NMAT Selection Procedure – Schedule, Step-wise Process, GD, PI, WAT

NMAT selection process 2020 refers to a set of rounds conducted in a specified chronology for admission to the NMAT participating B-schools. Students must note that there is no common or centralized counselling process for admission in PG management courses through NMAT. The selection is based on the NMAT scores and further, the institute-specific rounds for admission take place. 

Participation in the NMAT selection process requires the candidates to qualify NMAT 2020. Afterwards, rounds for selection at NMAT by GMAC member institutions may include Personal Interview (PI), Group Discussion (GD), Written Ability Test (WAT), Case Discussion, etc. However, the selection rounds vary at different colleges.

Candidates are required to visit the participating institutes as per the schedule specified by the respective institute for participating in the NMAT selection process. For more details on the NMAT selection process, refer to the article below.

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NMAT Selection Process  – Important Dates

Candidates, after qualifying NMAT by GMAC, can appear for the NMAT selection process at any/all of the five institutes chosen by them while registering for NMAT by GMAC. Every institute releases its own schedule for the NMAT selection rounds. The table below consists of the indicative schedule for NMAT selection process 2020:- 

Important Dates for NMAT Selection Procedure*

Events Important Dates
NMAT by GMAC 2020 exam First week of October – Third week of December 2020
Declaration of the final result Last week of March 2021
Selection procedure at different institutes April 2021 to June 2021

*The table above consists of tentative dates. Candidates will find the exact dates here once the official conducting body releases the same.

NMAT Selection Process – Stepwise Procedure

NMAT selection procedure at the institutes accepting the NMAT by GMAC score is as follows.

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Step 1: While completing the registration for NMAT, candidates are given an option to choose five preferences of institutes where their NMAT scores would be sent. 

Step 2: After receiving the NMAT scores of candidates, every participating institute prepares a list of shortlisted candidates based on its selection criteria 

Step 3: Candidates need to check the list on the official websites of respective institutes and appear at the specified venue to attend further rounds 

Step 4: At the venue, a candidate is required to participate in different rounds such as GD, PI and WAT

Step 5: Based on the NMAT scores and the scores in GD, PI and WAT, individual institutes prepare a final merit list which mentions the names of the candidates who are provisionally selected

Step 6: Now, candidates have to appear at the venue again for document verification and payment of admission fee for the final selection

Note: GMAC does not charge any fee other than the registration fee for sending the NMAT scorecards to a maximum of five institutes. Candidates can, however, choose more than five institutes by paying an additional fee of Rs. 236 (per additional institute chosen).

NMAT Selection Process – Key Highlights

1. There will be no centralised counselling for admissions based on NMAT scores. The admission is done on the bases of certain selection rounds, which vary from one institute to another. 

2. Every institute accepting NMAT scores will have its own selection rounds. Institutes may conduct any or all of the selection rounds mentioned below:

  • Personal Interview (PI)
  • Group Discussion (GD)
  • Case Discussion (CD)  
  • Written Ability Test (WAT)

3. Candidates can choose any five institutes they want the GMAC to send their score report to. 

NMAT Selection Process – List of Participating Institutes

Candidates can choose the institutes from the list mentioned below while filling the registration form for NMAT 2020:

Institutes Accepting NMAT Scores

S. No. Name of the Institute/ College
1 SVKM’s Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies
2 Indian School of Business (ISB)
3 SPJIMR, Bhartiya Vidya Bhawan
4 SDA Bocconi Asia Center (formerly MISB Bocconi)
5 Xavier University
6 ICFAI Business School (IBS)
7 Master’s Union School of Business
8 Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University
9 Myra School of Business
10 IILM University
11 Jain University – CMS Business School
12 Shiv Nadar University
13 School of Inspired Leadership (Soil)
14 Athena School of Management, Mumbai
15 Alliance University
16 Bennett University
17 Woxsen School of Business Management
18 Universal Business School
19 Thapar School of Management
20 ISBR Business School
21 BSE Institute Limited
22 SRM University
23 Amity University
24 Amrut Mody School of Management, Ahmedabad University
25 University of Petroleum and Energy Studies (UPES)
26 BML Munjal University
27 VIT University
28 ITM Business School, Navi Mumbai
29 Mody University
30 GITAM School of International Business, Visakhapatnam
31 Hyderabad Business School, GITAM University
32 Jindal Global Business school
33 Ansal University, Gurgaon
34 Lovely Professional University, Phagwara, Punjab
35 IIHMR University, Jaipur, Rajasthan
36 IFIM College MBA
37 Vijay Bhoomi University

NMAT Selection Process – Group Discussion

One of the rounds included in the NMAT selection process is the Group Discussion (GD) round. GD is the most common round of screening conducted by the majority of B-schools. In this round, candidates are divided into two groups and are given a common topic to discuss. The motive of conducting the GD round is to evaluate the candidates based on the following – 

  1. Leadership skills
  2. Personality
  3. Negotiation skills
  4. Managerial skills
  5. Coordination skills with team

Instead of Group Discussion, B-schools may also conduct Case Discussion (CD), which is quite similar to a GD. However, in Case Discussion, instead of giving a topic, the institute gives a case study to discuss.  

NMAT Selection Process – Personal Interview

After the GD/CD round, a Personal Interview (PI) round is conducted as a part of the NMAT selection process. PI is conducted by a panel of interviewers (usually three to four). During the interview, the panellists evaluate the performance of the candidate and judges them on the basis of – 

  1. Personality
  2. Career goals
  3. Confidence
  4. Communication skills
  5. Past academic records

NMAT Selection Process – Written Ability Test

Some of the B-schools accepting NMAT scores might also conduct the Written Ability Test (WAT) after the GD and PI rounds. In the WAT round, candidates are provided with a topic and given a time duration of 15-20 minutes to write on the same. The purpose of the Written Ability Test is to check the following skills of the candidates – 

  1. Clarity of thoughts
  2. Vocabulary
  3. Grammar
  4. Language
  5. Writing ability

NMAT Selection Process – Documents Required

On the day of GD and PI, candidates will also be required to carry certain original documents for verification purposes. The list of documents to be carried on the selection round day is as follows.

  • NMAT scorecard
  • NMAT admit card
  • Category certificate (If claiming reservation against the same)
  • Birth certificate or Class 10th certificate (as a proof of date of birth) 
  • Class 12 mark sheet 
  • Graduation mark sheet (degree)
  • Recent passport size photographs
  • Government approved photo ID proof

Candidates must also carry the at least three photocopies of all the above-mentioned documents

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NMAT Selection Process – Frequently Asked Questions

✔️ What is the procedure of shortlisting candidates for admission through NMAT scores?

GMAC sends the NMAT scores of candidates to their preferred institutes. The respective institutes, then, create a list of shortlisted candidates and call them for their own selection process which includes some or all of these rounds - Group Discussion (GD)/Case Discussion (CD), Personal Interview (PI) and Written Ability Test (WAT). After the selection process is over, each NMAT-participating institute prepares a merit list for final admissions, based on the candidates’ NMAT scores and performance in all the selection rounds.

✔️ Do I have to pay any fee for participating in the NMAT selection process 2020?

No. GMAC will send the NMAT scorecard of the qualifying candidates to their preferred participating institutes. However, if the candidate wishes to send his/her NMAT scorecard in more than five institutes, a fee of Rs. 200 (plus GST of Rs. 36) is applicable for each additional choice.

✔️ Is there any centralised counselling process for NMAT 2020?

No. There is no centralised counselling process for management entrance exams like NMAT. For the purpose of admission based on NMAT scores, a set of selection rounds is conducted by the NMAT participating institutes.

✔️ When will the NMAT selection process 2020 start?

The NMAT selection process will start right after the release of the final result, from April 2021, tentatively.

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