CMAT Exam Pattern 2020
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CMAT Exam Pattern 2020 - National Testing Agency (NTA) prescribed the CMAT 2020 exam pattern for all the candidates who will be appearing in the Common Management Admission Test. The exam pattern of CMAT 2020 consists of four sections in which questions will be from quantitative ability, data interpretation, general awareness, logical reasoning, and language comprehension. CMAT 2020 exam pattern will include the total number of questions that candidates will have to answer in each section. CMAT exam pattern will also include the mode in which the exam will be conducted, marking scheme, etc. Aspirants must be thorough with the exam pattern before appearing for CMAT 2020 to perform efficiently. Read this article by Careers 360 to know in detail about CMAT exam pattern 2020 such as the marking scheme, question paper pattern, topics covered in each section and much more. CMAT 2020 will be conducted on January 28, 2020, application was released on November 1, 2019.
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CMAT 2020 Exam Pattern: Overview



Conducting body

National Testing Agency (NTA)

Exam mode

Computer Based Test (CBT)

Exam duration

180 minutes/ 3 hours

Number of questions in each section

25 questions

Total number of questions

100 questions

Marks allotted for every correct answer

4 marks

Negative Marking


Total marks


Sectional time limit


CMAT Exam Pattern 2020

Candidates can check the table that is given below to know about the exam pattern of CMAT 2020 as it includes the total number of questions that are asked in each section and the marks allotted.

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Exam Pattern of CMAT 2020


Number of questions


Quantitative techniques and data interpretation



General awareness



Logical reasoning



Language comprehension






Marking Scheme -

  • Students will get four marks for every correct answer.

  • One mark will be deducted for every wrong answer

  • If more than one option is found to be correct in a particular question in that case:

    • Multiple correct options will be given 4 marks

    • Incorrect option will be given -1 marks

    • Unattempted question will get no marks

    • In case the question has been dropped or ignored, all candidates will get 4 marks irrespective of attempted or not.

CMAT 2020 Syllabus

Under the CMAT syllabus 2020, candidates can check the sections and the topics from which the questions are likely to be asked.

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CMAT Syllabus 2020: Sections - Topics Covered



Quantitative techniques and data interpretation

  • Tabulation, Pie Chart, Bar Chart, Line Graph

  • Probability

  • Quadratic and linear equations

  • Graph

  • Simple Interest and Compound Interest

  • Percentages

  • Averages

  • Geometry

  • Profit and Loss

  • Mensuration

  • Ratios and Proportion

  • Fraction and Decimals

  • Work and Time

  • Time-Speed-Distance

  • Number Systems

  • In-equations

  • Allegation & Mixtures

  • Partnership

  • Algebra

  • Permutations & Combinations

  • Pipes and Cisterns

General awareness

  • Literature

  • Current Affairs of National and International Economy

  • History

  • Sports News

  • Science in everyday life

  • Politics

  • Geography

  • Culture

  • Economics

  • Trade Awareness

  • Personalities in News

  • Indian Constitution

Logical reasoning

  • Direction and Distance Test

  • Blood Relationship Tests

  • Statements Arguments

  • Symbol Based Problems

  • Analogy Test

  • Linear Arrangements

  • Non-Verbal Reasoning

  • Cause and Effects

  • Analytical Reasoning

  • Sequencing

  • Coding and Decoding

  • Ranking Tests

  • Matrix Arrangements

  • Inferences

  • Statements Assumptions

  • Number Series

  • Statements and Conclusion

Language comprehension

  • Reading Comprehension

  • Synonyms and Antonyms

  • English Usage Errors

  • Sentence Improvement

  • Paragraph Completion

  • English Grammar

  • Sentence Correction

  • Idioms and Phrases

  • Jumbled Para

  • One-word Substitution

CMAT 2020 Exam Pattern- Points to Remember

  • Students can switch between different sections anytime they want.

  • For every wrong answer, there is negative marking whereas, for an unanswered question, there is no negative marking.

  • Students will be provided a rough paper along with a computer terminal.

  • Students will not be allowed to carry the scratch paper outside the examination hall.

  • No breaks will be provided during the examination.

CMAT Sample Papers/Mock Tests 2020

Aspirants who wish to appear for CMAT 2020 are advised to go through the sample papers of CMAT 2020. CMAT 2020 sample papers will help candidates in getting familiar with the exam pattern of CMAT 2020. Furthermore, sample papers of CMAT 2020 will help students to gain accuracy in attempting questions of different sections.

Frequently Asked Question (FAQs) - CMAT Exam Pattern 2020

Question: Will the authority prescribe the syllabus for CMAT 2020?


No, the topics covered in the CMAT exam differ from year to year. However, some important topics pertain to remain the same every year.

Question: Is there any negative marking in CMAT 2020?


No, candidates will not be marked negatively for unanswered questions. Whereas, if the question is answered wrongly students will be marked negatively for every incorrect answer.

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what are the best options for preparation of cmat gk section?

Pranav Mishra 18th Jan, 2020

Hello Aspirant,

GK in CMAT is a scoring subject which can be used to increase your percentile, I am also an example of the one who has increased the percentile of CMAT by scoring good in GK, So take GK section seriously, Now for GK section in CMAT questions comes from both static GK and current affairs, Static GK is a vast topic so I will not tell you give more time cover all the topics of it, However you can spent the time in current affairs as that will be generally of last 1 year and it will not difficult to cover it, So, I advise you to cover current affairs of 1 year with some static GK which you can cover in time. Work hard.

I hope the above information is beneficial for you.

All the best.


what will be the cut off for great lakes gurgaon CMAT??

jishua thomas 17th Jan, 2020

hello aspirant..

Great Lakes PGPM Admission: Difference between Cycle-1 & Cycle-2 Application
The Cycle-1 and Cycle-2 of application process is distinguished based on the scores with which you are applying. If a candidate has last year exam score, for example for admission 2020, if you have scores of CAT 2018, XAT 2019, CMAT 2019 and GMAT (taken after 1st Jan 2017), you must apply in cycle-1.

But, if you have appeared in CAT 2019, XAT 2020 and GMAT (taken after 1st Dec. 2019), you need to apply in Cycle 2.

While in terms of the selection process, there is no preference given to applicants in any cycle and there is similar probability of getting selected, the applicants submitting application in Cycle 1 get some extra time to plan their finances, personal commitments and exit from companies better as they get an admission offer by end of December.

Entrance Exam 1 Year PGPM Expected cut off 2 Years PGDM Expected Cut off
CAT 2018/2019* 80 80
XAT 2019/2020* 80 80
GMAT **(Taken after Jan 2017 for PGPM and after Jan 2018 for PGDM) 600 600
CMAT 2019 for PGPM and CMAT 2019/2020 for PGDM 85 85

hope this information was useful to you../

all the best


does. cmat have any sebc reserves cut offs?

Ritisha Kothari 17th Jan, 2020

Hey aspirant,

National Testing Agency does not release the cutoff of CMAT 2020. Participating institutes will declare their individual CMAT cutoff 2020 after the declaration of result. CMAT 2020 cutoff refers to the minimum marks to be scored by the candidate in order to qualify for selection rounds of the participating institute.

You can go through the following link to check out the cut-offs for CMET:

Hope this helps!


Does SDA Bocconi accepts CMAT Score? if yes then what is the cutoff and last date to apply for the same

Sampriti Student Expert 16th Jan, 2020
MISB Bocconi, the Indian initiative of SDA Bocconi accepts CAT,CMAT, NMAT and GMAT scores. The cutoff for CMAT is nearly 95 percentile and that for CAT is 90 percentile. But the number of seats for CMAT is very less as compared to that of CAT.It is one of the best B School in India and though the fees it quite high but the placements are excellent.
The last date to apply for the 2nd round of admissions is 20th Of January.

what is the cutoff in CMAT for goa institute of management PGDM course?

Leon George 16th Jan, 2020

Hello Puneet,

Goa Institute of Management is one of the best autonomous B Schools in goa as well as in the country. In order to get admission into the college the candidates are supposed to appear for XAT, CMAT, CAT etc and are given admission based on same.

It offers PGDM course in various streams like healthcare, Big data analytics, management etc.

The CMAT exam will be conducted on 28th January, 2020 and the result of same is expected to be out on 7th February, 2020. Based on previous years result, the Cutoff for CMAT 2020 is expected to  be around 90-97 %.

I hope it helps and all the best.

Thank you

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