Is CMAT going to be conducted ONLINE twice a year?
Yes, CMAT is a computer-based test (CBT) which will be conducted twice a year. Each Candidate is eligible to appear in both the exams and the best of the two scores will be used for the admission for each academic year.
For admissions to academic year 2013-14, the first CMAT exam will be held from 27th September 2012 - 1st October 2012 and dates for the second CMAT exam for admissions to the academic year 2013-14 will be announced later which will be in the month of February 2013. In CBT, a candidate will read the questions on a computer terminal and choose an answer by clicking on the correct option.
How is the computer-based format different from the paper-based format?
The format of the test is more or less the same except that a candidate reads a question on a computer terminal and clicks on the correct answer, instead of reading on a paper booklet and using a pencil to darken the ovals on an answer sheet.
Can I take the test from any computer?
No. A candidate will have to take the test on a pre-assigned workstation and will not have a choice to choose his or her workstation, in the testing venue.
What does a Computer Based Test look like?
CMAT trial test is available on the website for candidates to get familiarized with the functionality and navigation of the actual Computer Based test.
How many sections are there in the test?
There will be four sections in the test. The sections are (a) Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation (b) Logical Reasoning (c) Language Comprehension and (d) General Awareness
How many questions are there in each of these sections?
There will be 25 questions in each section.
Can I move back and forth between the four section?
What is the duration of the test?
The duration of test will be 180 minutes
Will there be negative marking in CMAT exam?
What is the scoring pattern and rule for negative marking?
For each correct answer there are 4 marks, for each wrong answer 1 mark shall be deducted.
Who is eligible to take the test?
Candidates who are in the final year of the Bachelor’s Degree Programmes or who have appeared in the final year examination can also appear in the test
Can I appear for CMAT for practice purpose, though I am aware that I am not eligible?
No. Only eligible candidates can appear for the test.
Is there any age restriction for appearing in CMAT?
No, there is no age restriction for appearing in CMAT.
What is the fee for the test?
The fee is Rs.1200 + Bank charges as applicable for General / OBC candidates. If you belong to the SC/ST/PD category then you need to pay a fee of Rs.600 + Bank charges as applicable
Where do I pay my fees?
Candidates are required to pay registration fee either by Online (Credit / Debit cards / Net banking) or Depositing cash in any branch of State Bank of India. SBI Branch Locator can be used to find your nearest branch.
When and how do I register for CMAT September 2012 ?
Online registration for CMAT September 2012 will begin on 3rd August 2012 and end on 2nd September 2012. Additional instructions for the online application and registration process are available on this website (
Can I use my coaching institute’s or a friend’s email address when registering for CMAT?
No, you need to have a valid and unique email address of yourself which you will be using atleast for the next eight months
Can I pay the fees through Bank Demand Draft or Cheque?
No. Fees can only be paid online or through cash deposit in any of the SBI bank branch.
When will CMAT be held and can I choose a test city?
CMAT will be held during the period 27th September 2012 till 1st October 2012. Yes, you can select up-to 3 cities giving order of preference towards your test city. The first choice of city will be given due consideration and weightage. However, actual allotment as per order of choice will be subject to availability of the slot in that particular city.
From where can I get the list of test cities?
A list of test cities will be available on the website
When will I get my Admit Card?
You can PRINT your ADMIT CARD by going to website from 15th September 2012.
What details will be mentioned in the Admit Card?
The admit card will contain the name of the candidate, CMAT Roll number, test date, time, reporting time at the venue, venue name, venue address and instructions for the candidate.
Will the Admit Card be sent to me as a hard copy by mail?
No. Apart from the ADMIT CARD made available ONLINE on the website, the admit card will be sent to the email address provided by you. It is therefore, mandatory for you to have a valid email account throughout the selection process. Note: Admit Card is a mandatory requirement in order to take the test. You must bring a print out of your Admit Card to the test centre.
What are the different Time Slots of the Test?
A typical testing day for CMAT will have 2 exam sessions. Session timings are as follows: a. Session 1: Testing will begin at 9:30 AM. Candidates are required to arrive at the test centre no later than 8:00 AM for Security checks, Identity verification, and check-in.
b. Session 2: Testing will begin at 2:30 PM. Candidates are required to arrive at the test centre no later than 1:00 PM for Security checks, Identity verification, and check-in.
Can I appear for CMAT September 2012 more than once during the 5-days testing window?
No. You can appear for CMAT September 2012 only once in this 5 day exam window. It will be deemed a fraudulent activity if one attempts to appear for CMAT September 2012 more than once in this particular 5 day exam window. Admit Cards and picture IDs of the candidates will be checked, and candidate pictures and biometric information will also be captured at the test centre.
What are the timings to contact the helpline?
The FAQs, IVRS and online instructions are designed to enable self-service. You are requested to use these tools which can guide you through the entire process and help answer most of your queries. In case you are still facing issues, then CMAT Candidate Care Support is available by phone and email 24x7.
Helpline number : 022-40679404
Fax number : 022-25814283
E-mail id:
Phone support availability: 3rd August 2012 – 17th November 2012, 24X7 Daily
Webmail support will be available from 3rd August 2012 – 17th November 2012. Queries, received by webmail, will be responded to within 2 business days. Do not send the same email multiple times, as it will delay the response process.
What if I generate the CASH challan on 2nd September 2012? How can I proceed after that as the registration last date is also 2nd September 2012?
If you generate Challan on 2nd September 2012, you can pay the CASH by 3rd September 2012 and complete the registration process by 5th September 2012. For all existing users who have not paid their CASH after generating CHALLAN or are waiting for their data to get updated on the portal, the last date of application form submission will be 5th September 2012.
Can i change my preferred test city after I have submitted my form?
No. No data can be changed once the form is finally submitted..
Can I cancel the test?
No. Under no circumstances will a cancellation/refund be allowed.
If I do not take my test, will I be eligible for a refund?
No. Your fees will not be refunded in case you do not appear for your test as per your scheduled location, date and time
What is the reporting time for the test?
One Hour and Thirty minutes prior to the test time. For the test beginning at 9.30 am, you must reach the test centre no later than 8:00 AM. Similarly for the test beginning at 2.30 pm, you must reach the test centre no later than 1:00 PM.
What are the identification documents required to be carried to the test centre?
Candidates will need to bring the following identification documents on the test day:
a) ATTESTED COPY of CMAT 2012 Admit Card with recent passport size photo pasted on it.
b) At least one original (not photocopied / scanned copy) and valid (not expired) photo identification. The name on your photo identification must match your name as entered in the CMAT application. Acceptable forms of photo identification types are limited to Driver's license, Passport, PAN Card, Voter ID, UID card or a notarized Affidavit (in English) with Photo, Signature, Date of Birth and Residential Address. Photocopies of the original are not acceptable. Candidates will not be permitted to take the test if photo identification is not presented.
SC/ST candidates are required to bring the valid caste certificate in Original and an ATTESTED photocopy.
Physically Disabled candidates are required to bring the valid Disability certificate in Original and an ATTESTED photocopy.
Note: You will have to store all other personal items at the test centre at your own risk. Please do not bring any other items to the test centre, as they are not permitted into the testing centre.
Does the name need to match with the names appearing on the identification documents?
Your name needs to be exactly identical to the name on your Xth Mark sheet or equivalent.
Note: - If the name has been changed due to events such as marriage, you must show the relevant document mentioned below and submit a photocopy at the time of the test, interview and at the time of joining a programme. •Marriage Certificate, Divorce Decree, Legal Name Change Document
What are the permitted materials I can bring with me to the test centre?
None. You will not be permitted to bring any personal items to the test centre, including but not limited to wrist-watch, cellphones, calculators, etc.
What is the duration and pattern of the test?
The total duration is 3 hours. CMAT is a multiple choice test, delivered in 4 sections, The actual test will contain 100 questions. For further details, refer to Test Duration & Pattern.
Do I have any breaks during the test?
No, you will not be given any breaks during the test.
Will I be provided with any scratch paper for rough work and calculations during the test?
At the test centre, each candidate will be seated at a desk with a computer terminal and he/she will be provided with a scratch paper for calculations. Rough work cannot be done on any other paper/sheet, as nothing will be allowed inside the testing room. On completion of the test, candidates will have to hand back all the scratch paper to the Administrator.
Will I get to see my scores on the test day?
Within how many days can I expect the results?
CMAT September 2012 results are expected to be declared on 17th October 2012 on the website
How do I get my Admit Card, whom should I contact?
You need to login on the website using your username & password and select “Admit Card” to print your Admit Card directly from the website. In case you are unable to take the printout you may seek help of Call Centre / Helpdesk at the following contact : 022-40679404
Can I make any changes to my postal address after I have submitted my application form?
No, Once you submitted your application form, there is no way to change your information.
Who is eligible to take the test under the Physically Disabled category?
As per the “Persons with Disability Act, 1995”, candidate qualifies to be a Physically Disabled (PD) candidate if he/she suffers from any of the listed disabilities, to the extent of not less than 40% as certified by a medical authority. Following are the categories defined by AICTE for PD candidates: a.Visually impaired b.Physically handicapped c.Hearing Impairment d.Dumb
Which are the acceptable testing devices that I can use/bring to the test centre?
Testing AssistanceeApplicable forArranged by
Abacus (without calculator)Visually ImpairedCandidate
Hearing AidHearing ImpairmentCandidate
Wheel ChairPhysical handicappedCandidate
Scribe/ReaderVisually Impaired / Cerebral PalsyCandidate
Which universities / institutes will consider CMAT scores for admission?
All AICTE approved Institutes / Departments of Universities are expected to accept CMAT scores
If I have done Graduation through PART TIME or DISTANCE LEARNING MODE, am I eligible to apply for CMAT exam?
Yes; as long as it is approved by respective statutory bodies.
Will CMAT score be considered for admissions to Part Time MBA courses?
CMAT score will be considered for admissions to all AICTE approved part-time programs.
Will there be a sectional cut off in the examination?
No. there be no sectional cut off in the CMAT examination.
How long is the CMAT September 2012 exam score valid?
The CMAT September 2012 exam score will be valid for the admissions to academic year 2013-14.
I have learnt that the test will not disqualify anybody, but will just give a rank to all test takers. The colleges, based on their individual merit list can decide if candidate of a certain rank is eligible for admission. Is the CMAT score only to rank candidates?
CMAT has been designed to rank all the candidates who appear in the test based on their aptitude towards the management education in the order of their merit. The objective of the test is not to eliminate the candidates from the process of seeking admission in the AICTE approved management programmes, rather to facilitate the institutions to select the suitable candidates as per their merit.
Can I give CMAT exam via paper pencil mode later in case I missed the Online examination?
CMAT is a computer based online exam scheduled from 27th September to 1st October, 2012. It cannot be taken in paper-pencil mode.
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