CMAT 2018 – Common Management Admission Test (CMAT) is conducted by All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) for admissions to post graduate management programmes offered by AICTE approved institutes and universities. The application process of CMAT 2018 exam is likely to start in October 2017. The exam will be conducted in the last week of January 2018 and the result will be declared in February 2018. CMAT is a computer based test which is held in several cities across India. The exam is divided into four sections and the total duration of the test is 180 minutes. On the basis of CMAT scores, the candidates can seek admission in MBA, PGDM, Executive PGDM and other management programmes in AICTE-approved institutes across the country. The CMAT 2018 scores will be valid for the academic year 2018-19. Graduates and final year graduate students are eligible to apply for this exam. For detailed information on CMAT 2018 eligibility criteria, important dates, application process and exam pattern, the candidates are advised to read this article carefully.
CMAT 2018 – An Overview
- Exam Name – Common Management Admission Test (CMAT)
- Exam Level – National
- Conducted by – All Indian Council for Technical Education (AICTE)
- Scores Accepted by – AICTE-approved Management Institutes
- Mode of Exam – Computer-based test
- Exam Duration – 180 minutes
- Application Process Starts – October 2017
- Exam Date – January 2018
Until the year 2015, the CMAT exam was conducted twice in a year. However, now it is held only once a year. CMAT 2018 will be held in January 2018. The candidates who wish to appear in the exam must keep a track of the CMAT important dates. This will ensure that they don’t miss any deadlines. The table given below provides a tentative schedule of the exam. This table will be updated once the official notification is released by AICTE.
|S. No.||Event||Dates (Tentative)|
|1||Application Process Starts||Second week of October 2017|
|2||Application Process Ends||Fourth week of December 2017|
|3||Release of Admit Card||Third week of January 2018|
|4||CMAT 2018 Exam||Fourth week of January 2018|
|5||Announcement of Result||Second week of February 2018|
There are certain eligibility conditions that the candidates must fulfill to appear for CMAT 2018 exam. Before filling the application form, the candidates must ensure that the fulfill the below-mentioned eligibility conditions –
- The applicant must be an Indian citizen.
- The applicant must be a graduate.
- The students who are in the final year of their graduation are eligible to apply, provided their results are declared before the commencement of the academic year 2018-19.
The non-fulfillment of the above-mentioned eligibility criteria will lead to disqualification at any stage of the admission process.
The candidates who wish to appear for CMAT 2018 will be required to fill the application form online. The application process, which is likely to start in October 2017, comprises three stages –
- In the first stage, the candidates need to do self registration by entering few basic details. The candidates must check all the details carefully before submitting. Once submitted, the candidates will not be able to edit the information on this page.
- In the second stage, the candidates need to pay the application fee. It can be paid online using Credit Card/ Debit Card / Net Banking. Alternately, the candidates can also pay the fee through cash at SBI bank branches.
- In the third stage, the candidates need to enter and submit the remaining details. After the final submission, the data entered cannot be edited.
CMAT Application Fee 2018
As mentioned above, the candidates need to pay the application fee while filling the application form. The application fee details are as follows –
- General Category – Rs. 1400/- (Bank charges extra)
- Reserved Category – Rs. 700/- (Bank charges extra)
The admit card for CMAT 2018 exam will be released in the month of January 2018. The admit card is issued to those candidates who successfully register for the exam and meet the eligibility criteria. The admit card is an important document that every candidate needs to carry to the examination centre. CMAT admit card will be released online and the candidates will be required to download it. A link to access the admit card will be made available on this page as soon as the admit card is released by AICTE. The candidates must keep in mind that without a valid admit card, the candidates will not be allowed to sit for the exam.
CMAT exam is conducted in computer based mode. The total duration of the exam is three hours. It is divided into four sections. The table given below provides more information on the exam pattern of CMAT 2018 –
|S. No.||Types of Questions||No. of Questions|
|1||Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation||25|
As far as the marking scheme is concerned, the candidates are awarded 4 marks for every correct answer, while 1 mark is deducted for every incorrect answer. The total number of questions asked in the exam is 100 (25 questions in each section) and the maximum marks is 400.
CMAT 2018 is a national level entrance exam. A large number of students and professionals from all parts of the country appear for this exam every year. For the convenience of the candidates, the AICTE conducts this exam in over 60 cities across the country. Some of the main cities where the exam is held include –
Depending on the number of applicants, more cities may be added to the existing list CMAT 2018 exam entres.
In CMAT syllabus, a wide variety of topics are covered. The MBA aspirants who are planning to appear for CMAT 2018 must focus on all the topics. Here are the main topics from which the questions are asked in the different sections of CMAT exam –
- Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation – Ratio & proportion, algebra, simple & compound interest, work & time, probability, mensuration etc.
- Logical Reasoning – Analogy test, inferences, cause and effects, sequencing, ranking tests, linear arrangements, number series, coding & decoding etc.
- Language Comprehension – Synonyms & antonyms, sentence correction, idioms & phrases, grammar, one-word substitution, paragraph completion etc.
- General Awareness – Current awareness, history, culture, literature, geography, economics, sports, Indian constitution etc.
The result of CMAT 2018 exam will be declared in the month of February 2018. AICTE will release the scorecard online and the candidates will be required to download and print it. The candidates will be able to check the result by logging in to their accounts using their log in credentials. The scorecards will furnish the total as well as the sectional scores of the candidates. Apart from the score card, All India Merit List will also be published by AICTE. On the basis of CMAT result, the candidates will be offered admission in MBA programmes offered by AICTE-approved institutes.
CMAT Cutoff 2017
CMAT scores are accepted by over 1000 AICTE-approved institutes across the country. After the announcement of the result, these institutes release their individual cutoff scores. Depending on their percentile and the cutoff marks of various institutes, the candidates can seek admission in these institutes. The candidates who meet the cutoff criteria are invited for the next rounds that comprise, Written Ability Test (WAT), Group Discussion (GD) and Personal Interview (PI). It must be noted that the cutoffs vary from institute to institute. Also, the cutoff scores are different for each category. In most of the top B-Schools, the cutoff marks are in the range of 98-100 percentile.
All India Merit List is announced by AICTE on the basis of the scores obtained by the candidates in CMAT exam. The Merit List mentions the following details –
- Name of the Candidate
- Rank of the Candidate
- Sectional Score
- Sectional Percentile
- Overall Score
- Overall Percentile
The merit list is made available online and the candidates can download it. The score mentioned in the CMAT 2018 merit list will be valid for the academic year 2018-19.
CMAT scores are accepted by over 1000 AICTE-approved institutes that offer MBA, PGDM and other management programmes. These include both government and private institutes. These institutes release their individual cutoff scores. The candidates who meet these cutoffs marks are eligible for the next rounds. National Institute of Technology (Durgapur), Birla Institute of Technology (Mesra), Jaipuria Institute of Management (Lucknow), Institute of Rural Management (Jaipur), KIIT School of Management (Bhubaneswar) are some of the well-known institutes where the candidates can seek admission on the basis of CMAT 2018 scores.
CMAT Selection Procedure 2018
The selection procedure of CMAT differs from institute to institute. The institutes that accept CMAT scores release their individual cutoffs. The candidates who meet the cutoff marks are invited for the pre-admission rounds that may comprise Written Ability Test (WAT), Group Discussion (GD) and Personal Interview (PI). Many of the institutes conduct only WAT and PI rounds, while others conduct GD and PI or all the three. Thus, the selection procedure will depend on the institute in which a candidate is seeking admission.
As its scores are accepted by a large number of institutes, CMAT exam is one of the most popular management entrance exams in India. A good percentile in CMAT 2018 can make it easier for the candidates to realize their dream of studying in a top management college in the country. The candidates are advised to visit this page regularly for all the latest updates on CMAT 2018 exam.