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CMAT 2018: Exam pattern and structure

Feb 9, 2018 15:43 IST
    CMAT 2018
    CMAT 2018

    Following are the last minute tips and key points to remember about CMAT exam pattern

    CMAT 2018 Exam was held on 20th January, 2018 from 9:30AM to 12:30PM. CMAT follows a typical exam pattern, which you should know if you are going to appear for the exam next year:

    • CMAT exam has four sections of Language Comprehension, Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation, Logical Reasoning and General Awareness
    • Every section has 25 questions and are in MCQ format  
    • CMAT exam is an online computer based test
    • You are awarded +4 marks in CMAT Exam for every correct answer and -1 mark is deducted for each wrong answer
    • You can also go through the CMAT Mock Test that is released by AICTE on the official CMAT website
    • You must go through the CMAT 2018 trial test to self-judge your preparation level and to get the hang of the exam pattern
    • After going through the CMAT trial test, you will get familiar with the layout, screens and navigation. It will be of great help at the time when you appear for the exam
    • At the CMAT exam center, every candidate will be allotted a seat with an in-built computer terminal. They will be provided a rough paper for doing the calculation work
    • Candidates are not allowed to use any other paper other than the scratch paper given by the exam authorities. No break time will be given in-between the exam duration

    The good news is no candidate in CMAT exam will be disqualified based on their low scores. AICTE has confirmed, “The objective of the test is not to eliminate the candidates from the process of seeking admission in the AICTE approved management programmes, rather to facilitate the institutions to select the suitable candidates as per their merit."

    Candidates appearing for the CMAT exam are asked to reach the respective exam 90 minutes before the commencement of the exam.

    Take a look at this table that summarizes the events of CMAT exam 2018:

    Exam pattern:


    No. of Questions

    Maximum Marks

    Logical Reasoning



    Quantitative Aptitude



    Language Comprehension



    General Awareness






    Duration of CMAT 2018 held on January 21, 2018 was of 3 hours from 9.30AM to 12.30PM.

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