CMAT 2020: Exam Date, Application Form, Syllabus, Pattern

National Testing Agency (NTA) would be conducting the Common Management Admission Test (CMAT) 2020 in the month of January. The exam selects students for management courses across the related institutions. Along with CMAT 2020 score colleges tend to organize a Personal Interview (PI) or Group Discussion (GD) in order to offer admission. This article states details like eligibility, fee structure, pattern, etc. about the exam. All the vital information pertaining to the exam is mentioned henceforth.

Latest: The application form for CMAT 2020 is available now, Get the form link from “Application Form” page.

CMAT 2020

CMAT score is valid in 1000 participating colleges across India. On 21 August, NTA released the official date sheet for CMAT 2020. This included the significant date that a candidate must keep in mind if preparing for the exam. Below is the tabulated date sheet for the exam-

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CMAT 2020 Dates
Notification Date 31 October 2019
Application Form Date 1 November 2019
Exam Dates 28 January 2020
Last Date to Apply 10 December 2019
Last Date to Pay Fee 11 December 2019
Admit Card Date 24 December 2019
Answer Key Date January 2020
Result Declaration 7 February 2020

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Eligibility Criteria

The first thing to consider while beginning to prepare for any competitive exam is the eligibility criteria. Most importantly, this specifies whether or not you meet the requirements to appear for the same. NTA has put forth pretty basic criteria to determine the eligibility of the candidates. Consider the following pointers before filling the application form-

  • The candidate must be an Indian citizen
  • The candidate should have passed a bachelor’s degree in any discipline. Furthermore, the students appearing for the final semester examination can also take the test. However, the counseling process must be preceded by the result declaration.
  • There is no age limit for CMAT 2020 exam.

CMAT 2020 Application Form

The application process of CMAT 2020 conducts in online mode and it also including steps like uploading of scanned images, Payment of Fees and Printing of Confirmation page. Candidates are advised to keep visiting the NTA’s website regularly for the latest updates.

Application Fee

The exam fee is well-in-advance specified for the convenience of the students. Listed below is the fee structure for the application form across categories-

CategoriesMale candidatesFemale candidates
GeneralINR 1600INR 1000
Gen-EWS/OBC (Non-creamy layer)INR 1000INR 1000
TransgenderINR 700INR 700

CMAT 2020 Admit Card

The Admit Card for CMAT 2020 will also release online at the official website. Students who have completed the application process precisely only they can get their CMAT Admit Card. The students will have to log in through their Application ID and Password in order to get the Admit Card. The Admit Card is a mandatory document that every candidate should produce at the time of the exam.

A candidate is suggested to take out a colored printout of the Admit Card as it shows the clear image of the photograph and signature. Candidates must check if all the details mentioned on it are correct or not. In case of any discrepancy, rather making corrections you should immediately contact the higher authorities. An Admit Card states the basic information of the candidate and exam center as well.

Pattern of the CMAT 2020 Exam

Now that the eligibility status is clear, the pattern of the exam is the next important detail. Below are the details about the paper pattern to assist the preparation of the aspiring candidates-

  • Mode of the test- The test will be conducted through Computer Based Test, that’s online mode. But, a pen and pencil will be provided for rough work.
  • Number of questions- Four sections feature a total of 100 questions. The four sections are- Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation, General Awareness, Logical Reasoning, and Language Comprehension. The examiner asks 25 questions from each section.
  • Marking Scheme- The scheme suggests to award 4 marks for each correct answer and 1 mark is deducted for every wrong choice.
  • The medium of the test- English is the only medium for test conduction.
  • Time Duration- The testing body gives 3 hours to solve 100 questions.

Test Practice Centers

This is a special initiative by NTA for all the national-level exams that fall under them. The basic idea of establishing TPCs is to provide students access to certain training programs. These centers consequently enhance their readiness for the test day. Experienced and qualified staff is present in order to provide guidance to the needful. This step, most importantly, helps those coming from a rural background and do not have an idea about how a computer operates. This initiative certainly prepares them well. TPCs are present all across India.

CMAT 2020 Answer Key

The Answer Key for CMAT 2020 will also release online. An answer key will be out live after 1 or 2 weeks of the exam. The Answer Key will be set-wise. So students can check it according to their exam day and time. To check the Answer Key candidates will have to log in with their Roll Number and Password. Thereafter, they can view or download the Answer Key. It is an advantageous source as it helps you in predicting your probable scores.

CMAT 2020 Result

The Result of CMAT 2020 will release online on the official website. CMAT Result 2020 will be compiled on the basis of the final answer key. Candidates who appeared in all the levels of the CMAT 2020 can check the Result. Firstly, candidates have to log in by entering their Roll Number and Password. Please note that no scorecard will be sent to the candidates and you can get the same from official website

CMAT 2020 Counseling

After the declaration of Result candidates have to face the counseling round. You can attend the CMAT counseling in the college/institute of your preference. On the basis of the score and ranking of the student, the admission will be decided. It is necessary that you carry all the relevant documents along with you at the time of counseling. Students can pay the admission fee on the same day as counseling.

Reserved Seats

Students hailing from various categories get a reservation in central government colleges that admits through CMAT. On the other hand, private institution reservation policy differs from institute to institute. Following are the percentage reservation of the reservation that the central government offers-

CategoriesPercentage Reservation
Scheduled Caste (SC)15%
Scheduled Tribe (ST)7.5%
Other Backward Classes (OBC) Non-Creamy Layer27%
PwD5% in each category as per the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016.

Frequently asked Questions

Will the application fee get refunded if a candidate fails to appear for the exam?

No. There is no fee return policy once the application request is processed. Furthermore, any claims for refunding the fee will not be met with fruitful outcomes under any circumstance, whatsoever.

What should be done if the payment confirmation doesn’t appear on the payment gateway?

In case the payment gateway doesn’t show the confirmation status, it means the transaction has been declined and the amount will be automatically refunded to the concerned credit/debit card within 15 days. Therefore, such a candidate will have to make the payment again in order to be able to download the admit card.

Are there provisions for PwD candidates in the reservation department?

PwD candidates certainly get reservation in the central universities through CMAT. To clarify, they can occupy 5% seats in each category. Furthermore, this step has been taken under ‘The Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016’.

Which institutes accept the CMAT score?

The CMAT score is valid in 1000 institutions across India. Furthermore, certain institutions conduct GD and PI sessions as the final step for assessing a candidate.

What are TPCs?

Test Practice Centers are set up by NTA for the national level exams conducted by them for a definite purpose. Firstly, the motive is to train students for the exam. Secondly, it’s particularly aimed to assist the rural population in understanding the computer-based test by practicing in these centers.

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