Much awaited notification for the first ever Common Management Admission Test (CMAT) 2012 Exam by AICTE has just come out yesterday with the exam date for CMAT 2012 scheduled from 20th to 28th February, 2012. The online registration begins on 9th December, 2011 and ends in 9th January, 2012.
What is CMAT and how to apply for the same? This is the subject matter of this blog article in a series of articles to help you apply and prepare for the same. In the next article of this series titled: CMAT Exam Pattern, Sample Papers & Books, I would highlight the exam pattern of CMAT and point you to the sample papers and books to help you prepare for the same.
Let’s begin this with a short introduction on CMAT.
What is CMAT?
Common Management Admission Test (CMAT) is the entrance exam being introduced by AICTE for admissions to all AICTE approved institutes offering PGDM (PG Diploma in Management) courses. These institutes (which now numbers 391) so long has been using many different type of entrance exams such as XAT, ATMA, CAT, MAT etc. for their admissions.
AICTE is taking this initiative to help students reduce their time, effort & money in seeking admission in management colleges by reducing the number of management entrance exams that the student at present has to appear.
Although for the year 2012, the Supreme Court vide its order dated July 26, 2011 has allowed private B-schools to continue with its past year’s practices of using other entrance exams, in not too distant future CMAT is likely to be the De-facto MBA entrance exam in India.
CMAT 2012 Test pattern/format:
CMAT is going to be a CBT (Computer Based Test), just like CAT these days. You will have to appear in this exam in a pre-assigned computer in the test venue. There are four test sections – Logical Reasoning, Verbal Ability / Language Comprehension, Numerical Ability + Data Interpretation & General Awareness. Each section has 25 questions thus totaling 100, which has to be answered in 3 hours.
There is negative marking in CMAT. More about the CMAT test pattern in my next blog article titled: CMAT Exam Pattern, Sample Papers & Books.
CMAT 2012 Important dates:
CMAT 2012 Registration Start date: Date : 09-Dec-2011
CMAT 2012 Registration End date: Date : 09-Jan-2012
(The last date to pay CASH in bank is 10th Jan 2012 and from there onwards to complete registration is 12th Jan 2012)
Admit Card download date: Date : 30-Jan-2012
CMAT 2012 Exam Window: Date 20-Feb-2012 to 28-Feb-2012
CMAT 2012 Result declaration: Date : 11-Mar-2012
Print out of Score Cards: From 11-Mar-2012 to 11-Apr-2012
Eligibility for CMAT 2012:
You just need to be a Graduate in any discipline (even Final year Graduate students can apply for CMAT.
There is no age restriction.
CMAT 2012 Test centres:
CMAT 2012 would be conducted in following 61 city/town all over India:
Agartala, Agra, Ahmadabad, Allahabad, Ambala, Amritsar, Aurangabad, Bhuwaneshwar, Bangalore, Bareilly, Bhopal, Chandigarh, Chennai, Coimbatore, Cuttack, Dehradun, Delhi, Dhanbad, Dharwad, Durgapur, Ghaziabad, Gulbarga, Gurgaon, Guwahati, Gwalior, Hardwar, Hisar, Hosur, Hyderabad, Indore, Jabalpur, Jamshedpur, Jaipur, Jammu, Jodhpur, Kanpur, Kochi, Kolhapur, Kolkata, Kota, Kozhikode, Lucknow, Ludhiana, Madurai, Mumbai, Mysore, Nagpur, Noida, Panaji, Patna, Pondicherry, Pune, Rajkot, Raipur, Ranchi, Shimla, Siliguri, Surat, Trichurapalli, Trivandrum, Vizag
CMAT 2012 Test Fee:
Rs. 1200/= for General/OBC and Rs. 600/= for SC/ST/PD.
This fee can be paid either online using credit/debit card or offline by paying the amount in cash at SBI branches.
If you want to pay it offline, at first you have to complete the Step-1 & 2 of the online CMAT 2012 registration and than take print out of the fee payment challan which is generated automatically with your data. On the next day, you than have to visit the nearest SBI branch with this challan to pay the test fee. After payment of this fee, you will have to complete the Step-3 &4 of the CMAT registration.
CMAT 2012 Online Form:
As said before, there is no offline form for CMAT 2012. You only have to apply online.
How to apply online for CMAT 2012 is given very clearly in this webpage.
If you have gone through the same carefully, click here to find the CMAT 2012 Online Form (to be available only in between 9th Dec 2011 to 9th January, 2012).
CMAT 2012 Admit Card:
Admit card for CMAT 2012 would not be sent to you by post but you have to download it from CMAT website from 30th January, 2012 onward. The official website for CMAT is: www.aicte-cmat.in. Keep visiting it for regular updates.
Hope with above information you can apply confidently for CMAT 2012. But how do you prepare for the same? To know that, please visit my blog article titled: CMAT Exam Pattern, Sample Papers & Books.