GMAC modifies NMAT 2020 to Navigate COVID times; Exam starts on November 4 in both Test-center and At-home options; Check 5 big changes

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Updated on September 11, 2020
Close on the heels of CAT and XAT exams, the NMAT 2020 exam dates are also out! Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) will conduct NMAT by GMAC 2020 from Nov 4, 2020 to Jan 30, 2021 with option to appear in the exam at test centre or take the online proctored exam from home. GMAC has made many changes to tailor make the exam for COVID 19 times. Read this Article to know all about the NMAT 2021 exam dates & pattern, eligibility, application process and more
NMAT 2020 Exam Dates Announced

After a wait of few weeks, Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) has released NMAT by GMAC 2020 Exam dates and process. NMAT exam will be conducted from November 4, 2020 to January 30, 2021 with option to the candidates to take the test either at test centre or to take the online proctored exam from their home. Apart from 30+ Indian B-schools, students taking NMAT by GMAC exam 2020 can also apply to leading B-schools in Philippines, South Africa and Nigeria.

To navigate the uncertainties and shift in student mindset caused by COVID 19 pandemic, GMAC has made many modifications to NMAT 2020 Exam pattern and procedures. For instance, this year NMAT will have fewer questions and more time available per question; weightage for Quantitative Section has also been reduced. These changes have also been done to appeal to more non-engineers and women candidates.

NMAT by GMAC, popularly known as NMAT, is one of the top national MBA entrance exams that is accepted by NMIMS University Mumbai for admission to its flagship 2 years MBA program and many private universities. GMAC, the body that conducts the popular GMAT exam worldwide, conducts NMAT Exam in India and many other countries like Philippines and South Africa.

NMAT 2020 Exam: Important Dates
Important dates for NMAT 2020 exam registration, testing window are as follows:

Exam Activity
Start Date
Last Date
Registration & Application Process
September 14, 2020
November 20, 2020
NMAT 2020 Exam Dates
November 4, 2020
January 30, 2021

Read more about NMAT 2020 Exam Schedule

Five Key Changes in NMAT Exam 2020
Following key changes have been introduced in NMAT 2020 exam:

1. Shorter Registration & Longer Testing Window
This year the NMAT registration window is shortened and Testing window will be longer than last year. While NMAT registration window has been reduced to 60+ days from 90+ days last year, the testing window has been extended to 88 days from 75 days last year. Following are the key changes in NMAT Registration and Testing window 2020

NMAT 2020 Registration
NMAT 2020 Dates
NMAT 2019
Registration Window
Sep 14 to Nov 20, 2020
July 2 to Oct 3, 2019
Testing Window
Nov 4, 2020 to Jan 30, 2021
October 4 to December 17, 2020

2. Fewer number of questions, with same Test duration 
NMAT 2020 features lesser number of questions, while keeping the exam duration as same.

Overall Test Composition & Duration
NMAT 2020
NMAT 2019
Total Question in NMAT
Test Duration
2 Hours
2 Hours

3. Sectional Division of Questions Changed
Although NMAT 2020 will have same three sections, the number of questions in each section have been changed.

NMAT 2020: Sectional Composition
No. of Questions in NMAT 2020
No. of questions in NMAT 2019
Section-1: Language Skills Section
Section-2: Logical Reasoning
Section-3: Quantitative Skills

4. Changes in Sectional Time Duration
Not only the number of questions in each section is changed but the individual time duration to solve each section has also been changed as under:

NMAT 2020 Sections
Sectional Time Duration in NMAT 2020
Sectional Time Duration in NMAT 2019
Section-1: Language Skills Section
  28 Minutes
22 Minutes
Section-2: Logical Reasoning
  40 Minutes
38 Minutes
Section-3: Quantitative Skills
  52 Minutes
60 Minutes 
Total Duration
120 Minutes
120 minutes

5. Scoring Pattern: Key Changes
This year NMAT will award scaled score in a range of 36 to 360 overall and 12 to 120 for each section. The score range that used to vary for each section last year has been streamlined. The overall and sectional scaled scoring pattern in NMAT 2020 will be as under:

NMAT 2020 
Score Range
Scaled score for Section-1: Language Skills
Scaled score for Section-2: Logical Reasoning
Scaled Score for Section-3: Quantitative Skills
Overall total Scaled Score Range

NMAT by GMAC 2020: Key Features
Some of the unique features of the NMAT 2020 that may help candidates perform better, assess their performance and play to their strengths with added convenience and flexibility this year are:

  • Long testing window
  • Equal weightage to all sections and no negative marking
  • 108 questions instead of 120 questions while exam duration remains 120 minutes
  • Two retake opportunities to improve score
  • Instant score preview and official score card within 48 hours for Candidates and Schools
  • Testing options at test center with social distancing norms & online proctored at home
  • 52 conveniently located testing centers across 62 Indian Cities & 4 international centers

Before we close, a caveat on NMAT dates. Above NMAT schedule is subject to COVID 19 risks and disruption. Exam dates and testing mode may undergo changes depending upon the situation and government directives in coming month. So, visit NMAT Exam Channel for latest updates and tips.

NMAT by GMAC, popularly known as NMAT, is one of the top national MBA entrance exams that is accepted by NMIMS University Mumbai for admission to its flagship 2 years MBA program. Many private universities including VIT Vellore, ICFAI University Hyderabad, Shiv Nadar University Greater Noida, UPES Dehradun, LMThapar University Chandigarh accept NMAT for their flagship MBA program. NMAT is also accepted by top b-schools like ISB, SPJIMR and XIMB for their specialized programmes. Check list of MBA colleges accepting NMAT

Stay tuned to for more updates on NMAT by GMAC 2020.