What is CMAT Exam?                                           

Common Management Admission Test or CMAT is a widely recognized entrance exam which helps candidates get admission in more than 1500 colleges across India. Some of the top listed colleges that accept CMAT exam score are JBIMS, Welingkar Institute of Management Development and Research, KJ SIMSR, Greatlakes Chennai, Goa Institute of Management, XISS Ranchi etc which are all affiliated to recognizing bodies like AICTE and UGC. The students opting for the exam has the leverage of selecting up to 4 test cities of their preference and the system generates one of those cities and allocates it to the student. NTA has been responsible for managing the online deliverance of CMAT across prometric centers since 2019.

Syllabus for CMAT Exam

The syllabus is not exactly defined but, on the basis of previous year CMAT papers we have listed down the important topics for each section.

1. Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation

  • I. Arithmetic
  • II. Geometry
  • III. Algebra
  • IV. Number System
  • V. Probability & Set theory
  • VI. Permutation and Combination
  • VII. Charts (Column, Bar, Pie)
  • VIII. Tables
  • IX. Graphs (Line & Area)
  • X. Venn Diagram
  • XI. Data Sufficiency

2. Logical Reasoning

  • I. Arrangements
  • II. Blood Relations
  • III. Series
  • IV. Statement Conclusions
  • V. Venn Diagrams
  • VI. Coding and Decoding
  • VII. True/False Statements
  • VIII. Puzzles
  • IX. Visual Reasoning
  • X. Calendars

3. Language Comprehension

  • I. Paragraph Jumbles
  • II. Fill In the Blanks
  • III. Idioms/Phrases and clauses
  • IV. Reading Comprehension
  • V. Grammar – Articles, Nouns, Pronouns, Verbs, Prepositions, Adjectives, Adverbs etc
  • VI. Language Usage and Their Rules
  • VII. Vocabulary

4. General Awareness

  • I. Static GK – Geography, Politics, History
  • II. Recent Current Affairs
  • III. Significant National and International Events
  • IV. Business & Economics
  • V. Important Personalities
  • VI. Important Award Recipients for the given year
  • VII. Sports

CMAT 2023 Exam Notification and Overview

The notification for CMAT 2023 exam has been released officially. However, NTA has not announced the dates of the actual examination.

CMAT 2023 Exam Important Dates (Tentative)

CMAT EventsCMAT Exam Dates 2023 Salient Features
CMAT 2023 registrations startCommencement of CMAT registration process at NTA website.
CMAT 2023 registrations endThird week of March, 2023Conclusion of CMAT registration process.
Form correctionFourth week of March 2023Candidates will be allowed to upload new image and signature if required.
CMAT admit card 2023 download beginsFirst week of April 2023Admit card to be available on the official website for download till exam day.
CMAT 2023 examFirst week of April 2023Exam to be held at designated exam centers across India.
CMAT 2023 answer key releaseThird week of April 2023CMAT answer key, question paper and individual response sheets available on NTA website.
CMAT answer key challengeThird week of April 2023Candidates can challenge answer keys by filling an online application form.
CMAT 2023 result announcementFourth week of April 2023Scorecards to be released on the official website along with all India rank list.


CMAT 2023 Exam Pattern

Exam ModeComputer based
Exam Duration3 Hours (180 Minutes)
Name of the sections

Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation

Logical Reasoning

Language Comprehension

General Awareness

Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Section wise time durationNo time limit for each section
Number of questions per section100 questions in total – 20 questions in each section
Total Marks400
Marking Scheme

+4 for every right answer

-1 for every wrong answer

CMAT 2023 Eligibility 

In order to be eligible for CMAT 2023, students need to fulfill the following criteria –

  • Recipient of a Bachelor’s degree in any discipline.
  • Final year students whose results will be declared before the start of the academic year can also apply.
  • Must be a citizen of India.
  • There is no age restriction for appearing for CMAT 2022 exam.

CMAT 2023 Application Fee

The registration fee for the CMAT 2023 exam is as follows –

  • INR 2,000 (General category male)
  • INR 1,000 (General category female/reserved category students)