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CMAT Eligibility Criteria 2021: Check Qualification, Age and Reservation

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Urvashi Singhal

Exams Prep Master | Updated On - Apr 29, 2021

CMAT 2021 eligibility criteria are specified by NTA for candidates seeking admission to top AICTE affiliated colleges across India. The candidates belonging to the general category must hold a 3 years bachelor’s degree with a minimum overall aggregate of 50%. Candidates belonging to SC/ST/PwD categories need a minimum of 45% marks in their university degree. Individuals from all age groups (21-50+) could apply for CMAT 2021. CMAT 2021 has been successfully conducted on March 31, 2021. Check Here

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. It comprises 100 questions segregated into 4 sections. A new optional section on Innovation & Entrepreneurship has been introduced in CMAT 2021. Read  CMAT 2021 Exam Pattern

CMAT Latest Updates

April 9: CMAT 2021 Result Out. Check here

March 31: CMAT 2021 has been conducted today. 

March 24: CMAT Admit Card released. Check here

Common Management Aptitude Test is a post-graduate level entrance exam for individuals who wish to gain admission into management programs and executive-level courses. Clearing CMAT eligibility offers candidates the opportunity to attain access to many highly prestigious PGCM, MBA, PGDM, and Executive PGDM programs.

  • Applicants from all streams i.e. Arts, Commerce, Science can appear for the examination. It is mandatory that one has a Bachelor’s degree in any discipline with a minimum duration of 3 years to be eligible. 
  • Students who have recently obtained their undergraduate degrees from university can apply alongside those with multiple years of work experience. Any candidate who is applying for CMAT 2021 must be an Indian resident. 
  • For those who would like to appear for the examination prior to leaving university, they can do so under the contingency that their results are declared before the 2021-2022 academic year commences. It is also vital that such applicants provide the correct official documents that prove that they fulfill the academic requirements.

CMAT 2021 Eligibility Highlights

Criteria Description
Educational Qualification Bachelor’s degree in any stream, final year students can apply
CMAT Minimum Passing Marks No minimum marks
Nationality Indian
Age Limit No age limit
CMAT Eligible Colleges 1000+

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Eligibility Criteria 2021

CMAT 2021 General Eligibility Criteria

Academic Requirement: Applicants must hold a graduation degree in any discipline. Those pursuing their graduation are also eligible to apply. 50% marks are minimum required from General category candidates whereas relaxation of 5% is granted to reserved category applicants. CS/CA/ICWA or any other professional degree holders with a minimum requisite percentage are also eligible for CMAT 2021 according to the updated eligibility criteria.

Nationality: Candidates have to essentially be an Indian citizen,holding valid ID proofs.

Age Limit: WIth the latest CMAT 2021 Eligibility Criteria, the maximum age limit to appear for the examination has been scrapped.

Course-Wise Eligibility

CMAT 2021 Course-Wise Eligibility Criteria

CMAT eligibility criteria for admission to the PGDM/MBA, PGCM and Executive PGDM programs will be as per the requirements defined by the individual University/Institution. The program-wise eligibility criteria for CMAT 2021 is listed below:

Name of the Programme Eligibility Details
MBA, PGDM, etc.
  • Graduation degree in any discipline from a recognised university is a must for candidates applying for the exam.
  • They must have secured at least 50% marks (45% marks in case of applicants belonging to reserved category) in the qualifying examination.
Executive PGDM
  • Candidate must have a recognized Bachelor’s Degree with a minimum duration of 3 years.
  • They 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).
Post Graduate Certificate in Management (PGCM)
  • Desirous candidate with a graduation degree with 50% marks (General Category) and 45% marks (Reserved Category) in UG degree or Bachelor’s degree is required to register for the examination.

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Not Eligible for CMAT?

Who is Not Eligible for CMAT 2021?

Candidates who are willing to appear for CMAT 2021 need to fulfil the above mention eligibility criteria. Candidates who do fail to do so cannot apply for the examination. Below mentioned are the conditions under which aspirants are not eligible to apply for CMAT 2021:

  • Candidates who are not currently pursuing or have not completed a Bachelor’s degree.
  • Aspirants who do not possess CS/CA/ICWA or any other professional degree.
  • Candidates who belong to the General category and have a percentage score of less than 50%
  • Candidates who belong to SC/ST/PwD category and have a percentage score of less than 45%
  • Possess a graduation degree which is not AICTE/UGC/Government of India recognised
Reservation Criteria 2021

CMAT Reservation Criteria 2021

For admission to a participating institute, the candidate must see the reservations applicable in that particular institute. These reservation percentages are applicable to colleges and institutes that fall under the dominion of the Government of India. Private entities may hold different rules and regulations for reserved candidates. 

Category Percentage
Scheduled Caste (SC) 15%
Scheduled Tribe (ST) 7.5%
Other Backward Classes (OBC-NCL) 27%
PwD (each category) 5%
GEN-EWS Category 10%

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 ncbc.nic. 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 category.

Persons with disabilities (PwD)

It 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 a 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 the RPwD Act 2016.

Categories of Disabilities:

  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
  5. Multiple disabilities from amongst persons under clauses (i) to (iv)
  6. Other ‘specified disabilities’ mentioned in the Schedule of the RPwD Act 2016.

CMAT Eligibility for Scribe/Reader 

Candidates who possess disabilities that fall under the blindness, locomotor disability or cerebral palsy category can avail the facilitiy of a reader/assistant/scribe to aid them in completing the CMAT. Applicants who require such aids must submit a request to the CMAT 2021 exam center superintendent. The request should include their requirements for a scribe/reader, as well as a official certicate issued by a mandated medical officer dated prior to January 21 ,2021. 

  • The scribe/reader that will be provided by the superintendent will be a least academically one year junior to the candidate. This will limit the possibility of bias and fraud in the examination. 
  • Candidates must aquaint themselves with their scribe/reader a day before the examination so that they can validate their suitability and create a general rapport. 
  • Test-takers who have availed the benefit of a scribe will be alloted 60 minutes extra to complete their examination. 
Documents rqd. for Reservation

Documents Required for CMAT 2021 Reservation

For seeking the benefits of CMAT 2021 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, 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.

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

Salient FAQs on Eligibility

CMAT 2021 Eligibility Criteria FAQs

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

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

  1. It is not a family member or 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, 2021. 
  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 Center

Ques. Can I appear for CMAT just for 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 several statutory bodies approve it.

*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


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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md hussain ansari
How many times can I give CMAT?
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Hii MD Hussain, Greetings from collegedunia. There is no limit for number of CMAT attempts that a candidates can give in consecutive years. You can attempt as many times you want. For more details visit:- CMAT EXAM ELIGIBILITY

Will there be any change in exam pattern of NMAT this year?
abdul nazir

Hi Taniksha, Yes in comparison to 2019, there is a revision in exam pattern.

  • Number of questions was reduced to 108 from 120
  • There is a revision in sectional timings
  • Weightage of Quants section was reduced to 33% from 40% while it has been increased for language skills from 26% to 33%

To know more details visit NMAT exam pattern.

avinash sahu
Will the counselling take place online or offline?

Yes, the counseling will be online. The counseling process for admission in management colleges on the basis of the CMAT exam includes 3 stages:

  1. CMAT 2021 score – After shortlisting the students based on their CMAT 2021 scores, a merit list is prepared.
  2. Group Discussion (GD)
  3. Personal Interview (PI) and/or Written Ability Test (WAT)
sadim ansari
If I don't take admission even after counselling, will my counselling fees be refunded to me?

No, there will be no refund of the fees. The selection process for CMAT has 3 stages:

  1. CMAT Cutoff
  2. Group Discussion
  3. Selection Process

A candidate’s academics, work experience, CMAT score, and overall personal aptitude will be put under tight scrutiny during the selection round.  It judges a candidate’s knowledge of the diverse topics, confidence, ability to counter pressure, etc.

After total 3 backlogs in graduation, can I still give the exam?

Yes, you can give the CMAT exam even after having 3 backlogs during graduation but you must clear them within 3 years of study. General category students and reserved categories must have a minimum overall aggregate of 50% and 45% respectively in their qualifying examination.

yash raj singh
Can I give the exam if I have done diploma?
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Hii Yash Raj, Greetings from collegedunia. No, you can't appear for CMAT Exam with diploma as it is mandatory that one has a bachelor’s degree in any discipline with a minimum duration of 3 years to be eligible. For more details Click Here

How many types of scholarship programs are available?
rakhisree chatterjee

Hi, Doing good in CMAT doesn't really help you secure the scholarships  but yes, you can avail some common scholarships. For more information, please refer, CMAT Exam.

utkarsha khatri
What documents must be brought to the exam center?

Hi Utkarsha

You need to carry your admit card and a valid photo ID card for verification. For more details go through our website of CMAT Exam Center to know what else you are allowed to take with you to the excam center.

riya gupta
Which portion carries highest marks?
common admission test

Hii Riya, Every Section of CMAT has equal weightage of marks as 25 questions are asked from each section, each carrying 4 marks. For more details Click Here

rohan bharti
What should be the educational qualification of the candidates?
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Hii Rohan, Greetings from collegedunia. The educational qualification required for CMAT Exam is Bachelor’s degree in any discipline with a minimum duration of 3 years. For more details Click Here

saurav kumar
What is the maximum age till which I can give CMAT?
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Hii Saurav, WIth the latest CMAT 2021 Eligibility Criteria, the maximum age limit to appear for the examination has been scrapped. No there is No age restriction. For more details Click Here

shivkumar dama
What is the exam fees for the female candidates?
rakhisree chatterjee


Candidates can apply for CMAT exam on the official website by paying the requisite fee. CMAT registration fee is Rs 1,600 for male candidates and Rs 1,000 for female candidates. The CMAT exam is expected to be conducted in the last week of January.

ankit kumar
Do I need to have my domicile certificate which registration?
mohammed najamuddin
Will the exam take place online or offline?
common admission test

Hii Mohammed Najamuddin, CMAT 2021 entrance exam will be conducted in Online Computer Based Test(CBT) Mode. For more details visit:- CMAT EXAM

Is CMAT exam can be given by a NRI?
abdul nazir

Hi Pradeepraj, Unfortunately no you will not be eligible as an NRI because it is mandatory to be an Indian nationale to be eligible. There are other eligibility norms as well related to education and age which needs to be satisfied to attempt CMAT exam. To know more visit CMAT eligibility criteria.

What is the minm marks I need to score in 12th to apply for it?

Hi Pradeepraj

For CMAT you need a minimum of 50% marks in your graduations and 45% for reserved category. You can visit on CMAT Eligibility Criteria to know the the whole eligibility criteria of the exam and whether you are eligible or not.

How can I get myself prepare for exam?
arvind kumar

Hi Nitika, Greetings from Collegedunia. CMAT exam is taken for admission to AICTE approved colleges. You can prepare by focusing on the syllabus and time table. For more details visit: CMAT EXAM

preetam oinam
What are the questions in CMAT?

Hi Preetam

Click Here to know the exam pattern and syllabus.

ibashisha mukhim
How much I need to score in 12th to apply for it?

Hello Ibashisha,

There are no minimum marks of class 12th required in order to be eligible for CMAT. However, the candidate should have a Bachelor’s degree with at least 50% marks in order to be eligible for CMAT. For more information, visit – CMAT Eligibility

sunny pandey
How can I apply for CMAT 2020?

Hi Sunny

Click Here to know the details on how to fill the apllication form.