CMAT The all India computer based Common Management Aptitude Test (CMAT) has been introduced by AICTE in February 2012, with an intention to reduce the physical, mental and financial burden of students in attending to multiple examinations. The CMAT will facilitate Management Institutes across India in selecting suitable students for admission in all Post Graduate Management Programs both at Degree and Diploma level.The first step for the admission process is to appear in the CMAT which is conducted twice every year in the months of February and September. One can appear for both the CMAT and the best of the two test scores is considered for the purpose of further process.Further, the awarded score will be used by various Institutes for their further admission process which will include the Group Discussions and Personal Interviews.
Cracking the CMAT - What it takes?
The Admission Process
Stage I: Aptitude test
It is a multiple choice test of 400 marks, consisting of 100 questions to be answered in 3 hours, with a negative marking of 1 mark for wrong responses. The CMAT tests you in four areas:
Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation Ability (QA & DI) : QA is a test of mathematical skills and problem solving ability covering Arithematic, Alzebra and Geometry topics like Linear & Quadratic Equation, Simple & Compound Interest, Percentage, Profit & Loss, Number System, Time, Speed, Work & Distance, Inequalities, Permutation & Combination, Arithmetic Progression, Function, Statistics, Set theory, Ratio & Mixture, Data Sufficiency, Circle and Rectangle, Co-ordinate Geometry, Mixtures and Allegation & Mensuration. DI is a test of ability to analyse and interpret specific information from Tables, Activity Charts, Bar Charts, Pie Charts, Frequency Polygon and Graphs.
Logical Reasoning Ability (LR): A test of Verbal, Analytical & Logical Reasoning skills on topics like Arrangement, Coding-Decoding, Series, Visual Reasoning, Deductive Reasoning, Blood Relation, Number/Letter Series, Direction, Venn Diagram, Syllogisms, Strong-Weak arguments, Clocks and Calendars.
Language Comprehension Ability (LC): A test of English Usage and Comprehension which includes topics like Grammar, Vocabulary, Verbal Reasoning, Antonym/Synonym, Sentence Correction/Completion, Critical Reasoning, Short & Long Passage Comprehension, Syllogism, Arguments, Conclusions, Paragraph Completion.Jumbles, Analogy and Deductive Reasoning.
General Awareness Ability(GA): A test of General Knowledge covering topics like current affairs, economy, business, politics, history, geography, sports, events, awards, science, books and authors, economics, etc
Stage II: Personality Assessment
Further selection process comprising of Group Discussion and Personal Interview would exclusively dependent on the procedure laid down by specific institute. This process is to assess every individual personality and fit. This stage includes
Group Discussion: A panel of judges evaluate your performance in a group, while discussing a topic of current importance. Candidate's stress management, time management, decision making skills and group behaviour are tested in a group discussion.
Personal Interview: This is the final frontier of the process wherein panelists judge the candidate's attitude for management studies and also validate past academic records, work experience and co-curricular achievements.