Exam Detail

CMAT Common Management Admission Test

  • Test Level-: National Level
  •     Eligibility-: Graduation
  • Duration-:3 Hours
  • Stream-: Management
  • Medium-: English
  • Examination Mode-: Online
  • Total Questions-: 100

Common Management Admission Test (CMAT) is a national level entrance examination conducted by All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) every year as per the directions of Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Government of India.

The CMAT is a three hour computer based online test which is conducted in a single session to evaluate the candidate’s ability across various segments like Quantitative Technique, Logical Reasoning, Language Comprehension and General Awareness.
This test facilitates 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. The CMAT 2018 will be conducted on 20 January 2018.

Eligibility Criteria for CMAT 2018 Exam

  • Applicant must be a citizen of India.
  • Graduates in any discipline can apply for CMAT exam.
  • Final year students of Graduate Courses (10+2+3) whose result will be declared before commencement of admission for academic year 2018-19 can also apply for CMAT online exam.

Test Pattern

Test Pattern for CMAT

Type of Questions

No. of Questions

Maximum Marks

Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation 25 100
Logical Reasoning
25 100
Language Comprehension
25 100
General Awareness
25 100

Duration of test is 180 minutes (3 hours) .

There shall be negative marking for wrong answers, for each wrong answer 1 mark shall be deducted .

A Trial test will be available from 20th-Oct-2017. onwards for the candidates to have a feel of the online test and navigation functionality. Candidates are advised to go through them carefully to familiarize themselves with the screens, layout, and navigation

At the 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. After the test, candidate must leave the scratch paper at the desk. Rough work cannot be done on any other paper/sheet, as nothing will be allowed inside the testing room. No breaks will be given during the test.


  • Candidates are shortlisted by participating institutes on the basis of their cutoffs and score/rank obtained at CMAT.
  • Candidates have to participate in Group Discussion/Essay Writing/Written Ability Test and Personal Interview rounds.
  • Participating B-schools conduct separate selection procedure.
  • Final selection list or merit list is announced on the basis of performance in CMAT and GD/WAT and PI rounds.

Eligible candidates can apply through website : http://www.aicte-cmat.in/college/test-pattern.aspx

  • Enter few basic details like your name, parent’s name, your date of birth, category, gender, religion, and other as mentioned.
  • You will receive a 6 digit password.
  • Click on proceed button to pay the application fee.
  • Create an account at the AICTE website by registering through email ID and uploading scanned photograph and signature in requisite dimension.
  • The size of photo should be 140 x 160 (≤ 60Kb). The size of signature file should be 60 x 90 (≤ 30Kb).


(A) Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation

This section of the question paper will comprise of the questions that will require good Mathematical Skills and sharp mind that can manage to do quick and oral calculations. Questions in this section will be based on direct applications of concepts and formulae and will have questions from Business Maths, Arithmetic, and Geometry. Candidates must practice as many questions as is possible from the aforementioned topics and must revise the basic formulae and concepts of Maths.

Questions based on Data Interpretation will be asked on the basis of Pie chart, Tables, Data Sufficiency & Bar / Line graphs. Knowledge of multiplication tables, fractions to percentage conversions, square and cube roots and other calculation short-cuts and approximation techniques would be of immense help to the students in reducing the time taken to solve the questions. Questions here would again be calculation intensive but easy enough to find the answers to.

(B) Logical Reasoning

Solving questions in this section is comparatively easy then the above-mentioned section. Herein, the questions are asked from topics like Data Arrangement, Coding and Decoding, Blood Relations, Direction Sense, Input/Output analysis, Series and Sequences and Critical Reasoning. Questions carry a logic in them and the key to solving such questions is to quickly analyze and unveil the hidden logic. These topics require plenty of rigorous practice.

(C) Verbal Ability

It is the section included for examining the knowledge and skills of the appearing candidates regarding “English”. It is essentially a Vocabulary heavy section, and to do well, a student is advised to develop a good command over words. Questions here in this section comprise of questions on Sentence Correction, Reading Comprehension, Antonyms, Analogies, Fill in the blanks, Sentence Completion, Synonyms & Para Jumbles, etc. In fact, starting with these questions makes a lot of sense as a sizeable chunk of marks can be scored here in double-quick time.

(D) General Awareness

Usually majority of the candidates do find studying for this section a bit boring and tedious but studying for this section not only prepares the candidates for the exam purpose but generally also it acquaints the candidates with General Knowledge. This section of the question paper will contain questions from General and Current Awareness. Business, politics, sports, awards and distinctions, books – anything could be a part of this section. To prepare for this section, candidates are advised to read newspapers on daily basis and refer to good books on General Knowledge. Topics and events about a year old would be most expected to be faced in this area. Candidates who would have developed a decent reading habit in the past one year or so of their MBA entrance examination preparations, will not face too much of difficulty in attempting questions from this section.

Give yourself the best chance with these top ten study tips.

1.     Give yourself enough time to study. Don't leave it until the last minute.

2.     Organize your study space. 

3.     Use flow charts and diagrams. 

4.     Practice on old exams. 

5.     Explain your answers to others. 

6.     Organize study groups with friends. 

7.     Take regular breaks.

8.     Snack on 'brain food'

CMAT Cut off

Name of Institute

CMAT Cut off

Jaipuria Institute of Management, Noida

82 percentile (170)

Pune University Department of Management Studies (PUMBA DMS)

96.42 percentile (210)

Goa Institute of Management, Goa

99.85 percentile (260)

Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra, Ranchi

75 percentile (160)

Dr. D. Y. Patil Vidyapeeth, Pune

75 percentile (160)

K J Somaiya Institute of Management Studies & Research (KJSIMSR), Mumbai

99.20 percentile (246)

XISS Ranchi

95 percentile (199)

MET Institute of Management, Mumbai

97.27 percentile (218)

Asia Pacific Institute of Management, New Delhi

85 percentile (180)

We School Mumbai

99.06 percentile (244)

Acharya Bangalore Business School (ABBS), Bangalore

90 percentile (180)

Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies (JBIMS) Mumbai

99.92 percentile (285)

Great Lakes Institute of Management, Chennai


Prin. LN Welingkar Institute of Management Development and Research, Mumbai

85 percentile

IFIM Business School, Bangalore

85 Percentile

Institute of Public Enterprise, Hyderabad


Amrita School of Business, Coimbatore


PSG Institute of Management, Coimbatore

75 percentile

Jaipuria Institute of Management, Lucknow

60 percentile

School of Communication and Management Studies, Cochin

75 percentile

Kirloskar Institute of Advanced Management Studies, Harihar & Pune

60 percentile

Thiagarajar School of Management, Madurai

60 percentile

Siva Sivani Institute of Management, Secunderabad

60 percentile

AIMS Bangalore

60 percentile

Prin. LN Welingkar Institute of Management Development and Research, Bangalore

85 percentile

Pune University Department of Management Studies, Pune

60 percentile

MIT School of Business, Pune


Prestige Institute of Management, Gwalior

84 percentile

SDMIMD, Mysore

50 percentile

University of Petroleum & Energy Studies (UPES), Dehradun


Lovely Professional University (MBA), Phagwara

80 percentile

Doon Business School, Dehradun

60 percentile

Gian Jyoti Institute of Management and Technology, Mohali


IES Management College and Research Centre, Mumbai


Institute of Management Technology (IMT), Nagpur & Hyderabad

70 percentile

SIES College of Management Studies, Mumbai


N L Dalmia Institute of Management Studies & Research, Mumbai


Singhad Institute, Pune


Asia Pacific Institute of Management, Delhi


Acharya School of Management, Bangalore

60 percentile

Dehradun Institute of Technology (MBA), Dehradun

50 percentile

ITS Institute of Management, Greater Noida

50 percentile

Vignana Jyothi Institute of Management, Hyderabad

75 percentile

Galgotias Business School, Greater Noida

60 percentile

BIMTECH Greater Noida

75 percentile

National Institute of Agricultural Marketing (NIAM), Jaipur

45.5 percentile

Shri Sant Gajanan Maharaj College of Engineering, Buldana


Indira School of Business Studies, Pune


Alliance School of Business, Bangalore

100+ score


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