About CMAT 2020

Common Management Admission Test, also known as CMAT is a national level postgraduate entrance exam pertaining to all management programmes. CMAT 2020 was an online (computer-based) exam of 3 hours comprising multiple choice objective questions. The entrance exam was conducted on January 28, 2020. The application process started on November 1,  2019, and conclude on December 10, 2019. CMAT 2020 was conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA).

The CMAT result 2020 was declared on February 4, 2020 in online mode along with final answer key. Earlier, NTA released the answer key of CMAT 2020 on January 30. 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 54,516 candidates appeared for the test. 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 2020 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 832
Exam Duration 3 Hours

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CMAT 2020 Important Dates

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Past Dates and Events

04 Feb, 2020

Answer Key - Final | Mode: Online

04 Feb, 2020

Result | Mode: Online

30 Jan, 2020 - 02 Feb, 2020

Answer Key - Challenge | Mode: Online

28 Jan, 2020

Exam | Mode: Offline

24 Dec, 2019

Admit Card | Mode: Online

01 Nov, 2019 - 10 Dec, 2019

Application | Mode: Online

The CMAT eligibility criteria is prescribed by National Testing Agency (NTA). All aspiring CMAT test takers should meet the below mentioned eligibility criteria of CMAT 2020.

  • 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 2020 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 2020 application form started from November 1, 2019 and the last date to submit the form was December 10, 2019.  The last date to upload the scanned image of photograph & signature will be first week of December 2019.  Prior to filling the CMAT application form 2020, 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 would need a valid e-mail id and contact number. While filling the application form of CMAT 2020, candidates need to select the exam date and as many as four test cities as per their convenience. 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 2020 application procedure.

 Image Format & Size

While filling the application form, candidates would 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 2020 Syllabus

Quantitative techniques and data interpretation

Logical reasoning

Language comprehension

General awareness

The exam conducting authority, National Testing Agency (NTA) prescribes the CMAT 2020 exam pattern. The total duration of the computer-based online CMAT exam is 180 minutes and it consists 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 2020 was released by National Testing Agency on December 24, 2020. The online CMAT 2020 admit card was available to candidates who will successfully submit the application form before the deadline. Applicants had to download the admit card by entering their login credentials. 

The details to be mentioned on the CMAT admit card 2020 are the following-

  • Candidate' Name
  • Father's Name
  • Roll number of candidate
  • Signature and Photograph of the candidate
  • Venue details of CMAT 2020 exam
  • Date and Time of the Test
  • Instructions to be followed during the exam

CMAT 2020 admit card was the mandatory document to be carried at the exam centre. Without the admit card, candidates were not allowed to appear for the exam.

CMAT 2020 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 published CMAT 2020 answer key along with the questions on January 29. Both the answer key and response sheet of CMAT 2020 is available and can be challenged till February 2, 2020. Test takers can check the CMAT answer key 2020 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 helps 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 2020 answer key, candidates are 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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NTA (National Testing Agency) declared CMAT 2020 result on February 4, 2020. Candidates have to login in order to check the CMAT 2020 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. NTA has not released the merit list yet.

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 2020 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 2020 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 2020 cutoff are-

  • Total number of candidates appeared in CMAT 2020
  • 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 2020 selection procedure varies within institutes. The selection procedure of CMAT 2020 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 got 81 percentile in cmat. which one is the best option for pgdm? 1.Welingkar(Banglore) 2.Jaipuria(Noida) 3.Jaipuria(Lucknow) 4.XIME(Banglore) 5.Chretanas(Mumbai) 6.IMT(Nagpur)

Vaishali Singh 20th Feb, 2020


You have secured a decent percentile in cmat and your order of preference should be according to the investment and the ROI.

But according to the options you have your order of preference should be:


IMT Nagpur


Jaipuria lko

Jaipuria noida


Thank you.


i applied for imt nagpur with my 81.98% in CMAT.is there any chance to get a call? And if yes,then by which date i expect to get call ?

Vaishali Singh 20th Feb, 2020


You have secured a decent percentile and IMT nagpur gives a call to candidates with this percentile. So you will get a call for the interview process. There is no specific date given but on their website it sayds between 1st week of feb to 1st week of march their process will Be held for all it's venues. So expect a call anytime soon. You would be informed through a mail by the institute.

All the best.


I have got 118 in cmat what are the best college for me

Sanjanaleekha 20th Feb, 2020

Hi there,

The cut off and admission in colleges accepting CMAT scores depends on various factors such as no of students applying, previous year cut off, selection criteria etc. Careers360 has come out with CMAT college predictor which will generate a personalised report of colleges where you can get admission based on you scores in the exam, the link to the college predictor, https://bschool.careers360.com/pathfinder/cmat


should I apply for great lakes gurgaon pgdm program with 85.33 percentile in cmat 2020??

Sanjanaleekha 20th Feb, 2020

Hi there,

You can apply, but there is no fixed cut off for the PGDM program of the college and at the time of considering an application emphasis is given to the complete profile including academic performance and work experience. For more details about the admission process and selection criteria please refer to the FAQ’s given in the link provided,



i have 32.98 percentage in cmat i have general score in cmat is 71 so which college i have preferred

Shivika Tyagi 20th Feb, 2020
Sorry to say, but you have scored way to low. I don't think so there is any college who will accept this percentile. I recommend you to prepare for one year and give another try in cmat and score well. So that you can apply best colleges in India. Hope it helps you. Good luck

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