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CMAT 2018 – AICTE CMAT Dates, Application Form, Test Pattern, Syllabus

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CMAT 2018 – All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) will be conducting CMAT 2018 on January 21, 2018, across 75 cities of the country. This year, the exam will be held on a single day The online registration for the exam commenced from October 17, 2017. The application form to register for the exam is available online, on the official website, Also, for the ease of the applicants, a link to obtain AICTE CMAT 2018 application form has been provided here on this page. Candidates having Bachelor’s degree and are further interested in pursuing post graduation in management can apply for this computer-based test. Application fee to register for the exam is Rs. 1400 for General/OBC candidates and Rs. 700 for others. The last date to complete online CMAT 2018 registration is December 18, 2017.

Common Management Admission Test (CMAT) is a national level management entrance test, score of which can be used for seeking admission to MBA, PGDM, Executive PGDM and other management courses offered by more than 1000 AICTE affiliated Colleges/Universities of India. Approx. 70,000 candidates appear for CMAT exam every year. Last year, a total of 59181 candidates qualified the exam, where 2 candidates obtained the perfect 100 percentile. No changes have been to the test pattern. CMAT 2018 question paper will have 100 objective type questions from 4 sections namely, Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation, Logical Reasoning, Language Comprehension and General Awareness.

AICTE has commenced with online registration for CMAT 2018 from October 18. Access the link below to register for the exam. Apply on or before December 18, 2017. Fee to register for exam is Rs. 1400 and 700 for General/OBC and reserved category applicants respectively. 

CMAT 2018 Important Dates 

Candidates writing the CMAT exam this year can check all the important events and their related dates from the table below. It is imperative for the candidates to keep a track of these dates in order to ensure that no deadline is missed by them.

S. No.


CMAT 2018 Dates


CMAT 2018 application form released on

18 October 2017


Last date to process online CMAT 2018 registration

18 December 2017


Last date to submit the application fee in cash at SBI Bank

19 December 2017


CMAT Trial Test to be available on

20 October 2017


CMAT 2018 Admit Card to be issued from

5 January 2018


CMAT 2018 Exam Date

21 January 2018


CMAT 2018 Result and Merit List to be announced in

1st week of February 2018


Print and Download CMAT 2018 Scorecard

1st week of February 2018

AICTE CMAT 2018 – An Overview

The table below provides all about CMAT 2018 exam which every exam taker should know.

Name of Test

Common Management Admission Test

Commonly known as


Conducted by

All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE)

Level of  Exam

National Level Management Entrance Test


Once a year

Purpose of Test

Entrance Test for admission to MBA, PGDM, Executive PGDM and other Management Courses

Who can take CMAT

Indian Citizen with recognized Bachelor’s degree of 3 years in any discipline or final year students of graduation whose result will be declared before commencement of 2018-19 session

CMAT 2018 Exam Date

21 January 2018

Score Accepted by

Colleges/Universities affiliated to AICTE and other renowned B-schools of India

Score Validity

One Year

Mode of Exam

Computer Based Test (Online)

Types of Questions

Objective (MCQs)

Exam Pattern

CMAT 2018 question paper will have 4 Sections
1 – Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation
2 – Logical Reasoning
3 – Language Comprehension
4 – General Awareness

No. of Questions

100 (25 questions in each section)

Test Duration

3 hours (180 Minutes)

Negative Marking

Yes (1 mark to be deducted for every incorrect answer)

CMAT Application Form Availability

18 October to 18 December 2017
Only in Online Mode at AICTE CMAT 2018 Official Website –

Application Fee

General /OBC Candidates – INR 1400 + Bank Charges
Female/SC/ST/PWD – INR 700 + Bank Charges

Mode of Fee Payment

Online – Credit/Debit Card and Internet Banking
Offline – Cash Payment at SBI Bank against online generated Challan

CMAT Eligibility Criteria 2018

AICTE provides certain CMAT eligibility norms which must be fulfilled by every candidate aspiring to take the exam. Before applying for CMAT 2018 exam, the candidates must ensure that they meet the eligibility criteria to appear for the exam as non-fulfilment of same may lead to disqualification of the candidature at later stages of admission.

The gist of CMAT 2018 eligibility criteria are as follow –

  • The candidates must be a citizen of India.
  • They must have a Bachelor’s degree of 3 years duration in any discipline from a recognized University.
  • Candidates of any age can apply for the exam.
  • The candidates pursuing their final year of Graduation can also apply for CMAT 2018, provided their final year result should be declared before commencement of admissions for the 2018-19 academic year.

CMAT 2018 Application Process

The application form to apply for CMAT 2018 exam is now available in online mode. On October 18, 2017, the registration for the exam commenced. The candidates can visit the official website of AICTE CMAT, to register for the exam. Or, they can access the link given on this page to obtain the CMAT 2018 application form.

Before commencing with the CMAT form filling, applicants must arrange for the following –

  • Valid email id and mobile number
  • Qualification details
  • Scanned photograph having dimensions 140 X 160 and file size less than 60kb
  • Scanned signature having dimensions 60 X 90 and file size less than 30kb
  • Arrange for payment of CMAT exam fee

CMAT Application Fee 2018

For completing the CMAT registration process, the applicants will be required to pay an application fee. The candidates must note that the CMAT 2018 application form will not be submitted if you will not pay the exam fee. This fee is non-refundable can be paid using any of the available online payment modes.

CMAT 2018 Exam Fee Amount and Payment Modes

Below table provides details of CMAT 2018 application fee and modes of its payment.

Category Amount Payment Mode
General/OBC Rs. 1400+ Bank Charges Online – Credit Card/Debit Card/Net banking

Cash payment at SBI Bank against online generated Challan

Female/SC/ST/PWD Rs. 700+ Bank Charges

CMAT 2018 Application Form

Registering for the CMAT 2018 exam is a simple 3 step process –

Step 1 – Fill a self-registration form entering your email id and mobile number. On submitting this form, CMAT 2018 login credentials will be generated. Thereafter, using these login details, login at CMAT registration portal as ‘existing user’.

Step 2 – In this next step, pay the CMAT 2018 application fee using any of the modes as mentioned in the above section.

Step 3 – At this last step, fill the details in the CMAT application form 2018. Fill these details carefully and modify the same if required. The candidates will be required to fill in personal, education, work experience, contact details. Also, they will be required to upload their recent photograph & signature on the form. Lastly, review the details filled in the form and submit the same.

The CMAT 2018 aspirants are advised to keep a copy of the submitted application form safe with them for any future reference.

CMAT Exam Centres 2018

This year, the exam will be conducted across 75 cities of the country. The official list of CMAT 2018 exam cities is available on the official website of AICTE CMAT. While filling the CMAT 2018 application form, the candidates will be required to fill a CMAT test city in the form, from where they would like to appear for the exam.

For the convenience of the applicants, some of the CMAT exam cities 2018 have been listed here below.

1.  Agartala
2.  Ahmedabad
3.  Ahmednagar
4.  Allahabad
5.  Amravati
6.  Amritsar
7.  Aurangabad
8.  Bangalore
9.  Bareily

CMAT Admit Card 2018

AICTE will be releasing the CMAT 2018 admit card on 5 January 2018. All the candidates who will register for the exam before the due date will only be issued the hall ticket. Candidates must carry the print out of the admit card along with them to the test centre for taking entry into it and permission to take the exam.

  • CMAT admit card will be made available only in online mode. It will be uploaded on the official website, for the candidates to download.
  • Also, the AICTE CMAT hall ticket 2018 will be sent to the valid email id of the candidates.
  • CMAT 2018 login id and password will be needed for downloading the admit card online.
  • Hall ticket will provide details such as photo, name and signature of the candidate, CMAT 2018 roll number, test date, time, reporting time at the venue, venue name, venue address and brief instructions for the candidate.

Along with admit card of CMAT exam 2018, the candidates will also be required to carry one original ID proof and it must be ensured that the name on the photo ID must match to the name as entered in the CMAT application form. Also, it must be ensured that the admit card bears a recent passport size photograph of the candidate on it.

CMAT Exam Pattern 2018

CMAT will be a computer-based test. AICTE has not made any changes to the test pattern of CMAT 2018. In the exam, 100 objective type questions will be asked from 4 sections. The exam takers will be given 180 minutes (3 hours) to attempt the exam.

The candidates preparing for the exam this year can check the table below for more clarity on the CMAT 2018 test pattern.

S. No. Sections No. of Questions Maximum Marks
1 Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation 25 100
2 Logical Reasoning 25 100
3 Language Comprehension 25 100
4 General Awareness 25 100
Total 100 questions 400 marks

CMAT Marking Scheme 2018

  • For every correct answer marked – 4 marks will be awarded
  • For every wrong answer – 1 mark will be deducted

CMAT Syllabus 2018

Before commencing with the preparations for any exam, it is important to know the syllabus of the test. This will help the candidates save their precious time and thus have a focused exam preparation. As far as CMAT syllabus is concerned, AICTE never officially provides it. However, based on previous year exams, the syllabus of CMAT exam is devised by the experts and the exam takers. Here below we are listing the CMAT 2018 syllabus for each of the 4 sections–

  • Language Comprehension – Contextual usage, Comprehension of passage, Fill In the Blanks, Verbal Reasoning, Syllogisms, Jumbled paragraphs with 4 or 5 sentences, Analogies, Antonyms, Errors in word choice, Sentence correction, Punctuation, etc.
  • General Awareness-Current Affairs, Constitution, Countries, Sports CE, Persons, Awards & Honors, Famous Personalities, Buildings, Languages, Animals, Inventions & Discoveries, Currencies, Indian & World Geography, Indian & World History, Democratic policy, Current Events, etc.
  • Logical Reasoning – Critical reasoning, Assumption-Premise-Conclusion, Visual reasoning, Assertion and reasons, Statements and conclusions, identifying valid inferences, identifying Strong arguments and Weak arguments, definitely true, Statements and assumptions, Identifying Probably true, Puzzles, Family tree problem, Symbol Based problems, Matrix arrangements, Coding and decoding, etc.
  • Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation – Geometry, Percentages, Ratios and Proportion, Ratios, Profit & Loss, Harmonic mean, Number system, Averages, Percentages, Alligation & Mixtures, Partnership, Number Base System, Arithmetic progression, Time-Speed-Distance, Geometric Progression, Arithmetic mean, Geometric mean, Simple Interest & Compound Interest, Permutations & Combinations, Maxima & Minima Progression, Median, Mode, Set Theory, Installment Payments, Partnership, Clocks, Probability, Trigonometry, Vectors, Binomial Expansion, Venn Diagram, etc.

CMAT Answer Key 2018

Answer key comprises of correct answers to the questions asked in the exam. These are released on the date of the exam, after its conduct. But for CMAT, obtaining the answer key is not feasible as it is an online test. It’s not practically possible to obtain the question paper of the test and therefore availability of answer key of CMAT also becomes impractical. Though the students may find a few answer key of this MBA entrance test over the internet via unofficial sources but they must note that these answer keys of CMAT 2018 may not be reliable or have any authentic source.

CMAT Result 2018

AICTE hs not announced any particular date for CMAT exam result announcement as of now. However, CMAT 2018 result will most likely be announced by first week of February 2018. The result will be made available in online mode only, on the official website of AICTE-CMAT. The scorecard of the test will not be sent via post or email to the candidates. The candidates will need CMAT 2018 login credentials for checking the result and downloading the CMAT scorecard.

  • The result is also furnished in the form of rank. The candidates will then be arranged in a merit list on the basis of their scores obtained in the test. The minimum percentile of CMAT required for seeking admission into renowned and good B-schools in India is expected to range in between 97-99.XX.
  • The score of CMAT 2018 will remain valid of a year only and will be considered for both, part-time and full-time MBA programs offered by all AICTE approved Institutes & Universities.

CMAT Merit List 2018

AICTE releases the All India and State CMAT Merit list after the declaration of the CMAT result. These lists will be prepared based on the scores obtained by the candidates in CMAT 2018. The merit list will be released online and will be available on the AICTE CMAT 2018 official website for the candidates to check. The list will indicate the Name, Roll number, Rank, Score and Percentile (sectional and overall) of the candidates. According to this merit list, the B-Schools accepting CMAT 2018 score shortlist eligible candidates and offer them MBA admission.

CMAT Cutoff 2018

The colleges accepting the score of this exam will determine the cutoff of CMAT 2018 after the availability of CMAT result and merit list. Based on factors such as number of candidates taking the exam, difficulty level of the exam, reservations norms adopted by the Institutes and previous year CMAT cutoff etc., the CMAT 2018 cutoff will be prepared. This cutoff will be determined individually by the participating colleges and may vary for different categories of the candidates taking the exam.

Sr. No. Name of Institutes CMAT 2018 cutoff Percentile CMAT 2018 Cutoff Score
1. Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies (JBIMS) Mumbai 99.92 285
2. KJ Somaiya Institute of Management Studies and Research, Mumbai 99.20 246
3. Goa Institute of Management, Goa 99.85 260
4. WE School, Mumbai 99.06 244
5. Department of Management Studies, Pune University 96.4 210
6. MET Institute of Management, Mumbai 97.72 218
7. Acharya Bangalore Business School, Bangalore 90 180
8. Asia Pacific Institute of Management, New Delhi 85
9. Prestige Institute of Management, Gwalior 84
10. Lovely Professional University (MBA), Phagwara 80

CMAT Selection Process 2018

On the basis of CMAT 2018 cutoff, the candidates will be shortlisted for further admission rounds. The candidates scoring equal to or more than CMAT cutoff will only be shortlisted for the pre-admission procedures. Over 1000 institutes release their individual cutoff and follow their own selection process comprising of another written test somewhere, GD round then Personal Interview for selecting deserving candidates.

CMAT Participating Institutes 2018

Colleges/Universities accepting the score of CMAT 2018 are referred to as CMAT participating colleges 2018. More than 1000 colleges in India grant admission to postgraduate management courses based on CMAT score. We are listing here below some of the CMAT 2018 participating Institutes and for complete list, the candidates can click on the sub-heading here.

  • Accurate Institute of Management And Technology
  • College of Management & Economics Studies University of Petroleum Energy Studies (UPES) Dehradun
  • Delhi School of Business (DSB) Delhi
  • Fortune Institute of International Business (FIIB) New Delhi
  • GL Bajaj Institute of Management And Research (GLBIMR) Greater Noida
  • Indus Business Academy (IBA) Greater Noida
  • Institute of Management Studies (IMS) Ghaziabad
  • Jaypee Business School (JBS) Noida
  • Adarsh Institute of Management And Information Technology (AIMIT) Bangalore
  • Great Lakes Institute of Management (GLIM) Chennai

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