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Understanding the difference between the top MBA entrance exams is helpful to candidates to choose better universities. XAT vs CMAT section covers the details about XAT, CMAT and the comparison between XAT & CMAT.

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XAT remains for Xaviers’ Aptitude Test. It is a national level test directed by XLRI consistently to select the most suitable candidates for management education. Furthermore, more than 100 different colleges will accept XAT exam scores to consider students for the administration programs.


Common Management Admission Test (CMAT) is an online computer-based test conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA), India. It is a national-level admission test for facilitating institutions to select suitable students for Admission in all Management programmes approved by AICTE.

XAT Vs CMAT – Comparative Analysis

  • All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) conducts CMAT while XLRI conduct XAT.

  • XAT is the MBA entrance test for XLRI, SPJIMR, IMT, XIMB and 150 other MBA colleges. IIMs, FMS, MDI, IITs, SPJIMR and other top MBA colleges in India do not accept CMAT score.

  • CMAT is of low difficulty level exam as compared to XAT exam.

  • No candidate in CMAT is disqualified and is eligible for shortlisting, however IIMs shortlist the candidates on the basis of minimum qualifying sectional score.

Exam Date January 6, 2019 January 19, 2019 (Tentative)
When to Apply August 3rd week to December 2nd week October 2nd week to December 3rd week
Exam Conducted by Xavier School of Management (XLRI) Jamshedpur All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE)
Testing Mode Computer Based Test Computer Based Test
Total Questions 100 (Since 2017, earlier 98)
99 Questions in 2019
Overall Time Limit to Attempt the Exam 3 hours 3 hours
ype of Questions 99 MCQs 100 MCQs
Answer Options for MCQs 5 4
Marks Awarded for each Correct Answer 1 4
Negative Marking 74 MCQs with 1/4 negative marking; No negative marking for 25 MCQs on GK 1/4 negative marking
CAT Vs XAT Difficulty Difficulty level is higher Easy to Moderate
Difference Between XAT & CMAT Syllabus:
Total Sections 3 (Main sections)
1 (GK)
Section-1 Verbal and Logical Ability – 26 questions Logical reasoning – 25 questions
Section-2 Decision Making – 21 questions Language Comprehension – 25 questions
Section-3 Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation – 27 questions Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation – 25 questions
Section-4 General Awareness – 25 questions General Awareness – 25 questions
Facility to Choose Order of Sections Yes, Any question from any section within overall time limit Yes, Any question from any section within overall time limit
Individual Sectional Time Limit No Sectional Limit No Sectional Limit
Top MBA Colleges Accepting Exam Score XLRI, SPJIMR, IMT, TAPMI, XIMB and 145 other MBA colleges JBIMS, K J Somaiya, N L Dalmiya, IFMR, PUMBA, BIMTECH, Great Lakes, GIM Goa and hundreds of other MBA colleges