Looking for an alternative of CAT Exam? Go for CMAT. Get admission into MBA and PGDM courses in over 1000 B-Schools across India with the help of the CMAT 2020 Exam. Score 70-80% in CMAT. Want to know how? Follow the preparation tips given below.
- What is CMAT?
- Exam Dates
- How to Prepare for CMAT?
- Application Form
- Application Fee
- How to apply for CMAT?
- Exam Centre
- Admit Card
- Exam Pattern
- How to check the Results?
- Paper Analysis
- Exam Analysis of CMAT 2019
- CMAT Trend Analysis
- Test Practice Centres
- Which is better MAT or CMAT?
- Important Guidelines
- Related Exams
What is CMAT?
Common Management Admission Test (CMAT) is a national level examination held for admission to MBA, PGDM, Executive PGDM, and PGCM courses. This National Level exam facilitates the institutes around India to select the suitable students for admission in all management programs approved by AICTE. The first edition of CMAT is conducted in 2012. Until 2015, CMAT was conducted twice a year.
Conducting Authority: All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) was conducting the exam until 2018 but from the year 2020 National Testing Agency (NTA) will be responsible for conducting CMAT. The test will be conducted as per the guidance of the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Government of India.
Mode: Common Management Admission Test is conducted through Online mode and it is a Computer-Based Test (CBT). The examination will use highly secured IT software and encryption to ensure delivery of tests just in time. This will ensure no leakages and other malpractices.
Frequency: Once every year at the end of January the Common Management Admission Test (CMAT) will be conducted by the authority. The exam is conducted in two shifts.
Admissions: CMAT 2020 will grant admission to courses such as MBA, PGCM, PGDM and Executive PGDM in India.
Colleges accepting CMAT scores: All the AICTE and NTA- Approved Institutions, Universities, Affiliated colleges will accept CMAT 2020 Score. Some of the Leading Business Schools have decided to keep out from CMAT reason being the "Late Announcement" by AICTE. But still, quite a number of colleges are accepting the CMAT Score/.
Sample Papers: Referring sample papers help the candidates to know about CMAT 2020 exam pattern. Candidates can download or refer to the sample papers from the official website.
Results: The results for CMAT 2020 was declared on February 5, 2020.
CMAT 2020 Highlights
|Exam Name||Common Management Admission Test (CMAT)|
|Conducting Body||National Testing Agency (NTA)|
|Mode||Online i.e. Computer-based Test (CBT)|
|Participating Candidates||2 Lakh+|
|Maximum CMAT Score||400 for 100 Questions|
|Time Frame||3 Hours for 4 sections with 25 Questions each|
|Official Website||CMAT 2020|
|Official Address||National Testing Agency (NTA)C-20 1A/8, Sector 62, IITK Outreach Centre,
Noida - 201309
|Contact Details||E-mail Id: firstname.lastname@example.orgHelpline No.: 0120-3946612|
Make sure that you familiarize yourself with the CMAT 2020 Exam Dates so that you would not miss out on any of the events.
- Registration: The CMAT 2020 Application Form will be available on the official website i.e. National Testing Agency (NTA) from November 12, 2019 and the last date to submit the Application Form is on December 17, 2019.
- Admit Card: The Admit Card will be issued by the authority online on January 15, 2020.
- CMAT 2020: CMAT 2020 will be conducted online i.e. Computer-based Test (CBT) on January 27, 2020.
- Results: After the completion of the examination the result will be declared online on February 5, 2020.
- Counselling: Once you clear the CMAT 2020 you will be called for the counselling process on February 25, 2020.
|Important Events to UGC NET||Dates|
|Application Form Start Date||November 12, 2019|
|Application Form Last Date||December 17, 2019|
|Admit Card Availability||January 15, 2020|
|Last date to Download Admit Card||19th January 2020|
|CMAT Exam Date||January 27, 2020|
|Results Announcement||February 5, 2020|
|Commencement of Counselling||February 25, 2020|
The NTA has set some criteria for taking the CMAT Test, So, it is advisable that the candidate check whether they clear the CMAT 2020 Eligibility Criteria before starting the application form.
For PGDM/ MBA
Candidates should have a recognized Bachelor’s Degree with a minimum duration of 3 years.
Bachelor’s Degree related to the programme with a minimum duration of 3 years.
For Executive PGDM
Candidate must have a recognized Bachelor’s Degree with a minimum duration of 3 years.
Qualification Criteria: The candidate must be a graduate (10+2+3) from any recognized university. Candidates who are pursuing the final year of their studies can also apply for CMAT 2020.
Marks: General category candidates must have scored a minimum of 50% marks and SC/ST category students must have secured 45% marks to fulfil the eligibility criteria.
There is no age limit to appear in CMAT 2020.
The reservation criteria for each category candidates are given below:
- In case of institutes run by Central Government, 15% of the seats are reserved for the category Scheduled Caste (SC), 7.5% for the category Scheduled Tribe (ST) and 27% for the category Other Backward Classes belonging to the “ Non Creamy layer” (OBC-NCL).
- Each category will have 5% reservations for Persons with Disabilities (PwD) as defined in The Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016 (RPwD Act 2016).
|Education||Completed Bachelor's Degree|
|Age Limit||No Age Limit for taking the Test|
The official conducting authority of CMAT, which is the NTA does not release any official syllabus. However, CMAT 2020 Syllabus will consist of Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation, Logical Reasoning, Verbal Ability and General Awareness.
The following table lists the various concepts that might be in the syllabus of CMAT.
|Language Skills||Language usage and their rules, Para jumble, Syntax and correct grammar, Vocabulary, Fill in the blanks, Idioms, Reading comprehension, Anonyms, and Synonyms|
|Quantitative Skills||Data interpretation, problem-solving, data sufficiency, arithmetic, geometry, modern mathematics, algebra and number systems|
|Logical Reasoning||Family tree, arrangement, numeric grid, coding and series|
|General Awareness||Personalities, Books and authors, History, Politics, Economics, Business, Sports, Social Developments, Entertainment, Current Affairs of National and International Economy, Personalities in News|
How to prepare for CMAT?
CMAT 2020 Exam preparation tips can come in handy to qualify the examination. They help you prepare a proper preparation schedule and crack the exam by getting good scores.
Practice like the Exam is tomorrow
Sometimes you might get bored to keep practising the sample questions. You might even stop taking them seriously. But the easiest way to avoid these things is to convince yourself that the next day is the exam and you are still a long way from learning all of those questions. This sense of urgency will automatically convert your mindset to care put in more concentration into the practice.
More Intense Practice
Quantitative Techniques, Data Interpretation, and Logical Reasoning are what CMAT consists off. These three sections can fetch the candidates a lot of marks and the candidate can purely improve these things if they were to practice as much as they can. Intense practising will simultaneously make a candidate learn the aspect of time management.
This is an important quality which helps the candidates in the exam to make sure that they are able to go through the whole test in the given time, without missing out any of the questions.
Create Your Own Tricks and Shortcuts
Don't rely on the various tips and shortcuts that the other people teach. You might not be able to recollect them in the exam and would cost you a couple of questions. So instead come up with your own version of the tips and tricks, because you will not be forgetting them in the exam when you have created them on your own.
Also, using these tricks and shortcuts will help you to secure extra time, that could be used to solve tougher questions in the exam.
A proper preparation schedule is what makes all the difference when preparing for any entrance examination. So make sure that you create the best schedule that would suit you and benefit you. Make sure that your preparation schedule consists of
- The practice of Previous Year Question Papers
- The practice of Mock Test Papers of CMAT 2020
The application form will be released online in the middle of November and will be present until the middle of December. So make sure that you fill the CMAT 2020 Application Form well before the deadline.
- Registration: In order to register for CMAT 2020, the candidates have to access the site as a new user. The self-registration form will have to be uploaded to the website with basic and correct details of the candidate.
- Essentials: Documents required for the application process are- personal documents for address and identification, SSLC/ 10th Grade/ Equivalent Details, 12th/ Equivalent/ Diploma Course Details, Graduation Details, Other Professional Degree Details, Postgraduate Details.
- Application Fees: The registration fee is INR 1400/- for General/OBC and INR 700/- for SC/ ST/ PWD/ Female candidates.
- Payment Modes: The payment for the CMAT 2020 application form can be done through two modes Online and Offline mode.
- Online Mode: The payment of the application fee can be done through Net Banking, Credit Card or Debit Card.
- Offline Mode: Select the option as 'Pay by Cash' and a challan will appear and take a printout of it and visit the nearby SBI Bank only to pay the application fees.
The payment process for the registration of CMAT is completely Online mode.
- CMAT 2020 Fee: The CMAT 2020 Exam Fees for OBC and General category candidates is INR 1400.
- Payment mode: The fee can be paid through Net banking, Credit card or Debit card, the candidate might also deposit the fees as cash deposit at any State Bank of India branch against the challan that is generated online on the CMAT 2020 website.
- Fee for Reserved category: For reserved quota, the CMAT 2020 Application form costs INR 700. Candidates should bear the additional bank charges.
- Non-refundable: Examination fee is non-refundable.
|SC/ ST||INR 700/-|
|Female Candidates||INR 700/-|
How to apply for CMAT?
The Steps given below represents the process involved in how to fill the CMAT Application Form:
- Step 1: You must enter the required details for Registration/ Login page to continue to fill the Application Form.
- Step 2: Once you have logged in to your account you can Fill the Details as per required in the Application Form.
- Step 3: After filling the Application Form you have to Upload Scanned Documents.
- Step 4: Before submitting the Application Form you have to pay the Registration Fee Payment through online (Credit Card, Debit Card/ Net Banking) or offline (E-Challan).
- Step 5: View the CMAT Registration Summary and then Save the Filled in Form and then press "Submit"
Note: Take a printout of the Application Form and the payment receipt once the process has been completed. They can be useful for future references.
The NTA (National Testing Agency), which is the exam conducting authority, decides upon the various testing centres for conducting the CMAT 2020
No. of Centre: CMAT 2020 will be conducted in 80 cities across India.
|Andhra Pradesh||Guntur||Madhya Pradesh||Bhopal|
|Andhra Pradesh||Kurnool||Madhya Pradesh||Gwalior|
|Andhra Pradesh||Nellore||Madhya Pradesh||Indore|
|Andhra Pradesh||Rajahmundry||Madhya Pradesh||Jabalpur|
|Andhra Pradesh||Visakhapatnam||Maharashtra||Aurangabad (MR)|
|Delhi/New Delhi||Delhi/New Delhi||Maharashtra||Nashik|
|Himachal Pradesh||Hamirpur||Tamil Nadu||Chennai|
|Himachal Pradesh||Shimla||Tamil Nadu||Coimbatore|
|Jammu and Kashmir||Jammu||Tamil Nadu||Madurai|
|Jammu and Kashmir||Srinagar||Tamil Nadu||Tirunelveli|
|Karnataka||Belagavi (Belgaum)||Uttar Pradesh||Allahabad/Prayagraj|
|Karnataka||Dharwad||Uttar Pradesh||Greater Noida/Noida|
Prefered Centre: You can choose any 3 preferred exam cities as exam centre while filling the Application Form. The seats will be allotted to you based on the availability.
Id Proof: You must carry the CMAT 2020 Admit Card along with any government ID proof (Voter ID, Aadhar Card, Driving License, PAN Card) for identity proof.
The admit card for the CMAT exam is a very important document as without it the candidate will not be permitted to take the exam.
- Issue date: CMAT 2020 Admit Card will be available online on January 15, 2020. If the candidate has registered their email address during registration, they will receive the admit card via email as well.
- Downloading of Admit Card: Admit card should be downloaded from the official website using registration number and password.
- Details on the Admit Card: It contains the details such as the candidate's name, date of birth, exam date, the centre of examination, photograph etc.
- Proof: The admit card should be carried by the candidates for the exam centre if failed to bring the admit card the candidates are not allowed to attend the examination.
- Discrepancy: Any discrepancy in CMAT 2020 Admit Card should be reported at email@example.com or 0120-3946612 immediately.
- Documents Required: While carrying the admit card the candidate should have any one of the following as a proof - Driver License, Passport, PAN Card, Voter Id, or UID Card.
The exam will be conducted on January 27, 2020 in two shifts. CMAT 2020 will be in English only.
- Mode: CMAT 2020 will be conducted online i.e. Computer-based Test (CBT).
- Paper Pattern: The CMAT 2020 Exam Pattern consists of 100 questions which are divided into 4 sections with 25 questions each.
- Negative Marks: For each wrong answer, 1 mark is deducted and for every correct answer, 4 marks are allotted.
- Duration: 3 hours will be given for you to complete the examination.
- Syllabus: Language Comprehension, Quantitative Techniques, and Data Interpretation, Logical Reasoning, General Awareness.
- Marks and Medium: The maximum mark in the CMAT examination is 400 and the medium in which the exam conducted in English.
|Type of Questions||No. of Questions||Maximum Marks|
|Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation||25||100|
The National Testing Agency (NTA) will release the results in the form of percentile.
- Result date: CMAT 2020 results will be announced on February 5, 2020 and will be available on the official site.
- Credential: The CMAT 2020 Results can be checked by candidates by entering Application ID and Password in the official portal.
- Cut-off: The minimum cut-off expected in the result will be 97-99 percentile.
- All India Rank: CMAT 2020 result would be released in the form of scorecard which holds the marks obtained and All India Ranks (AIR).
- Validity: The scores of CMAT 2020 examination will be valid for the current academic year only i.e. 2020.
The process for calculating the percentile of a candidate is mentioned below:
Percentile in CMAT = ((N - candidate's Rank)/N)*100
Here, N = Number of Candidates that have taken the exam.
The selection procedure is conducted individually by all the AICTE Approved Institutions accepting the CMAT Score. Only the selected candidates will be able to participate in the CMAT Counselling.
- Counselling Date: CMAT 2020 Counselling will be conducted from February 25, 2020.
- Documents Required: The documents required for the counselling are as follows - CMAT Admit card, CMAT Call letter, Degree certificate, Marksheets, CMAT Payment Challan copy are required for counselling.
- Group Discussion: Some schools conduct a group discussion round to shortlist candidates for CMAT 2020.
- Selection Procedure: The counselling procedure for the CMAT 2020 will be based on Scorecard, Group Discussion, and Personal Interview (PI) and/ or Written Ability Test (WAT)
The Question Paper analysis from the previous years is given below
Paper Analysis of CMAT 2018:
- Overall Difficulty Level: The candidates who wrote CMAT 2018 felt that the overall difficulty level of the examination was Moderate. Less than 50% of questions in CMAT 2018 are termed as difficult.
- Section wise Analysis: Students who attended the CMAT 2018 found the Language comprehension and the Quantitative section the toughest followed by the Logical reasoning section for both the Slots.
- Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation: In Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation section almost all the areas were covered including Arithmetic, Algebra, Geometry etc. Highest weight was given to Arithmetic.
- Cut-off: If a student answers around 75 questions with 85 to 90 per cent of accuracy, then he/she may get a call for PI or GD from top colleges.
- Answer Key: Candidates can refer to the Answer keys for both Slot-1 and Slot-2.
Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation Analysis:
|Area||Topics||Number of Questions|
|Numbers||Number series and basic properties||4|
|Arithmetic||Time Speed & Distance, Profit & Loss, Ratios, Averages||9|
|Geometry||Mensuration, Circles, Triangles||5|
|Algebra||Simultaneous Equation, Inequalities, quadratic equations||6|
|Data Interpretation||Pie Chart||1|
General Awareness Analysis:
- Social Issues
- Current Affairs
- Elections in India
- Static GK
- Constitution of India
- Famous Personality
Logical Reasoning Analysis:
|Area||Number of Questions|
|Strengthen/ Weaken Argument||1|
|Groups and Conditionalities||8|
|Puzzles - 3 variables||8|
Language Comprehension Analysis:
|Area||Topics||Number of Questions|
|Synonyms||Synonym of the stand-alone word ‘Zealot’||1|
|FIB – 3 single and 1 double||1- Idiom based1- preposition-based1-word that would fit a single blank1-word that would fit double blanks||4|
|Grammar||1 - Identify the correct sentence1 - Arrange the jumbled words into a sentence||2|
|Idiom-based||Meaning of the idiom given in a sentence||1|
|Cause/Effect and Fact/Inference/Judgement||2 questions||2|
Exam Analysis of CMAT 2019
The CMAT 2019 exam is conducted in two slots from 9:30 am – 12:30 pm & 2:30 pm – 5:30 pm on the 28th of January 2019. The questions difficulty level was stated as a moderate level and the candidates who are proficient in quick selecting and rejecting of options to the question can answer fairly well. There were no out of the normal type situations present in the exam.
CMAT Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation Analysis
Most of the questions present in this section are based on conventional areas. This section was on the difficulty of easy to moderate. There were two data interpretation questions, three from speed, time and distance and two from algebra. Permutation and Combination questions contributed to four questions. Three to four questions from Geometry and the rest of Quantitative Techniques are from the arithmetic. If you were to attempt 21-23 questions confidently, then you could expect a good score from this section.
CMAT Logical Reasoning Analysis
This section was has a difficulty range of easy to moderate. There were three questions from the Verbal Reasoning, two from Analogy and one from Analytical Reasoning. The questions were also from topics such as coding/decoding, number sequences, blood relations, etc. This year’s easiest questions were from the visual reasoning which was a total of two. If you were to attempt 20-22 questions confidently, then you could expect a good score from this section.
CMAT Language Comprehension Analysis
There are a total of four passages in this section. Three of these where short passages with 3 questions each which talked about the Endangered Languages (Greek and Latin); World Trade Organization and who decides the status of developing countries; Parenting and culture related value system. They were all composed of factual questions with one inference question. These were relatively easy. The fourth passage was about Steve Jobs and some little known facts about his life and his views. It consisted of a question on main idea and one on narrative style but again was dominated by factual questions and was of easy to the moderate difficulty level. Verbal ability questions that were given are also again easy to moderate level. They are from the areas such as Vocabulary (4 questions from antonym, synonym and contextual), Sentence Correction (1 question from Although/But concept), Grammar Part (1 question), Idioms (2 questions), Para Jumble (1 question) and Sentence Completion (1 question). If you were to attempt 22 questions confidently, then you could expect a good score from this section.
CMAT General Awareness
This section of the General Awareness has around 8 questions from current affairs. If you have a habit of reading the newspapers or have a good knowledge of what’s going on in the world could have attempted around 6 questions with very ease. The dominative questions are from the Static GK and the questions are from Awards, Science, Politics, etc. If you were to attempt 18-20 questions confidently, then you could expect a good score from this section.
CMAT Trend Analysis
The following table consists of the number of people that have registered for the exam from 2012 to 2017.
National Testing Agency (NTA) has established a network of Test Practice Centres spread all over India to help the students aspiring to appear in examinations to be conducted by the NTA from 2019 onwards. The students can practice and train themselves before the examination for the “Computer Based Test (CBT)” mode of examinations.
The experienced, qualified and professional Nodal officer and staff available at the TPC will help and motivate the students to clear their doubts and solve problems and to make them familiar with the CBT model of examinations.
Which is better MAT or CMAT?
Out of the two, CMAT is tougher. The difficulty level of CMAT can be put in between moderate to high. Whereas, MAT exam is the easiest of all management exams.
CMAT exam is accepted by 1000+ colleges in India. Whereas, MAT is accepted by nearly 400 colleges across India. Acceptance of CMAT is greater than that of MAT is because of the higher difficulty of CMAT than MAT.
Number of times conducted in a year
CMAT is conducted once a year. On the other hand, the MAT is conducted 4 times in a year. Competition for MAT is very high and in one session of MAT, around 30,000 students appear to try their luck. CMAT is given by around 60,000 students per year.
Some Important Guidelines regarding the CMAT Exam are mentioned below:
- Admit card is mandatory: The candidate has to carry the CMAT 2020 admit card to the examination.
- A photograph must be pasted on the Admit card: The Candidates whose Admit card doesn't have a Photograph pasted on it will not be permitted to appear for the CMAT 2020.
- Report Early: The candidate has to report to the exam centre as per the reporting time mentioned on the admit card.
- Should not be late: Candidates are not allowed to enter the examination hall after the commencement of exam.
- Take an attested copy of 10th mark sheet: Candidate is advised to take an attested copy of 10th Mark sheet or equivalent. It is mandatory that the candidate name in the respective document matches the name in the admit card.
- Scratch papers: Rough sheets are provided to all candidate for rough work at the CMAT 2020 examination hall. Rough work cannot be done on any other paper sheet, as nothing will be allowed inside the testing room. Candidates will have to hand back all the scratch paper to the administrator on completion of the exam.
- Personal belongings shouldn't be carried: The candidate is not allowed to carry any personal belongings to the CMAT 2020 exam centre including but not limited to wrist-watch, cell phones, calculators, etc., In case of candidate carry the personal item, it will have to be kept outside the examination hall at your own risk. The examination centre will not responsible for any loss or damage to such items.
- Candidates cannot leave early: If the candidate completes the exam before the scheduled end time, he/she will not be allowed to leave the exam hall. The candidate is allowed to leave the exam only after the scheduled three hours of the exam are over.
Q. Is Calculator allowed in CMAT?
Ans. No. Candidates are not allowed to bring any materials such as wristwatch, calculator, cell phone etc. A digital calculator will be made available in the test portal.
Q. How many candidates appeared in CMAT 2019?
Ans. For the CMAT 2019 Exam that was conducted on January 28th 2019, approximately 70,000 candidates have appeared.
Q. Is CMAT easy to crack?
Ans. CMAT and CAT are both management exams but CMAT is much easier than CAT. So if you have given CAT, cracking CMAT wouldn't be that difficult for you.
Q. Is there any Negative Marking in CMAT?
Ans. There shall be negative marking for wrong answers and each wrong answer will cost you (-1) mark.
Q. Does CMAT have Reservation?
Ans. CMAT does provide reservation for the backward categories. However, the candidates have to provide the caste certificate during the process of registration.
Q. Is there any Age limit Criteria for Taking CMAT?
Ans. There are no age limit criteria mentioned by the AICTE for taking the test. However, a candidate should be having a bachelors degree in any field to apply for the exam.
Q. Can I change the preferred Test Centre after submitting the form?
Ans. No. The candidate will not be able to change their preferred test centre/city after submitting the form. So they should be extra careful while selecting the test centre.
Q. What is the reporting time for CMAT 2020?
Ans. The candidate is required to be present at the exam centre an hour before the commencement of the exam for the sake of security checks, identity verification and check-in. The exam will start at 9:30 AM, so the candidate should be present at the exam hall at around 8:00 AM.