All you need to know about CMAT 2018

CMAT also known as the Common Management Admission Test is a national level entrance examination conducted and approved by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE). It is one of the most renowned management entrance exams in India. The directions are laid by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Government of India. It is a three hour test which is conducted online on computer in a single session. It is designed to check the competency of the candidate in the field of management. There are various sections in this online test such as reasoning, language, quantitative aptitude and general awareness.
The test is a medium to select the suitable graduates for the admission in the management courses and programmes. The score obtained in the test is known as the CMAT score and it is accepted by all the approved institutions, universities, colleges, departments and affiliated colleges under AICTE. The CMAT exam 2018 will be held on 20th January, 2018.

Eligibility criteria

  • The eligibility criteria for the examination is given below-
  • The applicants appearing for the exam must be the citizens of India.
  • The graduates in any discipline from a recognized university can apply for this exam.
  • The final year students who are in course of their graduation and whose result will be declared before the commencement of the upcoming academic year can also apply for the examination.

Fee details

The CMAT application fee for the General and OBC candidates is 1400INR+Bank charges. The fee for the female/SC/ST/PWD categorized candidates is 700INR along with the bank charges. The candidates can pay the fee online or either offline. The offline mode is via bank challan through SBI Bank and the online mode can be either through credit card, debit card or the net banking facility. There is no facility to pay the fee through bank draft or cheque. The candidate will have to generate the challan through the online portal and then visit the nearest SBI bank for the cash payment.

Exam Pattern

There are four sections in the CMAT examination. It is as follows-
  • Logical reasoning
  • Quantitative aptitude and data interpretation
  • English language and reading comprehension
  • General awareness
The duration of the CMAT examination is 180 minutes. There are total four sections and for each correct answer, the candidate is awarded four marks. Each section is of 100marks. One mark is deducted for each wrong answer. There are total 100 MCQ’s in the examination. The students should aim to answer only those questions about which they are confident otherwise the negative marking will take the score down. It must also be kept in mind that the CMAT score obtained is approved by all the AICTE approved institutes and colleges. There is also a trial test which is available on the official website in order to make the candidates comfortable about the functionality of the online test. The candidates can go through the same for being familiar with the screens, navigation and the layouts.

Important dates

The registration procedure started on 20th October, 2017. The registration process will end on 18th December, 2017. The exam date for the upcoming CMAT is 20th January, 2018. It is crucial to apply for the examination before the due date given on the official website.


There is not a well defined syllabus for CMAT. AICTE has not defined any guidelines for the syllabus. Some of the topics which can be covered for the examination are as follows-
  • Under language comprehension, the candidates can cover up the topics such as tenses, grammar, vocabulary, jumbled paragraphs, reading comprehension, articles, infinites, non infinites, dangling modifiers, nouns, pronouns, adjectives, adverbs, prepositions, perfect tenses, subject verb agreement, simple, continuous and past perfect tenses.
  • Under the quantitative techniques and data interpretation, the topics to be covered are arithmetic, ratios, averages, mixtures, profit and loss, basic stastics, data interpretation, number properties, probability, counting principles, geometry and derivatives. The basic calculation must be practiced.
  • Under the logical reasoning section, topics like arrangements, seating, sequencing, arranging with conditions, coding decoding, numerical puzzles, and true/false statements, visual reasoning, and so on, should be practiced. The Venn diagrams, basic preparatory tests should be practiced in order to develop a better interest in the reasoning section.
  • Under general awareness, the candidates can cover the topics such as current and static GK. Everything related to the business, economics, fiscal and monetary policies. Valuation and devaluation of rupee, and all the current topics and affairs related to the world and economy should be covered to prepare for this section. The current, conventional and the daily affairs should be learned properly in order to clear this examination. The constitutional knowledge, current knowledge of facts and figures, currency and capitals, and so on should be the topics which must not be overlooked while preparing for this section.