CMAT_vs_CET

CMAT vs CET

The Common Management Admission Test (CMAT) is a standardised computer-based entrance examination held annually by the National Testing Agency (NTA). It serves as a prerequisite for admission into numerous management institutes offering MBA and PGDM programs across India. The online test comprises 5 sections - Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation, Logical Reasoning, Language Comprehension, General Awareness and Innovation and Entrepreneurship - with 20 questions in each section. Candidates have to attempt 100 multiple-choice questions within the stipulated time of 180 minutes.

The Maharashtra Common Entrance Test (MAH-CET) is a state-level entrance exam conducted annually by the State Common Entrance Test Cell, Maharashtra for admission into MBA, MMS and PGDM programs offered by various institutes in the state. The 2-hour 30-minute online exam assesses candidates in four sections - Logical Reasoning, Quantitative Aptitude, Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension through multiple choice questions.

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CMAT vs CET Exam Pattern

Particulars

CMAT

MAHCET

Total Questions

100

200

Total marks

400

200

No. of sections

5

4

Time Duration

180 mins

150 mins

Marking scheme

+4 for each correct answer

+1 for each correct answer

Negative marking

-1 for each wrong answer

No negative marking

CMAT vs CET Syllabus 2024

CMAT syllabus is divided into 5 sections - Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation, Logical Reasoning, Language Comprehension and General Awareness and Innovation and Entrepreneurship. 

  • The Quantitative Techniques section covers topics like arithmetic, algebra, geometry, numbers, data sufficiency and data interpretation like tabulation, bar graphs, pie charts and line graphs. 
  • The logical Reasoning section includes Analytical reasoning, ranking tests, Blood relationships, Cause and Effects, statements and arguments, Sequencing, Directions and distance, Coding and decoding, Linear Arrangements, and Matrix Arrangements etc. 
  • Language Comprehension includes English grammar, Para completion, Sentence Improvement, Reading comprehension, Jumbled para, One-word substitution, Idioms and Phrases and vocabulary. 
  • The General Awareness section has questions from current affairs, business, economics, management and other general knowledge areas.

MAH MBA CET exam syllabus consists of four sections - Logical Reasoning, Quantitative Aptitude, Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension. 

  • The Logical Reasoning section covers analytical reasoning, series formation, puzzles, syllogisms, direction sense, seating arrangement and critical reasoning. 
  • Quantitative Aptitude includes topics like arithmetic, algebra, numbers, geometry, measurement and data interpretation. 
  • Verbal Ability tests vocabulary and grammar including synonyms, antonyms, idioms, phrases, and fill-in-the-blanks.

Colleges Accepting CMAT Score

Some of the colleges accepting CMAT Score are as follows:

  • Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies(JBIMS), 
  • Sydenham Institute of Management Studies and Research and Entrepreneurship Educations(SIMSREE), 
  • Great Lakes Institute of Management(GLIM), 
  • K J Somaiya Mumbai, 
  • Welingkar Mumbai, 
  • Goa Institute of Management, 
  • Jaipuria Institute of Management, 
  • IMS School of Business, 
  • Xavier Institute of Management and Entrepreneurship, 
  • KIIT school of management, 
  • SIES College of Management Studies, 
  • New Delhi Institute of Management, 
  • Jagan Institute of Management, 
  • International School of Business and Media, 
  • SCMS Cochin School of Business, 
  • FIIB New Delhi, 
  • Calcutta Business School, 
  • Jaypee Business School, 
  • EMPI Business School, 
  • International Institute of Management Studies Pune, 
  • Institute of Financial Management and Research, Chennai.

Colleges Accepting MAHCET Score

Some of the colleges accepting MAHCET Score are as follows:

  • Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies(JBIMS), 
  • Sydenham Institute of Management Studies and Research and Entrepreneurship Educations(SIMSREE),
  • K J Somaiya Mumbai, Welingkar Mumbai, 
  • N. L. Dalmia Institute of Management Studies and Research, Mumbai, 
  • S.I.E.S College of Management Studies, 
  • Department of Management Sciences(PUMBA), Bombay 
  • St. Xavier College Soc.’s Xavier Institute of Management & Research, Mumbai, 
  • METs Institute of Mumbai, 
  • Chetana’s Ramprasad Khandelwal Institute of Management & Research, Mumbai, 
  • Lala Lajpatrai Institute of Management, Mumbai, 
  • MAEER’s MIT School of Management, Pune, 
  • Rizvi Institute of Management Studies and Research, 
  • Don Bosco Institute of Technology, Mumbai, 
  • St. Francis Institute of Management & Research, 
  • Vivekanand Education Society, Mumbai.

CMAT vs MAHCET Exam Fees

CMAT College FeesMAHCET College Fees
INR 2000 (General Category)INR 1000 (General Category)
INR 1000 (Reserved Category)INR 800 (Reserved Category)


There are some key differences between the two exams in terms of conducting body, exam pattern, syllabus coverage and acceptance level. CMAT scores are accepted by thousands of B-schools across India while MAH-CET scores are valid mainly in Maharashtra. 

  • The exam pattern and duration vary for both as well. While preparing, aspirants must align their preparation strategy as per the focal exam. 
  • With adequate preparation, a focused approach and rigorous practice, candidates can aim to score well in either of these exams for admission into good MBA colleges. 

The final choice between CMAT and MAH-CET depends on individual preferences for colleges and exam convenience.In a nutshell, both CMAT and MAH-CET serve as prominent gateways to access quality management education through a wide range of renowned institutes. Candidates must identify the exam aligned to their requirements to showcase their MBA readiness.

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