GMAT vs NMAT! Know Differences & Similarities

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Abhishek Dhawan
Senior Executive – Editorial
Updated on Sep 9, 2022 17:01 IST

GMAT and NMAT exams have a number of applicants every year. Before applying for the test, Shiksha has listed down some key differences between GMAT and NMAT exam. Read on!



GMAT vs NMAT! Know Differences & Similarities


GMAT and NMAT are among the top MBA entrance exams accepted for admission in India and abroad. Both NMAT and GMAT share the conducting body, that is Graduate Management Admission Council. Besides, the conducting body and some minor similarities, these MBA entrance exams do not share any common grounds. Both these exams are different in terms of pattern, syllabus, score validity, and more. In this article, we lay differences and similarities between the NMAT and GMAT exams. 

Candidates taking GMAT get five attempts per year, including the first attempt. While in NMAT, candidates get three attempts per year, including the first attempt. Both these exams are accepted by B-schools across multiple countries. NMAT is accepted in different parts of Asia and Africa. While GMAT is accepted in over 110 countries.

Besides NMIMS, popular B-schools that accept NMAT scores in India include IBS Business School, Amity Business School, University of Petroleum and Energy Studies, School of Inspired Leadership and Woxsen School of Business. On the other hand, the GMAT score is accepted by prominent B-schools such as IMT, BITS, FMS, TISS, Europe Asia School of Business and others.

GMAT vs NMAT: Key Highlights

Find the key difference between GMAT and NMAT exam in the table below.




Total Questions



Total Duration of the Test

187 minutes

120 minutes

Type of Question

Non-MCQ and MCQs


Broad Topics

Verbal, Mathematical and Analytical Skills

Verbal, Analytical Skills and Mathematics

Test Contents

Analytical Writing Assessment, Quantitative Reasoning, Verbal Ability and Integrated Reasoning

Language Skills, Quantitative Skills, Logical Reasoning

Score Range



Score Validity

5 Years

1 Year


Unofficial released immediately after the test; official score released 20 days after attempting the test.

Available within 4-5 weeks after attempting the test.

Cost of Application

USD 275 (India)

INR 2800 + applicable taxes

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GMAT vs NMAT: Difference in Syllabus, Pattern, Competitive Scope

  1. GMAT syllabus contains topics such as Argument and Issue-based essays, Table Analysis, Two-Part Analysis, Multi-Source Reasoning, Graphics Interpretation, Problem Solving and Data Sufficiency, Critical Reasoning, Reading Comprehension and Sentence Correction. The questions evaluate quantitative skills to solve problems, their reasoning skills, reading and writing skills in English. NMAT syllabus consists of topics from Language skills, Quantitative skills, Logical Reasoning skills that are similar to few topics included in the GMAT syllabus such as Problem Solving and Data Sufficiency as well as Critical Reasoning and Reading Comprehension.
  1. GMAT exam pattern, on the other hand, is an expository evaluation sort of a test, which aims at testing candidate’s inclination and expository abilities. There is one essay type question in the GMAT exam. Check the sectional time limit and the total number of questions per section in GMAT below.


Number of Questions

Sectional Time Limit in Minutes

Analytical Writing Assessment

1 Essay Type Question

30 minutes

Integrated Reasoning

12 Questions

30 minutes


31 Questions




65 minutes

NMAT exam pattern is a moderate variant of CAT test with few comparative example and nature of inquiries. NMAT exam, however, is candidate friendly and specifications of the test like no negative marking scheme makes the test inviting and simple. Check the sectional time limit and the number of questions per section in NMAT below.


Number of Questions

Sectional Time Limits in Minutes

Language Skills



Quantitative Skills



Logical Reasoning






  1. GMAT score is accepted for over 6,000 programmes offered by 2,100 universities and institutions from 114 countries and 600 plus test centres in the world. Leading business schools from the world such as London School of Business, Harvard University, Wharton (University of Pennsylvania), ESADE Business School, Spain, University of California- Berkley and others accept GMAT Score. NMAT score is accepted for admission to the leading Graduate Business programmes in India such as SPJIMR, ISB, Chitkara University, IILM University, Alliance University and others.

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