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Common Management Admission Test

CMAT is an online entrance exam, conducted by All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), for getting an admission into different universities and colleges offering Master's degree in management.
CMAT is held in the month of January every year. Around 3-to-3.5 lakh students each year appear for CMAT.

However it should be noted that CMAT is different from other exams like CAT/MAT or any other exams conducted by private institutions like Narsee Monjee (NMAT) or Xavier's (XAT).

It is a computer based examination (no pen-&-paper and no OMR marking is required). CMAT has 100 questions and each question carries 4 marks (100Questions x 4marks = 400marks). For a wrong answer 1 mark is reduced from the score.

Exam format

Test Name Common Management Admission Test (CMAT)
Registration Time Allowed October - to -December
Eligibility for PGDM/MBA Bachelor's Degree (>=3 Yrs) with 50% (45% for reserved category)
Test Pattern 4 subjects (viz. Math - English - Reasoning - GK) x 25Questions each
Marking Pattern Each correct answer earns +4 and a wrong answer -1
Test Cities 62 different cities across the country
Mode of Application Online & Offline (Payment by Cash at SBI branches) Applications are accepted.
Application Fees (2017) General/OBC candidates: Rs.1400
Female/SC/ST/PWD candidates: Rs.700
Website link www.aicte-aima.in
Top B-schools CMAT cut-offs Student has to register for CMAT and has to apply separately to B-schools by visiting respective websites in order to be eligible for admission.

Exam paper (CAMT 2017) Analysis- held on January 28 from 9.30AM to 12.30PM

Exam pattern

4 sections Math, English, GK and LR

It was an easy paper without any major surprises for students.

Section Level
General Knowledge Difficult
Verbal Ability Easy
Quant and DI Easy
Logical Reasoning Moderate/Difficult

Expected Percentile scores based on attempt

Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation (Quant & DI)

Out of 25 questions in the section, around 5-7 questions had higher difficulty level.

Questions were on topics like..Algebra, Geometry, Number system, Modern Math among others.

There were more questions on conceptual Arithmetic.

An accurate attempt of 14-15 questions out of 25 questions in the section will give students approximately 55 marks which is arount 95 percentile in Quant.

Logical Reasoning

Logical Reasoning was like a mixed bag it had easy as well as difficult questions in same section.

Most of the questions in LR section were based on seating Arrangements, puzzle, Blood Relation, Directions type questions.

Few questions were time consuming and were a little difficult also.

It is expected that around 18-20 attempt in CMAT will give students 95 percentile in examination.

Verbal Ability

Verbal section in CMAT had questions on grammar as well Reading Comprehension.

2017 paper was dominated by passages. IT had 4 passages with a total of 15 questions.

There were 3 short passages of around 300 words while 1 passage was a bit long with around 600-800 words.

The short passages were followed by 3 questions each while long passage was followed by 6 questions.

Student who attempted around 18 questions should receive 95 percentile in Verbal section.

General Knowledge (GK)

It was good mix of both static GK and current affairs in CMAT examination.

In the General Awareness Section, questions were related to current economic developments, finance and government policies like Demonetization, Digital India initiatives, Ease of Doing Business etc.

There were questions on awards, geography, dates and author as well.

Those who attempted 18 questions in this section should receive around 95 percentile.

Exam paper (CAMT 2018 ) Analysis - held on January 20 from 9.30AM to 12.30PM

Exam pattern

4 sections Math, English, GK and LR

Compared to previous year 2018 year's paper was bit difficult for students.

Section Level
General Knowledge Difficult
Verbal Ability Moderate/Difcicult
Quant and DI Easy
Logical Reasoning Easy/Moderate

Expected Percentile scores based on attempt

Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation (Quant & DI)

Out of 25 questions in this section, 5 questions were from Di It was very calculative and long.

Questions from profit loss, ratio, average were easy to answer.

Few questions on algebra nad arithmetic were very lenghty but overall easy section of Quant.

An accurate attempt of 17-18 questions out of 25 questions in the section will give students approximately 55 marks which is arount 95 percentile in Quant.

Logical Reasoning

LR was bit tricky in 2018 and students had to be very thoughtful and focused to solve LR.

Most of the questions in LR section were pretty long to read.

Most of the questions were based on puzzles.

It is expected that around 16 attempt in CMAT will give students 95 percentile in examination.

Verbal Ability

Verbal section in CMAT had questions on grammar,reading Comprehension and Vocabulary.

2018 paper was dominated by passages just like 2017 but passages were easy to moderate.

Most difficult part of verbal section was Vocab and students had to have detail knowledge of the subject.

IT had 4 passages with a total of 15 questions. There were 3 short passages of around 300 words while 1 passage was a bit long with around 600-800 words. The short passages were followed by 3 questions each while long passage was followed by 6 questions.

Student who attempted around 18 questions should receive 95 percentile in Verbal section.

General Knowledge (GK)

2018's GK was good mix of both static GK and current affairs in CMAT examination.

In the General Awareness Section, questions were related to current economic developments, finance and government policies.

Those who attempted 18 questions in this section should receive around 95 percentile.