What is the benefit of the CMAT rather than the MAT?

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Biswadeep Ghosh Hazra Feb 2, 2021
99.44 %ile in MAT Sept 2017 with a composite score of 772.5

The CMAT exam is conducted by the National Test Agency and is accepted by many top colleges for their MBA programs compared to the MAT exam. CMAT also has a greater number of colleges that accept CMAT scores for their admission process. CMAT also enjoys better recognition compared to the MAT exam. Many tier 1 CMAT colleges enjoy better brand recognition in the industry. Even further some of the tier 1 colleges that used to accept MAT scores such as Great Lakes Chennai are now considering CMAT scores for their screening process.

The major differences in the pattern of the CMAT and the MAT tests are tabulated below,

Criteria

CMAT

MAT

Duration of the Exam

3 Hrs (180 minutes)

2 Hrs 30mins (150 minutes)

Number of Sections

4 sections

5 sections

Total Mark of the exam

400 marks. 100 marks for each section.

200 Marks. 40 marks for each section.

Marks for Correct Answer

+4 Marks

+1 Marks

Marks for Incorrect Answer

-1 Marks. No negative marking for unattempted questions.

-0.25 Marks. No negative marking for unattempted questions.

  • CMAT does not have any sectional time limits. The exam comprises 4 sections namely Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation, General Awareness, Logical Reasoning, Language Comprehension.
  • MAT exam also does not have any sectional time limits. The exam comprises 5 sections namely Language Comprehension, Intelligence and, Critical Reasoning, Data Analysis and Sufficiency, Mathematical Skills, and Indian and Global Environment. Unlike the CMAT exam MAT exam is conducted both in online and offline modes.

Thus, the CMAT exam has many more benefits and opportunities compared to the MAT exam.

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