What is CMAT-
Common Management Aptitude Test or CMAT is a National level admission test for institutes to give them the facility to select suitable students for admission in all management programs approved by All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE).
This is a newly declared entrance exam by AICTE, its first edition was conducted in 2016 between 20 to 24 February and the result was declared on March 14, 2016. Around One lack twenty thousand students appeared in the exam.
What was the need to start CMAT-
The main reason given by AICTE to introduce this entrance exam was to reduce the physical, mental and financial stress of the students in attending the multiple examinations.
As by 2016, there were a number of entrance exams for management courses in India as CAT, GMAT, XAT, MAT, state specific exams, Exams associated by Management institutes of MBA institutions and exams conducted by private colleges.
Test Pattern of CMAT-
CMAT is three hour examination. In the year 2016, it was conducted in a period of whole nine days in two shifts at 61 locations in India.
Being conducted twice, this gives the opportunity to the students to choose the better scores when applying to institutes. For this the students need to give the test twice in the same academic year.
It is not essential for the students to appear for the test during both windows. They can consider the first test as mock test and the better score out of the two will count.
Eligibility criteria to apply for CMAT-
For Management Courses (Like MBA, PGDM and similar) –
Candidate must have a Recognized Bachelor’s degree of Minimum 3 years duration and must have obtained at least 50% (45% in the case of student belongs to reserved category) at qualifying exam.
For Management Course (PGCM) –
Recognized Bachelor’s degree of Minimum 3 years duration.
For Management Course (Executive PGDM) -
Any recognized Bachelor’s degree of Minimum 3 years duration and a minimum of 5 years relevant Managerial/ Supervisory experience. Obtained at least 50% (45% in the case of student belongs to reserved category) at qualifying exam.
How to Register for CMAT-
For registration for the CMAT one need to go to the website of AICTE-CMAT.
The next step involves the process to fill up the form and to submit it online.
After the payment is done one become register student for examination.
Payment Options for CMAT-
One will have two options of payment for the examination fee.
One is Online Payment Mode where candidate can pay through Debit Card/ Credit Card/ Net Banking.
The second is Cash payment. For this one have to take the 3 prints of the challan shown on the screen and will have to deposit the fee along with them in any branch of State Bank of India.
Question paper Analysis-
The question paper will be divided in four parts of- Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation, Logical Reasoning, Language Comprehension and General Awareness.
Each part will consist of 25 questions so in total 100 questions will be present there. Candidate will get 180 minutes to solve these questions.
And the test is also having negative marking. One mark will be deducted for every wrong answer.
Candidates will be given a scratch paper for rough paper which they have to leave in examination center only after completion of exam.