How to Prepare for NMAT 2015?

1. How good is NMIMS? 

A. NMIMS-Mumbai is one of the premier B-Schools in India, having the advantage of being located in Mumbai, India’s financial capital. NMIMS-Mumbai falls in the AA Category. Where as NMIMS-Bangalore and NMIMS-Hyderabad are ranked among the BBB grade B-schools. 

2. Which exam is to be written to gain admission in NMIMS? What are the programs offered by NMIMS? 

A. NMAT by GMAC needs to be taken for admission into MBA/PGDM programs offered by NMIMS. NMIMS offers the following programs 

NMIMS Mumbai Campus: 
  • MBA
  • MBA (Pharmaceutical Management)
  • MBA HR
  • NMIMS Bengaluru Campus:
  • PGDM
  • NMIMS Hyderabad Campus:

The following is the information about their intake

MBA -500
MBA-Pharmaceutical Management-60
PGDM(Bengaluru campus)-180
PGDM(Hyderabad campus)-90

3. What is the selection process for these programs?

A. Selection process for MBA, MBA in HR, PGDM – Bengaluru and Hyderabad Campus:
  • Entrance Test (NMAT)
  • Group Discussion ( Case Discussion ) & Personal Interview.

4. Is NMAT an online exam? When is NMAT conducted?

A. Yes, NMAT is an online exam. This year, the test window is from 6 th October 2015 to 19th December 2015.

5.What are the changes in this year's NMAT? 

A. This year onwards NMAT will be conducted by GMAC ( organization which conducts the GMAT exam across the world ). The other major change is apart from NMIMS, NMAT scores this year will be accepted by the following B-schools 

NMIMS University, Mumbai, Bangalore, Hyderabad
Alliance University, Bangalore
Amity University, Delhi NCR
Ansal University, Delhi NCR
ICFAI University, IBS Business School, Hyderabad and other locations
Mody University, Rajasthan
BML Munjal University, Delhi
Shoolini University, Chandigarh
SRM University, Chennai
Thapar University, Chandigarh
VIT University, Vellore
Woxsen School of Business, Hyderabad

There is no change in the pattern of the examination. 

6. What are the schedule of NMAT exam? 

RegistrationThursday, July 02, 2015Monday, October 05, 2015
SchedulingFriday, July 03, 2015Thursday, October 22, 2015
Late RegistrationTuesday, October 06, 2015Thursday, October 22, 2015
ReschedulingFriday, July 03, 2015Wednesday, December 16, 2015
Exam DeliveryTuesday, October 06, 2015Saturday, December 19, 2015
Results Submission & Final Announcement of ResultsTuesday, October 06, 2015Friday, January 15, 2016

7. I have not cleared my graduation in stipulate duration as per the respective University / Institution awarding the degree, i am i eligible to take NMAT? 

A.Yes, though you need to check the eligibility norms of each of the B-schools separately before applying. 

8.What is the test fee for NMAT? 

Test Registration (Early)INR 1600 + applicable taxes
Test Registration (Late)INR 2000 + applicable taxes
RetakeINR 1600 + applicable taxes
RescheduleINR 1000 + applicable taxes
Additional Score Reports(beyond first seven) INR 200 / Score Report + applicable taxes

9. If i am interested in studying at NMIMS, applying to NMAT alone is sufficient or should i separately apply to NMIMS also? 

A. Apart from applying to NMAT, you also need to apply to NMIMS. The application fee is 1100 Rs if one wishes to apply to NMIMS Mumbai alone or NMIMS Bangalore/Hyderbad alone. The application fee is 1500 Rs if one wishes to apply to NMIMS Mumbai, Bangalore and Hyderabad. The last date for application is 19 October 2015. 

10. What would be the structure of NMAT-2016? 

Sr. NoSectionNo. of QuestionsTime in Minutes
1Language Skills3222
2Quantitative Skills4860
3Logical Reasoning4038


Note- there will be no negative marking.Applicants can take max of three attempts at NMAT-2016, the best of three will be considered at the time of shortlisting of candidates for GD/PI stage. 

11. Does NMAT have sectional cut-offs?

A. Yes NMIMS has provision for sectional cutoffs,most of the other B-schools accepting NMAT scores do not have this provision.

12. What is the flagship course offered at NMIMS?

A. MBA ( earlier known as MB- Core) is the flagship course of NMIMS-Mumbai.

13. Could you provide me with some details of the MBAprogram offered at NMIMS-Mumbai? 

A. Eligibility: 10+2+3 degree in any branch of study or equivalent pattern recognized by the UGC & AIU with minimum 50% marks in aggregate at degree level. 

Intake – 500
Duration - 2 years
No of Semesters-6 (Trimesters)

14. What were the cut-offs last year for the MBA Program at NMIMS (Mumbai)?

A. The last year's cut-off marks are given below 

Overall 207 marks, QS-65, LS-50, LR 55 

15. Does NMIMS follow reservation policy?

A. NMIMS reserves 30% of seats for girls. It does not reserve seats for SC/ST/OBC/DA candidates.

16. Can you give me Placement details of the MBA (Core) Program?

A. The average salary for the 2013-2015 batch of NMIMS-Mumbai MBA Program was 16.5 lacs pa. while the highest CTC offered was 30 lacs p.a. 

17. Who were the key recruiters at NMIMS-Mumbai? 

A. Goldman sachs, JP Morgan, GE, RIL, Idea, JPMC, ICICI Group, Yes Bank, RBS, Deutsche Bank (Operations), Kotak Group, HDFC Bank, IDBI Bank, Crisil, Perfetti, Cognizant Business Consulting, Wipro Group, Capgemini, HCL Technologies, Infosys and Polaris were some of the companies which recruited in large numbers. 

18. Can you give me some suggestions on how to prepare for NMAT? 

A Except for the section on Logical Reasoning, all the other sections of NMAT get well covered with a good preparation for CAT. However, it would be advisable for a student to work on his/her speed mathematics as some of the questions under Data Interpretation tend to be calculation intensive. Also, 120 questions in120 minutes means that the candidate needs to be really quick in solving the questions. 

The questions in reasoning section of NMAT are: 
  • Series, Analogies, Odd man out, Coding & Decoding, and Symbols & Notations
  • Analytical puzzles (Linear arrangement, Circular arrangement, Distribution,Comparisons and Selections)
  • Critical reasoning (Assumptions, Conclusions, Inferences, Strong & Weak arguments, Courses of action, Cause & Effect, Assertions and Reasons,Deductions, Input / Output, and Decision Making).