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CMAT Overview

CMAT stands for the Common Management Admission Test. It is usually conducted twice every year (in February and September) by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE).
CMAT is a purely computer-based test.

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  • You need to have a Graduation degree in any discipline from any AICTE-recognized University or Institute
  • This includes AICTE-recognized distance education courses also
  • If you’re in the final year of an AICTE-recognized Graduate Course and your result will be declared before commencement of admissions for the academic year then you are also eligible to apply

Pattern of the Question Paper

  • The exam is purely online
  • It will be of 3 hours length
  • There will be a total of 100 questions, in 4 sections. Each section would have 25 questions:
    • Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation – 25 questions
    • Language Comprehension – 25 questions
    • Logical Reasoning – 25 questions
    • General Awareness – 25 questions
  • The exam has negative marking, with +4 marks for a correct answer and -1 mark for a wrong answer
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Like most Aptitude Tests, the CMAT syllabus is not defined. Overall, it can be classified as being easier than CAT or XAT.

  • Blood Relations
  • Coding and Decoding
  • Arrangements – Linear, Circular and Grid Matrix, Order and Ranking
  • Direction Sense
  • Cubes and Dice Related problems
  • Games and Tournaments
  • Critical Path
  • Set Theory
  • Venn Diagrams
  • Network Diagrams
  • Analogies – Number and Letter
  • Series – Number, Letter and Symbol
  • Odd Man Out
  • Binary Logic or Knights and Knaves
  • Clocks and Calendars
  • Matchsticks and Coins
  • Verbal Arithmetic or Quantitative Reasoning
  • Inequalities and Conclusions – Coded Inequalities
  • Logical Conditions or Logical Deduction
  • Pan Balancing
  • Sequential Output Tracing
  • Symbols and Notations or Symbol Based Logic
  • Assertion and Reasoning
  • Critical Reasoning
  • Statement – Courses of Action
  • Statement and Assumptions
  • Statements and Conclusions
  • Logical Grouping
  • Mathematical Operations
  • Rankings
  • Syllogisms
  • Team Formations or Selections
  • Analytical Puzzles
  • Decision Making
  • Double Line Up / Distribution
  • Input and Output
  • Logical Connectives
  • Non Verbal Reasoning
  • Number Systems
  • LCM and HCF
  • Percentages
  • Profit, Loss and Discount
  • Interest (Simple and Compound)
  • Speed, Time and Distance
  • Time and Work
  • Averages
  • Ratio and Proportion
  • Linear Equations
  • Quadratic Equations
  • Complex Numbers
  • Logarithm
  • Progressions (Sequences & Series)
  • Binomial Theorem
  • Surds and Indices
  • Inequalities
  • Permutation and Combination
  • Probability
  • Functions
  • Set Theory
  • Mixtures and Alligations
  • Geometry
  • Co-ordinate Geometry
  • Trigonometry
  • Mensuration
  • Tables
  • Pie Charts
  • Bar Graphs
  • Line Graphs
  • Caselets
  • Data Sufficiency
  • Vocabulary Based (Synonyms Antonyms)
  • English Usage or Grammar
  • Sentence Correction
  • Fill in the blanks
  • Cloze Passage
  • Analogies or Reverse Analogies
  • Jumbled Paragraph
  • Meaning-Usage Match
  • Summary Questions
  • Verbal Reasoning
  • Facts / Inferences / Judgements
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Current Affairs
  • Indian History
  • Indian Geography
  • Sports
  • International Relations
  • Indian Polity
  • Important Awards
  • Books and Authors
  • Science and Technology
  • Economics
  • United Nations

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Application Procedure

The application procedure has to be completed online on the CMAT website

Participating Colleges

Almost all AICTE-recognized universities that conduct an MBA course accept CMAT scores. This means there are hundreds of colleges all over the country where a CMAT score is accepted. However, note that simply possessing a CMAT score does not guarantee admission, as each college or university may set its own specific admission requirements.

More than 1 lakh candidates take the test every year.

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