Want to know about CMAT Exam Pattern, Eligibility, syllabus, cutoff, result

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The Common Management Admission test commonly known as CMAT is a national level admission test conducted by All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) for the admissions to all AICTE approved 1000+ B-schools.It is the 2nd largest MBA/PGDM entrance test after CAT in the country.

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Because of its broad reach, CMAT is proved to be a good opportunity for MBA Aspirants to get admission into the best MBA institutes in the country.

CMAT is a computerized test conducted online with a 3-hour duration.

This year, CMAT 2018 was held on January 20th, 2018 and the results are expected very soon.


CMAT has far better coverage than other MBA exams by allowing admission into approx. 400+ AICTE approved MBA institutes. More than 60000 candidates apply for CMAT every year. Moreover, it gives a second chance for candidates who didn’t fare well in CAT/XAT/SNAP.

It gives MBA aspirants a better focus to prepare one sole exam instead of writing 4 to 5 exams a year. It cuts down the preparation stress, time, money spent on coaching classes and study materials. It is also comparatively easier than other MBA exams.

Since it is conducted by AICTE itself, the exam holds credibility over other MBA competitive exams.

The first CMAt exam was held in February 2012.  Thereon, it became the most sought-after exam for MBA aspirants.

CMAT Exam date 2018

CMAT exam 2018 was held on 20th of January this year.

Good news is that the exam was easier compared to yesteryear’s CMAT exams. The exam was held almost in the same pattern last year and had a mix of easy to moderately difficult questions.

However, experts say that the cutoffs are more likely to increase this year. As for the cut-offs this year, it is expected that an overall score of 228 will get 99 percentile while a score of 190 marks may get 95 percentile in CMAT 2018

CMAT Eligibility

Below is the eligibility criteria for applicants for CMAT, as stated by AICTE:

  • The candidates must hold a graduate degree of minimum three years from a recognized institute.
  • Final year students of graduate courses (10+2+3) whose result will be declared before the commencement of the next CMAT exam can also apply. For your information, CMAT is held every year in January.
  • General category applicants must obtain minimum 50% at graduation level, while SC/ST category must obtain 45%
  • Applicant must be a citizen of India
  • There is no age bar to appear for CMAT 2018. Anybody after graduation can apply for CMAT.

CMAT exam pattern

The paper comprises of 4 sections of logical reasoning, language comprehension, Quantitative aptitude and general awareness. The exam is computerized and there is no sectional timing for each section. However, we advise you to split up your time accordingly and work your way through the exam.

Below is a table that shows you the marks split across the number of questions.

Sections Number of questions Total marks
1 Logical Reasoning 25 100
2 Language Comprehension 25 100
3 Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation 25 100
4 General Awareness 25 100
  Total 100 400

CMAT Exam syllabus

There is no fixed syllabus prescribed by AICTE for CMAT. However, from CMAT 2018, you can anticipate the important topics under each section.

Quantitative aptitude and data interpretation was on a moderately difficult level. It had an assortment of questions based on Geometry, Algebra, Permutation-Combination, Profit, and Loss, Numbers, Mensuration, etc.

Language comprehension was overall moderate with slightly difficult questions.

The questions on the RC passages were mainly on facts, inference, etc.There were questions from core English grammar, Fill in the Blanks, use of Synonyms and Antonyms, short but complicated Jumbled Sentences, etc.

Logical reasoning will generally be time-consuming, you need to plan your time in this section. There will be questions on Series Completion, Truth and Lie Detection, Visual Reasoning, Blood Relationship, Setting Arrangement, etc.

The above-mentioned topics were just the important topics that came in the exam and not the only topics. Like I have mentioned before, there is no specific syllabus prescribed by AICTE.

CMAT exam cutoff

CMAT  cutoff will be the minimum marks candidates are required to score in order to obtain admission into the participating institutes across India. AICTE  has released the cutoff of CMAT 2018. The CMAT cut off 2018 will decide which candidate is likely to move into the next round of selection. It varies from one university to other.

CMAT Exam Result

The result of CMAT 2018 will be announced on February 14, 2018.

We can’t anticipate what it could be this year, but as per previous year’s trend, the CMAT result 2018 may be made available in the form of merit list.

The result will be sent to the registered communication address by the officials. Based on the result, the candidates are likely to be shortlisted and called in for further admission process.

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