CMAT Exam Dates, Fees, Eligibility & Notification

CMAT Exam Dates, Fees, Eligibility & Notification
October 1, 2021
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CMAT is a computer-based entrance exam, which NTA conducts every year for admission in the management programs.  The exam tests the student’s Quantitative Knowledge and reasoning ability.

The CMAT exam consists of  100 questions. there are four sections in the exam and each section consists of 25 questions. NTA nowadays conducts the entrance exam once a year. However, till 2015 it was twice every year.

In 2021 NTA revised the exam pattern by introducing an additional section in the question paper but this is an optional section and the students who choose to write this section get some extra time to complete the exam.


CMAT Notification

  • CMAT is a national-level entrance exam and AICTE approves it.
  • Around 1300 Business Schools both Govt and private consider CMAT scores for admissions in MBA
  • There are four subjects and all the subjects have equal weightage that makes the exam equally easy or hard for the students.
  • NTA added a section in the exam pattern for the year 2021
  • This section is for students who wish to become entrepreneurs
  • The exam is held in the last week of January.


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CMAT in infancy:  In India, there are many entrance exams for MBA Programs such as CAT, MAT, SNAP, NMAT, State-level exams, etc. and these many exams were creating a lot of stress for the students to reduce the burden on the students AICTE  introduced CMAT entrance test it accepted by both Govt and Private colleges.

The Tribhuvan University of Nepal also conducts the CMAT entrance exam for admissions in the Management Programs present in the University. Students need to get a minimum of 40 marks to get admissions to the following Programs.

  • BBA
  • BIM
  • BBM
  • BHM
  • BTTM


National Testing Agency (NTA)

  • It is a Govt agency which is approved by the Union Council  of Ministers
  • Established  in the year 2017
  • It conducts entrance exams for Higher educational institutions.
  • Vineet Joshi was the first Director – General of the Agency.


NTA conducts the following entrance exams.

  • JEE mains
  • NET
  • CMAT
  • GPAT


CMAT notification & latest updates.

The Registration and the application form for CMAT 2022 will begin in November. NTA hasn’t released any notification on the official website. Students need to keep checking the website for more information.


CMAT Eligibility: Criteria and more

Certain requirements need to be met to write the CMAT exam. Students need to check the CMAT eligibility criteria and then apply for the exam. Every exam consists of these requirements known as the eligibility criteria.

NTA specifies the CMAT eligibility criteria for the students which are as follows:


A UG of 3 years:-

  • Students who belong to General Category need to get a minimum of 50 %
  • And those who belong to SC/ST/PWD category need to get a minimum of 45%
  • These Degrees have to be from a Recognized University
  • Final-year UG students can apply for the exam.
  • Students need to be an Indian Citizen
  • There is no age limit to write the exam


CMAT Eligibility criteria – A Course-wise design

MBA & PGDM Program:-

  1. UG Degree in any discipline from a Recognized University
  2. General category students need to pass with a minimum of 50 % marks.
  3. Reserved category students need to pass with a minimum of 45 % marks.


Executive PGDM Program:-

  • Student’s need to have a UG degree of 3 years
  • Minimum marks have to be scored by the students ( for GC-50%, Reserved Category -45 %)
  • A minimum experience of 5 years is required ( managerial\ supervisory experience)


PGCM Program:-

  • UG Degree with a minimum of 50 % marks (GC students ) and 45 % marks for reserved category students.


CMAT Registration : Reservation

The admission of the students depends on many factors such as the marks scored by the students, availability of the seats, and the reservation of the seats. Given below is the percentage of reservation of seats in Govt colleges for private colleges the percentage might change.


Category Percentage of Reservation
SC 15%
ST 7.50%
PWD 5%


Other- Backward Classes:-

Students can check the OBC-NCL list on the Govt of India’s official website. the list is prepared as per the NCBC. students when registering for  CMAT need to select the category they belong to. the categories present in the list are only accepted as OBC-NCL  so if the students’ category is not on the list then they should apply under GC.


A Person with a Disability:-

This Means a person with not less than 40 % of “specified disability” it is defined in the schedule of the  RPwD Act 2016. the following are  the categories of disability.


  1. Blindness or low vision
  2. Deaf and hard of hearing
  3. Locomotor Disability including disabilities such as an acid attack, dwarfism, leprosy cured etc.
  4. Autism, mental illness, specified learning disability.
  5. Other specified disabilities are mentioned in the schedule.


CMAT Eligibility for Scribe\Reader.

Students who belong to any of the disability categories as mentioned above. need to submit a request  to  the CMAT exam center superintendent to include their requirement as scribe or reader and students also need to have a certificate signed by the medical officer

Test takers who provide services to disabled students are given 60 minutes extra time.

The exam center superintendent provides a reader who is academically junior to the student so that the students can’t engage in any malpractices.


CMAT Registration Documents For Reservation

There are many reservations for the minority groups in Govt colleges there are many documents that students need to submit to seek  benefit. the following are the documents that students need to submit.

  • Caste Certificate.
  • Dependent Certificate
  • Income Certificate

If students fail to provide any of the necessary documents then they won’t get any benefit from the reservation category.


CMAT Registration: Procedures and more

Students who want to appear for CMAT 2022, conducted in January need to register for the exam from the official website. The registration forms will be released in November 2021 on the official website, Students can check the website for more information.

The submission of registration and application form is done online mode only. Given below are the dates for the registration and form correction.


Events Dates
CMAT 2022 Registration January 2022
Form correction  


CMAT Registration Process 2022

STEP 1:- Apply for Online Registration

  • First, visit the official website
  • And then create an account by clicking on “new registration”
  • On the screen, CMAT Registration 2022 is displayed
  • Then enter the details such as the name, DOB, mobile number, Email ID, password, city, etc.
  • Click “submit”
  • After clicking on the submit button a 12-digit application is displayed on the screen


STEP 2:- Fill the Application Form

  • Log in using the application number and password
  • And then enter the academic qualification details in the application form
  • Before clicking the submit button check if all the details entered are correct.
  • If any details needs to be corrected, correct them before submitting the application form.


STEP 3:- Upload The Documents

Students after filing the CMAT application form need to upload the required documents such as photograph, signature and other vital documents in the prescribed format.


Documents Prescribed Format
Passport size photograph 10 kb to 200kb in JBG\JBEG Format
Signature 4 kb to 30 kb in JBG\JBEG Format
Pwd Certificate (if required) 50 kb to 300kb in JBG\JBEG Format


STEP 4:- Then the payment of Application Fee

Students can pay the application fee through debit card\ credit card, net banking or by using UPI\PAYTM. Given below are the application fee for different categories.


Categories Application fees
General\EWS\OBC-NCL (Male) 2000 RS
General\EWS\OBC-NCL(Female) 1000 RS
SC,ST, PwD (Male) 1000 RS
SC,ST, PwD (Female) 1000 RS
Transgender 1000 RS


STEP 5:- And at last Download the confirmation page

After paying the application fees a page will appear on the screen indicating confirming the application form submission status. students need to download and take a print of this as a proof for the payment of CMAT application fee.


Choosing the CMAT test center

  • There are totally 153 cities that consists of CMAT exam center, While registering for the exam students can select the city for their exam, from the list of the cities  they can select up to 4 cities.
  • Students must keep in mind that after submitting the form the exam center can’t be changed.
  • On the CMAT admit card the exam center and city is mentioned.
  • Once the center is allotted to the students, it can’t be changed.


Important Documents for CMAT Registration:-

Students need to submit some vital documents while registering for CMAT exam they are as follows:-

  • Class X mark sheet
  • Class XII mark sheet
  • UG marksheet
  • Caste Certificate (if required)
  • Pwd \DA Certificate (If required)
  • Students sign on an white paper
  • And students passport size photo ( photo with white background is preferred)


Key points in CMAT Registration 2022

  • While registering for CMAT exam students need to fill all the mandatory fields
  • Students need to be careful while choosing their exam city because it can’t be changed later.
  • Before submitting the form check all the details entered as it can’t be changed after submission
  • After the payment of the application fee students will receive an confirmation Email and SMS.
  • If students don’t receive an confirmation email they should inform the higher authority immediately
  • Students need to fill the form from laptop or desktop.


CMAT Form Correction Process

Students can edit the details in the registration form by logging in to their CMAT account on the specified date. given below are the steps to edit the details.

  • First visit the official website
  • A link will be present on the website” CMAT 2022 Application correction” click on it
  • And then enter the application number, password and security pin
  • After that click on “edit application form”
  • Make the necessary changes and upload new documents if needed
  • And at last click on “submit”


CMAT Exam Date

It is a computer-based entrance exam conducted in January the admit card will be available in December. NTA will release the official notification on the website students can check the website for more information about CMAT important dates.


Events Dates
CMAT 2022 Registration Jan-22
Form correction  


To know more about the CMAT exam date click here


CMAT Syllabus

After registering for the exam students need to know the CMAT syllabus and the exam pattern and prepare for the exam accordingly the syllabus and the exam pattern will be present in the conducting authority’s official website. NTA prescribes the syllabus for CMAT it consists of four subjects, students are advised to see the subtopics present in these subjects and prepare for the exam. following are the subjects in the syllabus.


  • Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation
  • Language comprehension
  • Logical Reasoning
  • General Awareness


From each of the above subjects 25 questions will be given, In 2021 NTA had introduced an additional section  “Innovation & Entrepreneurship ” this is an optional section for the students who are interested in Entrepreneurship, Students who chose this subject are given extra time to complete the exam. there are many subtopics present in these subjects and all these subtopics are present on the official website students need to know all the subtopics and purchase the books which consists of all the sub-topics present in the CMAT syllabus and prepare for the exam.

To know more about CMAT syllabus click here


CMAT Exam Pattern

Students need to know the exam pattern of the CMAT exam and prepare for the exam accordingly. NTA prescribes the exam pattern on the official website. the exam consists of 4 sections and each section consists of 25 questions.

NTA had revised the exam pattern in 2021 a section was added but this is an optional section. Students who choose this section are given 30 minutes extra time to complete the exam. Given below is the CMAT Exam structure.


Exam structure Details
Number of sections 5
Mode of Exam online
Time 3 hrs , half an hour (for optional paper)
Number of questions 125
Total marks 500
Types of questions MCQs
Medium English


For every correct answer 4 marks are awarded and for wrong answer 1 mark is deducted.

Section wise break up :-

Section Number of questions Marks
Quantitative techniques & Data interpretation 25 100
Language comprehension 25 100
General awareness 25 100
Logical Reasoning 25 100
Innovation & Entrepreneurship  (optional) 25 100


CMAT Admit Card

The admit card will be available from the second week of January on the official website. Only the students who have registered and paid the application fee can download their admit cards.

NTA will announce the admit card dates along with exam and registration schedule in November on the official website. Students can download and take a print of the admit card from the website by entering the application number and password

The Admit card is a vital document as  it contains all the important details of the student  and all the students need to take the admit card and ID Proof to the exam center. without them they won’t be allowed to the exam hall

Before taking the print of the admit card students are advised to check all the details  present in the admit card and If any of the details in the admit card are wrong then students need to inform the higher authority immediately and get them corrected before the exam otherwise they might face problems in the exam hall.

Students are advised to keep their admit cards safe till the declaration of the results, as the admit card of the student also contains their roll number which is used for checking the results on the website.

The admit card also contains the details of the exam center, while registering for the exam students need to chose the city of their exam center and they have the option of choosing up to 4 cities.

Generally students are allotted the centers which they have selected as the first preference while registering for the exam but sometimes those centers may be full so they may be allotted another exam center. and the exam center can’t be changed once it is present in the admit card.

To know more about CMAT admit card click here 



NTA will declare the results in the first week of February on their official website, Students can download and take a print of the results by using their login credentials

The CMAT scorecard will be available for download only for a short period of time, so the qualified students need to download and take a print of the result as soon as the results are declared

NTA releases the merit list of the students after declaration of CMAT results based on the merit list the admission of the students in the MBA Program is done.

Around 1000 B-schools in India accept CMAT score for admission in the MBA Program only the students who have qualified CMAT can apply to these MBA colleges and seek admission for the Management Programs. the admission of the student is based on many factors such as the availability of sets , reservation etc. but it is mainly based on 3 factors and they are cut-off, group discussion and personnel interview.

To know more about how to check CMAT results click here


CMAT Admission Process

Before explaining the admission process  there are some key points that students need to know they are as follows

  • NTA doesn’t conduct any common admission process. each participating institute  admission criteria and selection process might change
  • Students who qualified CMAT can apply to the MBA programs present in these institutes.
  • These students can select the colleges they want to apply but they need to apply to each of these colleges separately and take part in their selection process.

Every CMAT participating institute holds their own group discussion and personnel interview. the dates will be announced by the institutes on their official websites so students need to keep checking the website for more information.


Stages of CMAT admission process

  • Selection of students based on the cut-off marks and CMAT score
  • Group discussion
  • Personnel interview
  • final selection


CMAT Cutoff :- 

The CMAT cut-off is the minimum marks students need to score to be eligible for admissions, CMAT participating colleges will release their cut-off on their website and the cut-off for each of these colleges might be different.


Group Discussion:-

After the selection of the students based on their CMAT score , the next round of selection consists of group discussion it tests the students communication skills, problem solving ability etc. this round holds lot of importance so students are advised to be well prepared for this round.


Personnel Interview:-

This round tests the students inter-personnel skills of the students such as the command over speech, confidence and their managerial abilities etc. students need to be present in person for both group discussion and personnel interview.


Final selection:-

Based on the overall performance of the students in the CMAT exam, group discussion, personnel interview ,academic qualification etc. the selection is done for the MBA programs.


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Q1. How many times is the CMAT exam conducted?

A. The CMAT exam is conducted only once a year in January. there are many exam centers for the CMAT exam, there are 153  cities across India and students can choose the city while registering for the exam. the exam is usually held at the end of January.


Q2. What is the mode of CMAT exam ? will the exam get postponed?

A. The CMAT is an computer based exam , the exam is conducted in online mode. the exam might get postponed if the covid-19 situation is not under control.


Q3. If a student scores less than 50 percent in UG can he\she apply for CMAT?

A. Yes, the student can apply for CMAT if he\she has passed UG, the students need to make sure that they have passing marks in graduation or the first two years of their bachelor’s degree to apply for CMAT.


Q4. What is the validity of CMAT score ?

A.The CMAT score is valid for one year for example the qualified students of CMAT 2021 need to take admissions for the academic year 2021-22, if they fail to take admission then they have to write the CMAT exam again in the next academic session.


Q5. Are they any age restrictions to apply for the CMAT exam ?

A. No there are no age restrictions, but the CMAT eligibility criteria indicates that a student needs to complete his\her UG, so the students appearing for the exam need to have a minimum of 20 years of age .


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