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CMAT Merit List 2021: All India Rank (AIR) and Toppers

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National Testing Agency (NTA) will release CMAT Merit List 2021 on the official website soon as CMAT Results have been announced on April 9, 2021. Candidates can access CMAT merit list and scorecards through the official website All applicants find a place in the Merit List irrespective of their scores. CMAT Selection process 2021 will commence soon after the release of the merit list. Check CMAT Selection Procedure 2021

As per the standard procedure, the candidate’s AIR is also mentioned on the CMAT Merit List along with his final score and overall percentile. Candidates must note that CMAT Score is valid for one academic year only. Check CMAT Score vs Percentile.

CMAT Latest Updates

  • May 14: Christ University, Bangalore has started inviting applications for admission. Check here
  • May 14: May 22, 2021, is the last date to apply for admission to PGDM/MBA courses at ITM, Navi Mumbai. Check here
  • May 13: Last date to apply for admission at IPE Hyderabad is May 31, 2021. Check here
  • April 21: NTA will not conduct a centralized selection process for CMAT 2021. Read more
  • April 10: CMAT Final Answer Key has been released by NTA. Check here
  • April 7: ITM Business School has started inviting applications for MBA/PGDM courses. Check here

Note: Candidates will be able to access the merit list in pdf format on all browsers i.e. Chrome, Mozilla, etc. once it is uploaded on the official website. 

Prestigious Colleges like JBIMS, SIMSREE, KJ Somaiya, and PUMBA will accept CMAT 2021 scores for their managerial programs. Although the overall CMAT scores have stagnated over the last couple of years, the cutoffs of these institutions have increased tremendously. Check CMAT 2021 Participating Colleges

Merit List Dates 2021

CMAT 2021 Merit List Dates

Events Dates
CMAT 2021  March 31, 2021
Release of CMAT Answer Key 2021 April 4, 2021
CMAT 2021 Result April 9, 2021
Release of CMAT Merit List 2021 April 2021(tentative)
How to check Merit List?

How to Check CMAT 2021 Merit List?

National Testing Agency will release CMAT merit list tentatively in April 2021. Follow the given below steps to check CMAT merit list:

  1. Visit the official website of NTA,
  2. Click on Management Exams and then select CMAT.
  3. Check for the link for CMAT Merit List.
  4. The list will open in pdf format, press Ctrl + F, and type your name to check your merit rank.

Or you can also visit CMAT official domain of NTA directly:

  1. Visit the Official website
  2. Navigate to “CMAT merit list 2021”
  3. It will be displayed in PDF format search for your name in it
  4. Search for your name in it, verify the roll number, and check your rank

Details Mentioned in CMAT Merit List

  • Candidate Name
  • Candidate CMAT Roll Number
  • CMAT All India Rank
  • Section-wise and Overall Scores
  • Section-wise and Overall Percentile
  • Criteria for determining CMAT merit rank and percentile score

Check CMAT Counselling 2021

Merit List 2021

CMAT 2021 Merit List

CMAT Merit List 2021 is expected to be published soon as CMAT Result has already been declared on April 9. The direct link to check CMAT 2021 Merit list will be made available on this site as soon as the list is released officially.

CMAT 2020 Merit List

In CMAT 2020, 1 applicant scored 100 percentile. Candidates can check the CMAT score analysis of 2020 toppers to get an idea. Check the top 6 toppers of CMAT 2020 as per the merit list from the table given below:

AIR Name QTDI LR LC GA Total Score out of 400 Overall Percentile
1 Gopaljee Jha  91 80 100 76 347 100
2 Fahad Nizam  96 95 100 51 342 99.99
2 Jeet Mukherjee 100 90 90 60 340 99.99
4 Gautam Bhugra  90 85 90 75 340 99.99
5 Tushant Kumar  91 80 90 77 338 99.99
6 Kalisetty Udaya Sandhya Lakshmi Devi  86 90 85 77 338 99.99

  • Where: QTDI stands for Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation
  • LR is Logical Reasoning
  • LC is Language Comprehension and 
  • GA is General Awareness
How is Merit List Prepared?

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How is CMAT Merit List Prepared?

CMAT 2021 Merit List allows rank to the candidates as per the marks obtained by them in the CMAT 2021. More the marks obtained by the candidate; the better will be the rank.

  • The percentile score is calculated using the following formula:

Percentile P = ((N - Rank of the candidate)/ N) x 100

(Where P is percentile and N is the total number of candidates who appeared for the exam)

  • The Scores obtained have been calculated by assigning:
    • +4 marks for the correct answer
    • -1 mark for an incorrect answer
    • 0 mark for no answer

CMAT 2021 Tiebreaker Criteria

In case, two or more candidates obtain the same marks, then CMAT 2021 has a tiebreaker criterion to decide which candidate has higher merit or rank. If two or more candidates get the same overall marks, then their sectional CMAT score will be taken into consideration, which is the tiebreaker. To imply tiebreaker criteria includes:

  • The order of preference given to sections is:

                                       Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation > Logical Reasoning > Language Comprehension > General Awareness.

           At first, the scores in the section of Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation will be compared. Candidate with more marks in this section will be given preference

  • If the marks in the section of Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation are equal, then the candidate scoring more in the logical reasoning section will be preferred over other the candidate.
  • If the logical reasoning section marks are equal, then the scores of the language comprehension section will be compared. Candidates with more marks in this section will be given preference.
  • Again if marks of candidates in the section of language comprehension are also the same, then marks in the general awareness section will be compared. Candidates with more marks in this section will be given preference.
  • Lastly, candidates that have lesser negative marks and are older in age will be given preference.
  • If still, they score equal marks, then the rank is defined as per their names arranged in alphabetical order.

CMAT Score vs Percentile

CMAT 2021 Score vs Percentile will be available soon after the declaration of CMAT Merit List 2021. Find below CMAT Score vs Percentile analysis for 2020 for your reference:

CMAT 2020 Percentile CMAT Score out of 400
100 347
99.99 342
95 – 99.90 251 – 341
90 – 94.99 232 – 250
89.99 231
85 – 89.99 216 – 230
80 – 84.99 204 – 215
75 – 79.99 192 – 203
70 – 74.99 180 – 191
60 – 69.99 160 – 179

Click here to know more about CMAT Score vs Percentile

Selection Process 2021

CMAT 2021 Selection Process

After the CMAT 2021 Merit List is declared, the candidates who have scored above the qualifying marks will be called for CMAT Counselling. They will be selected based on the marks scored by them in the entrance exam, Group Discussion, and Personal Interview and/or Written Ability Test. 

  • After the students are shortlisted on the basis of their CMAT 2021 scores, a merit list will be prepared. 
  • Qualified candidates are required to visit the respective institutes for which they have applied for final selection. 
  • Multiple rounds of selection are held at the campus of the concerned institute. 

CMAT 2021 Selection Procedure involves the following 4 steps:

  1. CMAT 2021 Score
  2. Group Discussion (GD): candidates are segregated into groups of 10 or so and are given an important topic to discuss for a maximum duration of 10 minutes. Candidates receive points on skills such as initiation skills, negotiation skills, managerial skills, encouragement skills, and closure skills. Topics can be extremely diverse and can range from politics, economics, and sports to social issues.
  3. Written Ability Test: candidates are asked to write an essay on a given topic. This is done to analyze the candidate’s communication and analytical skills, vocabulary and grammar, awareness, etc. 
  4. Personal Interview: this is usually the last round of selection. Candidates have to appear before a panel of experts/faculty members who try to assess the candidate based on their academic background and other details mentioned in their resume such as hobbies, interests, work experience, etc. The round is conducted to analyze the candidate’s personality, attitude, suitability to the institution, etc. 

Based on the performance of a candidate in the various rounds of GD, PI, and WAT, the final list of students that are selected will be prepared. 

Click here to see CMAT Selection Process in detail

State-wise Top Participating Colleges

State-wise Top CMAT Score Accepting Colleges

Candidates can see the list and details of the top Institutions in a particular state accepting CMAT 2021 score by clicking on the respective links given below:

Salient FAQs on Merit List

CMAT Merit List 2021 FAQs

Ques. Does Nirma Institute of Management accept CMAT? 

AnsNirma will not accept the CMAT 2021 score. The only score Nirma Institute of Management accepts is the CAT score for both Indian residents and NRI students. It also accepts GMAT scores for foreign students/PIOs who hold foreign passports and individuals from the gulf and Southeast Asian countries. 

Ques. Does FMS Delhi accept CMAT score?

Ans. No, FMS Delhi does not accept the CMAT score. It only allows candidates to apply with a CAT Score and GMAT Score (if the applicant falls under the NRI Category). 

Ques. Are candidates supposed to bring their own calculators to the CMAT Exam?

Ans. No, candidates are not allowed in the CMAT exam. Candidates are not allowed to bring any external objects into the exam hall. Candidates with diabetes are allowed to carry edible such as sugar tablets/fruits and a transparent water bottle. Packed food is not allowed inside the exam hall. 

Ques.  How many times is the CMAT conducted in a year?

Ans. From the academic year 2021-2022 onwards, the CMAT exam will be conducted only once a year in January. CMAT 2021 was conducted on April 9, 2020. 

Ques. What are the best books to prepare for Logical Reasoning for CMAT 2021? 

Ans. The following includes some of the best material to prepare for Logical Reasoning: 

  • A modern approach to logical reasoning by RS Agarwal
  • How to prepare for logical reasoning for CAT by Arun Sharma
  • Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation for CAT by Nishit Sinha 

To find out more, Check CMAT Exam Pattern

Ques. How many shifts will CMAT 2021 be conducted in? 

Ans. CMAT 2021 was conducted in two main shifts, once in the morning and again in the afternoon. The morning shift will commence exactly at 9:30 am, while the latter will start at 2:30. Candidates should be aware that they have to reach the exam hall at least 90 minutes prior to the onset of the exam. 

Ques. How do I challenge the CMAT 2021 answer key? 

Ans.  If the answer key is challenged and more than one answer is found to be correct, then whoever has selected one of the correct options will receive 4 marks. If you have selected an incorrect answer, then the answer will receive a one minus mark. Questions that remain unanswered once the exam has been collected will not be marked. 

If a question is ignored or dropped, all candidates will be granted 4 marks, regardless of whether they have attempted the question or not. 

Ques. What documents do I need to provide to get a reservation?

Ans. For seeking the benefits of CMAT  Reservation under Scheduled Caste (SC), Scheduled Tribe (ST), Other Backward Classes (OBC), Physically Handicapped (PH), Kashmiri Migrant (KM), the girl child category, or the Defence person category, the candidate must submit the required certificates and documents: 

  • Caste Certificate 
  • Dependent Certificate 
  • Income Certificate 
  • Proformas etc. (whichever is applicable according to the guidelines of the particular college/institute)

Ques. Will a common cutoff be released after CMAT 2021? 

Ans. CMAT score will be accepted by all AICTE approved institutions/affiliated colleges. There is no centralized cut-off since every institution/college will release its own lists. Candidates should set their cutoff expectations according to the college/course that they wish to enter.

*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 Ranjan Thakur 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 Anmol Singh 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 Aditya Som 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 Biswadeep Ghosh Hazra 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 Sneha 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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ankit kumar
Will the counselling process be online or offline?

Yes, counseling will be online. Here is the general procedure of counseling:

  1. Based on the cutoff, narrow down the colleges that you can apply for. 
  2. Make your preference list of colleges based on research about the college and reviews given by students and alumni. 
  3. Find out the admission process via CMAT Scores on Collegedunia or through the official website of the college
  4. Some colleges may have personal interviews and group discussions, some colleges might accept admissions based on merit list alone and some colleges may carry out admission based on the candidates’ CMAT Scores and Merit List. 
Can I get admission in IIM, if my rank is in Top 10 in CMAT?

No, you can’t get admission in IIM by getting the Top 10 Rank in CMAT. You need to clear the cutoff of the CAT exam and score the required percentile in the exam to pursue any management course from IIM. To get details about the same, click here – CAT 2021.

ananya pandey
What documents are required to submit during counselling?
rakhisree chatterjee


Documents required (original and self-attested photocopy)
Class 10 marksheet and certificate Class 12 marksheet and certificate
Graduation marksheet and certificate Date of birth certificate
Valid photo ID issued by the Government of India Permanent Address proof

For more information, please refer, CMAT Exam.

kunal thakrar
Where can I get the tips from the toppers?
rakhisree chatterjee


  1. Step 1: Make a study schedule to track your GATE preparation. 
  2. Step 2: Find your strengths and weakness to boost GATE preparation. 
  3. Step 3: Use top-notch preparation books and study material for GATE preparation. 
  4. Step 4: Clarify your doubts and don't forget to revise. 
  5. Step 5: Keep exam stress at bay.

For more information, please refer, GATE Preparation Tips.

sandesh kumar
At what score can I get rank under Top 10?
rakhisree chatterjee


CMAT Score out of 400 Expected Percentile
300+ 99+
250+ 97+
200+ 90+
170+ 80+