About CMAT 2021

Common Management Admission Test, also known as CMAT is a national level postgraduate entrance exam pertaining to all management programmes. CMAT 2021 is a online (computer-based) exam of 3 hours comprising multiple choice objective questions. The entrance exam will be tentatively conducted in the last week of January 2021. The application process will probably start in the first week of November 2020, candidates can fill the CMAT 2021 registration form till the second week of December 2020. CMAT 2021 will be conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA).

The CMAT result 2021 will be declared tentatively in the first week of February in online mode along with final answer key. After conclusion of CMAT 2021, NTA will release the preliminary answer key of CMAT. The CMAT scores are required for admission to around 500 AICTE approved B-schools including University departments, constituent colleges, and management institutions across India. As many as 74,672 candidates appeared for the test in 2020. Until 2018, it was administered by AICTE (All India Council for Technical Education) annually as per the regulations of MHRD (Ministry of Human Resource Development), Government of India.

CMAT 2021 Highlights

Full Exam Name Common Management Admission Test
Short Exam Name CMAT
Conducting Body National Testing Agency
Frequency of Conduct Once a year
Exam Level National Level Exam
Languages English
Application Fee (General) 1600 Rs [Online] +1 More
Mode of Exam Online
Mode of Counselling Offline
Participating Colleges 849
Exam Duration 3 Hours

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CMAT 2021 Important Dates

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Upcoming Dates and Events

01 Nov, 2020 - 12 Dec, 2020 (Tentative)

Application | Mode: Online

14 Dec, 2020 (Tentative)

Application - Last date for payment of application fee for CMAT 2021 - Start Date | Mode: Online

21 Dec, 2020 (Tentative)

Admit Card | Mode: Online

31 Jan, 2021 (Tentative)

Exam | Mode: Online

02 Feb, 2021 (Tentative)

Answer Key | Mode: Online

05 Feb, 2021 (Tentative)

Result | Mode: Online

The CMAT eligibility criteria will be prescribed by National Testing Agency (NTA). All aspiring CMAT test takers should meet the below mentioned eligibility criteria of CMAT 2021.

  • Candidates must be a citizen of India.
  • Graduates in any discipline from recognised institutes can apply for CMAT
  • Final year students of Graduate Degree courses (10+2+3) whose results would be declared before the admission procedure starts for the academic year 2020-21 are also eligible for the computer-based online CMAT examination.

Applicants must ensure that they fulfill the eligibility criteria before applying for the CMAT 2021 exam. In case they do not fulfill all the eligibility criteria, their candidature will get cancelled during the admission phase. 

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CMAT 2021 application form will tentatively start from the first week of November 2020 and the last date to submit the form will be second week of December 2020.  Prior to filling the CMAT application form 2021, candidates need to register themselves in the web account of NTA by providing their basic credentials. 

The application form could be successfully filled in three simple steps-

  • Filling the online registration with basic credentials

  • Fill up the Application Form; Personal, Academic and Professional details, if any.

  • Payment of Application Fee; Can be paid through Net banking, Debit/ Credit Card, and Cash deposit at SBI Bank.

At the time of registration, candidates should need a valid e-mail id and contact number. While filling the application form of CMAT 2021, candidates need to select the exam date and as many as four test cities as per their preference. Examinees will be allotted test dates and exam centres on first come first serve basis and the allotment will solely depend on the availability of test slots in the choice of exam cities selected during the CMAT 2021 application procedure.

 Image Format & Size

While filling the application form, candidates need to upload the scanned image of their passport size photograph and signature. The below-given points explain the format and size for both.

  • Scanned image of passport size photograph in JPG/JPEG format (size between 10 kb–200 kb)
  • Scanned image of the signature in JPG/JPEG format (size between 4 kb–30 kb)

Application Fees

Category Quota Mode Gender Amount
General Online Male ₹ 1600
General, OBC, EWS Online Male ₹ 1000
EWS, OBC, General Online Female ₹ 1000
SC, ST Online Male ₹ 800
SC, ST Online Female ₹ 700
ST, General, OBC, EWS, SC Online Transgender ₹ 700
ST, General, OBC, EWS, SC PWD Online Male ₹ 800
ST, General, OBC, EWS, SC PWD Online Female ₹ 700
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CMAT 2021 Syllabus

Quantitative techniques and data interpretation

Logical reasoning

Language comprehension

General awareness

The exam conducting authority, National Testing Agency (NTA) will prescribe the CMAT 2021 exam pattern. The total duration of the computer-based online CMAT exam will be 180 minutes and it will consist the total of four distinct sections, namely, Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation, Language Comprehension, Logical Reasoning, and General Awareness.

As per the CMAT exam pattern 2020, a total of 100 questions are equally divided amongst the four sections (25 X 4 = 100). Each question carries four marks and the maximum score that can be obtained is 400. Each correct answer will fetch +4 marks and each incorrect will be penalised with a negative marking of -1 mark.                                                                   


Mode of Exam




Number  of Questions


Total marks




Quantitative             Techniques & Data Interpretation






General             Awareness






Logical             Reasoning






Language             Comprehension













The admit card of CMAT 2021 will be released by the National Testing Agency tentatively in the the third week of December 2020. The online CMAT 2021 admit card will be available to candidates who will successfully submit the application form before the deadline. Applicants have to download the admit card by entering their login credentials. 

The details to be mentioned on the CMAT admit card 2021 are the following-

  • Candidate' Name
  • Father's Name
  • Roll number of candidate
  • Signature and Photograph of the candidate
  • Venue details of CMAT 2021 exam
  • Date and Time of the Test
  • Instructions to be followed during the exam

CMAT 2021 admit card will be the mandatory document to be carried at the exam centre. Without the admit card, candidates will not allowed to appear for the exam.

CMAT 2021 Exam Centers

State City
Gujarat Ahmedabad
Maharashtra Ahmednagar
Navi Mumbai
Uttar Pradesh Allahabad
Punjab Mohali
Karnataka Bengaluru
Madhya Pradesh Bhopal
Odisha Bhubaneshwar
Chandigarh Chandigarh
Tamil Nadu Chennai
Uttarakhand Dehradun
Delhi New Delhi
Jharkhand Dhanbad
West Bengal Durgapur
Haryana Gurgaon
Assam Guwahati
Telangana Hyderabad
Himachal Pradesh Solan
Rajasthan Jaipur
Jammu and Kashmir Jammu
Kerala Kochi
Goa Panaji
Bihar Patna
Tripura Agartala
Andhra Pradesh Visakhapatnam
Chhattisgarh Bhilai
Andaman and Nicobar Islands Port Blair

Documents Required at Exam

  • CMAT Admit Card
  • Photo ID

NTA will publish CMAT 2021 answer key along with the questions right after conclusion of exam. Both the answer key and response sheet of CMAT 2021 will be available and can be challenged till the first week of February. Test takers can check the CMAT answer key 2021 by logging into the web account using their login credentials. Candidates will be able to view and print the answer key available on the website and check the correct answers to each question. The answer key of CMAT will help candidates in checking their answers with the correct answer choice thus estimating their scores. It also aids in estimating their admission chances to respective institutions.

Along with the CMAT 2021 answer key, candidates will allowed to file objection, for any disputable answer/response. However, the objections will not be considered without a proper reference document. File size should be less than 1 MB and in .jpg, .png, .pdf format only. The processing charge for filing an objection is Rs. 1000 per question. The same can be paid via debit card/credit card/net banking.

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The National Testing Agency (NTA) will release CMAT 2021 result tentatively in the first week of February. Candidates have to login in order to check the CMAT 2021 result and download the scorecard. The scorecard is made available in the form of merit rank which indicates the candidate's Roll number, Rank and the obtained Score; can be viewed and downloaded by entering the login credentials (ID and Password) already created while registering for the exam. The CMAT result includes candidates’ section-wise and overall secured scores, percentile and All India Rank.

Post announcement of the result, the CMAT 2020 participating institutes will declare their respective cutoff scores, considering the overall result. Only the qualified candidates are eligible to participate in further selection rounds. The selection procedure comprises a Group Discussion (GD), Personal Interview (PI) or Written Ability Test (WAT). After the completion of selection procedure candidates will be shortlisted for the final admission to all management courses.

National Testing Agency will not release CMAT 2021 cutoff to shortlist candidates for the selection procedure; however, the affiliated institutes will declare their respective cutoff after the result gets officially announced. The cutoff of CMAT 2021 is the minimum score or percentile candidates need to obtain for attaining admission into MBA and PGDM programmes offered by management institutes across India. The factors that will determine the CMAT 2021 cutoff are-

  • Total number of candidates appeared in CMAT 2021
  • Number of seats available
  • Number of qualified candidates
  • Level of difficulty pertaining to CMAT exam.

National Testing Agency, the new CMAT administering authority will conduct the selection procedure. As per the officials, the participating institutes will conduct their respective selection procedures for the candidates who would obtain the cutoff scores. The CMAT 2021 selection procedure varies within institutes. The selection procedure of CMAT 2021 mostly comprises of GD (Group Discussion), PI (Personal Interview) or WAT (Written Ability Test).

Documents Required at Counselling

  • 10th or Secondary Exam Mark sheets and certificates
  • 12th or Higher Secondary Exam Mark sheets and certificates
  • CMAT 2020 Admit Card
  • Any professional degree certificate, if any
  • Work experience certificate, if any
  • Photo ID Proof

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Question: Is there any age restriction for appearing for CMAT exam?


No, there are no age restrictions for the CMAT exam.

Question: What is the eligibility criteria to write CMAT examination?


Candidate should have completed their Bachelor's degree in any discipline. Those candidates who are pursuing their final year of graduation are also eligible to fill the application form of CMAT. There is no age bar and candidate must be a citizen of India.

Question: How much is the application fee?


Category wise application fee listed below.

  • General category (Male)- Rs 1,600
  • General category (Female)-Rs 1,000
  • OBC-NC,EWS (Male)-Rs 1,000
  • OBC-NC,EWS (Female)-Rs 1,000
  • SC/ST/DA(Male)-Rs 800
  • SC/ST/DA (Female)-Rs 700
  • Transgender-Rs 700

Question: What is the pattern of CMAT examination?


SectionNumber of Questions
Quantitative Technique & Data Interpretation25
Logical Reasoning25
General Awareness25
Language Comprehension25

Question: What documents should a candidate carry along side on the day of examination?


  • A printed copy of CMAT admit card which should be download from NTA's website.
  • One passport size photograph (same as uploaded on the online application form) which should be pasted on the specified space in the attendance sheet at the centre during CMAT exam.
  • The candidate will have to carry one of the following photo ID proof (Driving License/ PAN Card/ Passport/ Voter ID/ Aadhar Card/ Ration Card) should be valid (not expired).
  • PwD certificate (if applicable) should be issued by an authorized medical officer.

Questions related to CMAT

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I have scored 92.75 percentile in cmat. can I get the admission for MMS OR MBA in Mumabi and Pune college? what is its procedure and which college can i get?

Anuja 24th May, 2020

Dear Aspirant,

Yes you can get admission for MMS but through All India Quota

For MMS, the colleges Accept Mah MBA CET score for cap round counseling and other exams like CMAT, CAT, MAT ,etc score cards are accepted for All India Quota.

The counseling rounds are expected to start by June but due to pandemic situation they can postpone. Keep a track on official website for more information

If you wish to pursue PGDM then almost all scores are accepted at top colleges. The forms are out

I would suggest to use the college predictor tool for more information


Hope this helps


Mms admission procedure through cmat

harshita sharan Student Expert 25th May, 2020

Hello aspirant,

The admission to MMS is done on the basis of CAP rounds. If you want to go for MMS program through cmat then its compulsory for you to take mahcet exam also. However, you can apply through both the scores for MMS program. The cut off for both exams are different. The higher of both the score will be considered for admission into MMS program.

Good Luck


Should I apply to JK business school through my Mat(91.04%ile ) and CMAT(86.04%ile) or shall i go with other options?? please provide me a better idea about this so that I can take a better decision.

Sonali Sahu Student Expert 16th May, 2020


It would be better to go with MAT as you have good percentile as compared to CMAT. do check the cutoff and the process of selection. if both your score is coming in cutoff range then you can use any one.

better idea is to choose a recognized college using your best score. The main concern is what is the cutoff for MAT and CMAT. look for it and apply for admission. recognized college makes your profile look good and indicates you have done a immense effort.

Hope it helps!


I have scored 124 marks in cmat 2020 . do I have chances of getting admission in MSU for MCA regular or lateral? I am from general category

Siddharth Raghav 13th May, 2020

hi,yes you have very fair chances of getting into itwhen seen into pervious years cutsoff <200 score is enough to get into itAnd in graduation u need to have min 50 percentApplication ProcessApplication forms are to be filled online, by creating a login ID. The candidate will have to click on ’apply online’ fill personal details like name, date of birth, phone number and email ID, etc to register. On successful registration the university will send a login ID and password.The applicant can then logon to the website with the given credentials to fill he application form. An applicant can apply to multiple courses in a single form.Scanned copies of a recent passport sized photo and signature must be uploaded on the application form.Application fee can be paid online through credit/debit cards and net bankingOr by cash payment at the nearest Bank of Baroda branch through challan that can be downloaded from the university website. All the best


m.b.a start dates in colleges and cmat exam dates???

harshita sharan Student Expert 13th May, 2020
Hello Aspiriant,

As per the latest guidelines by HRD Ministry of India in times of Covid-19, it has been said that management colleges will start their new session from 1st july for old students and from 1st august for new students. The students seeking admission this year will be admitted on a provisional basis and no management college will be allowed to hike their fees this year. Also the classes will operate in online mode for now. CMAT will be conducted next year i.e. in 2021 and  their is no confirm dates for the same as of now.

Hope this helps..good luck

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