CMAT 2019: Exam on January 27; National Testing Agency Created to Conduct CMAT; AICTE not to Convene Entrance Exams

Monday, July 09 2018, 05:29 PM
CMAT 2019 exam will be held on January 27, 2019 by newly created National Testing Agency (NTA) instead of AICTE which will no longer conduct CMAT or GPAT. Registration for CMAT will begin on October 22, 2018.
‘A Trial test will be available from 20th Oct 2017 onwards for the candidates to have a feel of the online test and navigation functionality’ - AICTE

CMAT 2019 Exam will be conducted on January 27, 2019 by National Testing Agency (NTA) and not by All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) which conducted the prestigious National Level MBA entrance test till 2018. It is no longer AICTE-CMAT, now it is NTA-CMAT and the CMAT 2019 will be the first CMAT exam conducted by NTA. 

AICTE, UGC, CBSE: Relieved of Test Taking Responsibility
In a major change to bring uniformity and transparency in conduct of national level entrance exams for higher education on behalf of various agencies functioning under Ministry of HRD, Government of India, the Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved creation of National Testing Agency (NTA) as a Society registered under the Indian Societies Registration Act, 1860, and as an autonomous and self-sustained premier testing organization to conduct entrance examinations for higher educational institutions.

NMAT 2018 Registration

ow, AICTE, UGC or CBSE who conducted various entrance exams like CMAT, GPAT, UGC-NET, IIT-JEE, NEET for Medical Education among others, will not be burdened with the responsibility of conducting the entrance exams for admission to higher education courses. Effective from 2019, all such exams will be conducted by National Testing Agency (NTA).

CMAT exam scores are accepted for MBA admission in almost all the MBA/PGDM colleges offering AICTE approved programmes including the 325 MBA colleges in Maharashtra where admission process is still open. Some of the top MBA colleges accepting CMAT scores include JBIMS Mumbai, SIMSREE Mumbai, K J Somaiya Mumbai, PUMBA Pune, GIM Goa, Great Lakes Chennai among others.

CMAT 2019: Exam Schedule Announced
NTA has announced the CMAT 2019 Exam schedule six months before the exam to enable the CMAT aspirants to plan and proceed with their test taking plans. Read More about CMAT 2019

CMAT 2019 Exam Activity
Dates Announced by NTA
CMAT 2019 Registration: Start & End Date
From October 22 to December 15, 2018
CMAT 2019 Exam Date
January 27, 2019
CMAT 2019 Result
February 7, 2019

CMAT: Remains Yearly test – Others get Bi-Annual Status
NTA has announced that CMAT, GPAT will be the yearly exams as against JEE and NEET which will be conducted twice a year.

It may be noted that till 2015 CMAT also offered the opportunity to improve your score as it used to be conducted twice a year – in September and in February. However, since 2016 the exam has turned into a yearly event.

CMAT 2019 Exam pattern : No Substantial Change
Although there is a change in the test taking agency from AICTE to NTA, there is no change announced by NTA in the CMAT 2019 exam pattern, mode or difficulty level nor the test components will be changed. The exam remains on the same pattern  an online exam for admission to AICTE approved MBA/ PGDM courses 2019-21 batch. It is expected that there could be content based changes in CMAT 2019.

According to NTA, following are the key components of CMAT 2019 exam pattern:

Type of Questions
Number of questions
Maximum marks
Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation
Logical Reasoning
Language Comprehension
General Awareness
  • Duration of test is 180 minutes (3 hours).
  • There shall be negative marking for wrong answers, for each wrong answer 1 mark shall be deducted .
  • A Trial test will be available from last week of October 2018 onwards for the candidates to have a feel of the online test and navigation functionality. Candidates are advised to go through them carefully to familiarize themselves with the screens, layout, and navigation.
  • No breaks will be given during the test.

NTA Offers CMAT Test Training
NTA will establish a network of test practice centres for students of rural areas so that everyone will have an opportunity to practice before the exam. Schools/engineering colleges with computer centres would be identified and kept open on Saturday / Sunday starting from 3rd week of August. Any student can use the facility free of charge.

In order to serve the requirements of the rural students, NTA would locate the centres at sub-district / district level and as far as possible would undertake hands-on training to the students to take the computer based tests. The candidates at these centres will be able to understand about the navigation tools, how to mark and unmark the answers on the computer screen, how to improve the test taking speed in computer based test format and about other features. 

Need for NTA
On the pattern of advanced countries, a specialized body in India National Testing Agency (NTA)  has been set up in pursuance of the Finance Minister’s Budget speech  2017-18. According to the Government, establishment of NTA will benefit about 40 lakh students appearing in various entrance examinations. It will relieve CBSE, AICTE and other agencies from responsibility of conducting these entrance examinations, and also bring in high reliability, standardized difficulty level for assessing the aptitude, intelligence and problem solving abilities of the students.

From this year, the NTA would initially conduct those entrance examinations which are currently being conducted by the AICTE as CMAT, GPAT; CBSE such as JEE Main for B.Tech and B.Arch courses, NEET UG for MBBS / BDS courses, National Eligibility Test (UGC NET) and others. Other examinations will be taken up gradually after NTA is fully geared up.

NTA will use highly secured IT software and encryption to ensure delivery of tests just in time. This will ensure no leakages and other malpractices.

All tests would be set in a scientific manner with the test items developed jointly by the subject matter experts and psychometricians. Before developing the question papers, the item writers for the exams will be given feedback on the functioning of the previous years’ items so that they are able to make test items which are more valid and reliable. All the above mentioned examinations will be held in existing number of languages.

Stay tuned to for more updates on NTA- CMAT 2019