CMAT 2020

The Common Management Aptitude Test (CMAT 2020) is a national level management entrance examination which is conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA). This national level MBA exam is held for admission to MBA, PGDM, Executive PGDM, PGCM courses in various AICTE approved management colleges. Those who wish to appear for CMAT 2020 must ensure that they fulfill the eligibility criteria. The entrance test is held in the month of January every year. CMAT is a computer based entrance test which will consist of four sections – Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation, Logical Reasoning, Language Comprehension, and General Awareness.

The shortlisting of candidates for admission in MBA program will be done on the basis of your performance in CMAT 2020 entrance exam. After which the candidates will need to appear for Written Ability Test (WAT), Group Discussion and Personal Interview. Check more details about CMAT 2020 from this page.


CMAT 2020

It is not released officially, but as per the reports, around 45000-60000 candidates appear for CMAT entrance exam.The candidates who are planning to appear for CMAT 2020 must have a look at this page to know the complete information about this exam such as application procedure, eligibility criteria, admit card and other crucial details.

What is NTA?

NTA is National Testing Agency. It is an autonomous exam conducting body which has been created to conduct some major entrance exams such as JEE Main, NEET, GPAT Etc. CMAT 2020 will be conducted by NTA only. This body has been created to relive CBSE, AICTE and other major authorities of the duties of conducting these entrance exams.

CMAT 2020 Important Dates

Aspirants of this competitive management entrance exam must know all the important dates for this exam. It is so because they all have to complete all the events related to it such as application form filling, payment etc on time and if they miss any of the dates, they will not be eligible to appear for the exam. Check the expected dates for CMAT 2020. The official dates shall be released by NTA and the same will be updated on this page as well.

CMAT 2020 Important Dates
Registration Starts 04th week of Oct 2019
Registration End Date 03rd week of Dec 2019
CMAT 2020 Exam Date Last week of Jan 2020
Result Declaration 01st week of February 2020
Announcement of Merit List 03rd week of February 2020

CMAT 2020 Eligibility Criteria

Before starting off to the application form section, it is important to check that whether you are eligible to appear for CMAT 2020 exam or not. It is so because if it is found during the later stages that the candidate is not fulfilling any of the eligibility criteria, then they will not be considered for admission. Have a look at expected CMAT 2020 Eligibility Criteria.

  1. The applying candidate must be a citizen of India.
  2. Graduates in any discipline can apply for CMAT exam
  3. Final year students of Graduate Courses (10+2+3) whose result will be declared before the commencement of admission for the academic year are also eligible to apply for CMAT online exam.

One thing which the applicants must know is that there is no age limit for appearing in the CMAT 2020 Examination. The students must move on to the application form section only after checking the eligibility criteria for CMAT 2020 Exam.

Colleges Accepting CMAT 2020 Score

The students must be curious to know about which colleges accepts the CMAT score. Take a look at the colleges which shall accept CMAT 2020 Score:

Institute State
Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies (JBIMS) Mumbai
Goa Institute of Management Goa
K J Somaiya Institute of Management Studies & Research (KJSIMSR) Mumbai
Prin LN Welingkar Institute of Management Development and Research Mumbai
Pune University Department of Management Studies (PUMBA DMS) Pune
Xavier Institute of Social Service Jharkhand
Great Lakes Institute of Management Chennai

CMAT 2020 Examination Pattern

The aspirants who will be preparing for CMAT 2020 entrance exam must take a look at the exam pattern which is given below.

  • Mode of Examination: Computer Based Test (CBT)
  • Type of Questions: Multiple Choice Question (MCQ)
  • Total Time: 3 hours
  • Number of Sections: 4
  • Number of Questions: 100
  • Division of Question per section: The questions across the 4 sections shall be divided as follows:
Name of the Section Number of Question
Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation 25
Logical Reasoning 25
Language Comprehension 25
General Awareness 25

CMAT 2020 Marking Scheme

After knowing the exam pattern, the students must have the idea about the marking scheme as well. The students can use this marking scheme while they are giving the mocks during the preparation. Through this, they can have an idea of their performance in the exam and how much do they need to work upon their weak areas.

  • Marks for Correct Answer: 4 marks
  • Marks for Wrong Answer: -1 marks
  • Total Marks: 400

CMAT 2020 Syllabus

For the majority of the management entrance test, there is no fixed syllabus which the students have to study and practice from. However, there are some common topics which are asked in every management exam which the students must be well versed with. Have a look at the topics from which the questions shall be asked in CMAT 2020  which the aspirants have to prepare.

Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation: The following topics are covered in this section.

  • Number Systems
  • Ratio & Proportion
  • Speed Time & Distance
  • Time & Work
  • Profit Loss
  • Percentages
  • Pipes & Cistern
  • Algebra
  • Geometry
  • Mensuration
  • Quadratic & Linear Equation
  • Line graph
  • Pie Chart
  • Bar Graph
  • Partnership

Logical Reasoning:

  • Analytical Reasoning
  • Linear Arrangements
  • Statements Arguments
  • Sequencing
  • Matrix Arrangements
  • Number Series
  • Analogy Test
  • Blood Relationship Tests
  • Coding and Decoding
  • Inferences
  • Statements and Conclusion
  • Non-Verbal Reasoning
  • Symbol Based Problems
  • Direction and Distance Test
  • Ranking Tests
  • Statements Assumptions

Language Comprehension:

  • Vocabulary
  • Para Jumble
  • Paragraph Completion
  • One- word Substitution
  • Synonyms & Antonyms.
  • Reading Comprehension

General Awareness: This section is tested in the majority of the exams to test the awareness and knowledge of the candidate of its surrounding and what is happening around the world. The questions in this section generally test the static and current general knowledge.

CMAT 2020 Important Books

For MBA Exams, it is required that the aspirants have the best set of books with them since these exams test the conceptual clarity of the student. Hence the students must ensure that they have the best books with them. Check out these books which the students must have with them during the preparation of CMAT 2020 Exam.

Name of the Book Link to Buy
Verbal Ability
How to Prepare for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for the CAT Paperback Click Here to Buy
PSC for VA for CAT Paperback – 7 Jun 2016 Click Here to Buy
Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation
How to Prepare for Quantitative Aptitude for the CAT Paperback Click Here to Buy
How to Prepare for Data Interpretation for CAT Paperback – 31 Jul 2017 Click Here to Buy
Logical Reasoning
How to Prepare for Logical Reasoning for CAT Paperback Click Here to Buy
General Knowledge Books
Corporate Awareness Business GK for All MBA Entrances Paperback – 15 Jun 2009 Click Here to Buy
Other Books
The Complete Reference Manual for CMAT 2019 Paperback – 2018 Click Here to Buy
CMAT: Common Management Admission Test Paperback – 2012 Click Here to Buy

CMAT 2020 Preparation Tips

All the management exams are getting competitive with each year. Hence to ace the exam it is required that the students prepare diligently and with some additional preparation tips for it. Those who are aiming CMAT 2020 can have a look at some preparation tips which we are giving here so as to have an idea of how they need to go in the direction:

  1. Have the information on exactly what all topics shall be asked in the exam. Most of the management exams test students on common topics and there is not much difference in it. Make the list of all those documents.
  2. Make the concepts clear. It is very much important to do so because CMAT, although less difficult than other exams, has questions requiring 2-3 concepts tested at the same time. Hence it is an utmost important thing to do.
  3. Practice different types of questions. It is necessary because MBA Exams are very unpredictable. Questions of any sort may be asked.
  4. Attempt the mocks. It is a great way of taking an idea as to how your preparation level is and how much you need to do more in order to increase the score.
  5. Read lots of editorials and be aware of GK. Newspapers and magazines are of great help in this.

CMAT 2020 Application Form

The registration process for CMAT 2020 will start online at the official website of NTA. Once the registration for CMAT entrance exam is done, you will receive the login credential through which you can fill the CMAT 2020 Application Form. The complete application process for CMAT 2020 is to be done by online mode only. After filling in necessary details in the CMAT Application Form 2020, the aspirants can pay the requisite amount of the fee by either online or offline mode.

After doing the necessary payments, they shall fill the remaining portion of the form. Before doing the final submission, the candidates shall be able to modify or view the form. After doing the final submission, they shall not be able to modify anything in it. Hence it is advised that the students fill the application form carefully.

CMAT 2020 Application Fee

It is expected that application fee for CMAT 2020 shall be same as last year. Check the fee payable for CMAT Registration 2020 from the table below:

Category Fee
General/ OBC 1400
SC/ ST/ PWD/ Female 700

Mode of Payment: The candidates shall be able to pay the registration fee by either of the following modes:

  1. Credit card
  2. Debit card
  3. Net Banking

CMAT 2020 Examination Cities

During the application form filling process, the students have to choose the test city where they want to appear for the exam. Hence it is important that the students have the information about all the test cities and also that they complete the procedure as soon as possible to have their choice as test city for the exam.

CMAT 2020 Exam Centers

CMAT 2020 Admit Card

The admit card for CMAT 2020 is usually available for download a week or two before the commencement of the entrance exam. Only those who will submit their application form with complete payment before the last date will be issued CMAT 2020 Admit Card. To download it you need to enter the necessary login details. It is an important verification document which one must carry to the exam center. It is advised to the candidates to take a print out of the CMAT Admit Card on an A4 size paper.

Since CMAT is a computer based test, you only have to carry the print out of the Admit Card and a valid id proof.

CMAT 2020 Demo Test

A demo test will also be available for the candidates. Through this test, the students will have an idea of how the actual test will look, how they have to attempt the test and what things they should take care of. They are advised to attempt this demo test to have an idea of the test before the main exam.

CMAT 2020 Result

The result of CMAT 2020 will be published online on the official website of NTA. To check the result, the student will have to login to the official website and enter the login details received at the time of the registration. An All India Merit List is also likely to be prepared on the basis of the percentile scored by the candidate in different sections.

CMAT 2020 Tie-Breaking Criteria

In case, two students score same percentile in the CMAT 2020 Exam, the merit shall be determined as per the tie-breaking criteria. Check the expected CMAT 2020 Tie-Breaking Criteria:

  1. Sectional score in Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation shall be first considered. Whoever scores more percentile in this section will get priority over the other candidate
  2. If the above is not valid, then the sectional score in Logical Reasoning shall be considered.
  3. If the second one is not valid, the Language Comprehension sectional score shall be considered
  4. If all of the above is not valid, score in the General Awareness section shall be considered.

CMAT 2020 Cutoff Marks

Students who shall give the CMAT 2020 exam must also have another question in mind, “What shall be the cutoff marks?”. The cutoff marks are the minimum marks which the student has to secure in this exam so that they secure a rank in the merit list.  Aspirants can have a look at the expected cutoff marks for CMAT 2020. We are giving the expected cutoff marks for various colleges for CMAT 2020. This has been collected and presented based on various past records.

Name of the College Expected CMAT 2020 Cutoff Percentile
SIMSREE Mumbai 99+
Goa Institute of Management 98
Pune University Department of Management Studies (PUMBA DMS) 96
KJ Somaiya Institute of Management & Research 94
Asia Pacific Institute of Management 85
Jaipuria Institute of Management 82
Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra, Ranchi 75

What after CMAT 2020 Result?

CMAT 2020 Result shall be declared in the form of merit list which shall contain the name and the rank of the student as per the percentile scored by the candidate in the exam. The students shall then have to apply to the colleges based on the marks scored by the student in the exam. The colleges will then call the eligible students for further rounds which include:

  1. Written Ability Test (WAT)
  2. Group Discussion (GD)
  3. Personal Interview (PI)

These tests are conducted to determine the candidate’s knowledge about the current affairs, their personality and the ability to handle difficult and under pressure situations which are the required traits of a future manager. After these rounds, the final result is announced on the basis of which the admissions are offered to the students.

CMAT 2020 Counselling

The CMAT 2020 Counselling shall be conducted after all the rounds have been conducted as mentioned above. The counselling round shall be conducted for admissions to the colleges based on their performance in these rounds. In the counselling, the student has to submit some documents to the admitting authority. They also might need to submit some fees as well at the time of counselling. They can visit the official website of CMAT to know the complete details about the counselling rounds.

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