CMAT 2021: Updates, Application, Syllabus, Fees, Eligibility & Admit Card

Are you all set to crack CMAT in 2021? Do you want to pass this competitive exam with flying colors? If yes, this post will be of help to you. Here, we will have an in-depth analysis of CMAT exam. In this post, readers will find the following details – CMAT schedule, important dates, syllabus, fees, admit card, result and admission process.

CMAT 2021

CMAT stands for Common Management Admission Test. This exam is conducted each year by the NTA (National Testing Agency). It is a national level entrance test. The purpose of this test is to facilitate admission of eligible candidates into management programs. In other words, it is a management entrance test.


Come, let us take a quick look at the test-overview. Here it is –

Name of the entrance exam: CMAT (Common Management Admission Test)
Conducted by: NTA (National Testing Agency)
Level: National level
Frequency: Conducted once in a year
Purpose: Facilitating admission into management courses
Mode of examination: Online CBT (Computer Based Test)
Medium (language) of examination: English
Duration: 3 hours
Number of questions: 100
Negative marking scheme: Yes (-1 mark for a wrong answer)
Questions format: MCQs


Numerous management colleges across India are known to accept CMAT score for facilitating seat allotment and admission process. In short, good CMAT score can help you bag a seat in some of the top B-schools in India!


Due to this reason, hundreds of thousands of candidates take a shot at CMAT each year. This makes this test very competitive in nature! You may also check – CAT.


Our CMAT 2021 guide can be divided into 6 sections. Let us check out what each section is about:

  1. Section 1: It deals with CMAT schedule and important dates
  2. Section 2: It deals with the application process
  3. Section 3: It deals with eligibility criteria
  4. Section 4: It deals with the syllabus and exam pattern
  5. Section 5: It deals with admit card publication
  6. Section 6: It deals with post-exam activities (result, merit list, counseling & interview)


Come, let us check out section 1. Let us take a closer look at CMAT schedule and its important dates –


CMAT 2021 Important dates & Schedule

Please refer the table provided below for important events and relevant dates –

Event Date
Online registration process starts on 1st week of November, 2020
Last date to register online Last week of November/First week of December, 2020
Last date to pay the exam fees 1st week of December, 2020
Last date to choose the exam center (city) 2nd week of December, 2020
Admit card made available for download 4th week of December, 2020
Date of examination Last week of January, 2021
Result declared on 1st week of February, 2021
Scorecard issued on 2nd week of February, 2021


How to fill the application form? What is the application process like, some of you may ask. Come, let us move to section 2 and find out more about the application process –


CMAT 2021 Application Process

CMAT application process can be carried out online. In fact, it is the only mode of registering for the test and filling up the application form! Applicants may find the application form on the official website of NTA.


Here are key dates related to CMAT application process

Online registration starts on: 1st week of November, 2020
Last date to register online: Last week of November or 1st week of December, 2021
Last date to pay application fees: 1st week of December, 2021


What is the registration process like, some of you may ask. Here is the step by step guide –


Step by step registration process

  1. As discussed before, registration process can be carried out online. Applicants may visit the offician website of CMAT by NTA.
  2. On the official website, click on the link to register for CMAT 2021.
  3. An application form will pop up. Fill up the form correctly by entering personal details such as – name of the applicant, his/her email address, his/her phone number etc.
  4. After entering personal details, an applicant may click on register button.
  5. If everything’s done correctly, the candidate will obtain login credentials and system generated application number on their phone and email address.
  6. Apart from personal details, candidates are also supposed to upload scanned images of their passport size photograph (JPG or JPEG, size between 10-200kb) and signature specimen (JPG or JPEG, size between 4-30kb).
  7. The application process won’t be complete until the candidate pays application fees. Application fees can be paid online while submitting the application form. It can be paid through credit/debit cards, UPI transaction or net banking.


How much should I pay up for registering online, some of you may ask. Here is the category-wise list of application fees –


Application fees

Category Fees
General 1600 INR for male applicants & 1000 INR for female applicants
General – EWS & OBC 1000 INR for male and female applicants
SC/ST/PwD 800 INR for male candidates and 700 INR for female candidates
Transgender 700 INR


Let us check out section 3 now. It is time to check out eligibility criteria –


CMAT 2021 Eligibility Criteria

In order to be considered eligible to appear for CMAT, a candidate must satisfy certain requirements (academic and non-academic). Here are those conditions –

  • Nationality: Applicant should be a citizen of India
  • Age limit: There is no age limit
  • Academic qualification: Minimum educational qualification required is – completed Bachelor’s Degree (at least 3 years long) from a recognized college/university.
  • Aggregate marks: Minimum aggregate marks scored by the candidate in Bachelor’s Degree should be 50% marks
  • Other criteria: Candidates pursuing final semester studies/just appeared for final semester exams (of Bachelor’s Degree program) are also eligible to apply for CMAT. But they must satisfy the above mentioned eligibility criteria before the 2021-22 academic year kicks in!


Let us check out the syllabus and exam pattern now. Come, let us move to section 4 now –


CMAT 2021 Syllabus & Exam Pattern

The main aim of CMAT is to evaluate a candidate in areas such as – language comprehension, quantitative techniques, data interpretation, logical reasoning and general awareness. Come, let us take a closer look at the syllabus and marks distribution –


Syllabus & Marks Distribution

  • Language comprehension: English usage, sentence correction, reading comprehension, paragraph completion, synonyms & antonyms, sentence improvement and more.
  • General awareness: Current affairs (National & International economy), business, economics, trade, history, geography, politics, Indian constitution, science, culture, books and authors, finance and more.
  • Quantitative techniques and data interpretation: number system, percentages, vectors, permutations and combinations, profit and loss, geometry, trigonometry, ratio and proportions and more.
  • Logical reasoning: visual reasoning, analogy test, true and false, symbol tests and problems, critical reasoning, seating arrangement, direction, matrices, statements & conclusions and more.


Here is what the marks distribution looks like –

Topic/Subject Marks
Language comprehension 100
General awareness 100
Quantitative techniques and data interpretation 100
Logical reasoning 100
Total 400


Come, let us take a closer look at the exam pattern. Here is everything you need to know about it –


Exam pattern

Mode of examination: Online CBT (Computer Based Test)
Medium (language) of examination: English
Duration: 3 hours
Number of questions: 100
Marks per question: 4 marks
Negative marking scheme: Yes (-1 mark for a wrong answer)
Questions format: MCQs


Come, let us check out section 5 now. It is time to find out more about CMAT admit card –


CMAT 2021 Admit Card

CMAT admit card contains the following vital information –

  • Name
  • Date of Birth
  • Photograph
  • Exam Center
  • And more…


It is simply not possible to enter the exam center without admit card. Candidates are required to provide their admit card when requested by relevant authorities at the exam center. How to obtain CMAT admit card, some of you may ask.


NTA provides CMAT admit card online. Candidates may access NTA’s website, enter relevant credentials, login and download their CMAT admit card. Candidates who have registered for the test may download their admit card on January 2021 (1st week). They may download it and take a printout for further use.


CMAT 2021 Answer Key

After conducting the examination, NTA will publish CMAT answer key on their website. Applicants may keep an eye on the official website of NTA and download the answer key after entering relevant credentials and logging in.


If you want to raise and objection or point out an error in the answer key, you may fill an application process and do so. The processing fees for this process is 1000 INR. You may pay the processing fees online (through credit/debit cards, net banking or UPI).


CMAT 2021 Result & Admission Process

NTA will annouce CMAT result in February, 2021 (first week). The result will be announced online on the official website of NTA. Candidates may keep an eye on the official website of NTA in the 1st week of February, 2021.


NTA website will display the following things in result section – total score obtained by the candidate, marks scored by the candidate in each section and percentile score of the candidate. After declaring online result, NTA will also release the rank list.


Once NTA releases CMAT merit list, candidates may use their CMAT score and apply for admission into desired college(s). Please note that candidates must deal with admission process separately. Many colleges are known to accept CMAT score for admission process. Candidates must apply for admission into these colleges and follow their selection process.


Selection process may vary from one college to another. Personal Interview, Group Discussion and Aptitude Test – many colleges are known to conduct these tests as part of their selection process.

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