CMAT 2021

Common Management Admission Test popularly recognized as CMAT 2021, is an entrance exam for MBA/PGDM programs, and its score is accepted by 800+ B schools across the country and it is organized by National Testing Agency (NTA). This year the exam will be held in last week of January and the paper will comprise of 4 sections namely Quantitative Techniques, Data Interpretation, Logical Reasoning, Language Comprehension, and General Awareness. The exam will only be conducted in online mode. The registration process for CMAT 2021 will begin in November 2020

CMAT 2021 Key Highlights

CMAT 2021 exam allows PGP aspirants to get into various MBA/PGDM courses for more than 800 MBA colleges in India and among them are some of the prominent management institutes as well. Though the level of CMAT 2021 will not be as tough as CAT/XAT/IIFT it still holds an important position in determining a candidate's career in management degree. Following are the key highlights and 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 2021 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

A candidate who aspires to take up MBA admission via CMAT 2021 should make sure to keep in touch with important dates and announcements. The official website will give the students notification on their registered number or email id regarding the last dates and important events. Some of the important dates for the important events like registration, admit card downloading date, CMAT 2021 exam, answer key and the results are mentioned below

Events Tentative Dates
Application Form of CMAT 2021 available online from November 1st week, 2020
Last date for submission of CMAT 2021 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

Below are some educational qualifications that are required to fall into the eligibility criterion for CMAT 2021

  • Students must hold a minimum of 3 years of graduation degree or equivalent from any recognized university across the country
  • Those students who are in the final year of graduation can also apply for CMAT 2021
  • There is no minimum aggregate cut off marks to apply to various institutes
  • 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 with a minimum of 50% marks from any recognized institute for general and OBC category

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 Graduation degree with a minimum of 50% marks from any recognized institute for general and OBC category
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 2021 eligibility criteria. 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 keep the required documents handy while filling the registration form and must provide a clear picture of the scanned documents while they upload it in the CMAT registration form 2021

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

A candidate must visit the official website of the NTA and then follow the following steps:

Step 1- Register for CMAT 2021

Step 2- Step 2- Fill the application form with name, date of birth, city, mobile number, and email ID. Also fill the personal and academic details asked and select the exam city and center

Step 3- Enter the security code

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

Step 5- Upload the documents, scanned image, and signature with mentioned dimensions.

Step 6- Payment of fee for the CMAT exam has to be done by online mode through debit card, credit card, or online banking methods

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 2021by appropriately filling name, DOB, city, contact details, and should keep a note of the application number generated which will be required in further processes
  • Students are suggested to create a password that is easy for them to remember 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

Once the first step is done, candidates will be directed to a page where they need to fill all their personal and educational details. Following are the details one need to fill:

  • 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.
  • Click on submit once you are done

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
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


CMAT 2021 is a Management entrance exam accepted by 800+ B schools for the admission of MBA/PGDM program which is conducted in an online mode and the duration of the exam is 3 hours comprising of 100 questions. The below table shows the section and number of questions asked so that students can study accordingly and score better

Exam Pattern of CMAT 2021

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

Marking Scheme -

  • Four marks will be awarded 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

Admit cards will be available in online mode and can be downloaded till the date of the exam. Candidates have to mandatorily carry their admit card to the examination hall

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 2021 in the first week of February in online mode on its official website. Candidates will be provided with the scorecards which will reflect their score section-wise as well as their total percentile. Students who meet the cut-offs will get the email regarding their second round. Before the score, NTA will also release the answer key so the students have a rough chance to check their score beforehand

CMAT 2021 Cut Offs

Cut-offs of the different institutes are different and they keep changing year by year. As soon as the results are declared the participating institute releases their cut-offs and makes the selection of candidates for the second round that includes GD, PI, and written ability. Below are some previous year cut-offs for the respected colleges

CMAT Cutoff for Past Year (2020)

CMAT 2021 Selection procedure

CMAT 2021 selection procedure will be conducted in three phases. Three phases of CMAT selection procedure 2021 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 2021. 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 on the date mentioned where 10 or fewer students will be grouped and they will be asked to have a discussion on the given topic for a specific time limit. Students will be evaluated on their performance in this round. 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

Candidate's performance will be analyzed, based on all the rounds taken, and according to that the final merit list will be prepared. This merit list will reflect the name of candidates who cleared all the round successfully and these candidates will get a confirmation mail by that respective college

CMAT 2021 Counselling

Candidates who have successfully cleared the entrance exam will be called for counselling session wherein they will have to fill a list of colleges where they prefer to take admission. To take part in CMAT 2021 counseling, 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