Common Management Admission Test or CMAT is one of the most sought-after MBA entrance exams in India. It is conducted by the Nationa Testing Agency every year for admission to more than 1300 AICTE-approved MBA colleges in India. Until 2018, AICTE (All India Council for Technical Education) was the conducting body for CMAT. The exam is held in computer-based test mode and has a duration of 3 hours. It comprises five sections, namely Quantitative Aptitude & Data Interpretation, Logical Reasoning, Language Comprehension, Innovation & Entrepreneurship, and General Awareness, each consisting of 20 questions.
The exam is scored out of 400 marks, with each correct answer carrying 4 marks and an incorrect response leading to a deduction of 1 mark. However, there is no negative marking for unanswered questions. Compared to other MBA entrance exams such as CAT and XAT, CMAT has a lower difficulty level, making it a popular choice among management aspirants. Those who qualify for the exam can apply to top MBA colleges in India, including GIM Goa, BIMTECH, Great Lakes Institute of Management, K J Somaiya Mumbai, PUMBA, and Welingkar Mumbai.