CMAT 2020 Exam Pattern

Sakunth Kumar Updated On: 18 Nov, 2019 12:03 IST

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CMAT 2020 Exam Pattern

It is very important to understand the CMAT 2020 exam pattern 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 in various AICTE approved institutes across the country. To appear for CMAT, candidates must successfully apply for it. For this, candidates can refer to the How to Apply section. After successfully applying for the exam, candidates must carefully go through the Exam Pattern for CMAT 2020.

The CMAT exam pattern for 2020 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 2020, in order to clear the examination with excellent marks. Aspirants can check the detailed exam pattern of CMAT 2020 here to get a clear picture of the question paper and then start preparing for the examination systematically.

Highlights of CMAT 2020 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 2020 exam pattern!

Total number of sections in the CMAT 2020 question paper


Number of questions in each section


Nature of questions

Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ)

Total weightage of each section in CMAT 2020 examination

100 marks

Weightage for each question

4 marks

Is there negative marking in CMAT 2020?


Deduction for each wrong answer given by the candidates

1 mark

Total duration of CMAT 2020 examination

3 hours

Timings of the CMAT 2020 examination

9:30 AM to 12:30 PM

Reporting time at the examination center

8:30 AM

CMAT Section Wise Exam Pattern, Maximum Marks & Total Questions

The section wise exam pattern of CMAT 2020 can be checked below - 

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


CMAT 2020 Marking Scheme

The National Testing Agency (NTA) will conduct CMAT 2020 and are responsible for setting up the CMAT 2020 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 on January 2020, candidates must now start preparing for it keeping in mind the latest exam pattern and marking scheme of CMAT 2020 along with the CMAT 2020 Syllabus.

The CMAT 2020 Marking Scheme will help candidates in understanding the weightage of marks per question and total marks, highlighting the marks deducted for every wrong answer. 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 of 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 Exam Instructions

Here are some important points regarding the CMAT 2020 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 2020 examination is 3 hours (180 minutes).

  • 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 2020 Admit Card with 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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