What is CMAT?
Common Management Admission Test (CMAT) is an entrance exam that is conducted every year all across the country to give candidates an opportunity to pursue a course in management. The CMAT score is accepted by all the universities that are approved by or affiliated to the All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE).
Here is a gist of the details of the exam.
||Common Management Admission Test
|Commonly Known As
|Level Of Exam
||20th October 2017 to 18th December 2017
||20th January 2018
||MBA / PGDM
||All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE)
Pattern of the exam
This exam is 3 hours long and is divided into 4 sections namely – general awareness, logical reasoning, language comprehension and quantitative techniques & data interpretation. Each section has 25 questions totaling 100 questions. Every correct answer is awarded 4 marks and for every wrong answer, 1 mark will be deducted. All questions are objective type question, specifically multiple choice questions.
||Number of questions
|Data interpretation and quantitative techniques
The exam will only be conducted in one slot, from 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM and the exam can only be taken through the online mode. Candidates are requested to report to the exam center by 8:00 AM as they have to go through various checking in processes and verifications. Additionally, many mock tests are also released by the authorities that give the candidates an idea of what kind of questions will be asked, what the syllabus is and the difficulty of the paper. Candidates can access the mock tests at www.aicte-cmat.in/College/Main.html. To access the mock tests, one has to give their registration number and password.
Here is a list of rules that candidates applying for this exam should fulfill.
- All applicants must be a citizen of India.
- The candidate should have completed their graduation from any recognized college in any stream,
- Students in their final year of graduation can also apply, provided that their results are declared before the start of admissions for MBA.
- There is no age limit.
Application and submission procedure
It is recommended that the candidate first checks his / her eligibility before registering themselves. The first step that applicants should do is to register them on the official CMAT website. On the completion of this step, the candidate will be given a login ID and a password that can be used by the candidate to login to their personal account. All registered candidates can get access to the application form through their accounts. The details that are asked in the application form are as follows:
- Personal Details
- Academic qualifications
- Work experience
- Contact information
The candidate should also upload a scanned copy of their passport size photograph. It should be noted that the size of the image should be less than 60KB and the dimensions of the image should be 140 x 160. A scanned copy of the candidate’s signature should also be uploaded whose size should be less than 30KB. It is important that both the photograph and signature images have a white background.
The next step is to pay the exam fees. For candidates belonging to the general and OBC category, the exam fee is Rs. 1400 while for Female/SC/ ST/ PD candidates, the fee amounts to Rs. 700. It is to be noted that once paid, the test fee will not be refunded under any circumstance. The fees can be paid either using a credit card, debit card or via net banking. Additionally, candidates can also make the payment in cash by a challan generated online and depositing the required amount in any State Bank of India branch.
Candidates are also given the option of opting for the test center. Specifically, the candidate has to give three options and their test center will be allotted based on the availability. Usually, a first come first serve base is followed, so if candidates are particular about getting a particular test center, then it is recommended that they register as soon as possible.
It is advised that the candidates check the details of the form thoroughly and make sure all the information given is accurate. Additionally, candidates are requested to take a printout of the filled application form for future reference.
The admit card is usually released two weeks prior to the exam. All candidates have to download their respective admit cards by logging into their accounts and taking a printout of the same. Admit card is an extremely important piece of document and needs to be carried by the candidate to the exam hall. The following are the steps to be followed to download the admit card:
- Login to their accounts
- Click on the admit card tab
- Download the admit card
Candidates are requested that they check the details mentioned on the admit card. The admit card is synonymous with a hall ticket. The admit card is used as an identity proof as it contains the following details:
- Photograph of the candidate
- Date of birth
- Timings of the exam
- Venue for the exam
- Date of the exam
For verification purposes, the candidates are requested to bring a government approved ID like passport, PAN Card or Aadhaar card.
The answer key is released within one week of the exam and this gives students an opportunity to check their answers and get an estimate on how they have done the exam and where they will stand in the ranking. Based on this analysis, candidates can shortlist colleges that they want to attend. Usually, two merit lists are released namely All India list and State list. The all India list is used to shortlist candidates for universities situated all over the country. The State list can be used to get admission into a university located in the particular state.
There are numerous colleges that consider the CMAT score to admit students into their universities. A few of the universities that accept CMAT score are as follows:
- Great Lakes Institute of Management, Chennai
- Goa Institute of Management, Goa
- Birla Institute of Management Technology, Noida
- Institute for Financial Management and Research, Sri City
- VIT Business School, Vellore
- ITM Business School, Navi Mumbai
- Xavier Institute of Social Service
- Asia Pacific Institute of Management
- MET Institute of Management
- PSG Institute of Management
- Amrita School of Business
- IFIM Business School
- Indus Business Academy
Every university has its own policy, rules, and regulations when it comes to admitting students into different programs offered. Every university will decide on a cut off mark and all the candidates aspiring to secure an admission at a particular university will have to score higher than the cut-off mark.
A few universities offer admissions only based on the CMAT score while other institutions follow other rigorous methods like group discussion and personal interviews based on the CMAT score to decide on the admissions. These universities consider CMAT as the first step in a long process of admissions. It is extremely important that the candidates’ shortlist the universities that they are interested in and know what are the processes followed by these universities and prepare accordingly.
Usually, once a candidate crosses all the stages of testing, they are called for counseling. Counseling is a session where selected students get a chance to choose the course that they want to pursue based on the availability. While attending the counseling session, the candidates are requested to bring a few documents like
- Photo ID – Aadhaar Card, PAN Card or Passport
- Educational Documents – 10th grade mark sheet, 12th grade mark sheet, Graduation Certificate
- Work-Related Documents – This is applicable only for people who have some work experience
- Score Card – This should be printed out by the student as soon as the results are announced. The scorecard contains the score of the candidate as well as the overall rank of the candidate.
- Counseling letter
Candidates are requested to bring photocopies of the above-mentioned documents which need to be submitted to the university as well as the originals for reference.
Candidates will also have to pay the fee once the choice, of course, has been made. Different universities have different split up of the fee. Applicants, who fail to pay the fee within the stipulated time, will stand to lose their seat and their seat will be reassigned to some other candidate. Candidates will also be given the syllabus of the respective courses.
Once all of the above steps are completed, the students can start attending classes.
The notification for the examination was released on20th November2018 by AICTE. The official notification for CMAT2018 can be downloaded by visiting the official website:http://www.aicte-cmat.in/College/Index_New.aspx.
Candidates are advised to carefully go through the syllabus of above subjects and prepare for CMAT 2018 accordingly.
||Fill in the blanks
|Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation
||LCM and HCF
||Profit, Loss and Discount
|Time and Work
||Speed, Time and Distance
|Ratio and Proportion
|Surds and Indices
||Permutation and Combination
|Function and Graphs
||Mixtures and Alligations
|Cause and Effects
||Blood Relationship Tests
|Coding and Decoding
||Statements and Conclusion
||Symbol Based Problems
||Direction and Distance Test
||Current Affairs of National and International Economy
|Personalities in News
|Science in the Everyday Life
Candidates must go through the following table carefully as it gives away information about the important dates related to CMAT 2018.
|Date of Release of Notification
||20th October 2017
|Commencement of Registration
||20th October 2017
|Last Date of Registration
||25th December 2017
|Practice Test Availability
||26th October 2017
|Downloading of Admit Card
||5th January 2018
||20th January 2018 (Timings: 09:30 AM to 12:30 PM)
|Releasing of Answer Key
||After two weeks of examination
||To be Announced
|Counselling and Admission Process Commencement
||To be Announced
List of Examination Centres
CMAT 2018 will be conducted on 20th January 2018 across all the major cities in India. Candidates should book their center according to convenience. However, AICTE reserves the final right of allotment of centers. Here is the list of available centers for the examination:
|Gautam Budh Nagar
NOTE-Examination center once allotted cannot be changed under any circumstances.
Following methods can be adapted to establish communication with the examination conducting body regarding CMAT 2018.
Email: [email protected]
Telephone no: +91-8429996897, 9453827201 & 9453827203
Official Website: http://www.aicte-cmat.in/College/Index_New.aspx
Candidates are advised to thoroughly go through the FAQ section given on the official website before contacting the board for clarification of any doubt.
List of colleges accepting CMAT 2018 scores
Following are some of the colleges that accept CMAT score and offer admissions to management courses like PGDM, MBA, PGCM, and Executive PGDM. Once the counselling schedule is released, candidates can get the complete list of colleges on the official website.
|Name of the Institution
|Great Lakes Institute of Management, Chennai
||Institute for Financial Management and Research, Sri City
||Prin. LN Welingkar Institute of Management Development and Research, Mumbai
|KJ Somaiya Institute of Management Studies and Research, Mumbai
||Goa Institute of Management, Goa
||Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra
|Xavier Institute of Management and Entrepreneurship, Bangalore
||Institute of Public Enterprise, Hyderabad
||Balaji Institute of Modern Management, Pune
|Sydenham Institute of Management Studies, Research and Entrepreneurship Education, Mumbai
||PSG Institute of Management, Coimbatore
||Alliance School of Business, Bangalore
|Jaipuria Institute of Management, Lucknow
||SCMS Cochin School of Business, Cochin
||Kirloskar Institute of Advanced Management Studies, Harihar
|MS Ramaiah Institute of Management, Bangalore
||Thiagarajar School of Management, Thirupparankundram
||Indian Institute of Social Welfare and Business Management, Kolkata
|Malaviya National Institute of Technology Jaipur
||Siva Sivani Institute of Management, Secunderabad
||VIT Business School, Vellore
|AIMS Institutes, Bangalore
||PES University, Bangalore
||Prin. LN Welingkar Institute of Management Development and Research, Bangalore
|ITM Business School, Navi Mumbai
||Jaipuria Institute of Management, Noida
||KIIT School of Management, Bhubaneswar
|Balaji Institute of Telecom and Management, Tathawade
||Sona School of Management, Salem
||Rajagiri Centre of Business Studies, Cochin
|Institute of Rural Management, Jaipur
||ITM School of Business, Gwalior
||DC School of Management and Technology, Pullikkanam
|Acharya Institute of Technology, Bangalore
||NSHM Knowledge Campus, Kolkata
||MAEER’s MIT School of Business, Pune
|Prestige Institute of Management and Research, Indore
||Birla Institute of Management Technology, Greater Noida
||Adani Institute of Infrastructure Management, Ahmedabad
|Department of Business Management, Osmania University, Hyderabad
||FLAME University, Pune
||Institute of Management Studies, Ghaziabad
|School of Business, University of Petroleum and Energy Studies, Dehradun
||Shri DharmasthalaManjunatheshwara Institute for Management Development, Mysore
||SIES College of Management Studies, Navi Mumbai
|SRM University, Chennai
||Xavier Institute of Social Service, Ranchi
||YMCA University of Science and Technology, Faridabad
|Acharya Bangalore B-School, Bangalore
||AmrutMody School of Management, Ahmedabad University, Ahmedabad
||Balaji Institute of International Business, Tathawade
|Balaji Institute of Management and Human Resource Development, Tathawade
||BharatiyaVidyaBhavan’sUsha and Lakshmi Mittal Institute of Management, New Delhi
||BK School of Business Management, Gujarat University, Ahmedabad
|Chandigarh University, Chandigarh
||Christ University, Bangalore
||Doon Business School, Dehradun
|Fortune Institute of International Business, Delhi
||GITAM Institute of Management, Visakhapatnam
||Hindustan University, Kelambakkam
|Indian Institute of Health Management Research, Jaipur
||Institute of Management Studies, Noida
||Jaipur National University, Jaipur
|Jaipuria Institute of Management, Jaipur
||KIIT School of Rural Management, Bhubaneswar
||Kirloskar Institute of Advanced Management Studies, Pune
|Lovely Professional University, Phagwara
||Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, Vadodara
||Myra School of Business, Mysore
|Regional College of Management, Bhubaneswar
||Woxsen School of Business, Hyderabad
||Bapuji Institute of Engineering and Technology, Davangere
|C K Shah Vijapurwala Institute of Management, Vadodara
||Calcutta Business School, Bishnupur
||Dhruva College of Management, Hyderabad
|Disha Institute of Management and Technology, Raipur
||Don Bosco Institute of Technology, Bangalore
||Dr VN Bedekar Institute of Management Studies, Thane
|DurgadeviSaraf Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai
||Gian Jyoti Institute of Management and Technology, Mohali
||GIBS Business School, Bengaluru
|GL Bajaj Institute of Management and Research, Greater Noida
||GNVS Institute of Management, Mumbai
||Hyderabad Business School, GITAM University, Hyderabad
|IES Management College and Research Centre, Mumbai
||Indira School of Business Studies, Pune
||Indus Business Academy, Bangalore
|Indus Business Academy, Greater Noida
||Indus Business School, Pune
||Institute for Technology and Management, Bangalore
|Institute of Management Studies, Ranchi University, Ranchi
||Institute of Science and Management, Ranchi
||International Institute of Management Studies, Pune
|International School of Business and Media, Pune
||Jagan Institute of Management Studies, Rohini, Delhi
||Jagannath International Management School, Kalkaji, New Delhi
|Kaziranga University, Jorhat
||KCT Business School, Coimbatore
||Medi-Caps Institute of Technology and Management, Indore
The results of CMAT 2018 will be declared after the successful completion of the examination. Candidates will be able to check their results and download their scorecard from the official website http://www.aicte-cmat.in/College/Index_New.aspx. After the conduction of the examination, candidates are expected to regularly visit the official website for updates regarding declaration of results and counselling process.
AICTE will release an All India merit list after the conduction of CMAT. Candidates will be placed on the list in the order of merit. Every candidate will be issued a score card mentioning their percentile. This percentile will be the basis of their admission in the respective institute. Every institute listed with AICTE will release its own cut-off of percentile. Eligible candidates can directly contact the institution for admission procedure.
The validity of the examination score stands for the particular academic year only. Hence, the validity of CMAT 2018 score will be for the academic year 2018-19 only. Every candidate will get only one chance to write CMAT for a particular academic year. Request for multiple attempts in any scenario will not be entertained by the exam conducting body.
Reserved category students will get relaxation in the required percentage in qualifying exam. While general candidates require at least 50% aggregate in their bachelor’s degree, the minimum required percentage for reserved category students is 45%. Seat distribution in colleges will be done on merit basis.
Candidates will be able to view their scores once results will be announced. This score will be the basis of their selection in colleges affiliated to AICTE. The scores can also be viewed by simply logging on to the account made on the official website.
After the successful conduction of CMAT, the results will be declared. Aspirants will be notified about the same on the official website. Those candidates who will be scoring above the cut off mark decided by respective colleges will be shortlisted for counselling according to the order of merit. Based on the merit list, candidates will be issued admit card/ waitlist for the counselling process. The wait list is for those candidates who are not allotted seats in the first round of counselling but can expect admission in subsequent rounds.
Candidates attending the counselling process have to ensure that they are in possession of all the required documents like:
- 10th class mark sheet and passing certificate
- 12th class mark sheet and passing certificate
- Graduation mark sheet and provisional/original degree
- Hall Ticket
- Score Card
- Admit Card
Hall ticket, Score Card, Admit Card must be preserved until the final process of counselling and seat allotment is over.
The mock test is available for practice on the official website: http://cmatmock.cbtexam.in/mock/. Registered candidates can visit the given link and can attempt the mock test of CMAT. They are advised to attempt these papers before taking the actual test. This will help them to get accustomed to the level of the questions asked in the examination.