CMAT 2020 is one of the important national level MBA entrance exams for admission to more than 600 MBA colleges in India. Common Management Admission Test – CMAT 2020 exam date is January 28, 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 online computer-based test of three hours duration.

The NTA- CMAT will be held in two shifts on Friday January 28, 2020. The first shift of CMAT 2020 exam will be from 9.30 AM to 12.30 PM and the second shift of CMAT 2020 exam is scheduled from 2.30 PM to 5.30 PM. There is no change in the CMAT 2020 exam structure which will have 100 questions equally divided into 4 sections of 25 Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) in each section. 

NTA conducts CMAT exam annually in the month of January. CMAT full form is Common Management Admission Test.

CMAT 2020 Registration & Application process closes on November 30, 2019 at 11.50 PM. NTA, a newly created test conducting body, is conducting the entire CMAT exam process along with other exams which were conducted by other agencies earlier.

CMAT Exam 2020: Key Highlights
CMAT 2020 exam offers MBA admission opportunity in more than 600 MBA colleges in India and among them are some of the prominent management institutes. CMAT entrance exam is one of the most important but an easier MBA entrance exam. Following are the key highlights and other important CMAT exam details:

CMAT 2020 Exam Conducting Body National testing Agency (NTA)
Number of MBA colleges under CMAT 2020 600+
CMAT Exam Date 2020 January 28, 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 Rs.1400/-
CMAT 2020 Score Validity for MBA Admission 2020-2021 academic session
Total Questions in CMAT Exam 100
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 Yes, 1 mark deducted for each wrong answer
Required CMAT exam Percentile for MBA admission in Top Colleges 90+
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 Online

CMAT 2020 Important Dates
The CMAT 2020 important dates, exam Schedule, eligibility, start and last date to apply for CMAT 2020 exam, last date to download CMAT 2020 admit card and other CMAT exam details are as under:

CMAT Exam Details CMAT 2020 Important Dates Remarks on CMAT exam details & Dates
CMAT 2020 exam Registration starts November 01, 2019 Online on NTA CMAT 2020 Exam website
Last date to apply for CMAT 2020 exam Registration November 30, 2019 Online submission of Application form Ends
CMAT 2020 Admit Card Download start date December 24, 2019 No Hard copy of CMAT Admit card will be sent
Last date to download CMAT 2020 Admit card January 24, 2020 Download Admit Card latest by CMAT 2020 exam date
CMAT 2020 Exam Date January 28, 2020 3 hours 2 shifts exam: Shift 1- 9.30AM to 12.30PM Shift 2- 2.30 PM to 5.30 PM
CMAT 2020 Result Date February 7, 2020 Score card download starts in afternoon

CMAT Exam 2020: Test Training
NTA will open centres across India, from August 2019 onwards, to make candidates understand about the revised CMAT 2020 exam pattern, navigation, test taking strategy among other details.  NTA has introduced some changes in CMAT exam. The test training will help the candidates to understand all about the revised CMAT exam pattern.

Important Changes in CMAT exam
The key changes and features of CMAT 2020 conducted by NTA are:

Exam Details NTA-CMAT 2020 AICTE-CMAT
CMAT conducting Agency National Testing Agency (NTA) All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE)
CMAT Testing Mode Computer Based Computer Based
Training for CMAT Test Taking Methodology/Navigation NTA training at centres across India from August 2019 onwards to train candidates to understand CMAT Test Taking Strategy AICTE published sample test taking and navigation guidelines on its website
Changes in the cost of CMAT Registration No change proposed AICTE used to increase CMAT registration fee each year
Sectional Composition of CMAT No change, same 4 sections exam with 100 questions Remained same with 4 sections 100 questions
Scoring Pattern Remains same with +1 mark for each right answer +4 for each correct answer
Difficulty Level Expected to go down Remained moderate to Difficult

CMAT 2020 Exam: Registration Process & Dates
CMAT 2020 Registration process is online. It starts on November 01 and the last date to apply for CMAT 2020 is November 30, 2019. CMAT registration fee is Rs.1400/- and should be paid online.

CMAT 2020 Registration Process: 5 Steps to Complete
CMAT 2020 Exam Registration process is online only and can be completed in five simple steps:

  • Step-1: Create login
  • Step 2: Fill the CMAT Registration 2020 Form 
  • Step 3: Upload Images on CMAT Registration Form 2020
  • Step 4: Make Payment of CMAT Registration Fee
  • Step 5: View CMAT Registration summary, Save the filled in Form. 

MBA Colleges Accepting CMAT Exam
The list of CMAT exam 2020 accepting colleges is released by National Testing Agency and is also available on AICTE website. There are around 600+ MBA/PGDM colleges who will accept CMat 2020 exam score for MBA admission 2020. Here are some of the best MBA colleges accepting CMAT exam score:

  • JBIMS Mumbai
  • SIMSREE Mumbai
  • K J Somaiya Mumbai
  • Great Lakes Institute of Management, Chennai/Gurgaon
  • PUMBA Pune
  • GIM Goa
  • IFMR Chennai
  • IMT Nagpur
  • BIMTECH Greater Noida (Specialized Programmes)
  • Welingkar, Mumbai
  • N L Dalmia

The updated list of Management Institutes who accept CMAT exam scores for admission to their MBA programmes is available on and is released by AICTE. 

MBA Admission Process with CMAT 2020

CMAT Question Paper: Duration, Sectional composition & Scoring pattern

  • CMAT 2020 test paper has a time duration of 3 hours.
  • There are 100 objective type questions in MCQs form in CMAT question paper of CMAT exam.
  • Question difficulty level is easy to moderate
  • CMAT exam is divided in 4 sections with 25 questions in each section
  • Each correct answer is awarded +4 Mark
  • Each wrong answer is penalized with negative marking of -1 mark
  • CMAT exam sections are Quantitative Technique, Logical Reasoning, Language Comprehension and General Awareness
  • No Individual Time limit to attempt CMAT 2020 question paper. Candidates can attempt any question from any section within the overall time limit of 3 hours.
  • Merit Score in CMAT exam is calculated on the basis of all the 4 sections.
  • CMAT score card displays Actual score obtained out of 400 Marks, Sectional score obtained and the sectional and overall percentile obtained in the CMAT Exam

How to Prepare for CMAT Exam?
Over the years CMAT exam pattern and syllabus for CMAT exam has not changed. So, the CMAT exam preparation is also not very difficult. Reading good CMAT preparation books, practicing with CMAT 2020 sample papers and CMAT previous year papers with solutions are a good tool for CMAT exam preparation.

CMAT 2020 exam Preparation can get you admission to MBA 2020 in good MBA colleges. It is high time that CMAT exam preparation must be started without any further delay as per the CMAT exam pattern. 

One of the important points which differentiate CMAT exam preparation from other exams is the separate section with 25 questions in CMAT on ‘Logical Reasoning’ which has questions based on reasoning only. The LR Preparation for CMAT exam and the strategy to prepare for this important CMAT section is to be properly planned and followed to score high.

CMAT exam preparation strategy needs more focus on all the four sections. CMAT 2020 preparation requires your focus on following:

  • When to Start CMAT exam Preparation?
  • How to prepare for CMAT?
  • Which are the best CMAT Preparation Books?
  • What is the best CMAT preparation material available apart from the books?
  • CMAT Preparation Tips by CMAT Toppers
  • Whether to Prepare with CMAT Coaching or Self prepare – which is better?
  • If time is short, how to prepare for CMAT Online?
  • CMAT Exam Taking Strategy – how to crack CMAT Exam with High score?

CMAT 2020 Syllabus: At par with other MBA entrance exams
CMAT exam Syllabus contains all the topics on which questions are asked in other national level MBA entrance exams. Past CMAT question papers and the CMAT exam pattern reveal that CMAT syllabus does not throw tough questions in the CMAT exam, although CMAT syllabus topics are same.

The syllabus is based on past CMAT exam pattern and types of questions that appear in the CMAT exam. The best way to get hands-on feel and practice on CMAT question topics covered in CMAT syllabus, is to go through the previous CMAT exam papers and attempt CMAT Mock tests. 

CMAT Admit Card 2020 Download: Starts on December 24 
The CMAT 2020 exam admit card will be available for download from December 24, 2019. The last date for CMAT admit card download is the CMAT exam day. All provisionally registered candidates for CMAT exam 2020 can download their CMAT Admit Card from NTA website on the scheduled dates for CMAT Admit card Download. No CMAT admit card is now sent as hard copy to the candidate’s registered address. 

CMAT 2020 Exam: An Easy Question paper 
The CMAT colleges cut offs in MBA admission are not very high although CMAT question paper and CMAT scoring pattern award liberal marks to CMAT exam takers. The CMAT colleges cut offs especially among top 20 CMAT colleges are slightly higher as compared to other MBA colleges accepting CMAT scores since the merit position in top 20 CMAT colleges is based on little higher cut offs. 

CMAT Result Declaration: Download Score Card from NTA Website
CMAT 2020 exam result to be declared on February 3, 2020 in afternoon. The CMAT Result will be available for download on NTA-CMAT official Website and no score card will be sent by post or E-mail. 

CMAT Score Needed for Top MBA colleges
‘How much CMAT score 2020 is required to get admission in one of the top MBA colleges?’ CMAT score cut offs in these MBA colleges accepting CMAT scores vary from institute to institute. Apart from the overall CMAT score, many of the CMAT accepting colleges also consider CMAT sectional score.

Most of these MBA colleges are autonomous, University B-schools offering MBA degree, private PGDM colleges. The CMAT score cut off in good MBA colleges go in the range of 80 to 90+ CMAT percentile.

To help MBA aspirants searching for top MBA colleges accepting CMAT scores, has prepared a list of MBA colleges with their CMAT expected cut off. 

MBA Colleges in Maharashtra to Accept CMAT Exam Score
The Higher and Technical Education Department, Directorate of Technical Education, Government of Maharashtra has clarified while determining the entrance exam eligibility of All India category candidates for MBA/MMS admission process in Government, University affiliated, private aided and unaided Maharashtra MBA colleges, that All India Candidature Candidate, Jammu and Kashmir Migrant Candidature Candidate will be considered for MBA/MMS admission on the basis of obtaining non zero positive score in CET conducted by the Competent Authority; CAT -conducted by Indian Institute of Management; CMAT; GMAT among others.

National Testing Agency: NTA-CMAT
NTA, a newly created test conducting body, is conducting the entire CMAT 2020 exam along with other exams which were conducted by other agencies earlier. NTA will use highly secured IT software and encryption to ensure delivery of tests just in time. This will ensure no leakages and other malpractices. National Testing Agency (NTA) has been established by Government of India as a testing organization to conduct entrance examinations for admission/fellowship in higher educational institutions. NTA has replaced AICTE as exam conducting authority. AICTE conducted CMAT exam till 2018. CMAT is now known as NTA-CMAT instead of AICTE-CMAT. From 2019 onwards, NTA has been assigned to conduct the CMAT exam and as such CMAT 2019 was the first CMAT exam conducted by NTA 

The National Testing Agency is entrusted to address all the issues related to test preparation, test delivery and test marking.  The National Testing Agency is to assess competence of candidates for admissions, standard of exam, efficiency, transparency and error free Test delivery of CMAT and other exams.  NTA would initially conduct those entrance examinations which were being conducted by the AICTE as CMAT, GPAT; CBSE such as JEE Main for B.Tech and B.Arch courses, NEET UG for MBBS / BDS courses, National Eligibility Test (UGC NET) and others. Other examinations will be taken up gradually after NTA is fully geared up.

NTA has kept the revised CMAT exam similar to past CMAT exam pattern. Accordingly, CMAT 2020 will be a three-hour computer based online test, conducted in a single session to evaluate the candidate’s ability across four sections like Quantitative Technique, Logical Reasoning, Language Comprehension and General Awareness.

CMAT Score Accepted by AICTE Approved MBA/PGDM Colleges
All the CMAT top colleges accepting CMAT 2020 exam score are the ones offering AICTE approved MBA/PGDM programmes. They include top MBA colleges like JBIMS, SIMSREE, K J Somaiya, GIM, Great Lakes among others. According to AICTE, ‘All AICTE approved Institutes / Departments / Constituent Colleges / Affiliated Colleges of Universities are expected to accept CMAT scores. The specific notifications issued by Universities and State Governments are available at CMAT website.’

CMAT 2020: Only MBA Entrance Exam by NTA
CMAT is the only MBA/PGDM exam earlier conducted by AICTE and now by NTA WEF CMAT 2020. No other MBA/PGDM entrance in 2020 is to be conducted by NTA under aegis of AICTE. CMAT is one of the largest National Level MBA/PGDM entrance examination and is conducted once a year in the month of January, as per the directions of Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Government of India.

Universities in 13 states including Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Kerala, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Haryana, Karnataka among others accept CMAT exam scores along with CAT for admission to their MBA programmes. The governments have officially notified CMAT as their official test. In addition, many B-schools offering AICTE approved PGDM programs will be using the CMAT 2020 scores. CMAT scores are accepted by around 600+ B schools running AICTE approved management programmes in India. It is the 2nd largest MBA/PGDM entrance test after CAT in the country. More than 80000 candidates register and apply for CMAT every year.

If you don’t get good scores in CAT/XAT/SNAP, the Common Management Admission Test (CMAT) is the answer to your MBA/PGDM needs leading to 600+ AICTE approved B-schools across the country.

CMAT 2020 will be conducted in more than 60 test cities. With effect from 2016 CMAT has become a yearly exam as against twice a year exam.  Earlier till 2015, there used to be 2 CMAT exams in one year. The first CMAT used to be held in the month of September while the second followed in the month of coming February. 

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