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CMAT or the Common Management Admission Test is an entrance test conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA) for admission to MBA/PGDM courses in over 1000 B-schools across India. CMAT is a three-hour computer-based test, held over a single session. Also, CMAT scores are accepted by all AICTE-approved institutes and colleges.

Some of the top colleges accepting CMAT scores are:
Mumbai - JBIMS*, Sydenham, K J Somaiya ,
Chennai - GLIM, IFMR
Pune - PUMBA, FLAME, BIMM, BIIB
GIM, Goa, BIMTech, IMT Nagpur, SOIL, Christ University.

*JBIMS may or may not accept CMAT scores next season, it is yet to be confirmed by the Institute.

Important Indicative Dates
Exam Registration starts: November 01, 2020
Online Process - Last date to apply: December 10, 2020
Admit Card Download start date: December 24, 2020
Last date to download CMAT 2021 Admit card: January 24, 2021
CMAT Exam Date: January 24, 2021 (May change owing to COVID-19)
Exam Duration: 3 Hours From 9.30AM to 12.30 PM
Result Date: February 5, 2021

Any eligible candidate, who aspires to join a B-School through CMAT, is required to register online for CMAT first. Students will have to register on the official NTA CMAT website, create a login and pay the fee for Rs. 1,600 (male) Rs. 1,000 (female) to register for the test.

To know about the procedure in detail, you can click on the link given below.

CMAT 2021 Official Link

Essential academic qualifications:

The candidate must hold a Bachelor’s degree in any discipline or must be appearing for the final year of Bachelor’s degree whose result is to be declared before commencement of admission for academic year 2020-21 can also apply for CMAT.

Age and number of attempts:

There is no age bar for taking CMAT, but affiliated institutes may have their own criteria for selection. The same is true for work experience too. A few programs and a few affiliated institutes may require work experience. The details will be available in the notifications of the individual B-Schools.

The selection procedure for affiliated institutes through CMAT is normally in 2 phases i.e. Online Examination (CMAT), and college level selection (through WAT, GD, PI etc.). The candidates who satisfy the individual B-School's qualifying criteria in CMAT will be called by the respective B-Schools for the next round (College level selection)

Phase-I: Online examination (CMAT)

CMAT is a computer based test, conducted over 3 hours, consisting of 4 sections and 100 MCQs. Each question has 4 marks for each correct answer and -1 for each incorrect answer.

CMAT-2021 pattern

Section Number of Questions Marking Scheme per Question Total Marks
Language Comprehension 25 +4/-1 100
Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation 25 +4/-1 100
Logical Reasoning 25 +4/-1 100
General Awareness 25 +4/-1 100
Total 4 Sections 100 400

Phase – II: College level selection (WAT, GD, PI etc.)

Institutes have their own process in Phase-II. A combination of activities is used by the B-Schools to evaluate different aspects of a candidate's personality, communication skills and other skills.

Final selection

On the basis of candidate’s cumulative performance, final merit list will be prepared. Institutes have their own criteria based on which they make the final selection list.

Candidates should realise that to perform in competitive exams such as CMAT, they should be good at both concepts and application. Rather than going through concepts from various sources, one should concentrate on a single resource for conceptual clarity. Once concepts are clear, practicing regularly is key to performing well in competitive exams like these. We have provided playlists of important concept lectures below. Candidates can take help of these lectures from Meritshine to strengthen their fundamentals for this exam.

Our Free Resources (click on the links below for accessing the relevant content)

Lectures for Aptitude Building

Lectures for WAT

Lectures for Group Discussion & Interviews

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The cut offs are declared after the CMAT exam result by individual colleges. Visit the website for more details.

TABLE: CMAT Indicative Final Median Percentiles (General Category, Flagship MBA Program)*

Range CMAT Affiliated Institutes
98+, Profile & Post-CMAT Selection Rounds' Performance JBIMS
85+, Profile & Post-CMAT Selection Rounds' Performance SIMSREE Mumbai, K J Somaiya Mumbai, GLIM Chennai/Gurgaon, PUMBA Pune, GIM Goa
80+, Profile & Post-CMAT Selection Rounds' Performance IFMR Chennai, SOIL Gurgaon, Prin. L. N. Welingkar WE School Mumbai, Christ University Bengaluru, BIMM Pune, ISB&M Pune
75+, Profile & Post-CMAT Selection Rounds' Performance XIME Bangalore, SDMIMD Mysore, IBA Bangalore, FLAME Pune, NIA Pune, NIBM Pune, BIIB Pune, IBS Hyderabad, IPE Hyderabad

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