A Short Introduction to CMAT

The Common Management Admission Test, popularly known as CMAT, is a national level computer-based online test. This test facilitates various institutions across the country to select graduate candidates for admission in Management programs.

Structure of the exam

Duration : The CMAT is a three hour computer-based online test.

Sections : There are 4 sections in the test. They are

a. Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation.
b. Logical Reasoning.
c. Language Comprehension.
d. General Awareness.

Each section consists of 25 questions and the full marks for each section is 100.

Marking scheme :

There are 100 questions in total. The full marks for this test is 400.The questions are multiple choice type and only one answer is correct. +4 is awarded for a correct answer and 1 mark is deducted for every wrong answer.

Eligibility Criteria :

The minimum requirements for applying are

  1. The candidate must be a citizen of India.
  2. The candidate must be a graduate in any discipline from any recognized institution.
  3. Final year students of Graduate Courses (10+2+3) whose result will be declared before commencement of admission for academic year 2018-19 can also apply for CMAT online exam.

It must be noted that there is no age bar for writing the CMAT exam.

There is no special relaxation for the reserved category candidates as only the percentile is declared during the results. However, the cut-off percentiles may differ for different categories during admission to different institutes. That is dependent solely on the institute.

Application Procedure :

The candidates can apply solely in the online mode on the official CMAT website. There is no option for applying offline.The last date for application is 18th December, 2017.The application fee is Rs.1400 for General/OBC candidates while it is Rs.700 for the other categories.

There are 2 modes of paying the application fee :

  1. Demand Draft : The candidates need to generate an e-Challan, take 3 print outs of the same, fill in the required details and walk in to an SBI branch with cash on the next day of generation of the challan. The last date for paying by cash is 19th December.After the cash deposit is done, the bank will return a challan copy with a Journal Number that must be preserved carefully.
  2. Online payment : The candidates can also pay the application fee online using credit cards, debit cards or internet banking. Once they are done, they will receive an SMS with details following which they can complete the remaining part of the application online.The registration URL is : http://www.aicte-cmat.in/Candidate/SelfRegistration.aspx.The admit cards can be downloaded by logging in the same site after 5th January, 2018.
Admission Procedure

The admission procedures vary from one institute to other. It is dependent solely on the institute.However, the most standard form of admission procedure is conducting a Writing Ability Test or Group Discussion followed by a Personal Interview.

The final selection list is made by combining the scores of CMAT, Writing Ability Test/Group Discussion and Personal Interview.However, this can vary from institute to institute.

Participating Institutes

There are over 1000 institutes approved by AICTE which accept CMAT scores.

Some of them are

Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad.
Department of Management, NIT Durgapur.
IISWBM, Kolkata.
Doon Business School.
DY Patil Institute of Management, Pune.

Sample Test

The candidates can take a mock test from the official CMAT website.The URL for this test is : http://cmatmock.cbtexam.in/mock/.This will help the candidates in getting an exam like experience before the real exam.

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