Gateway to dream institutions-CAT or NMAT??

  • 17Sep,2018

    The two of the toughest Management exams in India- Common Admission Test (CAT) and Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies-Management Aptitude Test (NMAT) - both are the gateway into India’s well-known Institutions. But there are many different aspects to study before opting for any one/both the exams. This article will provide you a clearer idea in detail about CAT & NMAT for strategic preparation for your higher education.


    Common Admission Test (CAT) is a national level Management entrance examination offering admission into IIMs and 100 other B-schools which accept CAT score. It is considered that cracking the CAT exam is very hard and with the passing time CAT is getting all the more difficult. It is even harder to make your path into the 20 IIMs. 


    NMAT is also a national level entrance test conducted by the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) every year. Over a period of the last 2 years, the difficulty level of NMAT has increased and is considered to be tougher than CAT. The NMAT score is accepted by 22 B-schools in India.

    Pros and Cons:

    Cracking CAT in one attempt in the market full of competition is really a tough call, but NMAT is equally tough and has its plus point of 3 attempts a year. Being held within a period of 3 months, NMAT provides a scope for the students to re-appear in the exams to improve their score in their 1st or 2nd attempt. This gives the golden opportunity to the students to schedule their own exam by selecting date, time and center as per their convenience. Both the exams are held through online mode. CAT includes both objectives as well as subjective type questions, whereas in NMAT entrance only objective type questions are asked. Both CAT and NMAT don’t include the General Awareness and unlike CAT, NMAT is less calculation intensive test. Each section in CAT is conducted for an hour, but NMAT includes different and less sectional timing- Verbal Ability is of 22 minutes, Quantitative Skills is of 60 minutes and Logical Reasoning is of 38 minutes.


    No. of attempts Once in a year 3 times in a 75 day window with an extra fee for each attempt
    Exam Pattern
    • Quantitative Ability- 34 ques.
    • Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension- 34 ques.
    • Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning- 32 ques.
    • Language Skills- 32 ques.
    • Logical Reasoning- 48 ques.
    • Quantitative Skills- 40 ques.
    • 300 marks in total
    • 3 marks for correct answer
    • -1 for wrong attempt
    • 360 marks in total
    • 3 marks for correct answer
    • No negative marking
    Time Duration 180 minutes

    120 minutes

    Tests your speed (2hrs for 120 question)

    Preference for choosing order of section No such opportunity as it is held once in a year You have the chance of scheduling your own exam
    Application fees
    • Rs 1900 for General category
    • Rs 1000 for Reserved category
    Rs 1900-2000 + inclusive tax

    IIM institutes:

    Institutes Programmes
    IIM Ahmedabad PGP, PGP-FABM, ePGP
    IIM Amritsar PGP
    IIM Bangalore PGP, PGPEM, PGPPM
    IIM Bodh Gaya PGP
    IIM Calcutta PGP-PGDM
    IIM Indore PGP (Indore, Mumbai), EPGP, PGP-HRM
    IIM Jammu PGP
    IIM Kashipur PGP, EPGP
    IIM Kozhikode PGP
    IIM Lucknow PGP, PGP-ABM, PGP-SM
    IIM Nagpur PGP
    IIM Raipur PGP, PGPWE
    IIM Sambalpur PGP
    RGIIM Shillong PGP, PGPEX
    IIM Sirmaur PGP
    IIM Tiruchirappalli PGP, PGPBM
    IIM Udaipur PGP
    IIM Visakhapatnam PGP

    Institutes accepting NMAT score:

    1. SVKM’s Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai, Bangalore, Hyderabad
    2. Xavier University, Bhubaneswar
    3. MISB Bocconi, Mumbai
    4. ICFAI Business School (IBS), Hyderabad and other locations
    5. Alliance University, Bangalore
    6. BSE Institute Limited
    7. Amity University, Delhi NCR
    8. Thapar School of Management, Chandigarh
    9. SRM University, Chennai, Delhi NCR Sonipat
    10. Shiv Nadar University, Greater Noida
    11. University of Petroleum & Energy Studies (UPES), Dehradun
    12. Woxsen School of Business Management, Hyderabad
    13. BML Munjal University, Delhi
    14. VIT University, Vellore
    15. ITM Business School, Navi Mumbai
    16. Mody University, Rajasthan
    17. GITAM School of International Business, Visakhapatnam
    18. Hyderabad Business School
    19. GITAM University, Hyderabad

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