Common Management Admission Test (CMAT) is a national level entrance examination for entry into management programmes. Till 2018, it was conducted by All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) every year as per the directions of Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Government of India. The Test will now be conducted by the NTA. The CMAT is a three hour computer based online test which is conducted in a single session to evaluate the candidates ability across various segments like Quantitative Technique, Logical Reasoning, Language Comprehension and General Awareness.
CMAT Exam Highlights





Exam Name

Common Management Admission Test (CMAT)

Conducting Body

National Testing Agency

Exam Level


Exam Frequency

Once a year

Exam Mode


Exam Duration

3 hours

Exam Syllabus

  • Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation
  • Logical Reasoning
  • Language Comprehension & Verbal Ability
  • General Awareness

Exam Pattern

100 questions in MCQ format



Exam Fees

Rs 1600 (General category male)

Rs 1000 (General category female)

Exam Purpose

Admission into 1005 MBA colleges


CMAT Eligibility Criteria

  • The CMAT aspirant must have completed Graduation in any discipline or equivalent from a recognized university
  • Final year Graduation students (10+2+3) are also eligible to apply for CMAT but they will have to present passing certificate at the time of admission

CMAT Exam Dates 2021

CMAT 2021 registration is expected to begin in the first week November 2021 and the exam will be conducted in the Last week of January 2021. Take a look at tentative schedule below:

CMAT Events

CMAT Exam Dates

Salient Features

CMAT 2021 registration start date

Nov 1st week, 2020 

Registration process begins online on NTA website

Registration end date

Nov 4th week, 2020 

Registration process closes

Image correction 

Nov 2nd week to Dec 1st week, 2020

Candidate can upload new image and signature if required

Admit card download begins

Dec 4th week, 2020

To be available on the official website

CMAT 2021 exam

Jan 4th week, 2021

Exam to be held from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm in 75 cities

CMAT answer key release

Jan 4th week, 2021

CMAT answer key, question paper and individual response sheets available on NTA website

Result announcement

Feb 1st week, 2021

Scorecards to be released on the official website alongwith all India rank list


Top Colleges Accepting CMAT Scores

CMAT exam score is accepted by over 1000 B-schools across India for admission to various MBA/PGDM programmes. Listed below are some of the popular MBA colleges that offer admission based on CMAT score. For full list of MBA colleges accepting CMAT score, refer to the exam highlight section above. 


List of institutes accepting CMAT scores

Prin. L. N. Welingkar Institute of Management Development and Research, Mumbai

Taxila Business School, Jaipur

K. J. Somaiya Institute of Management Studies and Research, Mumbai

KIIT School of Management, Bhubaneswar

N. L. Dalmia Institute of Management Studies and Research, Mumbai

Birla Institute of Management Technology, Greater Noida

Asia-Pacific Institute of Management, Delhi

Great Lakes Institute of Management, Chennai

Indus Business Academy, Bangalore

AIMS Institutes, Bangalore

JIMS, Rohini-Jagan Institute of Management Studies

Christ University - Institute of Management