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The NMAT by GMACTM exam is a computer administered test owned by the Graduate Management Global Connection (India) Private Limited (GMGC), a subsidiary of Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC).

Today the NMAT by GMACTM exam is accepted by the following leading B-Schools and this list is growing: click here

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No, review of questions in the NMAT by GMACTM exam is not allowed.

No. If a test taker completes answering a section before the allotted section time expires, the balance time cannot be added to the next section’s allotted time

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Test taker needs to bring the following to the test centre on the day of the test, without which the test taker will not be allowed to take the test:

  • Confirmation email (can be shown on mobile device or taken as a printout.)
  • Admit Card: Candidates are required to download their NMAT by GMACTM exam Admit Card from their NMAT by GMACTM exam account.
  • One photocopy of the Photo ID for submission at the test centre.
  • Any other document as advised by NMAT by GMACTM exam for differently abled candidates.
  • One valid Photo ID and another signature ID in original form must be presented from the list below for candidates taking test at test centres in India:
  • List of Photo IDs (containing your name and photo)
    • Passport issued by the Government of India
    • PAN Card
    • Voter's ID Card
    • UID/Aadhaar Card
  • List of Secondary IDs (containing candidate name and signature)
    • Passport issued by the Government of India
    • PAN Card
    • Debit/Credit Card
    • Driver's License
  • Following are not acceptable as IDs on the day of the test:-
    • Learner’s driver’s license
    • Photocopies (attested or otherwise)
    • Notarized copies

Test takers who are unable to produce the above forms of valid ID (non–expired and in original) will not be admitted into the testing room and shall not be offered a test-fee refund.

  • Candidates taking test at international test centres are required to bring following documents on the day of test at the test centre:
  • Confirmation email (can be shown on mobile device or taken as a printout)
  • Admit Card: Candidates are required to download their NMAT by GMACTM exam Admit Card from their NMAT by GMAC account
  • Original passport (valid and non-expired) and a photocopy of the passport
  • Important: If you are unable to produce the above forms of valid ID (non– expired, original format), Admit Card or confirmation email printout you will not be admitted into the testing room and will not receive a test fee refund.

A long testing window enables the assessment of a test taker’s best performance and at the same time reduces the stress associated with a single sitting test or test offered in a short time window. The longer test window provides the test takers flexibility to take the test when they are best prepared and avoid conflicts with other life events. The test takers will also get the convenience to reschedule the test in case of any exigency. The longer window also provides the test taker with the opportunity to retake the test (maximum 3 attempts, including "No Show") in case they feel that their performance was impaired on the test day for any reason or if they feel they can improve their performance in retake attempt.

All test takers who complete the Test Registration process pay the test fee within the time specified and follow the published NMAT by GMACTM exam terms and conditions may sit for the NMAT by GMACTM exam. It is the responsibility of the test taker to understand the eligibility requirements of all the universities and schools to which he/she is interested in applying before registering for NMAT by GMACTM exam. If the test taker registers for the test and then determine that he/she is ineligible for admission to the desired program, no test fee refund will be made. For the eligibility requirements, test takers are advised to check the websites of each university and school where they plan to apply.

Yes, the structure will change for the NMAT by GMACTM exam. To view exam structure please click here

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The tentative dates (may change basis COVID-19 status and government directives) for the NMAT by GMACTM exam can be seen here

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After the registration and payment being received by NMAT by GMACTM exam, test takers will receive an e-mail (at the e-mail id specified by them in the online application form) confirming their registration for the NMAT by GMACTM exam. Candidates can schedule their exams through the scheduling exam tab in candidate dashboard available in the account of the candidates. The test takers will get to choose the date, time slot and location of their preference subject to availability on a First come First Serve basis. The MeritTrac system shows the availability of seats at the test center on real time basis. Within 24 hours of scheduling the test, the test taker will receive a confirmation e-mail mentioning their test venue name and address along with date and time of the test. Test takers are advised to contact the MeritTrac helpdesk given on here if they do not receive the e-mail within 24 hours of scheduling the test.

The NMAT by GMACTM exam will be administered at 57 test centres across cities within India. The cities are as follows

Cities* Region
Agra, Chandigarh, Dehradun, Delhi, Faridabad, Gurugram, Jammu, Kanpur, Lucknow, Noida, Patiala, Varanasi, Ghaziabad North
Aurangabad, Rajkot, Ahmedabad, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Kota, Mumbai, Nagpur, Nasik, Pune, Surat, Vadodara, Gwalior West
Bengaluru, Chennai, Kochi, Hyderabad, Manipal, Mysore, Tiruchirapalli, Vellore, Vizag, Vijaywada, Mangalore, Tiruvananthapuram, Coimbatore, Madurai South
Bhopal, Indore, Jabalpur, Raipur, Bhilai Central
Bhubaneswar, Guwahati, Jamshedpur, Kolkata, Patna, Ranchi, Shillong East

*Some cities will have multiple test centres to choose from. GMAC reserves the rights to change the test centres as may be required without any prior notice.

The NMAT by GMACTM exam will also be offered at following international locations.

City* Country
Kathmandu Nepal
Thimphu Bhutan
Dhaka Bangladesh
Colombo Srilanka

A test taker can take the NMAT by GMACTM exam up to a maximum of 3 times (first attempt plus 2 retake attempts) including no shows, if he/she wishes to. There is a mandatory gap of 15 days between two attempts hence early scheduling of the exam enables the test taker to plan the retakes within the testing window to improve score.

Please visit respective NMAT by GMACTM exam accepting school website for their policies on acceptance of NMAT score.

Test takers have the option to take the NMAT by GMACTM exam a maximum choice of three times during the testing window. This option enables the assessment of the test takers’ best performance.

Test takers will be able to see unofficial score card on screen after the test is successfully completed. Test taker will also receive an email alert within 48 hours post successful test delivery once the official score card is available for download from the candidate dashboard.

Questions in the NMAT by GMACTM exam are selected from the question pool for each examinee based on his or her performance on the questions previously answered. The questions a candidate receives are targeted at his or her ability level; therefore, a high-scoring candidate generally receives a more difficult sample of questions than a low-scoring candidate. The NMAT exam is scored by obtaining the candidate’s final ability estimate based on the probabilistic model approach of modern test theory, and transformed to a scaled score ranging from 12 to 360.

Test taker can see their unofficial score card at the test center once they submit the test. The official NMAT by GMACTM exam official score card will be available within 48 hours after the test. Test taker will be notified via email once the official score card is ready for download.

Test takers can register for NMAT by GMACTM exam through an online registration application available on the website www.nmat.org. Please click here for NMAT by GMACTM exam important dates. GMGC shall not accept registrations from test takers in any other mode or form.

Test taker will be able to schedule the test on his / her preferred date, time slot and Test Centre only if seats are available at that Test Centre for the date and time slot being sought (First Come First Serve basis). As test takers will be required to schedule their test after registering through an online application system, the earlier they register, the sooner they will be able to schedule their test. Test takers may not get their preferred date, slot and Test Centre if other test takers have already taken up the available seats for that particular date, slot and center. In such a situation, test takers would need to look at other options of date, time slot and Test Centre and schedule their test accordingly. An early test scheduling helps in planning for retake attempts within the testing window, should it be required, as a minimum gap of 15 days are required between two attempts.

The earlier one registers and makes payment; the earlier will be able to schedule the test. And the earlier one schedules the test, higher are the chances of getting preferred date, time and test location.

Test takers will be able to edit only certain section like School Preference and Communication Preferences in their registration form after submitting the registration fee. Test takers are advised to check the information entered in the online registration form very carefully while registering and once again before submitting the registration as they will not be allowed to make any changes after submission.

Test takers need to upload their recent photograph while filling the Registration application. Test takers must ensure the following while uploading their photo in the registration Application:

  • Photos should be in one of these formats: JPG, PNG, GIF.
  • No landscaped or rotated pictures are allowed
  • Size should not exceed 1 MB.
  • Photo should have either white or lightly colored background.
  • Eyes should be open and clearly visible.
  • Test taker face should be distinctly visible, straight and at the centre. Shoulder tops should be also clear on the photo.
  • Photograph should not be more than 6 months old.
  • Following photographs are not acceptable and are liable to get rejected:
    • Facebook photos and/or photos not having the above-mentioned specifications of size.
    • Photos in which the test administration staff cannot sufficiently authenticate your identity.
    • Photos with a dark color background.

Under the Category field in the application form, the following stand for:

  • GEN: General Category
  • SC: Scheduled Caste
  • ST: Scheduled Tribe
  • OBC: Other Backward Classes
  • NT: Nomadic Tribe
  • DT: Denotified Tribe including any other Category not listed here

Foreign Nationals should also select GEN (General) in this field.

Test takers are not allowed to make duplicate/ multiple registrations. Candidature of a test taker is liable to get rejected and fee forfeited, if the test taker registers multiple times. Test takers applying to various programs being offered by NMAT by GMACTM exam accepting schools are also required to register only once and take up to a maximum of 3 attempts, including NO SHOWS. For retakes of the exam test taker has to pay applicable fees as per retake policy. Candidature of a test taker is liable to get rejected if the test taker has registered multiple times and has taken tests under different registration numbers.

Test takers are advised to check the registration window details from here and ensure registration within the specified window.

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Card Verification Value (CVV) is 3 or 4 digit unique number at the back of the credit card. In some cards, the CVV number may also be written on the front of the card, above the card number.

Test takers will receive an e-mail informing them about payment receipt and successful registration. Test taker can download / print payment receipt and Admit card from the NMAT by GMACTM exam account. In case a test taker has not received the same, he/she should contact the NMAT by GMACTM exam helpdesk (Contact us). Candidates can schedule the test once the registration and payment is successful using the Registration system.

Test takers are required to register online on www.nmat.org by filling in required details. Next step involves payment through the preferred mode of payment. Once the registration application is found to be complete in all respects and the payment has been received by GMGC, the test taker can schedule the exam by through Schedule/Reschedule exam tab in candidate dashboard available in the NMAT by GMACTM exam account . Test taker will be able to select the date, time slot and Test Centre of his/her choice based on the availability of seats. The test will then be scheduled on a first come, first served basis (the earlier a test taker registers online, the better the chances of taking the test at the location, date and time of their preference). Following that, a confirmation e-mail will be sent to the test taker containing the location, date and time of the scheduled test.

Registration means filling the online registration application and making the requisite payment on www.nmat.org Scheduling means test takers scheduling their test for a certain date, time and centre.

Test takers need to ensure that the information submitted by them is correct and true in all respects. If any information is found to be incorrect or false at a later date, GMGC reserves the right to prevent the test taker from testing and/or cancel the test score. In the event of the prohibition to test or cancellation of the score due to furnishing of incorrect/false information, the test registration fee will not be refunded.

NMAT by GMACTM exam registration will also stand cancelled if there are duplicate registrations, the application has incomplete information or test fee is received by GMGC after the due date.

A test taker can re-schedule the test 72 hours or more prior to the scheduled appointment, subject to availability of seats, upon payment of the applicable fee. Please check the rescheduling window details from here

A test taker after taking his / her test can decide to retake NMAT by GMACTM exam. Test taker will be allowed to pay for the retake test in the Retake tab in candidate dashboard available in NMAT by GMACTM exam account by paying the applicable fee through the available payment modes. Retake option will be enabled in the test takers’ existing registration account after taking the first test and separate registration account is not required. A test taker is allowed to take the NNMAT by GMACTM exam, a maximum of three times (first attempt plus a maximum of two retake attempts, including NO SHOWS) in a testing year (A testing year starts from 1st July and ends on 30th June of next year) .For example: Testing year for 2020 will start on 1st July 2020 and end of 30th June 2021. A Test taker will be allowed to schedule the retake test on a date which is 15 days or more, later than the date of his/her previous attempt. In other words, a test taker will have to wait at least 15 days before he / she can appear for a retake attempt. Test takers are required to pay the applicable fee for each Retake attempt.

Yes, the test taker can schedule the retake test today for a date which is minimum 15 days later than today.

No, a test taker cannot take the test on two consecutive days. The test taker will be required to wait for 15 days before he/she can appear for the retake test.

No, the test taker cannot schedule the test for the same day. Test takers can schedule the test for any time 24 hours or later.

No, the test taker cannot schedule his/her test for the same day. One can schedule his/her test for any time 24 hours or later from now. Also, there should be a gap of minimum 15 days between two attempts.

The test taker taking test at test centres in India will be required to carry the Admit card, confirmation e-mail (can be shown on mobile device or taken as a printout), two valid (non – expired and in original) IDs – one photo ID and another signature ID from the list below :

  • Photo ID (containing test taker name and photo)
    • Passport issued by the Government of India
    • PAN Card issued by the Government of India
    • Voter's ID Card
    • UID/Aadhaar Card
  • Signature ID (containing test taker name and signature)
    • Passport issued by the Government of India
    • PAN Card issued by the Government of India
    • Debit/Credit Card
    • Driving license
  • Admit Card: Admit card is a document containing test taker registration details and photograph. Test takers are required to produce the admit card along with the necessary IDs and confirmation letter on the day of the test to allow them to take NMAT.
  • Photocopy of the Primary ID for submission at the Test centre.
  • Copy of Xth class certificate in case there is mismatch in the name between Xth class certificate and Test taker ID.
  • Any other document as advised by NMAT for differently abled candidates

Note: Test takers who are unable to produce the above forms of valid ID (non–expired and in original) and / or Admit card will not be admitted into the testing room and shall not be offered a test-fee refund. Please note that following are not acceptable as IDs on the day of the test:

  • Photocopies (attested or otherwise)
  • Notarised copies
  • Learner’s driving license
  • Candidates taking test at international test centres are required to bring following documents on the day of test at the test centre:
    • Confirmation email (can be shown on mobile or taken as a printout)
    • Admit Card: Candidates are required to download their NMAT by GMACTM exam Admit Card from their NMAT by GMACTM exam account
    • Original passport (valid and non-expired) and a photocopy of the passport
  • Important: If you are unable to produce the above forms of valid ID (non– expired, original format), Admit Card or confirmation email printout you will not be admitted into the testing room and will not receive a test fee refund.

Confirmation e-mail is the communication that the test taker receives on the e-mail ID mentioned on the registration application after a test taker has scheduled the test. It contains details of the test – day, time and test centre name and address. The email can be shown on mobile or taken as a printout.

Admit card is a document containing test taker registration details and photograph. Test takers can download their Admit card from the "Admit Card" tab provided in the NMAT by GMACTM exam account. It is mandatory to carry the admit card along with required IDs, confirmation letter and photocopy of the primary ID to be allowed to enter the NMAT by GMACTM exam test centre.

Test takers must report to their allocated test centre forty five (45) minutes prior to the scheduled time mentioned on their confirmation e-mail.

Test takers, who arrive at the test centre on the specified scheduled test date more than fifteen (15) minutes after the scheduled exam start time, may not be permitted to take the test and will have to forfeit the full cost of the test.

Test takers, who do not appear at the test centre on the specified scheduled test date(first attempt or retake attempt(s)), will have to forfeit the full fee of the test. They will be marked a “No Show” and this will be treated as an attempt. Test takers will be allowed a maximum of 3 attempts in NMAT by GMACTM exam including “No show” as per the retake policy.

All test takers will have to go through a test taker identification process on the day of the test. Digital photograph and digital signature of each test taker will be taken and kept for records. Any test taker not willing to participate in the test taker identification process will not be allowed to sit for the test. Please note that tests will be administered under video surveillance.

*Note: In case of test taker name change, the test taker must show relevant legal documentation as proof of name change.

Test takers are required to enter their name in the registration application as exactly mentioned in the photo ID proof. At the test centre, the test taker’s name needs to match the photo and signature ID documents that the test taker is carrying for verification to the test centre.

Test takers are not required to carry anything with them other than the confirmation e-mail print out, Admit card and two IDs for the test. Required stationery will be provided to the test taker by the invigilator at the test centre.

There are no scheduled breaks in the test. However, test takers can take unscheduled breaks if they want during the test session. An unscheduled break means a break during which the test clock does not stop. If a test taker chooses to take a break, the actual time spent on the break will be deducted from the time allocated to complete the test. No extra time will be given to complete the test. During the break, the test taker must leave the testing room. Upon re-entering the testing room, the test taker must show a valid ID.

Test takers will not be allowed to access any personal belonging including study material and mobile phone during the breaks they take. Test takers will only be allowed to access food or medicines, if any.

Test takers can choose the order of sections in NMAT by GMACTM exam. Every section has a time limit associated with it and during the time allowed for the section., Test takers cannot return to previous questions.

Test takers are required to click on “Yes, I accept” on NDA screen to start their test. If the test taker clicks on “No, I do not accept” deliberately or by mistake, he/she will be prompted to change the option on the next screen. However, if the test taker still clicks on “No, I do not accept”, the test will end. Test taker will then not be able to resume the test that day under any circumstances. Test centre staff will not be able to do anything and the test taker will lose the test attempt as well as forfeit the test fee.

In the unlikely event of a computer malfunction during the test, the test centre staff will need to reboot the computer. During this process, the test taker will not lose any answers already entered. The computer system in the testing centre stores all test taker answers instantly. After rebooting, the computer will come back exactly to where the test had stopped. Please note that the time clock will have stopped when the computer reboots, and the clock will start as soon as the test is re-started by the test taker.

If a test taker faces any problem because of computer malfunctioning, he/she should inform the Test Administrator immediately and the test will resume from the same point where the test taker had left at the time of malfunctioning. No request will be entertained after the section or the test is over.

Test takers are advised to continue with their test after informing any doubts related to a problem with test content, questions or answer options to the Test administrator present at the test center. The Test Administrator will take the appropriate action to inform the same to MeritTrac and GMGC. The complaints will be reviewed and if found correct, GMGC and/or MeritTrac will take appropriate action to address the same and the test taker will not be penalized. No further communication will be entertained in this regard.

Test taker can see their unofficial score card at the test center once they submit the test. The official NMAT by GMACTM exam official score card will be available within 48 hours after the test. Test taker will be notified via email once the official score card is ready for download.

The following practices are prohibited:

  • Hiring someone to take the test on your behalf
  • Taking the exam for someone else
  • Memorizing and sharing test questions in any manner whatsoever
  • Copying, asking or sharing answers with others during or after the administration of the exam, in any manner whatsoever
  • Carrying any prohibited item to the testing room
  • Receiving, discussing or disclosing exam content via text message, e-mail, in any internet “chat room” message board, or any other forum, before, during (including the break time), and after any administration of the NMAT by GMACTM exam.

The penalties for engaging in prohibited practices are:

  • Cancellation of your scores
  • Ban on future testing
  • Notification to schools / universities accepting NMAT by GMACTM exam score
  • Damages for infringement of copyright
  • Legal prosecution

CBT is a method of administering tests at a pre-determined testing location in which the responses are electronically recorded, assessed or both.

The user interface is designed to minimize reliance on computer skills. Test takers do not need to have prior computer experience to use CBT. At the beginning of the test, each test taker will receive a brief introductory tutorial that will instruct him/her on how to use the computer to answer questions and review responses. No typing skills are needed. The test taker will use the computer mouse to highlight and confirm the response selected as each question appears on the screen. An invigilator will always be available to answer questions regarding navigation throughout the duration of the test. A demo test is also offered free on the website for test takers to acclimatize themselves before the test.

Experience with computerized testing reveals that it usually takes less time to complete the test. There are no test booklets and answer sheets to manage and no need to transfer answers manually to an answer sheet with CBT.

MeritTrac, the CBT provider for the NMAT by GMACTM exam is fully committed to comply with the Persons with Disability (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full Participation) Act, 1995 for test takers with documented proof of impairments.

Test takers who wish to request for special assistance must fill the details in the online application while registering. The test takers must scan their Disability Certificate and upload to the registration application in order to be approved for necessary accommodation. Each application will be reviewed on a case-to-case basis. MeritTrac will contact the candidate to schedule his/her test at their preferred test centre, date and time with the approved accommodation and will ensure proper assistance is provided to them.

Experience with computerized testing reveals that it usually takes less time to complete the test. There are no test booklets and answer sheets to manage and no need to transfer answers manually to an answer sheet with CBT.

  • Time saving - Test takers generally have to report at a p & p test centre much ahead of the scheduled time for the test, start at the same time and take mandatory breaks and lunches to prevent test takers moving in and out of the testing room at different times. In a CBT environment, conditions are much more flexible. Test takers can report up to half an hour prior to the test time and choose to take breaks as per their convenience.
  • Flexibility in scheduling - A p & p test is offered at a limited number of test locations on limited test dates, therefore test takers may have to incur high travel costs and forgo opportunities as a result of the limited access to the test event. The greater frequency of administration dates and venues provides test takers with increased access and scheduling flexibility, thus resulting in savings for them.
  • Test security - Test security is enhanced due to controls built into the delivery systems that limit questions to be seen by the test taker (test taker can only see one question at a time) and limit test access to authorized individuals only.
  • Differently abled test takers - Most CBT interfaces are easy to use and they offer a standard testing environment that can be effectively adapted for test takers with special needs.
  • User interface - User Interface is designed to minimize reliance on computer skills. Test takers are not required to have prior computer experience to use CBT. At the beginning of the test, each test taker receives a brief introductory tutorial that instructs him or her on how to use the computer to answer the questions and review responses. No typing skills are required. As each question appears on the screen, the test taker uses the computer mouse to highlight and confirm the response selected. An invigilator is always available to answer questions regarding navigating throughout the duration of the test.
  • Format – the NMAT by GMACTM exam is a test which gives each candidate a personalized test, one question at a time, based on responses to previous questions. Due to the nature of the exam, candidates will not be able to review or change answers to preceding questions.
  • On-site assistance - Adequate on-site support is provided in the event that test takers need assistance during the testing session.

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