CMAT 2019 Exam Day Guidelines and Strategies to Crack the test
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CMAT 2019 exam day guidelines and strategies to crack the test - CMAT exam is around the corner; the exam is scheduled to be conducted on January 28, 2019. While some experts say that it is best to stay away from books one day before the exam, others say that a little revision will not do any harm. What are the things to expect on the exam day? This article will give you the guidelines for the CMAT exam day and strategies to ace the test.

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Apart from taking the exam for three hours, you have to undergo a series of checks before you reach your exam desk such as checking of admit card, photo identity card etc. As you must be very well aware of the CMAT exam pattern, we bring to you the tips on how to prepare yourself for the eve of the exam day.

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CMAT 2019 exam day guidelines and strategies to crack the test

 Let's start with the practical tips for CMAT 2019 which you must follow for the exam day.

Check your test centre

Check your CMAT exam centre location a couple of days prior to your CMAT schedule. If possible visit your test centre a day prior to your exam to get an estimate of the distance and time it will take you to reach the venue on time. Make the necessary travel arrangements to avoid last muinute hassle.

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Arrange your documents

Before assigning you the exam desk, your documents will be checked in order to prove your candidature. The documents which you must carry at the CMAT exam centre are as follows:

  • A print out of CMAT Admit Card with your scanned passport size photo on it.

  • At least one original and valid photo identification which includes 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. 

  • Physically disabled candidates have to bring the valid Disability certificate in Original and an ATTESTED photocopy. Attestation can be done by institute head also.

  • Do not bring any material which is not allowed to carry in the test centre including but not limited to wrist watch, calculator, cell phone etc.

Reach the test centre on time

You need to report at your test centre 1.5 hours prior to the test schedule. If you have chosen the morning slot starting at 9.30 am, you have to reach by 8 am. If you have registered for the second slot starting from 2.30 pm, reach by 1 pm.

You must also ensure that the name which appears on your Admit Card should match with that on your photo identity card. AICTE mentions, “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.” 

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Now we will share with you the exam taking strategies.

Read questions carefully

As soon as the test starts, skim through the questions. Mentally mark the questions which you are comfortable to attempt. Make sure that you have divided a good number of questions in each section in order to maintain a section wise balance and meet the cut off score.

Start with your comfortable section

Start with a section which you are comfortable in dealing with among the total number of four sections. Starting the exam with questions from your section of strength will instill confidence in you. If you start well, you will take the entire exam confidently. Also, since there is no compulsory section to start with, you can leverage the opportunity and take your pick.

Manage your time well

The total duration of the exam is three hours. The total number of questions is 100. According to experts, an attempt of over 15 questions in each section will fetch you a good score. Hence you need to allot time to each question carefully so that you don’t run out of time or attempt less number of questions than you had planned.

Don’t get stuck in a question

At times the question which seemed easily solvable turn out to be a tricky one. It might take longer than usual to get the idea on which direction to move towards. In such cases, leave the question and select another question instead. “Do not waste your time in solving one question. Generally, you will get a brain wave within two minutes of reading the question. If you don’t get any idea on which direction to take, the question is not meant for you to be solved,” says Vinayak Kudva, Product Head, IMS Learning.

Utilize your scratch sheet

You will get scratch sheets for your rough calculation. Make proper use of it by showing your step by step method of calculation. The examiners will check your scratch sheet to ensure that you have answered a question correctly on the basis of your calculation method itself. Don’t forget to keep it neat and presentable so that your work is decipherable by the examiners. Also, do not forget to mention your name or roll number on each page of the scratch sheet, as would be instructed by the invigilators.

When in doubt, leave it out

It is not uncommon to receive a wrong question in your CMAT paper. None of the answer options would match with the answer which you have derived after spending a good number of minutes working it out. Either the question is incorrect or your method is wrong. In any which way, it is better to leave it out.


If you finish before three hours, revise your answers as well as the scratch sheet. Ensure that there is no silly mistake in the exam which can mar your score. While taking the test, manage your time in such a way so that you are left with a considerable amount of time for revision. 

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Hello! I have to do CMAT 2020 exam. so from now on its only one and half month remaining , I want to know that if I will start preparation now ;so is it sufficient time for being well prepared?

Priyaanka Sarkar Student Expert 15th Nov, 2019

It depends on the quality of your preparation. There are people who do not burn the midnight oil but still emerge toppers and some students who put their heart and soul for preparation, panic on the D-day. So it totally depends on the quality of time and dedication you put in for your preparation. Please check CMAT syllabus at: . With 45 days for CMAT, you need to remember that you do not have time on your side. So you need to :

  • Manage time as efficiently as possible. You do not have time for distractions of whatsoever nature.
  • Believe in yourself that you can do it.
  • Practise a lot and revise equally.
  • Attempt as many mock tests as you can.
  • In the examination hall, read the question twice because there are chances of misreading a question.
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