CMAT-2018 Exam Pattern & Syllabus

Accepted For : MBA , PGDM

Exam Mode : Online

Registrations Date

20 Oct, 2017


Exam Date

20 Jan, 2018

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CMAT 2018 Exam Pattern

CMAT 2018 is an online examination conducted by AICTE for admission to PGDM/ MBA courses for the academic session 2018-20 in various AICTE-approved institutes across the country. CMAT 2018 is going to be conducted on 20th January, 2018 in a single session. Aspirants can check the detailed exam pattern of CMAT 2018 here.

Detailed CMAT 2018 Exam Pattern and Division of Question Paper:

Total number of sections in the CMAT 2018 question paper


Number of questions in each section


Nature of questions

Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ)

Total weightage of each section in CMAT 2018 examination

100 marks

Weightage for each question

4 marks

Is there negative marking in CMAT 2018?


Deduction for each wrong answer given by the candidates

1 mark

Total duration of CMAT 2018 examination

3 hours

Timings of the CMAT 2018 examination

9:30 to 12:30 PM

Reporting time at the examination centre

8:00 AM

Section-Wise Division of CMAT Question Paper 2018: 

Name of the Section

Maximum Marks

Total Number of Questions

General Awareness

100 marks


Logical Reasoning

100 marks


Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation

100 marks


Language Comprehension

100 marks



400 marks


The examination pattern mentioned above is the general pattern that AICTE has been following over the few years for the CMAT examination. 


  • Rough work cannot be done on any other paper/sheet, as nothing will be allowed inside the testing room.
  • No breaks will be given during the test.


1. How many sections are there in the CMAT test?

There are four sections in the test. The sections are:

  • Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation
  • Logical Reasoning
  • Language Comprehension and
  • General Awareness 

2. How many questions are there in each section?

There will be 25 questions in each section.

3. Can I move back and forth between the four sections?

4. What is the duration of the test?

The duration of test is180 minutes.
5. Will there be negative marking in the CMAT exam?

6. What is the scoring pattern and rule for negative marking?

For each correct answer, 4 marks will be awarded. For every wrong answer, 1 mark shall be deducted.

7. What are the different Time Slots for the Test?

There will be no different time slots. Test will begin at 9:30 AM on 20th Jan, 2018. Candidates are required to arrive at the test centre on or before 8:00 AM for security checks, identity verification, and check-in.

8. What is the reporting time for the examination?

For the test beginning at 9.30 am, you must reach the test centre no later than 8:00 AM.
9. What are the permitted things I can bring with me to the test centre?

None. You will not be permitted to bring any personal items to the test centre, including but not limited to wrist-watch, cellphones, calculators, etc.
10. Do I have any breaks during the test?

No, you will not be given any breaks during the test.
11. If I complete my exam before three hours, can I leave early?

No. Even if you complete the exam before the scheduled end time, you will not be allowed to leave the exam hall. You are allowed to leave the exam only after the scheduled three hours of exam are over

12. Does the name need to match with the names appearing on the identification documents?

Candidates' name needs to be exactly identical to the name on their Xth Mark sheet or equivalent.

Note: If the name has been changed due to events such as marriage, candidates must show the relevant document such as Marriage Certificate, Divorce Decree, Legal Name Change Document and submit a photocopy at the time of the examination of CMAT 2018 and interview and at the time of joining a programme at the institutes.
13. Will I be provided with any scratch paper for rough work and calculations during the test?

At the test centre, each candidate will be seated at a desk with a computer terminal and he/she will be provided with a scratch paper for calculations. Rough work cannot be done on any other paper/sheet, as nothing will be allowed inside the testing room. On completion of the test, candidates will have to hand over the scratch paper to the administrator.