If you are an MBA aspirant, it is evident for you to look for the comparison between the exams so that you can maximise the chances of getting a seat in your desired B-School.

Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is an international level management entrance exam conducted by GMAC (Graduate Management Admission Council) whereas NMAT is anational level entrance exam conducted and owned by the GMGC. The GMGC happens to be a subsidiary of GMAC.

Now, to understand the difference between the two exams we need to consider specific parameters like exam pattern, level of question paper, and college accepting the scores of the respective exam. To help aspirants in that regards we are going to differentiate NMAT and GMAT on various parameters in this blog. So, if you are a management aspirant and looking to take the NMAT, GMAT or both the exam in 2019 then this would be very helpful for you.

NMAT and GMAT Exam Highlights

To study the difference between the NMAT and GMAT exam we must first take a look at the major highlights of both the exams. The exam highlights for NMAT and GMAT are tabled below for the reference of the candidates.

Conducting Authority GMAC (Graduate Management Admission Council) GMAC (Graduate Management Admission Council)
Official website https://www.gmac.com   https://www.nmat.org.in/
Mode of exam Online (Computer adaptive test) Online
Nature of exam International Management Entrance Exam Management Entrance Exam
Duration of Exam Multiple times a year Held over 75 Days window
Sections in exam 4 3
Total marks 400-800 120
Total Time Allotted 3 Hours 7 minutes (187 Minutes) 2 Hours (120 Minutes)
Marking Scheme Percentile based One score is awarded for the correct answer: No negative marking

NMAT Exam Pattern

NMAT is conducted in online mode. A total of 120 Objective (MCQs) are asked in the exam. Total exam duration is 120 Minutes. One mark is granted for each right answer. Total marks allotted for the paper is 120. No negative marking is therein NMAT exam. The questions are divided into three sections. The section-wise distribution of questions is tabled below:

Section Questions asked Time limit
Quantitative Skills 48 MCQs 60 minutes
Logical Reasoning 40 MCQs 38 minutes
Language Skills 32 MCQs 22 minutes

GMAT Exam Pattern

GMAT is conducted in online mode. The GMAT is a computer adaptive test (that is the difficulty level of the subsequent questions is changed as per the previous answers marked by the candidate). The exam has both descriptive and objective components. Scoring in GMAT is done in a point-wise manner in each section. Percentile based tabulation of candidate’s score takes place. The GMAT exam section-wise description is tabled below:

Section Number of Questions asked Time allotted to the section
Analytical Writing Assessment (Essay writing Type Descriptive) 1 30 Minutes
Reasoning 12 30 Minutes
Quantitative Reasoning 31 62 Minutes
Verbal Reasoning 36 65 Minutes

Difficulty Level: GMAT vs NMAT

In terms of difficulty level NMAT happens to be a moderate version of the CAT exam with a similar pattern and nature of questions. Multiple attempts and no negative marking makes NMAT student-friendly and easy exam. The difficulty level of questions is below that of CAT.

On the other hand, GMAT is an analytical assessment kind of an exam. It tests the candidate for its aptitude and analytical skills. No defined syllabus for the exam adds to the uncertainty which furthers the difficulty quotient as compared to the NMAT. In terms of competition and test takers GMAT happens to be the winner thanks to its international nature.

NMAT scores are not accepted by college internationally whereas the GMAT scores are good enough to get admission in B-schools in India as well as abroad.

Colleges Accepting Score

Some of the top colleges/B-Schools (in India) accepting NMAT score for admissions are:

  • IBS Business School
  • Amity Business School
  • University of Petroleum and Energy Studies
  • School of Inspired Leadership
  • Woxsen School of Business

Top colleges/B-Schools (in India) accepting GMAT score for admissions are:

  • IMT
  • BITS
  • FMS
  • TISS
  • Europe Asia School of Business

We, hope that the comparative analysis of NMAT and GMAT would have helped you understand the difference between the two. Candidates willing to pursue any of the two can go through the entire details and choose the best suitable.

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