CMAT - Syllabus, Eligibility, Application form, Notification

Common Management Admission Test(CMAT) is a national-level test which is conducted by the All India Council for Technical Education(AICTE) twice every year and it is an online computer-based examination. It allow institutions to select suitable students for admission to various courses approved by AICTE. The first edition of the exam was conducted in the year 2012.

Structure of the exam

The CMAT exam comprises of four sections and 100 questions in total. All questions are Multiple Choice questions and the duration of exam is 3 hours(180 minutes). The four sections are :

  1. Quantitative techniques and Data Interpretation- 25 Questions
  2. Logical Reasoning – 25 Questions
  3. Language Comprehension – 25 Questions
  4. General Awareness – 25 Questions

Every section consists of 100 marks and the whole paper consists of 400 marks. Each correct answer carries four marks and each wrong answers carries one negative mark.

Eligibility Criteria

Graduates or final year students in any discipline can apply for CMAT.

For Management(PGDM , MBA and smiliar) programs : Minimum 50% is required by the general category students at the qualifying examination and 45% for reserved category and a recognized Bachelor’s degree of minimum 3 years of duration.

For Management(PGCM) programs : A recognized Bachelor’s degree of minimum 3 years duration is required.

For Management( Executive PGDM) programs : A recognized Bachelor’s degree of minimum 3 years of duration is required and a minimum of 5 years of relevant managerial/superviosry experience. Also , a minimum of 50% is required by general category at the qualifying examination and a minimum of 45% by the reserved category.

Note : There is no age restriction for appearing in CMAT.

How to apply?

Registering for the CMAT is a three-step process :

  1. One could start by registering onself throug the official webiste of CMAT where in one would be asked to fill in few details and verifying them. After filled and sumbitted , a 6 digit password would be received by the candidate , it would be shown on the screen and would be sent to the candidate by e-mail and sms as well. The password is generated and one can now login through EXISTING USER tab by logging in through his/her email and the password generated.
  1. Payment Process : There are two modes of payment : Online mode and Offline mode. Online payment can be made using credit or debit card or through Net Banking. Once the payment is successfully made , a confirmation e-mail and sms is sent over and one could proceed to the other part of registration. One could also opt for the offline method under which Indian students could deposit the fees by cash at any of the desginated SBI branch for payment in Rs.for appearing in test in India. Once this option is selected , a challan is shown on the screen with details already filled in. 3 copies are needed to be taken out of the challan and one can deposit the cast on the next day of the generation of Challan. Payment for General and OBC candidates : 1400INR + Bank charges and for SC/ST/PD : 700INR + Bank charges
  1. Once the payment is done , one can now fill the remaining part of the form and one it’s done submit the SUBMIT NOW option and the application is submitted successfully.

Admission procedure

Once the result of CMAT is out , one could apply to the different institutions according to the marks scored by the candidate. A merit list is prepared by colleges individually and is put up and the qualified candidates are then called for group discussions and Personal Interviews conducted at a particular Institute.


The notification for the second test of CMAT came around the month of November ’14. The registration begun from 6th Nov’14.

The syllabus for the CMAT exam comprises of the following sections:

The test would contain 100 questions in all with an equal amount of questions assigned to every section i.e. 25 questions to each section and maximum marks for each section is 100 and the duration of exam is 180 minutes.

  1. Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation – 100 marks

Questions would be asked from Number systems , fraction and decimals , Geometry , Profit and loss , Algebra , Percentages , Ratio and Proportion , Partnership , Time and work , Mensuration , Probability , Pipes and Cisterns , Permutations and Combinations , Pie chart , Line graph etc.

  1. Logical Reasoning – 100 marks

Questions would be asked from analytical reasoning’s , statement assumptions , Visual reasoning , Analogy test , Cause and effects , Linear arrangements , Matrix arrangements , Ranking tests , Symbol based problems , Sequencing , coding and decoding , Blood relationship test , Number series etc.

  1. Language comprehension – 100 marks

Questions would be asked from Reading comprehension, Para jumbled, Sentence correction, English grammar, Sentence improvement, one word substitution etc.

  1. GeneralAwareness – 100 marks

Current affairs of National , International, economic , Sports news , corporate news , History , culture , geography , Literature , science in everyday life , politics , sports , Indian constitution etc.

Important dates to keep in mind

  1. Registration starts : 6th Nov’14
  1. Registration closes : 15th Jan’15
  1. Admit card download date : 30th Jan’15
  1. CMAT 2015-16 test window date : 19th Feb’15-22nd feb’15
  1. CMAT result declaration : 25th Mar’15
  1. Print of score cards : 25th Mar’15-25th April’15

To check the institutes falling under CMAT, you can directly go to the website to have a clear insight as to how many institutes are going to accept the CMAT score. Also, the list of test cities is available here. You can go through the link and apply for the city according to your own convenience.

Contact details

Email: [email protected]

Contact: 022-40679404

Fax no. : 022-25814283



Result would be declared on 25th March’15. Check their website for regular updates.

Distribution of seats

The system of distributing seats is different for every college and vary from college to college so it is necessary to have an update as to how many colleges are affiliated to CMAT and also one should visit the college’s website to have an clear idea as to how seats are distributed among courses and how the seats are reserved for General class people and Economically backward class people.

Counselling schedule

The counselling begins as soon as the result is out. It generally begins in the month of April-May and the candidates are shortlisted on the basis of their CMAT score. The shortlisted candidates are called for counselling at the respective colleges. During the time of counselling, the candidate is expected to carry all the important documents which include identity proof, documents such as mark sheets, certificates and colour photographs for verification. After the result is declared, the candidate should begin filling up the counselling form available on respective college’s website by reading all the necessary instructions put up on the website and one should reach the college on or before the time appointed to prevent any hassle. If the candidate does not report to the college within the specified time period, his/her seat would be cancelled and he/she won’t be able to claim any vacant seat whatsoever. After the counselling session, the final list is uploaded on the respective college website and one should regularly check the website.

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