What is CMAT?

The Common Management Admission Test (CMAT) is an online computer-based test administered by the National Testing Agency (NTA), India. This is a national-level admissions test designed to help institutions select appropriate students for admission to all AICTE-recognized management programs. The first edition of the CMAT took place in 2012. In 2014, the first CMAT took place between February 20th and 24th. About 1.2 lakh candidates took the test. The results were announced on March 14, 2014. In 2011 there were a series of management program entrance exams in India. These included CAT, JMET, XAT, Gitam SAT, NMAT, SNAP, MAT, state-specific exams, exams administered by MBA institute management associations, and exams administered by private colleges. AICTE introduced the CMAT to reduce the burden (physical, mental and financial stress) of students taking multiple exams. Until 2015, the CMAT was held twice a year, but last year the practice was abolished as AICTE decided to hold the exam once a year on the third Sunday of January. Some of the leading business schools have chosen to stay away from CMAT, citing AICTE’s “late announcement”. But still a number of colleges accept their score. The CMAT is a three-hour test. In 2012, it was held over a nine-day period (February 20-28) in two teams at 61 locations across India.