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Common Management Admission Test (CMAT)

Common Management Admission Test  (CMAT)

CMAT 2022 Exam Date
To be Announced
Name of the Examination
Common Management Admission Test 
Common Name
CMAT
Conducting Body
National Testing Agency (NTA)
Frequency of the Examination
Once a Year
Exam Level
National-Level Examination
What is CMAT?

CMAT or Common Management Admission Test is a national-level exam that is conducted once every year. 

Candidates taking CMAT can seek admissions in MBA and PGDM programs of some of the top CMAT colleges in the country. 

CMAT Colleges:

Below is a list of some of the best CMAT colleges in the country: 

  1. Goa Institute of Management, Goa
  2. KJ Somaiya Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai
  3. Great Lakes Institute of Management, Chennai and Gurgaon Campus
  4. WE School, Mumbai, and Bangalore
  5. Christ University, Bangalore
  6. Xavier Institute of Management & Entrepreneurship, Bangalore
  7. Indus Business Academy, Bangalore
  8. IFIM Business School, Bangalore
  9. Birla Institute of Management Technology, Noida
  10. New Delhi Institute of Management, New Delhi

Apart from the colleges mentioned above, there are many colleges in Bangalore that accept CMAT exam scores. 

Candidates can check the CMAT cutoff of these colleges and seek admissions in Bangalore

CMAT 2022 registration process will begin later this year. Those willing to take this examination must complete their graduation in any given field. 

CMAT 2022 Exam Details:

Mode of Registration
Online
Mode of Exam
Online
Medium of Exam
English 
Duration 
180 Minutes
Total Marks
400
Type of Questions
Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs)

CMAT Exam Dates:

Events
Dates
CMAT Registration Starts
To be Announced
CMAT Registration Ends
To be Announced
Last Date for Payment of CMAT Registration Fees
To be Announced
Admit Card
To be Announced
CMAT Exam Date
To be Announced
Answer Key
To be Announced
Results
To be Announced

CMAT Registration:

Candidates can register for CMAT by following the below-mentioned steps: 

Step 1: Visit the official website of CMAT. 
Step 2: Click on the tab for "Apply for CMAT".
Step 3: Candidates should click on the link for "New Registration".
Step 4: They will be redirected to an information bulletin page, which they have to go through and check on the box towards the end. 
Step 5: After checking on the box, candidates have to click on the tab- "Click here to Proceed".
Step 6: Candidates have to provide the following information for the registration process: 

  1. Personal Details
  2. Present Address and Permanent Address
  3. Password
  4. Security Pin

Step 7: Candidates will be sent a 6-digit Application Number on the Mobile Number and Email ID provided by them. 

How to fill up a CMAT Application form? 

Step 1: Visit the official website of CMAT. 
Step 2: Click on the tab for "Apply for CMAT".
Step 3: Candidates have to submit their Application Number, Password, and Security Pin for the Login process. 
Step 4: Candidates will be redirected to the CMAT Application Form, wherein they have to fill in the following details:

  1. Education Details
  2. Work Experience Details
  3. Caste Details 

Step 5: After filling up the required information, candidates have to upload the necessary documents for the process. 
Step 6: Candidates should go through the CMAT application form and check for any discrepancies before paying the CMAT registration fees. 
Step 7: They should pay the fees and download the application form.

CMAT Registration Fees: 
Categories
Fees (In Rs.) 
General Students
2,000/-
OBC/ ST/ SC/ PwD Students
1,000/-
Transgender
1,000/-

Documents Required:

Documents
Specifications
Recent Passport-size Photograph

Dimension: 3.5 cm X 3 cm 

Size: 10 KB to 200 KB

Format: JPEG or JPG

Candidate's Signature

Dimension: 6 cm X 2 cm

Size: 4 KB to 30 KB

Format: JPEG or JPG

CMAT Exam Centres: 

NTA conducts the CMAT exam across 180 cities all over the country. Candidates get the option to select any 5 preferences for their exam centres.

Below is a list of a few of the cities which have exam centres: 

New Delhi
Mumbai
Pune
Kolkata
Bangalore
Chennai
Dimapur
Kohima
Bhubaneswar
Amritsar
Jaipur
Coimbatore
Hyderabad
Agra
Indore
Kozhikode
Mysore
Ernakulam
Thiruvananthapuram
Jamshedpur
Surat
Ahmedabad
Port Blair
Panaji
Ghaziabad
Kottayam
Puducherry
Roorkee

CMAT Syllabus & Books: 

1) Language Comprehension: 

Para-jumbles
Reading Comprehension
English Grammar
Paragraph Completion
Idioms and Phrases
Error Identification
Sentence Improvement 
Synonyms and Antonyms
Phrases
One-word Substitution
Cloze Test
Sentence Analogy

Books for Language Comprehension:

Name of Books
Author
How to Prepare for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension
Arun Sharma
Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension
Nishit K. Sinha
Word Power Made Easy
Norman Lewis
High School English Grammar & Composition
Wren & Martin

2) Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation:

a) Quantitative Techniques: 

Profit & Loss
Percentages
Simple & Compound Interest
Time & Work
Number System
Averages
Ratio and Proportions 
HCF and LCM
Speed, Distance, and Time
Lines and Angles
Pythagoras Theorem
Triangles
Base Angle Theorem
Circles
Polygons
3 Dimensional Figures
Quadrilaterals
Longest Side Theorem
Linear Equations
Simultaneous Equations
Linear Inequalities
Quadratic Equations
Maxima and Minima
Logarithms
Absolute Value of Algebraic Equations
Arithmetic, Geometric, and Harmonic Progressions
Functions and Relations
Permutation & Combination
Set Theory
Probability
Coordinate Geometry
Venn Diagrams

b) Data Interpretation:

Tables
Bar Graphs
Line Graphs
Histogram
Pie Chart
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Books Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation:

Name of Books
Author
Quantitative Aptitude for MBA Entrance Examinations 
Arun Sharma
How to Prepare for Data Interpretation
Arun Sharma
Quantitative Aptitude
R.S. Aggarwal
Quantitative Aptitude Series
Nishit K. Sinha
Preparing for Data Interpretation
Nishit K. Sinha

3) Logical Reasoning:

Analytical Reasoning
Assumptions and Arguments
Inferences 
Non-Verbal Reasoning
Analogy Test
Cause and Effects
Statement and Conclusion
Blood Relationship
Symbol Based Problems
Sequencing
Matrix Arrangements
Number Series
Coding and Decoding
Direction and Distance Test
Ranking Tests 
Syllogisms

Books for Logical Reasoning:

Name of Books
Author
How to Prepare for Logical Reasoning 
Arun Sharma
Preparing for Logical Reasoning 
Nishit K. Sinha

4) General Awareness: 

Conventional & Static GK
Current Affairs
Constitution of India
National and International Policies and Campaigns
Literature, Art, and Culture
National and International Events
Sports
Social and Cultural Issues
Books and Authors
Awards of National and International importance
Science and Scientific Achievements
Politics
Economics
Personalities
Films
History

Books for General Awareness: 

There are no specific books for general awareness, as it's a very dynamic topic. Questions can be asked from any given topic. 

Candidates have to be well-informed of all the important events that are going on in the country and world. 

Below are the best resources to prepare for the general awareness section:

  1. Daily English Newspapers: Times of India, The Hindu, The Indian Express. Livemint, Hindustan Times, Economic Times, Financial Express, The Indian Express, Business Insider, and others. 
  2. Manorama Year Book
  3. GK Question Banks with Current Affairs and Static GK
  4. GK Mock Tests for competitive examinations
  5. Previous year question papers of Common Management Admission Test
  6. Candidates can also prepare for this section by watching relevant YouTube topics on some of the trending topics around us.

CMAT Exam Pattern: 

Medium
English
Test Duration
180 Minutes
Total Number of Questions
100
Total Marks
400
Total Number of Sections
4
Division of Sections 

Section A: Language Comprehension

Section B: Logical Reasoning

Section C: Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation

Section D: General Awareness 

Questions in Each Section

Section A: 25

Section B: 25

Section C: 25

Section D: 25

Level of Questions
Questions will be Between Easy and Moderate Level.
Marking Scheme
+4 for Each Correct Question
Negative Marking 
No Negative Marking

CMAT Preparation Tips:

Candidates can follow the below-mentioned CMAT exam preparation tips:

  • Have a detailed idea of the CMAT Syllabus.
  • Select the best books and e-resources for the CMAT exam preparation process.
  • Hold hands of the right mentor for preparation.
  • Inculcate a strict schedule for your preparation process.
  • Prepare properly with revision and mock tests.
  • Maintain proper health during the preparation process.

Apart from that, candidates can also follow the below-mentioned topic-specific preparation tips: 

Language Comprehension:

  • To prepare for the Reading Comprehension section, candidates should read regularly.
  • Language comprehension is a non-exhaustive section; hence they should try out different resources and strategies. 
  • They should prepare from the regular course modules, but apart from that, they should read newspapers, magazines, and novels to help them gather information on various topics. 
  • Grammar rules should not only be read but should be put into practice while speaking and writing regularly. 
  • Candidates should have a stronghold on vocabulary. They can do this by noting new words every day and preparing a personal thesaurus. 

Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation:

  • Candidates should segregate the tough and easy topics to plan out their preparation.
  • They should practice important formulas and concepts of the topics every day. Also, candidates should have a stronghold on the basics of each topic.
  • Arithmetic and Geometry are 2 very important and high-scoring topics. Hence, candidates should devote extra time to them. 
  • Data Interpretation is an easy topic, but candidates need to be careful because missing out on important data will lead to mistakes. 
  • Apart from these, they should learn shortcuts to solve the questions faster and save time for a recheck. 

Logical Reasoning:

  • Candidates should practise for this section from multiple resources as it's tricky and can cover various parameters. 
  • Under this section, learning important concepts of Verbal Reasoning and Critical Reasoning will help answer the questions correctly. 
  • Candidates should manage their time well by dividing it equally for each question. 
  • Some of the important concepts in this section are Syllogism, Venn Diagram, Sequence and Series, and Coding. They should study them properly along with tricks to solve them faster and better. 

General Awareness:

  • Preparation of this section is non-exhaustive, and candidates should do it every day for at least 1 to 2 hours.
  • They should prepare from newspapers, books, mobile apps, and websites.
  • Candidates can prepare their own set of notes for this section. It will help them in preparing as well as revising easily. 

CMAT Admit Card: 

Candidates can download the CMAT Admit Card by downloading the below-mentioned steps: 

Step 1: Visit the official website of CMAT.
Step 2: Click on the tab- "Click for Admit Card".
Step 3: Candidates will get 2 options to log in. They are:

  • Using Application Number and Password
  • Using Application Number and Date of Birth

Step 4: Candidates can select any one of these to log in for downloading the admit card. 
Step 5: Click on the link for "CMAT Admit Card".
Step 6: They should check all the details mentioned on the CMAT Admit Card. If the details are correct, then they should download the admit card and take a printout for further process. 

Candidates have to carry a Government ID proof along with their CMAT Admit Card to the exam centres. 

CMAT Answer Key:

Candidates can download the CMAT answer key by following the below-mentioned steps: 

Step 1: Visit the official website of the Common Management Admission Test. 
Step 2: Click on the tab- "Click for CMAT Answer Key".
Step 3: Candidates have to log in using their credentials. 
Step 4: They can view the answer key by clicking on the link- "CMAT Question Paper". This link shall take them to a file containing the CMAT questions and the candidate's response to each question. 
Step 5: Candidates can check their answer key and challenge the answer key by clicking on the respective link. 
Step 6: They can download the answer key for future reference. 

NTA shall incorporate the candidate's responses against the answer key and release the final answer sheet and the answer key. 

Candidates won't be allowed to challenge the answer sheet after the release of the final answer key. 

CMAT Results: 

Candidates can check the results by following the below-mentioned steps: 

Step 1: Visit the official website of the Common Management Admission Test. 
Step 2: Click on the link for CMAT Results. 
Step 3: Candidates have to log in using their credentials. 
Step 4: They have to click on the link to download the Common Management Admission Test Scorecard. 
Step 5: Candidates should check the details on the CMAT Scorecard. If the details are correct, the candidates can download the CMAT Scorecard and store it for future reference. 

Candidates can also download the CMAT Rank List, which will be released on its official website. 

CMAT Cut offs: 

All CMAT colleges release their cutoffs after NTA releases the Common Management Admission Test results. 

Candidates shall be called for further rounds at these colleges based on their score. 

CMAT accepting colleges decide the cut-off based on the following criteria:

  1. The difficulty level of the exam paper
  2. Number of seats available in the College
  3. Number of applicants 
  4. Reservation criteria of colleges

Generally, the top Common Management Admission Test colleges have a cut off between 95 to 100 percentile. 

Admission Processes after CMAT: 

CMAT accepting colleges will invite candidates who have cleared the cut off for further admission process.

The further admission process of the colleges consists of the following processes:

1) Group Discussion (GD): 

Group discussion is a process in which candidates will be divided into groups. They shall be given a topic to discuss.

To ace this process, candidates need to have excellent communication and presentation skills, and they should be abreast with the latest developments around the country and world. 

Candidates will be marked in GD based on the following factors: 

  1. Communication Skills 
  2. Team Skills
  3. Negotiation Skills
  4. Leadership

2) Written Ability Test (WAT): 

For the Written Ability Test, candidates will be given a relevant topic to write. Sometimes the topic can be the same as the one given in GD. 

Candidates will be marked in WAT based on the following factors: 

  1. Language Skills
  2. Vocabulary
  3. Grammatical Skills

3) Personal Interview (PI): 

Personal Interview is one of the most important selection processes for all colleges. Candidates will face a panel of 2 to 4 persons. 

The panel shall consist of professors and notable alumni from the college. Candidates will be judged in the PI based on:

  1. Overall personality
  2. Confidence
  3. General awareness
  4. Communication skills
  5. Clarity of ideas

FAQs: 

  1. What are the eligibility criteria for the Common Management Admission Test?
    - For CMAT, candidates should have completed their graduation from any of the recognized universities or should be in the final year of their graduation with 50% aggregate. 

  2. What is the mode in which CMAT will be conducted?
    - CMAT will be conducted online.

  3. How many times is the Common Management Admission Test conducted in a year?
    - CMAT is an annual national-level examination. Hence, candidates can undertake the CMAT exam only once in a year. 

  4. What is the reservation criteria for the Common Management Admission Test?
    - CMAT doesn't have any reservation criteria of its own. 

  5. What is the marking scheme for CMAT, and what is the full mark for the exam?
    - Candidates will be awarded 4 marks for every correct answer, but there is no negative marking for CMAT. The full mark of this exam is 400. 

  6. Which are some of the best CMAT colleges in Bangalore? 
     - Some of the best CMAT colleges in Bangalore are Christ University, Xavier Institute of Management & Entrepreneurship (XIME), Indus Business Academy, and IFIM Business School. 

  7. Does CMAT have any limit on the number of attempts?
    - No, there is no limit on the number of attempts for CMAT. 

  8. How many CMAT exam centres are there in India?
    - There are over 180 CMAT exam centres in India. 

  9. Does NTA release the CMAT answer key?
    - NTA releases the CMAT answer key a few weeks after the exam. It also allows candidates to challenge the answer key. 

  10. How many CMAT colleges are there in India?
    - India has close to 950 colleges that accept CMAT scores.
Eligibility Criteria

Candidates have to meet the following eligibility criteria: 

  • Candidates should complete their graduation with 50% aggregate or be in the Final Year of their Graduation
  • Candidates with relevant work experience can also apply. 
  • The candidate has to be an Indian Citizen. 
  • There is no limit on the age of candidates or the number of candidates.





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