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

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 online mode that is computer based test. Once in a year the exam is held usually in the month of January for candidates to seek post-graduation admissions for the courses like MBA, PGDM or PGCM or management related programs. CMAT score is accepted by all the institutes/universities/colleges/departments which is been approved by AICTE. As per the guidance of Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Government of India CMAT will be conducted. Exam will be held in two shifts for a total of 400 marks.

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

Exam Name

Common 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 is been awarded and for every incorrect answer 1 marks is been deducted


 No CMAT 2021 Counselling

CMAT 2021 Exam Date

Every year in the month of 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 to not miss the exam. The events will be held online and candidates as per the schedule need to follow the events and proceed. Below given schedules are been declared by the authorities of NTA for reference purpose.

Exam Events

CMAT Exam Dates (Tentative)

CMAT Registration

November 18, 2020

CMAT Registration last date

December 20, 2020

CMAT Correction Date

Last week of December 2020

CMAT Admit Card release

Last week of December 2020

CMAT Exam Date 2021

Last week of January 2021

CMAT Answer Key Release

First week of February 2021

CMAT Results

First week of February 2021

CMAT Cut-off 2021

In the month of January/February 2021

CMAT 2021 Eligibility criteria

In order to register for CMAT, candidates need to fulfil certain eligibility parameters like education qualification, age limit, nationality, minimum marks etc. Candidate should be aware that the CMAT eligibility criteria 2021 for MBS and PGDM courses differ from each other. Candidates willing to appear for CMAT need to check CMAT 2021 eligibility criteria for the programs he/she willing to get admitted.

  • Qualification: Aspirants must be a graduate in any discipline from any of the recognized universities. Candidates who are in their final year of their education and whose result will be declared before the commencement of admission process are eligible to apply for CMAT.
  • Nationality: The applying candidate must be a Citizen of India.
  • Minimum Marks: In the bachelor’s degree or the qualifying examination candidate must have minimum 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 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 not less than 50% aggregate however, for reserved category students 45% and above aggregate is required


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

Executive PGDM

Candidate must have minimum 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 the online mode that is through official website. Only after filling up the CMAT application form, admit card will be released and candidates shall appear for the examination.

Usually in the month of November CMAT registration will begin before the last date applicants need to submit the duly filled form. Through CMAT account the application form can be filled partially and can be saved to complete it later. It is an advice 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

Candidates by visiting the CMAT official website need to register through online mode 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

Fill up the application form by providing candidates educational qualification, personal details, age, select their exam centres etc. Candidates have a choice of filling up 3 exam centres in application form. Once the complete form 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 that is scan the candidate’s documents or certificates then upload the same. Candidates need to upload scanned images of Photograph and Signature in the prescribed format.

Step 4: Application fee payment

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





INR 1000

INR 1600


INR 1000

INR 800


INR 700

INR 1000

CMAT 2021 Syllabus & Exam Pattern

Every year CMAT exam will be conducted usually in the month of January and will be held online mode that is computer based test (CBT). The paper comprises of 4 sections segregated into 25 questions in each section. CMAT exam pattern is very simple for scoring. For each correct answer +4 marks will be awarded while there is deduction of -1 mark for every incorrect answer. The total marks of CMAT paper is for 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 questions appearing for the exam. Candidates shall go through the CMAT 2021 syllabus. Few topics of the exam are similar to CAT entrance exam. Below tabulated are the sections and topics 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

CMAT 2021 Admit Card will be released by NTA in 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 by then 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 for 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 selection process as by the respective colleges as there is no counselling round held. Before commencing for 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 selection Process. After CMAT examination is held within a short duration CMAT 2021 results will be announced. Also the results will be released along with merit list in the official site.

How to download CMAT 2021 Score Card?

Step 1: Visit official website of CMAT to check results

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

Step 3: New page will be redirected where candidates need to enter their Login ID and Password then click on 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 conduct their respective selection procedures based on the score obtained and cut-off scores. Once the results and merit list will be announced CMAT 2021 counselling or selection process takes place.

  • Candidates need to register for CMAT 2021 counselling process. In the official website registration will take place in the online mode.
  • Candidates will select their desired college/institute later that will be verified by the conducting body.
  • Based on the availability of seats and the course opted by the candidate allotment of seats 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 done.
  • The final selection of candidates will be made based on eligibility conditions comprising group discussion, written test ability and personal interview.

CMAT 2021 Participating Colleges

CMAT participating colleges accept score of candidates to provide admissions for management related courses. As per the conducting body NTA nearly 1000 B-schools will accept in India. 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 centre every year. Nearly in 80 cities across India CMAT will be conducted. CMAT test centres will be mentioned in the Admit Card and while filling up the application form applicants shall choose any 3 preferred exam cities as exam centre. It is to be noted that if any candidate appears for the exam centre 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 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.