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CMAT 2024: Gateway to MBA Excellence – Updates and Strategies

The Common Management Admission Test (CMAT) has long been a pivotal point for MBA aspirants across India. Offering entry into over 1000 AICTE-approved management programs, CMAT stands as a prominent national-level examination. With the National Testing Agency (NTA) at the helm since 2019, CMAT continues to evolve, providing opportunities for MBA enthusiasts to realize their dreams. As CMAT 2024 beckons, let’s delve into its intricacies, updates, and what lies ahead for aspirants.

The latest installment, CMAT 2024 Exam, comes with a slew of updates and essential dates to mark on your calendar:

  • Registration: The registration window for CMAT 2024 opened on March 29, 2024, and will remain live until April 23, 2024.
  • Exam Date: While the exact date is yet to be announced by NTA, CMAT 2024 is scheduled for May 2024.
  • Registration Fees: Male candidates are required to pay Rs. 2000, while female candidates pay Rs. 1000.
CMAT Exam NTA Official Website https://exams.nta.ac.in/CMAT/
CMAT Exam Date 2024 May, 2024
Registration Dates From 29 March 2024 to 23 April 2024 (till 09:50 P.M.)
Exam Slots Two Slot Exam of 3 Hours Duration for each slot
Mode of CMAT Entrance Exam 2024 Online Computer Based Test
Total Questions in the CMAT Entrance Exam 100
Sectional Division of Questions 5 Sections with 20 Questions in Each Section
Exam sections in CMAT 2024 Quantitative Technique; Logical Reasoning; Language Comprehension; General Awareness; Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Exam Difficulty Level Easy to Moderate
CMAT 2024 Marking Scheme + 4 Marks for each right answer
Maximum Marks 400 Marks for 100 questions
Negative Marking – 1 mark for each wrong answer
CMAT Percentile Calculation CMAT Scorecard displays the following scores:
Displays CMAT Overall Percentile Score
Displays CMAT Percentile Score
Displays All India Rank
CMAT Scorecard does not Display the following
Does not display your Raw score in the CMAT Exam out of 400 Marks
Application process Online
Exam Application Fee for Boys Rs.2000/-
Application Fee for Girls Rs.1000/-
Application Fee for EWS/OBC-NCL  Rs.1000/-
Application Fee for SC/ST/PwD Rs.1000/-
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CMAT Exam Pattern and Marking Scheme

Understanding the exam pattern and marking scheme is crucial for effective preparation:

  • Duration: The exam spans 180 minutes (3 hours).
  • Sections: CMAT 2024 comprises five sections:
      • Quantitative Technique
      • Logical Reasoning
      • Language Comprehension
      • General Awareness
      • Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • The CMAT Exam will carry 100 Questions and will be conducted in 2 Slots throughout the day.
  • Marking Scheme: Correct answers are rewarded with +4 marks, while incorrect responses incur a penalty of -1 mark.
  • Total Marks: The maximum achievable score is 400.

CMAT Exam Syllabus:

Navigating through the syllabus and crafting a robust preparation strategy is vital for success:

    • Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation: Algebra, Time-Speed-Distance, Allegation & Mixtures, Geometry, Graph, Quadratic and Linear Equations, etc.
    • Logical Reasoning: Analytical Reasoning, Linear Arrangements, Number Series, Matrix Arrangements, Blood Relationship Tests, etc.
    • Language Comprehension: Reading Comprehension, Grammar, English Usage Errors, Parajumbles, etc.
    • General Awareness: Economy, Business, World, Politics, Sports, Culture, Society
  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship: Questions related to innovation, entrepreneurship and start-up business
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CMAT Exam Preparation:

CMAT is one of the most prominent Management Entrance tests, conducted in India, with participation of over 80k applicants each year. CMAT is generally the last exam a student appears in a year, conducted in May each year. Since CMAT is the last exam of the year, this gives a certain preparatory advantage to the applicants. The syllabus for CMAT is similar to other Management entrance exams, thus students are generally at the peak of preparation before appearing for CMAT. The questions asked during the exam are of Easy to Moderate difficulty level-

  • Time Management: During this time, you will be engaged in the admission process for other B-Schools, and it is extremely important to manage time effectively. You will simultaneously be preparing for the interview process of other exams and also for the CMAT exam.
  • Revision: You have already worked on your entire syllabus for all the entrance exams conducted before CMAT. Revision will help you brush up on all the concepts and topics.
  • Mock Tests: Mock Tests are also very crucial during the preparation phase of the CMAT exam. Mock tests will help you with revision also. Analysing the mocks is also going to be a crucial thing to do to maximize your score and prepare efficiently. The Mock Test will also give you a tentative analysis of your performance, allowing you to amend accordingly.
  • Make sure you identify your strengths and weaknesses accurately so that you can identify similar questions in the test and solve them accordingly.

Key Changes on CMAT:

  • The number of Sections increased from 4 to 5- Innovation and Entrepreneurship is the section introduced recently.
  • Each section carries 20 Questions instead of 25 previously.
  • CMAT Score Card will carry Percentile Score and Rank
  • The B-Schools in India will release cut-offs basis of Percentile or Rank instead of Score.

Top B-Schools Accepting CMAT Score

CMAT opens doors to a multitude of esteemed B-Schools across India:

  • Prin LN Welingkar School of Management (We School), Mumbai
  • Jaipuria Institute of Management, Lucknow, Noida (Delhi NCR), Jaipur, Indore
  • KJ Somaiya Institute of Management, Mumbai
  • Great Lakes Institute of Management, Gurgaon
  • Amity University, Noida
  • International Management Institute(IMI), New Delhi
  • New Delhi Institute of Management, New Delhi
  • Goa Institute of Management, Goa
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CMAT 2024 holds the promise of shaping your MBA journey and opening avenues to prestigious B-Schools. With diligent preparation, an understanding of the exam pattern, and awareness of top management institutions accepting CMAT scores, you can embark on this journey with confidence. Stay informed, stay prepared, and seize the opportunity that CMAT 2024 presents for your future in management education.

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