NMAT by GMAC 2019 Exam Pattern: All about Marking Scheme, No. of Questions, and Sections

NMAT by GMAC exam pattern is important for the candidates preparing for the MBA entrance exam. Find out details about the Marking Scheme, No. of Questions, and Sections that are expected in the exam this year.

Aug 20, 2019 18:06 IST
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NMAT Exam Pattern
NMAT Exam Pattern

NMAT by GMAC exam pattern is an important aspect for the candidates preparing to appear for the NMAT MBA Entrance exam. Cracking NMAT by GMAC exam is one milestone which you can achieve if you have gained a sound understanding of the exam pattern. From no. of questions, marking scheme, time limit/duration of exam, type of questions, and what not, everything is important to understand when preparing for MBA entrance exam. It is because the competition to make it to the top MBA institute such as Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies, SPJIMR - Mumbai, TAPMI among others is high.

This year, the NMAT by GMAC registrations commenced from 2nd July and shall remain open till 3rd October. The late registration window, as per the schedule, begins from 4th October and will continue till 14th October. Candidates can appear for the exam from 4th October and the exam window shall remain open till 17th December. The 75 day exam window and the time that you have in-hand to prepare for the exam is a golden opportunity to make it to the top B-schools of India.

So let us find out in detail, what it takes to crack the NMAT 2019 exam and how to prepare for it: 

About NMAT Exam Pattern

NMAT Exam tests the aptitude of aspirants through 120 MCQ based questions (from 3 sections i.e. Language Skills, Quantitative Skills and Logical Reasoning) that are expected to be solved within 120 minutes.

NMAT 2019: Exam Pattern Highlights

S. No.

NMAT Exam Pattern



Exam Conducting Body

Graduate Management Global Connection (India) Private Limited (GMGC)


NMAT Exam Date

4th October - 17th December 2019


NMAT Exam Duration

Sectional time limit - 2 hours (120 minutes); as per your preferred slot


Mode of Examination

Computer-based Exam (Online)


No. of sections

Three (Language Skills, Quantitative Skills, Logical Reasoning)


No. of questions



Type of Questions

Objective Type Questions (MCQs)


Negative marking per question

There is NO negative marking in the exam

NMAT Test Window Advantage

Exam takers competing for a seat in Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies (NMIMS) shall also make a note that NMAT exam can be taken 3 times in the test window that begins from October 4, 2019, onwards and ends on December 17, 2019. The test takers are given the discretion to share their best score among the three chances attempted. The best score is considered as the final score for seeking admission in the NMIMS affiliated colleges. It should also be noted that for every additional attempt, candidates are supposed submit additional fees as well.

Sectional break-up of questions

S. no.

No. of Questions

Time (in Minutes)


Language Skills



Quantitative Skills



Logical Reasoning





Sectional Time Limit

Like CAT exam, NMAT by GMAC exam takers will also have to face the test of sectional time limit while attempting the NMAT test. Each section is individually timed and you would be required to attempt the questions within the assigned time limit. However, unlike the CAT exam, NMAT test takers can choose the order of section as per their convenience. Take a look at the sectional time limit against each section here:

S. no.

No. of Sections

Time limit allotted


Language Skills



Quantitative Skills



Logical Reasoning



120 minutes

Marking Scheme in NMAT exam

Unlike other MBA entrance exams in which negative marking pulls down the percentile scores of candidates, NMAT doesn’t carry any negative marking. Aspirants don’t have to face the wrath of negative marking if they choose wrong options. 1 mark is rewarded for choosing correct options while no mark is deducted if you attempt a wrong option.

NMAT Marking Scheme

Mark awarded

Correct Question


Incorrect Question


(NO negative marking)

Exam Submission Guidelines

As the exam is conducted in online mode, test takers must review their answers before submitting the final test. After submitting the test, you will not be allowed to make further changes in the test.

For all the NMAT Aspirants, GMAC has launched its 2nd edition of online test prep tool, which is a new online portal offers additional questions in the exam’s format to acquaint test takers with the actual test structure and help them prepare for the exam.

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