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CMAT 2020


CMAT 2020 is one of the national level MBA entrance exams for admission to more than 600 MBA colleges in India. CMAT 2020 exam date is January 19, 2020. The CMAT 2020 will be conducted by the newly created testing agency for higher education - The National Testing Agency (NTA) instead of AICTE. CMAT entrance exam is an online computer-based test of three hours duration.

Following are the CMAT Frequently Asked Questions:

CMAT 2020 Exam Conducting Body

National Testing Agency (NTA)

Number of MBA colleges under CMAT 2020


CMAT Exam Date 2020

January 19, 2020

CMAT Entrance Exam Sessions

Held in 2 Shifts (Morning & Afternoon separately)

Mode of CMAT Entrance exam 2020

Online Computer Based Test

CMAT exam full form

Common Management Admission Test

CMAT 2020 Exam Application Fee


Total Questions in CMAT Exam


Sectional Division of CMAT exam

4 Sections with 25 Questions in Each Section

CMAT exam details section-wise

Quantitative Technique, Logical Reasoning, Language Comprehension, and General Awareness

CMAT Exam Difficulty Level

Easy to Moderate

Maximum CMAT Score

400 for 100 questions

Negative Marking in CMAT exam

1 mark is deducted for each wrong answer

Importance of Taking CMAT 2020 exam

Top MBA colleges like JBIMS, SIMSREE, K J Somaiya, GIM Goa, PUMBA, among others accept CMAT exam score

CMAT exam application process


Eligibility Criteria

CMAT Exam Eligibility Criteria for General & NC-OBC Candidates

CMAT exam eligibility criteria for General & NC-OBC candidates prescribe the following conditions:

  • The candidate must be a citizen of India.
  • The candidate must hold a Bachelor’s Degree with at least 50% marks or equivalent CGPA.
  • Candidates in the final year of Graduation are also eligible to apply for CMAT 2020.
  • If selected, the final year candidates will be allowed to join the programme provisionally, only if she/he submits the certificate/marks sheet latest by the stipulated date prescribed by the management institute to which he/she has applied.
  • Candidates who have completed their professional degree (CA/CS/ICWA) with 50% marks are also eligible to apply
  • CMAT Eligibility does not prescribe any age limits. 

CMAT Exam Eligibility Criteria for SC/ST/PwD Candidates

  • Scheduled Caste (SC), Scheduled Tribe (ST) and Differently Abled (DA) category candidates must hold a Bachelor’s Degree with at least 45% marks or equivalent CGPA. 
  • Candidates in the final year of Graduation are also eligible to apply for CMAT 2020.
  • Candidates who have completed a professional degree (CA/CS/ICWA) with 45% marks are also eligible to apply.
  • CMAT Eligibility does not prescribe any age limits. 

Who is Not Eligible for CMAT 2020?

  • If you are not pursuing or completed your Bachelor’s degree or any Professional degree like CA/CS/ICWA, you are not eligible to appear for CMAT 2020.
  • If you have scored below 50% marks in graduation as a general category candidate and below 45% as SC/ST/PwD candidate you are not eligible for CMAT 2020.
  • If your Graduation is not recognized by UGC/AICTE/MHRD-Govt. of India, you are not eligible to apply for CMAT 2020.

Important Dates


Important Date (Tentative)

CMAT 2020 Registration Start Date

November 1, 2019

Last date to apply for CMAT 2020 exam 

November 30, 2019

CMAT 2020 Admit Card Download Begins

December 24, 2020

Last date to download CMAT 2020 Admit card

January 24, 2020

CMAT 2020 Exam 

January 24, 2020

CMAT 2020 Result 

February 3, 2020


Exam Analysis

CMAT 2019 Slot 1 Analysis

CMAT 2019 slot-1 analysis reveals that the test has remained on predictable lines with moderate difficulty level but slightly more difficult Verbal section and time taking Data Interpretation, and twisted GK. 

Language Comprehension

  • Total Questions: 25
  • 4 RC Passages followed by a total of 15 Questions.
  • 3 RC passages on Endangered Language; Parenting; Developed & Developing countries were of moderate difficulty
  • Each of the 3 RC passages was followed by 3 questions.
  • 1 RC passage on Steve Jobs was of higher difficulty level and was followed by 6 questions which were not direct and were inference based and also included reasoning questions.
  • Verbal Ability questions included Antonyms, Odd one Out, Grammar-based questions, Jumbled paragraphs.
  • Few questions were based on one-word substitution.
  • Section difficulty was moderate to tough.

Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation

  • Total Questions: 25
  • Quant part in CMAT 2019 remained moderate.
  • More questions were on Arithmetic.
  • Few questions were based on Ratio. 
  • Data Interpretation questions were individual ones and not in sets.
  • 2 DI questions were there. One was on the pie chart to calculate the market share & other on student table to identify the topper of the class based on the table of subjects & students.
  • DI section has remained a bit more time-consuming.
  • Overall section remained moderate.

Logical Reasoning

  • Total questions: 25
  • The section was of moderate difficulty level.
  • Questions were individual ones instead of sets.
  • Topics on which questions were formed were family puzzles, strong argument & conclusion, distance & direction based, analogy.

General Awareness

  • Total questions: 25
  • A few GK questions were twisted.
  • Most of the GK questions were based on Static & Current GK.
  • A few questions were on Planning commission of India; Who heads GST Council; Credit rating agency of India; NPCI full form; Member countries of SAARC.
  • Overall GK section was moderate.

CMAT 2019 Slot 2 Analysis 

CMAT 2019 slot-2 analysis reveals that the test has remained on predictable lines with moderate difficulty level and similar to that of the slot 1 exam.

Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation (Quant & DI)

Out of 25 questions in this section, 4-5 questions had a higher difficulty level. The section contained all the single questions. CMAT exam had more questions on Arithmetic than on other parts of mathematics. Questions were based on Arithmetic, Algebra, Geometry, Number system, Modern Math among others. The share of questions on Data Interpretation in CMAT remained low again with 2-3 questions out of total 25 questions. An accurate attempt of 14-15 questions out of 25 questions in this section can award you around 50-55 marks which may lead to 92-95 percentile in Quant & DI section.

Logical Reasoning

Most of the questions in LR section were based on Arrangements, Groups, Blood relations. A few questions were time-consuming and were a little difficult. As compared to last year reasoning section was more or less on the same pattern. 18-20 attempts with 90% accuracy can award you with a 95 percentile in LR section.

Language Comprehension

Language comprehension in CMAT had questions on Verbal Ability as well as Reading Comprehension. There was more presence of Vocabulary questions as compared to last year. Most of the vocabulary-based questions had very close answer options which created confusion among the test takers. CMAT had four RC passages with a total of 15 questions. A few of the questions had higher difficulty also. There were 3 short passages of around 300-400 words while 1 passage was long with around 600-700 words. The short passages were followed by 3 questions each while the long passage was followed by 6 questions. Most of the questions were easy to answer but a few questions following the short passages were difficult. Candidates who attempted 16-18 questions with 90% accuracy could score 95 percentile in this section.

General Awareness (GK)

Going by its reputation of being a game-changer, GK, despite being the last section, made its presence felt well in this year CMAT exam. GK section had a mix of questions on current affairs and on conventional topics. This section had a good number of different nature questions on elections in India, Articles of the constitution, identification of personalities among others. Constitutional knowledge, understanding of the federal structure of Indian Polity, daily reading and analyzing the current events surely helped the candidates in this section. Current affairs had the questions on recent happenings- national and international. There were more static questions than questions on current affairs.

Exam Pattern

The CMAT exam pattern is designed to evaluate the candidate's ability across various segments like Quantitative Technique, Logical Reasoning, Language Comprehension and General Awareness. CMAT 2020 exam pattern is computer-based for 3 hours duration and the exam will be held in 2 shifts on the same day.

CMAT Exam Pattern 2020


CMAT 2020 Test Conducting Authority

National Testing Agency (NTA)

Total Questions in CMAT 2020 Exam


CMAT 2020 Exam Duration

3 Hours

Type of Questions


Mode of CMAT 2020 Exam

Online Computer Based Test

CMAT Scoring Pattern

+4 Mark for each correct answer

Total Maximum Marks in CMAT


Negative Marking

-1 Mark for Each Wrong Answer

CMAT 2020 Exam Pattern: Sectional Composition


Number of Questions

Maximum Marks 

Language Comprehension  



Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation



Logical Reasoning



General Awareness







Exam Syllabus

CMAT syllabus 2020 is further subdivided into six effective sections. The section-1 in CMAT exam on Language Comprehension is divided into two parts - Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension; Section-2 on Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation also consists of two parts with Mathematics and Data Interpretation questions; section-3 in CMAT exam consists of Logical Reasoning which has questions on various topics of Logical Reasoning.  Section-4 in CMAT exam is the General Awareness (GK) Section which covers current affairs, static GK, Business & Economy, International current affairs, Who’s Who, Constitution of India, United Nations Organization among other key topics. All the sections have equal number of questions. 

Section-1: CMAT Syllabus for Language Comprehension

CMAT defines its Verbal Ability section as Language Comprehension. It covers grammar, tenses, vocabulary, jumbled paragraphs and reading comprehension. Key topics in CMAT Syllabus are

  • Usage of Articles
  • Non-finites
  • Dangling Modifiers
  • Usage on Nouns & Pronouns, Adjectives, Adverbs, Prepositions –regular and followed, Verbs, Syntax, Subject-verb Agreement, Simple, continuous, Perfect tenses and Conditional-unreal past.
  • Jumbled paragraphs
  • RC Passages: CMAT gives you shorter RC passages of 500-600 words followed by at least 4-5 questions each.

Section-2: CMAT Syllabus for Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation 

Questions in this section are usually single and are not based on sets. Major topics are:

Quantitative Techniques

  • Arithmetic-Ratio, mixtures, work, average, percentage, Time & speed, Profit and loss, interest, basic statistics
  • Number properties
  • Probability
  • Counting principles
  • Geometry
  • Algebra
  • Derivatives ( Maxima-Minima)

Data Interpretation

  • Table and pie chart
  • Bar diagrams and graphs
  • Charts 

Section-3: CMAT Syllabus for Logical Reasoning

This section is a mix of the topics from arrangements like linear, seating, sequencing & arranging with conditions to coding. Major Topics in the Logical Reasoning Syllabus for CMAT are:

  • Statement-conclusion
  • Logical puzzle,
  • Numerical puzzle
  • Venn Diagram
  • True/false statements
  • Visual Reasoning

Section-4: CMAT Syllabus for General awareness

Major Topics in this section are as follows:

  • Conventional GK-available in books
  • Current GK- based on newspapers and periodicals
  • Business & Economics GK - for example changes in Fiscal and monetary policy, CRR, Repo Rate
  • Devaluation and up valuation of Rupee
  • Business, National and International events
  • Who’s who
  • Constitution of India
  • Currency and Capitals of countries
  • States of India
  • International Organizations
  • Monetary and fiscal tools
  • Emblem
  • Identification of personalities

Top Colleges


CMAT Cutoff

Goa Institute of Management

97 percentile

Great Lakes Institute of Management, Chennai (For 2 Year Course)

90 percentile

Sydenham Institute of Management Studies, Research and Entrepreneurship Education (SIMSREE), Mumbai

256 marks

K J Somaiya Institute of Management Studies and Research, Mumbai

96 percentile

Welingkar Institute of Management Development and Research, Mumbai and Bangalore

85 percentile

IFIM Business School, Bangalore

85 percentile

Xavier Institute of Social Services, Ranchi

80 percentile

Institute of Public Entreprise, Hyderabad

130 marks

Amrita School of Business, Coimbatore

130 marks

PSG Institute of Management, Coimbatore

75 percentile

School of Communication Management and Studies, Cochin

75 percentile

Institute of Management Technology, Nagpur and Hyderabad

70 percentile

BIMTECH Noida and Ranchi

70 percentile

SDMIMD, Mysore

50 percentile




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