Those aiming to get admission to MBA and other post graduate diploma programs in several of India’s top management institutes could begin preparations for the NMAT examination, scheduled to be held from October 7 to December 20.
The Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC), a global non-profit organisation, that conducts the NMAT exam, has announced the full schedule, with the registration having opened on July 4.
As far as eligibility criteria is concerned, candidates should possess a a full-time Bachelor’s degree in any discipline from a recognised university/institute with not less than 50% marks.
The online registration would continue till October 3. The late registration will be from October 4-12.
The application fee is Rs 1600 excluding taxes. If the candidates wish to fill application form for more than seven programs, he/she will have to pay Rs 200 for each additional course.
According to GMAC, NMAT, having become a computer based test in 2009, has been at the forefront of measurement in India as a valid and reliable predictor of success in graduate business school.
Schools have access to one of the more diverse test taking populations in the country with some of the highest proportions of women and non-engineers taking the exam. Test takers also have access to practice materials to enhance their preparations.
Each candidate will get a randomly generated test from a pool of questions, delivered one-at-a-time. The number of questions, difficulty levels, and the time limit for each of the sections is predetermined and, under normal administration conditions, are the same regardless of when and where the test is administered.
Candidates have a choice of selecting the order/sequence of the test sections. The NMAT by GMAC™ exam has three sections – Language Skills, Quantitative Skills and Logical Reasoning.
The three sections are individually timed. Thus, the Language skills section comprising 32 questions has to be answered in 22 minutes, Quantitative skills with 48 questions in 60 minutes and Logical reasoning of 40 questions in 38 minutes. All in all, 120 questions are to be attempted in total 120 minutes.
Test takers must answer questions and review answers of each section within the allotted time before moving to another section of the exam. Once the candidate closes out of a section, all answers are treated as final.
The new features for 2016 comprise one account for Exam registration, Exam scheduling / rescheduling, Admit Card, Score Card and NMATPrep study material. The Mobile Wallets option has been added for payment.
The Institutions accepting NMAT by GMAC are: SVKM’s Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies; ICFAI Business School (IBS): Alliance University; SRM University; BML Munjal University; VIT University;Ansal University; Mody University; Shoolini University; Thapar School of Management; Woxsen School of Business Management; Amity University;Chitkara University; University of Petroleum & Energy Studies (UPES); Hyderabad Business School, Gitam University; Institute of Management, JK University, Jaipur; Shiv Nadar University and GITAM School of International Business, Visakhapatnam.