. A candidate can make 3 attempts at taking the exam within the 75-day exam period. The exam does not have negative markings. 

Key Points to Remember :

  1. The two-hour computer-based test is conducted in a 75-day long window commencing from October 10 to December 19 for the year 2022.
  2. The total number of attempts allowed for the NMAT is three. This includes no-shows.
  3. NMAT account needs to be created on The official website for NMAT is also
  4. Please note that exam slots are on first-come-first-served basis only. The earlier you register, the better. The exam will be available at 76 Exam Centres in 73 Cities. Exam slots in Online Proctored Exam at Home will be available on certain dates with limited capacity within the testing period.

What is NMAT?

NMAT full form is NMIMS Management Aptitude Test. It was initially conducted by NMIMS but now has been taken over by GMAC. NMAT by GMAC is a national-level entrance exam conducted for admission in some top MBA colleges including NMIMS Mumbai, XIM Bhubhaneshwar, KJ Somaiya, TAPMI Manipal and other campuses of SVKM’s NMIMS University. 

Basically an aptitude test, NMAT scores are used for screening candidates before they go for further rounds in the admission process. Each college has a separate cutoff and separate process for further rounds. 

Being conducted by GMAC, the format of the NMAT 2022 exam is adaptive, that is, the difficulty level goes up with each right answer. The score is expected to be released 48 hours after the exam. The test can be taken either in test centres across 73 cities or at home in online proctored mode in NMAT exam window from 10th October to 19th December 2022.

NMAT 2022 Highlights

Particulars Details
Name of Exam NMAT 2022 | NMAT by GMAC
Conducting Body Graduate Management Admission Council(GMAC)
NMAT Official Website
Frequency of NMAT Exam 75 day test window (maximum 3 attempts allowed)
NMAT Application Fees Rs. 2800 + applicable taxes
Exam duration 120 minutes
Number of Questions 108 questions
Exam Mode Online in test centres OR online at home proctored
Number of Sections 3 Sections:

  • Language Skills
  • Quantitative Skills
  • Logical Reasoning
Test Cities 73
Course offered MBA/PGDM
Admission NMIMS(all campuses), KJ Somaiya, XIM Bhubhaneshwar, TAPMI Manipal, etc.
Language English
NMAT Helpdesk 0120 4397855

Important Dates

Events Dates
NMAT 2022 Registration Window 1st August to 10th October 2022
NMAT Exam Scheduling Dates 1st August to 13th October 2022
NMAT 2022 Rescheduling 1st August to 16th December 2022
NMAT 2022 Exam Dates 10th October to 19th December 2022
Registration for Retake of NMAT 2022 11th October to 16th December 2022
NMAT Retake Exam Scheduling 11th October to 16th December 2022
NMAT Scores Release 48 hours After Taking the Test
NMAT Final scorecard To Be Announced

NMAT 2022 Eligibility

  • No upper age limit criteria
  • Candidates with 2-3 years of experience would be favoured throughout the selection process, however, freshers are also eligible to apply
  • Candidates must hold a graduation degree with a minimum of 50% marks. Students in the final year of graduation are also eligible to apply

NMAT 2022 Exam Pattern

NMAT by GMAC has 3 sections- Quantitative Skills, Logical Reasoning and Language Skills.

The sections have individual time limits and each section has to be solved within the allotted time for that particular section.

The test would be in a computer adaptive mode, which basically means that the difficulty level would be adjusted basis the attempts of the candidate. 

There is no negative marking in NMAT.


Sections Total 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 2022 Syllabus

The syllabus for NMAT 2022 by GMAC is as follows:

Language skills would include:

  1. Reading Comprehension
  2. Paragraph formation
  3. Error identification
  4. Analogies
  5. Prepositions
  6. Sentence completion
  7. Parts of Speech 
  8. Synonyms
  9. Antonyms
  10. Idioms
  11. Phrasal Verbs
  12. Tenses
  13. Odd One Out

Logical reasoning in NMAT would include:

  1. Critical reasoning
  2. Puzzles
  3. Linear and circular arrangements
  4. Blood Relations
  5. Matrix
  6. Syllogism
  7. Coding- Decoding
  8. Statement- Inference based
  9. Decision Making
  10. Statement and Assumption etc.

Syllabus for quantitative skills in NMAT would be:

  1. Numbers
  2. Arithmetic
  3. Algebra
  4. Probability
  5. DI Caselets and Tables
  6. DI Graphs and Charts
  7. Data Sufficiency
  8. Geometry
  9. Mensuration

The above is not an exhaustive list and other questions around general aptitude can appear in the exam. The questions asked are generally of an easy to moderate difficulty level.

NMAT 2022 Registration Process

  • Visit the NMAT Official Website:
  • Click on 'Register Now' under quick links.
  • Register filling the data asked, like name, a valid email id, and phone number, and pick a password. Subsequent to submitting the details, you will get an email with respect to the login details.
  • Sign in to get to the NMAT by GMAC 2022 Registration form and complete the application structure with the right details.
  • Pick the NMAT affiliated college names you wish to apply for under the "Schools Preference" segment. You can decide up to 5 programs or schools. You can pay an extra fee for adding more schools.
  • Upload the checked photo and digital signature. The size shouldn't surpass 1 MB.
  • Click on "Submit", and a unique NMAT Exam Registration Number will be shown.
  • Pay the NMAT Fee to finish the process.

Once the payment is done, your schedule exam option will be activated in your dashboard, so that you can schedule your exam. Any other slot can be booked after a gap of 24 hours from the time of booking.

NMAT Exam Scheduling

GMAC conducts NMAT inside a predefined window. Subsequent to presenting the application form, applicants can schedule the test date and time. Utilizing the test booking window, candidates need to indicate a date and test city to appear for the NMAT exam. Only the aspirants who schedule plan the NMAT test will be permitted to take the test. The test scheduling is accessible on the NMAT login dashboard.

NMAT Application Fees

Below is the application fee for the various components of registration and rescheduling. The fee remains the same for candidates across all categories.

Particulars NMAT Fee
General/EWS/NC-OBC candidate INR 2300
NMAT Fees (with late fine) INR 2800
NMAT Rescheduling Fees INR 1200

NMAT 2022 Admission Process

The second phase of the NMAT admission cycle is the Group Discussion and Personal Interview (GD and PI) round which is organized by the partaking institutes. Each institute might have their individual selection criteria for final admissions. 

Once the NMAT scores are out, candidates would receive calls from the different B-schools based on their individual cutoff scores. Most institutes including NMIMS Mumbai and other campuses of NMIMS have an overall cutoff and an individual sectional cutoff. 

Once shortlisted, the candidates would go through the second stage of the admission process. Each college can choose their own components for this stage. While Personal Interview is common in most, individual colleges can take a call whether they want to include Group Discussion(GD), Extempore and/or Written Ability Test to assess the candidates' written and spoken ability and personality.

How to Prepare for NMAT Exam

The first step to ace any aptitude test would be conceptual clarity. Go through certain books or YouTube channels to gain clarity on the concepts and then solve practice questions to solidify those concepts.

Another important aspect to ace the exam would be taking mock tests. Taking mock tests has multiple benefits. Apart from the much needed practice, it also helps you get used to the exam interface so that you don’t waste any time navigating the exam pattern during the actual exam. Taking mock tests also helps you set targets and analyse your strength and weakness areas, on which you should work to maximise your score. 

You should definitely check out our Youtube channel Testprep by InsideIIM for exam tips from toppers of various MBA entrance exams.

NMAT Previous Year Paper Analysis

NMAT Cutoff

The cutoffs for the top colleges accepting NMAT scores are in the below table. These are just for reference and the cutoff for NMAT 2022 would be based on the difficulty level as well as overall competition for the exam.


Colleges That Accept NMAT NMAT Cut-Off Score
NMIMS, Mumbai 235+ NMAT Score
NMIMS, Bangalore 220+ NMAT Score
NMIMS, Hyderabad 220+ NMAT Score
ISB, Hyderabad 140+ NMAT Score
XIM, Bhubaneswar 90+ NMAT Percentile
SDA Bocconi Asia Centre, Mumbai 200+ NMAT Score
SRM University 180+ NMAT Score

NMAT 2022 Exam Centers

NMAT 2022 will be held across 73 cities in India. Candidates will have a choice whether to appear from these exam centers or from home in an online proctored mode. Below is a list of all the cities which would have an NMAT test center.


Zone Cities
South Bengaluru, Chennai, Kochi, Coimbatore, Manipal, Madurai, Mangalore, Mysore, Vijayawada, Tiruchirapalli, Thiruvananthapuram, Vizag
North Agra, Alwar, Amritsar, Allahabad, Bikaner, Bareilly, Chandigarh, Dehradun, Delhi, Faridabad, Gurugram, Noida, Jammu, Kanpur, Lucknow, Noida, Patiala, Varanasi, Ludhiana, Panipat, Jhansi, Gorakhpur, Ghaziabad
West Ajmer, Aurangabad, Rajkot, Ahmedabad, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Kota, Mumbai, Nagpur, Nasik, Pune, Pilani, Surat, Vadodara, Jalgaon, Kolhapur
Central Bhilai, Gwalior, Ujjain, Bilaspur, Bhopal, Indore, Jabalpur, Raipur
East Bhubaneswar, Durgapur, Dhanbad, Guwahati, Jamshedpur, Kolkata, Patna, Ranchi, Shillong, Rourkela, Siliguri

Colleges Accepting NMAT score

The top colleges accepting NMAT scores are:

  • NMIMS Mumbai
  • KJ Somaiya, Mumbai
  • TAPMI Manipal
  • XIM University, Bhubaneswar
  • NMIMS Bangalore

Other lower-tier colleges which also accept the NMAT scores are:

  • NMIMS Hyderabad
  • NMIMS Navi Mumbai
  • SDA Bocconi Asia Center
  • ICFAI Business School
  • SOIL Institute of Management


Q. What is the full form of NMAT?

Ans: The full form of NMAT is NMIMS Management Aptitude Test as it was conducted initially by NMIMS before GMAC took over.

Q. Is there any age limit for NMAT?

Ans: No. There is no age limit to appear for NMAT. Anyone with a graduation degree with 50% marks minimum can apply.

Q. What is NMAT 2022 registration last date?

Ans: NMAT 2022 registration last date is on 10th October 2022.

Q. How many times can we give the NMAT exam?

Ans: You can appear for NMAT 2022 for a maximum of 3 times. You need to pay separately for each attempt.

Q. Is NMAT exam tough?

Ans: The difficulty level of NMAT can be considered moderate and easier than exams like CAT and XAT. However it would also depend upon individual's aptitude and preparedness.

Q. How many questions are there in NMAT 2022?

Ans: There would be 108 questions to be solved in 120 minutes in NMAT 2022.

Q. How to reschedule NMAT 2022 exam?

Ans: The exam can be rescheduled 72 hours prior to the scheduled time. However the new, date and time can be fixed subject to availability of slots. The extra fee needs to be paid through credit card.

Q. Can the answers be reviewed in NMAT exam?

Ans: Yes, the answers can be reviewed in NMAT exam in the sectional time limit given for each section. 

Q. Is coaching necessary for NMAT?

Ans: Coaching is not necessary for NMAT. However, if you think you need guidance, taking coaching is always an option.

Q. What is NMAT cutoff for NMIMS Mumbai?

Ans: The NMAT 2021 cutoff for NMIMS Mumbai was 235. However it changes every year on the basis of difficulty level and competition for that particular year. 

Q. How is NMAT different from other MBA entrance exams?

Ans: NMAT is an adaptive computerized exam and can be scheduled according to the candidate’s preference and convenience. Also the difficulty level is easier than exams like CAT and XAT and it is more of a speed based exam which can be mastered with good practice.


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