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June 21, 2022

CMAT Pattern 2023: Key Changes and Dates, Total Questions, Time duration

 

Latest Update: CMAT 2023 exam date is February 2023 last week. The exam will be held in single slot. many changes are introduced in CMAT exam by National Testing Agency.

  • CMAT 2023 Exam Pattern has 5 sections
  • CMAT Exam duration 2023 is reduced to 3 Hours from 3½ Hours earlier
  • Optional Sectional in CMAT exam is Made Compulsory Section for CMAT 2023
  • CMAT 2023 will be conducted in single session from 3 PM to 6 PM 

AICTE has changed again the CMAT 2023 exam question paper pattern. Despite keeping the 5th section in CMAT exam the number of questions and time duration for the exam has been reduced as compared to previous years. 

 

CMAT 2023 Exam Pattern: 10 Important Changes
AICTE has announced following important changes in CMAT Exam Pattern 2023:

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CMAT 2023 Exam
CMAT 2021 Exam
1.
5 Section Exam
Both 4 & 5 Section Exam
2.
Compulsory 5th Section on Innovation & Entrepreneurship
Optional 5th Section on Innovation & Entrepreneurship
3.
CMAT Time Duration Reduced & Fixed to 3 Hours
Option to attempt CMAT in Time duration of 3 hours or 3½ Hours
4.
Total Questions Reduced to 100
Total Questions were 125 (Option to attempt 100 or 125 questions)
5.
No additional time for 5th Section
30 Minutes additional time for 5th section
6.
5th section Score counted for Percentile calculation to prepare merit list
5th section Score Not counted for Percentile calculation to prepare merit list
7.
20 Questions in Each of the five Sections
25 Questions in Each of the five Sections
8.
No sectional time limit and candidates can attempt any question in any section within time limit of 3 hours  
No sectional time limit and candidates can attempt any question in any section within time limit of 3½ hours   
9.
Candidates need not apply for the new course of  Innovation & Entrepreneurship
Candidates had to apply for the new course of Innovation & Entrepreneurship
10.
Number of CMAT Test cities increased to 124
Number of CMAT exam cities were 109

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NTA conducts CMAT exam on behalf of All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE). CMAT exam 2023 will be conducted in a revised test pattern as AICTE has revamped the CMAT exam pattern. Read below in detail the revised CMAT 2023 exam pattern, sectional composition and other important changes in question paper.

 

CMAT 2023 Exam for MBA admission 2023 in AICTE approved colleges, will be conducted by NTA as per the Notification to be released by National Testing Agency in Nov 2022. CMAT 2023 is a computer based online test. The CMAT exam pattern is designed to evaluate the candidate's ability across various segments like Quantitative Technique, Logical Reasoning, Language Comprehension, General Awareness and Innovation & Entrepreneurship.

 

National Testing Agency (NTA), an autonomous testing organization created by Government of India, has been assigned the responsibility to conduct the CMAT and other entrance examinations for higher educational institutions instead of AICTE. CMAT 2023 Exam pattern has been designed by NTA to facilitate Management Institutions to select suitable graduate candidates for admission in all AICTE approved Management programs. The CMAT score is accepted by all AICTE-Approved Institutions/University Departments/Constituent Colleges/Affiliated Colleges 

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CMAT Pattern 2023: Key facts

  • CMAT 2023 exam pattern is computer based and there is no paper based CMAT exam
  • CMAT 2023 Pattern will be a 3 hours duration exam
  • CMAT Exam will be held in Single Shift  from 3PM to 6 PM
  • No test taker in CMAT 2023 will be disqualified even if he/she scores very low​

CMAT Exam Pattern 2023: Highlights
CMAT 2023 exam pattern as shared by NTA will have 100 questions divided in five sections. The overall composition of CMAT 2023 exam pattern is as below: 

CMAT Exam Pattern 2023
CMAT 2023 Paper Details
CMAT 2023 Exam Date
February 2023 last week
CMAT 2023 Test Conducting Authority
National Testing Agency (NTA)
Total Questions in CMAT 2023 Exam
100
CMAT 2023 Exam Duration
3  Hours
CMAT 2023 Test slots
1 (3PM to 6PM)
Type of Questions
MCQs-Objective Type Multiple Choice Questions
Mode of CMAT 2022 Exam
Online Computer Based Test
CMAT Scoring Pattern
+4 Marks for each correct answer
Total Maximum Marks in CMAT
400
Negative Marking
-1 Mark for Each Wrong Answer

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CMAT 2023 Pattern: Sectional Composition
The five Sections in CMAT 2023 paper pattern with number of questions and maximum scoring chances are as under:

CMAT 2023 Exam Sections
Number of Questions
Maximum Marks Section-wise
Language Comprehension  
 20
80
Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation
 20
80
Logical Reasoning
 20
80
General Awareness
 20
80
Innovation & Entrepreneurship
 
 20
80
Total: Sections-5
100
400

CMAT Paper Pattern: Activity, Do’s & Don’ts, Unique Features

  1. NTA has released CMAT Mock Test for the CMAT 2023 exam on NTA-CMAT exam website.
  2. Go through the CMAT 2023 trial test to have a feel of the online computer based CMAT paper pattern carefully and familiarize yourself with the screens, layout, and navigation tools in the revised CMAT exam pattern.
  3. At the CMAT test venue, each candidate will be seated at a desk with a computer terminal and he/she will be provided with a scratch paper for calculations.
  4. After the CMAT exam is over, candidate must leave the scratch paper at the desk.
  5. CMAT Rough work cannot be done on any other paper/sheet, as nothing will be allowed inside the CMAT testing room. No breaks will be given during the CMAT exam.

One of the key features in CMAT 2023 exam pattern is that None of the candidates in CMAT 2023 will be disqualified even if they score very low. The objective of the test is not to eliminate the candidates from the process of seeking admission in the AICTE approved management programmes, rather to facilitate the institutions to select the suitable candidates as per their merit.  

 

Role of NTA in CMAT Exam 2023
The role of NTA is limited to conduct of CMAT 2023 exam. It has no role in granting approval to any PGDM or equivalent programme. AICTE is the authority to grant approval to different types of PGDM programmes of the management institutes. 

 

CMAT 2023 Pattern Vs Pattern of Previous 3 Years CMAT Exams

Exam Details
CMAT 2023 & 2022
 CMAT 2021
 CMAT 2020
CMAT Exam Date
2023: Feb Last week
2022: April 9, 2022
March 31, 2021
28-Jan-20
CMAT conducting Agency
National Testing Agency (NTA)
National Testing Agency (NTA)
National Testing Agency (NTA)
CMAT Testing Mode
Computer Based
Computer Based
Computer Based
Training for CMAT Test Taking Methodology/Navigation
NTA centres across India to train candidates to understand CMAT paper pattern 2022 and Test Taking Strategy
NTA centres across India to train candidates to understand CMAT paper pattern 2021 and Test Taking Strategy
NTA centres across India to train candidates to understand CMAT paper pattern 2020 and Test Taking Strategy
Changes in the cost of Registration
Rs.2000/-
Rs.2000/-
Rs.1400/-
Sectional Composition of CMAT
5 sections exam with 100 questions
5 sections exam with 125 questions
4 sections exam with 100 questions
Scoring Pattern
+4 marks for each right answer
 +4 marks for each right answer
+4 marks for each right answer
Maximum Marks
400
500
400
Difficulty Level
Expected Moderate
Moderate to Difficult
Slightly lower

CMAT 2023 Exam: Important Dates

Exam Activity
CMAT 2023
Remarks
CMAT Notification 2023 Release
November 15, 2022
Release on official NTA-CMAT website
Exam Registration starts
November 15, 2022
Online Process
Last date to apply
January 15, 2023
Application form submission closes at midnight
Last date of successful transaction of fee through Credit/Debit Card/NetBanking/UPI / Paytm Wallet
January 16, 2023
Upto 11.50 PM
Correction in Particulars of Application Form on the website only
From January 17 to 19, 2023
Upto 5 PM
Admit Card Download start date
February 15, 2023
No Hard copy of the Admit Card will be sent
Last date to download CMAT  Admit card
February 26, 2023
Download Admit Card latest by the exam date
CMAT Exam Date
February 26, 2023
From 3 PM to 6 PM
Exam Duration
3 Hours
In Single session in Afternoon
Result Date
March 10, 2023
Score card download starts in afternoon

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Question and Answers

  • Answered by : MBAUniverse.com News Desk on Wednesday, February 02, 2022, 12:41 PM

    3 hrs or 3½ hrs duration for those who opt for 4 section exam or 5 section exam

  • Answered by : MBAUniverse.com News Desk on Wednesday, February 02, 2022, 12:41 PM

    1 mark is deducted from the total marks for each wrong answer.

  • Answered by : MBAUniverse.com News Desk on Wednesday, February 02, 2022, 12:40 PM

    CMAT is a higher level national MBA entrance test as compared to MAT and ATMA. CMAT offers admission opportunity in higher level MBA/PGDM colleges.

  • Answered by : MBAUniverse.com News Desk on Wednesday, February 02, 2022, 12:40 PM

    The maximum score is 400 or 500 as per the option exercised by the applicant.

  • Answered by : MBAUniverse.com News Desk on Wednesday, February 02, 2022, 12:39 PM

    The first 4 sections, namely -Quantitative Technique, Logical Reasoning, Language Comprehension, General Awareness are used to calculate the CMAT percentile. For more information about the same, checkout