MBA Entrance Exam NMAT by GMAC Exam Pattern Changed for 2020, Exam Schedule to be Announced Sooner, may be delayed due to COVID 19 pandemic
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NMAT by GMAC Exam Pattern Changes for 2020, Exam Schedule to be Announced Soon: Check Complete Details

This year Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) will conduct NMAT by GMAC 2020 exam in a changed pattern with fewer Quantitative Ability questions. Recently, GMAC has released NMAT by GMAC 2020 Exam pattern. The exam dates and registration schedule is to be announced sooner by the authorities.

While the probable schedule may further undergo some change due to COVID 19 pandemic. The changed NMAT exam pattern promises to be a more balanced exam with fewer questions and more time available for each question. Also, with a much lower weightage to Quantitative Section, this NMAT exam will increase its appeal to non-engineers.


NMAT by GMAC, popularly known as NMAT, is one of the top national MBA entrance exams that is accepted by NMIMS University Mumbai, VIT Vellore, ICFAI University Hyderabad, Shiv Nadar University Greater Noida, UPES Dehradun, LM Thapar University Chandigarh, Vijaybhoomi University Mumbai among top B-Schools for their flagship 2 year MBA program. NMAT score is also accepted by top b-schools like ISB, SPJIMR and XIMB for their specialized Management programmes.

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Expected Schedule of NMAT 2020 Exam

NMAT 2020 exam expected dates are as follows:

Exam Activity Expected Start Date Expected Last Date
Registration & Application Process August 2020 first week October 2020 first week
NMAT 2020 Exam Dates October 2020 first week December 2020 third week
NMAT Result Date  3rd Week January 2021

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Key Changes in NMAT By GMAC Exam 2020

Following key changes have been introduced in NMAT 2020 exam:

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1 Fewer Questions

This year NMAT exam pattern has been substantially changed. The exam will have fewer number of questions as compared to last year, while keeping the exam duration as same.

Overall Test Composition & Duration NMAT 2020 NMAT 2019
Total Question in NMAT 108 120
Test Duration 2 Hours 2 Hours

2. Balanced Paper

Although NMAT 2020 will have same three sections, the number of questions in each section have been changed. All the questions will be equally divided into three sections with a changed time limit for each section. Following are the key changes as compared to last year:

NMAT 2020: Sectional Composition No. of Questions in NMAT 2020 No. of questions in NMAT 2019
Section-1: Language Skills Section   36   32
Section-2: Logical Reasoning   36   40
Section-3: Quantitative Skills   36   48
Total   108   120

3. 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

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4. Key Changes in Scoring Pattern

This year NMAT will award scaled score in a range of 36 to 360 overall and 12 to 120 for each section. The scaled score pattern – sectional and overall in NMAT 2020 will be as under:

NMAT 2020  Score Range
Scaled score for Section-1: Language Skills 12-120
Scaled score for Section-2: Logical Reasoning 12-120
Scaled Score for Section-3: Quantitative Skills 12-120
Overall total Scaled Score Range  36-360

Implication of Changes in NMAT 2020 Exam Pattern

  • Overall number of questions in NMAT 2020 have been reduced by 12 with same time duration of 2 hours. It gives more time per question to maximise attempts to the test taker.
  • Each section in NMAT 2020 has equal number of questions as against varying number of questions in earlier years. This change has made NMAT by GMAC 2020 a more balanced exam as compared to last year.
  • Weightage to Quantitative Skills section has been reduced to 33% as against 40% last year. Candidates from Arts and Commerce streams, who struggle to solve Quantitative section, will benefit from this change
  • Weightage to Language Skills Section has increased to 33% this year from 26% last year.

Above NMAT schedule is subject to COVID 19 outbreak and government laid rules. Exam dates and testing mode may undergo changes depending upon the situation and government directives in coming month.

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