Is the difficulty level of exams like the NMAT, Snap, and the CMAT the same?

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Sneha Feb 2, 2021
PGDM Post Graduate Diploma in Management & Business Management, SVKM's NMIMS

NMAT, SNAP, and CMAT are some of the Management entrance aptitude tests conducted by different exam bodies in India. All these exams have a set of colleges that accepts these scores. All three exams are computer-based and follow Objective Type Questions (MCQ) question format. These three exams have varying difficulty levels.

SNAP conducted by Symbiosis University is tough compared to the other two exams NMAT and CMAT. NMAT and SNAP have a similar level of difficulty but SNAP has a tough choice of questions compared to NMAT. CMAT is the least difficult exam among all the three exams.

The pattern differences between the exam are tabulated below,





Duration of the Exam

3 Hrs (180 minutes)

2 Hrs (120 minutes)

1 Hr (60 minutes)

Number of Sections

4 sections

3 sections

3 sections

Total Mark of the exam

400 marks. 100 marks for each section.

120 Marks

60 marks

Marks for Correct Answer

+4 Marks

+1 Mark

+ 1 Mark

Marks for Incorrect Answer

-1 Marks. No negative marking for unattempted questions.

No negative marking for incorrect answers and unattempted questions.

-0.25 marks for each incorrect attempt.

Sectional Time Limits:

  • CMAT does not have any sectional time limits. The exam comprises 4 sections namely Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation, General Awareness, Logical Reasoning, Language Comprehension.
  • Whereas NMAT has sectional time limits. Language Skills (22 mins), Quantitative Aptitude (60 mins), Logical Reasoning (38 mins).
  • SNAP exam does not have sectional time limits. The exam comprises 3 exams namely No sectional time limits. General English, Quantitative-Data Interpretation & Data Sufficiency, Analytical & Logical Reasoning.

Section selection:

  • Candidates can answer from any section of their choice in CMAT.
  •  In NMAT candidates can choose the order of sections of their choice. The questions will appear in the order chosen by the candidates.

In short, if the exams are to be arranged based on difficulty then SNAP> NMAT> CMAT. SNAP is the most difficult followed by NMAT and then CMAT.