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NTA released the CMAT 2020 Response Sheet and Question Paper on the CMAT portal on January 29, 2020. Candidates who have taken the exam will be able to check the same by visiting the official website i.e. by using their application number and DOB / password. CMAT 2020 Final Answer and Merit List were released on February 4, 2020 alongside the result. 

Latest: CMAT 2020 Final Answer Key has been released by NTA on – Download PDF 

Candidates used the response sheet and question paper to calculate their probable CMAT score and analyzed their chances of getting shortlisted for the next round of admission. Candidates could challenge the answer key until 5 pm on February 2, 2020. All answer key objections were processed prior to the release of the result on February 4, 2020. The applicant had to pay a non-refundable fee of INR 1000 on every question that they challenge. Check CMAT 2020 Merit List

CMAT Result Dates

Event  Date
CMAT Exam Date January 28, 2020
CMAT Response Sheet and Question Paper Release January 29, 2020
CMAT Answer Key Release January 30, 2020
CMAT Result  February 4, 2020

CMAT 2020 was successfully conducted on January 28, 2020 in 104 cities through CBT mode. The examination witnessed participation on a grand scale as more than 74,486 candidates registered for the exam.Candidates can utilize the CMAT 2020 Rank Predictor and compare their response sheets to the official CMAT answer key to predict their rank. The selection process consists of two stages namely- Group Discussion and Personal Interview. Some institutions also include a written ability test (WAT) round in their selection process. The final selection is done on the basis of overall performance of the candidate. CMAT Counselling is generally an individualized process conducted by each institution on the basis of their own criteria or the CMAT Merit List.

CMAT 2020 Answer Key

How to Download CMAT Answer Key 2020?

Candidates need to follow the below-mentioned steps to download their CMAT answer key:

  1. Visit the official website of CMAT i.e.
  2. Login with your Application number and DOB/Password
  3. Look for the answer key of CMAT 2020 link which matches your question paper code
  4. Click on the answer key and download the PDF file
  5. Match your answers with the answer given in the file.

Candidates can keep the answer key of CMAT 2020 safe for future reference.

Benefit of CMAT Answer Key 2020

  • The answer key can be used by candidates to calculate their marks that they are likely to score in CMAT.
  • It helps the candidates draw an idea about their performance in the test. This can be easily done by matching the answers given in the test with the answers provided in the answer key.
  • With the help of their estimated score, candidates can find out whether they will be able to make it to the college of their choice. Candidates can check the previous year cutoffs of CMAT colleges and determine if they will be able to get into their preferred college.

CMAT Previous Year Paper Analysis

Before we proceed to CMAT Paper Analysis, it is important to understand the paper pattern and structure. CMAT Exam has 100 objective questions from 4 section. Their break-up is given below: Check CMAT Exam Pattern

Question Paper Sections Questions Marks
Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation 25 100
Logical Reasoning 25 100
Language Comprehension 25 100
General Awareness 25 100

CMAT 2020 Analysis

CMAT 2020 Analysis

Unlike CMAT 2019, there was only one slot for CMAT 2020, from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm. The general review was that the overall exam was easier compared to CMAT 2019. Candidates reported facing the most difficulty in the General Awareness section as the students claimed that it included a lot of ambiguity. Candidates were able to attempt questions according to their preferences as there was no sectional time limit present during the examination. 

Section  Number of Questions Total Marks  Difficulty Level
Language Comprehension  25 100 Moderate 
Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation  25  100 Moderate
Logical Reasoning  25 100 Easy
General Awareness  25 100 Moderate

Section Wise Analysis 

Language Comprehension

The language comprehension section only included 1 Reading Comprehension passage which included 6 questions. In total there were 19 verbal ability questions based on synonyms, antonyms, phrases, fill in the blanks, parajumble, error spotting and correct spelling. The section was situated on the easy-moderate range of difficulty. A good attempt would lead to 20-21 questions being answered. 

Topics  No. of Ques
Reading Comprehension 6
Synonyms / Antonyms  1
Fill in the Blank 3
Idiom Based  2
Word Definition  3
Paragraph Jumbles  2
Meaning of Phrase  1
Error Spotting  1
Correct Spelling  1

Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation

CMAT 2020 included quantitative questions from a wide variety of topics. Candidates did not have to spend all of their time on questions that involved a lot of calculations. There were questions from Numbers, Time and Work, Time and Distance, Geometry, Probability, Sets and Venn Diagrams, Mensuration, P&C, and Algebra. A good attempt would lead to 21-22 questions being answered. 

Topics  No. of Ques
Arithmetic  7
Number System  7
P&C / Probability  4
Table DI  4
Geometry and Mensuration  2
Algebra  1

Logical Reasoning 

There was only one family tree set that included 4 questions within its purview. The questions were mainly derived from coding-decoding, series, cubes, venn diagrams, visual diagrams, analogies, odd man out, and syllogism. Verbal reasoning included 4 questions in total.  A good attempt would lead to 20-22 questions being answered. 

Topics  No. of Ques
Series  4
Analogy 3
Visual  3
Blood Relation  4 (set) 
Syllogism  2
Critical Reasoning  2
Odd one out  1
Coding  1
Distance & Directions  1
Misc.  4

General Awareness

Out of the 25 questions present in this section, 24 of them were based on Static GK. 14 out of the 25 questions were termed as easy, while 4 were deemed moderate and 7 difficult. A good attempt would lead to 14-16 questions being answered. 

Topics  Number of Questions
Indian Events  11
International Events  9
Miscellaneous  5

CMAT 2019 Analysis 

CMAT 2019 was conducted in two slots between 9:30 to 12:30 pm and again from 2:30 pm to 5:30 pm. The exam was labelled moderate on the range of difficulty as all the questions derived from the given syllabus. More than 64,000 candidates sat for the exam and had the opportunity to apply to all AICTE approved MBA/PGDM programs across the country. 

Section wise Analysis

Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation

The difficulty level for Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation section was  Moderate. Questions were asked from Arithmetic, Numbers, Geometry, Modern Math, Algebra and Data Interpretation.

Logical Reasoning

Logical Reasoning section comprised of 25 questions of moderate difficulty level with some complex questions. Questions were from Data Sufficiency, Analogy, statement assumptions, Blood relations, family tree, Deductive Logic, Venn diagrams, statement assumptions, analogy, Syllogisms.

Language Comprehension

Comprehension has been a bit complex to answer. Tasks included reading Comprehension paragraphs and answer questions.

General Awareness

This section has been very difficult for the candidates as compared to CMAT Previous Year Question Papers. Questions ranged from different aspects of covering Indian polity, Current Affairs, etc.

CMAT 2020 Expected Cutoff

CMAT 2020 Expected Cutoff

NTA doesn’t release an official CMAT Cut off. However, it can be obtained from other sources like coaching institutes, colleges, etc.

More than 1000 colleges declare their individual course and category wise CMAT cutoff. You can check it below:

College Name CMAT 2020 Expected Cutoff (Percentile) CMAT 2019 cutoff (Marks/ Percentile)
Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies (JBIMS) Mumbai 99+ 285/99.92 percentile
Goa Institute of Management, Goa 98+ 260/99.85 percentile
K J Somaiya Institute of Management Studies & Research (KJSIMSR), Mumbai 95-99 246/99.20 percentile
We School Mumbai 95-99 244/99.06 percentile
MET Institute of Management, Mumbai 218/97.27 percentile
Pune University Department of Management Studies (PUMBA DMS) 96-99 210/96.42 percentile
XISS Ranchi 96 199/95 percentile
Acharya Bangalore Business School (ABBS), Bangalore 92-94 180/90 percentile
Asia Pacific Institute of Management, New Delhi 86-90 180/85 percentile
Jaipuria Institute of Management, Noida 85 170/82 percentile
Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra, Ranchi 75-80 160/75 percentile
Dr. D. Y. Patil Institute of Management, Pune 75-80 160/75 percentile

*Candidates clearing CMAT Cutoff will be called for Written Ability Test (WAT), Group Discussion (GD) and Personal Interview (PI) by the colleges. Check CMAT Selection Procedure