Is MAT tougher than CMAT?

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Is CMAT tougher than MAT? How is MAT different from CMAT exam? Are they both easier than CAT? Know the major differences between CMAT and MAT exams.

CMAT vs MAT

CMAT vs MAT

MAT and CMAT are two of the most popular entrance exams for admissions to MBA/PGDM courses, not because they are pan-India exam or a large number of government and private B-Schools accept their scores but also because they both are much easier than the CAT conducted by IIM. But out of the two which one is easier? Is MAT tougher than CMAT or is CMAT tougher than MAT. Let’s find out.

MAT and CMAT are both speed based exams having the same syllabus. However, CMAT has an extra section and is more difficult than MAT. But the benefit of MAT over CMAT is that one can attempt MAT multiple times in the same academic session to improve the exam score, unlike CMAT whcih is conducted only once in a year.

Another benefit of MAT over CMAT is that it is conducted in computer based mode, paper based mode and internet based mode. One can choose the exam mode as per their convenience and location. CMAT is conducted in computer based mode only and one has to visit the designated test centre to take the test.

Shiksha brings to you major differences between two of the most popular MBA exams i.e. MAT and CMAT - on level of exam difficulty, exam pattern, and other features.

MAT vs CMAT: Highlights

Most of the MBA aspirants appear for both MAT and CMAT. However, if you have to choose between the two check the table below for the key aspects of MAT and CMAT.

Exam Features

MAT

CMAT

Exam Name

Management Aptitude Test

Common Management Aptitude Test

Exam Conducting Body

All India Management Association - AIMA

National Test Agency - NTA

Frequency of Exam

Multiple times in four phases per year

Once a year

Participating Colleges

700+ MBA colleges

1300+ B schools in India

Eligibility

Passed or appearing in Bachelor degree in any stream

Professional degree in commerce and accounting are also eligible

Passed or appearing in Bachelor degree in any stream

Professional degree in commerce and accounting are also eligible

Application Fee

INR 1,850 for one paper

INR 2,950 for two papers

INR 2,000 for General Male candidate

INR 1,000 for General Female candidate

INR 1,000 for SC, ST, PWD candidate

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Difference in Exam Pattern of MAT and CMAT

Both MAT and CMAT are conducted at national level but there are major differences between both the exams including difficulty level, test duration, exam pattern and marking scheme. Know here:

Exam Features

MAT

CMAT

Exam Mode

Paper-Based Test mode (PBT)

Computer-Based Test mode (CBT)

Internet-Based Test mode (IBT)

Computer-Based Test mode

Exam Duration

2 hours and 30 minutes

3 hours

Shifts and Timings

PBT mode – 10:00 am to 12:30 pm

CBT mode – 10:00 am to 12:30 pm 

IBT mode  – Multiple shifts

Morning shift - 9:00 am to 12:00 pm

Evening shift - 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Exam Difficulty level

Easy to Moderate

Moderate to Difficult

Sections

Five

Four

Sectional Time limit

No

No

Subjects

  • Indian and Global Environment
  • Language Comprehension
  • Data Analysis and Sufficiency
  • Mathematical Skills
  • Intelligence and Critical Reasoning
  • Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation
  • Logical Reasoning
  • Language Comprehension
  • General Awareness
  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Total Questions

200 questions

100 questions

Type of Questions

Multiple Choice Questions

Multiple Choice Questions

Total Marks

200 marks

400 marks

Negative Marking

0.25 marks deducted for each wrong attempt

-1 mark for each wrong attempt

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MAT Exam Pattern

MAT Preparation

CMAT Exam Pattern

CMAT Preparation

Similarities between MAT Syllabus and CMAT Syllabus

The MAT syllabus and CMAT syllabus are same but the names and grouping of subjects are different.

  • The General Awareness section of CMAT is named as Indian and Global Environment in MAT
  • The Data Analysis and Sufficiency section of MAT is clubbed with Quantitative Techniques in CMAT

Check the table below for CMAT and MAT syllabus. 

MAT Syllabus

CMAT Syllabus

Mathematical Skills Topics

  • Number System
  • Mixtures and Allegation
  • Profit and Loss
  • Interest & Percentage
  • Ratio and Proportion
  • Trigonometry
  • Algebra
  • Mensuration

Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation Topics

  • Algebra
  • Time, Speed, Distance & Work
  • Allegation and Mixtures
  • Geometry
  • Quadratic Equation
  • Linear Equations
  • Mensuration
  • Data Interpretation in Tables, Graphs
  • Data Sufficiency – Sentence and Conclusions
  • Venn Diagram
  • Charts (Column, Bar, Pie)

Intelligence and Critical Reasoning Topics

  • Passage Conclusions
  • Fact Inference Judgment
  • Statement Argument
  • Blood Relations
  • Charts and Analogy

Logical Reasoning Topics

  • Analytical Reasoning
  • Linear Arrangements
  • Series
  • Matrix Arrangements
  • Blood Relations

Language Comprehension Topics

  • Fill in the blanks
  • Reading Comprehension
  • English proficiency
  • Vocabulary and grammar
  • Para Jumble

Language Comprehension Topics

  • Fill in the blanks
  • Reading Comprehension
  • English proficiency
  • Vocabulary and grammar
  • Para Jumble

Indian & Global Environment Topics

  • Current Affairs
  • World Records
  • Books and Authors
  • Top Officials of Big Companies
  • Space Research Missions
  • Awards – National, International and Different Industries

General Awareness Topics

  • Economic Events
  • Corporate Events
  • Current Affairs
  • Politics
  • Sports
  • Culture & Society

Data Analysis and Sufficiency Topics

  • Data Interpretation in Tables, Graphs
  • Data Sufficiency – Sentence and Conclusions
  • Venn Diagram
  • Charts (Column, Bar, Pie)

Innovation and Entrepreneurship

  • Business Decision
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Types Business

Check detailed syllabus for MAT exam

Check detailed syllabus for CMAT exam

Difference between MAT scores and CMAT scores

MAT score card mentions sectional scores, overall scores, percentile as well as composite scores. Whereas, CMAT scorecard mentions sectional scores and percentile, overall scores and percentile, overall rank as well.

Scorecard details

MAT

CMAT

Sections for final scores

  • Language Comprehension
  • Data Analysis and Sufficiency
  • Mathematical Skills
  • Intelligence and Critical Reasoning
  • Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation
  • Logical Reasoning
  • Language Comprehension

Score Type

Section-wise scores

Overall scores

Overall Percentile

Composite scores for each section

Overall Composite scores

Section-wise scores

Overall scores

Sectional Percentile

Overall Percentile

All India Rank

Total Marks

200

400

Score calculation

Scores obtained in each section are evaluated on a scale of 0 to 100

Final scores of all sections are scaled from 199 to 800, where 199 being the lowest, and 800 being the highest score

Note: Indian and Global Environment section is not included in percentile calculation

All India Rank is calculated on basis of sectional scores i.e. out of 400 marks

Percentile is calculated on basis of rank, raw marks of candidate and total number of candidates appeared for CMAT

Note: General Awareness section is not included in percentile calculation

MBA colleges accepting MAT exam offer admission on basis of MAT percentile or composite scores. Whereas, for CMAT the colleges offer admissions on basis of CMAT percentile and All India Ranks.

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Check MAT Cut offs and predict calls from colleges accepting MAT score for admission. Check Fees, Placement Reviews, Admission, Shortlist Criteria and Eligibility of all MAT participating colleges by clicking the link below:

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Check CMAT Cut offs and predict calls from colleges accepting CMAT score for admission. Check Fees, Placement Reviews, Admission, Shortlist Criteria and Eligibility of all CMAT participating colleges by clicking the link below:

Predict CMAT Admission Calls

FAQs related to MAT vs CMAT

Q: Is MAT tougher than CMAT?

A: No, MAT is easier than CMAT in terms of difficulty level. MAT is also considered easy because it's marking scheme is fairly simple and one gets the chance to improve their score by taking it again in the same academic year.

Q: What is the syllabus of CMAT?

A: CMAT syllabus includes all the important topics of Language Comprehension, Data Interpretation, Logical Reasoning, Quantitative Aptitude, General Awareness and Innovation & Entrepreneurship.

Q: Is the syllabus of MAT different from CMAT?

A: No, the syllabus of MAT is not different from CMAT. Both the exams have subjects English, Data Interpretation, Logical Reasoning, Quantitative Aptitude and General Awareness.

Q: Are CMAT and MAT conducted by the same agency?

A: No, the exams are not conducted by the same agency. CMAT is conducted by the NTA whereas MAT is conducted by the AIMA. While NTA is a government agency, the AIMA is a private body.

Q: How is CMAT different from MAT?

A: CMAT is an annual exam whereas MAT is conducted multiple times in an academic year. CMAT is conducted in computer bases test mode whereas MAT is conducted in paper based test mode, computer based test mode and internet based test mode. The difficulty level of CMAT is higher than MAT.

Q: How many attempts are allowed in CMAT?

A: In CMAT, only one attempt is allowed in a particular academic year, as the exam is conducted annually. However, candidates can attempt CMAT in consequent years if they wish to.

Q: What is the examination mode of CMAT and MAT?

A: Examination mode of CMAT is computer based test. Candidates have to appear for the test at an exam centre. Candidates can appear for MAT in computer based test or paper based test at the designated examination centre or take the test from home in internet based test mode.

Q: What is the MAT application fee?

A: MAT application fee for all modes and all categories is INR 1,850. The fee is to be paid online at the time of application submission.

Q: What is the CMAT application fee?

A: CMAT application fee for male general candidates is INR 2,000 whereas for reserved categories, women and transgender candidates it is INR 1,000.

Q: Is there any difference between eligibility criteria of MAT and CMAT?

A: Yes, there is a difference between eligibility criteria of MAT and CMAT. While for MAT, candidates need to have a minimum of 50 per cent aggregate in graduation (45 per cent for SC/ST/PWD candidates) in CMAT, all candidates require only passing marks to appear for it.

Q: Which of the two has negative marking? MAT or CMAT?

A: MAT and CMAT both have negative marking. In MAT, 0.25 marks are deducted for every wrong attempt and in CMAT, 1 mark is deducted for every wrong attempt.

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