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CMAT 2021 Answer Key (Last Day to Challenge): Download PDF, Paper Analysis and Question Paper

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Urvashi Singhal

Exams Prep Master | Updated On - Apr 27, 2021

CMAT Answer Key has been released by NTA on April 3, 2021. Along with the answer key, CMAT Response Sheet and question paper was also released. The Answer Key and responses could be accessed on the candidates’ login portal. Moreover, the opportunity to challenge CMAT answer key was available till April 5, 2021(5:00 pm). CMAT 2021 Result has been released along with the final answer key on April 9.

CMAT Provisional Answer Key is made available online in the form of a response sheet by NTA. Direct Link to Check CMAT 2021 Answer Key

CMAT Latest Updates

  • April 27: CMAT Merit List to be released soon. Read more
  • April 24: AICTE affiliated colleges to release their respective CMAT cut offs soon. Read more
  • April 9: CMAT 2021 Result has been announced today. 
  • April 5: Last Day to challenge CMAT Provisional Answer Key 2021. Direct Link to Challenge CMAT Answer Key

Direct Link to Challenge CMAT Answer Key

This article will explain in detail the important dates of the CMAT answer key, the way to challenge the answer key,  and the release of the final answer key of CMAT 2021.

CMAT Answer Key Date

CMAT 2021 Answer Key: Important Dates

Event Dates
CMAT 2021 Date of Examination March 31, 2021
Release of question paper and response sheet April 3, 2021
Challenge CMAT provisional answer key April 3, 2021
Last date to challenge the tentative response sheet April 5, 2021, up to 5 PM
CMAT 2021 Final Result April 9, 2021
How to download CMAT Answer Key?

How to download CMAT 2021 Provisional Answer Key?

The release of provisional answer keys is important for the candidates as it will be the deciding factor for the calculation of final CMAT marks. The provisional answer key is released within a few days of the conduct of the examination. Candidates can challenge and raise objections if they find any answer is not correct. 

It must be noted that there shall be a prescribed time period during which the answer key can be challenged. After this, the official authorities will clarify and release the official result of CMAT

The following steps can be followed to download the answer key of CMAT 2021 after its release on the official website. 

Step 1: Visit the official site of CMAT 2021 by NTA. The website link has not yet been released as the exam date notification is to be released in the month of November. 

Step 2: The login details need to be entered in the link given on the official website. The login credentials will be the registration number and the password created at the time of filling of the application form. 

Step 3: Then the next step after putting in the login credentials is to enter the security pin. 

Step 4: Once the security pin has been entered, candidates will notice that the screen will display two types of options. The two options will be 

  • Click to challenge answer key
  • View question paper 

Step 5: For viewing the answer key and simultaneously for challenging the answer key, candidates need to choose the first option that is 'Click to challenge answer key'. Once clicked, the site will automatically lead to the page of the release of the answer key. 

Step 6: The screen will now depict the answer key and candidates can match/ verify the responses. 

Download CMAT Question Paper

How to download CMAT 2021 Question Paper?

The CMAT Question Paper can be downloaded from the official website of CMAT 2021. Follow the given steps to download the question paper. 

Step 1: The official link of the CMAT has to be clicked for downloading the question paper. The link will be released after the authority finalizes it. 

Step 2: Candidates will see the tab of 'View Question Paper'. This tab needs to click then. 

Step 3: After choosing this tab, candidates need to enter their login credentials. They can choose one of the two 

  • Application number and password
  • Application number and date of birth 

Step 4: After putting in the required login credentials, the CMAT application form will open. 

Step 5: At the end of the application form, candidates can see a tab of 'View Question Paper' that must be clicked. 

Step 6: After clicking this tab, the question paper of CMAT 2021 along with the candidate responses will be downloaded. Both these documents will be downloaded in PDF format. 

Step 7: It is advisable to download and save the question paper and responses of CMAT 2021 for future reference. 

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Challenge CMAT Answer Key

Steps to Challenge CMAT 2021 Answer Key 

Candidates can challenge the provisional answer key. For raising objections in the answer key, candidates must follow the given steps. For challenging the answer key, the most pertinent thing is to give verified documents in response to the incorrect answer and payment of fees for the same. For every answer challenged, candidates, need to pay 1000/- per answer. 

Step 1: In case of discrepancy in the answer key, candidates can raise objections for the answer key. 

Step 2: Candidates need to mark against the option they feel is incorrect. There is an option to mark and choose the incorrect option. 

Step 3: After choosing the answer, candidates need to choose the option of 'Save your claims'. It will automatically save the preference of the answer chosen by candidates. 

Step 4: After this, a window will open where candidates need to upload the documents in support of the correct claims. Basically, candidates need to furnish concerning documents claiming against the given incorrect answer. 

Step 5: After giving proper documents and proof, candidates will be directed to the page where they need to pay the fees. Click on the tab of 'Save claim and pay the fee'. 

Step 6: Payment of 1000/- per answer has to be made through an online payment mode. Candidates can choose the following methods to complete the payment procedure:

  • Credit card
  • Debit card
  • Net Banking

Following these steps will successfully help you in raising objections in the answer key. 

How to Calculate CMAT 2021 Score?

Candidates can calculate their CMAT raw scores based on the answer key downloaded by them. For this they need to be aware of the marking scheme mentioned in the table below:

Type of Response/Answer Score
Correct Response +4 Marks
Incorrect Response -1 Mark
Unanswered 0

So for example, in General Awareness section, a candidate has attempted 21 questions out of which 15 are correct and 6 are wrong, then his total score in this section will be:

(15*4) – 6 = 54

Similarly, candidates can calculate their score for all sections and add them to arrive at the total CMAT Score.

Benefits of CMAT Answer Key

Benefits of CMAT 2021 Answer Key

The answer key for any entrance exam becomes pertinent for candidates from the viewpoint of reviewing the correct answers. It is also helpful for clarifying or challenging any answer that the candidates feel is incorrect. 

The answer key of CMAT would consist of the following : 

  • Responses that are provided by the candidate. 
  • The correct responses to those. 

Basically following this option, candidates can verify the responses given by them and the answer given on the site. The benefits of the answer key of CMAT 2021 for the candidates or students are given below. 

  • Students have the option of comparing their own responses and the responses given by the authority. 
  • The answer key will enable the students to evaluate their performance and help them calculate estimated scores. 
  • Since the answer key is released within a week of the exam, candidates can calculate and evaluate their score way before the final declaration of the result. 
Previous Year CMAT Answer Key

CMAT Previous Year Answer Key

The previous year's answer key can be seen in the following links. 

Year of Exam Download Link
2020 Click Here
2019 Click Here
CMAT Merit List 2021

CMAT 2021 Merit List 

The CMAT 2021 merit list will be released by the National Testing Agency (NTA) tentatively in the first week of May 2021. The CMAT 2021 merit list will consist of the following information about the candidates. 

  • All India Rank (AIR) of the candidate 
  • Sectional score
  • Total score
  • Sectional scores by NTA
  • Overall percentile by NTA 

The merit list of CMAT 2021 can be downloaded from the official website in online mode. This can be downloaded even without entering the login details. 

Hope this article has served as a benefit for candidates who are appearing for the CMAT exam this year.


CMAT Answer Key FAQs

Ques. Can I challenge the CMAT 2021 final answer key?

Ans. In case of discrepancy in the answer key, candidates can raise objections to the answer key. Candidates need to mark against the option they feel is incorrect. After this, a window will open where candidates need to upload the documents in support of the correct claims. Payment of 1000/- per answer has to be made through an online payment mode.

Ques. When will the merit list of CMAT 2021 be released?

Ans. The merit list of CMat 2021 will be released in the first week of February 2021

Ques. How to download CMAT 2021 question paper?

Ans. Step 1: The official link of the CMAT has to be clicked for downloading the question paper. The link will be released after the authority finalizes it.
Step 2: Candidates will see the tab of 'View Question Paper'. Then enter your credentials to check the same.

Ques. How soon can I expect a response to my objection?

Ans. The exam conducting body will release the final answer key within the stipulated time, in case objections submitted are found to be genuine. Notification regarding the same will be issued by NTA

Ques. What is a good score to qualify for CMAT 2021?

Ans. To qualify CMAT 2021 candidates must have a score approximately between 347-270.

Ques. How can I download the merit list of CMAT 2021?

Ans. The merit list of CMAT 2021 can be downloaded from the official website.

Ques. What is Mathematics?

Ans. For MH CET Law basic mathematics, Mensuration, Commercial Mathematics, Modern Mathematics, Data Interpretation, Arithmetic

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

CMAT 2021 : 11 answered questions

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Ques. What is the CMAT cut off?

● Top Answer By Keshav Jindal on 28 Apr 21

Ans. CMAT is an entrance exam for students looking to pursue MBA or PGDM at AICTE approved management institutes. It is a three-hour computer-based test and it will assure you admission to AICTE approved MBA/PGDM courses. It is a moderately difficult exam and includes around 100 questions in total that are further divided into four sections. These are Quantitative techniques and Data interpretation, Language Comprehension, Logical Reasoning, and General Awareness. All of these sections constitute 25 questions each on the test. Moreover, if you are looking for a comparison, CMAT is quite easy as compared to CAT or XAT. Other than this, here are a few cutoffs for some of the popular colleges across the country for 2020: College Cutoff JIBMS Mumbai 99+ Goa Institute of Management 95+ KSOM, Bhubaneshwar 95+ Jaipuria Institute of Management 85+ IMT, Hyderabad & Nagpur 80+ Additionally, the selection procedure also varies from college to college. Each of them also has its own admission portal as well. It is advisable to go through the list of colleges and their admission portals before you plan to appear for the exam. You need to clear your basics, have a good speed and accuracy, and a decent presence of mind. All these factors coupled together will help you crack the exam easily. You can also look to attempt mock tests and practice them.Read more
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Ques. What is the CMAT exam pattern like?

● Top Answer By Vidushi on 02 Feb 21

Ans. CMAT or Common Aptitude Management Test is a computer-based test conducted by NTA (previously by AICTE). This exam is of objective nature. The internal mentor of mine from TIME Institute informed us that the CMAT question paper contains 100 MCQs with four options each to choose the right answer from. You are allowed to submit your responses in 3 hours, following which the test window will be closed automatically. Similar to other management entrance tests, the exam has four sections: Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation: You need to focus on Arithmetic and Modern Maths and have strong basics and good familiarity with all possible questions that could be framed from these two topics.  Data Interpretation demands to focus on bar graphs and pie charts.  Along with this, you need to be comfortable and confident in topics such as Algebra, Mensuration, Geometry, Number Systems, Trigonometry, etc. Logical Reasoning It is an analytical way of thinking about a given problem statement, analyzing and evaluating information gathered from observation and experience, to reach certain conclusions.  Critical/Logical Reasoning clarifies goals considering certain assumptions, apprehends hidden values, and evaluates evidence to assess rational conclusions.  You should work on skills like observation, interpretation, analysis, inference, evaluation, estimation, and explanation. General Awareness General awareness includes topics on history, geography, current affairs – economic, business, sports, corporate events, etc.  Questions related to entertainment, politics, and the environment are also asked.  You are advised to stay updated with the recent important events happening in India and across the globe. You can follow good English dailies and good magazines such as The Hindu, Competition success review, etc. Language Comprehension Traditional reading comprehension is basically a paragraph with 5 questions revolving around the author’s viewpoint, idea, etc.  CMAT’s language comprehension would be easier as compared to that of other competitive exams, as direct questions would be asked.  Develop a habit of reading, as it will eventually build your Comprehension skills. Vocabulary includes Para-jumbles, Antonyms & Synonyms, and grammar (idioms & phrases, Sentence correction, Sentence completion, fill in the blanks, Interference & Judgement, Facts, analogy, etc). Here is an overview of the marking scheme: Subject No of questions Marks Quantitative Ability 25 100 Verbal Ability 25 100 Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation 25 100 General Awareness 25 100 Each section comprises 25 questions, where each question carries four marks. This makes each section weigh 100 marks equally and hence the entire exam is graded out of 400 marks. However, unanswered questions do not cause mark deductions. You are advised to take more and more mock tests for CMAT, to get more familiar with the exam pattern, and to develop the required temperament for the exam.Read more
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Ques. Which is the best B school to get in using a CMAT/MAT score?

● Top Answer By Nikkil Visha on 02 Feb 21

Ans. CMAT, commonly known as the Common Management Aptitude Test, is a computer-based entrance exam conducted by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) for admission to MBA/PGDM courses in over 1000 B-schools across India. The duration of the exam is three hours with the question paper consisting of 100 questions from Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation, Logical Reasoning, Language Comprehension, and General Awareness. You can refer to the table given below for the cutoffs released by various B schools, analyzed as per the previous year's trends. These colleges have been recommended by our mentor from Erudite Institute. Listed below are the names of the colleges and their cut offs:  Name of the College Cutoff JBIMS, Mumbai 99.99 %ile Sydenham(SIMREE), Mumbai  99.92%ile SIES Mumbai 99.8%ile MET, Mumbai 98%ile KJ Somaiya, Mumbai 97%ile Goa Institute of Management Great Lakes Institute of Management PUMBA, Pune Indira Institute of Management, Pune 95%ile  IPE Hyderabad IFMR, Chennai 90%ile  NIBM, Pune Welingkar Institute, Mumbai N.L Dalmia Institute, Mumbai 85%ile XISS Ranchi HR IMT Navi Mumbai ISME, Mumbai 80%ile  Welingkar Institute, Bangalore Soil Institute of Management NIA Pune 75%ile  ADANI Institute of Infrastructure Management 70%ile These colleges may not be Tier 1 institutions but are good B Schools that admit students on the basis of their CMAT scores. These management institutes conduct group discussions and personal interviews to select candidates for MBA/PGDM programs post declaration of CMAT exam results. The admission process of each institute is independent and according to their academic cycle.Read more
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Ques. What is the benefit of the CMAT rather than the MAT?

● Top Answer By Bhavya Rawal on 02 Feb 21

Ans. The CMAT exam is conducted by the National Test Agency and is accepted by many top colleges for their MBA programs compared to the MAT exam. CMAT also has a greater number of colleges that accept CMAT scores for their admission process. CMAT also enjoys better recognition compared to the MAT exam. Many tier 1 CMAT colleges enjoy better brand recognition in the industry. Even further some of the tier 1 colleges that used to accept MAT scores such as Great Lakes Chennai are now considering CMAT scores for their screening process. The major differences in the pattern of the CMAT and the MAT tests are tabulated below, Criteria CMAT MAT Duration of the Exam 3 Hrs (180 minutes) 2 Hrs 30mins (150 minutes) Number of Sections 4 sections 5 sections Total Mark of the exam 400 marks. 100 marks for each section. 200 Marks. 40 marks for each section. Marks for Correct Answer +4 Marks +1 Marks Marks for Incorrect Answer -1 Marks. No negative marking for unattempted questions. -0.25 Marks. No negative marking for unattempted questions. CMAT does not have any sectional time limits. The exam comprises 4 sections namely Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation, General Awareness, Logical Reasoning, Language Comprehension. MAT exam also does not have any sectional time limits. The exam comprises 5 sections namely Language Comprehension, Intelligence and, Critical Reasoning, Data Analysis and Sufficiency, Mathematical Skills, and Indian and Global Environment. Unlike the CMAT exam MAT exam is conducted both in online and offline modes. Thus, the CMAT exam has many more benefits and opportunities compared to the MAT exam.Read more
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Ques. Is the difficulty level of exams like the NMAT, Snap, and the CMAT the same?

● Top Answer By Himani Arora on 02 Feb 21

Ans. NMAT, SNAP, and CMAT are some of the Management entrance aptitude tests conducted by different exam bodies in India. All these exams have a set of colleges that accepts these scores. All three exams are computer-based and follow Objective Type Questions (MCQ) question format. These three exams have varying difficulty levels. SNAP conducted by Symbiosis University is tough compared to the other two exams NMAT and CMAT. NMAT and SNAP have a similar level of difficulty but SNAP has a tough choice of questions compared to NMAT. CMAT is the least difficult exam among all the three exams. The pattern differences between the exam are tabulated below, Criteria CMAT NMAT SNAP Duration of the Exam 3 Hrs (180 minutes) 2 Hrs (120 minutes) 1 Hr (60 minutes) Number of Sections 4 sections 3 sections 3 sections Total Mark of the exam 400 marks. 100 marks for each section. 120 Marks 60 marks Marks for Correct Answer +4 Marks +1 Mark + 1 Mark Marks for Incorrect Answer -1 Marks. No negative marking for unattempted questions. No negative marking for incorrect answers and unattempted questions. -0.25 marks for each incorrect attempt. Sectional Time Limits: CMAT does not have any sectional time limits. The exam comprises 4 sections namely Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation, General Awareness, Logical Reasoning, Language Comprehension. Whereas NMAT has sectional time limits. Language Skills (22 mins), Quantitative Aptitude (60 mins), Logical Reasoning (38 mins). SNAP exam does not have sectional time limits. The exam comprises 3 exams namely No sectional time limits. General English, Quantitative-Data Interpretation & Data Sufficiency, Analytical & Logical Reasoning. Section selection: Candidates can answer from any section of their choice in CMAT.  In NMAT candidates can choose the order of sections of their choice. The questions will appear in the order chosen by the candidates. In short, if the exams are to be arranged based on difficulty then SNAP> NMAT> CMAT. SNAP is the most difficult followed by NMAT and then CMAT.Read more
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pradeepraje
Does collegedunia provide answer keys of every exam?
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arvind kumar

Hi Pradeepraj, Greetings from Collegedunia. CMAT exam is common manamgement aptitude test. Collegedunia provides all details and answer keys also for several exams. For more details visit: CMAT EXAM

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anuj singh chauhan
Can I prepare for CMAT in a very short span of time?
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arvind kumar

Hi Anuj, Greetings from Collegedunia. CMAT exam is conducted by NTA. Your preparation depends on your capability but you must devote at least 6 months for the preparation. For more details visit: CMAT EXAM

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neha thasale
Is there any change in syllabus forr CMAT 2021 as the ongoing pandemic time?
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rakhisree chatterjee

Hi, CMAT syllabus majorly includes Maths of class 10-12 level, General Knowledge and English. It is divided into four parts: Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation, Logical Reasoning, Language Comprehension and General Awareness.

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taniksha
As the CMAT is conducted by NTA, do any kind of questions gets cloned from other NTA exams?
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rakhisree chatterjee

Hi, NTA will shortly release the CMAT 2021 notification with complete details related to the paper.

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ankita sasmal
For how long is CMAT score is necessaryfor admission to MBA programs?
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arvind kumar

Hi Ankita, Greetings from Collegedunia. CMAT exam is a common management admission test. CMAT score is valid for only one year for admission to MBA programs. For more details visit: CMAT EXAM

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shatakshi patki
As the CMAT is conducted by NTA, do any kind of questions get repeated from other NTA exams?
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kapila.gandrola

Hello Shatakshi,

No, the questions do not get repeated as the syllabus for CMAT is different from all the other exams conducted by NTA. However, questions in the Conventional General Awareness might sometimes be similar to that asked in some other examination. For details on the examination pattern, visit – CMAT Exam Pattern.

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vanshika chandra
Where can i find answer keys?
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abdul nazir

Hi Vanshika, CMAT 2021 answer key will be released in February 2021. The provisional answer key will be available as response sheet via online mode and final one will be released with result on the official website of CMAT by entering login details. To check more details of CMAT answer key click here.

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riyaz
Can I prepare for CMAT in without any where?
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rakhisree chatterjee

Hi, CMAT, many MBA aspirants and experts say, is relatively easier to crack than the Common Admission Test by IIM. All competitive exams like CMAT require months of practice and hard work to secure a percentile above 95 or 96. One cannot prepare at all for CMAT and get 97 percentile at the same time.

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naman
Is CMAT easier than SAT?
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arvind kumar

Hi Naman, Greetings from Collegedunia. CMAT Aand SAT are two different competetive exams. CMAT is consideres a little easier then SAT exam. For more details visit: CMAT EXAM

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ambar ahirawar
How can I score well in CMAT?
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rakhisree chatterjee

Hi, 

How To Prepare For CMAT 2021: Solve CMAT Question Papers & Mock Test

  1. Solving mock tests will improve your speed and accuracy. 
  2. A number of mock tests will expose you to a variety of questions – tough, easy, lengthy, tricky – so that you are well prepared for surprise questions in the actual exam.
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mizna harmain
Can I get explanation of the answers?
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rakhisree chatterjee

Hi, No, The answer key is released but only correct options will be given.

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sheetal chib
How to apply for change in answer key?
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arvind kumar

Hi Sheetal, the answer key is released by the authorities and if you find any issue, you can contact the authorities. For more details visit: CMAT EXAM


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