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About CMAT and MAT


Numerous candidates pursue MBA as a career choice and a passport to job opportunities persevere and prepare hard for a degree from any prestigious B schools available in India. Since CAT Exam is very high in difficulty level, aspirants look for easier options too, here comes the role of CMAT & MAT. CMAT is conducted by All India Council for Technical Education(AICTE) to provide admission for MBA in the colleges approved by AICTE. The exam was introduced to reduce the burden of students who plan to appear in different state board or private college entrance exams. On the other hand, Management Aptitude Test(MAT) is conducted by All India Management Association(AIMA). It is a standardized test to facilitate business schools all over India to screen the students since 1988. AICTE mandates all the colleges approved by AICTE to consider CMAT score. So participating colleges which offer admission based on CMAT score are more than MAT score considering numbers. MAT and CMAT scores both are valid to seek admission for a year. Some of the good colleges accepting MAT scores are TA Pai Management Institute, Birla Institute of Technology, Xavier Institute of Management and Entrepreneurship, National Institute of Technology, Warangal, Christ College, Alliance Business Academy, New Delhi Institute of Management. For entry to some top colleges through CMAT are KJ Somaiya Institute Management and Research, Xavier Institute of Social Service, Goa Institute of Management, Kirloskar Institute of Advanced Management Studies, BIM TECHNOLOGY etc.

CMAT Syllabus and Eligibility

  • Till 2015, CMAT was conducted twice in a year but from the academic year 2016-17, AICTE has decided to conduct the exam once a year in the month of January.
  • CMAT is online exam, computer based.
  • Duration for CMAT exam is 180 minutes.
  • There are 4 sections namely Quantitative Aptitude, Logical Reasoning, Language Comprehension and General Awareness and each section has 25 questions.
  • For each right answer 4 marks are given and for each wrong answer 1 mark gets deducted.

MAT Syllabus and Eligibility

  • MAT is conducted four times a year in the months of February, May, September, and December.
  • MAT is conducted in two modes which are paper-based and computer-based. Candidate can choose either of one.
  • Duration for MAT exam is 150 minutes.
  • There are 5 sections namely Language Comprehension, Intelligence and Critical Reasoning, Data Analysis and Sufficiency, Mathematical Skills & Indian and Global Environment.
  • Each section has 40 questions. For every right answer 1 mark is given and for every wrong answer 1/4th mark gets deducted.