Common Management Admission Test (CMAT) is an online computer-based test conducted by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), India. It is a national-level admission test for facilitating institutions to select suitable students for admission in all management program approved by AICTE.


A candidate should have passed with a minimum of 50% marks in aggregate (45% in case of candidates of backward class categories belonging to reserved category) in Bachelor’s degree of minimum three years duration in any discipline as recognized by the Association of Indian Universities. AICTE previously approved two CMAT attempts in the month of September and one in the month of February. From 2015 onwards the September attempts have been scrapped out.

Test Format:

  • Time Duration: 3 hours
  • Number of Questions: 25 questions per section
  • Total Section: 4 sections


  • Quantitative technique
  • Logical reasoning
  • Language comprehension
  • General Awareness

Scoring Pattern:

Each correct answer carries four marks; while each wrong answer will carry one negative marking

CMAT 2015 Analysis:

Quantitative Technique and Data Interpretation:

This section can be rated as easy‐medium. Like the previous CMATs, it had all single questions and no set‐based ones. The section had 8‐10 questions (sitters) which required implementation of basic concepts in arithmetic, numbers and algebra.

Logical Reasoning:

This section can be rated as easy. The questions were not lengthy, even those of groups and conditionalities. This section was dominated by arrangements and group & conditionalities questions. There were many arrangement‐based questions with 3 variables. The section too had single questions only and no set‐based ones.

Language Comprehension:

This section was quite similar to the earlier CMAT. There were 4 passages with a total of 15 questions. Three of the passages were short (about 300 words) and contained 3 questions each. 1 was long (about 600 words) and contained 6 questions. Most of the questions were inference‐based and some involved critical reasoning. In some questions, the options were close. The remaining 10 questions were simple for someone who had been preparing vocabulary and grammar. 2‐3 vocabulary‐based questions were challenging

General Awareness:

Almost all questions in this section were static. The questions were spread across all areas: science, history, geography, literature, Indian culture, sports, business and economics. About 7 questions were easy, 12 medium and 6 difficult. Around 10 questions were based on Indian events and 15 on international ones. This section is the differentiator amongst the top score