What is Common Management Admission Test (CMAT)?

The National Testing Agency administers the Common Management Admission Test (CMAT), a national-level entrance exam (NTA). It was performed till 2018 by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) in accordance with the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) of the Government of India’s directives. CMAT examinations are held in more than 100 places across India. Every year, around 50,000 students take the CMAT exam in order to pursue their MBA dreams.

All AICTE-approved / affiliated institutes recognize CMAT scores. CMAT is used by over 1000 institutes in India to admit students. The exam is less tough than entrance exams such as the CAT, XAT, and a few others. Every year, an increasing number of MBA aspirants choose CMAT because of its scope and level.

CMAT is usually held in the months of February and March. Candidates must select four exam cities from a list of alternatives upon registration. The CMAT application must be made online, and admit cards are available a few weeks before the exam date on the official website.

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The Common Management Admission Test or CMAT is managed by the National Testing Agency (NTA) to enroll in over 1,300 MBA colleges across India. The CMAT 2022 exam may be held in the last week of February 2022. Some of the best universities to accept exam results are SIMSREE, GIBS Business School, BIMTECH, Greater Noida, IMS, Ghaziabad, GLIM, Gurgaon, Welingkar Institute of Management, Xavier Institute of Management Research, KJ Somaiya Institute of Management, NL Dalmia Institute of management studies and research in particular.

CMAT Exam Pattern

Total number of Sections
4 (Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation, Logical Reasoning, Language Comprehension, General Awareness) + 1 (Innovation & Entrepreneurship)

Mode of Examination

Duration of Exam
180 minutes + 30 minutes for optional paper

There are total 2 shifts available

    1. 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
    1. 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Number of Questions
100 + 25 = 125 multiple choice questions

Each question carriers 4 marks for the correct answer, negative 1 mark for incorrect answer and 0 for not attempting the question