The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) initiated a new selection procedure for entry into MBA courses, the Common Management Admission Test (CMAT), in 2011. The first CMAT was held over nine days in 61 cities across the country from February 20 to 28, 2012. More than 40,000 students wrote the first test.
CMAT will substitute the state-level entrance tests in seven states and the respective governments have already accepted CMAT for MBA admissions. These states are:
* Uttar Pradesh (UPSEE)
* Maharashtra (M-CET)
* Chhattisgarh (CSVTU)
* Nagaland (Nagaland University)
AICTE announced that the new test will be conducted twice a year and the second one this year will be conducted from September 27 to October 1. Online registration is on till September 2. The test will be conducted in 64 cities.
A list of b-schools that will use CMAT is available on the webisite: www.aicte-cmat.in. Since AICTE is responsible for approving b-schools, CMAT will be used by a large number of institutes. It should be one of the tests that a large number of MBA aspirants will take.
About the test
CMAT is a computer-based test like the Indian Institutes of Management’s Common Admission Test and Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies’ Management Aptitutde Test (NMAT).
The test will have four sections:
* Logical reasoning
* Verbal ability/language comprehension
* Numerical ability + data interpretation
* General awareness
Each section will have 25 questions. There will be no break during the 180-minute test. So, students can move back and forth between the sections, unlike CAT and NMAT this year.
This also means that the sections will not be timed individually, and the onus is on the students to manage timing between the sections, while ensuring that they show their competency in all the sections. While the right answer will get four marks, there is negative marking of 1 mark for every wrong answer.
A trial test will be available on the CMAT website from August 10 onwards for students to get a flavour of this test.
Going by the feedback received from the test takers of the last test held in February 2012, the difficulty level of the exam was more or less consistent across slots during the nine-day test window.
Since CMAT will also be conducted again in February 2013, students should decide whether they wish to write it now or later. Quite a few students may write CMAT as a practice test as a part of their preparation for CAT and other management entrance Exams like NMAT, SNAP, IIFT etc.