CMAT 2024 - Syllabus, Eligibility, Application form, 2024 Notification

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Exam Name Common Management Admission Test
Commonly Known As CMAT
Organizing Authority All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE)
Official Website
Exam Type National Level Entrance Examination
Programs Offered MBA / PGDM
Mode of Exam Computer based
Number of questions 25 in each section
Section Language Comprehension

Data Interpretation and Quantitative Techniques

Logical Reasoning

General Awareness

Total Marks 400
Type of questions MCQ
Exam duration 3 hours
Eligibility Criteria The candidate should be an Indian citizen and  must have completed their graduation from any recognized college in any stream
Exam Date 20th January 2018

What is CMAT?

Common Management Admission Test (CMAT) is an MBA entrance exam that is conducted every year all across the country to give candidates an opportunity to pursue a course in management. The CMAT score is accepted by all the universities that are approved by or affiliated to the All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE).

Structure of CMAT exam

CMAT exam is 3 hours long and is divided into 4 sections namely –

  • General Awareness
  • Logical Reasoning
  • Language Comprehension
  • Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation

Each section has 25 questions totaling 100 questions. Every correct answer is awarded 4 marks and for every wrong answer, 1 mark will be deducted. All questions are objective type question, specifically multiple choice questions.

Subject Number of questions Marks Duration
Language Comprehension 25 100 3 hours
Data interpretation and quantitative techniques 25 100
Logical Reasoning 25 100
General Awareness 25 100
Total 100 400

CMAT exam will only be conducted in one slot, from 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM and the exam can only be taken through the online mode. Candidates are requested to report to the exam center by 8:00 AM as they have to go through various checking in processes and verifications.

Additionally, many mock tests are also released by the authorities that give the candidates an idea of what kind of questions will be asked, what the syllabus is and the difficulty of the paper. Candidates can access the mock tests at To access the mock tests, one has to give their registration number and password.

CMAT 2018 Eligibility Criteria

Here is a list of rules that candidates applying for CMAT exam should fulfill.

  • All applicants must be a citizen of India.
  • The candidate should have completed their graduation from any recognized college in any stream,
  • Students in their final year of graduation can also apply, provided that their results are declared before the start of admissions for MBA.
  • There is no age limit.

Application forms and submission procedure

  • Step 1 Check his / her eligibility before registering.
  • Step 2 Register on the official CMAT website
  • Step 3 The candidate will be given a login ID and a password to login to their personal account.
  • Step 4 All registered candidates can get access to the application form through their accounts.

The details that are asked in the application form are as follows:

  • Personal Details
  • Academic qualifications
  • Work experience
  • Contact information

Photograph and Signature

CMAT candidates should also upload a scanned copy of their passport size photograph. The size of the image should be less than 60KB and the dimensions of the image should be 140 x 160.

A scanned copy of the candidate’s signature should also be uploaded whose size should be less than 30KB.

It is important that both the photograph and signature images have a white background.

CMAT Exam Fee

The next step is to pay the exam fees. For candidates belonging to the general and OBC category, the exam fee is Rs. 1400 while for Female/SC/ ST/ PD candidates, the fee amounts to Rs. 700.

Once paid, the test fee will not be refunded under any circumstance. The fees can be paid either using a credit card, debit card or via net banking. Additionally, candidates can also make the payment in cash by a challan generated online and depositing the required amount in any State Bank of India branch.

Candidates are also given the option of opting for the test center. Specifically, the candidate has to give three options and their test center will be allotted based on the availability. Usually, a first come first serve base is followed, so if candidates are particular about getting a particular test center, then it is recommended that they register as soon as possible.

It is advised that the candidates check the details of the form thoroughly and make sure all the information given is accurate. Additionally, candidates are requested to take a printout of the filled application form for future reference.

Admit Card

CMAT exam Admit card is usually released two weeks prior to the exam.

All candidates have to download their respective admit cards by logging into their accounts and taking a printout of the same. Admit card is an extremely important piece of document and needs to be carried by the candidate to the exam hall. The following are the steps to be followed to download the admit card:

  • Login to their accounts
  • Click on the admit card tab
  • Download the admit card

Candidates are requested that they check the details mentioned on the admit card. The admit card is synonymous with a hall ticket. The admit card is used as an identity proof as it contains the following details:

  • Photograph of the candidate
  • Date of birth
  • Gender
  • Timings of the exam
  • Venue for the exam
  • Date of the exam

For verification purposes, the candidates are requested to bring a government approved ID like passport, PAN Card or Aadhaar card.

Admission Procedure

The answer key is released within one week of the exam and this gives students an opportunity to check their answers and get an estimate on how they have done the exam and where they will stand in the ranking.

Based on the above analysis, candidates can shortlist colleges that they want to attend. Usually, two merit lists are released namely All India list and State list. The all India list is used to shortlist candidates for universities situated all over the country. The State list can be used to get admission into a university located in the particular state.

There are numerous colleges that consider the CMAT score to admit students into their universities. A few of the universities that accept CMAT score are as follows:

Every university has its own policy, rules, and regulations when it comes to admitting students into different programs offered. Every university will decide on a cut off mark and all the candidates aspiring to secure an admission at a particular university will have to score higher than the cut-off mark.

A few universities offer admissions only based on the CMAT score while other institutions follow other rigorous methods like group discussion and personal interviews based on the CMAT score to decide on the admissions. These universities consider CMAT as the first step in a long process of admissions. It is extremely important that the candidates’ shortlist the universities that they are interested in and know what are the processes followed by these universities and prepare accordingly.

Usually, once a candidate crosses all the stages of testing, they are called for counseling. Counseling is a session where selected students get a chance to choose the course that they want to pursue based on the availability. While attending the counseling session, the candidates are requested to bring a few documents like-

  • Photo ID – Aadhaar Card, PAN Card or Passport
  • Educational Documents – 10th grade mark sheet, 12th grade mark sheet, Graduation Certificate
  • Work-Related Documents – This is applicable only for people who have some work experience
  • Score Card – This should be printed out by the student as soon as the results are announced. The scorecard contains the score of the candidate as well as the overall rank of the candidate.
  • Counseling letter

Candidates are requested to bring photocopies of the above-mentioned documents which need to be submitted to the university as well as the originals for reference.

Candidates will also have to pay the fee once the choice, of course, has been made.  Different universities have different split up of the fee. Applicants, who fail to pay the fee within the stipulated time, will stand to lose their seat and their seat will be reassigned to some other candidate. Candidates will also be given the syllabus of the respective courses.

Once all of the above steps are completed, the students can start attending classes.


The notification for the examination was released on20th November2018 by AICTE. The official notification for CMAT2018 can be downloaded by visiting the official website:


Candidates are advised to carefully go through the syllabus of above subjects and prepare for CMAT 2018 accordingly.

Language Comprehension
Reading Comprehension Synonyms
Analogies Grammar
Word Meaning Antonyms
Vocabulary Fill in the blanks
Idioms English Usage
Sentence Correction
Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation
Number Systems LCM and HCF Percentages Profit, Loss and Discount
Time and Work Averages Simple Interest Speed, Time and Distance
Ratio and Proportion Compound Interest Quadratic Equations Complex Numbers
Linear Equations Logarithm Progressions Binomial Theorem
Surds and Indices Inequalities Permutation and Combination Probability
Function and Graphs Set Theory Mixtures and Alligations Geometry
Coordinate Geometry Trigonometry Mensuration Statistics
Logical Reasoning
Analytical Reasoning Linear Arrangements Statements Arguments
Sequencing Matrix Arrangements Number Series
Cause and Effects Analogy Test Blood Relationship Tests
Coding and Decoding Inferences Statements and Conclusion
Non-Verbal Reasoning Symbol Based Problems Direction and Distance Test
Ranking Tests Statements Assumptions
General Awareness
Literature Indian Constitution Current Affairs of National and International Economy
Personalities in News Sports News Economics
Science in the Everyday Life Culture History
Politics Trade Awareness Geography

CMAT 2018 Important Dates

Candidates must go through the following table carefully as it gives away information about the important dates related to CMAT 2018.

Activity Dates
Date of Release of Notification 20th October 2017
Commencement of Registration 20th October 2017
Last Date of Registration 25th December 2017
Practice Test Availability 26th October 2017
Downloading of Admit Card 5th January 2018
Examination Date 20th January 2018 (Timings: 09:30 AM to 12:30 PM)
Releasing of Answer Key After two weeks of examination
Result Declaration To be Announced
Counselling and Admission Process Commencement To be Announced

List of CMAT Examination Centres

CMAT 2018 will be conducted on 20th January 2018 across all the major cities in India. Candidates should book their center according to convenience. However, AICTE reserves the final right of allotment of centers. Here is the list of available centers for the examination:

Agartala Ahmadabad Ahmednagar Allahabad
Amravati Amritsar Aurangabad Bangalore
Bareilly Bhavnagar Belgaum Bhilai-Durg
Bhopal Bhubaneswar Bhuj Chandigarh
Chennai Coimbatore Davangere Dehradun
Dhule Delhi Dhanbad Dharwad
Durgapur Faridabad Gandhinagar Ghaziabad
Gulbarga Gurgaon Guwahati Gwalior
Noida / Gr. Noida Hyderabad Indore Jabalpur
Jaipur Jammu Jamshedpur Jodhpur
Kadi Kanpur Kochi Kolhapur
Kolkata Kozhikode Lucknow Ludhiana
Mangalore Meerut Mohali Mumbai
Mysore Nagpur Nanded Nasik
Navi Mumbai Panaji Patna Ponda
Pune Rajkot Raipur Ranch
Shimla Solapur Solan Srinagar
Surat Thane Trivandrum Udaipur
Vadodara Varanasi Visakhapatnam
NOTE-Examination center once allotted cannot be changed under any circumstances.

Contact Details

Following methods can be adapted to establish communication with the examination conducting body regarding CMAT 2018.


Telephone no: +91-8429996897, 9453827201 & 9453827203

Official Website:

Candidates are advised to thoroughly go through the FAQ section given on the official website before contacting the board for clarification of any doubt.

 List of colleges accepting CMAT 2018 scores

Following are some of the colleges that accept CMAT score and offer admissions to management courses like PGDM, MBA, PGCM, and Executive PGDM. Once the counselling schedule is released, candidates can get the complete list of colleges on the official website.

Name of the Institution
Great Lakes Institute of Management, Chennai Institute for Financial Management and Research, Sri City Prin. LN Welingkar Institute of Management Development and Research, Mumbai
KJ Somaiya Institute of Management Studies and Research, Mumbai Goa Institute of Management, Goa Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra
Xavier Institute of Management and Entrepreneurship, Bangalore Institute of Public Enterprise, Hyderabad Balaji Institute of Modern Management, Pune
Sydenham Institute of Management Studies, Research and Entrepreneurship Education, Mumbai PSG Institute of Management, Coimbatore Alliance School of Business, Bangalore
Jaipuria Institute of Management, Lucknow SCMS Cochin School of Business, Cochin Kirloskar Institute of Advanced Management Studies, Harihar
MS Ramaiah Institute of Management, Bangalore Thiagarajar School of Management, Thirupparankundram Indian Institute of Social Welfare and Business Management, Kolkata
Malaviya National Institute of Technology Jaipur Siva Sivani Institute of Management, Secunderabad VIT Business School, Vellore
AIMS Institutes, Bangalore PES University, Bangalore Prin. LN Welingkar Institute of Management Development and Research, Bangalore
ITM Business School, Navi Mumbai Jaipuria Institute of Management, Noida KIIT School of Management, Bhubaneswar
Balaji Institute of Telecom and Management, Tathawade Sona School of Management, Salem Rajagiri Centre of Business Studies, Cochin
Institute of Rural Management, Jaipur ITM School of Business, Gwalior DC School of Management and Technology, Pullikkanam
Acharya Institute of Technology, Bangalore NSHM Knowledge Campus, Kolkata MAEER’s MIT School of Business, Pune
Prestige Institute of Management and Research, Indore Birla Institute of Management Technology, Greater Noida Adani Institute of Infrastructure Management, Ahmedabad
Department of Business Management, Osmania University, Hyderabad FLAME University, Pune Institute of Management Studies, Ghaziabad
School of Business, University of Petroleum and Energy Studies, Dehradun Shri DharmasthalaManjunatheshwara Institute for Management Development, Mysore SIES College of Management Studies, Navi Mumbai
SRM University, Chennai Xavier Institute of Social Service, Ranchi YMCA University of Science and Technology, Faridabad
Acharya Bangalore B-School, Bangalore AmrutMody School of Management, Ahmedabad University, Ahmedabad Balaji Institute of International Business, Tathawade
Balaji Institute of Management and Human Resource Development, Tathawade BharatiyaVidyaBhavan’sUsha and Lakshmi Mittal Institute of Management, New Delhi BK School of Business Management, Gujarat University, Ahmedabad
Chandigarh University, Chandigarh Christ University, Bangalore Doon Business School, Dehradun
Fortune Institute of International Business, Delhi GITAM Institute of Management, Visakhapatnam Hindustan University, Kelambakkam
Indian Institute of Health Management Research, Jaipur Institute of Management Studies, Noida Jaipur National University, Jaipur
Jaipuria Institute of Management, Jaipur KIIT School of Rural Management, Bhubaneswar Kirloskar Institute of Advanced Management Studies, Pune
Lovely Professional University, Phagwara Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, Vadodara Myra School of Business, Mysore
Regional College of Management, Bhubaneswar Woxsen School of Business, Hyderabad Bapuji Institute of Engineering and Technology, Davangere
C K Shah Vijapurwala Institute of Management, Vadodara Calcutta Business School, Bishnupur Dhruva College of Management, Hyderabad
Disha Institute of Management and Technology, Raipur Don Bosco Institute of Technology, Bangalore Dr VN Bedekar Institute of Management Studies, Thane
DurgadeviSaraf Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai Gian Jyoti Institute of Management and Technology, Mohali GIBS Business School, Bengaluru
GL Bajaj Institute of Management and Research, Greater Noida GNVS Institute of Management, Mumbai Hyderabad Business School, GITAM University, Hyderabad
IES Management College and Research Centre, Mumbai Indira School of Business Studies, Pune Indus Business Academy, Bangalore
Indus Business Academy, Greater Noida Indus Business School, Pune Institute for Technology and Management, Bangalore
Institute of Management Studies, Ranchi University, Ranchi Institute of Science and Management, Ranchi International Institute of Management Studies, Pune
International School of Business and Media, Pune Jagan Institute of Management Studies, Rohini, Delhi Jagannath International Management School, Kalkaji, New Delhi
Kaziranga University, Jorhat KCT Business School, Coimbatore Medi-Caps Institute of Technology and Management, Indore

CMAT Results

The results of CMAT 2018 will be declared after the successful completion of the examination. Candidates will be able to check their results and download their scorecard from the official website After the conduction of the examination, candidates are expected to regularly visit the official website for updates regarding declaration of results and counselling process.

AICTE will release an All India merit list after the conduction of CMAT. Candidates will be placed on the list in the order of merit. Every candidate will be issued a score card mentioning their percentile. This percentile will be the basis of their admission in the respective institute.

Every institute listed with AICTE will release its own cut-off of percentile. Eligible candidates can directly contact the institution for admission procedure.

Score Validity

The validity of the examination score stands for the particular academic year only. Hence, the validity of CMAT 2018 score will be for the academic year 2018-19 only.

Every candidate will get only one chance to write CMAT for a particular academic year. Request for multiple attempts in any scenario will not be entertained by the exam conducting body.

Reservation/Seat Distribution

Reserved category students will get relaxation in the required percentage in qualifying exam. While general candidates require at least 50% aggregate in their bachelor’s degree, the minimum required percentage for reserved category students is 45%. Seat distribution in colleges will be done on merit basis.

CMAT 2018 Counselling Schedule

CMAT exam candidates will be able to view their scores once results will be announced. This score will be the basis of their selection in colleges affiliated to AICTE. The scores can also be viewed by simply logging on to the account made on the official website.

After the successful conduction of CMAT, the results will be declared. Aspirants will be notified about the same on the official website. Those candidates who will be scoring above the cut off mark decided by respective colleges will be shortlisted for counselling according to the order of merit.

Based on the merit list, candidates will be issued selection or waitlist status. The wait list is for those candidates who are not allotted seats in the first round of counselling but can expect admission in subsequent rounds.

Documents required during counselling

CMAT candidates attending the counselling process have to ensure that they are in possession of all the required documents like:

  • 10th class mark sheet and passing certificate
  • 12th class mark sheet and passing certificate
  • Graduation mark sheet and provisional/original degree
  • Hall Ticket
  • Score Card
  • Admit Card

Hall ticket, Score Card, Admit Card must be preserved until the final process of counselling and seat allotment is over.

Sample Paper

CMAT mock test is available for practice on the official website. Registered candidates can visit the given link and can attempt the mock test of CMAT. They are advised to attempt these papers before taking the actual test. This will help them to get accustomed to the level of the questions asked in the examination.


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