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CMAT Exam Pattern 2019 is now prepared and announced by the National Testing Agency (NTA) in place of AICTE. NTA will conduct CMAT 2019 on January 28, 2019 as computer based test. The CMAT 2019 exam pattern, according to NTA, is a three hour computer based online test which is conducted in a single session to evaluate the candidate's ability across various segments like Quantitative Technique, Logical Reasoning, Language Comprehension and General Awareness.


Last opportunity for MBA Admission 2019

CMAT 2019 Exam pattern has been designed by NTA to facilitate Management Institutions to select suitable graduate candidates for admission in all Management programs. The CMAT score is accepted by all AICTE-Approved Institutions/University Departments/Constituent Colleges/Affiliated Colleges


There are not many changes in CMAT Pattern and the NTA has announced that CMAT pattern 2019 will be on similar lines as was held in the past. From the CMAT 2019 exam onwards, the NTA, an autonomous testing organization created by Government of India will conduct the CMAT and other entrance examinations for higher educational institutions instead of AICTE. The NTA-CMAT paper pattern remains as follows:

  • CMAT 2019 exam pattern is computer based and there is no paper based CMAT exam
  • CMAT 2019 Pattern will be a single session exam of 3 hours duration
  • A few changes are expected in the structure and content of CMAT paper pattern as it is the first CMAT exam conducted by National Testing Agency (NTA) instead of AICTE. 

Key Components of CMAT Exam Pattern 2019
CMAT 2019 exam pattern as shared by NTA will have 100 questions divided in four sections. The overall composition of CMAT 2019 exam pattern is as below: 

CMAT Exam Pattern 2019
CMAT Paper Details
CMAT 2019 Exam Date
January 28, 2018
CMAT 2019 Test Conducting Authority
National Testing Agency (NTA)
Total Questions in CMAT 2019 Exam
CMAT 2019 Exam Duration
3 Hours (9.30AM to 12.30PM)
Type of Questions
MCQs-Objective Type Multiple Choice Questions
Mode of CMAT 2019 Exam
Online Computer Based Test
Scoring Pattern
+4 Mark for each correct answer
Total Maximum Marks
Negative Marking
-1 Mark for Each Wrong Answer


CMAT 2019 Pattern: Sectional Composition
The four Sections in CMAT 2019 paper pattern with number of questions and maximum scoring chances are as under:

CMAT 2019 Exam Sections
Number of Questions
Maximum Marks Section-wise
Language Comprehension  
Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation
Logical Reasoning
General Awareness
Total: Sections-4

CMAT Paper Pattern: Important Features

  1. NTA will release CMAT Mock Test one month before the CMAT 2019 exam date on CMAT exam website.
  2. Go through the CMAT 2019 trial test to have a feel of the online computer based CMAT paper pattern carefully and familiarize yourself with the screens, layout, and navigation tools in the revised CMAT exam pattern.
  3. At the CMAT test venue, each candidate will be seated at a desk with a computer terminal and he/she will be provided with a scratch paper for calculations.
  4. After the CMAT exam is over, candidate must leave the scratch paper at the desk.
  5. CMAT Rough work cannot be done on any other paper/sheet, as nothing will be allowed inside the CMAT testing room. No breaks will be given during the CMAT exam.
  6. One of the key features in CMAT 2019 exam pattern is that None of the candidates in CMAT 2019 will be disqualified even if they score very low. 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.

Role of NTA in CMAT Exam 2019
The role of NTA is limited to conduct of CMAT 2019 exam but it has no role in gran ting approval to any PGDM or equivalent programme. AICTE is the authority to grant approval to different types of PGDM programmes of the management institutes. 


CMAT 2019 Paper Pattern Vs CMAT 2018 Pattern

Exam Details
CMAT 2019
CMAT 2018
CMAT Exam Date
January 28, 2019
January 20, 2018
CMAT conducting Agency
National Testing Agency (NTA)
All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE)
CMAT Testing Mode
Computer Based
Computer Based
Training for CMAT Test Taking Methodology/Navigation
NTA opens centres across India to train candidates to understand CMAT paper pattern 2019 and Test Taking Strategy
AICTE published sample test taking and navigation guidelines on its website
Changes in the cost of Registration
No change
AICTE used to increase CMAT registration fee each year
Sectional Composition of CMAT
No change, same 4 sections exam with 100 questions
Remained same with 4 sections 100 questions
Scoring Pattern
Remains same with +1 mark for each right answer
+1 for each correct answer
Difficulty Level
Expected to go down
Remained moderate to Difficult


CMAT 2019 Exam: Important Dates

CMAT 2019 Exam Date
Key Date
CMAT 2019 Registration starts
November 1, 2018
CMAT 2019 Registration Closes
November 30, 2018
CMAT 2019 Admit Card Download starts
January 7, 2019
CMAT 2019 Exam Date
January 28, 2019
CMAT 2019 Result Date
February 1st week 2019