CMAT 2021: Application Form, Exam Dates, Eligibility, Exam Pattern, Result and Counselling

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    The Common Management Admission Test (CMAT) is a pan India entrance examination conducted by the National Testing Agency for admissions into various management programs. It is conducted in the computer-based mode in more than 109 cities spread across the country. The examination tests the candidate’s ability in 4 main spheres i.e. Language Comprehension, Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation, Logical Reasoning and General Awareness. The question paper consists of 100 questions to be solved in 3 hours. The online registration for the CMAT 2021 will start in the month of November 2020 and the exam will be held in the month of January 2021.

    CMAT 2021 Highlights

    CMAT 2021 Conducting AuthorityNational Testing Agency (NTA)
    Exam LevelNational
    CMAT PeriodicityOnce in a year
    CMAT Official
    CMAT Mode of ApplicationOnline
    CMAT Exam ModeOnline
    CMAT 2021 Score Validity1 Year
    CMAT Score Accepting Colleges1000+ Colleges
    CMAT Helpdesk7042399521 / 7042399525/ 7042399526

    CMAT 2021 Exam Dates

    CMAT 2021 Important Dates (Tentative)

    EventsTentative Date
    Commencement of Online registration1st week of November 2020
    Last date of online registration1st Week of December 2021
    Date of issue of admit cards4th Week of December 2021
    Date of examination4th week of January 2021
    Announcement of result1st week of February 2021
    Issue of scorecard2nd week of February 2021

    CMAT Eligibility

    CMAT 2021 Eligibility

    The applicants must fulfil the below-mentioned eligibility conditions in order to be eligible for appearing in CMAT 2021:

    • The applicant must be a citizen of India.
    • The applicant must have passed out with a minimum 3-year graduation degree from an AICTE approved college/university.
    • He/ she must have secured a minimum of 50% marks in his/her graduation.
    • There is no criteria for age.
    • The students currently pursuing the final semester of their qualifying degree program/ appeared for the final semester examinations, are also eligible to apply. However, they are required to have met the eligibility requirement before the academic year 2021-2022 begins.

    CMAT 2021 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

    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.

    CMAT Registration Process

    CMAT 2021 Registration Process

    The students who meet the eligibility requirements can proceed for an online application to be made available in the official website of the AICTE-CMAT from the first week of November 2020.

    • Applicants need to first register at the official website i.e.
    • They must enter their name and personal information including email and phone number
    • After registering, students will receive their login details and system generated application number on their registered email and phone number.
    • After completing the information part of the application form, applicants are required to upload a scanned photograph and the specimen of their signature.
    • Next step is to pay the application fee through credit card/debit card, net banking, UPI, or PayTM and submit the application form. A handy copy of the fee transaction receipt should be kept by the candidate.
    • Lastly, candidates need to select the city in which they wish to give the CMAT examination.
    CategoryMale (INR)Female (INR)
    General / Non-Creamy Layer OBC16001000
    Gen - EWS / OBC (NCL)10001000
    SC / ST / PwD800700

    The scanned documents uploaded by the candidate must follow these specific requirements:

    Passport Size PhotographJPG / JPEGBetween 10kb - 200kb
    SignatureJPG / JPEGBetween 4kb - 30kb

    CMAT 2021 Admit card

    The admit card for the successfully registered candidates will be issued tentatively in the first week of January 2021. Students are advised to visit the official website of CMAT 2021 and click on the link for download admit card. Students will be intimated about the release of the admit card through email.

    Candidates can view their name, date of birth, exam centre, photograph, and other personal details on the admit card. The admit card will be available for download on using their Application Number and password or Date of Birth.

    However, there is no provision for the delivery of admit card through post. Students are required to take a print out of the admit card and produce it during the examination along with an original photo identity proof issued by the Government.

    CMAT 2021 Exam Centers

    CMAT is conducted in 109 cities across the country. There are currently 84 exam centres present in the country. Applicants are required to give preference for 4 cities of their choice. The final decision for allotment of a particular centre depends on the number of available slots for the same. Candidates are advised to carefully select the examination centres because they cannot be changed later.

    AhmednagarChandigarh / Mohali / PanchkulaGuwahatiKolhapur
    Allahabad / PrayagrajChennaiGwaliorKolkata
    BangaloreDelhi / New DelhiJaipurMangalore
    TirupatiVijayawadaBhilai / Durg / Bhilai NagarAnand
    SrinagarNasikSuratNavi Mumbai
    TrivandrumGreater Noida / NoidaUdaipurPanaji / Madgaon
    GandhinagarKadi / MehsanaBhatindaSambalpur

    CMAT Exam Pattern

    CMAT Exam Pattern

    CMAT 2021 will be conducted through the online mode for a duration of 3 hours. It consists of 100 MCQs of 4 marks each. The total marks of the paper is 400. There is a negative marking of 1 mark for each question answered wrongly. The paper comprises an equal number of questions from the sections of Logical Reasoning, Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation, English language and General Awareness.

    Candidates are allowed to move back and forth between questions. Every candidate will be allocated a pen/pencil and a rough piece of paper that they will have to return after the exam. Candidates will not be allowed to take breaks during the examination or leave early.

    TOPICNumber of questionsTotal marks
    English Language comprehension25100
    Logical Reasoning25100
    Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation25100
    General awareness25100

    CMAT 2021 Syllabus

    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

    Recommended books for CMAT 2021

    Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive ExaminationsRS Agarwal
    How to Prepare for Quantitative Aptitude for the CATArun Sharma
    General KnowledgeDisha Experts
    The Pearson Guide to Verbal AbilitySujit Kumar
    Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for CATArun Sharma and Meenakshi Upadhyay
    A Modern Approach to Logical ReasoningR.S. Aggarwal
    How to Prepare for Logical Reasoning for CATArun Sharma

    Previous year paper analysis:

    The analysis of the previous year's paper shows that the exam was moderately difficult. The reasoning questions were slightly tricky and the questions from the data interpretation section took longer to be solved. GK questions were covered from both static as well as current affairs. The verbal section was comparatively difficult. The paper analysis of previous year’s shows that CMAT paper has always been predictable and the cut off is not that high. A student with a fair amount of preparation can easily get through it.

    Exam mock tests/ sample papers:

    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.

    CMAT 2021 Examination preparation tips

    In order to do well in the exam, the first thing an aspirant must do is to familiarize themselves with the syllabus well. They should then identify the areas where they are good enough and also the areas which require more time to prepare. The next step is to prepare a time table and effectively manage time.

    The first few weeks of the preparation should be focused on building concepts. And the most effective way to do so is to read books. Students can also take the help of different video tutorials as well as other online material specific to the subjects. Apart from that, they should regularly solve previous year question papers and appear for mock tests.

     Consistency is the key to success. So regular study is very important to crack the exams. Days leading to the exam must be spent in a revision of the studied concept rather than trying to gather new information. For the current affairs part, students are advised to read the newspaper regularly and also read online materials on current affairs.

    CMAT 2021 Cutoff

    CMAT 2021 Cut Off

    The cut off for admission into the management courses is decided by the participating institutes. It varies from institute to institute. A score in the range of 270-290 can help the students get a reputed college.

    The question paper consists of 100 questions. Each right answer is awarded 4 marks. There is a negative marking of 1 mark for wrong answers. The total of marks lost or gained in each question gives the total score. On the basis of the score obtained, the students are provided rankings. The student who scores the highest mark is provided with AIR 1.

    The percentile of marks obtained by a candidate is given by the following formula published by the National Testing Agency

    Percentile= 100 x (No of candidates appeared in the examination with raw marks equal to or less than the candidate)/Total number of appeared candidates

    CMAT 2021 Participating Institutes will release their own individualized cutoffs after the announcement of the result. All institutes that are approved by the AICTE will accept CMAT scores. Candidates that qualify the cutoff will then be able to proceed for the Group Discussion and Personal Interview round.

    CMAT 2021 Result

    The results of CMAT 2021 are expected to be released in the first week of February 2021. The results will be made available on the official website of the testing agency. The result will contain the total score obtained by the candidate along with the scores of each section. It will also contain the percentile score of the candidate. NTA will also release an all India ranking list where students will be allotted ranks on the basis of their performance.

    Candidates will be able to view their result in the form of a scorecard which will include a scaled score for each section, the candidate’s overall percentile ranking and their total scores. The following details are mentioned on the scorecard of the candidate: 

    • Name of the candidate 
    • Date of birth 
    • Father’s name 
    • Roll Number 
    • Registration number 
    • Sectional and overall marks obtained in CMAT 2021
    • Percentile 
    • Rank 
    • Qualifying Status 
    • Contact details 

    CMAT 2021 Counselling

    NTA does not conduct any common counselling process for CMAT qualified students. They need to apply separately to the institutes of their choice, using the CMAT scores. The NTA will release the CMAT 2021 Merit List which can be utilized to apply to separate universities.

    In order to be selected for admissions into the college of their choice, the students must go through subsequent selection process conducted by the respective colleges. Apart from a valid CMAT score, students are also required to qualify the Group discussion and Personal interview round conducted by the colleges. The final selection to an institute is dependent on the performance of the CMAT qualified students in the GD and PI rounds. 

    CMAT 2021 Answer Keys

    • After CMAT 2021, NTA will showcase the answer keys and responses of the MCQs on the website. If candidates find any discrepancies between the two, they may raise an objection. 
    • Candidates who wish to raise an objection can fill an online application form and pay the INR 1000 processing charge per question. 
    • The processing fee can be paid by credit/debit card/ net banking. Once the fee is paid, it will not be refunded irrespective of the result. The decision taken by the NTA committee will be final and any other demands will not be entertained. 

    CMAT 2021 Participating Colleges

    There are more than 1000 participating institutes that accept the scores of CMAT for admissions into its management programs. 

    Some of the top institutes are:

    Institute Name
    Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies (JBIMS), Mumbai
    KJ Somaiya Institute of Management Studies & Research (KJSIMSR), Mumbai
    Goa Institute of Management, Goa
    SIES College of Management Studies
    Christ University, Bangalore
    Doon Business School, Dehradun
    Great Lakes Institute of Management, Chennai
    Institute of Public Enterprise, Hyderabad
    Xavier Institute of Management and Entrepreneurship, Bangalore
    Alliance School of Business, Bangalore

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Ques. How many times CMAT is conducted every year?

    Answer: It is conducted once a year. But prior to the 2016 session, it was conducted twice in a year.

    Ques. What does a computer-based test look like? Can a student appear from any computer?

    Answer: NTA provides mock exams on its official website so that students can get an idea of the computer-based format. Students can attempt the exam from the allotted computer at a test venue.

    Ques. What are the sections in the question paper? How many questions will be asked from each section?

    Answer: There are four sections in the question paper:

    1. Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation.
    2. Logical Reasoning.
    3. English Comprehension.
    4. General Awareness

    There are 25 questions from each section.

    Ques. What are the fees required for the examination? By which mode the fees can be paid?

    Answer: Male candidates belonging to the General and OBC categories are required to pay a fee of INR 1400. Female Students and the students of the reserved categories are required to pay an amount of INR 700 plus bank charges.

    The fees can be paid online through online mode. This includes payment through debit card, credit card and net banking.

    Ques. Can I change my preference for the examination venue?

    Answer: there is no change permissible after the submission of the online form. Students are advised to verify all the details carefully before the final submission of the form.

    Ques. How do I get the admit card?

    Students need to log in to the official website using the login credentials and download the official admit card. The hard copy of the admit card will not be sent via post. However, the students will receive the soft copy of the admit card through email.

    Ques. Is there any sectional cut off for the examination?

    Answer: No, there is no provision for any sectional cut off

    Ques. What is the age criteria for appearing in CMAT?

    Answer: There is no restriction in age for CMAT

    Ques. What documents should I bring for the examination?

    Answer: Students are required to bring a printed copy of the admit card along with a photo id card issued by the central or the state government.

    Ques. Which programs of study are covered under CMAT?

    Answer: PGDM, MBA, PGCM, Executive PGDM

    *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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    Animesh Baruah

    I am getting a CMAT 2020 score of 232/400, so what will be my expected percentile score

    31 Jan, 2020 09:31
    Shobhna Chaturvedi

    Hi Animesh, percentile is calculated on the basis of rank secured by the candidate in CMAT. It can be calculated using the formula mentioned below:

    Percentile P = 100 x Number of candidates appeared in the examination with raw marks equal to or less than the candidate/Total number of candidates appeared

    31 Jan, 2020 10:08

    sir any website available to attempt mock test for cmat exam

    21 Aug, 2019 00:20
    Shobhna Chaturvedi

    Hi Chandran, following are the name of the websites on which you may take mock tests:

    • mbauniverse
    • imsindia
    • oliveboard etc.

    21 Aug, 2019 11:41
    Mohammad Raiyan SHaikh


    03 Jan, 2019 00:20
    Alok Pandey

    Hi Raiyan, You may please check this link:- CMAT sample papers

    15 Jan, 2019 16:16

    how to register in CMAT 2019 exam??

    04 Nov, 2018 00:20
    Sarthak Mahajan

    Hi Grishma, CMAT 2019 registration has been already started. For more information please follow the link CMAT Registration 2019.

    06 Dec, 2018 16:34
    Aditi Mishra

    I got 275 mrks in cmat ie 99.61% so wt are the chances of getting admission in KJ (mms) . Maharashtra student.

    18 Mar, 2018 11:40
    Bhawna Vedwal

    Yes you can get admission in K J Somaiya Institute of Management Studies & Research (KJSIMSR), Mumbai    as its cutoff percentile is 99.20

    30 May, 2018 15:11
    nitish SINGH

    I got 205 marks in cmat i.e 90.48 percentile. Should I fill the form for Great lakes?

    27 Feb, 2018 18:39
    Bhawna Vedwal

    To get admission into Great Lakes Institute of Management candidates should score atleast 280 marks

    25 May, 2018 11:53
    Shikhar Mittal

    I scored 143 marks in cmat 2018,what are the chances of get colleges and what are they?

    15 Feb, 2018 22:21
    Sakshi Garg Expert

    Hi Shikhar, I am giving you the CMAT Cutoff list please check the list at this link: CMAT Cutoff

    16 Feb, 2018 15:16
    Arbaz Shaikh

    Hi sir/ mem..mene abhi cmat nahi Diya he to .me mba me ja skta hu?

    09 Feb, 2018 10:22
    Sakshi Garg Expert

    Hi Arbaz, Without appearing CMAT, you can not take admission in MBA program because CMAT is compulsory for getting admission in MBA program.

    09 Feb, 2018 12:33
    Shreya raman

    why m i not able to download my admit card

    17 Jan, 2018 00:20
    Bhawna Vedwal

    Hello Shreya, You are not able to download admit card may be because of Poor internet connection . so check your internet connection and try to download admit card again and make sure the details you entered must be correct.

    19 May, 2018 18:05
    Ishrat jaha

    Plz suggest any best books cnat exm plz fst

    22 Dec, 2017 00:01
    Bhawna Vedwal

    Hello Ishrat, To get information regarding books for preparation you can use this link Books.

    16 May, 2018 18:05

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