The GMAT or Graduate Management Admission Test and NMAT or Narsee Monjee Management Aptitude Test are standardized tests, taken by most  MBA aspirants across the globe. Both the GMAT and NMAT are conducted by the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC), but are different in numerous ways. Through this article, we will guide you through the main differences between GMAT vs NMAT, which will help you choose the one suited for you.

Differences between GMAT vs NMAT are laid out in the table below.

Criteria GMAT NMAT
No. of Questions 80 questions 108 questions 
Types of Questions MCQ + Non-MCQ  MCQ
Sections Verbal Reasoning

Quantitative Reasoning

Integrated Reasoning

Analytical Writing Assessment

Language Skills

Quantitative Skills

Logical Reasoning

Time Duration 3 hours 7 minutes 

(+ 2 optional 8-minute breaks)

2 hours
Score  200 – 800 score range 0 – 360 score range 
Validity of Score 5 Years 1 Year
Frequency Throughout the year  Just once in a year 
Retakes 5 times in a year, total 8  3 times
Fee USD 250 INR 2,000 (+ taxes)
Accepted By B-Schools across the globe  Indian B-Schools

Pattern and Syllabus:

GMAT consists of 4 sections – Verbal Ability, Quantitative Reasoning, Integrated Reasoning, and Analytical Writing Assessment. NMAT exam, on the other hand,  is divided into 3 sections – Quantitative skills, Language skills and  Logical Reasoning.


The GMAT consists of 80 questions, across the 4 sections  – Quantitative Reasoning (31), Integrated Reasoning (12), Verbal Ability (36), and Analytical Writing Assessment (1). The Analytical Writing Assessment consists of 1 essay-type question and the other three sections consist of multiple-choice questions. As of the NMAT exam, it consists of 108 MCQ questions, equally divided among 3 sections, each consisting of 36 questions.

Time Duration: 

The duration of the NMAT is 2 hours, the GMAT is 3 hours and 7 minutes, with 2 optional breaks of 8 minutes each.

Score Validity:

The GMAT score valid for five years, while the scores of NMAT are valid for just one year. 


When it comes to retakes, the GMAT can be taken up to 5 times in one year, if you want to get better  scores. In such cases, the latest scores are valid. You can take the NMAT up to 3 times, although it has to be within the 84 days window. However, your highest NMAT score is considered as your valid final score out of these attempts.  


The main difference between GMAT and NMAT lies in their fees. While the NMAT exam would cost you INR 2,000 (along with applicable taxes), the GMAT exam costs USD 250, i.e. around INR 18,000. 


GMAT is accepted across 144 countries by over 2,100 Universities; the NMAT, on the other hand, is only accepted by  B-Schools in India. So, if an MBA abroad is your choice, then GMAT is your best shot. 

GMAT or NMAT, both exams are beneficial. You can choose the one that suits your needs. However, consistent preparation and smart study plan for both is key to a good score. 

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