CMAT 2020 Exam Pattern

Exam Date : January 28, 2020
Result Date : February 7, 2020

National Testing Agency (NTA) is responsible for formulating CMAT exam pattern. According to exam pattern, the test will comprise four distinct sections, namely Logical Reasoning, Language Comprehension, Quantitative Techniques, Data Interpretation, and General Awareness.

Exam Pattern is very crucial to understand before appearing for CMAT and candidates need to know about exam pattern thoroughly before appearing for CMAT 2020 exam. Question Pattern involved is highlighted below:

  • Each section will have 25 questions with each question carrying four marks. A total of 100 questions would be asked and the maximum score will be 400 (100 x4).
  • Prospective test takers should be aware that there will be a negative marking of -1 mark for each incorrect answer.
  • As per CMAT Paper Pattern, the exam will be conducted in online mode in two shifts (Morning and Afternoon).


The time duration of CMAT entrance exam will be 3 hours (180 minutes). There will be no sectional time limit. Apart from these further details are given below for the aspirants of AICTE-CMAT 2020.

CMAT Exam Pattern 2020
Specification Details
Mode Online Mode.
Type Computer-based Test (CBT)
Number of Sections 4 Sections (25 Questions Each)
Sections Language Comprehension, Quantitative Techniques, and Data Interpretation, Logical Reasoning and General Awareness.
Type of Questions The questions will be objective (MCQ) based on the CMAT 2020 Syllabus.
Number of Questions 100
Marking +4 marks for a Correct answer.
Negative Marking -1 mark for an incorrect answer.
Duration 3 hours
Timings 9:30 to 12:30
Language English

CMAT 2020 scoring pattern is very simple. Each correct answer will be awarded +4 marks and for every incorrect answer mark deduction in CMAT is about 1 mark. CMAT section-wise scoring pattern is given below:

CMAT 2020 Section-wise Scoring pattern
Sections Number of Questions Maximum Marks
General Awareness 25 100
Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation 25 100
Language Comprehension 25 100
Logical Reasoning 25 100
Total 100 400

Section-based Exam Pattern

A graphical overview of the above scoring pattern is given below:

CMAT section wise marks

CMAT Paper Pattern - Guidelines

Guidelines for exam pattern of CMAT are highlighted as below. Every aspirant must know the syllabus for CMAT and Preparation tips for CMAT Exam along with test patterns to prepare in the best way.

  • Test takers can move back and forth between any of the four sections and answer in any order of their preference.
  • No negative marking for unanswered questions.
  • In CMAT 2020, the candidate will be seated at the desk with a computer terminal and he/she will be provided with a scratch paper for calculation.
  • Test takers are not permitted to carry scratch paper outside the exam centre and are advised to keep the same at the desk once they complete their examination.

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Discussion Forum

duration and pattern of the test for CMAT 2017.

What is the duration and pattern of the test for Cmat 2017?

Asked By: Ashok Kapoor ,

Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

The total duration is 3 hours. CMAT is a multiple choice test, delivered in 4 sections, The actual test will contain 100 questions. For further details, refer to Test Duration & Pattern.

Question Pattern

How many questions are there in each of these sections?

Asked By: Dennis E,

Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

There will be 25 questions in each section.

Negative marking

Is there negative marking for CMAT Exam?

Asked By: Pawan Kumar,

Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

Yes, there is Negative marking for CMAT Exam.

Time duration for CMAT

What is the time duration for CMAT?

Asked By: Michael D,

Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

The time duration for CMAT is 180 minutes.

There are 100 questions which should be completed in 180 minutes. 

CMAT Paper Pattern

What is the CMAT paper pattern?

Asked By: Ravindra P,

Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

The CMAT exam pattern is given below:

CMAT Exam Subjects

Number of Questions

Maximum Marks

Logical Reasoning



Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation



General Awareness



Language Comprehension






Duration of the exam

How long is the CMAT exam?

Asked By: Nitisha Kundu,

Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

The CMAT exam will be an objective type exam with a number of 100 questions in total.

The exam duration will be for 3 hours.

CMAT online or offline

Is the CMAT exam online or offline?

Asked By: Rishi Raj,

Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

CMAT exam is an entrance exam for the management aspiring students.

It is an online exam where students have to answer by clicking the correct option shown on the computer screen.