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 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.
NTA conducts the following entrance exams.
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.
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:-
MBA & PGDM Program:-
Executive PGDM Program:-
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|
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.
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.
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.
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.
If students fail to provide any of the necessary documents then they won’t get any benefit from the reservation category.
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.
|CMAT 2022 Registration||January 2022|
STEP 1:- Apply for Online Registration
STEP 2:- Fill 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.
|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.
|General\EWS\OBC-NCL (Male)||2000 RS|
|SC,ST, PwD (Male)||1000 RS|
|SC,ST, PwD (Female)||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.
Important Documents for CMAT Registration:-
Students need to submit some vital documents while registering for CMAT exam they are as follows:-
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.
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.
|CMAT 2022 Registration||Jan-22|
To know more about the CMAT exam date click here
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.
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
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.
|Number of sections||5|
|Mode of Exam||online|
|Time||3 hrs , half an hour (for optional paper)|
|Number of questions||125|
|Types of questions||MCQs|
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|
|Innovation & Entrepreneurship (optional)||25||100|
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
Before explaining the admission process there are some key points that students need to know they are as follows
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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 .