CMAT Eligibility Criteria: Qualification, Age, Nationality

    Ishan Barman Ishan Barman
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    CMAT season is just around the corner so it is high time for candidates to bolster their preparation efforts. Individuals from all age groups (21-50+) can apply for CMAT 2020. Students who have recently obtained their undergraduate degrees from university can apply alongside those with multiple years of work experience. Any candidate that is applying for CMAT 2020 must be an Indian resident. 

    Latest: Deadline to fill CMAT 2020 Application Form has been extended till December 10, 2019. Check Here

    • Unlike exams like JEE Main or NEET, there is no requirement for CMAT applicants to have certain credits or degrees to be eligible for CMAT. 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. 
    • 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 2020-2021 academic year commences. It is also vital that such applicants provide the correct official documents that prove that they fulfill the academic requirements. 
    • General category candidate must have obtained a minimum overall aggregate of 50% in their qualifying examination. On the other hand, candidates who belong to the reserved category need to maintain at least a 45% average in their university exams to be eligible Check CMAT Cutoff
    • CMAT 2020 is being administered on January 28, 2020 in two sessions - a morning session as well as an afternoon session. Common Management Test (CMAT) 2020 is a post graduate level entrance exam for individuals who wish to gain admission into management programs and executive-level courses. Clearing the CMAT eligibility offers candidate the opportunity to attain access to many highly prestigious PGCM, MBA, PGDM, and Executive PGDM programs. These are situated all across India and cover all geographies. For e.g. one can apply to Doon Business School and simultaneously to SIMSREE or Goa Institute of Management.
    • Cutoffs for the best colleges generally require over 300 marks in the CMAT exam, while for tier 2 colleges a score of 200-250 marks is the minimum. 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 of 100 questions segregated into 4 sections, that are to be solved in a 3 hour duration. Read CMAT 2020 Exam Pattern
    Educational QualificationBachelor’s degree in any stream, final year students can apply
    CMAT Minimum Passing MarksNo minimum marks
    Age LimitNo age limit
    CMAT Eligible Colleges1000+

    CMAT 2020 Important Dates 

    Events Important Dates
    CMAT 2020 Registration begins on November 1, 2019
    Last Day to Submit CMAT 2020 Application FormDecember 10, 2019 (Extended)
    Last Date for CMAT Application Form PaymentDecember 11, 2019 (11:50 p.m.)
    Last Day to Select Exam Cities December 12, 2019
    CMAT 2020 Admit Cards will be issued onDecember 24, 2019
    CMAT Exam Date January 28, 2020
    CMAT Results Announced February 4, 2020

    Course-wise CMAT Eligibility

    Course-Wise CMAT 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 2020 is listed below:

    CMAT Eligibility for PGDM/ MBA 

    • Candidates should have a recognized Bachelor’s Degree of 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.

    CMAT Eligibility for PGCM

    • Candidate must have a recognized Bachelor’s Degree related to the program 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.
    •  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).

    Download Free  CMAT Sample Papers

    CMAT Reservation

    CMAT Reservation

    • 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. 
    Scheduled Caste (SC)15%
    Scheduled Tribe (ST)7.5%
    Other Backward Classes (OBC-NCL)27%
    PwD (each category)5%
    GEN-EWS Category10%
    • 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) 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 2020 exam. Applicants who require such aids must submit a request to the CMAT 2020 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 ,2020. 

    • 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 for CMAT 2020 Reservation

    For seeking the benefits of CMAT 2020 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.

    CMAT Participating Colleges

    CMAT 2020 Top Participating Colleges

    Some of the top institutes in the country accept CMAT scores for their MBA/PGDM programs. These colleges are ranked well in terms of their past placements, average salary packages, infrastructure, quality of their programs and overall facilities. Getting admission into one of these institutes is challenging and thousands of candidates attempt to give CMAT in order to enter these institutes. Check  Participating Institutes

    Institute Name
    Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies (JBIMS), Mumbai
    SIES College of Management Studies 
    Christ University, Bangalore
    Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra
    KJ Somaiya Institue of Management Studies & Research (KJSIMSR). Mumbai
    Goa Institute of Management
    VIT Business School, Vellore
    Doon Business School, Dehradun
    Great Lakes Institute of Management
    Pune University Department of Management Studies (PUMBA DMS)
    MET Institute of Management, Mumbai
    XISS, Ranchi
    Acharya Bangalore Business School (ABBS), Bangalore
    Calcutta Business School, Kolkata
    EMPI Business School
    Jaipuria Institute of Management
    SIES College of Management Studies
    Prin L.N. Welingkar Institute of Management and Development Research

    CMAT Eligibility FAQs

    CMAT 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, 2020. 
    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


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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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