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Updated on
February 1, 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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Since last year, 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 2020 Exam pattern has been designed by NTA to facilitate Management Institutions to select suitable graduate candidates for admission in all Management programs. The CMAT score is accepted by all AICTE-Approved Institutions/University Departments/Constituent Colleges/Affiliated Colleges


CMAT Pattern 2020: Key facts

  • NTA has announced that CMAT pattern 2020 will be on similar lines as was held in the past.
  • CMAT 2020 exam pattern is computer based and there is no paper based CMAT exam
  • CMAT 2020 Pattern will be a 3 hours duration exam
  • The exam will be held in 2 shifts on the same day. A candidate may be allotted morning or evening shift to appear in CMAT exam
  • A few changes are expected in the structure and content of CMAT paper pattern
  • No test taker in CMAT 2020 will be disqualified even if he/she scores very low​

CMAT Exam Pattern 2020: Highlights
CMAT 2020 exam pattern as shared by NTA will have 100 questions divided in four sections. The overall composition of CMAT 2020 exam pattern is as below: 

CMAT Exam Pattern 2020
CMAT 2020 Paper Details
CMAT 2020 Exam Date
CMAT 2020 Test Conducting Authority
National Testing Agency (NTA)
Total Questions in CMAT 2020 Exam
CMAT 2020 Exam Duration
3 Hours (9.30AM to 12.30PM)
Type of Questions
MCQs-Objective Type Multiple Choice Questions
Mode of CMAT 2020 Exam
Online Computer Based Test
CMAT Scoring Pattern
+4 Mark for each correct answer
Total Maximum Marks in CMAT
Negative Marking
-1 Mark for Each Wrong Answer

CMAT 2020 Pattern: Sectional Composition
The four Sections in CMAT 2020 paper pattern with number of questions and maximum scoring chances are as under:

CMAT 2019 Exam Sections Number of Questions Maximum Marks Section-wise
Language Comprehension   25 100
Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation 25 100
Logical Reasoning 25 100
General Awareness 25 100
Total: Sections-4 100 400

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

  1. NTA will release CMAT Mock Test one month before the CMAT 2020 exam date on CMAT exam website.
  2. Go through the CMAT 2020 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.
  6. One of the key features in CMAT 2020 exam pattern is that none of the candidates in CMAT 2020 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. 
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Role of NTA in CMAT Exam 2020
The role of NTA is limited to conduct of CMAT 2020 exam but 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 2020 Pattern Vs Past CMAT Pattern

Exam Details  CMAT 2020 CMAT 2019 CMAT 2018
CMAT Exam Date 19-Jan-20 28-Jan-19 20-Jan-18
CMAT conducting Agency National Testing Agency (NTA) National Testing Agency (NTA) All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE)
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 2020 and Test Taking Strategy NTA opens centres across India to train candidates to understand CMAT paper pattern 2019 and Test Taking Strategy AICTE published sample test taking and navigation guidelines on its website
Changes in the cost of Registration No change No change AICTE used to increase CMAT registration fee each year
Sectional Composition of CMAT No change, same 4 sections exam with 100 questions 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 Remains same with +1 mark for each right answer +1 for each correct answer
Difficulty Level Expected to go down Expected to go down Remained moderate to Difficult

CMAT 2020 Exam: Important Dates

CMAT 2020 Exam Date Key Date
CMAT 2020 Registration starts 1-Nov-19
CMAT 2020 Registration Closes 30-Nov-19
CMAT 2020 Admit Card Download starts 7-Jan-20
CMAT 2020 Exam Date 19-Jan-20
CMAT 2020 Result Date February 3, 2020
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