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 842
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
OBC, EWS, General Online Female, Male ₹ 1000
ST, SC Online Male ₹ 800
ST, SC Online Female ₹ 700
ST, OBC, General, SC, EWS Online Transgender ₹ 700
ST, OBC, General, SC, EWS PWD Online Male ₹ 800
ST, OBC, General, SC, EWS PWD Online Female ₹ 700

Student Appearing Vs Seat Available

Year Student Appeared Seats Available
2019 54516 None

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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CMAT cut off for 2020 in msu fms baroda?

Shiksha 4th Apr, 2020


As per past years cut off ranks. Msu fms baroda cmat cut off closes at around 90 percentile.

In 2018, it was around 208 marks, it 2019 it was 265-270 marks that was around 90 percentile.

So, in 2020 also, if you have around 90 percentile and above it will be safe to convert the college.

I hope this helps.


I got 40 percentile in CMAT 2020 exam and 55% in BBA and sem 6 exam was postponed.. can I get admission in SBS.!? is that a best college for MBA.!?

sathwika 2nd Apr, 2020

Hello Aspirant,

As you scored 40% percentile of marks in Cmat and cmat is the entrance exam conducted for getting seat for good college for MBA of 600 colleges all over india wise and you scored BBA 55% percentile of marks accordingly and u may get seat in the good colleges or universities or may not get seat in the good colleges or universities and getting seat in the SBS  college   is tuff and u have very less chances to get seat in that college let us hope for the best study well and work hard to get good marks in the future examinations and you will get good college ALL THE BEST for your future and i think my suggestions and knowledge may be helpful to u.


whats think different in a CMAT and a cat

Shiksha 28th Mar, 2020


Although both the exams are for getting into Bschools in India for post graduation but there is a huge difference between the two:

  • Cat is common admission test and cmat is common management admission test
  • Cat is one of the most popular exam in india for management given by around 2 lakhs of people and cmat is given by a lesser candidates around 50k-60k.
  • Most of the bschools & iim accept cat score and around only 400+ colleges in india iccepts cmat score.
  • Cat has a higher difficulty level and cmat is a bit on the easier side.
  • Both exams are online but the exam pattern is different. Apart from quantitative ability, verbal ability and logical reasoning that are there in both the exams, cmat also an additional section for gk & current affairs.
  • There are very few top colleges through cmat and many top colleges through cat that you can target.
  • I hope this helps.

my score in cmat 32 which college is better its ghaziabad or srm ncr

Shiksha 28th Mar, 2020


ITS ghaziabad: Offers mba with fees 3.25 lacs (seats 240) & pgdm with fees 5.94 lacs (seats 180). The avg package you get is 6-7 lacs & highest went till 12-13 lacs.

SRM NCR: Offers mba with fees around 4 lacs. The avg package you can get is 4.5 lacs and highest goes till 12.5 lacs.

Its ghaziabad is better option as the ROi is better and the reviews of students are inclined towards this college.

I hope this helps.


hello. I got 91.6 percentile in CMAT exam. is there any chance to get admission in MNIT Jaipur for MBA?

Aman Raj Student Expert 27th Mar, 2020

Hello Anjali

If you consider last year cutoffs then yes you can get a call for GDPI. Getting admission is fully dependent on how to perform in your GDPI.

Last to last year the last cutoffs was around 87 so i think there is a chance for you.

All the best for your GDPI.

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