CMAT 2020 - Preparation Tips, Pattern and more

CMAT 2020 - Preparation Tips, Pattern and more

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Common Management Admission Test-2020 (CMAT) is due on 24 January 2020; this might be the best time to start your preparation.

Common Management Admission Test-2020 (CMAT) is due on 24 January 2020; this might be the best time to start your preparation. CMAT is a computer based test conducted every year on third Sunday of January by National Test Agency. The test was first initiated in 2012.  It is a national-level admission test for facilitating institutions to select suitable students for admission in all management programs approved by AICTE. Common Management Admission Test - CMAT as a screening test for admissions to more than 600 management colleges that offer MBA or/ and PGDM programs. Some of the top ranked colleges in India use CMAT scores for admission to their management programs. Many top MBA colleges in Delhi/Pune/Bangalore etc accepts CMAT score, A few of these include KJ Somaiya Institute of Management Studies and Research (Mumbai), Goa Institute of Management (Goa), SIMSREE (Mumbai), etc.

Important Dates

Registration- 1-30 November 2019

Admit Card available- 24 December 2019

Exam Date- 24 January 2020

Results available- 3 Feb 2020


CMAT Pattern

CMAT can be compared between CAT and MAT exams, which means the difficulty level of CMAT is lesser than that of CAT but slightly higher than the difficulty level of MAT. CMAT 2020 test paper has time duration of 3 hours. There are 100 objective type questions in MCQs form in CMAT question paper. CMAT exam is divided in 4 sections with 25 questions in each section; each correct answer is awarded +4 Mark. Each wrong answer is penalized with negative marking of -1 mark. CMAT exam sections are Quantitative Technique, Logical Reasoning, Language Comprehension and General Awareness. 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 in CMAT exam 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.

Preparation Tips

  • Understanding pattern-  Over the time, CMAT exam has not changed much, so you can learn a lot of how the questions are framed and what is the pattern through past years question papers, you can get all the question papers online and also in some books.
  • Brushing up Basics- Like every management entrance test, CMAT also has a pattern which basically focuses on the standard 10th maths and other aptitude testing subjects. So you need to brush up those, every topic from the scratch.
  • Mocks- The best way to prepare for the CMAT is through solving more and more mocks and learning through your mistakes. If you’re giving more mock tests, you’re preparing yourself with the pattern of question paper as well as brushing up topics.
  • Current Affairs- CMAT also asks questions on GK , that are mostly on the current affairs on topics like India/World economy, political scenarios and other important changes taking place in the last 6 months. You can tackle this section by reading online articles, newspapers etc
  • Knowing strong and weak areas- In CMAT the difficulty level is not much, so it can be expected that students will get less problem in solving most of the questions, but then too if you’re taking a national management test like CMAT you can expect some competition, so to overcome this scenario you should focus more your weak skills and try to enhance even more your weak areas.


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