Seven ways in which MAT exam differs from CMAT Exam

Appearing for MBA entrance exam this year? Find out how Management Aptitude Test (MAT) Exam is different from Common Management Admission Test (CMAT) to prepare a better study plan for the exams.

7 ways in which MAT exam is different from CMAT Exam
7 ways in which MAT exam is different from CMAT Exam

There are several aspirants who wish to pursue MBA as a career choice. But, it is also a well-known fact that if you are considering MBA degree as a passport of your career, then you should also consider getting the degree from a prestigious institute.

In this regard it is important to learn and find out in detail about the entrances which grant admission to the premier MBA Institutes. So in this article we are focused on defining a clear distinction between MAT (Management Aptitude Test) and CMAT (Common Management Aptitude Test):




MAT Exam




Quarterly in a year

(February, May, September, December)

Once in a year



Mode of Exam

Both Paper based and Computer based exam

Only computer based exam


Exam Duration

2.5 hours (10AM to 12.30PM)

3 Hours (9.30AM to 12.30PM)


Marking Scheme

1 mark per every correct answer

- 0.25 marks per every incorrect answer

+4 Mark for each correct answer

-1 Mark for Each Wrong Answer


No. of questions asked

5 sections exam with 200 questions

4 sections exam with 100 questions


Conducting Agency


National Testing Agency (NTA)


Top MBA Institutes

1. BIMTECH Greater Noida: Birla Institute of Management Technology

2. IPE Hyderabad: Institute of Public Enterprise

3. XIME Bangalore: Xavier Institute of Management and Entrepreneurship

1. JBIMS Mumbai: Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies

2. SIMSR Mumbai: K J Somaiya Institute of Management Studies And Research

3. Prin. L. N. Welingkar Institute of Management Development & Research

Candidates appearing for Common Management Admission Test (CMAT) will have an edge over those appearing for Management Aptitude Test (MAT) in terms of number of questions to be attempted and nature of test. CMAT exam is good for those students who are from Maharashtra as DTE (Directorate of Technical Education), Maharashtra considers best of the two scores out of CMAT score and MAHCET score (either you need to take the CMAT or MAHCET) to provide you access in the top colleges like JBIMS and other top institutes of Mumbai/Pune.

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CMAT will have a total of 100 questions across 4 sections (25 questions for each section) that need to be attempted over 180 minutes. This gives candidates ample time to spend on a particular question/ section. However, candidates appearing for MAT will have to attempt 200 questions across 5 sections (40 questions for each section) that need to be attempted over 150 minutes. Since CMAT will be held for the first time, candidates can use the facility of Trial Test provided by AICTE to know the nature of paper.

Besides this, CMAT in the computerized format once in a year and on the other hand MAT is conducted four times in a year (i.e. February, May, September and December) in both paper based format and computer based format at specific test venues.

So both the exams holds relevance depending upon the focus of the exam aspirant. Where one can plan to miss a single attempt of MAT exam in a year, CMAT cannot be missed as it is conducted once a year.

Wish you Good luck for the upcoming MBA entrance exams!

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We hope that after learning the points mentioned above, you will be able to understand the difference between CMAT and MAT. Also, find out more about the differences between CAT, MAT, & CMAT.

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