The CMAT exam will be conducted online. The Supreme Court too has given a green signal for the same. The exam will be conducted twice a year with a gap of six months and the candidates will have the freedom to appear for both the attempts. The highest score out of the two attempts will be taken into the consideration at time of admissions. The candidates have been given an option to pick three cities from where they want to appear for the exam.
CMAT is the only entrance test for the management programmes admissions across the countr in AICTE approved institutions and university departments of all the states. The scores of five other entrance exams like CAT, MAT, XAT, ATMA, JMET would also be taken into consideration. Only IIMs and other deemed universities will be excluded from this. PGDM B-schools like XLRI, MDI, IMT, IMI can use any of the five test as per the supreme court verdict earlier this year.
CMAT is the official entrance exam for admission into MBA management programmes in 12 states including Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Kerala, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Nagaland, Goa, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Jharkhand, Haryana and Karnataka. The state governments officially announced CMAT is their official test. In addition, many b-schools offering PGDM programmes will also be using CMAT scores.
Around 3.5 lakh seats in 3,700 institutes across the country offering PGDM and MBA programmes will be filled by CMAT score. Among which around 20,000 seats are in 300 institutes offering PGDM programmes.
The biggest benefits of CMAT scores, currently are those students who intend to take admissions into MBA programs falling under state universities. Already 12 states across the country officially announced that they will consider CMAT scores for their management programmes admissions in AICTE affiliated institutions.