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CMAT 2021 Exam Pattern

Updated By Sukriti Vajpayee on 02 Mar, 2021 18:23

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CMAT 2021 Exam Pattern (Changed)

Earlier, CMAT was scheduled to be conducted on February 22 and 27, 2021 but it has been postponed and a few changes have been made in the CMAT Exam Pattern. The optional ‘Innovation and Entrepreneurship’ section has been introduced for the aspirants. It is very important to understand the entire CMAT exam pattern 2021 in order to be completely prepared prior to the exam day. The Common Management Admission Test (CMAT) is an online examination conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA) for admission to PGDM and MBA courses.

Candidates who qualify the examination will become eligible for admission to various AICTE approved institutes across the country. The application process of CMAT was closed on January 30, 2021 but the NTA had reopened the CMAT 2021 application form filling window. Candidates could fill the application form again from February 10 to March 1. 

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CMAT 2021 Exam Day Guidelines

The CMAT exam pattern for 2021 consists of a few essential things that are visible on the question paper. These comprise the total number of questions, total marks, time duration, marking scheme, the number of questions section-wise, exam timing, etc. Understanding the exam pattern will help in better exam preparation. Candidates must also follow a strategic preparation plan for CMAT 2021, in order to clear the examination with excellent marks. Aspirants can check the detailed exam pattern of CMAT 2021 here to get a clear picture of the question paper and then start preparing for the examination systematically

CMAT 2021 Exam Pattern

 

Upcoming Management Exams :

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    Exam date: 25 Apr, 2021

Changes in the CMAT Exam Pattern 2021 (New)

National Testing Agency (NTA) has made some changes in the exam pattern of CMAT 2021. A new optional section (Innovation & Entrepreneurship) has been added for the candidates who are looking for admission in the Innovation & Entrepreneurship. This section will contain 25 questions carrying 4 marks each and the total duration of this section will be 30 minutes. 1 mark will be reduced for every incorrect answer in the Innovation and Entrepreneurship section.

Highlights of CMAT 2021 Exam Pattern

CMAT is a computer-based online entrance exam, which is conducted over a duration of 180 minutes (three hours). CMAT tests candidates' abilities across various academic segments, and the ones who qualify get admission in MBA, PGDM and PGCM courses offered at the AICTE-approved B-schools in India. Check out the highlights of CMAT exam pattern 2021!

Total number of sections in the CMAT 2021 question paper

4+1 (Optional)

Number of questions in each section

25 Questions

Nature of questions

Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs)

Total weightage of each section in CMAT 2021 examination

100 Marks 

Weightage for each question

4 Marks

Is there negative marking in CMAT 2021?

Yes

Deduction for each wrong answer given by the candidates

1 Mark

Total duration of CMAT 2021 examination

3 Hours + 30 Minutes (Optional)

Timings of the CMAT 2021 examination

9:30 AM to 12:30 PM

Reporting time at the examination centre

8:30 AM

Section-wise CMAT Exam Pattern: Maximum Marks & Total Questions

The section-wise exam pattern of CMAT 2021 can be checked below - 

Name of the Section

Maximum Marks

Total Number of Questions

General Awareness

100 marks

25

Logical Reasoning

100 marks

25

Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation

100 marks

25

Language Comprehension

100 marks

25

Innovation & Entrepreneurship (Optional)

100 marks25

Total

400 + 100 marks

100 +25 questions

CMAT Exam Pattern

 

CMAT 2021 - Overall & Sectional Time Limit

There is no sectional time limit for CMAT exam. Candidates can attempt any section or any question as per their convenience within the overall time limit. Applicants have to wind up the CMAT exam in the duration of 180 minutes. Those who have opted for the optional ‘Innovation and Entrepreneurship’ section will be granted extra 30 minutes to complete the exam.

How to Navigate between Sections while Answering CMAT 2021?

Enlisted below are steps highlighting how to navigate between sections while answering the questions of CMAT.

  •  Sections in the online question paper will be displayed on the top bar of the screen.

  • Questions in the desired section can be viewed by simply clicking on the section name.

  • The highlighted section will be the one that the candidate will be viewing at that time.

  • After clicking on the 'Save & Next' button on the last question for a section, candidates will be automatically taken to the first question of the next section.

  • Aspirants can shuffle between questions and sections anytime during the exam as there will be no sectional time limit.

Here is a figure depicting the above-mentioned explanation:

Navigating between sections in CMAT

How to Answer Questions in CMAT 2021?

The computer screen of the exam shows the options provided below and candidates can select any one of them to answer the CMAT questions.

Save & Next: This option will save the answer of the desired question and the next one will be displayed on the screen.

Clear: Candidates can choose this button to clear or deselect their already entered response of any desired question.

Save & Mark for the Review: Applicant can answer the question and mark it for review. Candidates can select this option in case of doubt of confusion. They are free to review, come back and make changes accordingly.

Mark for Review & Next: Candidate can mark a question for review without answering it and move on to the next one. Applicants can re-visit and attempt the question at any time.

Applicants will not be allowed to use the keyboard to answer the CMAT questions. They can only use the mouse to do so. Candidates will have the option to make changes or modify their answers anytime during the entire exam. Captured below are the different icons that will appear on the computer screen and their respective indications.

Answering questions in CMAT

 

CMAT vs Other Top MBA Entrance Exams: Comparative Analysis

Captured below is a brief analysis of CMAT vs other top MBA entrance exams in India:

CMAT Vs CAT

Check out the basic difference between CMAT and CAT exam.

Components

CMAT

CAT

Exam Mode

Computer-Based Test

Computer-Based Test

Conducting Body

National Testing Agency (NTA)

IIMs

Exam Frequency

Twice/Year

Once/Year

Total Sections

03

03

Total Questions

100+ 25

100

Total Marks

400+ 100

300

Time Duration

3 Hours+ 30 Minutes

2 Hours

Type of Questions

MCQs

72-75 MCQs, rest Non-MCQs.

Negative Marking

Yes

Yes

Marks per Correct Answer

04

03

Marks per Incorrect Answer

-1

-1

Sectional Time Limit

No

60 Minutes/ Section

CMAT Vs XAT

Given below are the components comparing CMAT and XAT exam. 

Components

CMAT

XAT

Exam Mode

Computer-Based Test

Computer-Based Test

Conducting Body

National Testing Agency (NTA)

XLRI Jamshedpur

Exam Frequency

Twice/Year

Once/ Year

Total Sections

03

04

Total Questions

100+ 25

100

Total Marks

400+ 100

100

Time Duration

3 Hours+ 30 Minutes

3 Hours

Type of Questions

MCQs

MCQs

Negative Marking

Yes

Yes

Marks per Correct Answer

04

01

Marks per Incorrect Answer

-1

-0.25 (GK MCQs does not follow the negative marking scheme)

Sectional Time Limit

No

No

CMAT Vs SNAP

Gathered here is information highlighting the similarities and differences between CMAT and SNAP.

Components

CMAT

SNAP

Exam Mode

Computer-Based Test

Online Test

Conducting Body

National Testing Agency (NTA)

Symbiosis International Deemed University

Exam Frequency

Twice/Year

Once/ Year

Total Sections

03

04

Total Questions

100+ 25

100

Total Marks

400+ 100

60

Time Duration

3 Hours+ 30 Minutes

1 Hour

Type of Questions

MCQs

MCQs

Negative Marking

Yes

Yes

Marks per Correct Answer

04

01

Marks per Incorrect Answer

-1

-0.25

Sectional Time Limit

No

No

CMAT Vs NMAT

Here are a few components outlining the key features of CMAT and NMAT exam.

Components

CMAT

NMAT

Exam Mode

Computer-Based Test

Computer-Based Test

Conducting Body

National Testing Agency (NTA)

GMAC

Exam Frequency

Twice/Year

Can be re-taken within the prescribed exam dates

Total Sections

03

04

Total Questions

100+ 25

108

Total Marks

400+ 100

0-360

Time Duration

3 Hours+ 30 Minutes

2 Hours

Type of Questions

MCQs

MCQs

Negative Marking

Yes

No

Marks per Correct Answer

04

01

Marks per Incorrect Answer

-1

No

Sectional Time Limit

No

22 Minutes (Language Skills)

38 Minutes (Logical Reasoning)

60 Minutes (Quantitative Skills)

CMAT Vs ATMA

Provided below are the basic highlights of CMAT and ATMA exams.

Components

CMAT

ATMA

Exam Mode

Computer-Based Test

Online & Offline

Conducting Body

National Testing Agency (NTA)

Association of Indian Management Schools

Exam Frequency

Twice/Year

Five/ Year

Total Sections

03

06

Total Questions

100+ 25

180

Total Marks

400+ 100

180

Time Duration

3 Hours+ 30 Minutes

3 Hours

Type of Questions

MCQs

MCQs

Negative Marking

Yes

No

Marks per Correct Answer

04

01

Marks per Incorrect Answer

-1

No

Sectional Time Limit

No

30 Minutes/ Section

CMAT 2021 Marking Scheme

The National Testing Agency (NTA) will conduct CMAT 2021 and is responsible for setting up the CMAT 2021 marking scheme and exam pattern for the examination. The examination previously was conducted by All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE).

According to the official website, the exam pattern has not been changed from its previous version. As the examination is to take place in January 2021, candidates must now start preparing for it keeping in mind the latest exam pattern and marking scheme of CMAT 2021 along with the CMAT 2021 Syllabus.

CMAT Marking Scheme 2021

The CMAT 2021 Marking Scheme will help candidates in understanding the weightage of marks per question and total marks, highlighting the marks deducted for every wrong answer. Here are a few pointers explaining the same.

  • The total mark for the exam is 400 and the total mark per section is 100.

  • There will be a total of 100 questions comprising 25 questions in each section and the marks allotted for each question is 4.

  • Candidates must also know that there will be negative marking for every incorrect answer.

  • 1 mark will be deducted for every wrong answer, whereas no deduction of marks will be carried out for the unattempted question/s.

CMAT 2021 Exam Instructions

Here are some important points regarding the CMAT 2021 exam that aspiring students must be aware of:

  • The exam will be held online at different certified examination CMAT centres.

  • Total time allocated for the CMAT 2021 examination is 3 hours (180 minutes) + 30 minutes (optional).

  • The test-takers will not be permitted to leave the examination room until the examination ends.

  • There will be no provision of breaks during the examination.

  • The examinees will be provided with separate computer desks with a plain paper for rough works.

  • Rough papers given are also to be submitted and no candidate shall carry it outside the exam centre. Candidates found guilty will have to face unavoidable consequences.

  • Candidates must most importantly remember to bring their CMAT 2021 Admit Cardwith a valid ID proof, without which no candidate will be entertained at the examination centre.

  • It is also important to note that the candidates are not supposed to bring any written or printed material apart from Admit Card and ID Proof.

  • Candidates found with any such document will be debarred from taking the examination.

  • Reporting 45 minutes before the issued timing is also recommended.

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FAQs about CMAT Exam Pattern

Can I leave the exam centre if I finish CMAT early?

No, candidates are not allowed to leave before the end of the allocated 3 hours for the exam.

Is there any negative marking in CMAT?

Yes, 1 mark is deducted for every incorrectly-entered answer in CMAT.

What is the total time duration of CMAT?

The total time duration for CMAT is 3 hours. The exam is conducted from 9.30 AM to 12.30 PM on the scheduled day.

How many questions are there in CMAT?

CMAT contains a total of 100 questions, which are divided as 25 questions in each of the 4 sections in the exam.

Does CMAT have a sectional time limit?

No, there is no section-wise division of time in CMAT.

Can I switch between sections in CMAT?

Yes, you are free to move between the different sections at any point during the CMAT exam.

Do the sections of CMAT appear in a fixed order?

Yes, the order in which the CMAT sections appear is (from first to last) -- Quant, Reasoning, Language Comprehension and General Awareness.

How many sections does CMAT have?

There are a total of 4 sections in CMAT -- Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation, Language Comprehension, General Awareness and Logical Reasoning.

What are the main points to be noted in the CMAT exam pattern?

When checking the CMAT exam pattern, candidates should note the sections, the number of questions, time duration, marking scheme, mode of exam, the medium of exam etc.

Who is responsible for setting the exam pattern of CMAT?

The CMAT exam pattern is set and finalised by the National Testing Agencies (NTA).

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