CMAT 2021 Application, Eligibility, Syllabus & Pattern

Common Management Admission Test [CMAT]

CMAT - Common Management Admission Test

CMAT or Common Management Admission Test happens to be a national level entrance test which is organized by AICTE or All India Council for Technical Education. This online computer based entrance examination is conducted for providing admission to students in various management courses. A large number of candidates apply for this entrance test every year. The entrance examination provides admission to students in more than 1000 business schools in India. Almost 59,181 students appeared for this entrance test out of which only 2 students secured 100 percentile.

Almost 1000 business schools that are affiliated to AICTE accept the CMAT scores for providing admission to the deserving students. After the announcement of the results of the entrance examination, these management institutes will be releasing their own cutoff. The cut off and selection criteria differ for each college. The selection procedure consists of a personal interview and written test. A few of the colleges conduct group discussion round as well.

Candidates should have a fair knowledge of the examination pattern and syllabus which will help them to confer a grand performance in the examination. The questions in the entrance examination are objective type. There are 100 multiple choice questions in the entrance test. There is a time allotment of 180 minutes for answering these questions. 4 marks are awarded for each correct answer whereas there is a deduction of 1 mark for every wrong answer. There are 4 sections and each section comprises of 25 questions.

It is essential to meet the eligibility criteria of AICTE for appearing in CMAT entrance test. Failing to meet the eligibility criteria may lead to disqualification of the candidate at a later off stage. Almost all the business schools recognized by AICTE accept the CMAT score.

CMAT 2021 Exam Date

CMAT has been conducted on 28th and 29th of the month of January . The answer key is released after one or two weeks of the entrance test. The scorecard will be released on 9th February.


Dates (Tentative)

Commencement of Online Registration

Either in September or 1st week of November 

Last date to fill and submit the online application form

2nd week of December 

Last Date to submit application fee in cash at SBI Bank

2nd week of December 

Trial Test will be available in

2nd week of December 

CMAT 2021 Eligibility criteria

AICTE has set eligibility norms for appearing in the CMAT entrance test. Candidates must be a citizen of India in order to appear for the test. Candidates should hold at least graduation degree for appearing for the test. 


CMAT 2021 Application Form & fees

Candidates who are willing to appear for CMAT entrance test need to fill the application form online. The application form of CMAT was available from 10th October. The last date of registration of the test is December 10th

For appearing inthe test, candidates need to enter a New User and fill the registration form after entering basic details. A 6 digit password is generated after submission of the form. The password will be sent to the student by SMS and email. 

CMAT 2021 Syllabus & Exam Pattern

The questions in CMAT entrance examination are multiple-choice questions. 180 minutes are allowed for attempting these questions. 4 marks are awarded for each correct answer whereas there is a deduction of 1 mark for every wrong answer. There are four sections in the test and each section consists of only 25 questions. Each section carries 100 marks.

The syllabus of CMAT comprises of General Awareness, Logical Reasoning, Language Comprehension, Data Interpretation and Quantitative Techniques.

CMAT 2021 Admit Card

After successful completion of the application form, candidates are released admit card. The admit card can be downloaded from the official website of the organizing body. The admit card of CMAT will be released to all the registered candidates, in the first week of Januar.

CMAT 2021 Results & Score Card

AICTE has declared the results of CMAT 2018 on 9th February. Candidates can check the results on the official website of AICTE. 

CMAT 2021 Counselling & Admission

The CMAT counseling will start tentatively in May. Candidates who are willing to seek admission in the management courses offered by AICTE approved colleges must attend the counseling. There will be allotment of college to the candidate in accordance with the ranking in the merit list. 

CMAT 2021 Participating Colleges

There are almost 1000 business schools in India which accept the CMAT scores for granting admission in different management degrees to the candidates. Some of the top participating institutes in CMAT are :

  •  SIMSREE Mumbai,
  • Doon business school, Dehradun,
  • Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra, Ranchi,
  • MIT School of Business, Pune,
  • National Institute of Agricultural Marketing (NIAM), Jaipur,

List of CMAT 2021 examination centres

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Ask & Answers

What are the eligibility criteria of CMAT?

  • Aspirants should be a graduate from a recognized university with minimum 50% aggregate (45% in case of SC/ST).
  • Aspirants pursuing their final year degree program can also apply.
  • Aspirants should fulfill the eligibility criteria within the stipulated schedule.


How much percentage is required in graduation degree in order to fulfill CMAT Eligibility criteria?

CMAT Eligibility criteria: 

  • CMAT aspirants must be qualified in their bachelor’s degree of minimum 3 years from a recognized Indian university.
  • Percentage criteria: 50% aggregate marks (For SC/ST candidates, it is 45%).
  • Aspirant must be a citizen of India.
  • Final year appearing candidates can apply for the CMAT exam.
  • There is no such age limits and attempts for CMAT exam. 

I want to know the CMAT Admission process? 

CMAT Admission process details: 

  • From the CMAT conducting authority will release the CMAT merit list, then the candidate need to apply for the respective participating management institutes.
  •  In the CMAT Admission process, the participating management institutes will conduct 3 rounds i.e. WAT, Group Discussion followed by Personal Interview for the qualified candidates.
  • Final selection mainly depends on the candidate’s performance in the selection rounds. 

I want to know, what is the CMAT Application form fee cost?

Details on CMAT Application Form Fee:

  • The candidates need to pay the Application form fee after filling up the CMAT Application Form
  • CMAT Application Form fee for General/OBC cadre costs Rs 1400. CMAT Application Form fee for SC/ST/PWD/Female costs Rs 700.
  • The payment can be done via Debit/Credit card/net banking or Cash deposit at SBI Bank.

I want to know the number of questions asked for each section in CMAT Exam Pattern?

Details on CMAT Exam Pattern:

  • CMAT exam will be scheduled Online i.e. Computer Based Test.
  • CMAT exam will have 4 sections such as: Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation, Logical Reasoning, Language Comprehension and General Awareness. The number of Questions is 25 each.  
  • For CMAT exam, The Total Number of questions is 100. 

Can I know the structure of CMAT Syllabus? 

CMAT Syllabus:

  • As there is no appropriate fixed CMAT syllabus.
  • In CMAT syllabus, most of the questions asked from Reading Comprehension, Basic Mathematics and Reasoning.
  • CMAT syllabus also includes various topics related to General Awareness, Language Comprehension and Quantitative Techniques, Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation.