CMAT - Common Management Admission Test

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Thursday, January 16, 2020


Latest Update: NTA has changed CMAT 2020 exam date to January 28, 2020 from Jan 24. CMAT 2020 will be a single session exam. CMAT Admit card has been released on December 24, 2019. Last date to Apply for CMAT is closed now.


CMAT 2020: Key Facts
Common Admission Test (CMAT) is one of the important national level MBA entrance exams for admission to AICTE approved MBA colleges in India. The CMAT 2020 exam is conducted by the newly created testing agency for higher education - The National Testing Agency (NTA) instead of All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE). CMAT entrance exam is online computer based test of three hours duration.


The NTA- CMAT will be held in a single shift on January 28, 2020 from 9.30 AM to 12.30 PM. There is no change in the CMAT 2020 exam structure. The exam will have 100 questions equally divided into 4 sections of 25 Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) in each section. 


Since 2019, NTA is conducting CMAT exam annually in the month of January. CMAT full form is Common Management Admission Test.. 

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CMAT 2020: 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. CMAT entrance exam is an important but an easier MBA entrance exam. Following are the key highlights and other important CMAT exam details:

CMAT 2020 Exam Conducting Body
National testing Agency (NTA)
Number of MBA colleges under CMAT 2020
CMAT Exam Date 2020
January 28, 2020 (Postponed from earlier Jan 24)
CMAT 2020 Exam Slots
Held in 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
CMAT 2020 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 CMAT Score
400 Marks for 100 questions
Negative Marking in CMAT exam
- 1 mark for each wrong answer
Required CMAT exam Percentile for MBA admission in Top Colleges
Importance of Taking CMAT 2020 exam
Top MBA colleges like JBIMS, SIMSREE, K J Somaiya, GIM Goa, PUMBA, among others accept CMAT exam score
CMAT exam application process
Exam Application Fee for Boys
Application Fee for Girls
Application Fee for EWS/OBC-NCL 
Application Fee for SC/ST/PwD

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

CMAT Exam Details
CMAT 2020 Important Dates
Remarks on CMAT exam details & Dates
CMAT 2020 exam Registration starts
November 01, 2019
Online on NTA CMAT 2020 Exam website
Last date to apply for CMAT 2020 exam Registration
December 10, 2019
Online submission of Application form closed
CMAT 2020 Admit Card Download start date
December 24, 2019
No Hard copy of CMAT Admit card will be sent
Last date to download CMAT 2020 Admit card
January 28, 2020
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CMAT 2020 Exam Date
January 28, 2020
Changed from earlier Jan 24
CMAT Exam Duration
3 Hours
From 9.30AM to 12.30 PM
CMAT 2020 Result Date
February 6, 2020
Score card download starts in afternoon


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DSB, VIPS-TC Delhi, PGDM Admission 2020 JKBS Gurgaon, PGDM Admission 2020

 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 CMAT 2020 question paper. Candidates can attempt any question from any section within the overall time limit of 3 hours.
  • Merit Score and percentile in CMAT 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 CMAT Exam
CMAT 2019 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 for CMAT exam has not changed. So the CMAT exam preparation is also not very difficult. Reading good CMAT preparation books, practicing with CMAT 2020 sample papers and CMAT previous year papers with solutions are a good tool for CMAT 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 CMAT exam pattern. 


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


CMAT exam preparation strategy needs more focus on all the four sections. CMAT 2020 preparation requires your focus on following:

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

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


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


MBA Colleges Accepting CMAT Exam
The list of CMAT exam 2020 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 CMay 2020 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 
The CMAT 2020 exam admit 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 CMAT question paper and CMAT scoring pattern award liberal marks to exam takers. The CMAT colleges cut offs especially among top 20 CMAT colleges are slightly higher as compared to other MBA colleges accepting CMAT scores since the merit position in top 20 CMAT colleges is based on little higher cut offs. 


CMAT Result Declaration: Download Score Card from NTA Website
CMAT 2020 exam result to be declared on February 7, 2020 in afternoon. The CMAT 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 CMAT score 2020 is required to get admission in one of the top MBA colleges?’ CMAT score cut offs in these MBA colleges accepting CMAT scores vary from institute to institute. Apart from the overall CMAT score, many of the CMAT accepting colleges also consider CMAT sectional score.


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


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


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


Registration Process: 5 Steps
CMAT 2020 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 CMAT Registration Form 2020
  • Step 4: Make Payment of CMAT Registration Fee
  • Step 5: View CMAT 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: NTA-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, NTA has been assigned to conduct the CMAT exam and as such CMAT 2019 was the first CMAT exam conducted by NTA 


The National Testing Agency is entrusted to address all the issues related to test preparation, test delivery and test marking.  The National Testing Agency is to assess competence of candidates for admissions,  standard of exam, efficiency, transparency and error free Test delivery of CMAT and other exams.  NTA would initially conduct those entrance examinations which were being conducted by the AICTE as CMAT, GPAT; CBSE such as JEE Main for B.Tech and B.Arch courses, NEET UG for MBBS / BDS courses, National Eligibility Test (UGC NET) and others. Other examinations will be taken up gradually after NTA is fully geared up.


NTA has kept the revised CMAT exam similar to past CMAT exam pattern. Accordingly, CMAT 2020 will be 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.


CMAT Score Accepted by AICTE Approved MBA/PGDM Colleges
All the CMAT 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 2020: Only MBA Entrance Exam by NTA
CMAT is the only MBA/PGDM exam earlier conducted by AICTE and now by NTA WEF CMAT 2019. No other MBA/PGDM entrance in 2020 is to be conducted by NTA under aegis of AICTE. 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. CMAT scores are accepted by around 600+ B schools running AICTE approved management programmes in India. It is the 2nd largest MBA/PGDM entrance test after CAT in the country. More than 80000 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.


CMAT 2020 will be conducted in more than 60 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 used to be held in the month of September while the second followed in the month of coming February. 


CMAT Exam 2020: 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.  NTA has introduced some changes in CMAT exam. 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 CMAT 2020 conducted by NTA are:

Exam Details
CMAT conducting Agency
National Testing Agency (NTA)
All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE)
CMAT 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 CMAT Test Taking Strategy
AICTE published sample test taking and navigation guidelines on its website
Changes in the cost of CMAT Registration
No change proposed
AICTE used to increase CMAT registration fee each year
Sectional Composition of CMAT
No change, same 4 sections exam with 100 questions
Remained same with 4 sections 100 questions
Scoring Pattern
Remains same with +1 mark for each right answer
+4 for each correct answer
Difficulty Level
Expected to go down
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: 06-02-2020 06:00 PM (Confirm)

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CMAT 2020 Eligibility

CMAT 2020 Exam date is postponed to Tuesday, January 28, 2020 from earlier Jan 24. There is no change in the exam timing. National Testing Agency (NTA) has announced to conduct CMAT 2020 from 9.30AM to 12.30PM as a computer based test with 100 questions divided in 4 sections with 25 questions in each section. 


CMAT 2020 Eligibility Criteria comprise two major CMAT Exam Eligibility requirements. The first part in the CMAT Eligibility criteria is the CMAT exam eligibility to appear in CMAT 2020 entrance exam on January 19, 2020 and the second part of CMAT 2020 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 CMAT 2020 last date of registration is closed now. The CMAT admit card download process starts from December 24, 2019 from the official NTA CMAT exam website.  Conducted by NTA, the  CMAT 2020 Exam date is postponed to Tuesday, January 28, 2020 from earlier Jan 24. There is no change in the exam timing. National Testing Agency (NTA) will conduct  CMAT 2020 from 9.30AM to 12.30PM as a computer based test with 100 questions divided in 4 sections with 25 questions in each section.   


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CMAT Pattern 2020

CMAT Exam Pattern 2020 has been announced by the National Testing Agency (NTA) in place of AICTE. CMAT 2020 exam is the second CMAT conducted by NTA. The National Testing Agency will conduct CMAT 2020 on January 19, 2020 as computer based test. The CMAT 2020 exam pattern, according to NTA, is a three hour computer based online test which will be conducted in two shifts on the same day. 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 CMAT 2020 aspirants prepare and perform better in the CMAT 2020 exam, experts at have prepared CMAT 2020 Mock tests based on the CMAT paper pattern & key changes in CMAT 2020 exam with answer keys and solutions. Expected Questions... Prepared by India’s Top Experts 


CMAT 2020 exam date is January 19, 2020 and it is very important that the candidates preparing for CMAT exam should practice CMAT 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 CMAT exam sections. However, the CMAT exam syllabus has not been strictly pre-defined by AICTE or the National Testing Agency. Going by the past trends and CMAT test structure over the years, the CMAT syllabus covers all the important topics on which questions are formed in each section. 

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CMAT Exam Centres 2020

CMAT exam cities 2020 are 84 across the country. CMAT 2020 will be held on January 28, 2020 in morning and evening shifts. There are more than 100 CMAT 2020 exam centres where CMAT exam will be conducted by National Testing Agency. With increase in number of test takers, number of CMAT 2020 test centres are to increase as compared to last year. All the CMAT 2020 exam centres have been assigned specific codes so that candidates can instantly know with the code which CMAT test city has been assigned to them. The name of the CMAT test city 2020 allotted to the test taker will be indicated in the CMAT Admit Card along with the test venue. 

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CMAT Admit Card 2020

CMAT Admit Card 2020 was released on December 24, 2019 by National Testing Agency (NTA). NTA which conducting CMAT has placed the Admit Card on its official website NTA-CMAT 2020.  You need to download this NTA-CMAT admit card 2020 from the website. The CMAT admit card 2020 download is available only for the candidates who have successfully registered and have paid the CMAT application fee. No hard copy of the NTA CMAT Admit card 2020 will be sent to any of the candidates either by post or by courier.


3 Key Points about CMAT Admit card
Alongwith the release of CMAT Admit Card, NTA has issued a public notice on 24.12.2019, clarifying on following three points about CMAT Admit Card 2020:

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CMAT Preparation

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


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CMAT Cut off 2020

CMAT 2020 exam result will be declared on February 8, 2020 with CMAT score cut offs for all the percentile range. Although there may not be any change in the CMAT 2020 percentile cut off in the MBA colleges for MBA admission 2020, scoring the same percentile may need higher/lower CMAT 2020 score cut off. There will be about 55000 to 60000 candidates who will appear in CMAT 2020. Last year 54,516 candidates appeared in CMAT exam and were ranked at different CMAT cut offs in the NTA CMAT merit list. 

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CMAT Score Vs Percentile

CMAT 2020 Result will be declared at 5 PM on February 8, 2020. CMAT score leading to percentile may go up or down depending upon the exam difficulty level, number of candidates appearing in CMAT among other factors. Last year CMAT score for 100 percentile shot up to 372 total marks out of 400 and the CMAT score cut off for 99 percentile had also gone up to 310 marks. The last year CMAT result merit list included 54516 candidates who appeared in the CMAT exam. It is expected that 55000 to 60000 candidates will appear in CMAT 2020 on January 19, 2020. 

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CMAT Analysis 2020

The CMAT 2020 Analysis will be published for Slot-1 and Slot-2 immediately after the CMAT 2020 exam is over on January 19, 2020. CMAT 2020 will be conducted in two shifts morning and evening on the same day as the computer based test. 


The CMAT shift-1 and shift-2 difficulty level will not be much different. The CMAT 2020 exam analysis on this page will contain following:

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CMAT Answer Key 2020

CMAT 2020 Shift-1 and Shift-2 Answer keys will be live on February 1, 2019 before the declaration of CMAT Result 2020. NTA will display the CMAT answer keys and CMAT response sheet with CMAT objection form to challenge the CMAT 2020 answer key on the CMAT official website. 


With effect from last year, the CMAT answer keys with objection form to challenge the responses in the answer options are released separately for morning and afternoon slot by National Testing Agency (NTA) which has started conducting CMAT exam in two slots from last year. 

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CMAT Selection Procedure

Selection procedure of CMAT 2020 is more governed by the MBA/PGDM admission policy of the individual B-schools. However, the CMAT selection procedure 2020 for MBA admission 2020 will begin only after the CMAT result is declared on February 8, 2020. NTA the CMAT 2020 exam conducting authority will frame the CMAT 2020 selection procedure that includes the CMAT exam process, CMAT Result and disseminating the CMAT individual scores with percentile. After it, the CMAT admission process is completed by the respective B-school or the university for MBA admission 2020. 

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CMAT Result 2020

CMAT result 2020 date is February 6, 2020. National Testing Agency will release the NTA CMAT result 2020 in the afternoon along with the CMAT score card. You can download CMAT score card from official NTA-CMAT 2020 website on the CMAT result date. 


CMAT 2020 Result: Important Points

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CMAT Percentile Predictor

You will be eager to know your CMAT 2020 percentile and the process how to arrive at the accurate CMAT percentile calculation, after taking your CMAT 2020 exam on January 28, 2020. The best CMAT percentile predictor should give you the nearest CMAT 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 CMAT 2020 predictions on your percentile score. 

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