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CAT vs CMAT vs NMAT vs MAT which is better?

Updated on - Jun 14th, 2020 | 07:29 PM by Pranati S

Among all the competitive management entrance exams in India, aspirants usually get confused between CAT Exam, MAT Exam, CMAT Exam, and NMAT Exam. So this article is written to impart knowledge about the differences between all the management competitive exams in a detailed manner. Each of the competitive exams has been compared on common criteria like the mode of exam, conducting body, frequency of the exam, duration of the exam, sectional time limit, question format, marks for a correct and incorrect answer, so on and so forth.

Comparison of MBA Exams

Common Admission Test (CAT)

  • Exam Name: Common Admission Test
  • Conducting Body: Indian Institute of Management (IIMs). Out of the 19 IIMs, only the 6 major institutes organize this management entrance exam every year. The six major IIMs include IIM Ahmedabad, IIM Lucknow, IIM Indore, IIM Calcutta, IIM Kozhikode, IIM Bangalore.
  • Exam Mode: Computer Based Test (CBT)
  • Frequency of Exam- Once a year
  • Duration: 3 Hrs (180 minutes). Each of the sections has a 60 minute window time.
  • Number of Sections: 3 sections (Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension, Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning, Quantitative Ability)
  • Sectional Time Limit: Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (60 minutes), Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (60 minutes), Quantitative Aptitude (60 minutes)
  • Types of Question Format: 72-75 MCQ (objective type questions) and rest Non-MCQ
  • Options to choose the order of sections - Switching between sections is not allowed. Only after completion of each section, the candidate is allowed to go to the next section.
  • Total Marks: 300 marks (100 marks for each section)
  • Marking for Correct Answer: [+3 Marks]
  • Marking for Incorrect answer: [-1 Marks] No negative markings for unattempted questions.
  • Difficulty Level: Difficult

CAT Syllabus

The syllabus for CAT mainly includes basic topics like:

  • Grammar
  • Para Correction
  • Sentence Correction
  • Word Usage
  • Analogies
  • Idioms
  • Para Jumble
  • Pie Chart
  • Graph Tables
  • Data Arrangement
  • Arithmetic
  • Algebra
  • Geometry
  • Calculus
  • Trigonometry
  • Mensuration

Top 10 Colleges accepting CAT scores

Common Management Admission Test (CMAT)

  • Exam Name: Common Management Admission Test
  • Conducting Body: National Test Agency (NTA)
  • Exam Mode: Computer Based Test (CBT)
  • Frequency of Exam: Twice a Year
  • Duration: 3 Hrs (180 minutes)
  • Number of Sections: 4 sections
  • Sectional Time Limit: No sectional time limit
  • Types of Question Format: Objective Type Questions (MCQ)
  • Options to choose the order of Sections: Candidate can answer any section they want. The candidate is allowed to switch between the sections and answer accordingly.
  • Total Marks: 400 marks. 100 marks for each section.
  • Marking for Correct Answer: [+4 Marks]
  • Marking for Incorrect Answer: [-1 Marks] No negative marking for unattempted questions.
  • Difficulty Level: Moderate to Difficult

CMAT Syllabus

The syllabus for the CMAT exam includes topics named below:

  • Geometry
  • Mensuration
  • Number Systems
  • Fraction and Decimals
  • Analytical Reasoning
  • Matrix Arrangements
  • Coding and De-coding
  • Non-Verbal Reasoning
  • General Awareness
  • English Grammar

Top 10 colleges accepting CMAT Scores

Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies Management Aptitude Test (NMAT)

  • Exam Name: (Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies) Management Aptitude Test
  • Conducting Body: GMAC (Graduate Management Admission Council)
  • Exam Mode: Computer Based Test (CBT)
  • Frequency of Exam: Candidate can retake the examination within the stipulated exam date.
  • Duration: 2 Hrs (120)
  • Number of Sections: 3 sections
  • Sectional time Limit: Language Skills (22 mins), Quantitative Aptitude (60 mins), Logical Reasoning (38 mins)
  • Types of Question Format: Objective Type Questions (MCQ)
  • Options to choose the order of Sections: Test takers can choose the order of section in NMAT. Once the order of the section is selected the NMAT test taker should follow this order.
  • Total Marks: 120 Marks
  • Marking for Correct Answer: [+1 Marks]
  • Marking for Incorrect Answer: No negative marking for incorrect answers and unattempted questions.
  • Difficulty Level: Moderate to Difficult

NMAT Syllabus

NMAT syllabus includes major topics like:

  • Algebra (Linear/Quadratic Equation)
  • Trigonometry
  • Mensuration
  • Probability
  • Coordinate Geometry
  • Coding & Decoding
  • Series
  • Syllogisms
  • Statement Conclusions
  • Synonyms
  • Antonyms
  • Idioms
  • Vocabulary

Top 10 colleges accepting NMAT Scores

Management Aptitude Test (MAT)

  • Exam Name: Management Aptitude Test
  • Conducting Body: All India Management Association (AIMA)
  • Exam Mode: Computer Based Test (CBT) and Paper Based Test (PBT)
  • Frequency of Exam: 4 times a year
  • Duration: 2.5 Hrs (150 minutes)
  • Number of Sections: 5 sections
  • Sectional Time Limit: Language Comprehension (30 mins), Mathematics Skills (40 mins), Data Analysis and Sufficiency (35 mins), Intelligence and Critical Reasoning (30 mins), India and the Geographical Environment (15 mins)
  • Types of Question Format: Objective Type Questions (MCQ)
  • Options to choose the order of Sections: Candidate can answer questions within the sections
  • Total Marks: 200 Marks
  • Marking for Correct Answer: [+1 Marks]
  • Marking for Incorrect Answer: [-0.25 Marks] for an incorrect answer. No negative markings for unattempted questions.
  • Difficulty Level: Moderate

MAT Syllabus

The MAT syllabus includes:

  • Data Arrangement
  • Blood Relations
  • Series and Sequences and Critical Reasoning
  • Direction Sense
  • Input/Output analysis
  • Coding
  • Decoding
  • Mathematics
  • Arithmetic
  • Geometry
  • General Knowledge

Top 10 Colleges Accepting MAT scores

Conclusion

Among all the management entrance exams, CAT exam is considered to be the toughest among them all. The reason being CAT as the toughest exam is that the difficulty level of the questions is greater than all the other exams. In this regard, CMAT is the easiest and simplest exam from the point of view of a student.

The cost of the application of the CMAT exam is relatively low than all other exams, CMAT is therefore for candidates who struggle economically.

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