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CMAT 2021: Results (Out), Merit List, Score Vs Percentile, Answer Key, Cutoff, Counselling, Colleges

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NTA has published CMAT Results on April 9, 2021, on its official website – Candidates who appeared for the exam on March 31, 2021, can access CMAT 2021 scorecard in the candidates’ login section by entering the application number and date of birth. A total of 71,490 applications were received and 52,327 candidates appeared for the exam. Check CMAT Results 2021

CMAT is conducted by NTA to provide an opportunity to the candidates for admission to various management courses offered in AICTE approved colleges. Check CMAT Participating Colleges

CMAT Latest Updates

  • April 22: Total seats under the AICTE approved MBA colleges are 1,28,922.  Check here
  • April 21: CMAT Counselling to be conducted in 4 stages after the release of the cut off. Check here
  • April 10: Estimate the probability of your admission using CMAT Percentile predictor. Check here
  • April 9: IPE Hyderabad has started the admission process for 2021. Check here

Also Check: CMAT Colleges with Fee Structure

After the announcement of CMAT 2021 Result, NTA will subsequently release CMAT Merit List on the official website. CMAT Cutoff will be released by each participating institute rather than the conducting body. Based on the qualifying marks, candidates will be called for the further selection process of CMAT.

Admission to several of India’s best management colleges can be sought for candidates who clear CMAT Cut Off. As per the candidates, the level of difficulty was moderate while the GK section was the most difficult. The second shift of CMAT Exam has been conducted from 3 PM to 6 PM and was slightly easier than the first slot. Check Complete CMAT Exam Analysis.

CMAT 2021 Exam Highlights

CMAT Full Form Common Management Admission Test
Name of Organization National Testing Agency (NTA)
Mode of Application Online
CMAT Exam Fees Boys & Girls General - INR 2000
OBC (NCL)/EWS- INR 1,000
Number of Cities with CMAT 2021 Test Centers 75
Medium of Instruction English
Mode of CMAT exam 2021 Online Computer Based Test(CBT)
Question Type Objective (MCQ)
Courses Offered MBA/PGDM/PGCM
Acceptance Rate in Top MBA Colleges 2-3% of Test Takers
Total Vacancies in AICTE Approved CMAT Colleges 1,28,922
CMAT Official Website 
CMAT Helpline Number 0120-6895200
CMAT Exam Dates

CMAT 2021 Important Dates

Event CMAT 2021 Important Dates
CMAT Registration Opens February 12, 2021
CMAT Registration Last Date March 1, 2021
CMAT Application Form Correction March 4 – 7, 2021
CMAT Admit Card March 24, 2021
CMAT Exam Date March 31, 2021
CMAT Question Paper Release April 4, 2021
CMAT Results & Answer Key April 9, 2021

Check CMAT Exam 2021 Complete Exam Schedule

Exam Day Checklist for CMAT 2021- Candidates who appeared for CMAT 2021 had to make sure that they carried all required documents at CMAT exam centers.  To ensure that COVID-19 prevention measures are followed, NTA issued CMAT exam advisory including the checklist. Following items had to be carried by the candidates:

  • CMAT 2021 Admit Card
  • Documents for Photo Identification (PAN card, Driving License, Voter ID, Passport, Aadhaar Card with a photograph, E- Aadhaar, Ration Card, Bank Passbook with Photograph)
  • Category Certificates
  • Blue/Black Ball Point Pen

CMAT 2021 Exam Analysis

Name of the Section Total No. of Questions Total Marks Ideal Attempt (Slot 1) Ideal Attempt (Slot 2) Difficulty Level (Slot 1) Difficulty Level (Slot 2)
Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation 25 100 21+ 20+ Moderate Moderate-Difficult
General Awareness 25 100 19+ 20+ Moderate-Difficult Moderate-Difficult
Logical Reasoning 25 100 21+ 23+ Easy-Moderate Easy
Language Comprehension 25 100 20+ 22+ Moderate Easy
Innovation & Entrepreneurship (Optional) 25 100 18+ 20+ Moderate Moderate
Total 100+25 400+100 85+ to 105+ 100+ to 105+ Moderate Easy-Moderate
CMAT 2021 Seat Intake

CMAT Colleges & Seat Intake

There are 1600 + CMAT score accepting colleges in India offering MBA:

Region State Number of Colleges Number of Seats
South Tamil Nadu 188 14400
Pondicherry 2 60
Central Gujarat 78 6100
Madhya Pradesh 79 7235
Chattisgarh 8 900
East Orissa 38 3759
Assam 8 360
West Bengal 34 2365
Manipur 1 30
Sikkim 1 60
Tripura 1 60
Meghalaya - -
Mizoram - -
Jharkhand 4 270
North Uttar Pradesh 202 14828
Uttarakhand 29 1710
Bihar 13 955
West Maharashtra 203 18905
Goa 1 NA
South West Karnataka 117 9470
Kerala 33 2560
South Centre Andhra Pradesh 310 25840
North West Delhi  10 1090
Haryana 80 5525
Rajasthan 77 5780
Jammu and Kashmir 9 540
Himachal Pradesh 9 540
Chandigarh 1 60
Punjab 72 5520
Total 1,608 128922

Check CMAT 2021 Counseling Procedure

CMAT Cut Off

CMAT 2021 Cut Off and Selection Procedure

CMAT 2021 Selection Procedure varies as per the college. Each college has a different admission portal as well, so it is ideal to go through the list of colleges beforehand. For more information about CMAT 2021 Selection Procedure, check here. Here is the cut off for the top colleges under CMAT - 

Name of College CMAT 2021 Cut Off(Tentative)
JBIMS Mumbai 99+
GIM Goa: Goa Institute of Management 95+
KSOM, Bhubaneshwar 95+
SIMSREE Mumbai: Sydenham Institute of Management Studies And Research And Entrepreneurship Education 99+
Great Lakes Chennai: Great Lakes Institute of Management - GLIM 95+
IPE Hyderabad: Institute of Public Enterprise 90+
Prin L N Welingkar Institute of Management Development and Research 85+
IFMR, Chennai 85+
Jaipuria Institute of Management 85+
IMT, Hyderabad & Nagpur 80+
XISS Ranchi: Xavier Institute of Social Service, Ranchi 80+

Check CMAT Previous Year & sectional cutoff

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CMAT Exam Pattern

CMAT 2021 Exam Pattern & Syllabus

Also Check: CMAT Detailed Syllabus

Section No. of Questions Marks Allotted CMAT Syllabus
Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation 25 100
  • Geometry and Trigonometry
  • Lines, Angles, Triangles etc.
  • Rations and Proportion
  • Percentages, etc. 
Logical Reasoning 25 100
  • Critical Reasoning
  • Visual Reasoning
  • Seating Arrangement
  • Number Series, etc. 
Language Comprehension 25 100
  • Verbal Reasoning
  • Syllogisms
  • Contextual Usage
  • Analogies, etc. 
General Awareness 25 100
  • Current Affairs of National Economy
  • Business
  • Current Affairs of International 
  • Economy, etc. 
Innovation & Entrepreneurship (Optional) 25
Total 100 400 -
  • For every correct answer, you will be awarded 4 marks. 
  • For every wrong answer, a penalty of 1 mark will be deducted. 
  • The time limit for the exam is 180 minutes or 3 hours. 
  • CMAT 2021 questions will be objective in nature.
  • Unattempted questions will be awarded no marks. 

Check CMAT 2021 Sectional Paper Pattern & Weightage

CMAT 2021 Preparation Strategy: What to Avoid

  1. Know How Many To Attempt: Being clueless about the ideal number or number of good attempts can hamper your exam. Answering about 75 to 80 questions with an accuracy of 80 to 90 percent should fetch you good marks.
  2. Avoid Too Many Questions: Continuing from the first point, do not try to aim for too many questions. It is better to answer fewer questions correctly than losing marks to negative marking due to incorrect answers.
  3. CMAT GK Strategy: Do not stress over the GK section in CMAT exam. If you have not prepared enough before, nothing can be done. It is a reflection of your reading habits and there are no last-minute tips to excel in this section.
  4. Do Solve CMAT Previous Year Papers: Do not attempt CMAT Exam without having solved CMAT Previous year Mock Tests. CMAT Practice papers are the litmus test to your preparation level.
  5. There Is No Point In Planning A Target Score: Do not pre-decide or target a score before appearing for the test. This is because in CMAT Exam, your rank matters and not the score.
  6. Take Plenty of Rest: Do not deprive yourself of sleep at the last moment or the day before CMAT 2021 Exam. This will only add to your stress and increase the chances of forgetting what you already learned.
  7. Don't Lose Your Heart: If you have not been able to solve the first few questions in CMAT 2021 exam, do not upset. It is a long exam and you have enough time to make up for the poor start.
  8. Be Practical ABout Verbal Section: Many candidates attempt too many questions form the Language Comprehension section. It is better to avoid that, especially when it comes to critical reasoning questions of CMAT.

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Why take CMAT?

Why take CMAT Exam?

Some of the top reasons to attempt CMAT Exam as opposed to other management exams are as follows: 

  • The acceptance rate for top colleges is higher as compared to other management exams, as there is a greater amount of seats. 
  • There are over 1,30,000 seats available which may increase depending on the capacity of the college. 
  • There are over 1600+ colleges that accept CMAT scores, which means greater flexibility. 
  • Some colleges offer affordable fees while also offering good internship and placement opportunities. 

Here are the placement details for the top 5 colleges under CMAT: 

College/University Average Placement Package (INR in Lakhs) Highest Placement Package
Alliance School of Business, Bangalore 3-6 6
Christ University, Bangalore  6.85 13
Doon Business School, Dehradun 6 23.5
Galgotias Business School, Greater Noida 3.8 6
GIBS Business School, Bangalore 3.3 5.95

Which are the best MBA colleges in Gujarat accepting CMAT scores?

CMAT Books

CMAT 2021 Books

Section Preparation Books
Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation Work on basics, improve calculation speed, learn squares and cubes up to 30. Quantitative Aptitude by Arun Sharma
Logical Reasoning Practice every concept while also improving speed and accuracy A modern approach to logical reasoning by RS Agarwal
Language Comprehension Solve RC exercises daily, read newspapers Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension by Arun Sharma
General Awareness Make notes from reputable sources daily without fail Manorama Yearbook
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CMAT Registration and Eligibility

CMAT 2021 Registration, Eligibility & Admit Card

Registration for CMAT 2021 can only be done online through the official admission portal of CMAT. To register for CMAT 2021, candidates have to visit the official website and register using a valid email id and phone number, fill in all the necessary details, and upload the necessary documents. Which documents are required for the CMAT registration?

Candidates with a Bachelor's Degree in any Discipline or those appearing for the Final Year exams of their Bachelor's Course (10+2+3) can also apply for the exam. Check CMAT 2021 Detailed Eligibility Criteria

CMAT 2021 Admit Card will be made available to download by March 2021. The exact date will be displayed on the official website to download the admit card candidates have to log in through their registered email id and phone number and download their admit cards.

CMAT Test Centres

  • Port Blair
  • Guntur
  • Kurnool
  • Nellore
  • Rajahmundry
  • Tirupathi
  • Vijayawada
  • Visakhapatnam
  • Itanagar/Naharlagun
  • Dibrugarh
  • Guwahati
  • + 142 More

CMAT 2021 Coaching

Some of the best coaching classes for CMAT 2021 are given in the table below: 

City CMAT Coaching Center
Mumbai IMS
Delhi Endeavor Careers Pvt. Ltd
Brilliant Academy of Learning
Chennai Triumphant Institute of Management Education Pvt. Ltd. (T.I.M.E.)
Kolkata Erudite Educational Centre
Ahmedabad Expert Educare Pvt. Ltd 

CMAT 2021 FAQs

Ques. What are the steps to get admission into a management college with CMAT?

The steps to get admission into an AICTE approved management college are quite simple. First, have to register for CMAT 2021. Once the registration is done, download the admit card and. You will have to attempt the exam on the designated date. Once the exam is over you will have to check for the results which will be released a few weeks after the exam. Then, you will have to download the scorecard which can be used to seek admission into one of the approved management colleges given that you meet their cut off. 

Ques. What are the exam day guidelines?

First of all, remember to carry your admit card to the exam center. Just for safety, save a copy on your phone or on a cloud platform in case you need extra copies. Reach the exam center at least 45 to 60 minutes early. You will have to carry your ID Proof, a Passport Size Photograph(Same as the one you used for registration), and a PwD certificate if applicable. 

Ques. What is CMAT Tie Breaker Criteria?

The CMAT Tie Breaker criteria is as follows - 

  1. Marks in the Quantitative Aptitude and Data Interpretation.
  2. If the marks in this section are equal, then the candidate that scores more in the Logical Reasoning section will be preferred over the other candidate. 
  3. If the marks in the Logical Reasoning section are equal, then the scores of the Language Comprehension section will be compared. Candidates with more marks in this section will be given preference. 
  4. Lastly, if the candidates’ marks in the Language Comprehension section are also the same, then marks in the General Awareness section will be compared. Candidates with more marks in this section will be given preference.

Ques. How is CMAT Percentile Calculated?

The percentile rank is the percentage of scores in the distribution of marks that are equal to or lower than it. They are calculated using the following formula:

100 x Number of candidates with score equal to or less than the candidate/ Total number of candidates 

Ques. How many exam centers are there for CMAT?

There are 84 exam centers for CMAT across different states and union territories of India. You have to select 4 as per your preference at the time of registration. 

*The article might have information for the previous academic years, which will be updated soon subject to the notification issued by the University/College.


For how long is CMAT score valid for admission to MBA institutes?
abhishek upadhyay

Hello Muheshraaj, greetings from Collegedunia.  During the counseling, the CMAT score for the current session is considered.

How many times can I attempt CMAT in a year?
abhishek upadhyay

Hello Swarup, greetings from Collegedunia. There is no limit for the number of attempts for CMAT, however, the marks of the most recent CMAT exam are considered while applying.

Will every institute take their individual interview?
abhishek upadhyay

Hello Swarup, greetings from Collegedunia. Click here, for the counseling process for CMAT.

I scored 182 in my last mock tests, how much more should I need to get an admission in Doon Business School, Dehradun?
abhishek upadhyay

Hello Ambar, greetings from Collegedunia. Click here for the expected cut-offs for various B-schools accepting CMAT.

Is it possible that the number of exam centers will be reduced?
abhishek upadhyay

Hello Md Hussain, greetings from Collegedunia. Click here for the list of exam centers for CMAT this year. 

Can I take admission in the executive course program on the basis of CMAT scores?
abhishek upadhyay

Hello Neha, Greetings from Collegedunia. Click here for the list of participating colleges for CMAT to know the list of programs offered through this exam. 

What section was toughest in last year’s exam?
abhishek upadhyay

Hello Sandesh, greetings from Collegedunia. Click here for CMAT’s paper analysis.

Hello , I am in SC category. And some college are not taking money so please suggest me that low fees college for MBA
abhishek upadhyay

Hello Priti, greetings from Collegedunia. Click here for the list of participating colleges for CMAT.

I am getting a CMAT 2020 score of 232/400, so what will be my expected percentile score

Hi Animesh, percentile is calculated on the basis of rank secured by the candidate in CMAT. It can be calculated using the formula mentioned below:

Percentile P = 100 x Number of candidates appeared in the examination with raw marks equal to or less than the candidate/Total number of candidates appeared

sir any website available to attempt mock test for cmat exam

Hi Chandran, following are the name of the websites on which you may take mock tests:

  • mbauniverse
  • imsindia
  • oliveboard etc.

Hi Raiyan, You may please check this link:- CMAT sample papers

how to register in CMAT 2019 exam??

Hi Grishma, CMAT 2019 registration has been already started. For more information please follow the link CMAT Registration 2019.

I got 275 mrks in cmat ie 99.61% so wt are the chances of getting admission in KJ (mms) . Maharashtra student.

Yes you can get admission in K J Somaiya Institute of Management Studies & Research (KJSIMSR), Mumbai    as its cutoff percentile is 99.20

I got 205 marks in cmat i.e 90.48 percentile. Should I fill the form for Great lakes?
To get admission into Great Lakes Institute of Management candidates should score atleast 280 marks
I scored 143 marks in cmat 2018,what are the chances of get colleges and what are they?
Hi Shikhar, I am giving you the CMAT Cutoff list please check the list at this link: CMAT Cutoff
Hi sir/ mem..mene abhi cmat nahi Diya he to .me mba me ja skta hu?
Hi Arbaz, Without appearing CMAT, you can not take admission in MBA program because CMAT is compulsory for getting admission in MBA program.
why m i not able to download my admit card

Hello Shreya, You are not able to download admit card may be because of Poor internet connection . so check your internet connection and try to download admit card again and make sure the details you entered must be correct.

Plz suggest any best books cnat exm plz fst

Hello Ishrat, To get information regarding books for preparation you can use this link Books.

can u pls help me with the payment amount .i belong to the general category but then too the final amount is showing 725 payment ,is it correct ?
Hello Ritika, The registration fee for general category is 1400(INR).
i am in graduation final year can i appear for cmat?????

Hello Kajal, Yes you are eligible as Final year students are also eligible to appear for CMAT.