CMAT 2021: Registration, Syllabus, Pattern, Exam Date

CMAT 2021 exam will be conducted by National Testing Agency on January 24, 2021 for MBA admission 2021-23 in 1000 AICTE approved MBA/PGDM colleges.

CMAT 2021 will be a three hour computer based online test which is conducted in a single session.

Exam CMAT 2021

CMAT Test Paper evaluates a candidate’s ability in

  • Quantitative Technique
  • Logical Reasoning
  • Language Comprehension
  • General Awareness

areas. CMAT score will be accepted by all AICTE-Approved Institutions/University Departments/Constituent Colleges/Affiliated Colleges like JBIMS, SIMSREE, K J Somaiya Mumbai, Welingkar Mumbai, PUMBA among others.


What is CMAT?

Common Management Admission Test (CMAT) is a government organized computer based national level MBA entrance examination for entry into 1000 AICTE approved management programmes (MBA/PGDM) all over India.

Till 2018, CMAT was conducted by AICTE, now the Test is conducted by the National Testing Authority (NTA) constituted by Government of India.

More than 70,000 candidates apply for CMAT every year. Last year 63,297 candidates appeared in CMAT exam and all had qualified. CMAT offers unique opportunity to all the test takers as none of them is disqualified in its result.


CMAT 2021

CMAT 2021 exam will be held on January 24 from 9.30 AM to 12.30 PM in 109 cities and 245 test centres all over India as online computer based test.

CMAT Exam pattern will have 100 questions equally divided into 4 sections of 25 Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) in each section. Read this comprehensive article, prepared by MBA Exam experts, to know more about Key Facts like CMAT eligibility, registration process, exam pattern & syllabus, Admit Card Download process, how to prepare for CMAT exam, CMAT score accepting colleges, cut offs in various MBA colleges among other key details.


CMAT Exam Highlights

CMAT 2021 exam offers MBA admission opportunity in more than 1000 MBA colleges in India and among them are some of the prominent management institutes. It is an important but an easier MBA entrance exam. Following are the key Exam highlights and other important details:

Exam Conducting Body National testing Agency (NTA) Website
Number of MBA colleges under the Exam 1000+
Exam Date January 24, 2021
Exam Slot 9.30AM to 12.30PM
Mode of CMAT Entrance exam 2021 Online Computer Based Test
CMAT exam full form Common Management Admission Test
Score Validity for MBA Admission 2021-2022 academic session
Total Questions in Exam 100
Sectional Division of  Questions 4 Sections with 25 Questions in Each Section
Exam details section wise Quantitative Technique, Logical Reasoning, Language Comprehension and General Awareness
Exam Difficulty Level Easy to Moderate
Maximum Score 400 Marks for 100 questions
Negative Marking - 1 mark for each wrong answer
Required Percentile for MBA admission in Top Colleges 90+
Importance of Taking the exam Top MBA colleges like JBIMS, SIMSREE, K J Somaiya, GIM Goa, PUMBA, among others accept CMAT exam score
Application process Online
Exam Application Fee for Boys Rs.1600/-
Application Fee for Girls Rs.1000/-
Application Fee for EWS/OBC-NCL Rs.1000/-
Application Fee for SC/ST/PwD Rs.800/-


Important Dates CMAT 2021:

The CMAT 2021 important dates, exam Schedule, eligibility, start and last date to apply, last date to download admit card and other exam details are as under:

Exam Activity Important Dates Remarks
Exam Registration starts November 01, 2020 Online Process
Last date to apply December 10, 2020 Online submission of Application form closed
Admit Card Download start date December 24, 2020 No Hard copy will be sent
Last date to download CMAT 2021 Admit card January 24, 2021 Download Admit Card latest by the exam date
CMAT Exam Date January 24, 2021 May change
Exam Duration 3 Hours From 9.30AM to 12.30 PM
Result Date February 5, 2021 Score card download starts in afternoon


CMAT Test Pattern: Duration, Sectional composition & Scoring pattern

  • CMAT test paper has a time duration of 3 hours with 100 objective type questions in MCQs form.
  • Question difficulty level is easy to moderate
  • Exam is divided in 4 sections with 25 questions in each section. The sections are Quantitative Technique, Logical Reasoning, Language
  • Comprehension and General Awareness
  • Each correct answer is awarded +4 Mark
  • Each wrong answer is penalized with negative marking of -1 mark
  • No Individual Time limit to attempt question paper. Candidates can attempt any question from any section within the overall time limit of 3 hours.
  • Merit Score and percentile is calculated on the basis of all the 4 sections.
  • CMAT score card displays Actual score obtained out of 400 Marks, Sectional score obtained and the sectional and overall percentile obtained in the Exam


CMAT Exam Sections Number of Questions Maximum Marks Section-wise
Language Comprehension 25 100
Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation 25 100
Logical Reasoning 25 100
General Awareness 25 100
Total: Sections-4 100 400


CMAT 2021 Syllabus: At par with other MBA entrance exams

The exam Syllabus contains all the topics on which questions are asked in other national level MBA entrance exams. Past question papers and the exam pattern reveal that CMAT syllabus does not throw tough questions in the exam, although the syllabus topics are same.

The syllabus is based on past exam pattern and types of questions that appear in the exam. The best way to get hands-on feel and practice on question topics covered in CMAT syllabus, is to go through the previous exam papers and attempt CMAT Mock tests.


MBA Colleges Accepting CMAT Exam

The list of CMAT exam accepting colleges is released by AICTE as well as National Testing Agency. There are around 1000 MBA/PGDM colleges who accept the CMAT exam score for admission. Below are some of the best MBA colleges accepting CMAT exam score in India and in Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Pune and Hyderabad

Institute Name & Location CMAT Cut off Percentile Score
JBIMS Mumbai 99-100
SIMSREE Mumbai 85-90
K J Somaiya Mumbai 85-90
Great Lakes Institute of Management, Chennai/Gurgaon 85-90
PUMBA Pune 85-90
GIM Goa 85-90
IFMR Chennai 80-85
BIMTECH Greater Noida 75-80
IMT Nagpur 75-80


MBA Colleges in Delhi Accepting CMAT


Institute Name & Location CMAT Cut off percentile Score
School of Inspired Leadership - SOIL Gurgaon 80-85
Jagan Institute of Management Studies (JIMS) Rohini Delhi 80-85
New Delhi Institute of Management (NDIM) New Delhi 80-85
Jaipuria Institute of Management (Jaipuria) Noida 80-85
IMS Ghaziabad 80-85
O P Jindal University, Sonepat (Delhi NCR) 75-80
VIPS-TC-Delhi School of Business Delhi 75-80
Fortune Institute of International Business (FIIB) New Delhi 70-75
Delhi School of Business (DSB) New Delhi 70-75
J K Business School Gurgaon 65-70


MBA Colleges in Mumbai Accepting CMAT


Institute Name & Location CMAT Cut Off Percentile score 
Prin. L. N. Welingkar WE School Mumbai 80-85
SIESCOMS Navi Mumbai 80-85
Chetna CIMR 75-80
ITM Group of Institutions 70-75
SDA Bocconi Mumbai 70-75
IES Management IES MCRC Mumbai 70-75
DSIMS Mumbai 70-75
Vivekanand Education VESIM Mumbai 65-70
Guru Nanak GNMIMS Mumbai 65-70
Bharati Vidyapeeth`s BVIMSR Mumbai 60-65


MBA Colleges in Bangalore Accepting CMAT


Institute Name & Location CMAT Cut off percentile score
Christ University Bengaluru 80-85
XIME Bangalore 75-80
SDMIMD Mysore 75-80
Indus Business Academy (IBA) Bangalore 75-80
AIMS School of Business (AIMS) Bangalore 70-75
Kristu Jayanti College (KJC) Bangalore 70-75
PES University, Bangalore 70-75
M S Ramaiah MSRIM Bangalore 70-75
Acharya Bangalore B-School (ABBS) Bangalore 65-70
St. Joseph Institute of Management, Bangalore 65-70


MBA Colleges in Pune Accepting CMAT


Institute Name & Location CMAT Cut off percentile Score
Balaji Institute Of Modern Management (BIMM) Pune 80-85
International School of Business & Media (ISB&M) Pune 80-85
FLAME University School of Business (FLAME) Pune 75-80
National Insurance Academy (NIA) Pune 75-80
National Institute of Bank Management (NIBM) Pune 75-80
Balaji Institute of International Business (BIIB) Pune 75-80
MIT School of Telecom Management (MITSOT) Pune 70-75
International Institute of Management Studies (IIMS) Pune 70-75
Lexicon Management Institute of Leadership and Excellence (MILE) Pune 65-70
Suryadatta Institutes of Management Pune 65-70


MBA Colleges in Hyderabad Accepting CMAT


Institute Name & Location CMAT 2020 Cut off percentile score
IBS Hyderabad: ICFAI Business School 75-80
IPE Hyderabad: Institute of Public Enterprise 75-80
Vignana Jyothi Institute of Management - VJIM Hyderabad 75-80
GITAM Hyderabad Business School (GHBS) 70-75
Siva Sivani Institute of Management (SSIM) Secunderabad 70-75
Vishwa Vishwani Institute of Systems and Management Hyderabad 70-75
Gitam School of International Business (GSIB) Visakhapatnam 65-70
ICBM-School of Business Excellence (ICBM SBE) Hyderabad 60-65


CMAT 2021 Registration Dates

CMAT 2021 Registration date and the CMAT Application form date are the same. However, there is a difference between the CMAT 2021 registration last date and the CMAT Application Form 2021 Last Date as the CMAT 2021 application form submission will be treated as successful only after making the payment of CMAT Application Form Fees 2021.

After the CMAT Registration 2021 Last Date is over, NTA allows a grace period of one day to pay the CMAT Registration fee or the CMAT Application Form Fees 2021 which is same. CMAT Registration dates are shared below:

CMAT 2021 Registration Activity  CMAT 2021 Registration Dates
CMAT Registration start date November 1, 2020
CMAT Registration 2021 Last date December 10, 2020 till 11.50 PM
CMAT Registration Last date to Pay CMAT Application Fee December 11, 2020
CMAT Registration Fee 2021 (General category) Rs.1600/-
CMAT Registration Fee 2021 for Reserved Category Rs. 800/-
CMAT Exam Date 2021 January 24, 2021



How to Fill CMAT 2021 Application Form

  • CMAT Application form filling procedure and CMAT online registration 2021 process is shared below. However, it may be noted that the candidates have to complete the CMAT online registration 2021 before proceeding for CMAT application step wise form filling procedure.
  • Register online on the NTA-CMAT 2021 Test website (expected to commence from November 1 onwards) with basic details.
  • After completing the CMAT online registration 2021 and submitting the CMAT registration form, you will get the CMAT ID & Password.
  • Login with it and proceed to complete the CMAT application form step wise.
  • Upload your latest scanned color passport size photo at the time of CMAT online Registration 2021. (Your photograph should not be more than 3 months old).
  • Candidate must provide Correct Name, Date of Birth, Mobile Number and Email Address as these details cannot be changed once the
  • CMAT registration is complete. All above information is required to complete the CMAT Online Registration and application form.
  • No CMAT application form correction and change of test city requests will be entertained once candidates have completed their CMAT Online Test 2021 payment.
  • Ensure that the information you have filled in the CMAT 2021 application form is accurate.



CMAT 2021 Registration & Application Fee

CMAT 2021 Registration Fee is Rs.1600/- Details of CMAT Registration fee 2021 for each category are as under:

Applied For Boys Girls
Fee payable for CMAT - 2020 General Rs. 1600 Rs. 1000
EWS/OBC-NCL Rs. 1000 Rs. 1000
SC/ST/PwD Rs. 800 Rs. 700
Transgender 700

Pay Examination Fee by Net Banking/Debit Card/Credit Card/UPI/Paytm Services :

The candidate has to select Net banking/Debit card/Credit card/UPI/Paytm Services option to pay the application fee and follow the online instruction to complete the payment of fee. After successful payment, candidate will be able to print the Confirmation Page.

In case the Confirmation Page is not generated after payment of fee then the transaction is cancelled and the candidates have to approach the concerned bank for refund of amount. However the candidate has to make another payment/transaction, in case the Confirmation Page is not generated


CMAT 2021 Registration: 5 Step Process

CMAT 2021 Registration process and CMAT 2021 Application form can be completed in following five steps:

  • Apply for CMAT 2021 Online Registration
  • Fill up the CMAT 2021 Application form Online
  • Upload Scanned Photo & Signature
  • Pay the CMAT 2021 Registration Fee including Application and exam fee
  • Download the CMAT 2021 confirmation page after submission



Important Changes in CMAT exam

The key changes and features of the exam are:

Exam Details For CMAT 2021 Earlier Exams
CMAT conducting Agency National Testing Agency (NTA) All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE)
Testing Mode Computer Based Computer Based
Training for CMAT Test Taking Methodology/Navigation NTA training at centres across India from August 2020 onwards to train candidates to understand Test Taking Strategy AICTE published sample test taking and navigation guidelines on its website
Changes in the cost of Registration Increased to Rs.1600 Was Rs.1000
Sectional Composition No change, same 4 sections exam with 100 questions Remained same with 4 sections 100 questions
Scoring Pattern Remains same with +4 mark for each right answer +4 for each correct answer
Difficulty Level Moderate to Difficult Remained moderate to Difficult