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CMAT 2017 Selection Process

CMAT (Common Management Admission Test) 2017 is a national level test which is held for admissions to the post graduate management programmes of premier B-schools in the country. CMAT 2017 will be conducted by All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) in January 2017 in online (Computer based test) mode.

CMAT result will be declared in the last week of January.  After the announcement of results and declaration of merit list, the qualified candidates will be called for further rounds of counselling. CMAT 2017 Selection Procedure is based on the marks scored by the candidate in the CMAT 2017, Group Discussion and Personal Interview or Written Ability Test.

CMAT 2016 Selection Procedure

The CMAT 2017 Selection Procedure has a total of three steps. These steps are given below –

  1. CMAT 2017 Score
  2. CMAT 2017 Group Discussion (GD)
  3. CMAT 2017 Personal Interview  (PI) and/or Written Ability Test (WAT)

After the shortlisting of students based on their CMAT 2017 scores, a merit list will be prepared and declared on the official website. Those candidates whose names have appeared in the merit list will be called for the next round of selection process.

The CMAT 2017 Selection Process is different for every institute. Some of the steps may vary according to the requirements of the college that is conducting the counselling. Usually, the candidates are required to participate in a Group Discussion round and a Personal Interview round. Additionally, there may be a Written Ability Test, depending on the institute’s criteria for selection.

The qualified candidates will be required to visit the respective institutes for which they have applied in their application process for the purpose of final selection. The multiple rounds of selection will be held at the campus of the concerned institute. CMAT 2017 scores will be accepted by about 1000 institutes approved by AICTE.

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Based on the performance of a candidate in the various rounds of GD, PI and WAT, the final list of students selected for admission will be either put up on the official website or notified through individual call letters to the selected students.

CMAT 2017 Group Discussion

CMAT 2017 Group Discussion is the next step in the selection procedure after AICTE CMAT 2017 exam. Candidates who qualify CMAT 2017 by scoring minimum cut-off marks will be shortlisted and a merit list will be prepared in order of their performance.

CMAT Participating institutes will then call candidates from this merit list for the round of Group Discussion (GD). The candidate will be required to travel to the respective institute in which they have applied as the further rounds will be conducted at the college’s campus.

The Group Discussion round is aimed at figuring out how the candidate tends to work in a team. The candidate may be tested for an inclination to take charge or initiative. An optimistic, positive attitude and a tendency to resolve conflicts and ensure that the team members can move forward smoothly are traits that are desirable.

As a part of GD, the candidates may be split in groups of 10 or so and then, they may be given a topic related to current affairs or business affairs to discuss. The time duration for the GD may be anything from five to ten minutes.

Points are awarded on the basis of the initiation skill (who starts off the GD), negotiation skills (who convinces other of his or her idea), managerial skills (who is able to ensure that the GD doesn’t get off track and goes on smoothly), encouragement skills (who is able to ensure that everyone gets a chance to voice out their opinions) and closure skills (who is able to summarise the points discussed and bring the GD to a meaningful end.

Some other traits that are looked for is creative and logical thinking. Analytical skills and an in-depth knowledge about the topic at hand are aspects that are valued. The candidate must also be able to project a confident, take-charge image. Leadership qualities are highly appreciated in Group Discussion rounds.

The candidates may also be given a real-life business scenario to test their business and managerial acumen. In such a situation, the candidate should try to ensure that he or she doesn’t come under any kind of stress and manages to steer his or her way through the exercise calmly and smoothly.

CMAT 2017 Personal Interview

The candidates who successfully qualify the CMAT 2017 Group Discussion round will be called for the next round of the selection procedure, which is Personal Interview (PI).

CMAT 2017 Personal Interview is the next step in the CMAT 2017 Selection Procedure, after the GD round is over. This round is aimed at getting to know who the candidate really is as compared to how he works with others in a team, which is usually assessed through the prior round of Group Discussion.

Personal Interview is not affected by external factors such as past academic performance or other fellow candidates. It is just the candidate with the interviewers. So it is important to make sure that the candidates are well-prepared for this round and are able to positively clear it.

A confident personality, a creative thought process and an innovative bent of mind are the parameters that are looked for in the candidate. If the candidate can maintain a calm and composed persona without getting flustered under pressure, then chances are that he or she would get selected, given everything else is in order.

This round of Personal Interaction also provides the candidate with an opportunity to explain his or her past academic performance, any prior voluntary work he may have done and other achievements. The panel’s aim here is to get to know the candidate and determine if he would fit in well with the college’s culture. So, it is highly recommended that the candidates do their homework and find out all the important information of the B-school that they are appearing for.

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The candidate should know the answers to some very common questions like “Tell us something about yourself” and “What are your strengths and weaknesses”. These are questions that are asked as ice-breakers in every interview and being ill-prepared for such questions will give off a very bad impression.

Here, the candidategets an opportunity to turn the interview in his or her favour. The panel on the other hand, also gets the chance to drill the candidates about any existing loopholes. Hence, the candidate should be able to justify any thing that has been mentioned in his profile and have reasonable explanations for any discrepancies. 

The interviewers are sometimes known to ask such questions that are designed specifically to put the candidate under undue stress. In such a situation, as soon as the candidate realises that the panel is trying to test him, he must try to maintain his cool and reply with confidence.

If the candidate is able to face the pressure test successfully, it immediately proves his managerial worth to the panel and tells them that the interviewee would perform well under real-life stress situations. Hence, it is very important for the candidates to ensure that they don’t get nervous at any point and are able to navigate any sharp corners with ease.

In addition to the Personal Interview, some institutes may also conduct a Written Ability Test (WAT). This round is designed to test the candidate’s awareness about world affairs or his opinion on certain important issues. Reading the newspaper regularly and going through important magazines is highly recommended for successful preparation of this round.

CMAT 2017 Final Selection

The Final Selection for CMAT 2017 will be done on the basis of a candidate’s performance in all the above mentioned steps. A final list will be prepared after taking into consideration the candidate’s performance in Group discussion, Personal Interview and/or Written Ability Test rounds.

Those candidates who have been selected by the institute for final admissions will be notified either through their call letters which may be sent to them via post or email, or a list may be declared on the website of the institute.

Candidates are hence advised to check the official websites of different institutes to which they have applied regularly and also, to check their emails frequently.

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