CMAT: Application Form, Exam Dates, Eligibility, Toppers Tips & Preparation Guide

    Urvashi Singhal Urvashi Singhal
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    Common Management Admission Test is a gateway to more than 1000 AICTE approved institutes such as Goa Institute of Management, JBIMS, Great Lakes Institute, and SIMSREE. Organized by NTA, it is a 3 hour long computer based test consisting of a total 100 questions from 4 sections.

    For 2020 session, NTA released the CMAT Result on February 4, 2020 along with the corresponding answer key and merit list. Out of the the 63,297 candidates who sat for the exam, only one of them was able to score a 100 percentile while 7 test-takers scored 99.99 percentile. CMAT Merit List is still available on the official website along with individual CMAT Scorecards. Applicants can access the PDF by entering their ID and password on the official CMAT website.

    Concerning CMAT 2021, the application process will commence from first week of November 2020 and will be available till December second week on The paper is expected to be administered in 4th week of January 2020. Candidates are advised to keep following the page and official website for more updates on CMAT 2021.

    Important Highlights of CMAT 2021

    FeatureDetailsAdditional Information
    CMAT 2021 Conducting AuthorityNational Testing Agency (NTA)Conducted by AICTE from 2014 to 2018
    Exam LevelNationalExclusive Management entrance test conducted by NTA
    CMAT Periodicity Once in a yearTill 2015 it was conducted twice every year
    CMAT Official (Management Entrance Test Section)
    CMAT Mode of ApplicationOnline Document Uploading, fee payment and Admit Card Download in Online Mode
    CMAT Exam ModeOnline3 Hour Computer Based Test in single session
    CMAT Score Validity1 yearNTA Releases Merit List along with Scorecard
    CMAT Score Accepting Colleges1000+ collegesBy all AICTE Approved Colleges
    CMAT Helpdesk

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    CMAT 2021 vs MAT, CAT & XAT 

    Factors CAT XAT MAT CMAT
    No. of Papers 1111
    No. of Questions 10099200100
    Duration 3 hours 3 hours150 minutes 3 hours
    No. of Sections 454
    Level of Difficulty HighModerate Moderate Moderate 
    Marking Scheme 

    Correct Answer: +3

    Correct Answer: +1 

    Correct Answer: +1

    Correct Answer: +4

    Incorrect Answer: -1 

    Incorrect Answer: -0.25 Incorrect Answer: -.25Incorrect Answer: -1
    No. of times the exam is conducted in a year 141

    What are the programs offered through CMAT?

    MBA2 yearsRecognized bachelor’s degree of minimum 3 years with at least 50% marks (45% for the candidates belonging to a reserved category).
    PGCM1 to 2 yearsRecognized bachelor’s degree of minimum 3 years.
    Executive PGDM15 months
    • Recognized bachelor’s degree of minimum 3 years with at least 50% marks (45% for the candidates belonging to a reserved category).
    • At least 5 years relevant managerial/supervisory work experience.

    What is CMAT Eligibility Criteria for PwD Candidates?

    NTA considers persons with benchmark disabilities with over 40 percent specified disability. Specified disability means that it is mentioned in Schedule of the RPwD Act 2016. Following disabilities are approved: 

    • Blindness and low vision
    • Deaf and hard of hearing
    • Locomotor disability with cerebral palsy, leprosy, dwarfism, acid attack victims and muscular distrophy
    • Autism, intellectual disability, specified learning diability and mental illness
    • Multiple disabilities

    Facility of scribe will be provided to anyone with benchmark disability if there is limitation in writing, it will also be provided if people with locomotor disability desire. In case of other diabilities the scribe facility will be provided when certificate is produced

    Note: 1 hour additional compensatory time will be allocated to candidates availing facility of scribe/ reader/ assistant

    Check CMAT 2021 General Eligbility Criteria 

    How many Candidates Register for CMAT every year?

    Thousands of candidates register and appear for Common Management Admission Test every year. Below given is the statistics of CMAT Registrations on an average. The list below includes candidates from PwD category.

    Male Female  Total 
    Category  Registered  Category  Registered Category  Registered 
    General  25879 General  23877General  49756
    SC  2228 SC  1594SC  3823
    ST  605ST 483ST  1089
    OBC  9947 OBC  6672 OBC  16621
    Total  40846 Total 33636Total  74486

    Read more about CMAT 2021 Registration Process

    CMAT Reservation Criteria

    Although there is no centralized reservation policy for CMAT candidates, many of the business schools that accept CMAT scores follow the guidelines enumerated by the Government of India. Individuals who suffer from a disability that impairs more than 40% of their abilities can claim the Pwd (Person with Disabilities) status.

    CategoryReservation (in percentage)
    Scheduled Caste15%
    Scheduled Tribe7.5%
    Other Backward Classes (Non-Creamy Layer)27%
    General / Open50.5%
    PwD5% in each category

    CMAT Query Redressal System

    NTA has established a Quesry redressal system (QRS) based on web technology. It aims to address queries and grievances of registered candidates due to appear for the exam. It is a 24 hour problem solution portal. A unique registration number will be generated for each query in case candidates wish to track their status. 

    It is advised that candidates should use this system before sending their queries on the official email id. 

    Candidates with disabilities that require a scribe/reader/lab assistant during the CMAT 2021 exam may submit a request to their respective exam centre superintendent. The superintendent must be notified regarding the candidate’s requirement of scribe/reader and disability certificate issued under the candidate’s name.

    Change of Name post CMAT Registration

    If the candidate’s name has been changed due to any event such as marriage, then a relevant document in its correspondance is required to present an official document. Any of the following documents can be presented

    • Marriage Certificate/ Divorce Decree, Legal Name Change Document
    • ST / SC candidates are required to bring valid caste certificate in original and photocopy (attested) 
    • Physically Disabled candidates are required to bring valid Disability certification in original and photocopy (attested)

    Exam Centers for CMAT 2021

    CMAT 2021 will be conducted in 84 cities across India. Candidates have to choose 4 CMAT Exam Centers at the time of filling in the application form. The test cities will be allotted based on the availability of slots. It is to be noted that the exam conducting authority reserves the right to change or cancel the test time/date at their own discretion. Given below are the exam cities for CMAT 2021:

    CMAT Test Cities
    AhmednagarChandigarh/ Mohali/ PanchkulaGuwahatiKolhapurNavi MumbaiTrivandrum
    Allahabad/ PrayagrajChennaiGwaliorKolkataGreater Noida/ NoidaUdaipur
    BangaloreDelhi/ New DelhiJaipurMangaloreRajkotGuntur
    TirupatiVijayawadaBhilai/ Durg/ Bhilai NagarAnandGandhinagarKadi/ Mehsana
    Note: Candidates are NOT allowed to carry Instrument / Geometry / Pencil box, Handbag, Purse, Any kind of Paper / Stationery / Textual Material (printed or written material, Eatables (loose or packed) and Water, Mobile Phone / Ear Phone / Microphone / Pager, Calculator, Camera, Tape Recorder, any metallic item or electronic gadgets etc. in the examination room / hall.  

    Exam Pattern for CMAT

    Comprehensive knowledge of the paper pattern is essential for the candidates to plan their preparation. Quick highlights of CMAT 2021 Exam Pattern are given below:

    Highlights of CMAT Exam Pattern
    Mode of examComputer-Based (CBT)
    Type of questionsObjective or MCQ 
    Number of sections4 (Quantitative Aptitude, Logical Reasoning, English and General Awareness)
    Duration of exam180 minutes 
    Number of questions100; each section will have 25 questions
    Total marks400 marks 
    CMAT marking scheme

    +4 for each correct answer 

    -1 for each wrong answer

    Note: Visually Impaired or Cerebral Palsy Candidates will be given a time extension of twenty minutes for every hour of the test, thus for 3-hour test you will get a total of 'One Hour' extra.

    Sectional Exam Pattern of CMAT

    CMAT 2021 Exam Sections  Number of Questions  Maximum Marks Section-wise 
     Language Comprehension  25  100 
     Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation  25  100 
     Logical Reasoning  25  100 
     General Awareness  25  100 
     Total  100  400 

    What are Important Topics in CMAT Syllabus?

    There is no official CMAT Syllabus. However, based on the previous year papers, the most important topics for each section (Language Skills, Quantitative Skills, Logical Reasoning, and General Awareness) are given below:

    Language Comprehension

    The language comprehension section generally assesses a candidate’s verbal reasoning and reading comprehension by posing 25 MCQ questions on topics such as synonyms, antonyms, vocabulary, error correction, jumbled words, etc.

    Verbal ReasoningSyllogisms
    Contextual UsageAnalogies
    Antonyms and SynonymsFill in the Blanks
    Jumbled ParagraphsSentence Correction
    Foreign Language Words used in EnglishEnglish Usage Errors
    Sentence ImprovementOdd one out
    Idioms and PhrasesOne word substitution
    Different usage of the same wordFact, Inference and Judgement
    Paragraph CompletionReading Comprehension

    General Awareness

    General Awareness usually covers topics regarding current and static information about India and the world, current affairs, history, awards, politics and science etc.

    Current Affairs of National EconomyBusiness
    Current Affairs of International EconomyPersonalities in News
    Major Corporate EventsFamous Awards and Prizes
    World RecordsBooks and Authors
    GeographyInternational Organizations
    Important QuotationsTrade Awareness
    Sports NewsFinance
    Indian ConstitutionCulture
    PoliticsScience in Everyday Life

    Logical Reasoning

    This section tests a candidate’s ability to solve various problems logically and utilize analytical reasoning to solve puzzles, arrangement questions, cause and effect situations, evaluate statements and assumptions etc.

    Critical ReasoningVisual Reasoning
    Seating ArrangementNumber Series
    DirectionBlood Relations
    SequencingSymbol Based Problems
    Clocks and CalendarsAnalogy Test
    Cause and EffectRanking Tests
    Statements and AssumptionsIdentifying Valid Inferences and Arguments
    Statements and ConclusionsTrue and False
    Matrix ArrangementsNon-Verbal Reasoning

    Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation

    This portion of the exam tests the candidate’s numerical aptitude, mathematical ability and economic concepts. Data Interpretation includes an understanding of data that is presented through a variety of forms such as pie charts, graphs, etc and problem-solving based on the interpreted data. Short cuts are extremely useful in the section of the exam.

    Geometry and TrigonometryLines, Angles, Triangles etc.
    Rations and ProportionPercentages
    In equationsAlgebra
    Profit and LossAverages
    Partnership (Accounts)Time-Speed-Distance
    Work and TimeNumber System
    HCF and LCMGeometric Progression
    Arithmetic ProgressionArithmetic Mean
    Geometric MeanMedian, Mode and BODMAS
    MensurationAllegation and Mixtures
    Pipes and CisternsSimple Interest and Compound Interest
    Set TheoryVenn Diagram
    Instalment PaymentsClocks
    Permutations and CombinationsBinomial Expansion
    CalendarMaxima and Minima Progression

    Toppers Recommended Books for CMAT

    Topic  Book Name  Author 
     Quantitative Aptitude and Data Interpretation  Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Examinations  RS Agarwal 
     Accredited Guide to Data Interpretation and Data Sufficiency  Anant Ashisha 
     Data Analysis & Interpretation Data Sufficiency  Think Tank of Kiran Prakashan 
    Logical Reasoning  A modern approach to logical reasoning  RS Agarwal 
     How to Prepare for Logical Reasoning for CAT  Arun Sharma 
     Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation for CAT  Nishit Sinha 
    Language Comprehension  The Pearson Guide to Verbal Ability  Sujit Kumar 
     How to Prepare for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension?  Arun Sharma & Meenakshi Updadhyay 
     CAT Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension  Gautam Puri 
     General Awareness  General Knowledge  Disha Experts 
     Face to Face MAT with 19 Years (1197-2016)  BS SIjwali 

    CMAT Sample Papers

    Other than the books, practicing sample papers will help the candidate to ace the exam. They serve as an excellent aid in understanding the paper pattern and most frequently occurring topics. Candidates can predict the expected questions as well.

    Students are advised to take regular mock tests and practice sample question papers. Regular mock tests help the students to assess their preparation level and also makes them aware of their strengths and weaknesses. There are many online portals which offer mock tests consisting of sample questions papers. Mock tests give the students a real-time feel of the actual examination environment. It helps the student to learn to better manage time during the actual examination. It also helps them to identify the areas which require more revision before the exams.

    Candidates can download mock tests by using the following method:

    • Visit the official portal of NTA or CMAT
    • Click on the ‘Student Registration (Mock Tests) Link
    • You can select a mode of Login (via Google / Facebook / Mobile No.)
    • Select the exam for which you want to take the mock test.
    • Enter the issued Username and Password.
    • Start taking the mock tests.

    Candidates can download the section-wise CMAT Sample Papers from the link given below to measure their preparation level and carve out their strong and weak areas. 

    Important Note: NTA has established Test Practice Centers (TPCs) all over the country for the candidates appearing in the exams from 2019 onwards. Students can train themselves before sitting in the CBT exam.
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    CMAT Test Practice Centers by NTA

    NTA has provided candidates with an established network of Test Practice Centers in order to facilitate students get an idea of computer based examination. Candidates due to appear for CMAT 2021 can practice and train themselves before the actual examination with the help of TPCs. 

    Training officers will be present at the practice centers to guide the candidates. Along with this NTA TPC app is also available for candidates to choose their nearest practice center. 

    Steps to Register for TPCs

    Step 1: Visit official website of NTA and navigate to “Student Registration” for practoce center.

    Step 2: Select one way to login: either Gmail or Facebook

    Step 3: Enter Gmail username and password and click on particular gmail id to be used.

    Step 4: Enter the following in order: personal information, contact information, academic information

    Step 5: Mention exam information (CMAT)

    Step 6: On the basis of currect geographical location of the candidate, select 5 preferred practice center venue. 

    Step 7: Schedule and timing selection has to be picked and confirm the details.

    Step 8: Once done with the registration, a message will be delivered to the contact number. Approval of center is subject to availability.

    Note: A final confirmation message will be sent to the candidate stating alloted center and address. In case preference is not approved, you will be asked to reschedule. 

    Top CMAT Coaching Centers

    Here is the city-wise life of coaching institutes for you:

    CityCMAT Coaching Center
    DelhiEndeavor Careers Pvt. Ltd
    Brilliant Academy of Learning
    ChennaiTriumphant Institute of Management Education Pvt. Ltd. (T.I.M.E.)
    KolkataErudite Educational Centre
    AhmedabadExpert Educare Pvt. Ltd 

    CMAT Previous Years Toppers’ Preparation Tips

    Candidates that are planning to appear in CMAT 2021 can take into consideration the preparation strategy and tips offered by individuals who have previously excelled in CMAT. Give below is a list of advice and strategies offered by previous year toppers: 

    Kshitij Madan (CMAT 2019, AIR – 2): A graduate in Bachelor of Engineering (BE) from Ramdev College of Engineering, Kshitij Madan aims to get into a good B-School to further his career. He started preparing for the CAT exam early on, and thus simultaenously studied for CMAT. He mentioned that to achieve the work-life balance he required to study for CMAT, he left his full time job and instead joined a start up which gave him ample time to study. In the last stretch of his studies, he left his job to focus on studying full time. 

    Shubhandeep Basak (CMAT 2015): A gold medalist in Electrical Engineering, Shubhandeep Basak voices his interest ranging far and wide, from singing to travelling, Basak believes that an individual should focus on all round development.  He appeared for many management entrance exams such as XAT, CAT, IIFT, SNAP, NMAT and MAH CET, aside from CMAT and reported utilizing the same preparation strategy for all of them: 

    • After completing a certain section, he would take section-wise mock test to figure out his weakenesses
    • After working sufficiently on his mistakes, he took full length mock tests
    • Instead of taking mock tests to ascertain his marks, he would take them to get comfortable with the test environment
    • For preparation, he used material provided by T.I.M.E institute, as well as Quantum Cat by Sarvesh Sharma, MBA Entrance Examinations by Nishit Sinha, Six Weeks to Words of Power by Wilfred Funk, and and  Word Power Made Easy by Norman Lewis.
    • For GK, he mainly kept himself updated by reading several different newspapers. Guesswork isn’t useful in this section since the applicant either knows the answer or doesn’t.

    His advice to prospective CMAT aspirants is as follows: 

    • Don’t give a lot of mock tests for the sake of completing mock tests. Make sure that whenever you complete a test, you fully analyze it. If the applicant is completing a full mock test, it is important to maintain concetration for the entire 3 hour stretch. 
    • Do not completely forget to prepare for CMAT due to other management exams
    • Do not create a very time sensitive timetable, there should be space for flexibility. A subject should preferably be studied for 1-2 hours and not more than that. It is okay to mix subjects up. 

    Saras Suhane (CMAT 2018): A 100 percentiler and a JBIMS graduate, Saras Suhane made sure that he covered all bases when preparing for CMAT. 

    • He brushed up regularly on topical news and kept up to date with daily news 
    • Prepared his GK with school level books from 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, and 10th standard
    • Focused on the basics in Logical Reasoning and become thorough

    Bhargav Desai (CMAT 2019, AIR-3): Bhargav gave CMAT 2019 with the aim to pursue of Master of Management Studies (MMS) from SIMSREE and specialize in Operations and Supply Chain Management. 

    • He attempted General Knowlege first and then followed it with Quantitative, Reasoning and at last ended with the Language Comprehension and verbal section. 
    • He did not end up taking coaching separately for CMAT but instead prepped for it alongside CAT 
    • His advice to future CMAT candidates is that they should have a basic understanding of GK that is holistic i.e. it covers different areas like History, Economics and Georgraphy. 

    Amitrajit Chakrabarti (CMAT 2014, AIR-6): Due to his interest in the stock market and management, Amitrajit decided to choose management as a career option. 

    • He reported starting with the GK section first, then the language section, and finally ending his preparation with the QT & DI section. 
    • Many of the topics that are present in the GK section are learned in school and thus, one should revise school level GK he says
    • Since Logical Reasoning is time consuming, it is better to attempt the sections that you are most comfortable with first and not get fixated when you work on the LR section

    Gaurav Dave (CMAT 2014): With a 99.97 Percentile, Gaurav was sure to be one of the toppers of CMAT 2014. The advice that he gives to prospective candidates is the following: 

    • He believes that a candidate needs to complete around 8-12 mock tests with a 3-4 day interval before giving the exam. 
    • The mocks should be taken around a month before the final exam, so it should take somewhere around 30-35 days in total to complete these mocks 
    • He advices his own students to start preparing anytime between July 15 to August 15 for the next CMAT exam

    Top Colleges under CMAT

    All AICTE approved Institutes / Departments / Constituent Colleges / Affiliated Colleges of Universities are expected to accept CMAT scores. The specific notifications issued by Universities and State Governments are available at CMAT website, i.e.

    Given below are some of the top colleges accepting CMAT Score. Candidates clearing CMAT Cutoff and qualifying the pre-admission rounds will be called for the counselling process.

    Institute Name 
    Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies (JBIMS), MumbaiSIES College of Management Studies
    SIMSREEChrist University, Bangalore
    KJ Somaiya Institute of Management Studies & Research (KJSIMSR), MumbaiDoon Business school, Dehradun
    Goa Institute of Management, GoaGreat Lakes Institute of Management, Chennai

    Seat Intake for Top Colleges under CMAT 

    Institute CMAT 2021 Seat Intake 
    Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies (JBIMS), Mumbai18 (MMS)

    120 (MMS)

    60 (PGDBM)

    KJ Somaiya Institute of Management Studies & Research (KJSIMSR), Mumbai

    120 (PGDM)

    SIES College of Management Studies120 (PGDM)
    Goa Institute of Management, Goa240 (PGDM)
    Christ University, Bangalore700 (MBA)
    Doon Business school, Dehradun240 (MBA)
    Great Lakes Institute of Management, Chennai120 (PGDM)

    Read More About CMAT 2021 Selection Process

    How is CMAT Percentile Calculated?

    NTA has released the process for computing CMAT percentile score. Below given is the applied formula:

    Percentile in CMAT 20 (P) = (N-Candidate’s rank)/N) * 100
    *Where P is Percentile and N is Number of Candidates

    CMAT Tie Breaker Criteria

    If two or more candidates attain the same marks, then there is a tie-breaker criterion set in place to decide which candidate has a higher merit or rank and thus should be selected. If two or more candidates attain the same overall marks, then their sectional CMAT score will be utilised to ascertain the tiebreaker result. The tiebreaker criteria includes the following: 

    • Primarily the marks in the Quantiative Aptitude and Data Interpretation section will be compared. Candidate who has more marks in this section will be given preference. 
    • If the marks in this section are equal, then the candidate that scores more in the Logical Reasoning section will be preffered over the other candidate. 
    • If the marks in the Logical Reasonin section are equal, then the scores of the Language Comprehension section will be compared. Candidate with more marks in this section will be given preference. 
    • Lastly, if the candidates’ marks in the Language Comprehension section are also the same, then marks in the General Awareness section will be compared. Candidates with more marks in this section will be given preference.   

    CMAT Cut Off for Top Institutes

    CMAT 2020 Cutoff will be released course-wise and category-wise for each college. All CMAT Participating Colleges will be declaring their cutoff based on the merit list released by NTA. Candidates who will clear CMAT Cut Off and fulfill other eligibility criteria will be offered admissions in various management courses.

    Candidates can now download their CMAT 2021 Scorecard  as the merit list has been published and start applying for admission to individual colleges and participate in the selection procedure of that particular institute. Candidates are eligible to attend the selection process only if their score is higher than the CMAT 2021 Cut off set by the institutes.

    CMAT 2021 Cut Off Score to Percentile Conversion 

    Candidates who wish to apply for the top 10 colleges should expect a cutoff of 99.5+ (291). The top 20 colleges will generally accept a 99+ percentile (282) for the their PDGM and MMS programs. The main difference between the two courses rests in their selection process. While those who apply for the MMS course attain admission directly through the cutoff, individuals who have applied for the PGDM course at any institute will have to go through the process of being shortlisted and participating in the GD/PI/WAT.  Applicants who clear these cutoffs will be able to gain entry into the top 20 managment institutes in the country. A score of 300+ will be required for those wishing to get into institutes such as JBIMS, SIMSREE, SIES etc.

    • A score of 250 will be sufficient to get a call for the subsequent selection process for PGDM courses in many institutes. To obtain such a score, the candidate must have on an average attained the following marks: 85 (Logical Reasoning), 62 (Language Comprehension), 60 (General Knowledge), 71 (Quantitative Aptitude and Data Interpretation).  Read Top B-Schools Accepting CMAT Scores in India
    PercentileScore (Out of 400)

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    Expected CMAT 2021 Cutoff (Updated)

    College/University Expected CMAT 2021 CutoffAverage Placement Package (INR in Lakhs)Highest Placement Package
    Alliance School of Business, Bangalore 753-66
    Christ University, Bangalore 756.85 13
    Doon Business School, Dehradun 80623.5
    Galgotias Business School, Greater Noida 703.86
    GIBS Business School, Bangalore 703.35.95
    GITAM School of International Business 703.25
    Great Lakes Institute of Management, Chennai 90 10.1429
    Goa Institute of Management, Goa 9024.3713.73
    Institute of Financial Management and Research, Changabakkam 906-78.5
    Department of Management Studies, NIT Durgapur 85710
    Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies (JBIMS), Mumbai 99.9918.9130
    KJ Somaiya Institute of Management Studies & Research (KJSIMSR), Mumbai979.8730
    Pune University, Department of Management Studies (PUMBA DMS)906,212
    Acharya Bangalore Business School (ABBS), Bangalore7047.2
    Calcutta Business School, Kolkata 704.206
    EMPI Business School655.459.15
    Jaipuria Institute of Management


    SIES College of Management Studies99.807.1418
    WeSchool, Welingkar Institute 99.90615

    Toppers for CMAT 2020

    NTA released the final list of CMAT 2020 toppers alongside the answer key and result on February 4, 2020. This year, the NTA witnessed an increase in registrations as 74,486 applicants applied for the examination. Out of the total, 63,297 ended up clearing the exam, thus deeming it an overall sucess. Gopaljee Jha was proclaimed as the All India Rank topper after he scored a perfect 100 percentile, the only one out of the entire batch. Aside from him, seven candidates scored 99.99 percentile, a score that has provided them with a gateway to some of the country’s top management institutes. Check  Top Colleges Accepting CMAT 

    Topper Total Marks out of 400All India Rank (AIR)Percentile
    Gopaljee Jha 3471100
    Fahad Nizam 342299.99
    Jeet Mukherjee 340399.99
    Guatam Bhugra 340499.99
    Tushant Kumar 338599.99
    Kalisetty Udaya Sandhya Lakshmi Devi338699.99
    Nidshish Deshpande 335 799.99
    Archit Kottapalli 335 899.99
    Divyansh Tiwari 330 999.98
    Abhishek Jha 329 1099.98
    Yash 328 1199.98
    Haridev C 327 1299.98
    Sadhwani Nikhil Harish 327 1399.98
    Bhandwale Abhijeet Sunderrao 3271499.98
    Supreet Gupta 3251599.97
    Mukul Kumar 325 1699.97
    Siddhant Nair 324 1799.97
    Tarun Garg 3231899.97
    Saurav Tyagi 3221999.97
    Narayan Sharma3222099.97

      What is CMAT Selection Process?

      CMAT Selection Process comprises Group discussion (GD) and then Personal Interview or Written Ability Test (WAT). Each college holds its selection rounds. The institutes declare the final list of selected candidates based on the scores in CMAT 2021, GD and Personal Interview or WAT. Brief about each round is given below:

      1. Group Discussion, the candidates are segregated into groups of 10 or so and they will be given an important topic to discuss for 5 to 10 minutes. There are various criteria based on which the candidates will receive points such as -
      • Initiation Skill
      • Negotiation Skills
      • Managerial Skills
      • Encouragement Skills
      • Closure Skills

             Topics can be diverse in nature and can be related to current affairs in the fields of politics, economics, sports, and socially active issues.

           2. Writing Ability Test: The selection process in some colleges also has a WAT or a Writing Ability Test where candidates are asked to write an essay on a given topic. This is done to analyze candidate’s communication ability and analytical skills, vocabulary and grammar, awareness etc.

           3. Personal Interview is usually the final round of selection. Candidates have to appear before a panel of experts/faculty members who try to assess the candidate based on their academic background and other details mentioned in their resume such as hobbies, interests, work experience, etc. The round is conducted to analyze the candidate’s personality, attitude, suitability to the institution etc.

      Frequently Asked Questions on CMAT

      Ques. What are the programs offered through CMAT? What is the eligibility of each of those?

      Ans. The following are the courses offered: You will be eligible for PGDM, MBA and similar, PGCM and Executive PGDM programs. Eligibility criteria for admission to these programs will be as per criteria laid down by individual University / Institution. However, the eligibility criteria for different Post Graduate Management Programme in AICTE affiliated institutions is as follows:

      MBA2 yearsRecognized bachelor’s degree of minimum 3 years with at least 50% marks (45% for the candidates belonging to a reserved category).
      PGCM1 to 2 yearsRecognized bachelor’s degree of minimum 3 years.
      Executive PGDM15 months
      • Recognized bachelor’s degree of minimum 3 years with at least 50% marks (45% for the candidates belonging to a reserved category).
      • At least 5 years relevant managerial/supervisory work experience.

      Ques. Is there any age limit criteria for appearing in CMAT 2021?

      Ans. No, there is no age limit criteria for appearing in CMAT 2021.  

      Ques. What is the registration fee for CMAT 2021 and the modes of payment?

      Ans. The registration fee for CMAT 2021 is as follows: 

      CategoryMale (INR)Female (INR)

      General/ Non-creamy layer OBC

      Gen-EWS/OBC (NCL)10001000
      SC/ ST/ PWD800700
      • Any candidate can make fee payment using Credit / Debit Card, Net Banking, UPI, PayTM, and keep proof of fee paid

      Ques. Will I be able to use my coaching institute’s or a friend’s e-mail address while registering for CMAT?

      Ans. No, you must have your own valid and unique e-mail address, which should have been active prior to registration.

      Ques. Can I pay the application fee through bank demand draft, cheque or cash?

      Ans. No, CMAT 2021 registration fee cannot be paid through bank demand draft or cheque. You are required to pay it either by an online mode like a credit card, debit card, and net banking or through paying a bank challan at any SBI bank branch. You can also pay it through PayTM but for any transaction you must remember to keep proof of the transaction. 

      Ques. How can I choose a test city?

      Ans. You can select up to 4 choices of the cities at the time of online registration. Your choices in the specified order will be given due consideration and weightage. However, the actual allotment as per the order of your choice will be subject to availability of the slot in that particular city.

      Ques. What details are provided on the CMAT 2021 admit card?

      Ans. CMAT 2021 admit card contains your photograph, name, signature, CMAT Roll number, test date, test time, reporting time at the venue, venue name, venue address and brief instructions related to the exam.

      Ques. Will I receive CMAT 2021 admit card in hard copy at my home address?

      Ans. No. Apart from the CMAT 2021 admit card made available online on the website, it will be sent to your registered e-mail address. Therefore, it is mandatory for you to have a valid e-mail address provided and accessible throughout the selection process.

      Ques.  What are the details of the CMAT Customer Care Support?

      Ans. CMAT Customer Care Support is available on phone and e-mail from 8:00 AM to 10:00 PM. The helpline numbers are +91-8429996897, 9453827201 and 9453827203. The e-mail Id is Queries received by e-mail will be responded within two business days.

      Ques. Can I change my preferred CMAT exam center after I have submitted my form?

      Ans. No. You will not be able to make any changes to the submitted form. 

      Ques. Will I be able to cancel my application and apply for a refund of CMAT registration fee once after paying it?

      Ans. The cancellation of application and refund of fee will not be allowed in any circumstance.

      Ques. In case I do not appear in CMAT 2021 after registering, would I be eligible for the fee refund?

      Ans. No. The refund of the CMAT 2021 fee will not be allowed in any circumstance.

      Ques. What is the reporting time for the CMAT 2021?

      Ans. You will be required to reach the allotted exam center two hours before the CMAT 2021 exam time. The CMAT 2021 will be tentatively held at 9:30 AM on January 20, 2021. You will be required to arrive at the test center on or before 8:00 AM on the same day for security checks, identity verification and check-in. Candidates will not be allowed to enter the examination hall post 8:30. 

      Ques. What documents should I bring at the test center on the CMAT 2021 exam day?

      Ans. You need to bring a self-attested copy of the CMAT 2021 to admit card with recent passport size photo pasted on it, at least one original and valid (not expired) photo identification proof (to be matched with your name as entered in the CMAT application form).

      The acceptable photo identification proof can be driving license, passport, PAN card, voter Id, Aadhaar card or a notarized affidavit (in English) with photo, signature, date of birth and residential address. Photocopies of the original are not acceptable.

      Candidates will not be permitted to take the CMAT 2021 if photo identification is not presented. SC/ST/PD candidates are required to bring their valid category certificate in original and an attested photocopy. Attestation can be done by institute head also. PwD candidates are also required to bring a copy of their documents that are approved by a medical officer. 

      Ques. Should my name in CMAT application form match with the name appearing on the identification proof produced at the exam center?

      Ans. Yes. In case of mismatch, the exam center authority holds the right to restrict you from appearing in the exam.

      Ques. What are the permitted belongings at the CMAT 2021 exam center?

      Ans. None. You will not be permitted to bring any personal items to the test center, including but not limited to wrist-watch, cell phone or calculators. Candidates are NOT allowed to carry Instrument / Geometry / Pencil box, Handbag, Purse, Any kind of Paper / Stationery / Textual Material (printed or written material, Eatables (loose or packed) and Water, Mobile Phone / Ear Phone / Microphone / Pager, Calculator, Camera, Tape Recorder, any metallic item or electronic gadgets etc. in the examination room / hall.  

      Ques.  Will I be able to take any breaks during the CMAT 2021?

      Ans. No, you will not be given any break during the CMAT exam.

      Ques.  In case I complete my exam before three hours, would I be able to leave early?

      Ans. No. Even if you complete the exam before the scheduled end time, you will not be allowed to leave the exam hall.

      Ques. Will I be getting rough papers for calculations during the online exam?

      Ans. Yes, you will be given a computer and rough papers for calculations. Rough work cannot be done on any other paper or sheet. On completion of the test, you will have to hand over all the used rough paper to the administrator.

      Ques. Will my CMAT 2021 scores be shared with me on the test day itself?

      Ans. No, the actual results will be declared on February 2021.

      Ques. Will I be able to make changes to my postal address after submitting the CMAT application form?

      Ans. No, after submitting your application form, there is no way to change your information.

      Ques. Who all are eligible to take the CMAT exam under the Physically Disabled (PD) category?

      Ans. As per the “Persons with Disability Act, 1995”, candidate appearing for CMAT in India are qualified to be a Physically Disabled (PD) candidate, if he/she suffers from any of the listed disabilities to the extent of not less than 40% as certified by a medical authority - Visually Impaired, Physically Handicapped, Hearing Impairment or Dumb. 

      Ques. If I belong to the PD category, which all assistance devices can I bring at my CMAT exam center?

      Ans. Following are the approved assistance devices that you may select in the application form and bring to the exam center:

      • Abacus (without a calculator) for  visually impaired candidates
      • Hearing Aid for candidates with hearing impairment
      • Wheel Chair for  candidates with  Locomotor Disability/ Cerebral Palsy  
      • Screen/Font Magnification  for the  Visually Impaired    
      • Scribe/Reader for those that are   Visually Impaired/Cerebral Palsy   

      Ques. I belong to the PD category for low vision/blindness/cerebral palsy. What unique accommodation would be provided to me on the test day?

      Ans. Visually impaired and cerebral palsy candidates will be allowed to bring a scribe or reader as per the scribe norms mentioned on the CMAT official website. NTA can also provide scribe facility if you would opt for it. You will be able to interact with the scribe a day before the examination. After meeting with the identified scribe, you will be required to submit an undertaking. You will also be provided with a time extension of one hour for the computer-based test.

      Ques. How much will more time be given to the visually impaired or cerebral palsy candidates in CMAT 2021?

      Ans. Visually impaired or cerebral palsy candidates will be given a time extension of twenty minutes for every hour of the test. So for three hours’ test, you will get a total of extra one hour.

      Ques. What is the CMAT 2021 eligibility criteria for a scribe or reader?

      Ans. The scribe must:

      • Not be your family member or friend.
      • Is not involved in any academic tutoring or preparation for the test to be administered.
      • Has not completed 19 years of age as of January 20, 2021.
      • Has an academic qualification lower than that of the candidate.

      *Note that the age certificate of the scribe has to be presented at the test center.

      Ques. Which do all universities or institutes consider CMAT scores for admissions?

      Ans. All AICTE approved institutes, departments, constituent colleges, and affiliated colleges of universities are expected to accept CMAT scores. The specific notifications issued by universities and state governments are available at the CMAT official website - exam. 

      Ques. I have completed an undergraduate degree course in part-time or distance learning mode. Am I eligible to apply for the CMAT 2021 exam?

      Ans. Yes, as long as the respective statutory bodies approve it.

      Ques. Will CMAT 2021 score be considered for admissions to a part-time MBA course?

      Ans. CMAT score will be considered for admissions to all the AICTE approved part-time MBA programs.

      Ques. Is there any sectional cut-off in the CMAT 2021 examination?

      Ans. No. There is no sectional cut-off in the CMAT 2021 exam.

      Ques. For how many years is CMAT score valid?

      Ans. CMAT 2021 exam scores will be valid for the admissions to the academic year 2021-22 only.

      Ques. How are candidates assessed in CMAT?

      Ans. CMAT assesses the appearing candidates based on their attitude towards the management education and ranks them in the order of their merit. The objective of the test is not to eliminate the candidates from the process of seeking admission in the AICTE approved management programs, but to facilitate the institutions for selection of suitable candidates as per their merit. The colleges, based on their merit list can decide if the candidate of a certain rank is eligible for admission.

      Ques. I have made some mistakes in my details while registering for CMAT 2021. Will I be able to rectify it?

      Ans. You may select the ‘Existing User Login’ on the CMAT website to make changes to your details, such as an address, educational information or exam city preferences. For security reasons, editing of candidate’s full name, date of birth, e-mail Id, mobile number, state and country will not be allowed. However, if you have genuinely made a mistake in entering your date of birth or state, will have to show any evidence of the correct data at the time of examination/interview/admission. Else your candidature will be nullified.

      If you have made a mistake in filling out details for the fields which will affect the selection process (such as percentage of marks, category, gender and work experience), then you are advised to re-register with a new e-mail  Id. Your CMAT 2021 application will be considered for the latest registration and admit card will be issued for the same. Note: You will not receive a refund or admit card for your earlier registration. Failure to re-register in such circumstances may lead to the nullification of your candidature.

      Ques. Is there any detailed syllabus for the preparation of CMAT 2021?

      Ans. No. The CMAT exam does not have a defined syllabus for the preparation. However, you can attempt the mock test to understand the pattern of exam and types of questions. You should also check the CMAT website regularly for the announcement of mock test.

      *The article might have information for the previous academic years, which will be updated soon subject to the notification issued by the University/College

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      Shaik kabeer

      I am perusing my graduation and will get my degree next year that is 2021.This year can i apply or i will have to apply next year ?

      11 Oct, 2020 10:34


      The students with an offical graduation certificate are eligible to apply for CMAT 

      12 Oct, 2020 09:07
      Shreya Sarkar

      I am perusing my graduation and will get my degree next year that is 2021.This year can i apply or i will have to apply next year ?

      11 Oct, 2020 10:33
      Laxmi Mishra

      What is the first phase application fee for CMAT?

      07 Oct, 2020 14:41


      The first phase application fee is 1600/- for males and 1000/- for females and the fee is non-refundable. 

      09 Oct, 2020 21:17
      Kunal Thakrar

      Can we get admission through CMAT in PGDM in Event management?

      07 Oct, 2020 14:40

      Greetings Kunal,

      Yes, you can get admission to PGDM Event Management program through CMAT, though the eligibility criteria may vary from institute to institute. For more information regarding the institutes accepting CMAT scores, refer to this link: Colleges accepting CMAT scores

      07 Oct, 2020 16:15
      Divakar sharma

      I am in B. Com final year. Am I eligible for CMAT exam?

      07 Oct, 2020 14:39

      Hello Divakar,

      Yes, you are eligible for the CMAT exam. For more details about the application process and eligibility, refer to this link: CMAT Application Process

      07 Oct, 2020 16:11

      For how long is CMAT score valid for admission to MBA institutes?

      24 Sep, 2020 17:50

      Hello Muheshraaj, greetings from Collegedunia.  During the counseling, the CMAT score for the current session is considered.

      04 Oct, 2020 00:47

      How many times can I attempt CMAT in a year?

      24 Sep, 2020 17:49

      Hello Swarup, greetings from Collegedunia. There is no limit for the number of attempts for CMAT, however, the marks of the most recent CMAT exam are considered while applying.

      02 Oct, 2020 01:20

      Will every institute take their individual interview?

      21 Sep, 2020 11:01

      Hello Swarup, greetings from Collegedunia. Click here, for the counseling process for CMAT.

      03 Oct, 2020 01:25
      Ambar ahirawar

      I scored 182 in my last mock tests, how much more should I need to get an admission in Doon Business School, Dehradun?

      21 Sep, 2020 10:56

      Hello Ambar, greetings from Collegedunia. Click here for the expected cut-offs for various B-schools accepting CMAT.

      03 Oct, 2020 01:35
      Md Hussain Ansari

      Is it possible that the number of exam centers will be reduced?

      15 Sep, 2020 10:22

      Hello Md Hussain, greetings from Collegedunia. Click here for the list of exam centers for CMAT this year. 

      03 Oct, 2020 01:37

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