What is CMAT
Common Management Admission Test (CMAT) is an online computer-based test conducted by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), India. It is a national-level admission test for facilitating institutions to select suitable students for admission in all management programmes approved by AICTE. There are 3500+ AICTE approved B-schools which are expected to take CMAT scores.
CMAT is aimed at reducing the burden on candidates due to appearance in multiple tests. CMAT scores will help students get admissions in AICTE approved Institutes/ University Departments in All Management programmes. Unlike other management entrance exams of similar nature, CMAT gives you a shot at the premier B-schools of the country such as JBIMS, Sydenham, KJ Somaiya, IMT and GIM among others.
Test Pattern and Scoring
There shall be negative marking for wrong answers, for each wrong answer 1 mark shall be deducted.
There are 25 questions in each section. The duration of test is 180 minutes, without any breaks. Students will have the freedom to move back and forth between sections. They are expected to show their competency in all the sections.
CMAT will rank its takers based on both the over-all test scores and individual sectional scores. Those with high overall scores will get better ranks.
List of Institutions Accepting CMAT scores
FORMAT OF CMAT
Is CMAT going to be conducted ONLINE twice a year?
Yes, CMAT is a computer-based test (CBT) which will be conducted twice a year. Each Candidate is eligible to appear in both the exams and the better of two scores will be used for the admission for each academic year..
How is the computer-based format different from the paper-based format?
The format of the test is more or less the same except that a candidate reads a question on a computer terminal and clicks on the correct answer, instead of reading on a paper booklet and using a pencil to darken the ovals on an answer sheet.
Can I take the test from any computer?
No. A candidate will have to take the test on a pre-assigned workstation and will not have a choice to choose his or her workstation, in the testing venue.
What does a Computer Based Test look like?
CMAT trial test is available on the website www.aicte-cmat.in for candidates to get familiarized with the functionality and navigation of the actual Computer Based test.
TEST DURATION PATTERN
How many sections are there in the test?
There will be four sections in the test. The sections are (a) Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation b) Logical Reasoning c) Language Comprehension and d) General Awareness
How many questions are there in each of these sections?
There will be 25 questions in each section.
Can I move back and forth between the four section?
What is the duration of the test?
The duration of test will be 180 minutes
Will there be negative marking in CMAT exam?
What is the scoring pattern and rule for negative marking?
For each correct answer there are 4 marks, for each wrong answer 1 mark shall be deducted.
Who is eligible to take the test?
Candidates who are in the final year of the Bachelor’s Degree Programmes or who have appeared in the final year examination can also appear in the test.The candidates, who have already appeared in both the CMAT held in September, 2012 and February, 2013 will not be allowed to appear in this test.
Can I appear for CMAT for practice purpose, though I am aware that I am not eligible?
No. Only eligible candidates can appear for the test.
Is there any age restriction for appearing in CMAT?
No, there is no age restriction for appearing in CMAT.
What is the fee for the test?
The fee is Rs.1200 + Bank charges as applicable for General / OBC candidates. If you belong to the SC/ST/PD category then you need to pay a fee of Rs.600 + Bank charges as applicable
Where do I pay my fees?
Candidates are required to pay registration fee either by Online (Credit / Debit cards / Net banking) or Depositing cash in any branch of State Bank of India. SBI Branch Locator can be used to find your nearest branch.
When and how do I register for CMAT May 2013 ?
Online registration for CMAT May 2013 will begin on 10th March 2013 and close on 10th April 2013. Additional instructions for the online application and registration process are available on this website (www.aicte-cmat.in)
Can I use my coaching institute’s or a friend’s email address when registering for CMAT?
No, you need to have a valid and unique email address of yourself which you will be using atleast for the next eight months
Can I pay the fees through Bank Demand Draft or Cheque?
No. Fees can only be paid online or through cash deposit in any of the SBI bank branch.
When will CMAT be held and can I choose a test city?
CMAT will be held during the period 19th May 2013 till 22nd May 2013. Yes, you can select up-to 3 cities giving order of preference towards your test city. The first choice of city will be given due consideration and weightage. However, actual allotment as per order of choice will be subject to availability of the slot in that particular city.
From where can I get the list of test cities?
A list of test cities will be available on the website www.aicte-cmat.in
When will I get my Admit Card?
You can PRINT your ADMIT CARD by going to website www.aicte-cmat.in from 3rd May 2013.
What are the different Time Slots of the Test?
A typical testing day for CMAT will have 2 exam sessions. Session timings are as follows: a. Session 1: Testing will begin at 9:30 AM. Candidates are required to arrive at the test centre no later than 8:00 AM for Security checks, Identity verification, and check-in.b. Session 2: Testing will begin at 2:30 PM. Candidates are required to arrive at the test centre no later than 1:00 PM for Security checks, Identity verification, and check-in.
Will the Admit Card be sent to me as a hard copy by mail?
No. Apart from the ADMIT CARD made available ONLINE on the website, the admit card will be sent to the email address provided by you. It is therefore, mandatory for you to have a valid email account throughout the selection process. Note: Admit Card is a mandatory requirement in order to take the test. You must bring a print out of your Admit Card to the test centre.
What details will be mentioned in the Admit Card?
The admit card will contain the name of the candidate, CMAT Roll number, test date, time, reporting time at the venue, venue name, venue address and instructions for the candidate.
Can i change my preferred test city after I have submitted my form?
No. No data can be changed once the form is finally submitted..
Can I cancel the test?
No. Under no circumstances will a cancellation/refund be allowed.
If I do not take my test, will I be eligible for a refund?
No. Your fees will not be refunded in case you do not appear for your test as per your scheduled location, date and time
If after doing the registration and paying the fees I realize that I have already appeared for both the previous CMAT exams (Sep 2012 and Feb 2013) and I am not eligible for this CMAT exam, will i get refund of my payment?
No. Payment once done will not be refunded under any circumstances.
What is the reporting time for the test?
One Hour and Thirty minutes prior to the test time. For the test beginning at 9.30 am, you must reach the test centre no later than 8:00 AM. Similarly for the test beginning at 2.30 pm, you must reach the test centre no later than 1:00 PM.
What are the identification documents required to be carried to the test centre?
Candidates will need to bring the following identification documents on the test day: a) ATTESTED COPY of CMAT 2013-14 (Additional Test) Admit Card with recent passport size photo pasted on it.b) At least one original (not photocopied / scanned copy) and valid (not expired) photo identification. The name on your photo identification must match your name as entered in the CMAT application. Acceptable forms of photo identification types are limited to Driver’s license, Passport, PAN Card, Voter ID, UID card or a notarized Affidavit (in English) with Photo, Signature, Date of Birth and Residential Address. Photocopies of the original are not acceptable. Candidates will not be permitted to take the test if photo identification is not presented.SC/ST candidates are required to bring the valid caste certificate in Original and an ATTESTED photocopy. Physically Disabled candidates are required to bring the valid Disability certificate in Original and an ATTESTED photocopy.ATTESTATION CAN BE DONE BY INSTITUTE HEAD ALSONote: You will have to store all other personal items at the test centre at your own risk. Please do not bring any other items to the test centre, as they are not permitted into the testing centre.
Does the name need to match with the names appearing on the identification documents?
Your name needs to be exactly identical to the name on your Xth Mark sheet or equivalent.Note: – If the name has been changed due to events such as marriage, you must show the relevant document mentioned below and submit a photocopy at the time of the test, interview and at the time of joining a programme. ï¿½Marriage Certificate, Divorce Decree, Legal Name Change Document
What are the permitted materials I can bring with me to the test centre?
None. You will not be permitted to bring any personal items to the test centre, including but not limited to wrist-watch, cellphones, calculators, etc.
What is the duration and pattern of the test?
The total duration is 3 hours. CMAT is a multiple choice test, delivered in 4 sections, The actual test will contain 100 questions. For further details, refer to Test Duration & Pattern.
Do I have any breaks during the test?
No, you will not be given any breaks during the test.
If I complete my exam before three hours, can I leave early?
No. even if you complete the exam before the scheduled end time, you will not be allowed to leave the exam hall. You are allowed to leave the exam only after the scheduled three hours of exam are over. You cannot leave in between the exam even if you finish the exam early
Will I be provided with any scratch paper for rough work and calculations during the test?
At the test centre, each candidate will be seated at a desk with a computer terminal and he/she will be provided with a scratch paper for calculations. Rough work cannot be done on any other paper/sheet, as nothing will be allowed inside the testing room. On completion of the test, candidates will have to hand back all the scratch paper to the Administrator.
Will I get to see my scores on the test day?
How do I get my Admit Card, whom should I contact?
You need to login on the website www.aicte-cmat.in using your username & password and select “Admit Card” to print your Admit Card directly from the website. In case you are unable to take the printout you may seek help of Call Centre / Helpdesk at the following contact : 022-40679404
Can I make any changes to my postal address after I have submitted my application form?
No, Once you submitted your application form, there is no way to change your information.
PHYSICALLY DISABLED (PD) CANDIDATES
Who is eligible to take the test under the Physically Disabled category?
As per the “Persons with Disability Act, 1995”, candidate qualifies to be a Physically Disabled (PD) candidate if he/she suffers from any of the listed disabilities, to the extent of not less than 40% as certified by a medical authority. Following are the categories defined by AICTE for PD candidates: a.Visually impaired b.Physically handicapped c.Hearing Impairment d.Dumb
Which are the acceptable testing devices that I can use/bring to the test centre?
The approved means of testing assistance that you may select on the application form are as follow:
|Testing Assistance||Applicable for||Arranged by|
|Abacus (without calculator)||Visually Impaired||Candidate|
|Hearing Aid||Hearing Impairment||Candidate|
|Wheel Chair||Locomotor Disability/ Cerebral Palsy||Candidate|
|Screen/Font Magnification||Visually Impaired||Test Centre|
|Scribe/Reader||Visually Impaired / Cerebral Palsy||Candidate|
I am a DA candidate with low vision / blindness / cerebral palsy. What special accommodation will be provided to me on the test day?
Visually Impaired and Cerebral Palsy candidates will be allowed to bring a Scribe/ Reader as per scribe form mentioned on the CMAT website. You will also be provided with a time extension of one hour for computer based test. All Visually Impaired and Cerebral Palsy candidates willing to avail these facilities will be scheduled to appear for CMAT exam on 20th May 2013 in the 2nd slot. You will have to bring completed in all respect the ‘Physically Disabled Scribe Form’ for permitting scribe for you. NOTE: Visually Impaired and Cerebral Palsy candidates willing to avail above facilities will be required to appear on 20th May 2013 in 2nd slot for CMAT.
What are the eligibility criteria for a scribe/reader?
The scribe must fulfil the following criteria: a. Is not a family member or a friend. b. Is not involved in any academic tutoring or preparation for the test to be administered. c. Has not completed 19 years of age as of 22nd May 2013.d. Has academic qualification lower than that of the candidate. Note: The age certificate of Scribe has to be presented at the Test Centre. A scribe will not be permitted to assist a candidate in case the above criteria are not met.
Which universities / institutes will consider CMAT scores for admission?
All AICTE approved Institutes / Departments of Universities are expected to accept CMAT scores.
If I have done Graduation through PART TIME or DISTANCE LEARNING MODE, am I eligible to apply for CMAT exam?
Yes; as long as it is approved by respective statutory bodies.
Will CMAT score be considered for admissions to Part Time MBA courses?
CMAT score will be considered for admissions to all AICTE approved part-time programs.
Will there be a sectional cut off in the examination?
No. there be no sectional cut off in the CMAT examination.
I have learnt that the test will not disqualify anybody, but will just give a rank to all test takers. The colleges, based on their individual merit list can decide if candidate of a certain rank is eligible for admission. Is the CMAT score only to rank candidates?
CMAT has been designed to rank all the candidates who appear in the test based on their aptitude towards the management education in the order of their merit. The objective of the test is not to eliminate the candidates from the process of seeking admission in the AICTE approved management programmes, rather to facilitate the institutions to select the suitable candidates as per their merit.
The Classroom Training programme is well designed to help a student crack the CMAT exam.
- Experienced and full time faculty from IIMs, XLRI and IIT
- Micro-sessions for individual attention
- Strategy tips by experts based on your strengths and weaknesses
- State of the art computer lab and reference rooms
- English to improve communication skills
- Sessions on Institute selection
- The course includes Group Discussion, Writing skills and Interview training
- Application essays and letter of recommendation
- Refresher classes to help develop and consolidate concepts for students from diverse background
- Proper guidance from elementary to advance competent level
- Regular classes focusing on Vedic math (Short-cut techniques) to solve seemingly difficult questions
- Strategy to tackle the QA section of the CMAT
- Workshops on Frequently asked topics in CMAT
- Revision classes to brush up all important topics
READING COMPREHENSION AND VERBAL ABILITY
- Sessions on speed reading techniques to help shoot reading speed upto 500 w.p.m.
- Techniques of mind mapping and speed reading
- Strategies to extract the central idea of the passage
- Enhancing word power
- Review of grammatical rules
- 10 step techniques to sentence completion questions
DATA INTERPRETATION AND DATA SUFFICIENCY
- Vedic Math to improve speed in calculations
- Unique approaches to tackling line graphs, bar graphs, pie charts, tables, combo graphs
- Strategies to select questions, work with options, dealing with close options
- Solved examples highlighting all salient features
- Practice tests to improve speed and accuracy
- Understanding the basics of logical and verbal reasoning
- Sharpening logical analysis
- Approach to analyze and arrange data in a structured format
- Strategies to use options and create tables for saving time
- Develop skills to tackle – analytical, verbal, logical, deductive and critical reasoning
- General awareness session covering Business, Finance, Politics, Sports, Indian Economics and current affairs.
- Sessions on static and dynamic part of General Awareness.
- Full length Practice questions covering national and international arena.
- Techniques to recollect information in a short span of time.
- Interactive sessions to develop understanding of current topics of domestic and international significance.
GROUP DISCUSSION AND INTERVIEW TRAINING
- Positive and Negative Body Language
- Non-verbal behavioral interpretation
- Ways to develop self-confidence
- Video Recorded Group Discussions and Interviews with instant feedback
- Panels with rich industry experience for personal interview
- Common Interview mistakes
- Do’s and Don’ts of Interview
- 100+ Topic tests to check understanding of the fundamental concepts
- Section tests to improve each section and develop strategies to tackle them
- 15 mock tests with detailed solutions
- Tests consisting of actual CMAT questions
- Comparative performance analysis
- Online GK Tests
- Web-based support
- The most comprehensive and updated study materials
- Accelerators with solved examples covering basic concepts
- Home Assignments for consolidating fundamentals
CMAT Postal Programme
Erudite’s CMAT correspondence course is the most comprehensive course to crack CMAT including updated study material and maximum numbers of online Topic tests, Sectional Tests and Mock CMATs with detailed performance analysis.
Students enrolling in this programme will receive study materials covering all the areas of CMAT and will get a user ID and password to access online tests from any part of the country.