(Last Updated on : 09/12/2009)
National Aptitude Test (NAT) is a common aptitude examination that is organized by the SRDE`s Association of Higher Education Institutions (SAHEI). SRDE`s Association of Higher Education Institutions (SAHEI) was established under the sponsorship of Society for Research & Development in Education (SRDE), Delhi. This common national test is conducted for admissions at the Under Graduate (NAT-UG) and the Post Graduate (NAT-PG) degree levels of management and other allied programmes offered by the participating institutions. National Aptitude Test (NAT) is basically an entrance-cum-aptitude test.
Students can obtain the bulletin cum registration form either by making cash payment of the requisite amount or by making a crossed demand draft from any nationalized bank drawn in favour of SRDE-SAHEI. Students can also download the application form from the official website of the association. The candidates need to be very careful regarding the last date of submission of application forms.
Eligibility Criteria for National Aptitude Test (NAT)
The eligibility criteria differ on the basis of the management degree programmes. Like for instance, for NAT-UG that is for the undergraduate programme a 10+2 pass certificate is required. Students who have appeared or are going to appear for their 10+2 examination under any recognized Board or University are eligible to apply. And for the NAT-PG that is for the postgraduate programme a minimum of bachelor`s degree certificate is required from any recognized university. Candidates in their final year of the graduate degree programme are also eligible to apply for this entrance test. However, NAT does not require any work experience and moreover there is no age bar for the candidates willing to appear for this aptitude test.
1. Post Graduate Programmes
Master of Business Administration (MBA)
Master of Computer Application (MCA)
Master of Commerce (M.Com)
Master of Fashion Technology (M. F. Tech)
Master of Mass Communication (MMC)
Master of International Business (MIB)
Post Graduate Diploma in Computer Application (PGDCA)
Post Graduate Diploma in Business Management (PGDBM)
* Post Graduate Diploma in Business Administration (PGDBA)
2. Under Graduate Programmes
Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA)
Bachelor of Computer Application (BCA)
Bachelor of Commerce (B.Com)
Bachelor of Fashion Technology (BFT)
Bachelor of Mass Communication (BMC)
Pattern of Examination
The entrance test basically comprises objective type of questions with multiple-choice options. NAT-UG test consists of 170 questions, each question carries 1 mark. NAT-PG test consists of 200 questions, each question carries 1 mark. Each of the tests is divided into five sections.
1. NAT-UG (National Aptitude Test - Under Graduate)
English Comprehension & Language (30 Questions)
General Knowledge (40 Questions)
Numerical Ability (30 Questions)
Non- Verbal and Verbal Reasoning (30 Questions)
Socio- Economic Environment (40 Questions)
2. NAT-PG (National Aptitude Test - Post Graduate)
English Language Comprehension (40 Questions)
Socio-Economic Environment (40 Questions)
Quantitative Skills (40 Questions)
Intelligence and Critical Reasoning (40 Questions)
Data Analysis (40 Questions)
The students are supposed to prepare for the test according to the test pattern of this test as there is no pre-set syllabus for National Aptitude Test (NAT).
The scores secured by the candidates will be provided to all the respective participating colleges and institutions. The short listed candidates on the basis of the marks obtained in the written test will be called by the concerned colleges for counselling, group discussion and personal interview. All these rounds completely measure the aptitude of the candidates for the degree course or programme concerned.
National Aptitude Test (NAT) is the tool through which the management institutions test the capability of the students and their knowledge skills.