CMAT Answer Key 2021: Discrepancies in the Provisional Answer Key, Several Questions Wrong

Created On: Apr 7, 2021 22:09 IST
Modified on: Apr 8, 2021 10:41 IST
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CMAT Answer Key 2021: The National Testing Agency (NTA) has released the provisional answer key and question paper for the Common Management Admission Test (CMAT) 2021 on 3rd April. Students were also provided with the provision to challenge the answer key by paying a fee of Rs.1000 per question. This facility was available from 3rd to 5th April 2021 up to 5 pm. However, many students have raised objections in the CMAT exam and answer key. They felt the CMAT answer keys challenging option was useless as  10-12 questions asked in CMAT 2021 exam were incorrect. 

Also, some students wrote on Twitter to highlight that around 10 to 12 questions were wrong and so the provisional CMAT 2021 answer key is wrong. Students have posted tweets about the incorrect questions and asked NTA for grace markings for these questions. They have also raised their concern about the fee for raising objections in the answer key. They have tagged the NTA, education ministry and few news channels to assure that their voice is heard. 

This year, students were not happy after the declaration of the CMAT exam dates. They twitted to NTA to reconsider the dates and #postponecmat as it was difficult for them to appear for the exam due to lockdown in few states.  

Students Tweet Regarding NTA CMAT 2021 answer key

One of the candidates who appeared in the CMAT 2021 exam on 31st March requested the NTA to have a re-exam as it is the last option for candidates and it is not their fault. Harjeet Thakur tweeted, "NTA please listen to us more than 10Q wrong in CMAT exam. What our fault in this? Please take Re-exam CMAT is last option for many students."

Also, students said that the payment of Rs 1,000 for challenging a single question would make them pay Rs 10,000, in case 10 questions are wrong and this is not justified. One of them tweeted, “A single wrong question would cost them 5 marks (negative 1 marks and +4 for correct) which would make a huge impact for students aiming to take admission in top CMAT accepting MBA college”. Another candidate, Simran Vishnani tweeted,  “ Increment in Marks, this is our only demand”.

More than 650 students have signed a petition on Twitter in which they have written, “CMAT was conducted on a short notice of one week. Due to negligence (of the authority), it's costing us more than 50 marks in slot 2 and more than 25 marks in slot 1. How are we supposed to pay Rs 1,000 for 15 wrong questions? And we students have serious concerns about normalisation in results. Besides that every time they charge 1,000 for every question challenged and it's not at all fair if the number of mistakes are more, students lose money for no fault of their own!”

About CMAT: 

CMAT is a national-level entrance examination for admission to management programmes. This year, the exam was held on 31st March due to COVID-19 and the nationwide lockdown. CMAT 2021 result is expected to be released on or before 10th April. Also, a new optional session innovation and entrepreneurship was introduced this year. 

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