CMAT 2021: Exam Date, Full Form, Login, Official Website, Preparation, Latest News

Exam Date : January 23, 2021
Result Date : February 1, 2021

Looking for an alternative to CAT Exam? Go for CMAT. Get admission into MBA and PGDM courses in over 1000 B-Schools across India with help of the CMAT 2021 Exam. Score 70-80% in CMAT. Want to know how? Follow the preparation tips given below. Potential candidates can use the different CMAT books from various online portals to score well in the exam.


What is CMAT Exam?

Common Management Admission Test (CMAT) is a national level examination held for admission to MBA, PGDM, Executive PGDM, and PGCM courses. This National Level exam facilitates institutes around India to select suitable students for admission in all management programs approved by NTA.

CMAT 2021 will be a three-hour computer-based online test which is conducted in a single session to evaluate the candidate's ability across various segments like Quantitative Technique, Logical Reasoning, Language Comprehension, and General Awareness. This test facilitates Institutions to select suitable graduate candidates for admission to all Management programs. CMAT score is accepted by all AICTE-approved Institutions/University Departments/Constituent Colleges/Affiliated Colleges.

CMAT Exam 2021 at a glance
Exam Name Common Management Admission Test
Acronym CMAT
Conducting Body National Testing Agency (NTA)
Exam Level National Level
Exam Category Postgraduate
Courses Offered Management
Exam Mode Online i.e. Computer-based Test (CBT)
Medium English
Participating Candidates 2 Lakh+

All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) was conducting CMAT exam until 2018 but afterwards, National Testing Agency (NTA) started conducting CMAT. CMAT will be conducted as per the guidance of the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Government of India. Common Management Admission Test is conducted through Online mode and it is a Computer-Based Test (CBT). CMAT examination will use highly secured IT software and encryption to ensure the delivery of tests just in time. This will ensure no leakages and other malpractices.

CMAT is conducted once every year at the end of January. CMAT exam is conducted in two shifts. CMAT 2021 will grant admission to courses such as MBA, PGCM, PGDM, and Executive PGDM in India.

All AICTE approved Institutions, Universities, Affiliated colleges will accept CMAT 2021 Score. Some of Leading Business Schools have decided to keep out of using CMAT score citing the reason for "Late Announcement". But still, several colleges are accepting CMAT Score.

Referring to sample papers will help candidates to know about CMAT 2021 exam pattern. Candidates can download or refer to sample papers from the official website. Results for CMAT 2021 will be declared on 1st week of February 2021.

CMAT - Dates, Registration, Admit Card, Result

CMAT 2021 Exam Date

Candidates should make sure that they know all the CMAT 2021 exam dates so that they don't miss any of the important events. CMAT 2021 Exam Date will officially be released on the official website. 

CMAT 2021 Application Form will be available on the official website i.e. National Testing Agency (NTA) from 1 November 2020 and the last date to submit Application Form is on 10 December 2020. Admit Card for CMAT 2021 was released by the authority online on 24 December 2020  and the hall tickets are available for download now.

CMAT 2021 will be conducted online i.e. Computer-based Test (CBT) on 24 January 2021 (tentatively). The results will be declared on 5 February 2021. Once candidates clear CMAT 2021, they will be called for the counselling process in February 2021. Changes in the dates can occur due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.

CMAT 2021 Exam Dates
Important Events Dates
Application Form Start Date 1 November 2020
Application Form Last Date 10 December 2020
Application Extended Date 10 December 2020
Admit Card Availability 24 December 2020
CMAT Exam Date 24 January 2021 (tentatively)
Results Announcement 5 February 2021 (tentatively)
Commencement of Counselling February 2021 (tentatively)

CMAT 2021 Notification

The CMAT 2021 Notification will be released by its organizing body, NTA, in the official website. The Application Process for the CMAT 2021 Exam will start on November 1, 2020 and end on December 10, 2020. Candidates are required to check the updates for applying for the examination. The Admit Card will be released on December 24, 2020 and the CMAT 2021 examination is scheduled to be conducted on January 23, 2021. Candidates can keep a track of the updates and other information on the CMAT 2021 Exam by regularly checking in this page. 

CMAT 2021 Eligibility

NTA has set some criteria for taking CMAT 2021 Exam and candidates should check whether they clear CMAT eligibility criteria before starting with the application form. Failing to meet the eligibility criteria will result in the candidates to be deemed ineligible for the exam and their application forms will be considered invalid. The eligibility criteria are distinctive and separate for each course type for the CMAT 2021. The CMAT 2021 Eligibility is elaborated with respect to each category and type for the candidates to take a look and make a note of the same. 

Qualification Criteria

  • Candidate must be a graduate (10+2+3) from any recognized university and applicants who are pursuing a final year of their studies can also apply for CMAT 2021.
  • General category candidates must have scored a minimum of 50% marks and SC/ST category students must have secured 45% marks to fulfil eligibility criteria. It is important for the candidates to check if the candidates have the required scores as prescribed for being eligible for attending the exam. 

Age Limit

There is no age limit to appear in CMAT 2021. All age groups with required qualifications can apply for the examination.


  • CMAT Eligibility for MBA is that Candidates should have a recognized Bachelor's Degree with a minimum duration of 3 years.
  • The students who are in the final year graduation are also eligible to apply for this exam.


Bachelor's Degree related to the programme with a minimum duration of 3 years. Candidates are necessarily required to check if they fulfil the requirements prior to applying for the PGCM. 

For Executive PGDM

  • Candidate must have a recognized Bachelor's Degree with a minimum duration of 3 years.
  • Candidates who are looking to pursue a degree in executive MBA needs to have a minimum of 2 years of Work Experience.

Candidates should make sure to regularly visit this page for further updates regarding the CMAT 2021 Eligibility and other associated events so that they do not miss out any vital information. 

CMAT 2021 Syllabus

Candidates are required to go through and know the CMAT 2021 Syllabus very well in order to prepare for the exam very well and topic wise preparation. This way candidates will be able to prepare for the exam accordingly and score high. The official conducting authority of CMAT, which is NTA does not release any official CMAT 2021 Syllabus. However, CMAT 2021 Syllabus will consist of the following:

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

The following table shows various concepts that might be in the syllabus of CMAT:

CMAT  2021 Syllabus
Section Syllabus
Language Skills Language usage and their rules, Para jumble, Syntax and correct grammar, Vocabulary, Fill in blanks, Idioms, Reading comprehension, Anonyms, and Synonyms
Quantitative Skills Data interpretation, problem-solving, data sufficiency, arithmetic, geometry, modern mathematics, algebra and number systems
Logical Reasoning Family tree, arrangement, numeric grid, coding and series
General Awareness Personalities, Books and Authors, History, Politics, Economics, Business, Sports, Social Developments, Entertainment, Current Affairs of National and International Economy, Personalities in News

CMAT 2021 Exam Pattern

It is very important for the candidates to know the CMAT 2021 Exam Pattern in order to know the distribution and types of questions in the CMAT 2021 Exam. This way candidates will be able to prepare for the exam accordingly.CMAT 2021 exam will be conducted on 24 January 2021 in two shifts. CMAT 2021 will be in English only. Exam Pattern of CMAT is given below:

  • Mode: CMAT 2021 will be conducted online i.e. Computer-based Test (CBT).
  • Paper Pattern: CMAT 2021 exam pattern is planned in such a way that it consists of 100 questions which are divided into 4 sections with 25 questions each.
  • Negative Marks: There is a negative marking in the CMAT exam. For each wrong answer, 1 mark is deducted and for every correct answer, 4 marks are allotted.
  • Duration: 3 hours will be given for you to complete an examination.
  • Syllabus: Language Comprehension, Quantitative Techniques, and Data Interpretation, Logical Reasoning, General Awareness.
  • Marks and Medium: Maximum marks in CMAT examination are 400 and the exam will be conducted in English.

How to apply for CMAT 2021?

Application Process is one of the important aspects of the exam point of view. Candidates can check and verify the eligibility criteria prior to the process of filling up the application form. It is also very important for the candidates to go through the given information clearly and precisely prior to applying for the CMAT 2021 Exam. Steps highlighting process involved how to fill CMAT 2021 Application Form is notified below:

  • Step 1: Candidates must enter the required details for the Registration/ Login page to access the Application Form.
  • Step 2: Once you have logged in to your account you can fill the details as required in Application Form.
  • Step 3: After filling Application Form for CMAT 2021 you have to Upload Scanned Documents.
  • Step 4: Before submitting Application Form you have to pay Registration Fee Payment through online (Credit Card, Debit Card/ Net Banking).
  • Step 5: Candidates need to view CMAT Registration Summary and then must save the Filled in Form and then press "Submit".

Note: Candidates need to take a printout of the Application Form and payment receipt once the Application Process has been completed. These can be useful for future reference.

Documents required for the Application Process of CMAT 2021 

Candidates should be aware that there are certain documents required for the Application Process of the CMAT 2021. It is mandatory that they bring the documents in order for the application to be valid. The documents required for the CMAT 2021 Application process are categorized and explained below.

Personal Documents

  • Aadhar Card information
  • ID proof
  • Date of Birth
  • Caste category certificate

Educational Documents

  • Class X certificate
  • Class XII Certificate
  • Other academic documents (optional)

Check more details about CMAT Application Process here

CMAT Application Form 2021

Registration for CMAT 2021 has already started. It is important that the candidates verify and go through the instructions well and thoroughly before applying for the CMAT 2021 Examination. Candidates should make sure that they fill the CMAT 2021 application form well before the deadline. Specifications involved in Application Form are as follows:

  • Registration: For CMAT Registration candidates have to access the site as a new user.
  • Essentials: Documents required for the application process are personal documents of address and identification, SSLC/ 10th Grade/ Equivalent Details, 12th/ Equivalent/ Diploma Course Details, Graduation Details, Other Professional Degree Details, Postgraduate Details.

Note: In online mode, payment of CMAT registration fee can be done through Net Banking, Credit Card or Debit Card or UPI or PayTM.

Registration Fee

Candidates should be very cautious about the payment of Application Fee and it is also important to know the exact fee amount. Details regarding Application Fee for CMAT 2021 are as follows:

  • Exam Fee: CMAT 2021 Exam Fees for General category male is INR 1600 and for females, it is INR 1000 For GEN-EWS and OBC-NCL category, the fee is INR 1000 irrespective of the gender.
  • Payment mode: Fee can be paid through online mode through Net Banking, Credit card or Debit card, PayTM and UPI only. The GST will be applicable as per the norms of the bank.
  • Non-refundable: The examination fee is non-refundable.
CMAT 2021 Application Fee
Category Boys Girls Transgender
General/OBC INR 1600 INR 1000 INR 700
SC/ ST/PWD INR 800 INR 700
Gen-EWS/OBC (NCL) INR 1000

INR 1000

For transgender students, the application fee of CMAT is INR 700.

CMAT 2021 Admit Card

Admit card for CMAT 2021 exam is a very important document as without it candidates will not be permitted to take an exam. It is mandatory that the Candidates bring the Admit Card with them on the date of Examination. The various fields in the hall ticket are listed below:

  • Issue date: CMAT 2021 admit card will be released online on December 24, 2020 in the official website.
  • Downloading of Admit Card: It should be downloaded from the official website using registration number and password.
  • Details on Admit Card: It contains details such as the candidate's name, date of birth, exam date, the centre of examination, photograph, etc.
  • Proof: Admit card should be carried by candidates to the allotted exam centre. If they fail to bring admit card then they will not be allowed to attend the examination.
  • Discrepancy: Any discrepancy in CMAT 2021 Admit Card should be reported to conducting the authority of the CMAT exam as soon as possible. The candidates can report via mail as well.
  • Documents Required: While carrying CMAT admit card candidate should have any one of following as a proof - Driver License, Passport, PAN Card, Voter Id, or UID Card.

How to download the CMAT 2021 Admit Card

  • Visit the official website of NTA. 
  • Click on the CMAT tab in the website
  • Click on the Admit Card section under the CMAT tab
  • Fill in the credentials for login
  • View the admit card and download it
  • Print the admit card

CMAT 2021 Exam Centres

NTA (National Testing Agency), which is the exam conducting authority for CMAT 2021 decides the list of test centres for conducting CMAT 2021.

The exam will be conducted in 75 cities across India. Candidates can choose any 3 preferred exam cities as CMAT 2021 exam centres while filling the Application Form. The seats will be allotted to you based on availability.

Candidates must carry CMAT 2021 Admit Card along with any government ID proof (Voter ID, Aadhar Card, Driving License, PAN Card) for identity proof.

Here below the list of exam centres are provided. Bifurcation is provided based on the different states in India.

CMAT Exam Centres 2021
Port Blair Dhanbad
Guntur Jamshedpur
Kurnool Ranchi
Nellore Belgavi/Belgaum
Rajahmundry Bengaluru
Tirupathi Gulbarga
Vijaywada Dharwad/Hubballi (Hubli)
Visakhapatnam Mangaluru
Itanagar/Naharlagun Mysuru
Dibrugarh Udupi/Manipal
Guwahati Ernakulam/Angamaly/Moovattupuzha
Muzzafarpur Kottayam
Patna Kozhikode
Chandigarh/Mohali Thiruvananthapuram
Bhilai Nagar/Durg Thrissur
Raipur Leh
Delhi/New Delhi Kavaratti
Panaji/Madgaon Bhopal
Ahmedabad/Gandhinagar Gwalior
Anand Indore
Bhavnagar Jabalpur
Mehsana Sagar
Rajkot Ahmednagar
Surat Amravati
Vadodara Aurangabad
Ambala Dhule
Faridabad Kohlapur
Gurugram Mumbai
Hissar Nagpur
Bilaspur (HP) Nanded
Hamirpur (HP) Nashik
Shimla Pune
Solan Solapur
Jammu Thane
Srinagar Imphal
Shillong Aizawl
Dimapur Kohima
Behrampur-Ganjam Bhubaneswar
Sambalpur -

How to prepare for CMAT 2021?

CMAT 2021 Exam preparation tips can come in handy to qualify CMAT examination. The MBA aspirants can check the top colleges accepting CMAT scores for preparing with a goal. They help you prepare a proper preparation schedule and crack the CMAT exam by getting good scores. Strategizing the preparation and planning prior to the CMAT 2021 helps the candidates to work thoroughly towards getting high scores in the exam. Some of the best techniques and tips for preparation are elaborated below for the candidates to make a note of. 

Proper Practice

Sometimes candidates might get bored to keep practising sample questions. You might even stop taking them seriously. But the easiest way to avoid these things is to convince yourself that the next day is an exam and you are still a long way from learning all of those questions. This sense of urgency will automatically convert your mindset to put in more concentration into practice.

Quantitative Techniques, Data Interpretation, and Logical Reasoning are topics in CMAT exam. These three sections can fetch candidates a lot of marks and candidates can purely improve these things if they are willing to practice as much as they can. Intense practising will simultaneously make a candidate learn the aspect of time management.

A proper preparation schedule makes all the difference when preparing for any entrance examination and the focus should be to create the best schedule that would suit you and benefit you. Applicants should make sure that the preparation schedule consists of the following parameters:

  • Practising Previous Year Question Papers.
  • Practising Mock Test Papers of CMAT 2021.

Topic-wise preparation

Candidates are advised to prepare for the CMAT 2021 Exam topic by topic. Topic-wise preparation helps the candidates to learn and understand the concepts with ease and they will be able to remember better during the exam. Another important aspect of preparing topic-wise is the fact that candidates will be able to prioritize their learning based on the difficulty or importance of the topics. 

Time management

Time management is an important quality that helps candidates in an exam to make sure that they can go through the whole test in a given time, without missing out on any of the questions. Also, candidates have to keep negative marking of the CMAT exam in mind. Hence it is very important for the candidates to practice individual questions and making sure that they efficiently complete the questions within the allotted time. Candidates can practice entire sample papers with a stopwatch beside them to keep track of the time. Only then will he/she be able to optimize time efficiently.

Tricks and Shortcuts

Candidates should not rely on various tips and shortcuts that other people teach. You might not be able to recollect them in the CMAT exam and would cost you a couple of questions. So instead you should come up with your version of tips and tricks because you will not be forgetting them in an exam when you have created them on your own and also using these tricks and shortcuts will help you to secure extra time, that could be used to solve tougher questions in exam.

Attend the known questions

It is very important to know that the time allotted for the CMAT 2021 Exam will not be compromised, hence they should complete the exam within that duration. Candidates should attend the familiar questions first, prior to attending the doubtful or unfamiliar ones. This will help them to confirm or safeguard their scores, and the time consumption for the same would be very less. The remaining time can be used for the leftover questions. 

Mock Tests

Candidates should practise many mock tests in order to prepare very well for the CMAT exam. This way they will not only have an insight into how the actual exam is conducted, but also they will be able to understand the questions and sections, and their distribution in the question paper. The more number of mock tests they practise, the better are the chances of scoring very high in the exam. 

Note: Here is an additional resource which helps you on how to prepare for CMAT 2021.

CMAT 2021 Result

CMAT Result details will be published on February 1, 2021 and candidates must take a print of the scorecard before attending the counselling process.

The candidates who will be attending the CMAT 2021 Exam are expected to visit the official website, in order to access the scorecard. NTA official website link will be updated here after results are declared. It is advised that they visit this page regularly for further updates about the results.

Candidates should be aware that the CMAT 2021 Result is entirely based on their performance. Most importantly, they should prepare very well prior to the exam and perform well during the same. 

  • Credential: CMAT 2021 results can be checked by candidates by entering Application ID and Password on the official portal.
  • All India Rank: CMAT 2021 result would be released in the form of a scorecard that holds marks obtained and All India Ranks (AIR).
  • Validity: The scores of CMAT 2021 examination will be valid for the current academic year only i.e. 2021.

Process of calculating percentile of a candidate is mentioned below:

Percentile in CMAT = ((N - Candidate's Rank)/N)*100

Here, N = Number of Candidates who have taken the exam.

How to check the CMAT 2021 Result

  • Visit the official website of CMAT
  • Click on the Result tab 
  • Enter the login credentials in the redirected page
  • Click submit
  • View the result and make copies

CMAT 2021 Counselling

Based on the score/rank obtained by the candidate in CMAT the colleges will call a particular candidate for the selection process. If more than one candidate scores the same score, CMAT follows a tie-breaking policy to rank them. It generally comprises of GD and PI rounds. The counselling process of each college varies.

  • Documents Required: Documents required for counselling are as follows - CMAT Admit Card or CMAT Call Letter, Degree Certificate, Marksheets, CMAT Payment Challan copy.
  • Group Discussion: Some schools conduct a group discussion round to shortlist candidates for admission after.
  • Selection Procedure: Remember candidates are called for the counselling process only on the basis of the Score. Most colleges have a Group Discussion, and Personal Interview (PI) and/ or Written Ability Test (WAT) rounds to select students for a management programme like PGDM.

CMAT Reservation Policy

Each institute of college that is offering admission will follow certain policies for reserved candidates. In case the institute is run by the central government then the following reservation scheme is followed.

Category Reservation
General-Economically Weaker Section(GEN-EWS) 10%
Scheduled Caste (SC) 15%
Scheduled Tribe (ST) 7.5%
Non Creamy layer” (OBC-NCL) 27%

Now within each category, there is a reservation of 5% given to students given to students belonging to the PWD (Person with disability) category. Categories of disabilities are as follows :

  • Deaf and hard of hearing
  • Autism, intellectual disability, specific learning disability, and mental illness
  • Blindness and low vision
  • Locomotor disability including cerebral palsy, leprosy cured, dwarfism, acid attack victims and muscular dystrophy
  • Multiple disabilities from amongst persons under clauses

CMAT 2019 Analysis

CMAT 2019 was conducted in two sessions from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm & 2:30 pm to 5:30 pm. The question difficulty was of moderate level and candidates who were good at the selection and rejecting options did well in the exam.

CMAT Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation Analysis

Most of the questions present in this section were based on conventional areas. This section had moderate level difficulty. There were two data interpretation questions, three from speed, time and distance, and two from algebra.

Permutation and Combination topic contributed to four questions. Three to four questions from Geometry and the rest of the Quantitative Techniques section had questions from arithmetic. If you are willing to attempt 21-23 questions confidently, then you can expect a good rank in the exam.

CMAT Logical Reasoning Analysis

This section was having a difficulty range of easy to moderate. There were three questions from Verbal Reasoning, two from Analogy and one from Analytical Reasoning. The questions were also from topics such as coding/decoding, number sequences, blood relations, etc. If you were able to attempt 20-22 questions confidently, then it was considered a good attempt.

CMAT Language Comprehension Analysis

There were a total of four passages in this section. Three of these were short passages with 3 questions each which were about Endangered Languages (Greek and Latin), World Trade Organization, who decides the status of developing countries? and there was another long passage with the topic - Parenting and Culture related value system. They were all composed of factual questions with one inference question. These were relatively easy.

Overall this section had a difficulty level of moderate to difficult.

CMAT General Awareness

This section of General Awareness has around 8 questions from current affairs. If you have a habit of reading newspapers or have a good knowledge of what's going on in the world you could have attempted around 6 questions with ease. Most questions were from Static GK and questions are from Awards, Science, Politics, etc. If you were able to attempt 18-20 questions confidently, then you could expect a good score from this section.

CMAT 2021 Analysis

The CMAT (Common Management Admission Test) 2021 was conducted on 28th January 2021 in a single session window between 9:30 AM and 12:30 PM. The conducting body for the examination is the NTA (National Testing Agency).

Candidates had to answer the paper, which consisted of four sections namely Logical Reasoning, Quantitative Aptitude, Language Comprehension, and General Awareness, in a time duration of 3 hours. Each section comprised of 25 questions derived from the CMAT syllabus set for each of these sections by the NTA.

The CMAT 2021 paper was rated as a moderate level of difficulty with a tricky Quant section by the candidates who appeared this year. They also mentioned that the reasoning section was the easiest among the four and the quant section was the hardest. General knowledge and language comprehension were of a moderate level of difficulty.

The highlights of the exam paper are given below:

CMAT 2021 Analysis Highlights
Section Difficulty Level
Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation Difficult
Logical Reasoning Easy
Reading Comprehension Moderate
General Awareness Moderate


Section-wise analysis

The section-wise analysis for the CMAT 2021 exam is as follows.

Quantitative Aptitude

  • This section consisted of 25 questions covering the basic quantitative aptitude syllabus.
  • The difficulty of the section was between moderate and difficult, mostly leaning towards the difficult side.
  • There were a higher number of questions from the arithmetic topics of the syllabus.
  • Ratio, Proportion, Interest, Time, and Work had a few questions in this paper.
  • Data Interpretation had one set of 4 questions instead of the usual pattern of having individual questions.
  • As stated, this section was reported to be a little tricky.

Logical Reasoning

  • The logical reasoning section in the CMAT 2021 paper was supposed to be the easiest of the lot.
  • This section contained 7 verbal questions.
  • There were 4 questions from the Blood Relations topic and they were in a set.
  • Many other questions were individual and not in a set as compared to previous papers.
  • Other topics covered in the questions in this paper were, Coding-Decoding, Relations, Series, Visual Reasoning, Analogy, Directions, Symbol Based Logic, Number Grid, etc.

Language Comprehension

  • The language comprehension section of the CMAT 2021 paper was of a moderate level of difficulty.
  • There was one reading comprehension that was followed by 6 questions.
  • The other questions were mostly based on verbal ability.
  • These included questions from topics such as antonyms, the odd one out, grammar-based questions, jumbled paragraphs.
  • Some questions were one-word substitution based.

General Awareness

  • The general awareness section of this paper was reported to be of a moderate level of difficulty.
  • This paper had a lot of questions that were based on static general knowledge.
  • There were 11 questions on Indian Events, 9 questions about International Events, and 5 questions about Miscellaneous Events.
  • The questions related to India consisted of topics such as the Constitution of India, Recent Acts in the Parliament, and other related events.

Expected Cutoff

As the difficulty level was easier in comparison to the previous year, cutoffs are likely to be high this year as per the expert review of the CMAT Exam.

CMAT Practice Centres

National Testing Agency (NTA) has established a network of Test Practice Centres (TPC) spread all over India to help students aspiring to appear in examinations to be conducted by NTA from 2019 onwards. Students should practice and train themselves before the examination for the “Computer Based Test (CBT)” mode of examinations.

The experienced, qualified, and professional Nodal officer and staff available at TPC will help and motivate students to clear their doubts and solve problems and to make them familiar with the CBT model of examinations.

Important Guidelines for CMAT Exam

Some Important Guidelines regarding CMAT Exam are mentioned below:

  • Admit Card is mandatory: Candidate has to carry CMAT 2021 admit card to the examination.
  • A photograph must be pasted on Admit card: Candidates whose Hall Ticket doesn't have a photograph pasted on it will not be permitted to appear for CMAT 2021.
  • Report Early: Candidate has to report to the exam centre as per the reporting time mentioned on the admit card.
  • Should not be late: Candidates are not allowed to enter the examination hall after the commencement of the exam.
  • Take an attested copy of the 10th mark sheet: Candidate is advised to take an attested copy of the 10th Mark sheet or equivalent. The candidate's name on the respective document must match the name on the admit card.
  • Scratch papers: Rough sheets are provided to all applicants at CMAT 2021 examination hall. Rough work cannot be done on any other paper sheet, as nothing will be allowed inside a testing room. Candidates will have to hand back all scratch papers to an administrator on completion of the exam.
  • Personal belongings shouldn't be carried: Candidate is not allowed to carry any personal belongings to CMAT 2021 exam centre including but not limited to wrist-watch, cell phones, calculators, etc., If in case candidates bring any personal belongings it will be placed outside the exam hall and the conducting authority will not be responsible for the safety of those items.
  • Candidates cannot leave early: If the candidate completes the exam before the scheduled end time, he/she will not be allowed to leave the exam hall. A candidate is allowed to leave an exam only after a scheduled time duration which is three hours.

CMAT Contact Details

Candidates are advised to contact the CMAT organizing authority through the contact details given below in the form of a table. Candidates can make a note of the same.

Details Information
Official Website
Official Address National Testing Agency (NTA) C-20 1A/8, Sector 62, IITK Outreach Centre, Noida - 201309
E-mail Id [email protected]
Helpline Number 0120-3946612
Xavier Aptitude Test XAT
Common Admission Test CAT
Graduate Management Aptitude Test GMAT
NMIMS Management Aptitude Test NMAT
Management Aptitude Test MAT

Frequently Asked Questions

No. Candidates are not allowed to bring any materials such as wristwatch, calculator, cell phone, etc. A digital calculator will be made available in the test portal.

Out of 74486 registered candidates 63297 have appeared for CMAT 2020 Exam, that was conducted on January 28, 2020, 

CMAT and CAT are both management exams but CMAT is much easier than CAT. So if you have given CAT, cracking CMAT wouldn't be that difficult for you.

There shall be negative marking for wrong answers and each wrong answer will cost you (-1) mark.

CMAT does provide reservation for backward categories. However, candidates have to provide a caste certificate during the process of registration.

There are no age limit criteria mentioned by NTA. However, a candidate should be having a bachelor's degree in a field to apply for the exam.

No. candidate will not be able to change their preferred test centre/city after submitting form. So they should be extra careful while selecting a test centre.

A candidate is required to be present at exam centre an hour before commencement of exam for sake of security checks, identity verification, and check-in. Exam will start at 9:30 AM, so candidate should be present at exam hall at around 8:00 AM.

The CMAT 2021 is scheduled to be held in the third week of January 2021.

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Discussion Forum



Goa Institute of Management, Goa is one of the pioneer institutes in Management Training in India.

Getting an admission for any Management Course in Goa Institute of Management is an achievement there itself. 

In 2016, the cut-off scores for CMAT were set at about 99.85% for the Institute.

That means an individual should score a nearly perfect score in CMAT to be even considered for admissions at Goa Institute of Management.

This year, you can expect the CMAT cut-offs to be pretty much the same for admission purposes.

Answer By: Getmyuni

03 Mar 2017



Hi Abhi,

You have decent chances with this CMAT 2018 Score. Kindly do apply. 

Good Luck!

Answer By: Getmyuni

08 May 2018


Is IFMR accepting CMAT 2018 score?

Asked By: Anonymous 08 May 2018


Hi Sakshi,

Yes, IFMR accepts CMAT score. The cutoff for CMAT 2017 was 91 percentile. However, IFMR follows profile-based shortlisting. Work experience, achievements and an overall academic record will also be given consideration.

Good Luck!

Answer By: Getmyuni

08 May 2018


Is CMAT going to be conducted twice a year?

Asked By: Anonymous 11 May 2018


Hello Raunak,

No, CMAT from the academic year 2016-17 onwards, will be conducted once a year. To know the details about the exam pattern, admit card, result, etc. Click Here.

Answer By: Getmyuni

11 May 2018



Hello Heena,

The sections with marks in the CMAT exam are given below

CMAT 2020 Exam Subjects Number of Questions Maximum Marks
General Awareness 25 100
Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation 25 100
Language Comprehension 25 100
Logical Reasoning 25 100
Total 100 400

And you can refer to the reference books in the link here for preparation.

Answer By: Getmyuni

11 May 2018

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