CMAT Exam Pattern 2021
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CMAT Exam Pattern 2021 - NTA will prescribe the CMAT 2021 exam pattern for the students aspiring to appear for the Common Management Admission Test (CMAT). As per the previous year trend, exam pattern of CMAT 2021 will consist of total four sections viz., Quantitative Ability, Data Interpretation, General Awareness, Logical Reasoning, and Language Comprehension. Further, CMAT exam pattern 2021 will mention the number of questions in each section and their marking scheme. Before appearing for CMAT, aspirants must go through the exam pattern of CMAT 2021 to score well by performing efficiently. Read this article by Careers360 to know in detail about the CMAT 2021 exam pattern, marking scheme, syllabus and sample papers.

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CMAT 2021 Exam Pattern: Overview



Conducting body

National Testing Agency (NTA)

Exam mode

Computer Based Test (CBT)

Exam duration

180 minutes/ 3 hours

Number of questions in each section

25 questions

Total number of questions

100 questions

Marks allotted for every correct answer

4 marks

Negative Marking


Total marks


Sectional time limit


CMAT Exam Pattern 2021

As per the exam pattern of CMAT 2021, the paper will consist of multiple choice questions, wherein candidates will have to opt for the correct answer among the four options that will be provided. Check the table below to know the detailed CMAT 2021 exam pattern:

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Exam Pattern of CMAT 2021


Number of questions


Quantitative techniques and data interpretation



General awareness



Logical reasoning



Language comprehension






CMAT 2021 Marking Scheme

As per the marking scheme of CMAT exam pattern 2021:

  • For every correct answer candidate will be given four marks

  • For every incorrect answer one mark will be deducted

  • 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 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.

CMAT Syllabus 2021

After knowing the exam pattern of CMAT 2021 in detail let us have a brief about the syllabus. Refer the table below to know the CMAT 2021 syllabus:

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CMAT Syllabus 2021: Sections - Topics Covered



Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation

  • Tabulation, Pie Chart, Bar Chart, Line Graph

  • Probability

  • Quadratic and linear equations

  • Graph

  • Simple Interest and Compound Interest

  • Percentages

  • Averages

  • Geometry

  • Profit and Loss

  • Mensuration

  • Ratios and Proportion

  • Fraction and Decimals

  • Work and Time

  • Time-Speed-Distance

  • Number Systems

  • In-equations

  • Allegation & Mixtures

  • Partnership

  • Algebra

  • Permutations & Combinations

  • Pipes and Cisterns

General Awareness

  • Literature

  • Current Affairs of National and International Economy

  • History

  • Sports News

  • Science in everyday life

  • Politics

  • Geography

  • Culture

  • Economics

  • Trade Awareness

  • Personalities in News

  • Indian Constitution

Logical Reasoning

  • Direction and Distance Test

  • Blood Relationship Tests

  • Statements Arguments

  • Symbol Based Problems

  • Analogy Test

  • Linear Arrangements

  • Non-Verbal Reasoning

  • Cause and Effects

  • Analytical Reasoning

  • Sequencing

  • Coding and Decoding

  • Ranking Tests

  • Matrix Arrangements

  • Inferences

  • Statements Assumptions

  • Number Series

  • Statements and Conclusion

Language Comprehension

  • Reading Comprehension

  • Synonyms and Antonyms

  • English Usage Errors

  • Sentence Improvement

  • Paragraph Completion

  • English Grammar

  • Sentence Correction

  • Idioms and Phrases

  • Jumbled Para

  • One-word Substitution

CMAT Exam Pattern 2021- Points to Remember

  • Candidates can switch from one section to another as there is no sectional time limit.

  • Students must note that for every incorrect answer there will be negative marking and that for every unattempted question there will be no negative marking.

  • As the paper will be computer-based, students will be provided with the rough sheet for extra work.

  • No scratch paper will be allowed inside the examination hall except for pen/pencil.

  • No breaks will be given in between the examination.

CMAT Sample Papers/Mock Tests 2021

Students aspiring to appear for CMAT 2021 must go through the sample papers. With the help of CMAT 2021 sample papers candidates will be able to become familiar with the exam pattern and duration of the examination. Also, practicing through sample papers of CMAT 2021 will help candidates to gain accuracy and speed while attempting questions of different sections.

Frequently Asked Question (FAQs) - CMAT Exam Pattern 2021

Question: Will NTA release the official syllabus of CMAT 2021?


No, NTA will not release the exact topics that will be covered under CMAT 2021. However students can know the topics that are likely to be covered for CMAT 2021 on the basis of previous year trends.

Question: Will there be any negative marking for unattempted questions?


There will be no marking for any unattempted questions.

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i got 73 percentile in cmat can i get admission in christ?

Manisha Gupta Expert 17th Feb, 2020

Hello Aspirant,

Based on this CMAT score, you should have decent chance to get a seat in Christ University.

You can also check your other admission possibilities with CMAT Pathfinder tool.

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My Percentile is less than 60 in CMAT and i have scored 148 in the same what college i should prefer?

Shareef 17th Feb, 2020

Here are few options for you:

SSN School of Management, Chennai

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Is IIRM Hyderabad a good college for MBA and what is the CMAT cutoff required for it?

Mayank Chowdhary 18th Feb, 2020

Yes IIRM Hyderbabad is a decent college for pursuing MBA. The placements are good as well, all you need is to master your speaking skills, grammar skills, vocabulary and the academic performances. The CMAT cutoff for this college was close to 95 percentile last year.

Refer to this site, to know more about the college..

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I scored 76% in cmat i have an graduation average of 63% of last two years i scored 84% in class 10 and 81 in class 12 i do not belong to Maharashtra domicile could you please suggest me some colleges in pune based on my profile

Harshita Sharan Srivastava Student Expert 17th Feb, 2020
Hello aspirant,
You have decent marks in cmat and academics.You can try for getting into following college on the basis of your cmat percentile:
  • Indira Institute of management, pune
  • Shri balaji school of management, pune
  • IIMS Pune: International Institute of Management Studies
  • Vishwa Vishwani Hyderabad: Vishwa Vishwani Institute of Systems and Management
  • EMPI Business School, New Delhi
  • Jaypee Business School - JBS Noida
  • Lexicon Management Institute of Leadership and Excellence
  • Accurate Institute of Management And Technology
  • Birla Global University, Bhubaneswar
  • apeejay school of management
all the best
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I have got 91.35 percentile in CMAT.Which colleges will call me for GD/PI process ? Do tell the colleges to apply so that I can see if I have missed out any college ?

Harshita Sharan Srivastava Student Expert 17th Feb, 2020
Hello aspirant,
Congratulations for your score. Here's a list of college you can apply:-

  • Great Lakes Chennai: Great Lakes Institute of Management - GLIM
  • GIM Goa: Goa Institute of Management
  • SIMSR Mumbai: K J Somaiya Institute of Management Studies And Research
  • PUMBA: Department of Management Sciences University of Pune
  • Prin L N Welingkar Institute of Management Development and Research
  • IFMR Graduate School of Business at KREA University
  • Biimtech
  • Dalmia

All the best
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