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CMAT 2021

Common Management Admission Test popularly recognized as CMAT, is a chief national level entrance test organized by National Testing Agency (NTA). This test is conducted with an aim to shortlist the graduate candidates for admissions to MBA/ PGDM courses in over a thousand business schools.

CMAT 2021 Key Highlights

CMAT 2021 exam offers MBA admission opportunity in more than 600 MBA colleges in India and among them are some of the prominent management institutes. CMAT entrance exam is one of the most important but an easier MBA entrance exam. Following are the key highlights and other important CMAT exam details:

Particulars Details
CMAT 2021 Exam Conducting Body National testing Agency (NTA)
Number of MBA colleges under CMAT 2021 600+
CMAT Exam Date 2020 4th week of January 
CMAT Entrance Exam Sessions Held in 2 Shifts Morning & Afternoon separately
Mode of CMAT Entrance exam 2021 Online Computer Based Test
CMAT exam full form Common Management Admission Test
CMAT 2021 Exam Application Fee for Boys Rs.1600/-
CMAT 2021 Application Fee for Girls Rs.1000/-
CMAT 2021 Application Fee for EWS/OBC-NCL  Rs.1000/-
CMAT 2021 Application Fee for SC/ST/PwD Rs.800/
CMAT 2021 Score Validity for MBA Admission 2021-2022 academic session
Total Questions in CMAT Exam 100
Sectional Division of CMAT exam 4 Sections with 25 Questions in Each Section
CMAT exam details section wise Quantitative Technique, Logical Reasoning, Language Comprehension and General Awareness
CMAT Exam Difficulty Level Easy to Moderate
Maximum CMAT Score 400 for 100 questions
Negative Marking in CMAT exam Yes, 1 mark deducted for each wrong answer
Required CMAT exam Percentile for MBA admission in Top Colleges 90+
Importance of Taking CMAT 2021 exam Top MBA colleges like JBIMS, SIMSREE, K J Somaiya, GIM Goa, PUMBA, among others accept CMAT exam score
CMAT exam application process Online

CMAT 2021 Important Dates

CMAT 2021 important dates comprise detailed schedule of the complete admission process. CMAT important dates include the date from which the application form would be available to the date of declaration of the result as well as other information. CMAT important dates also include the last date for uploading scanned images of candidate's photograph and signature.

Events Tentative Dates
Application Form of CMAT 2020 available online from November 1st week, 2020
Last date for submission of CMAT 2020 application form November 4th week, 2020 
Last date for uploading soft copies of Photograph and Signatures for CMAT 2021 To be notified
Last date for payment of Fees for CMAT 2020 To be notified
Exam Date January 4th week, 2021
Admit Cards for CMAT 2021 available from December 4th week, 2020
Results to be declared by February 1st week, 2021

CMAT 2021 Eligibility Criteria

The National Testing Agency (NTA) released the CMAT 2021 eligibility criteria for all the candidates along with other detailed information. CMAT eligibility criteria 2021 includes the parameters which the candidates must meet in order to appear for the Common Management Admission Test (CMAT). The eligibility criteria of CMAT 2021 includes the educational details such as the minimum marks required by candidates to be eligible to appear in the exam.

CMAT Eligibility Criteria 2021- Academic Details

The following educational qualifications are laid down under the eligibility criteria of CMAT 2021,

  • Students must hold a graduate degree
  • Those students who are in the final year of graduation can also apply for CMAT 2021
  • Nationality and Age Criteria for CMAT 2021
  • Candidate must be a citizen of India.
  • There is no age limit to apply for CMAT 2021.



Eligibility Criteria of CMAT 2021 - Course Wise

Course name Criteria
Executive PGDM Graduation degree in any discipline with a minimum of 50% marks

Students belonging to SC or ST category must obtain graduate degree with a minimum of 45 % marks.

Experience of minimum five years.
PGCM Graduate in any discipline
MBA and PGDM Graduate in any discipline with a minimum of 50% marks for general and OBC categories

Students under SC and ST categories must obtain a minimum of 45% marks



CMAT 2021 Reservation Policy

The reservation policy is also mentioned in CMAT eligibility criteria 2020. Private participating institutes of CMAT 2021 have different reservation policy. However, institutes which are run by the central government, their reservation policy is mentioned in the table below

Reservation Criteria for different Categories

Category Reservation
Scheduled Caste 15%
Scheduled Tribe 7.5%
Other Backward Classes (Non-Creamy Layer) 27%

CMAT 2021 Registration

Specifications of Scanned Documents

Students must adhere strictly to the specification of the documents and must provide a clear picture of the scanned documents while they upload it in the CMAT registration form 2020

Document Format Size
Passport size photograph JPG/JPEG Between 10 kb200 kb
signature JPG/JPEG Between 4 kb30 kb

Steps to fill CMAT 2021 Registration Form

Step 1- Register for CMAT 2021

Step 2- Fill the application form

Step 3- Enter the security code

Step 4- Preview the information mentioned in the registration form of CMAT 2021

Step 5- Upload the documents

Step 6- Payment of fee for the CMAT exam

Step 7- Download the confirmation page displayed after successful payment.

How To Fill CMAT Application Form 2021

Step 1 - Register for CMAT 2021

  • Students must first register themselves for CMAT 2021 and should keep a note of the application number generated
  • Students must create a password and choosing the security question in case they forget the password in the future, it would help them to recover it.
  • Candidates will have to fill in all the details in the form appropriately.
  • After submitting the personal details, the CMAT 2021 registration number will be generated.
  • Log in again with the CMAT logging in with the application number and password.

Step 2 - Fill the Application Form of CMAT 2021

The student will be directed on the page of the application form, wherein he or she will be required to fill the following details:

  • Candidate's name
  • Father's name
  • Mother's name
  • Date of birth
  • Gender
  • State of residence
  • Category
  • PwD more than 40%- yes/no
  • Types of disability- (options would be provided)
  • Whether you need scribe reader?
  • Disability category for scribe reader
  • Nationality
  • Are you diabetic?


Step 3 - Enter the Security code

  • After completion of the qualification details, students need to enter the security code that they will be needing to type the same text as provided.
  • After filling the security code click on submit.


Step 4 - Preview the CMAT Registration Form 2021

  • After submitting the application form of CMAT 2021, students will get to review the page.
  • Candidates must verify all the information in CMAT registration form and edit it if they have made any error. After verifying each section students will be required to mark in œparameters checklist to be verified.
  • Once the information is verified click on œI agree in the declaration section. Lastly, click on final submit


Step 5 - Upload the documents

  • In this step, students are required to upload the scanned passport size photograph and signature as per the format and size mentioned in the CMAT registration form 2021
  • Students can upload the documents in black and white or colored form.
  • The photo must be clear and legible.
  • After uploading documents fill the security pin and then click on ˜upload
  • Note- Correction in the images would not be provided once submitted
  • Students would be directed to the next page to preview the documents uploaded
  • It will involve the options to edit the application form and edit uploaded documents. Once the information is confirmed click on ˜pay examination fee rs. XXX.

Step 6 - Payment of fees for CMAT application form 2021

Candidates can make the payment of application fees for CMAT 2021through any one of the following modes:

  • Debit card
  • Credit card
  • Net banking
  • E-challan


Application fees for CMAT registration form 2021

Gender Category Amount
Females General Rs. 1,000
  • Gen-EWS
OBC (NCL)
SC/ ST/ PwD Rs 700
Male General Rs. 1600
Gen-EWS Rs. 1,000
  • OBC (NCL)
SC/ ST/ PwD Rs 800
Transgender Rs 700



Fill in the details of the card or bank and make the payment

Step 7 - Download Confirmation Page Displayed After Successful Payment.

Note - In case the confirmation page is not displayed the payment will be rejected and the amount will be refunded

CMAT 2021 Exam pattern

Candidates can check the table that is given below to know about the exam pattern of CMAT 2021 as it includes the total number of questions that are asked in each section and the marks allotted.

Exam Pattern of CMAT 2020

Sections Number of questions
Quantitative techniques and data interpretation 25
General awareness 25
Logical reasoning 25
Language comprehension 25
Total 100


Marking Scheme -

  • Students will get four marks for every correct answer
  • One mark will be deducted for every wrong answer
  • If more than one option is found to be correct in a particular question in that case
    • Multiple correct options will be given 4 marks
    • Incorrect option will be given -1 marks
    • Unattempted question will get no marks
    • In case the question has been dropped or ignored, all candidates will get 4 marks irrespective of attempted or not

CMAT 2021 Syllabus

The test paper is divided into four sections as follows

  • Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation
  • Logical Reasoning
  • General Awareness
  • Language Comprehension
    Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation Logical Reasoning General Awareness Language Comprehension
    • Tabulation, Pie Chart, Bar Chart, Line Graph
    • Pipes and Cisterns
    • Probability
    • Permutations & Combinations
    • Quadratic and linear equations
    • Algebra
    • Graph
    • Partnership
    • Simple Interest and Compound Interest
    • Allegation & Mixtures
    • Percentages
    • In-equations
    • Averages
    • Number Systems
    • Geometry
    • Time-Speed-Distance
    • Profit and Loss
    • Work and Time
    • Mensuration
    • Fraction and Decimals
    • Ratios and Proportion
    • Analytical Reasoning
    • Sequencing
    • Cause and Effects
    • Coding and Decoding
    • Non-Verbal Reasoning
    • Ranking Tests
    • Linear Arrangements
    • Matrix Arrangements
    • Analogy Test
    • Inferences
    • Symbol Based Problems
    • Statements Assumptions
    • Statements Arguments
    • Number Series
    • Blood Relationship Tests
    • Statements and Conclusion
    • Direction and Distance Test
    • Literature
    • Indian Constitution
    • Current Affairs of National and International Economy
    • Personalities in News
    • History
    • Trade Awareness
    • Sports News
    • Economics
    • Science in everyday life
    • Culture
    • Politics
    • Geography
    • English Grammar
    • Sentence Correction
    • Paragraph Completion
    • Idioms and Phrases
    • Sentence Improvement
    • Jumbled Para
    • English Usage Errors
    • One-word Substitution
    • Synonyms and Antonyms
    • Reading Comprehension

CMAT 2021 Admit Card

Procedure to Download CMAT 2021 Admit Card

CMAT admit card 2021 is a must-have document on the day of examination. Aspirants are advised to keep several copies and carry on the day of examination. Students can refer to the steps mentioned below to download the CMAT 2021 admit card

Step 1: Click on the link provided (link will be available when the authority releases it)

Step 2: Enter the application number, security pin, and password

Step 3: Screen will display the admit card

Step 4: Click on tab ˜download admit card'

Step 5: Take the print of the admit card. Aspirants should take 2-3 print outs of the admit card for any future reference

CMAT 2021 Results

NTA will declare the result of CMAT 2020 in February in online mode. Candidates can download the result by entering the necessary login details. CMAT result 2020 will be in the form scorecard. The merit list of CMAT will be prepared on the basis of the result that has been declared. Candidates who qualify the entrance exam, they will be able to participate in the next round of selection. Along with the CMAT 2020 result, candidates will also get the score card. The scorecard of CMAT 2021 will contain the maximum marks, marks obtained in each section, total marks and the NTA score as well. CMAT scorecard 2021 also mention the total percentile

CMAT 2021 Cut Offs

Candidates who appear for CMAT look for the cutoff marks for admissions. The cutoff of CMAT 2020 is the minimum marks which the candidates will have to score to be eligible to apply for admission to different participating institutes. CMAT 2020 cutoff will be determined by taking into account various parameters such as the difficulty level of the question paper, total number of seats available, past years cutoff trends and total number of candidates who applied for the course.

CMAT Cutoff for Past Year (2020)

CMAT 2021 Selection procedure

CMAT 2020 selection procedure will be conducted in three phases. Three phases of CMAT selection procedure 2020 are:

  • Score of CMAT
  • Group Discussion
  • Written Ability Test (WAT) or Personal Interview (PI)
  • Score of CMAT- Candidates will be shortlisted on the basis of the CMAT result 2020. After shortlisting the candidates merit list is prepared which will be available online.
  • Group Discussion - Shortlisted candidates will have to appear for the group discussion round for the respective participating institute that they have applied for. The group discussion will be held in the following manner:
    • Candidates will be given a topic for discussion based on business or current affairs
    • Students will be grouped into 10 or more and each group will be given a specific topic.
  • Personal Interview/ Written Ability Test

CMAT Selection Procedure 2021 - Final Selection

Candidates performance will be analyzed, on the basis of which final merit list will be prepared. The final merit list will include the names of students who have cleared group discussion, personal interview or written ability test. Candidates will be notified about their final selection either through Email or call letter.

CMAT 2021 Counselling

Candidates who clear the entrance exam, they will have to take part in the counselling of CMAT wherein they will have to fill the choice of college in which they want to take admission. In order to take part in CMAT 2020 counselling, candidates will have to follow the steps that are given below:

Step 1 - Online registration

Step 2 - Choice filling

Step 3 - Document Verification

Step 4 - Allotment of seats

Step 5 - Reporting to allotted college

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