CMAT 2020: Exam pattern and structure

Finally the notification for CMAT 2020 exam has been released by National Testing Agency (NTA) which states that the MBA entrance exam will be conducted in the last week of January. As per the recent updated provided on the official website, the CMAT Exam will be organised in Computer based format for the candidates across India in designated test centers. Following are the key points which aspirants must take a note of regarding CMAT exam pattern:

CMAT exam will be held for the duration of 3 hours or 180 minutes. CMAT follows a typical exam pattern, which candidates should remember before appearing for the exam:

  • CMAT exam will carry four sections namely Quantitative Aptitude, English, General Awareness and Logical and Analytical Reasoning.
  • Every section has 25 objective type questions. Overall there will be 100 questions of 400 marks.  
  • Exam taker will be awarded +4 marks in CMAT Exam for every correct answer and -1 mark is deducted for each wrong answer
  • No marks will be allotted or deducted in case of unanswered questions
  • CMAT exam is an online computer based test
  • NTA will also launch CMAT 2020 mock test to enable the aspirants to self-judge their preparation level and to get the hang of the exam pattern which is expected on the D-day.
  • Candidates can also go through the CMAT Mock Test that will be released by National Testing Agency (NTA) on the official NTA website
  • After going through the CMAT trial test, you will get familiar with the layout, screens and navigation. It will be of great help at the time when you appear for the exam
  • At the CMAT exam center, every candidate will be allotted a seat with an in-built computer terminal. They will be provided a rough paper for doing the calculation work
  • Candidates are not allowed to use any other paper other than the scratch paper given by the exam authorities. No break time will be given in-between the exam duration.

Candidates appearing for the CMAT exam are asked to reach the respective exam 90 minutes before the commencement of the exam.

Take a look at this table that summarizes the events of CMAT exam:

CMAT 2020 Exam pattern


No. of Questions


Maximum Marks

Marking Scheme

Logical and Analytical Reasoning



+4 for correct answer

-1 for wrong answer

Quantitative Aptitude






General Awareness






Time Limit

180 minutes

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