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Updated on - Feb 26th, 2021 | 09:56 AM by Keerthana R


Having an aspiration to be a manager, then NTA CMAT is the way for one. But before going through CMAT to get admission in the college they desire, they have to know details about the exam pattern, dates & details about negative marking. So check out this article to get the answers one were looking for.

What is CMAT?

CMAT is elaborated as the Common Management Admission Test. It is an online exam conducted by National Testing Agency (NTA). CMAT was started to reduce the burden on the students to attend different entrance exams and to save the students from paying a high fee for different exams. Instead, they can write CMAT. It is accepted by more than 1000 B-schools. the CMAT question paper consists of 100 questions from Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation, Logical Reasoning, Language Comprehension and General Awareness. CMAT exam registration begins in November and the exam is conducted in January. CMAT 2021 registration is expected to begin from November 1.

Check colleges accepting CMAT score.

CMAT Exam Details

The CMAT is a three-hour computer-based online test conducted in a single session. It is conducted once a year. It consists of four sections and each part will consist of 25 questions, and each question is of 4 marks.

CMAT Exam Details 2020
CMAT Exam Details 
Duration 3 Hours
Number of Exam per Year 1
NUMBER Of Shifts Of Exam Conducted Per Day 2
Number Of Days Exam is Conducted 1

Here is the latest notification of CMAT Exam:

CMAT Exam Time Table 2020
CMAT Events CMAT Exam Dates  Salient Features

CMAT 2021 registration start date

The first week of November 2020 

The registration process begins online on the NTA website

Registration end date

Fourth week of November 2020 

Registration process closes

Image correction 

Second week of November to the first week of December 2020 

Candidate can upload a new image and signature if required

Admit card download begins

The fourth week of December 2020

To be available on the official website

CMAT 2021 exam

The fourth week of January 2021

Exam to be held from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm in 75 cities

CMAT Answer key release

The fourth week of January 2021

CMAT answer key, question paper and individual response sheets available on NTA website

Result announcement

The first week of February 2021

Scorecards to be released on the official website along with all India rank list

CMAT Exam Pattern

There will be a total of four sections which include:

  • Quantitative Aptitude
  • Logical reasoning
  • Language comprehension
  • General Awareness

Each section will have 25 questions, and so there will a total of 100 questions in the paper. And each question carries 4 marks.

CMAT Exam Pattern 2020
Type of Questions No. of Questions Maximum Marks
Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation 25 100
Logical Reasoning 25 100
Language Comprehension 25 100
General Awareness 25 100

So as anyone can see the maximum marks that can be obtained is 400.

NOTE: There will be negative marking for each question answered incorrectly. The negative marking will be of -1 mark for each incorrect question.

National Testing Agency (NTA) is responsible for formulating the CMAT exam pattern. The test will comprise of four distinct sections, namely Logical Reasoning, Language Comprehension, Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation, and General Awareness.

Each section will have 25 questions; with each question carrying four marks. A total of 100 questions would be asked and the maximum score will be 400 (100 x4).

Candidates should be aware that there will be a negative marking of -1 mark for each incorrect answer.

The CMAT 2021 has been conducted in online mode in two shifts (Morning and Afternoon).

The time duration of the CMAT entrance exam will be 3 hours (180 minutes).

There will be no sectional time limit.

CMAT Exam Pattern 2020

  CMAT Exam Pattern




CMAT 2021 will be conducted in Online mode.


Computer-based Test (CBT)

Number of Sections

4 Sections (25 Questions Each)


Language Comprehension, Quantitative Techniques, and Data Interpretation, Logical Reasoning and General Awareness.

Type of Questions

The questions will be objective (MCQ) based on the CMAT 2021 Syllabus.

Number of Questions



+4 marks for a Correct answer.

Negative Marking

-1 mark for an incorrect answer.


3 hours


9:30 to 12:30



CMAT Exam Topics

Each section covers certain topics on which the question will be asked, and importance must be given to these topics to get higher percentile. Here is the list of four topics given below:

General Awareness

This consists of the regular activity that occurs around us. General awareness means knowledge about the present happenings. General awareness is focused on the routine happenings on the news around the world and it has nothing to do with the historic events.

It consists of topics such as:

  • Literature

  • History

  • Geography

  • Personalities in News

  • Culture

  • Current Affairs of National, International, Economic, etc

Logical Reasoning

In this section, the ability of logical thinking is tested. The candidate should use mathematical and logical thinking to get the results. It may contain questions such as pattern analysis, etc.

It consists of topics such as:

  • Analytical reasoning

  • Non-Verbal Tests (Visual reasoning)

  • Cause and effects

  • Statements and assumptions

  • Direction and Distance test

  • Statements Assumptions

  • Inferences

  • Analogy Test, etc.

Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation

In this section questions as asked based on particular data. In this section, the data have to analyzed and interpreted. This section consists of mathematical questions based on:

  • Geometry

  • Allegation and Mixtures

  • In-equations

  • Number Systems

  • Quadratic and linear equations

  • Simple Interest and Compound Interest

  • Profit and Loss, etc.

Language Comprehension

Language Comprehension consists of advanced English, this part of the section is present to know the ability of candidates and to know there oral and written skills. It consists of the substitution, etc. Reference books are required to improve the skills for the exam. Check CMAT Reference Books.

It consists of topics such as:

  • Synonyms and Antonyms

  • One Word Substitution

  • Paragraph Completion

  • English Grammar, etc.

CMAT Exam Syllabus

CMAT Exam Syllabus 2021

Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation

Logical Reasoning

General Awareness

Language Comprehension

Number Systems

Analytical Reasoning

Current Affairs of National and International Economy

Jumbled Paragraphs

Fraction and Decimals

Statements Assumptions

Personalities in News

Reading Comprehension

Geometry & Averages

Analogy Test

Sports news

Paragraph Completion

Quadratic and linear equations


Trade Awareness

Sentence Correction

Ratios and Proportion

Statements Arguments


Synonyms and Antonyms

Percentages & In-equations

Non-Verbal Reasoning


Idioms and Phrases


Cause and Effects


English Grammar


Statements and Conclusion


English Usage Errors


Blood Relationship Tests


Sentence Improvement

Profit and Loss

Symbol Based Problems


One-word Substitution

CMAT Exam Details

There are several questions one might get in there mind when it comes to CMAT Exam hence in this article we have tried to answer such questions for the upcoming CMAT Exam.

How CMAT Ranks are Assigned?

As per the marking scheme of CMAT exam pattern 2021:

  • For every correct answer, the candidate will be granted four marks.

  • For every incorrect answer, one mark will be subtracted.

  • In case a question has multiple correct answers in such a situation:

    • Multiple correct options will be given four marks.

    • Incorrect answers will lead to a deduction of one mark.

    • Unattempted questions will not be marked.

  • In a case that the question is ignored or dropped then all students will get four marks irrespective if the question is attempted or not.

If a candidate obtains the same scores as another candidate, the ranking is done considered depending on the sectional scores:

  • Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation

  • Logical Reasoning

  • Language Comprehension

  • General Awareness

Negative markings only exist when they have attempted the wrong answer for the given question. IF not CMAT does not have negative marking for unattempted questions.

How to Calculate Percentile for CMAT 2020?

In simple words, the percentile is the percentage of students who have scored less than a particular candidate.

Example :

If the student secures 95 percentile then this means that 95% of students who have written the exam have scored less then him. Or in other words, the student has scored more marks than 95% of students.

  • A formula used to calculate the percentile of the candidate is:

Formula: Percentile P = ( (N- candidater rank)/N) x 100. (Where P = percentile and N = total number of candidates appeared for the exam).

Is CMAT Difficult?

The overall level of difficulty of the CMAT can be easy but it is the mistake that cost the marks. Ideally, the candidate should attempt 67+ questions in the given three hours & should have the accuracy of more than 85%. As compared to CMAT, CAT difficulty level ranges from moderate to difficult and as high percentile is required to get admission into IIMs, so the CMAT is easier than CAT.

160 to 285 can be considered as a good score to get higher percentile and to get a good college.

CMAT Exam Cutoff

After the results are announced, the cutoffs of the B-schools are announced on their websites. The cutoff is decided by colleges and it varies on factors such as:

  • The difficulty of the exam paper.
  • Percentile of the students, etc.

Not only the overall percentile is considered but also the sectional wise percentile is considered. Sectional wise percentile is set by the college, on the basis of which the students can apply for admission.

CMAT 2020 Expected Cutoff

The CMAT cutoff for top colleges has been provided in the table below. The candidates should go through the following table to get estimated cutoff for the year 2020.

CMAT Exam Cutoff 2021

Participating Institutes

Expected Cut-off Percentile/Score

K J Somaiya Institute of Management Studies & Research (KJSIMSR), Mumbai

94 percentile (Score 250-270)

Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra, Ranchi

75 percentile

Siva Sivani Institute of Management, (SSIM) Secunderabad

60 percentile

Asia Pacific Institute of Management, New Delhi

85 percentile

Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies (JBIMS), Mumbai

99.93 percentile

Goa Institute of Management, Goa

98 percentile

MET Institute of Management, Mumbai

97.91 percentile


99+ percentile (score 270-290)

Jaipuria Institute of Management, Noida

82 percentile

Pune University Department of Management Studies (PUMBA DMS)

96 percentile

We School, Mumbai

99.06 percentile (199 Marks)

Amrita School of Business, (ASB) Coimbatore

300 Marks

Birla Institute of Technology, Ranchi (BIT Mesra)

75 (160 marks)

Prin LN Welingkar Institute of Management Development & Research, Mumbai

85 percentile

Prin LN Welingkar Institute of Management Development & Research, Bangalore

85 percentile

Learn more about CMAT Cutoff.


As concluded There is negative marking for incorrect answers. So the questions which answers are not known should be avoided. To reduce the loss of valuable marks.

compared to CAT, CMAT exam is a bit easier. As the questions are difficult and the number of students attending the exam is also high CAT is relatively competitive. Also, the CAT exam is conducted to get colleges like IIM's, so the difficulty will be higher.

Manage time & prepare, this mantra will help everyone to crack CMAT and get into the college an individual is are looking for.

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