KMAT (Karnataka Management Aptitude test)
Karnataka Management test is the test conducted by the Karnataka Private Post Graduate Colleges’ Association (KPPGCA) every year for admission into MBA/PGDM and MCA courses of various institutes in Karnataka. KPPGCA has over 169 participating institutions affiliated to their respective universities in Karnataka and provides proactive support for admissions into these colleges.
Structure of the Test
The KMAT exam is a multiple type choice question paper, and is different for candidates taking MBA & MCA, and those vying for MBA/PGDM. The examination structures for both these types are as follows:
For the MBA/PGDM (Total Time Duration: 120 minutes):
- Language Comprehension 40 Questions
- Mathematical Skills 40 Questions
- Basic Aptitude 40 Questions
For the MBA & MCA (Total Time Duration: 160 minutes):
- Language Comprehension 40 Questions
- Mathematical skills 40 Questions
- Basic Aptitude 40 Questions
- Logical Reasoning 40 Questions
The candidate gets only one minute per question, and due to stiff competition has to ace the test. There are over 9000 students attempting the test every year.
The candidate according to the Criteria published by the KPPGCA has to be a graduate from any of the recognized institutions, and has to have a minimum aggregate of 50% to be eligible for the examination
How to Apply?
The candidates have to apply online at the given website, and make the payment via Demand Draft (of Rs 1000) in favor of “KMAT 2015” payable at Bangalore.
The instructions to fill the application form are as follows:
- The students must fill in the name according to name in their School and Graduation Certificates
- Tick the appropriate checkbox to confirm the nativity, and tick “Non-Karnataka”, if belonging to another state
- Write in the choice of preferred test center in order of preference. Only two choices are allowed
- The eligible students must tick the appropriate test being attended, failure to do so will cause issues in scoring.
- The stream of graduation must be mentioned explicitly
- The address of the candidate must be filled accordingly, for proper communication (Name must be filled in CAPITAL LETTERS)
- The fee must be paid by DD, in favor of “KMAT 2014” payable at Bangalore. The fee is Rs 1000, for both the tests.
- The student should obtain a photocopy of the application form and the DD for his own reference.
Admission to over 150 schools in Karnataka will be based on merit scores obtained in the entrance examination. After, the Initial shortlisting, the candidates are normally called for group discussions and personal interviews (this part is separate and discretionary for each college) and, the selections are done on the basis of performance in the GDPI rounds.
KMAT Exam 2nd Section
Syllabus for the Exam
The exam is basically divided into three sections, which are different for the two versions of the test. The sections include:
- Language Comprehension: This section tests the student’s vocabulary and the ability to understand standard written English. This section also tests his ability to comprehend passages, and make conclusions. This section primarily includes: Reading Comprehension, Synonyms, Antonyms, Preposition, and Essay Writing.
- Mathematics: This section deals with general aptitude problems, and it tests the student’s ability to solve real world analytical and aptitude problems. This section generally includes: Numbers, Algebra, Time and Distance, Probability, Percentage, Profit and loss, etc.
- Logical Reasoning: This part of the test, scrutinizes the students ability to make conclusions based on numerical and graphical data. Data is presented in the form of Tables, charts, graphs, etc. This section includes: Coding-Decoding, Linear and Circuit arrangements, analogies, Data Interpretation, Dot situation, Blood Relation, Venn Diagrams, etc.
- Basic Aptitude: This section tests the student’s General Knowledge. Most questions are based on current affairs and the like. This section includes: Current Affairs, Business, Top officials, Famous awards and prizes, World records, Books and authors, Science, History, Important quotes, Social issues, sports, etc.
Important dates for the exam
The KMAT exam is held once a year, and the important dates for the exam area as follows (Previous years’ Data as the forthcoming exam dates have not ben published):
- Availability of KMAT Online Application: June 2014
- Last date for Registrations: July 21, 2014
- Last date to submit filled in application forms: July 24, 2014
- Issue of Admit card: July 20, 2014
- KMAT 1st exam: August 3, 2014
- Last date to apply for KMAT Second Exam: September 14, 2014
- Date of KMAT 2nd Exam: September 20, 2014
- Announcement of Results: August 22, 2014
List of Exam Centers
The exam is only a statewide exam and thence most of the centers are located in the urban areas of the state, and are centered on Bangalore. There were 13 test centers for the previous year, and they are given at the following website:
The applicants can contact the authorities, through the following channels:
Address: The Secretary
Sheshadripuram First Grade College,
C.A.Site No. 26
Yelahanka New town
Bangalore- 560 064
Tel : +91 9343996665 / 9343996664
For further Queries the candidate may email to: [email protected]
Furthermore, there are various information centers which provide information, these are provided at the following website: http://www.kmatindia.com/contact
The results will be sent only to the colleges, as specified in the application form, and no hard copy of the result will be sent to the students, the results for the 2014 exam are available at the following site:
All the students are required to apply to the respective college for their scores, and the colleges will apply to the KMAT office for the scores on behalf of the students.
The scores are usually valid for a period of one year from the administering the examination. The students have to use the score to secure the admission to any of the 169 participating institutions.
Reservation and Seat Distribution
There is no roaster (reservation of seats for various categories) that is followed for admissions through the KMAT. The individual colleges may, however have their own criteria of reservation. The participating colleges use KMAT to fill 50% of their seats, the remaining seats is filled by the PGCET an exam conducted by the KEA (Karnataka Examinations Authority).
Around 169 colleges in Karnataka for admissions into the PGDM, MBA and MCA accept the KMAT. The list of participating institutions is given at the following site:
Counseling and Admission Procedure
Participating colleges of the KPPGCA usually admit students through two competitive exams, one being the KMAT and the other being the PGCET. The students are shortlisted based on the merit scores in the exam, and called for GDPI rounds. The students are then admitted, after taking into their consideration of their holistic performance throughout the admission procedure.