CMAT Scores Online?Higher education, especially at the postgraduate level, has become less of a luxury and more of a complete necessity these days. With the soaring costs of an MBA abroad, especially in the US, aspiring students are turning more and more towards home options. Luckily, premier Indian institutions such as IIMs, ISB, and XLRIs are also stepping up and further streamlining their courses to provide a world-class degree and practical experience. However, the competition to secure a place at these elite institutions is cut-throat and has warranted the need for setting some cut-off criteria.
The CMAT exam is one such criterion.
What is the CMAT exam?
Common Management Admission Test, otherwise known as CMAT, is a computer-based online exam carried out by the National Testing Agency (NTA) of India. It is required for entry into management and other business-related courses at the postgraduate level across several Indian institutions. It was primarily introduced as a single exam in place of the numerous separate business school tests that candidates have to attempt, such as CAT, SNAP, XAT, and so forth.
What are the sections of the exam?
CMAT, like most other aptitude-based management admission exams, has 4 sections, intended to test the overall capabilities of candidates. These are as follows:
- Logical Reasoning
- Quantitative Aptitude
- Language Comprehension
- General Awareness
Every correct answer will earn the candidate 4 marks, whereas, every incorrect answer has a negative marking of 1 mark. Unattempted questions do not have any negative marking.
These sections are tested in order to ensure that the candidates are sufficiently prepared to cope with the immense pressures that come with a highly competitive MBA degree in India nowadays.
Who can give the CMAT?
The eligibility criteria for giving the CMAT, as well as most other admission exams in India is fairly straightforward and lenient, provided the candidate holds a graduation degree, or is in the final year of one, from a recognized institution or university. They should also have achieved a minimum of 50% in their graduation degree. Although currently, only Indian citizens can attempt this exam, NTA is in the process of establishing CMAT abroad as well. There is no age bar or limit for the CMAT, which is a great step in encouraging continuous education. This is also necessary as most MBA candidates return to business schools after a few years, sometimes, a decade of work experience.
When is the CMAT conducted?
The CMAT exam for 2020 will be taking place on the 28th of January 2020. Registrations and application forms for the same type open in November, and close in early December. This time the window was between November 1st, 2019 and December 11th, 2019. The answer key for the exam will be released in the first week of February 2020, shortly after the exam.
When do the CMAT results come out?
The results for the 2020 exam will be available on the official AICTE-CMAT website on 7th February 2020.The merit list of the rank holders should also be out by 7th February.The results will only be available online, in the form of a scorecard and will contain the following information:
- The candidate’s name
- The candidate’s rank
- The section-wise scores obtained
- The total score obtained
- The section-wise percentile
- The total percentile
You can calculate your CMAT percentile by applying the following formula:
P= ((N-Your rank)/N*100),
Where P is the percentile, and N is the total number of candidates.
How can I check the CMAT results online?
Students can check their CMAT results online by following the steps below:
- Go to the official CMAT website- www.aicte-cmat.in
- You will come to the login page.
- Enter your login credentials such as your application number and password or date of birth.
- Once you have finished entering your details, click on “Submit”.
- Your results will be displayed on the next page.
- Print out your results, or download a copy of your scoresheet and save it on your desktop for future reference.
What is the cut-off percentile for top colleges?
SIMSREE, Mumbai- 99
Goa Institute of Management- 98
Pune Institute Department of Management Sciences-96
XISS Ranchi- 95
Asia Pacific Institute of Management, New Delhi- 85
Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra, Ranchi- 75
While most of the top management institutes participating in the CMAT still require a near-perfect percentile, in the high 90s, there are a number of other good institutions as well, with more relaxed cut-offs.
What are my options if I don’t clear the CMAT or don’t get into the institution of my choice?
There are plenty of options even if one does not clear the CMAT, and should in no way be seen as a roadblock. Since not all good universities in India participate or accept the CMAT, candidates can still try to get into those institutions, either by writing the university’s own entrance exam or by attempting a different management entrance exam, such as XAT or SNAP. There are also some management courses that do not require any kind of admissions exam but depend on the applicant’s graduate scores and other factors. Foreign institutions can also be a good option, depending on the country, scholarships, and financial background of the applicant. In some cases, candidates also choose to reattempt the CMAT the following year.