CMAT 2021: All updates regarding Date, Syllabus, Pattern, Preparation, Cut-off and Colleges are here for you!


About CMAT 2021:

Common Management Admission Test or CMAT is a public exam conducted by National Testing Agency for students who want to take admission into MBA courses within the country.

The students need to qualify for this examination in order to apply to 1000 AICTE approved educational institutions to earn a management degree anywhere within the country. The examination was initially conducted by AICTE till 2018 after which it was taken over by National Testing Agency. More than 70,000 candidates appear for the examination every year. There is no disqualification in this examination which acts as an entrance exam and every individual receives a result.

Date of CMAT 2021:

It has been announced as of yet that the CMAT 2021 will be held on January 24, 2021, from 9.30 AM to 12.30 PM in 109 Indian cities and 245 test centers around the country. Tentatively, registration for the examination will start from November 1, 2020, and will continue till December 10, 2020.

The application will be conducted through online mode. Examination for general women is INR 1000, for general men is INR 1600, for EWS/OBC-NCL is INR 1000 and for ST/SC/PwD is INR 800. Admit Card will be released on December 24, 2021, on the official website and can be downloaded till the date of examination, that is, January 24, 2020.

No hard copies of the card will be available. The result will be published in the afternoon of February 5, 2021, and scorecards will be available for download on that day. All dates mentioned above are tentative and might change due to unforeseen and unavoidable circumstances.

Question Paper Pattern for CMAT 2021:

The Question Pattern of CMAT 2021

The question paper will be set using objective type, multiple-choice questions. Candidates will be given a total of 3 hours to complete the examination. The pattern will be as follows:

The questions in the paper will be arranged from easy to difficult levels.
The MCQs will be divided into four sections of 100 questions each. The sections are as follows- Quantitative Technique, Logical Reasoning, Language Comprehension, and General Awareness.

Each question carries 4 marks. For every wrong answer, the candidate will be penalized and 1 mark will be deducted.
There is no individual time for attempting a specific section and the candidates can choose to start and end with any section within the three hours examination time.

The total merit score and the percentile will be calculated on the basis of total marks obtained in all the three sections. The scorecard will display the total marks obtained out of 400 as well as scores obtained in individual sections. The percentile will also appear on the scorecard.

Syllabus and how to prepare for CMAT 2021:


Practicing test papers and solving previous year’s question papers is a good way to prepare for the CMAT examination as there has been no change in the syllabus and pattern of the examination in the last few years. One can lay hands on a number of CMAT preparation books both online and in offline book stores.

The preparation should also include strategizing on which section to attempt first to guarantee a high score within the given time duration. Logical Reasoning questions need to be practiced as they need a lot of thinking and practical application of logic and critical thinking. A number of mock tests for CMAT are available online and the syllabus is at par with all other MBA admission tests.

Colleges that require CMAT scores:

Many premier management colleges like JBIMS, SIMSREE, KJ Somaiya, GIM Goa, and PUMBA, among many others, ask for CMAT scores for their admissions. The percentile cut-off for most top colleges has been 90+ in previous years. Other details will be available on


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