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CMAT Over. MBA Colleges to Apply
May 15 2024

The Common Management Admission Test (CMAT) is a National Level Entrance Examination for admission to management programs in the country. This Test facilitates AICTE-affiliated/ Participating Institutions to select suitable graduate candidates for admission to the Management Courses in such Institutions.

CMAT is considered to be the last National-level MBA entrance exam. After this, we are left with a few smaller exams but in CMAT you get an opportunity to get into top business schools. 

Now let’s check out CMAT score vs Percentile (expected):

345- 359 100
296- 344 90-99
230- 295 80-89
181- 299 70-79


Thus, we recommend 10 marks maximum deviation in the above-stated scores as these are predicted scores from the previous year's data.  

Key Highlights about CMAT:

  • What is CMAT?

    • The Common Management Admission Test (CMAT) is a national-level entrance exam for admission to MBA/PGDM programs in India.
    • Conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA). (Previously conducted by AICTE)
    • Third most popular MBA entrance exam after CAT and XAT.

    CMAT Exam Format

    • Computer-Based Test (CBT): Conducted online.
    • Duration: 3 hours (180 minutes)
    • Sections: The exam is divided into five sections:
      • Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation (20 questions)
      • Logical Reasoning (20 questions)
      • Language Comprehension (20 questions)
      • General Awareness (20 questions)
      • Innovation and Entrepreneurship (20 questions) (Note: This section was introduced recently)
    • Marking Scheme: 4 marks for each correct answer, negative marking for incorrect answers.


  • Who accepts CMAT scores?

    • Over 1,300 B-schools (government and private) in India accept CMAT scores, including prestigious institutes like:
      • Great Lakes Institute of Management
      • JBIMS Mumbai
      • SIMSREE Pune
      • KJ Somaiya Mumbai
      • Welingkar Mumbai
      • PUMBA

    Other Key Points:

    • Difficulty Level: Generally considered moderate.
    • Eligibility: Graduates from any discipline can apply.
    • Frequency: Held annually, typically in the month of April/May.
    • Selection Process: Selection for MBA programs is based on CMAT score, followed by WAT/GD/PI rounds conducted by the B-schools.

CAT Online Courses  

CMAT is over, what to do Now? Great question this is. Well, now that CMAT 2022 is officially over and one can make out their performance by evaluating one’s scores roughly, you need to search for colleges and skim the best ones among them. Here is the list of colleges through CMAT curated by CATKing for easier reference and decluttering. So accept your scores.

This is a list of colleges and not Rankings.

JBIMS- Top college through CMAT.

PUMBA Cost-effective college and has CAP process round.

GREAT LAKES – only calls in 98-99 percentile. It has McKinsey and other top consulting companies coming on campus. Has PGDM/PGPM courses as well.

WELINGKAR- 85 percentile call. Doing everything good.

IMT Hyderabad/ Nagpur – Budding colleges.

JAGSOM Mumbai – interested in Right-Brain MBA. Faculties of MICA have so inclination towards creative skills.

JINDAL GLOBAL- Have a program where 1yr in campus and 1yr in Wharton Business School, in which, some courses are online but others are offline courses mainly 2-3 weeks’ duration. They are hit by leaps and bounds. UBS Mumbai – 1 year India, 1year Cardiff Program where you can go to 4-5 countries. Little expensive.

SOIL – Same as GLIM. PGDM/PGPM available.

NIBM – Hard-core Insurance Industry.

CAT online courses and mocks

CMAT DIDN’T GO WELL If you are someone who cannot take another drop year we recommend you to consider the following options for colleges if CMAT didn’t go well. Here is a list but watch the video for more details on them. Well if CMAT didn’t go well we are left with a few more exams listed below:

  • CET- This is mainly for Maharashtrians as they are given maximum seats. Top colleges- JBIMS, Sydenham.
  • MAT Exam - The Management Aptitude Test (MAT) is a national-level entrance exam for admission to MBA and allied programs in India.
  • ATMA Exam
  • GMAT- For this, we need to consider certain points as to when and why to take GMAT. Firstly, understand your liking and wanting if you want to go abroad. Secondly, where do you want to work i.e. Abroad or in India? The Gmat exam costs 18-20k for application and its marks remain valid for 5 years. All tier 1 Indian colleges are open to admission through GMAT. You can add up your marks to your resume or use it while seeking jobs abroad.
  • Online MBA. Many reputed MBA colleges are partnered with several online teaching platforms like Upgrade which are reliable and ensure placements too.

CAT: If you are considering for CAT now, understand that procedure is not over and it is too early to surrender. Rahul Sir from CATKing recommends to first convert all the colleges that you have received calls from and then decide what to do next. Focus on converting your calls. Next thing to ask yourself is evaluate yourself according to your potential and ask if you deserve/ belong to the particular college or not. After evaluating, check the Deana and Directors of the college and observe whether the alumni network has been transformed due to the college.  

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