CMAT Selection Procedure 2021, Counselling, Dates, Admission Process

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    CMAT 2021 Selection Procedure will be an individualized process carried out by all institutes that are approved by the AICTE. These institutes accept the CMAT scores and select prospective students through group discussion, written ability test, and personal interviewCMAT Counselling is expected to begin from the first week of March 2021 after CMAT Result is declared.

    • After the declaration of results, the National Testing Agency (NTA) will release the final CMAT Merit List which will include the candidates’ section and overall scores.
    • Candidates can then utilize these scores and separately apply to the colleges that they have shortlisted according to the cutoffs that they are able to qualify.
    • One must pay excessive heed to the application dates of their respective colleges so that they don’t miss the registration deadlines for their preferred courses.
    • It is mandatary to present CMAT Admit Card at the time of counselling. Before the seat allocation process, all their original documents are verified. Admission in the allotted college and course is confirmed only after the payment of admission fee.

    More than 1000 colleges offering MBA/PGDM courses will participate in the CMAT Selection Procedure. Final allocation of college and course is done as per candidate’s preference and marks.Check CMAT Participating Colleges

    Highlights of CMAT Selection Process 2021

    Conducting BodyAll India Council for Technical Education (AICTE)
    Name of the ExamCommon Management Admission Test 2019
    Mode of CounsellingOnline
    Commencement of CMAT Counselling 2021March 2021
    Documents to Carry for CMAT CounsellingAdmit Card, Scorecard, Identity Proof, Educational Degrees, Photograph
    CMAT Colleges1000+

    CMAT 2021 Counselling Important Dates

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    CMAT 2021 Counselling Important Dates

    Given below are all important dates for the reference of candidates:

    CMAT Counselling is expected to begin in March 2019. Given below are the important dates for CMAT 2019 Counselling process for your reference:

    EventDates (Tentatives)
    CMAT 2021 Application Begins November 1, 2020
    Last Date for Submission for CMAT Application FormDecember 10, 2020
    CMAT 2021 Exam DateJanuary 28, 2021
    CMAT 2021 Result DateFebruary 7, 2021
    Start of CMAT 2021 CounsellingMarch 2021

      CMAT 2021 Selection Criteria

      CMAT 2021 Selection Criteria

      CMAT Selection Procedure consists of 3 stages and these stages may vary from college to college. These steps are given below –

      1. CMAT 2021 Score
      2. Group Discussion (GD)
      3. Personal Interview (PI) and/or Written Ability Test (WAT)
      • After shortlisting the students based on their CMAT 2021 scores, a merit list is prepared.
      • Qualified candidates are required to visit the respective institutes for which they have applied in their application process for final selection.
      • Multiple rounds of selection are held at the campus of the concerned institute.
      • Based on the performance of a candidate in the various rounds of GD, PI and WAT, the final list of students selected will be prepared.

      CMAT Group Discussion Details

      CMAT Selection Procedure 2021: Group Discussion

      Candidates who will clear CMAT 2021 will appear in Group discussion. The candidate will be required to travel to the respective institute in which they have applied as the further rounds will be conducted at the colleges’ campus.

      • As a part of GD, candidates will be grouped into 10 or so and given a topic related to current trends or business affairs to discuss.
      • Points are awarded on the basis of the applicant’s initiation skill (who starts off the GD), negotiation skills (who convinces others of his or her idea), managerial skills (who is able to ensure that the GD doesn’t get off track and goes on smoothly), encouragement skills (who is able to ensure that everyone gets a chance to voice out their opinions) and closure skills (who is able to summarise the points discussed and bring the GD to a meaningful end).
      • Some other traits that are looked for are creative and logical thinking. Analytical skills and in-depth knowledge of the topic at hand are aspects that are valued.
      • Leadership qualities are highly appreciated in Group Discussion rounds.
      • Candidates may also be given a real-life business scenario to test their business and managerial acumen. 

      CMAT Personal Interview Details

      CMAT Selection Procedure 2021: Personal Interview

      Candidates who successfully qualify CMAT Group Discussion round are called for the next round of the selection procedure, which is Personal Interview (PI). This round is aimed at getting to know who the candidate is and how their skills manifest on a personal level. 

      • Personal Interview is not affected by external factors such as other fellow candidates’s opinions. It is just the candidate with the interviewers. So it is essential to make sure that the candidates are well-prepared for this round and can positively clear it.
      • A confident personality, a creative thought process and an innovative bent of mind are the parameters that are looked for in the candidate. If the candidate can maintain a calm and composed persona without getting flustered under pressure, then the chances are that he or she would get selected, given everything else is in order.
      • This round of Personal Interaction also provides the candidate with an opportunity to explain his or her past academic performance, any prior voluntary work he may have done and other achievements. The panel’s aim here is to get to know the candidate and determine if he would fit in well with the college’s culture. So, it is highly recommended that the candidates do their homework and find out all the important information about the B-school that they appear for.
      • The candidate should know the answers to some very common questions like “Tell us something about yourself” and “What are your strengths and weaknesses.” 
      • Here, the candidate gets an opportunity to turn the interview in his or her favor. The panel, on the other hand also gets the chance to drill the candidates about any existing loopholes. Hence, the candidate should be able to justify anything that has been mentioned in his profile and have reasonable explanations for any discrepancies. 
      • The interviewers are sometimes known to ask such questions that are explicitly designed to put the candidate under undue stress. In such a situation, as soon as the candidate realizes that the panel is trying to test him, he must try to maintain his cool and reply with confidence.
      • If the candidate can face the pressure test successfully, it immediately proves his managerial worth to the panel and tells them that the interviewee would perform well under real-life stress situations. Hence, it is very important for the candidates to ensure that they don’t get nervous at any point and can navigate any sharp corners with ease. 
      • In addition to the Personal Interview, some institutes may also conduct a Written Ability Test (WAT). This round is designed to test the candidate’s awareness of world affairs or his opinion on certain important issues. Reading the newspaper regularly and going through important magazines is highly recommended for the successful preparation of this round. 

      CMAT Final Selection Details

      CMAT 2021 Final Selection

      The final selection for CMAT 2021 will be done based on a candidate’s performance in all the stages mentioned above. A final merit list will be prepared after taking into consideration the candidate’s performance in Group discussion, Personal Interview, and/or Written Ability Test rounds.

      Those candidates who have been selected by the Institute for final admissions will be notified either through their call letters which may be sent to them via post or email, or a list may be declared on the website of the institute.

      Candidates are hence advised to check the official websites of different institutes to which they have applied regularly and also, to check their emails frequently.

      CMAT 2021 Counselling Process

      CMAT 2021 Counselling Process

      Counselling process will begin after the declaration of result. Candidates have to register themselves on the official website to participate. After successful registration, they have to give their preference for college and course.

      Examination authority will then verify the required documents. Candidates failing to present the required documents will be disqualified. Confirmation of admission will be done only after the payment of admission fee. Given below is the counselling process of CMAT in details:

      Step 1: Online Registration

      1. Visit the official website of CMAT
      2. Click on “New Registration” link
      3. Enter the required details like Name, Mobile Number, Roll Number, Date of Birth etc.
      4. Click on ‘Submit’ Button
      5. Registration will be confirmed when ‘Successfully Registered’ will displayed on the screen.

      Step 2: Choice Filling and Locking

      1. Click on the link of ‘Web Options Entry’.
      2. Options for Colleges and courses will be displayed on screen.
      3. Select your choice of colleges and courses.
      4. Click on ‘Submit’

      Step 3: Verification of Documents

      • Candidates must carry all the required documents in original and photocopy
      • Verification authority will verify all the submitted documents
      • Non-availability of required document will lead to disqualification

      Step 4: Allotment of Seats

      Allotment of seats will base on two factors given below:

      • Number of seats available
      •  Preference of courses given by Candidate

      Step 5: Reporting to the college

      • Candidates should report to their allotted college before the last date
      • Candidates need to pay the admission fee in order to confirm their admission

      There are more than 1000+ management institutes that take admission based on CMAT score. 

      • It is mandatory to present CMAT Admit Card at the time of counselling. 
      • Before the seat allocation process, all their original documents are verified.
      • Admission to the allotted college and course is confirmed only after the payment of admission fee.
      • The final allocation of college and course is done as per the candidate’s preference and marks.

      Candidates have to register for CMAT and need to apply separately to the B-school by visiting their respective websites to be eligible for admission.

      Top CMAT Score Accepting Colleges 

      Top CMAT Score Accepting Colleges 

      Given below are some of the top colleges accepting CMAT Score. Candidates clearing CMAT Cutoff and qualifying the pre-admission rounds will be called for the counselling process.

      Institute NameCMAT PercentileCMAT Cutoff Marks
      Asia Pacific Institute of Management, New Delhi85180
      Alliance School of Business, Bangalore70+ 120+
      Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra75+ 160+
      Birla Institute of Management Technology, (BIMTECH) Greater Noida95+ 200+
      Christ University, Bangalore70+-
      Doon Business school, Dehradun-160
      Department of Management Studies, NIT Durgapur -156
      Flame University School of Business (FLAME) Pune80+ 140+
      Galgotias Business School, Greater Noida60-
      GIBS Business School, Bangalore70+ 120+
      GITAM School of International Business-150
      Goa Institute of Management, Goa95+ 200+
      Great Lakes Institute of Management, Chennai95+ 200+
      Institute of Financial Management and Research, Changambakkam95+ 200+
      International Institute of Business Studies (IIBS), Bangalore70+ 120+
      International Institue of Management Studies (IIMS), Pune70+ 120+
      Institute of Public Enterprise, Hyderabad70+120+

      CMAT Documents Required for Counselling

      Documents Required for CMAT Counselling 2021

      Candidates must keep their important documents handy before appearing in the counseling process. Failing to present the required document will result in ineligibility to participate in seat allotment process. Given below is the list of crucially required document candidates must carry with them:

      • CMAT 2021 Result
      • Category Certificate (If Applicable)
      • Domicile Certificate or Official Address
      • Common Management Admission Test Call Letter
      • Matriculation Marks memo or equivalent & Certificate
      • Intermediate Mark list and Certificate
      • Graduation Marks sheet
      • CMAT Admit Card 2021
      • Certificate of Medical Fitness
      • Income Certificate
      • Six recent colored Photographs
      • Identity Proof (Aadhar Card, Voter ID, License, Passport)
      • Photocopies of all the certificate
      Salient FAQs on CMAT Selection Process 2021

      CMAT Selection Process 2021 FAQs

      Ques. What are the main differences between CAT, MAT and CMAT? 

      Ans. All three entrance tests are conducted for the purpose of providing admission into management level courses in colleges throughout India. It is generally accepted that out of the three CAT is the hardest to rank in since there are more candidates competing for the same number of limited seats. The remaining differences are based on the types of institutions that accept the specified exam scores, the duration of the exam, and the number of questions present in the exam. 

      Factors CAT MAT CMAT
      No. of Papers 1 (Computer Based Test)1 (Computer Based Test)1 (Computer Based Test)
      No. of Questions 100 200100
      Duration3 hours 150 minutes 3 hours 
      No. of sections 3 (Quant, Verbal, DI & LR)5 (QA, VA, Reasoning, Data Analysis, Indian and Global Environment)4 (QA, DI & LR, VA, GA)
      No. of times the exam is conducted in a year 41
      Top Institutes Accepting exam scores JBIMS, Goa Institute of Management, SIMSREE, Sydenham, SIES, KJ Somaiya etc. TAPMI, Amity, Flame, JaipuriaAll IIMs, FMS, DCE, SP Jain, IITD etc. 

      Ques. Can I bring a watch with me to the CMAT 2021? 

      Ans. Candidates are NOT allowed to carry any instrument/ geometry / pencil box, purses to the exam. any kind of paper/stationery or textual material is not allowed. Candidates are not allowed to carry any electronic watches or gadgets that are metallic in nature to the examination room/ hall. 

      Ques.  How do I study for the GK and Current Affairs sections in CMAT? 

      Ans. General Awareness questions are divided into two main sections: Static GK and Current GK. Current GK includes questions that are based on economic and fiscal policies, country-wise denominations, new scientific endeavors, and world politics. On the other hand, Static GK mainly focuses on the arts, culture and historical events. 

      Candidates can use the following resources to study for General Awareness: 

      • General Knowledge by Disha Experts
      • The Hindu 
      • The Financial Times
      • Business Today
      • Competition Success Review 
      • Financial Express
      • Wall Street Journal 
      • Business World 
      • Arihant GK 
      • Economic Times 
      • Hindu Business Line 
      • Manorama Year Book
      • Lucent’s GK

      Candidates can brush up their current affairs by focusing on Competition Success Review, Arihant GK, Wall Street Journal and by being subscribed to google updates. 

      Ques. How do I prepare for history in the CMAT 2021 General Awareness section? 

      Ans. A vital topic in general awareness is the history section. To prepare for history, candidates can use the following: 

      • Manorama Year Book
      • Lucent’s GK
      • 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, and 10th standard social studies and history books
      • Many editorials, news pieces and interviews of eminent personalities are published in newspapers such as The Hindu, Indian Express, Hindustan Times, and Times of India

      Ques. How do I prepare for economy in the CMAT 2021 General Awareness section? 

      Ans. Candidates can utilize the following to increase their economic insight:

      • The Financial Times
      • Financial Express
      • Economic Times 
      • Hindu Business Line 
      • Business World 
      • Business Today

      Ques. Which business schools in Pune accept CMAT 2021 scores? 

      Ans. There are many good colleges that accept CMAT scores in Pune. Here are some of the following: 

      • Dr. D.Y. Patil Vidyapeeth
      • Singhad Institute
      • MIT School of Business
      • Indira School of Business Studies
      • Kirloskar Institute of Advanced Management Studies

      *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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