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CMAT or the Common Management Admission Test is an entrance test conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA) for admission to MBA/PGDM courses in over 1000 B-schools across India. CMAT is a three-hour computer-based test, held over a single session. Also, CMAT scores are accepted by all AICTE-approved institutes and colleges.

Some of the top colleges accepting CMAT scores are: JBIMS Mumbai*, Sydenham Mumbai, K J Somaiya Mumbai, Great Lakes Institute of Management, Chennai, PUMBA, Pune and GIM, Goa.

*JBIMS may or may not accept CMAT scores next season. You are advised to independently check with the institute.

Important dates
CMAT 2020 registrations began on November 1, 2019 and the exam was held on January 28, 2020. The result was announced on February 4, 2020.

Any eligible candidate, who aspires to join a B-School through CMAT, is required to register online for CMAT first. Students will have to register on the official NTA website , create a login and pay the fee for Rs. 1,600 (male) Rs. 1,000 (female) to register for the test.

Essential academic qualifications:

The candidate must hold a Bachelor’s degree in any discipline or must be appearing for the final year of Bachelor’s degree whose result is to be declared before commencement of admission for academic year 2020-21 can also apply for CMAT.

Age and number of attempts:

There is no age bar for taking CMAT, but affiliated institutes may have their own criteria for selection. The same is true for work experience too. A few programs and a few affiliated institutes may require work experience. The details will be available in notification of the individual B-Schools.

The selection procedure for affiliated institutes through CMAT is normally in 2 phases i.e. online examination (CMAT), and college level selection (through WAT, GD, PI etc.). The candidates who satisfy the individual B-School's qualifying criteria in CMAT will be called by the respective B-Schools for the next round (College level selection)

Phase-I: Online examination (CMAT)

CMAT is a computer based test, conducted over 3 hours, consisting of 4 sections and 100 MCQ questions. Each question has 4 marks for each correct answer and -1 for each incorrect answer.

CMAT-2020 pattern

Section No. of questions
Language Comprehension 25
Logical Reasoning 25
General Awareness 25
Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation 25
Total 100

Phase – II: College level selection (WAT, GD, PI etc.)

Institutes have their own process in Phase-II. A combination of activities is used by the B-Schools to evaluate different aspects of a candidate's personality, communication skills and other skills.

Final selection

On the basis of candidate’s cumulative performance, final merit list will be prepared. Institutes have their own criteria based on which they make the final selection list.

Candidates should realise that to perform in competitive exams such as CMAT, they should be good at both concepts and application. Rather than going through concepts from various sources, one should concentrate on a single resource for conceptual clarity. Once concepts are clear, practicing regularly is key to performing well in competitive exams like these. We have provided playlists of important concept lectures below. Candidates can take help of these lectures from Meritshine to strengthen their fundamentals for this exam.

Our Free Resources (click on the links below for accessing the relevant content)

Lectures for Objective Paper (Prelims and Mains)

Lectures for Descriptive Paper (Mains)

Lectures for Group Discussion & Interviews

Our Paid Programs
While we are yet to start with our CMAT programme, our other paid courses such as IBPS PO and SBI PO are designed on similar lines and we recommend them to the aspirants for all such exams. Look out and register for these programs for a more intensive preparation.

The cut offs are declared after the CMAT exam result by individual colleges. Visit the website for more details.

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