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GMAT vs NMAT exams by GMAC.
April 27 2024

GMAT stands for Graduate Management Admission test. Both GMAT & NMAT are the popular entrance exam. Which is conducted by GMAC (Graduate Management admission council). There are many key differences between these two entrance exams. To know the key difference read the article. It would help you to choose the best exam which suits you.

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To begin with, the GMAT score is accepted by most of the top B-schools. Whereas the NMAT exam score is accepted by primarily Indian B-schools including NMIMS, TAPMI, XIM, K J Somaiya, SPJIMR and more. NMAT exam is also accepted by some of the b-schools in Africa and Philippines including AIM, Manila which only accepted NMAT exam.

The main key highlighted the difference between GMAT and NMAT Exams.

Criteria.  GMAT NMAT
Number of total Questions.  Total 80 questions. Total 108 questions.
Types of questions.  MCQ as well as Description questions. MCQ
Sections in Exams.  Verbal Ability, Quantitative Reasoning, Integrated Reasoning and Analytical Writing Assessment.  Language Skills, Quantitative Skills and Logical Reasoning.
Time allocated.  3 hours 7 minutes (with two optional breaks of 8-minute ) 2 hours
Minimum and Maximum score.   200 – 800 0 – 360
Validity of score.  The Score is Valid for 5 Years.  The Score is Valid for 1 Year.
How many times are exams conducted in a year?  All year round.  Once a year.
Total Re-Attempts.  5 Attempts in a Year, Total 8 Attempts  3 Attempts
Cost for giving the exam. USD 275 for test center and USD 300 for online at home INR 2800 (+ taxes)
Score Accepted By  Most B-Schools all over the world. B-Schools in India, Africa, and the Philippines.


Syllabus Comparison of GMAT and NMAT exams.

GMAT syllabus contains four sections. Namely the Analytical Writing Assessment section, Integrated Reasoning section, Quantitative section, and Verbal section. Contain topics like Argument and Issue-based essays, Table Analysis and Two-Part Analysis. Topics like Multi-Source Reasoning, Graphics Interpretation, Problem Solving. Data Sufficiency, Critical Reasoning, Reading Comprehension, and Sentence Correction.
GMAT paper wants to evaluate your skills. Like reading skills, reasoning skills, and quantitative skills to solve problems. NMAT exams consist of three sections. Topics from Language skills, Quantitative skills, and Logical Reasoning skills. That is similar to a few topics included in the GMAT syllabus. Such as Problem Solving and Data Sufficiency. As well as Critical Reasoning and Reading Comprehension.

Section-wise Comparison of exam pattern of GMAT and NMAT exams

GMAT has one additional section in comparison with NMAT exams. Exams have a time limit of 3 hours and 7 minutes. Exam structure will help you in preparation as well as in deciding on which exam you should choose. GMAT is an integral admission test prerequisite for graduate management courses.


GMAT exam Sections Total Number of questions  Question Type Section-wise Time Limit
Analytical Writing Assessment section 1 Topic
  • Analysis of an Argument
30 Minutes
Integrated Reasoning section Total 12 questions
  • Multi-Source Reasoning,
  • Graphics Interpretation,
  • Two-Part Analysis,
  • Table Analysis
30 Minutes
Quantitative section Total 31 questions
  • Data Sufficiency
  • Problem Solving
62 Minutes
Verbal section Total 36 questions
  • Reading Comprehension,
  • Critical Reasoning,
  • Sentence Correction
65 Minutes
Total GMAT Exam time limit     3 hours 7 minutes


Whereas NMAT exams have only three sections. exams provide total as well as section-wise time limits. Once you cross any section you cannot go back to that section. The NMAT paper pattern expects you to attempt the sectional questions. Within the allotted time limit. These exams are held once a year. The candidate could give 3 attempts which include the first attempt.



NMAT Section-wise Name
Total number of questions
Allotted time in each section
Language Skills
Total 36 questions
 28 minutes
Quantitative Skills
Total 36 questions
 52 minutes
Logical Reasoning
Total 36 questions
 40 minutes
Total 108 questions
120 minutes


Top B-schools accepts NMAT and GMAT score respectively.

GMAT scores are accepted by most of the top B-schools in India and outside India. Usually, it is important to be required to apply for admission outside India. On the other hand, the NMAT score is primarily meant for applying to NMIMS. Additionally NMAT scores accept in other top B-schools as well as in India. Namely the Indian School of Business, ICFAI Business School, and Amity Business School. SRM School of Management, and Alliance School of Business.
As many as 24 top B-schools. South Africa, Nigeria, and the Philippines accept NMAT scores outside India. Colleges accepting GMAT scores are IIM Bangalore and Christ University. IBS Hyderabad, London Business School, and ESCP Europe

Top Colleges accepts GMAT score.

GMAT is accepted for over 6,000 programs offered by 2,100 universities. And institutions from 114 countries and 600 plus test centres in the world. The most popular MBA Entrance Exam in India is the CAT Exam. But the opportunities available amongst GMAT Accepting Colleges are nothing to be scoffed at.
Leading business schools from the world. Such as the London School of Business and Harvard University. Wharton (University of Pennsylvania), ESADE Business School, Spain. University of California- Berkley, and others accept GMAT Score.

Top 10 Colleges accepts GMAT score in India

Some of the best colleges in India accept the GMAT Score for some program or another. Follow are the top colleges that accept GMAT score are as follow.

  1. Indian School of Business (ISB), Hyderabad with a cut-off 700+ GMAT score and total fees is INR 25,54,725.
  2. Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad with a cut-off of 706+ GMAT score and total fees is INR 24,00,000.
  3. Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore with a cut-off 695+ GMAT score and total fees is INR 22,77,500.
  4. Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta with a cut-off 700+ GMAT score and total fees is INR 22,00,000.
  5. Indian Institute of Management, Lucknow with a cut-off 680+ GMAT score and total fees is INR 19,11,000.
  6. XLRI, Jamshedpur with a cut-off 700+ GMAT score and total fees is INR 14,95,000.
  7. Indian Institute of Management, Indore with a cut-off 580+ GMAT score and total fees is INR 18,00,000.
  8. S.P.Jain Institute of Management & Research, Mumbai with a cut-off 680+ GMAT score and total fees is INR 17,40,000.
  9. IMT, Ghaziabad with cut-off a 690+ GMAT score and total fees is INR 15,00,000.
  10. Great Lakes Institute of Management, Chennai with a cut-off a 680+ GMAT score and total fees is INR 17,70,000.

Top Colleges accepts NMAT score.

Top colleges that accept NMAT score are as follow with their cut-off.


GMAT or NMAT, any exam you take is always beneficial. You can choose from either, whichever meets your requirements. And applies to the business institute you are looking to get into. However, a study plan and consistent preparation for both exam is key to a good score. And admission into the business school of your choice.
So, if you are targeting B-Schools abroad for an MBA or similar programs, the GMAT should be your best choice. If you are aiming for NMIMS colleges then you must go for NMAT exams.
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