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CMAT vs CET -Exam Pattern, Exam Process and Important Dates
April 12 2024

The basic requirement for getting into B schools in India is to clear the entrance exams. CAT, MAT, ATMA, NMATXATCMAT, and GMAT. Clearing one of these entrance exams is mandatory for the aspirants to get into B school that is AICTE approved. The first phase of the process of getting into a B school is to crack one of the above-mentioned entrance exams and get a call from the applied B school. The next phase of the process is the Group Discussion/Personal Interview/Group exercise/Written Assessment Test. IIFT, NMAT, SNAP, and TISSNET results are accepted by those B schools who are conducting these exams. In this article, we will be analyzing the CMAT vs CET exam based on their exam pattern, the process of the exam, and important dates. How are these exams and how we need to approach them to crack it?

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In order to get into a B-school in the state of Maharashtra, one needs to write the MH-CET exam which is conducted by Directorate of Technical Education DTE, Maharashtra every year. This exam score is accepted by more than 100+ management institutes in the state of Maharashtra. MH-CET exam by the DTE is held once a year in the month of February/ March. So, keep yourself up-to-date so that you do not miss out on important dates for the exam.

  1. Daily Practice: Create a study timetable and practice regularly. Allocate specific time slots for each section of the exam.

  2. Analyze Previous Year's Papers: Analyze previous year's question papers to understand the exam pattern and types of questions asked. Identify your weak areas and work on improving them.

  3. Thorough Practice: Practice questions and concepts thoroughly. Solve a variety of questions to get comfortable with different types of problems.

  4. Time Management: Since you have to attempt 200 questions in 150 minutes, time management is crucial. Practice solving questions within the given time limit to improve your speed.

  5. Mock Tests: Take regular mock tests to simulate the exam environment. This will help you gauge your preparation level and identify areas that need improvement.

Read also: Syllabus for CET



MAH-CET Eligibility

The MBA CET eligibility criteria is determined by the State CET, Maharashtra. Given below is the academic qualification required to be eligible for MAH CET 2024:

  • The candidate must have passed a bachelor’s degree of three-year duration in any discipline with at least 50 percent marks in aggregate or equivalent from a university recognized by the University Grants Commission or the Association of Indian Universities.
  • For general category candidates, a minimum of 50% marks in aggregate in the bachelor's degree is required.

  • For candidates belonging to Backward Class categories and Persons with Disability (PWD) from Maharashtra State, the minimum aggregate percentage required is 45%.

  • Candidates who are in the final year of their bachelor’s degree program from a UGC or AIU-recognized university are also eligible to apply for MAH CET 2024.

  •  The student who wants to get into admission will have no age limit.

CMAT Exam Fees

MAH-CET Exam Pattern

  • MBA CET  Exam is conducted online over a period of 2.5 hours (150 minutes).
  • The medium of the exam was English, and the paper had a total of 200 multiple-choice questions.
  • Candidates will be allotted 1 mark for every correct answer.
  • There is no negative marking for incorrect answers.
  • Every question had 5 answer options out of which candidates had to select one.
  • Competent Authority, using the standardized Equi-percentile method, equates scores across sessions.
  • The test comprises multiple-choice questions. Candidates need to attempt 200 questions in 150 minutes.

There are four sections in the paper:

  1. Logical Reasoning (LR)
  2. Abstract Reasoning (AR)
  3. Quantitative Aptitude (QA)
  4. Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC)

The number of questions per section is:

Section No. of Questions
 (LR) 75
(AR) 25
 (QA) 50
(VARC) 50

A total of 200 questions for 200 marks

Important CET Exam  Date

Events Dates
Activation of MHT CET registration login 2024 January 10, 2024
MHT CET 2024 application form release date January 16, 2024
MHT CET application form 2024 last date March 8, 2024
MHT CET registration 2024 dates by paying a late fee of Rs 500 March 9 to 15, 2024
CET fee payment last date - online mode only March 16, 2024
Application form correction dates MHT CET 2024 March 20 to 22, 2024
Availability of MHT CET admit card April 10, 2024 (Tentatively)
MHT CET PCB exam date 2024 (Revised) April 16 to 23, 2024 April 22, 23, 24, 28, 29 and 30, 2024
PCM MHT CET exam date 2024 (Revised) April 25 to 30, 2024 May 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, 15, 16 and 17, 2024
MHT CET 2024 Answer Key Release To be notified
Answer Key Objection To be notified
Announcement of MHT CET 2024 Result To be notified


IIM WAT PI Experience Dockets

In order to get a seat in the B school, DTE conducts counseling in the month of July but due to Covid things have changed. The aspirants need to register themselves for the counseling process and the seat allotment process. Only these aspirants who register are qualified to appear for the counseling process. MAH-CET  Centralized Allotment Process (CAP) is the process followed during MHCET counseling. The aspirants need to submit their preferred choice of courses and colleges during the counseling process




CMAT (Common Management Admission Test)

Another exam that all MBA aspirants can attempt is CMAT (Common Management Admission Test). This exam is the national-level MBA entrance exam which is conducted by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE).  It is accepted by more than 400 top colleges through CMAT in India. Through CMAT we can get admission into top B schools like JBIMS, KJ Somaiya, GIM, and many other premier institutions.



CMAT Exam Eligibility

The eligibility criteria for CMAT is:

  • Candidates must hold a bachelor's degree of minimum three-year duration or equivalent in any stream from AICTE approved institute/university.
  •  Final year students of graduate courses (10+2+3) are also eligible for CMAT, provided the results are declared before the commencement of admission
  •  There’s no age limit for CMAT
  •  The candidate must be a citizen of India
  • However, the minimum score requirement of maximum CMAT participating colleges is 50 % (45% for reserved categories).

CMAT Exam Process

STEP 1: Application Process

  • Candidates need to register as new users on the official CMAT website.
  • After successful registration, they will receive a login ID which will be used for all login purposes.
  • Ensure not to miss out on important dates related to the application process.

STEP 2: Admit Card

  • CMAT admit cards will be available for download on the official website according to the schedule.
  • Registered candidates can download the admit cards until the day before the exam.

This process ensures that candidates are well-prepared and informed about the CMAT exam and its requirements.

CMAT Exam Pattern

The CMAT exam is held for 180 minutes. The test comprises of hundred questions divided into four sections: Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation, Logical Reasoning, Language Comprehension, and General Awareness. There’s a negative marking of one (1) mark for each wrong answer.

Section Number of Questions Marks
Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation 25 100
General Awareness 25 100
Logical Reasoning 25 100
Language Comprehension 25 100

Total of 100 questions for 400 marks

CMAT Exam Dates & Schedule:

CMAT Exam Event Dates (Expected)
CMAT 2024 registration and application process 29'March, 2024 - 18'April, 2024
CMAT 2024 form correction 19'April 2024 - 21'April, 2024
Admit Cards Release May - 2024
CMAT Exam Date May - 2024
Result Announcement Date  Jun - 2024



  1. CMAT has a negative marking in the exam which means that the aspirant should be cautious and balance the accuracy. CET, on the other hand, has no negative marking, students can attempt all the questions and do the guesswork
  2. CMAT is the national-level exam conducted by AICTE and MAH-CET is the state-level exam conducted by DTE, Maharashtra.
  3. The proportion of Quants questions in the entire paper is more in CMAT than in CET
  4.  They asked Visual reasoning questions in CET whereas in the CMAT exam such questions are not asked.
  5. The reading comprehension in the CMAT is not of conventional type, these RCs are not traditional long RCs but these are short paragraph-based RCs.
  6. The paper on the CET has more reasoning questions, almost around 50% of the paper contains reasoning questions. This is the main advantage for Non-Engineering students. Whereas in the CMAT only 25% of marks are allocated for logical reasoning.
  7. CET has verbal reasoning questions. Around 20 questions are from this section. But these kinds of questions don’t appear in CMAT.

Learn from CMAT Toppers and get 99.99%ile

Aspirants who are preparing for the entrance exam should concentrate on all the exams and try to excel in all. This gives the students a clear advantage in selecting their preferred B school from the available options. Concentrate on your preparation and follow all the guidelines given by your mentors.

All the best!!!

Also read:

Top Colleges through CET    CET Preparation      CET Exam Details

How to crack verbal ability      How to Crack CET     CAT & CET          

How to prepare for CET in one month        MAH-CET Preparation Plan

How to crack LR in MBA CET        MBA CET Syllabus                    

List of colleges accepting MAH-CET scores 

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