CMAT Exam: Dates, Eligibility, Syllabus, Exam Pattern, Admit Card, & More

The Common Management Admission Test, abbreviated as CMAT, is a 3 hour long, computer based national level entrance test to enable admissions to management programmes across India. CMAT 2021 exam will be conducted in the last week of January.  The CMAT exam is conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA) since 2019, although, until 2018 it was conducted by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE).

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CAT Exam

The Common Management Admission Test, abbreviated as CMAT, is a 3 hour long, computer based national level entrance test to enable admissions to management programmes across India. CMAT 2021 exam will be conducted in the last week of January.  The CMAT exam is conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA) since 2019, although, until 2018 it was conducted by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE).

CMAT 2020 was conducted on 28th January 2020 in 104 cities out of 109 proposed cities (capacity - 1,81,145 candidates) & was taken by 74,486 candidates.

Gender/Category-Wise Distribution of Candidates Registered for CMAT-2020

General EWS OBC SC ST Total (PwD)
Male 25879 2187 9947 2228 605 40846 (132)
Female 23877 1010 6672 1594 483 33636 (52)
Transgender - - 2 1 1 4 (--)
Total 49756 3197 16621 3823 1089 74486 (184)


To know more about the CMAT 2021 syllabus and exam pattern, CMAT results, CMAT exam centers, CMAT 2021 eligibility criteria, important dates, CMAT participating institutes, change in CMAT exam pattern and more, please read below.

CMAT 2021 - Important Dates

Events CMAT 2020 Important Dates Remarks
CMAT 2021 Registration Starts November 2020 Online forms available on NTA CMAT 2021 Exam website (official website)
CMAT 2021 Registration Last Date December 2020 -
Date for Choice of Exam City Yet To Be Announced -
CMAT Admit Card Available on NTA website Dec 2020 -
CMAT 2021 Exam Date Last Week of January 2021 3 hours 09.30 AM to 12.30 PM
CMAT 2021 Result Date February 2021 Score card download starts in afternoon

CMAT 2021 Syllabus And Exam Pattern

The CMAT test is divided into four parts with each section carrying 25 questions with each question carrying 1 mark:

  1. Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation
  2. Logical Reasoning
  3. Language Comprehension
  4. General Awareness


CMAT Exam 2021 Eligibility Criteria

CMAT Academic Criteria 2021:

  1. Graduates in any discipline can apply for the CMAT 2021 exam.
  2. Students who are in the final year of their graduate courses, can also apply for the CMAT 2021 as long as the result of their graduate exam is declared before the start of admission process.

Nationality and Age Criteria:

  1. The candidate must be an Indian citizen.
  2. There is no age restriction to apply for CMAT exam

CMAT Exam Fee

The fee can be paid online using a debit/credit card, net banking, Unified Payment Interface (UPI) and PayTM Service in ICICI Bank or HDFC Bank or Syndicate Bank or State Bank of India.

The application fee is as follows:

Category Male Female
General Rs.1600/- Rs.1000/-
Gen-EWS/OBC (NCL) Rs.1000/- Rs.1000/-
SC/ ST/ PwD Rs.800/- Rs.700/-
Transgender Rs - 700/-

Service/Processing charges & Goods & Service Tax (GST) are to be paid by the candidate, as applicable.

CMAT Payment Modes and respective bank charges

CMAT Score Vs Percentile Over The Years

CMAT 2020
Percentile Score
100% 347
99 - 99.99% 282 - 342
98% + 270
95% + 251
90% + 232
85% + 216
80% + 204
70% + 180
60% + 160


Highest Marks - Section Wise in CMAT 2020
  • QTDI - 100
  • LR - 100
  • LC - 100
  • GA - 86
CMAT 2019
Percentile Score
100% 372
99 - 99.99% 310 - 361
98% + 300
95% + 282
90% + 262
85% + 247
80% + 234
70% + 210
60% + 189


Highest Marks - Section Wise in CMAT 2019
  • QTDI - 100
  • LR - 100
  • LC - 96
  • GA - 96
CMAT 2018
Percentile Score
100% 341 (1 person), 335 (2 person)
99 - 99.99% 260 - 330
98% + 248
95% + 226
90% + 204
85% + 187
80% + 173
70% + 150
60% + 131


Highest Marks - Section Wise in CMAT 2018
  • QTDI - 100
  • LR - 100
  • LC - 95
  • GA - 85


Year Changes In CMAT Exam
2019 - 2020
  • Conducting body changed from AICTE to NTA
2016 - 2018
  • Conducted once a year
2013 - 2015
  • Conducted twice a year
  • 1 day exam window
  • Exam was Launched by AICTE
  • Conducted in a period of nine days (20th - 28th February 2012)

CMAT Exam Reservation Policy

Private participating institutes that accept CMAT 2020 scores have different reservation policies. However, the reservation policy for Central Government run institutes is mentioned below:

Category Reservation
General-Economically Weaker Section(GEN-EWS) 10%
Scheduled Caste 15%
Scheduled Tribe 7.5%
Other Backward Classes (Non-Creamy Layer) 27%


  1. 5% of each category is reserved for persons with disabilities.
  2. Any candidate who doesn’t fall under the OBC-NCL list by Central Government ( will fall under the General category.
  3. Categories of disabilities (Applicable if disability is more than 40%) are as follows :
    • Deaf and hard of hearing
    • Autism, intellectual disability, specific learning disability and mental illness
    • Blindness and low vision
    • Locomotor disabilities like cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, cured leprosy, dwarfism, and victims of acid attacks.
    • Multiple disabilities from amongst persons under clauses (i) to (iv).

Previous Years' CMAT Exam Analysis

TOP MBA Colleges Accepting CMAT Scores

Here are some of the top participating institutes and the CMAT admission cut-offs from previous years:

MBA college CMAT Cut off (Percentile)
Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies (JBIMS) 99.99
Sydenham Institute of Management Studies And Research And Entrepreneurship Education (SIMSREE), Mumbai 99.96
Great Lakes Institute of Management (GLIM), Chennai 95
Goa Institute of Management (GIM) 93
K J Somaiya Institute of Management Studies And Research (SIMSR), Mumbai 97
PUMBA, Pune 90
IFMR Graduate School of Business at KREA University 90
Xavier Business School (XBS), Kolkata 85
Great Lakes Institute of Management, Gurgaon 90
N. L. Dalmia Institute of Management Studies and Research, Mumbai 85
Prin L N Welingkar Institute of Management Development and Research, Mumbai 80
BIMTECH Greater Noida: Birla Institute of Management Technology 80
IMT Nagpur: Institute of Management Technology (IMT), Nagpur 80
Xavier Institute of Management and Entrepreneurship (XIME), Bangalore 80
SIES College of Management Studies, Navi Mumbai 84
WE School Bangalore 80
ITM Navi Mumbai: ITM Group of Institutions 80
XIME Chennai: Xavier Institute of Management and Entrepreneurship 80
Christ University Bengaluru: Institute of Management 75

FAQs About CMAT Exam

  1. If I do not have an e-mail address, can I use someone else’s email ID like my coaching institute’s or a friend’s email address while registering for CMAT?
    You can use your parent's email ID for registering, in case, you don't have one of your own.
  2. Is there any helpline for aspirants of the CMAT examination?
    Yes, for technical support you can call on 0120-6895200 between 10:00 a.m. to 05:00 p.m. during working days.
  3. Can I change my preferred test city after I have submitted my form?
    Once the form is submitted, no changes can be made in the form.
  4. Can I cancel the test?
    Once the application fee is paid, there will be no refund or cancellation allowed.


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