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Common Management Admission Test (CMAT)

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Conducted By :All India Management Association (AIMA)

About CMAT 2017

CMAT for PGDM/MBA admission 2017 is to be held on September 2017. The CMAT first test 2015 will provide a good opportunity before CAT 2014 for the aspirants to test themselves.

CMAT is a computer based test (CBT) conducted twice a year. Each candidate is eligible to appear in both the exams and the better of the two scores will be used for the admission for each academic year. The registration window for CMAT Oct 2016 is open and will close on Dec 25, 2017.

Other important exams

There are more than 10 prominent management entrance exams in India like CAT, XAT, NMAT, SNAP, MAT, ATMA. CMAT that can be ranked as the second most important management entrance test.

Admission Process:

Thirteen states have been accepting CMAT scores as the only gateway to MBA admissions under the government quota, instead of the State-administered Post graduate Common Entrance Test (PGCET). The states which are likely to accept CMAT Dec 2016 scores are: Uttar Pradesh, Kerala, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Nagaland, Goa, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Haryana, Karnataka, Jharkhand and Himachal Pradesh

B schools likely to accept CMAT scores:

Instead of the state-administered Post Graduate Common Entrance Test (PGCET), many private universities also accept CMAT. Below is the list of some of the B schools who are expected to accept CMAT scores for admissions 2015-17.

List of leading B Schools accepting CMAT- 2014 scores

Institutes Location
JBIMS Mumbai
Balaji Institute of Modern Management (BIMM) Pune
Asia Pacific Institute of Management New Delhi
AIMS Bangalore
IFIM Business School Bangalore
Alliance School of Business (Alliance University) Bangalore
IPE Hyderabad
KIIT School of Rural Management Bhubaneswar
VIT University Vellore
UPES Dehradun
Jaipuria Institute of Management Noida

CMAT Test Duration and Exam Pattern

CMAT is on line computer based test (CBT). Talking about the computer based pattern of the test, AICTE mentions, "Each candidate will be seated at a desk with a computer terminal and scratch paper for rough work. After the test, candidates must leave the scratch paper at the desk." The test comprises multiple choice questions.

According to AICTE, the test is divided in 4 sections. There will be 25 questions in each section. The total duration is 3 hrs (180 mins).

CMAT Dec 2016 Exam Pattern

Type of Questions Maximum marks Number of Questions
Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation 10025
Logical Reasoning10025
Language Comprehension 10025
General Awareness10025

While 4 marks would be awarded for each correct answer, there shall be negative marking for wrong answers. For each wrong answer 1 mark shall be deducted. As per the AICTE notification graduates in any discipline or final year students of graduate courses (10+2+3) whose result will be declared before commencement of admission for 2015, can apply for the CMAT online.

CMAT - Scoring & Ranking

The result of candidates appearing for computer based test CMAT Dec 2016 will be displayed with Raw Scores and Rank secured in the All India merit list.

Raw Score:

The raw score will be calculated by assigning:

1. + 4 points for the correct answer
2. - 1 point for incorrect answer
3. 0 point for no answer
Candidates will be provided with raw scores for each section.


  • A national merit ranking will be prepared based on raw scores. In case raw scores are identical for more than one candidate, the ranking will be based on sectional scores considered in the order of Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation, Logical Reasoning, Language Comprehension and General Awareness
  • If more than one candidate secures same ranking as per the above criteria, the same Rank will be assigned to all of them but will be displayed by sorting their names alphabetically.
  • Admission authorities and institutions, however, will be free to take their own decision at the time of admission.
  • The National merit list will be prepared and displayed in the public domain indicating Roll Number, Rank and the Raw Scores.

CMAT Sep 2017 Results:

CMAT Feb 2017 results are expected to be declared on Feburary 10,2017. According to AICTE, CMAT results have been designed to rank all the candidates who appear in the test based on their aptitude towards the management education in the order of their merit.

The CMAT exam score will be valid for the admissions to academic year 2016-17.