CMAT 2021 Application Form, Exam Dates, Eligibility, Pattern and Syllabus

CMAT Latest News

    Mar 25, 2021: National Testing Agency has released the CMAT 2021 Admit Card on 24th March 2021. Applicants who have successfully registered for CMAT will be able to download the admit card online by using their credentials (Application Number/Date of Birth).
    Mar 23, 2021: NTA has proclaimed the exam date for CMAT 2021 and a change in the exam pattern. As per the notified schedule, CMAT 2021 will be held on 31st March 2021, and exam paper comprises an additional section called "Innovation & Entrepreneurship".
    Mar 18, 2021: NTA has postponed CMAT 2021 Entrance Exam. It will be conducted by the last week of March 2021 or by the 1st week of April 2021.NTA will soon update the official dates of the CMAT on its respective website.

Common Management Admission Test [CMAT]

CMAT - Common Management Admission Test

Common Management Admission Test (CMAT) 2021 is a national level entrance exam conducted by National Testing Agency every year in the online mode computer-based test. Once a year, the exam is held in January for candidates to seek post-graduation admissions for the courses like MBA, PGDM, PGCM, or management-related programs. CMAT score is accepted by all the institutes/universities/colleges/departments, which AICTE has approved. As per the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) guidance, the Government of India CMAT will be conducted. The exam will be held in two shifts for 400 marks.

In the online mode on the official website, candidates shall apply for the exam and in November or December. There is no age limit for candidates to appear for the examination. Nearly in 245 exam centers, Common Management Admission Test (CMAT) will be held online. Under AICTE approved MBA colleges, the total number of seats offered is 1.29 lakh seats. However, after the exam is conducted and the results are out, CMAT counseling is not held for candidates' admission. In contrast, the candidates' selection will be made separately organized by the participating institutions.

Exam Name

Standard Management Admission Test (CMAT)

CMAT Conducting Body

National Testing Agency (NTA)

CMAT Exam Level

National Level Entrance Exam

CMAT Exam Mode

Online Computer Based Test (CBT)

CMAT Exam Category

For Post-Graduation Admissions

CMAT Application Mode

Online Mode

Type of Questions

Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs)

Total No. of Questions

100 Questions

CMAT Exam Duration

3 hours duration (180 minutes)

Marking Scheme

For every correct answer, 4 marks have been awarded, and for every incorrect response, 1 marks have been deducted


 No CMAT 2021 Counselling

CMAT 2021 Exam Date

Every year in January CMAT exam is conducted sane way CMAT 2021 is expected to be held in the last week of January 2021. Candidates must be aware of all the events and related dates of CMAT 2021 not to miss the exam. The events will be held online, and candidates must follow the events and proceed as per the schedule. The authorities of NTA have declared given plans for reference purposes.

Exam Events

CMAT 2021 Exam Dates 

CMAT Registration

12 February 2021

CMAT Registration last date

1 March 2021

CMAT Correction Date

4 to 7 March 2021

CMAT Admit Card release

24 March 2021

CMAT Exam Date 2021

31 March 2021 

CMAT Answer Key Release

To be notified 

CMAT Results

To be notified 

CMAT Cut-off 2021

To be notified 

CMAT 2021 Eligibility criteria

To register for CMAT, candidates need to fulfill specific eligibility parameters like education qualification, age limit, nationality, minimum marks, etc. Candidates should be aware that the CMAT eligibility criteria 2021 for MBS and PGDM courses differ. Candidates willing to appear for CMAT need to check CMAT 2021 eligibility criteria for the programs he/she ready to get admitted to.

  • Qualification: Aspirants must graduate from any recognized universities in any discipline. Candidates who are in the final year of their education and whose result will be declared before the commencement of the admission process are eligible to apply for CMAT.
  • Nationality: The applying candidate must be a Citizen of India.
  • Minimum Marks: The bachelor’s degree or the qualifying examination candidate must have a minimum of 50% and above aggregate to clear the CMAT 2021 eligibility criteria.
  • Age Limit: The minimum age required is candidate should be 21 years of age while there is no upper age limit to apply for the CMAT examination.


CMAT 2021 Eligibility Criteria


A Bachelor's degree is required with a minimum duration of 3 years for a candidate to clear the CMAT 2021 eligibility criteria securing less than 50% aggregate; however, 45% and above total are required for reserved category students.


Bachelor's degree from any stream with minimum 3 years duration scoring at least 50% and above marks

Executive PGDM

Candidates must have a minimum of 50% marks in their bachelor's degree. Also, at least 5 years of relevant experience in managerial and supervisory capacities is necessary

CMAT 2021 Application Form & fees

Applicants who wish to seek admissions for MBA need to appear for the exam and for that he/she must fill the CMAT 2021 application form. The application form can be filled in online mode, that is, through the official website. After filling up the CMAT application form, admit card will be released, and candidates shall appear for the examination.

Usually, in November, CMAT registration will begin before the last date applicants need to submit the duly filled form. Through the CMAT account, the application form can be filled partially and can be saved to complete later. It is advised to applicants that they need to examine their eligibility before proceeding with the application process.

Steps to fill CMAT 2021 online registration

Step 1: Online Registration

By visiting the CMAT official website, candidates need to register online by registering themselves. Applicants shall create a password and choose a security question. After providing the personal details, an application number will be generated.

Step 2: Filling up Application Form

Please fill up the application form by providing the candidate's educational qualifications, personal details, age, selection of their exam centers, etc. Candidates choose to fill up 3 exam centers in the application form. Once the complete document is filled, do cross-check before the final submission.

Step 3: Scan and upload the documents

Once the application form is filled applicants shall proceed to the next section to scan the candidate’s documents or certificates and then upload the same. Candidates need to upload scanned images of photographs and signatures in the prescribed format.

Step 4: Application fee payment

Applicants to make the final submission of the application form, every candidate must complete the CMAT application fee payment in the online mode through debit/credit card/net banking. Based on the various category the application fee differs and is given below.





INR 1000

INR 1600


INR 1000

INR 800


INR 700

INR 1000

CMAT 2021 Syllabus & Exam Pattern

The CMAT exam will be conducted in January and held online, a computer-based test (CBT). The paper comprises 4 sections segregated into 25 questions in each area. CMAT exam pattern is straightforward for scoring. For each correct answer, +4 marks will be awarded, while there is a deduction of -1 marks for every incorrect answer. The total effects of the CMAT paper are 400 marks.

  • Exam Mode: Online mode (computer-based test)
  • Number of Questions: 100 Questions in Total, 25 questions in each section
  • Type of Questions: Objective Type (MCQ’s)
  • Exam Medium: English
  • Duration: 3 hours (180 minutes)
  • Marking scheme: Each correct answer will get 4 marks. 1 mark is deducted for every incorrect answer.
  • Sections: Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation, Language Comprehension, Logical Reasoning, General Awareness.


Number of Questions

Maximum Marks

Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation



Logical Reasoning



General Awareness



Language Comprehension







Candidates appearing for the examination CMAT syllabus will give a clear picture of the exam questions. Candidates shall go through the CMAT 2021 syllabus. Few topics of the exam are similar to the CAT entrance exam. Below tabulated are the sections and subjects from which the exam questions will be prepared.

CMAT 2021 Syllabus for Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation

Work and Time 




Profit and Loss 

Simple Interest and Compound Interest 

Number Systems 



Pipes and Cisterns 

Allegations and Mixtures 


Fraction and Decimals 



Quadratic and Linear Equations



Ratios and Proportion of Line 

Pie Chart, Bar Chart

Permutations and Combinations 



CMAT 2021 Syllabus for Language Comprehension

Jumbled Paragraphs 


One word substitution

English Grammar 

Paragraph Completion 

English Usage Errors 



Reading Comprehension

Sentence Correction

Idioms and Phrases 

Sentence Improvement 


CMAT 2021 Syllabus for Logical Reasoning

Analytical Reasoning 


Blood Relationship

Direction and Distance Test

Statement Arguments 

Cause and Effects 

Number Series 

Analogy Test 

Coding and Decoding 


Non-Verbal Reasoning 

Statement and Conclusion 

Statement Assumptions 

Ranking Tests 

Symbol Based Problems 

Matrix Arrangements 


CMAT 2021 Syllabus for General Awareness

Current Affairs of National and International Economy 



Indian Constitution

Trade Awareness 



Sports News 

Personalities in News 

Science in Everyday Life 



CMAT 2021 Admit Card

NTA will release CMAT 2021 Admit Card on the official website of CMAT after the online applications are accepted. Only for certain days downloading the admit card facility will be given, and candidates should download for future purpose. Candidates should preserve their CMAT 2021 until the CMAT results are declared. CMAT Hall Ticket is one of the most valuable documents required for candidates to appear for the examination else candidates will not be allowed to sit for the exam. Candidates need to download the CMAT 2021 Admit Card as it is essential for the candidate to carry to the examination hall to appear for the exam.

Step to download CMAT 2021, Admit Card:

Step 1: Visit the CMAT official website

Step 2: On the main page, click on Download Admit Card

Step 3: Enter candidates CMAT application number and password or DOB

Step 4: Now, click on Download CMAT Admit Card and take a print out for future reference

CMAT 2021 Results & Score Card

CMAT 2021 Exam is for candidates that want to get admission into management related courses. CMAT 2021 results will be released in the online mode. Candidates qualified in the examination shall be called for the respective colleges' selection process as there is no counseling round held. Before commencing the Counselling Process, candidates need to check for CMAT 2021 result section, which will be declared on the official website. Only those candidates’ secured good marks in the CMAT will be called for the selection process. After the CMAT examination is held within a short duration, CMAT 2021 results will be announced. The results will also be released along with the official site's merit list.

How to download CMAT 2021 Score Card?

Step 1: Visit the official website of CMAT to check results

Step 2: After logging in, on the top right of the main page, click on the Download Score Card button

Step 3: New page will be redirected where candidates need to enter their Login ID and Password, then click on the sign-in button.

Step 4: After successfully signing in, a new page, CMAT 2021 results will be displayed.

CMAT 2021 Counselling & Admission

National Testing Agency (NTA) will conduct the selection procedure for candidates, and the participating institutes will perform their respective selection procedures based on the score obtained and cut-off scores. Once the results and merit list are announced, the CMAT 2021 counseling or selection process occurs.

  • Candidates need to register for CMAT 2021 counseling process. On the official website, registration will take place in the online mode.
  • Candidates will select their desired college/institute later, which the conducting body will verify.
  • Based on the available seats and the course opted by the candidate, allotment of hearts takes place now. Candidates will be required to report to the designated college/institute.
  • Further documents will be verified and given admissions once the documents are submitted and fee payment is made.
  • The candidates' final selection will be based on eligibility conditions comprising group discussion, written testability, and personal interviews.

CMAT 2021 Participating Colleges

CMAT participating colleges accept candidates' scores to provide management-related admissions courses. NTA nearly 1000 B-schools will accept in India as per the conducting body. A few of the CMAT 2021 participating colleges are listed below.

CMAT 2021 Participating Colleges

Acharya Bangalore Business School, Bangalore

Pune University MBA (PUMBA) Department of Management Sciences

Jaipuria Institute of Management, Noida

Asia Pacific Institute of Management, New Delhi

Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra

Doon Business School, Dehradun

Indian Institute of Plantation Management, Bangalore

Future Business School, Kolkata

Indian Institute of Social Welfare and Business (IISWBM), Kolkata

Indus Business Academy

Goa Institute of Management, Goa

KIIT School of Rural Management, Bhubaneswar

Sydenham Institute of Management Studies Research and Entrepreneurship Education (SIMSREE) Mumbai

List of CMAT 2021 examination centres

National Testing Agency (NTA), the conducting authority, will be deciding the CMAT 2021 exam center every year. Nearly in 80 cities across India, CMAT will be conducted. CMAT test centers will be mentioned in the Admit Card, and while filling up the application form, applicants shall choose any 3 preferred exam cities as exam centers. If any candidate appears for the exam center after the allotted time mentioned on the admit card, he/she will not be allowed to sit for CMAT 2021 exam.

CMAT 2021 Exam Centres




































Navi Mumbai

































Gautam Budha Nagar


(Noida/Gr. Noida)






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 to fulfill CMAT Eligibility criteria in a graduate degree?

CMAT Eligibility criteria: 

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

I want to know the CMAT Admission process? 

CMAT Admission process details: 

  • The CMAT conducting authority will release the CMAT merit list, then the candidate needs 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, and Personal Interview for the qualified candidates.
  • Final selection mainly depends on the candidate’s performance in the selection rounds. 

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

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 made 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 the 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: Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation, Logical Reasoning, Language Comprehension, and General Awareness. The number of Questions is 25 each.  
  • For the CMAT exam, The Total Number of questions is 100. 

Can I know the structure of the CMAT Syllabus? 

CMAT Syllabus:

  • As there is no appropriate fixed CMAT syllabus.
  • In the 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.