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CMAT Eligibility Criteria: Qualification, Age, Nationality

Updated On - November 28th 2018 by ANUPAMA SINGH

CMAT Eligibility Criteria: With the introduction of NTA as the new regulating body of CMAT 2019, candidates are notified that there will be no change in the eligibility conditions. As per the CMAT 2019 Information Bulletin the eligibility, registration process, paper pattern are same as previous year.

  • NTA has scheduled the exam for February 28 in CBT mode. Check CMAT Exam Pattern
  • The exam will be conducted on a single day in two shifts – morning and evening.
  • The last date to apply online for CMAT 2019 is December 8, 2018.
Update: Common Management Admission Test (CMAT) is a national level entrance examination for entry into management programs. Till 2018, it was conducted by All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) every year. From this year, the test will now be conducted by NTA.
  • CMAT is a three hour computer based online test, conducted to evaluate a candidate''s ability in Quantitative Technique, Logical Reasoning, Language Comprehension and General Awareness.
  • This test facilitates Institutions to select suitable graduate candidates for admission in all Management programs.
  • CMAT score is accepted by all AICTE-Approved Institutions/University Departments/Constituent Colleges/Affiliated Colleges.
  • Registrants will be issued their CMAT Admit Card from January 7 at .

Read on to know more about CMAT eligibility criteria, reservation conditions and other such details.

Educational QualificationBachelor’s degree in any stream, final year students can apply
CMAT Minimum Passing MarksNo minimum marks
Age LimitMinimum 21 years, no upper age limit
CMAT Eligible Colleges1000+

Course-Wise CMAT Eligibility Criteria

CMAT eligibility criteria for admission to the PGDM/MBA, PGCM and Executive PGDM programs will be as per the criteria defined by the individual University/Institution. The program-wise eligibility criteria for CMAT 2019 is listed below:

CMAT Eligibility for PGDM/ MBA 

  • Candidates should have a recognized Bachelor’s Degree of a minimum duration of 3 years.
  • Candidate must also have secured at least 50% marks (45% marks in case of applicants belonging to reserved category) in the qualifying Examination.

CMAT Eligibility for PGCM

  • Candidate must have a recognized Bachelor’s Degree related to the programme with a minimum duration of 3 years.

CMAT Eligibility for Executive PGDM

  • Candidate must have a recognized Bachelor’s Degree with a minimum duration of 3 years.
  • Candidate must have secured at least 50% marks (45% marks in case of applicants belonging to reserved category) in the qualifying Examination.
  • Candidate must also have a minimum experience of 5 years (relevant managerial/ supervisory experience).

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CMAT Reservations (Updated)

  • For admission to a participating institute, candidate must see the reservations applicable in that particular institute. 
  • Institutes run by Central Government:

Scheduled Caste (SC)15%
Scheduled Tribe (ST)7.5%
Other Backward Classes (OBC-NCL)27%
PwD (each category)5%
  • Other Backward Classes: (OBC–NCL) are as per the Central list of Other Backward Classes available on National Commission for Backward Classes (NCBC), Government of India website Thus, the candidates falling in this list may mention OBC in the Category Column. State list OBC Candidates who are not in OBC-NCL (Central List) must choose General.
  • Persons with disabilities (PwD) means a person with not less than forty percent (40%) of a specified disability where specified disability has not been defined in measurable terms and includes a person with disability where specified disability has been defined in measurable terms, as certified by the certifying authority. “Specified Disability” means the disabilities as specified in the Schedule of theRPwD Act 2016.

The categories of disabilities are:

  1. Blindness and low vision
  2. Deaf and hard of hearing
  3. Locomotor disability including cerebral palsy, leprosy cured, dwarfism, acid attack victims and muscular dystrophy
  4. Autism, intellectual disability, specified learning disability and mental illness, and
  5. Multiple disabilities from amongst persons under clauses (i) to (iv)
  6. Other ‘specified disabilities’ mentioned in the Schedule of the RPwD Act 2016.

No change in the category will be entertained after the last date of CMAT 2019 application form and no subsequent changes will be effective for CMAT Score 2019.

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Documents for CMAT 2019 Reservation

For seeking the benefits of CMAT 2019 reservation under Scheduled Caste (SC), Scheduled tribe (ST), Other Backward Classes (OBC), Physically Handicapped (PH), Kashmiri Migrant (KM), the girl child category and Defence Persons category, through CMAT 2019, the candidate must submit the required certificates and documents:

  • Caste certificate
  • Dependent Certificate
  • Income Certificate
  • Proformas etc., whichever applicable, according to the guidelines of the particular college/ institute.

Without sufficient documentary proof, no candidate will be given any benefits of reservation of seats through CMAT 2019.

Category once indicated by the candidate at the time of submitting CMAT Application form, along with documentary proof, will not be changed afterward in any case. Hence, the candidate must read and understand the conditions of reservation of seats carefully before applying.

CMAT Eligibility Criteria FAQs

Ques. What are the eligibility conditions for a scribe/reader defined by AICTE?

Ans. The candidate must fulfil the following conditions to be eligible for a scribe:

  1. Is not a family member or a friend.
  2. Is not involved in any academic tutoring or preparation for the test to be administered.
  3. Has not completed 19 years of age as of January 20, 2019
  4. Educational qualification must be lower than that of the CMAT applicant.

Note: The age certificate/DOB certificate of Scribe has to be presented at the CMAT Test Centre

Ques. Can I appear for CMAT just for the purpose of practice, though I am aware that I am not eligible for the exam?

Ans. No. Only candidates who meet the CMAT eligibility criteria can appear for the test.

Ques. Who is eligible to take the test under the PWD category?

Ans. Candidate suffering from any of the listed disabilities, to the extent of not less than 40% as certified by a medical authority, will be considered under PWD category. Following are the categories defined by AICTE for PWD candidates:

  1. Visually impaired
  2. Physically handicapped
  3. Hearing Impairment
  4. Dumb

Ques. If I have completed my graduation through part time or distance learning mode, am I eligible to appear for CMAT exam?

Ans. Yes; as long as it is approved by respective statutory bodies.

*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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1 Comment
Deepak Gupta

any reservation for obc creamy layer?

18 Dec, 2017 20:51
Bhawna Vedwal

Hello Deepak, Candidates from OBC Creamy Layer are not eligible for Reservation.

16 May, 2018 16:32

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