What is Common Management Admission Test?


The Common Management Admission Test (CMAT) is a National Level Entrance Examination for admission to management programmes in the country. This Test facilitates AICTE affiliated/ Participating Institutions to select suitable graduate candidates for admission to the Management Courses in such Institutions. Till 2018, the Test was conducted by All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE). NTA is conducting this Test since 2019. The CMAT-2021 will be conducted by the NTA. The CMAT is a three hours Computer Based Online Test which is conducted to evaluate the candidates ability across various segments like Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation, Logical Reasoning, Language Comprehension and General Awareness. The CMAT score is accepted by all AICTE- Approved Institutions / University Departments / Constituent Colleges /Affiliated Colleges.

CMAT Examination Pattern

CMAT-2021 has been conducted by NTA as three hour entrance examination in Computer Based Test (CBT) mode to evaluate the candidates’ ability across various segments like Quantitative Technique, Logical Reasoning, Language Comprehension and General Awareness, for admission to the Management Courses in the Academic Session 2021-22. The participating Institutes of CMAT-2020 are the Institutions which accepts the CMAT Score.

The candidates aspiring for admission to MBA Course in the affiliated Colleges/Institutes of Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Technical University (AKTU), Lucknow, which was earlier covered under UPSEE, are required to apply for the CMAT – , since the Score Sheet of CMAT –  shall be used for admission to the MBA Course in AKTU affiliated Colleges/Institutes. There are almost one thousands management institutes who accepts CMAT scores for admission in management courses.

Candidates must apply separately to the desired CMAT- participating Institutions with the CMAT Score. Thereafter, each participating Institution will release their respective cut off CMAT Scores which a candidate should meet to get qualified for admission to that particular Institution. Once qualified, the candidate will have to comply with the selection procedure of that particular Institution, which may comprise of Group Discussion (GD) and Personal Interview (PI). The final selection of the candidate will be based on the candidate’s performance in GD & PI.

Computer Based Test (CBT)

The major examinations being conducted by NTA will be Computer Based Test (CBT). A CBT requires candidates to sit in front of a computer terminal (node) allocated to them against their Roll number and Admit card. After logging the candidate will get detailed instructions for the examinations. At the designated time of start of examination, the candidates will be able to proceed and see the questions on the computer screen using the computer mouse. Candidates will have the option to change / modify/ edit / answers already entered any time during the examination. Procedure for appearing in Computer Based Test (CBT): (Sample/mock test will be available on NTA website: www.nta.ac.in for hands on practice) (a) A computer terminal (node) indicating roll number will be allocated to each candidate.

Candidates should find and sit on their allocated computers only. Any candidate found to have changed room/hall or the computer on their own other than the one allotted would lead to cancellation of candidature and no plea in this regard would be entertained. (b) For login, the candidate will have to enter login-ID and password. The computer terminal allotted to the candidate will display WELCOME login screen, Candidate’s photograph and NET subject opted by the candidate.

What are the eligibility criteria for CMAT?

According to Eligibility Criteria for CMAT-2021, the candidate must hold a Bachelor’s Degree in any discipline. Candidates appearing for the final year of Bachelor’s Degree, whose result will be declared before commencement of admission for academic year 2021-22, can also apply for CMAT-2021.

The candidate must be a citizen of India.

There is no age restriction for appearing in CMAT – 2021


The CMAT 2021 examination was held on March 31, 2021 in two shifts across the country. A total of 52,327 candidates have appeared for the examination. The CMAT 2021 exam was conducted in 153 cities across various exam centers. (TOI)

Candidates are advised to refer to CMAT NTA website www.cmat.nta.nic.in   for authentic information and periodic updates about CMAT.




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