CMAT - Common Management Admission Test


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Latest Updates:  NTA has released the CMAT 2020 Result on February 4, 2020. Earlier the CMAT 2020 Result date was February 3, 2020. After release of CMAT 2020 final answer key on February 4 late night, the National Testing Agency has released the CMAT result with complete National Merit list for all the 63297 candidates who appeared in CMAT 2020 on January 28, 2020.


CMAT 2020 Merit List: Key Highlights

  • 100 percentile in CMAT 2020 is awarded at 347 marks out of 400 as against 372 marks Last Year
  • 99 percentile in CMAT 2020 is awarded at 282 marks as against 310 last year
  • Only 1 candidate has scored 100 percentile. Mr Gopaljee Jha obtained 100 percentile at a score of 347 marks and awarded Ist Rank
  • Ms Kalisetty Udaya Sandhya Lakshmi Devi obtained 99.9936806 percentile at a score of 338 and topped among female candidates
  • Mr Tanuj Daga obtained 99.8862505 percentile at a score of 310 and topped among Person with Disability (PwD) candidates
  • All the 63297 candidates who appeared in CMAT 2020 have qualified CMAT exam 
  • No candidate has been disqualified 

CMAT answer key 2020 with question paper and response sheet was released by National Testing Agency with the last date to challenge the official CMAT answer key as  February 2, 2020. The objection form to the answer keys had to be submitted online with the candidate CMAT login ID


CMAT 2020 was conducted in a single slot from 9.30 AM to 12.30 PM on January 28, 2020.  More than 65000 candidates appeared in CMAT out of 74486 registered candidates. NTA conducted CMAT exam in 104 cities at 245 centres in 30 States and UTs. CMAT 2020 exam day Guidelines were released by NTA a day before the exam. 


CMAT 2020 overall analysis reveals that the test has remained on predictable lines with moderate difficulty level but more difficult Verbal, Tricky Logical Reasoning and time taking Data Interpretation. GK has focused on current affairs along with static facts. The cut offs are not expected to go high   


CMAT 2020 Analysis: Overall & Sectional Analysis with Key Changes in Pattern, Difficulty Level, Likely cut offs


Important Advisory for the Candidates of CMAT-2020 Examination

  • Download your Admit Card from the NTA’s website
  • Check following details as indicated on the Admit Card:
  • Reporting Time at Centre
  • Gate Closing time of Centre 
  • Date of Examination 
  • Test Timings 
  • Venue of Test 
  • You should visit the Examination Centre, a day before the examination and familiarize yourself with the location and means of reaching the venue of the Test on time
  • Reach the venue of the Test at the Reporting Time mentioned in the Admit Card. If you report beyond the Gate Closing time of Centre, you will not be allowed to enter in the Test venue. 

Items You Should Carry at Exam Centre
Carry with you only following items:

  • Admit Card on a clear colour printout on A4 size paper
  • One Passport size photograph (same as uploaded with the Online Application Form) to be pasted on the Attendance Sheet at the Centre
  • A valid Photo ID Proof in ORIGINAL (PAN card/ Driving License/ Voter ID/ Passport/ Aadhaar Card (With photograph)/E- Aadhaar/Ration Card/ Bank Passbook with Photograph). 
  • Please note that ID Cards issued by Schools/ Colleges/ Universities/ Coaching Centres, AADHAR enrollment receipt without AADHAR NUMBER and PHOTOCOPIES OR Images Stored in mobile phones etc will NOT be accepted
  • No Candidate would be allowed to enter the Examination Centre, without identity verification
  • PwD certificate issued by the Competent Authority, if claiming the relaxation under PwD category. 

Don't Carry the following
Candidates are NOT allowed to carry Instrument/ Geometry/ Pencil box, Handbag, Purse, any kind of Paper/ Stationery/ Textual material (printed or written material), Eatables and Water (loose or packed), Mobile Phone/ Ear Phone/ Microphone/ Pager, Calculator, DocuPen, Slide Rules, Log Tables, Camera, Tape Recorder, to wear/carry any type of watch including Electronic Watches with facilities of calculator, any metallic item or electronic gadgets/ devices in the Examination Hall/Room 


There may not be any provision for safe keeping of valuables at the Centre. 


Inside the Examination Hall

  • Pen/ Pencil and blank paper sheets for rough work will be provided in the examination Hall/Room. 
  • Write Your name and Roll Number at the top of the sheet and must return the sheets and Admit Card to the Invigilator, before leaving the examination Hall/Room.
  • Enter required details in the Attendance Sheet in legible handwriting, put your signature, Left Hand Thumb Impression and paste the Photograph at the appropriate place. Ensure that Your Left Hand Thumb Impression is clear and not smudged. 
  • No Candidate should adopt any unfair means or indulge in any unfair examination practices. The candidature of candidates in case of impersonation will be automatically cancelled without any notice   

What is CMAT?
Common Management Admission Test (CMAT) is a government organized national MBA entrance examination for entry into 600 + management programmes (MBA/PGDM) all over India. Till 2018, CMAT was conducted by AICTE every year. The Test is now conducted by the National Testing Authority (NTA) of Government of India. CMAT 2020 is a three hour computer based online test which is conducted in a single session. CMAT Test Paper evaluates a candidate’s ability in Quantitative Technique, Logical Reasoning, Language Comprehension and General Awareness areas. CMAT 2020 score will be accepted by all AICTE-Approved Institutions/University Departments/Constituent Colleges/Affiliated Colleges like JBIMS, SIMSREE, K J Somaiya Mumbai, Welingkar Mumbai and PUMBA.


CMAT 2020:

CMAT 2020 exam will be held on January 28 from 9.30 AM to 12.30 PM in 109 centres all over India. CMAT 2020 Exam pattern will have 100 questions equally divided into 4 sections of 25 Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) in each section. Read this comprehensive article, prepared by MBA Exam experts, to know more about Key Facts, CMAT Admit Card Download, exam pattern, syllabus. 


Exam Highlights
CMAT 2020 exam offers MBA admission opportunity in more than 600 MBA colleges in India and among them are some of the prominent management institutes. It is an important but an easier MBA entrance exam. Following are the key Exam highlights and other important details:

Exam Conducting Body
National testing Agency (NTA)
Number of MBA colleges under the Exam
Exam Date
January 28, 2020 (Postponed from earlier Jan 24)
Exam Slots
Only one Shift in Morning from 9.30AM to 12.30PM
Mode of CMAT Entrance exam 2020
Online Computer Based Test
CMAT exam full form
Common Management Admission Test
Score Validity for MBA Admission
2020-2021 academic session
Total Questions in Exam
Sectional Division of  Questions
4 Sections with 25 Questions in Each Section
Exam details section wise
Quantitative Technique, Logical Reasoning, Language Comprehension and General Awareness
Exam Difficulty Level
Easy to Moderate
Maximum Score
400 Marks for 100 questions
Negative Marking
- 1 mark for each wrong answer
Required Percentile for MBA admission in Top Colleges
Importance of Taking the exam
Top MBA colleges like JBIMS, SIMSREE, K J Somaiya, GIM Goa, PUMBA, among others accept CMAT exam score
Application process
Exam Application Fee for Boys
Application Fee for Girls
Application Fee for EWS/OBC-NCL 
Application Fee for SC/ST/PwD

Important Dates
The CMAT 2020 important dates, exam Schedule, eligibility, start and last date to apply, last date to download admit card and other exam details are as under:

Exam Activity
Important Dates
Exam Registration starts
November 01, 2019
Online Process
Last date to apply
December 10, 2019
Online submission of Application form closed
Admit Card Download start date
December 24, 2019
No Hard copy will be sent
Last date to download CMAT 2020 Admit card
January 28, 2020
Download Admit Card latest by the exam date
CMAT Exam Date
January 28, 2020
Changed from earlier Jan 24
Exam Duration
3 Hours
From 9.30AM to 12.30 PM
Result Date
February 3, 2020
Score card download starts in afternoon

CMAT Test Pattern: Duration, Sectional composition & Scoring pattern
CMAT 2020 test paper has a time duration of 3 hours with 100 objective type questions in MCQs form.

  • Question difficulty level is easy to moderate
  • Exam is divided in 4 sections with 25 questions in each section. The sections are Quantitative Technique, Logical Reasoning, Language Comprehension and General Awareness
  • Each correct answer is awarded +4 Mark
  • Each wrong answer is penalized with negative marking of -1 mark
  • No Individual Time limit to attempt question paper. Candidates can attempt any question from any section within the overall time limit of 3 hours.
  • Merit Score and percentile is calculated on the basis of all the 4 sections.
  • CMAT score card displays Actual score obtained out of 400 Marks, Sectional score obtained and the sectional and overall percentile obtained in the Exam
CMAT Exam Sections
Number of Questions
Maximum Marks Section-wise
Language Comprehension  
Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation
Logical Reasoning
General Awareness
Total: Sections-4

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How to Prepare for CMAT Exam?
Over the years CMAT exam pattern and syllabus has not changed. So the exam preparation is also not very difficult. Reading good preparation books, practicing with sample papers and CMAT previous year papers with solutions are a good tool for exam preparation.


CMAT 2020 exam Preparation can get you admission to MBA 2020 in good MBA colleges. It is high time that CMAT exam preparation must be started without any further delay as per the exam pattern. 


One of the important points which differentiate CMAT exam preparation from other exams is the separate section with 25 questions on ‘Logical Reasoning’ which has questions based on reasoning only. The LR Preparation for the exam and the strategy to prepare for this important section is to be properly planned and followed to score high.


The exam preparation strategy needs more focus on all the four sections. It requires your focus on following:

  • When to Start exam Preparation?
  • How to prepare?
  • Which are the best Preparation Books?
  • What is the best preparation material available apart from the books?
  • Preparation Tips by CMAT Toppers
  • Whether to Prepare with Coaching or Self prepare - which is better?
  • If time is short, How to prepare for CMAT Online?
  • Exam Taking Strategy - how to crack the Exam with High score?

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CMAT 2020 Syllabus: At par with other MBA entrance exams
The exam Syllabus contains all the topics on which questions are asked in other national level MBA entrance exams. Past question papers and the exam pattern reveal that CMAT syllabus does not throw tough questions in the exam, although the syllabus topics are same.


The syllabus is based on past exam pattern and types of questions that appear in the exam. The best way to get hands-on feel and practice on question topics covered in CMAT syllabus, is to go through the previous exam papers and attempt CMAT Mock tests.. Read More


MBA Colleges Accepting CMAT Exam
The list of CMAT exam accepting colleges is released by National Testing Agency and is also available on AICTE website. There are around 600+ MBA/PGDM colleges who will accept the exam score for MBA admission 2020. Here are some of the best MBA colleges accepting CMAT exam score:

  • JBIMS Mumbai
  • SIMSREE Mumbai
  • K J Somaiya Mumbai
  • Great Lakes Institute of Management, Chennai/Gurgaon
  • PUMBA Pune
  • GIM Goa
  • IFMR Chennai
  • IMT Nagpur
  • BIMTECH Greater Noida (Specialized Programmes)
  • Welingkar, Mumbai
  • N L Dalmia

The updated list of Management Institutes who accept CMAT exam scores for admission to their MBA programmes is available on and is released by AICTE.. Read More 



MBA Admission Process with CMAT 2020

5 steps mba admission process through cmat 2019


CMAT Admit Card 2020 Download: Available till Jan 28 
Theadmit card is available for download from December 24, 2019 to January 28, 2020. All provisionally registered candidates for CMAT exam 2020 can download their Admit Card from NTA website. No admit card is now sent as hard copy to the candidate’s registered address.. Read More


CMAT: An Easy Question paper 
The CMAT colleges cut offs in MBA admission are not very high although the question paper and scoring pattern award liberal marks to exam takers. The cut offs especially among top 20 colleges are slightly higher as compared to other MBA colleges, since the merit position in top 20 colleges is based on little higher cut offs. 


CMAT Result Declaration: Download Score Card from NTA Website
CMAT exam result will be declared on February 3, 2020 in afternoon. The Result will be available for download on NTA CMAT official Website and no score card will be sent by post or E-mail.. Read More


CMAT Score Needed for Top MBA colleges
‘How much score 2020 is required to get admission in one of the top MBA colleges?’ Cut offs in these MBA colleges vary from institute to institute. Apart from the overall score, many colleges also consider CMAT sectional score.


Most of these MBA colleges are autonomous, University B-schools offering MBA degree, private PGDM colleges. The cut off in good MBA colleges go in the range of 80 to 90+  percentile.


To help MBA aspirants searching for top MBA colleges accepting CMAT scores, has prepared a list of MBA colleges with their expected cut off.. Read More 


CMAT Registration: Closed on December 10, 2019
The Registration & Application process closed on December 10, 2020 at 11.50 PM.


Registration Process: 5 Steps
CMAT Exam Registration process was online. It could be completed in five simple steps:

  • Step-1: Create login
  • Step 2: Fill the CMAT Registration 2020 Form 
  • Step 3: Upload Images on Registration Form 2020
  • Step 4: Make Payment of Registration Fee
  • Step 5: View Registration summary, Save the filled in Form.. Read More

MBA Colleges in Maharashtra to Accept CMAT Exam Score
The Higher and Technical Education Department, Directorate of Technical Education, Government of Maharashtra has clarified while determining the entrance exam eligibility of All India category candidates for MBA/MMS admission process in Government, University affiliated, private aided and unaided Maharashtra MBA colleges, that All India Candidature Candidate, Jammu and Kashmir Migrant Candidature Candidate will be considered for MBA/MMS admission on the basis of obtaining non zero positive score in CET conducted by the Competent Authority; CAT -conducted by Indian Institute of Management; CMAT; GMAT among others.


National Testing Agency Created to Conduct CMAT
NTA, a newly created test conducting body, is conducting the entire CMAT 2020 exam alongwith other exams which were conducted by other agencies earlier. NTA will use highly secured IT software and encryption to ensure delivery of tests just in time. This will ensure no leakages and other malpractices. National Testing Agency (NTA) has been established by Government of India as a testing organization to conduct entrance examinations for admission/fellowship in higher educational institutions. NTA has replaced AICTE as exam conducting authority. AICTE conducted CMAT exam till 2018. CMAT is now known as NTA CMAT instead of AICTE-CMAT. From 2019 onwards, National Testing Agency has been assigned to conduct the CMAT exam.


The revised CMAT exam is similar to past exam pattern. It is a three hour computer based online test, conducted in a single session to evaluate the candidate’s ability across four sections like Quantitative Technique, Logical Reasoning, Language Comprehension and General Awareness.


Score Accepted by AICTE Approved MBA/PGDM Colleges
All the top colleges accepting CMAT 2020 exam score are the ones offering AICTE approved MBA/PGDM programmes. They include top MBA colleges like JBIMS, SIMSREE, K J Somaiya, GIM, Great Lakes among others. According to AICTE, ‘All AICTE approved Institutes / Departments / Constituent Colleges / Affiliated Colleges of Universities are expected to accept CMAT scores. The specific notifications issued by Universities and State Governments are available at CMAT website.’


CMAT is one of the largest National Level MBA/PGDM entrance examination and is conducted once a year in the month of January, as per the directions of Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Government of India.


Universities in 13 states including Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Kerala, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Haryana, Karnataka among others accept CMAT exam scores alongwith CAT for admission to their MBA programmes. The governments have officially notified CMAT as their official test. In addition, many B-schools offering AICTE approved PGDM programs will be using the CMAT 2020 scores. More than 600+ B schools running AICTE approved management programmes in India accept the CMAT score. It is the 2nd largest MBA/PGDM entrance test after CAT in the country. More than 60000 candidates register and apply for CMAT every year.


If you don’t get good scores in CAT/XAT/SNAP, the Common Management Admission Test (CMAT) is the answer to your MBA/PGDM needs leading to 600+ AICTE approved B-schools across the country. The exam will be conducted in 109 test cities. With effect from 2016, CMAT has become a yearly exam as against twice a year exam.  Earlier till 2015, there used to be 2 CMAT exams in one year. The first CMAT was held in the month of September while the second followed in the month of coming February. 


Test Training
NTA has opened centres across India, from August 2019 onwards, to make candidates understand about the revised CMAT 2020 exam pattern, navigation, test taking strategy among other details.   The test training will help the candidates to understand all about the revised CMAT exam pattern.


Important Changes in CMAT exam
The key changes and features of the exam are:

Exam Details
For CMAT 2020
Earlier Exams
CMAT conducting Agency
National Testing Agency (NTA)
All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE)
Testing Mode
Computer Based
Computer Based
Training for CMAT Test Taking Methodology/Navigation
NTA training at centres across India from August 2019 onwards to train candidates to understand Test Taking Strategy
AICTE published sample test taking and navigation guidelines on its website
Changes in the cost of Registration
Increased to Rs.1400
Was Rs.1000
Sectional Composition
No change, same 4 sections exam with 100 questions
Remained same with 4 sections 100 questions
Scoring Pattern
Remains same with +4 mark for each right answer
+4 for each correct answer
Difficulty Level
Moderate to Difficult
Remained moderate to Difficult

Register for CMAT exam updates

Exam dates and schedule

  • Registration – Online: 01-11-2019 10:00 AM to 10-12-2019 05:00 PM (Confirm)
    Admit Card Release: 24-12-2019 10:00 AM to 28-01-2020 05:00 PM (Confirm)
    Exam Date & Timings- Online: Tuesday, January 28, 2020 - 09:30 to 12:30 (Confirm)
    Result: 03-02-2020 06:00 PM (Confirm)

CMAT toppers

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CMAT 2020 Eligibility

The Eligibility Criteria comprise two major requirements. The first part in the Eligibility criteria is the exam eligibility to appear in the entrance exam on January 28, 2020 and the second part of  Eligibility is the post CMAT exam eligibility with cut offs as required by each of the CMAT 2020 score accepting management institutes who offer AICTE approved MBA/PGDM programmes.


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CMAT Registration 2020

NTA has confirmed that 74486 candidates have registered for CMAT 2020 Exam on January 28, 2020 in 104 cities at 245 centres in 30 States and UTs. 


The last date of registration was closed on December 10, 2019. The process was online only. The  CMAT 2020 Exam date has been postponed to Tuesday, January 28, 2020 from earlier Jan 24. There is no change in the exam timing. 



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CMAT Pattern 2020

CMAT Exam Pattern 2020 has been released. The exam pattern consists of 100 questions of MCQ type divided in 4 sections. It is a three hour computer based online test which will be conducted in single shift on January 28, 2020. The CMAT exam pattern is designed to evaluate the candidate's ability across various segments like Quantitative Technique, Logical Reasoning, Language Comprehension and General Awareness.  

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CMAT Mock 2020

To help the aspirants prepare and perform better in the exam, experts at have prepared CMAT 2020 Mock tests based on the actual paper pattern & key changes in the exam with answer keys and solutions. Expected Questions... Prepared by India’s Top Experts 


CMAT 2020 exam date is January 28, 2020 and it is very important that the candidates preparing for the exam should practice Mock tests of different difficulty level right from beginning – both section wise and full length Mocks. 

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CMAT Syllabus 2020

CMAT Syllabus 2020 relates to the four exam sections. However, the syllabus has not been strictly pre-defined by AICTE or the National Testing Agency. Going by the past trends and test structure over the years, the syllabus covers all the important topics on which questions are formed in each section. . 

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CMAT Admit Card 2020


Latest Update: Check CMAT Exam Day Instructions by NTA: Don’t carry these items to get into Exam Hall


CMAT Admit card download will remain available till 9 AM on January 28, 2020 from NTA CMAT exam website. Candidates should not worry as the CMAT Hall Ticket download window will not be closed before the exam date. Read More


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CMAT Preparation

Preparation for CMAT 2020 exam which is scheduled on January 28, 2020 must be started well in advance as per the revised exam pattern. The exam will be conducted by National Testing Agency and not by AICTE which conducted the exam till 2018.


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CMAT Cut off 2020

Latest Update: NTA has released CMAT 2020 Cut Offs & Scores on February 4, 2020 on NTA CMAT website. CMAT cut off for 100 percentile is 347 marks and for 99 to 99.99 percentile the cut off is in the range of 282 – 342 marks. JBIMS, SIMSREE, PUMBA, GIM, K J Somaiya among others will apply CMAT cut offs for admission in this range of percentile 


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CMAT Exam Centres 2020

CMAT exam cities 2020 are 109 across the country. The exam will be held on January 28, 2020 from 9.30 AM to 12.30 PM. With increase in number of test takers, number of CMAT 2020 test centres have increased  as compared to last year. All the exam centres have been assigned specific codes so that candidates can instantly know with the code which test city has been assigned to them. The name of the test city 2020 allotted to the test taker will be indicated in the Admit Card along with the test venue.. 

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CMAT Answer Key 2020

After release of CMAT 2020 answer key, NTA has released the procedure how to challenge the CMAT official answer key.  The CMAT answer keys and CMAT response sheet with CMAT objection form are displayed on CMAT official website. The last date to challenge the CMAT 2020 answer key online with CMAT login ID is February 2, 2020 till 5 PM. After reviewing and scrutinizing all the objections on official CMAT answer keys, National Testing Agency will release the CMAT final answer keys before declaration of CMAT 2020 Result date. 


CMAT Answer Key 2020: Important Dates
Below are given the important dates for CMAT 2020 official answer key opening, closing, final answer key release and result declaration:  

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CMAT Selection Procedure

Selection procedure is more governed by the MBA/PGDM admission policy of the individual B-schools. However, the selection procedure for MBA admission 2020 will begin only after the CMAT result is declared on February 7, 2020. The exam conducting authority frames the overall selection procedure that includes the exam process, exam Result and disseminating the individual scores with percentile. After it, the admission process will be completed by the respective B-school or the university for MBA admission 2020. 

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CMAT Score Vs Percentile

CMAT 2020 exam result was declared on February 4, 2020 late night. National Testing Agency has announced the All India Merit list based on the Total Marks obtained by the candidates in Common Management Admission Test (CMAT) 2020 conducted as Computer Based Test (CBT) on 28th January 2020 in a single slot on January 28, 2020 from 9.30 AM to 12.30 PM.


CMAT 2020 Score Vs Percentile for Admission 2020: Key Highlights
Total Candidates:
63297 candidates appeared out of 74486 registered in CMAT-2020. The A National Merit Ranking (All India Rank) with CMAT score vs Percentile has been arrived based on the Marks secured against Total Marks.


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CMAT Analysis 2020


CMAT 2020 Analysis: Exam with Moderate Difficulty, Tricky DI, tough Verbal
CMAT 2020 Exam got over at 12.30 PM on January 28, 2020. as computer based test. The exam was conducted in a single slot from 9.30 AM to 12.30 PM by NTA as a computer based test. More than 65000 candidates appeared in CMAT out of 74486 registered candidates. The exam was conducted in 104 cities across the country at 245 test centres from 30 States and Union Territories.


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CMAT Result 2020

CMAT 2020 Result was released on February 4, 2020 late night.  You can download the score card from official NTA CMAT exam website by login with your CMAT ID and Date of birth. Out of 74,486 who had registered for CMAT 2020, 63297 appeared in CMAT exam. Last year there were 54,516 candidates who had taken CMAT exam.  


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CMAT Percentile Predictor

CMAT 2020 percentile Predictor is Live Now! You can check your expected CMAT percentile with a few simple inputs on this percentile predictor. 


You must be eager to know your CMAT 2020 percentile and the process how to arrive at the accurate  percentile calculation, after taking your exam on January 28, 2020. The best percentile predictor should give you the nearest percentile calculation so that you may decide whether you would be shortlisted by the top MBA colleges like JBIMS, SIMSREE, GIM, among others for MBA/PGDM admission 2020 based on your predictions for the percentile score. 


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