CMAT Exam 2024: Eligibility, Application Form, Exam Dates, Syllabus, Colleges, Fees, Cut-off, Results

29 January, 2024
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CMAT Exam 2024

CMAT 2024 Overview

CMAT, or the Common Management Admission Test, is one of the most popular MBA entrance exams in the country. Over 70,000 aspirants sit for this highly competitive exam every year, hoping to get into some of the country’s top B schools. Renowned colleges like JBIMS, SIMSREE, KJ Somaiya, Welingkar, PUMBA, and Great Lakes accept CMAT scores. 


CMAT is a three-hour MCQ-format aptitude test conducted by the National Testing Agency. The paper consists of 100 questions from various topics spanning Quantitative Techniques, Data Interpretation, Logical Reasoning, Language Comprehension, General Awareness, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship. The rank obtained here will dictate college admissions for all candidates vying for an MBA/PGDM/PGPM/PGP seat in prestigious management colleges nationwide.

The difficulty level of this paper is considered to be lower than CAT, GMAT, and XAT, which is why many students end up underestimating it. But that belief can seriously hamper your scores. It’s better to work hard, practise, and do well in the exam. Here we’ve compiled all the necessary information about CMAT, including registration, pattern, syllabus etc.


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CMAT 2024 Exam Dates

Exam ActivityImportant Dates (tentative)
Availability of Application Form2nd week of February 2024
Registration Deadline2nd week of March 2024
Issuance of Hall ticketApril 2024
Last date to download hall ticketTill the day of the CMAT Exam
CMAT Exam DateTo be announced
Result Date7-14 days post examination

CMAT Highlights 2024

CMAT 2024Highlight
Exam Conducting BodyNational Testing Agency (NTA)
Full FormCommon Management Admission Test
Exam DateTo be announced
Mode of ExamOnline Computer-Based Test
Exam Difficulty LevelEasy to Moderate
Time Allotted180 minutes
Total Questions100
Marking Scheme+4 marks for every correct answer

-1 mark for each wrong answer

Top Colleges Accepting CMAT Score


Great Lakes Institute of Management Chennai14.5 
GIM GoaSanquelim14.3
KJ Somaiya Institute of Management Mumbai12.23
Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Mumbai27.63
BIMTECH Greater Noida11.00
IFMR Graduate School of Business, Krea UniversitySri City 13.50
Amrita School of Business Coimbatore 6.72
Jaipuria Institute of ManagementNoida11.49
Delhi School of BusinessDelhi8.25
National Insurance AcademyPune12.50
Jaipuria Institute of ManagementLucknow11.49
Sri Balaji UniversityPune8.25
RV Institute of ManagementBangalore 6.00
Jaypee Business SchoolNoida5.96
Pune Business SchoolPune5.50


Eligibility Criteria 2024

There are only two essential criteria that candidates need to fulfil:

  1. They need to have a valid undergraduate degree from a UGC-recognised college. Final-year students can also apply, but their admission will be subject to furnishing their passing certificate at the college. There is no minimum score requirement to sit for the test. 
  2. There is no upper age limit, but the candidate must be at least 20 to sit for the test. 

Candidates who do not fulfil the eligibility criteria will have their score nullified. 

CMAT Registration 2024

The registration process will commence in February 2024. It’s an online process that can be quickly completed as long as you have the proper documents in hand. 

  1. Register on the official website with basic information to get your application number and password. 
  2. Log back into the site with the new credentials and complete the application form. 
  3. Upload all the necessary documents. Here are the documents you need:
  • Scanned JPG/JPEG copy of your photograph between 10kb and 200kb.
  • Scanned JPG/JPEG copy of your signature between 4kb and 30kb.
  • Scanned JPG/JPEG copy of PwD certificate (if applicable) between 50kb and 300kb.
  1. Select a suitable payment option and complete the payment. Wait for the confirmation page to show. If it doesn’t, you might have to make the payment again. 

CMAT Exam Fees 2024

The application fee is as follows:

  1. General Male – Rs. 2000
  2. General Female – Rs. 1000
  3. EWS/OBC/SC/ST/PwD – Rs. 1000
  4. Transgender – Rs. 1000

CMAT 2024 Syllabus

While the exact syllabus is yet to be released, you can study the essential topics that have shown up in previous years’ papers. 

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Arrangements ArithmeticPara jumblesStatic GKGovernment intervention and Entrepreneurship
Blood relationsGeometryFill in the blanksRecent current affairsBusiness and corporate affairs
SeriesAlgebraIdioms and phrasesSignificant national and international eventsNew investments and schemes
Statement conclusionsNumber systemReading comprehensionBusiness and economicsPolicies related to entrepreneurship 
Venn diagramsProbability and set theoryGrammarImportant personalitiesGeneral economy
Coding/decodingPermutation and combinationLanguage usage and rulesImportant awards and their recipientsAdequacy of market
True/false statementsCharts and graphsVocabularySports
Visual reasoningVenn diagram
CalendarsData sufficiency

CMAT 2024 Exam Centre

CMAT exam centres are spread across almost every state and union territory of India. Over 124 cities have test centres, making them easily accessible for aspirants from each corner of the country. 

You can choose four centres while filling out your application form, one of which will be allotted to you. 

State NameCMAT city-wise exam centresCMAT test centre code
Andaman And NicobarPort BlairAN01
CMAT 2023 exam centres in Andhra PradeshGunturAP07
CMAT test centres in AssamDibrugarhAM01
CMAT 2023 exam centres in BiharGayaBR05
CMAT exam centres 2023 in Chandigarh/MohaliChandigarh/MohaliCH01
CMAT test cities in ChhattisgarhBhilai Nagar/DurgCG01
CMAT exam cities 2023 in DelhiDelhi-NcrDL01
CMAT test centers in GoaPanajiGO01
CMAT exam centres in GujaratAhmedabad/GandhinagarGJ01
CMAT exam centres in SuratGJ11
CMAT exam centres 2023 in HaryanaFaridabadHR03
CMAT test centres 2023 in Himachal PradeshBilaspur (Himachal Pradesh)HP01
Hamirpur (Himachal Pradesh)HP03
CMAT test cities in Jammu And KashmirJammuJK02
Test centre of CMAT in JharkhandDhanbadJH02
Exam centres of CMAT exam in KarnatakaBelagavi(Belgaum)KK02
CMAT exam cities in KeralaErnakulamKL04
CMAT test centres 2023 in LakshwadeepKavarattiLD01
CMAT exam centres in MP (Madhya Pradesh)BhopalMP03
CMAT exam centres in IndoreMP07
CMAT test centres in MaharashtraAhmednagarMR01
Aurangabad (Maharashtra)MR04
Mumbai/Navi MumbaiMR16
CMAT exam centres in PuneMR22
CMAT exam centres in ThaneMR28
CMAT exam centres 2023 in ManipurImphalMN01
CMAT test cities in MeghalayaShillongMG01
CMAT exam centres in MizoramAizawlMZ01
CMAT exam citites in NagalandDimapurNL01
CMAT test cities in OdishaBalasore (Baleswar)OR02
Jeypore / KoraputOR19
CMAT exam cities in PuducherryPuducherryPO01
Exam centres of CMAT 2023 PunjabAmritsarPB01
Patiala/ Fatehgarh SahibPB08
CMAT test centres in RajasthanJaipurRJ06
CMAT test citites 2023 in Tamil NaduChennaiTN01
CMAT exam centres in TelanganaHyderabadTL01
CMAT test cities 2023 in TripuraAgartalaTA01
CMAT exam centres in Uttar PradeshAgraUP01
CMAT test cities in UttarakhandDehradunUK01
CMAT exam centres 2023 in West BengalKolkataWB10

CMAT 2024 Exam Pattern

The CMAT exam pattern is very straightforward. There are five sections, each with 20 MCQ questions, worth 80 marks. 

  • Quantitative techniques and data interpretation 
  • Logical reasoning 
  • Language comprehension
  • General Awareness 
  • Innovation and entrepreneurship 

Candidates get a total of 3 hours to attempt all the questions. For every correct answer, you’re awarded four marks. And for every wrong one, you lose one mark.

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CMAT Preparation 2024

To get admission into the top colleges with CMAT, you must craft a proper study plan focusing on the basics. Since the paper itself is considered easy, you’ll need to score very high to break into top colleges like JBIMS, Great Lakes, and GIM. Here are a few tips to kickstart your CMAT 2024 preparation.

  1. Before you begin your prep, give a mock test first. It’ll help you gauge your grasp of the topics. 
  1. Based on your analysis of the mock test, identify your weaknesses and strengths. 
  1. Create a study plan that focuses on boosting your weaknesses while maintaining hold over your strengths.
  1. Practise each topic thoroughly. Don’t forget to give mocks at regular intervals to measure your progress. 
  1. Buy the right books for practice. 
  • Lucent’s for GK
  • The Hindu and Wall Street Journal for current affairs
  • Verbal and non-verbal reasoning by RS Aggarwal
  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship by Peter F. Drucker 
  • Objective General English by SP Bakshi
  1. Invest in the right coaching program. IMS has a comprehensive classroom CMAT program that covers SNAP and NMAT for aspirants requiring a structured, strategic approach to their CMAT 2024 preparation. 

For those who prefer learning at their own pace, we have the self-learning program with exhaustive material coverage, conceptual videos, practice questions, and mock tests. 

  1. Don’t forget to give as many mock tests as possible. They’ll help you understand the exam pattern, the types of questions, and their difficulty levels.Read more about CMAT Preparation 2024 – How To Prepare For CMAT Exam? – (Tips, Tricks & Strategy)

CMAT Admit Card 2024

The admit cards are usually released at the beginning of May, a few days after the city intimation slip is released. It is a critical piece of document without which you will not even be allowed to enter the exam centre, let alone give the paper. Apart from acting as your identity proof, it also contains all the details that will come in handy on exam day, such as your application number, photo, city, centre, exam time, and reporting time, amongst other information. 

The admit card can be downloaded from the official website. Once the notification about the admit card is released, all you need to do is log in to using your official credentials. There will be an admit card tab on the home page itself. Download it from there and check for any discrepancies. If there are none, get a printout and carry it with you to the exam centre.

If any details don’t match, contact the concerned authorities and raise a ticket.

  • CMAT Helpdesk Number – 0120-3946612 between 9:30 AM and 5:30 AM
  • Email ID:


What are the Benefits of Appearing in CMAT 2024?

With over 70,000 choosing to take the CMAT exam, it is one of the most popular MBA entrances in the country. Candidates choose to take this test because

  1. The difficulty level of this exam is lower than the other premier exams, such as CAT, XAT, and NMAT. Students can secure good marks on this test with less preparation.
  2. CMAT scores are accepted by over 1300+ schools across the length and breadth of India. This makes it accessible for people in tier 2, tier 3, and tier 4 towns as well. 
  3. The registration fees for this test are lower than those for CAT and XAT. It is more affordable for people who come from lower sections of society.
  4. The eligibility criteria to sit for this test is more relaxed. There are no minimum aggregate marks that students require in their undergraduate degree to take the CMAT.
  5. CMAT makes management education and a promising career accessible for all sections of society, even those who might not conventionally be able to sit for more complex, more expensive tests like the CAT.

CMAT 2024 Results

CMAT results are usually released towards the end of May, a month after the exam. They can be viewed on the official website by logging in. You will be given an absolute score and a percentile score. Rank holders will be informed of their ranks. The scores are only valid for the current academic year. College admissions depend on multiple factors, including the PI, GD, and WAT. Candidates will be given admissions based on the overall score and cutoffs for individual colleges.

CMAT Percentile CMAT Score
100345 – 359
90 – 99.99296 – 344
80 – 89230 – 295
71 – 79181 – 229
61 – 70131 – 175
51 – 60115 – 129
50 and belowBelow 114

CMAT 2024 Cut-off Score

Getting into the top colleges requires you to be amongst the top rankers of the exam. You require calibrated effort to crack the 99th percentile and stand any chance of getting into one of the top colleges. 

S. No.CollegeCMAT Cutoff Percentile
1.JBIMS, Mumbai99.9+
2.SIMSREE, Mumbai99+
3.Goa Institute of Management95-99
4.KJ Somaiya Institute of Management95-99
5.Great Lakes Institute of Management, Chennai95-99
6.The University of Pune, Dept of Management Sciences95-99
7.Xavier Institute of Social Service, Ranchi95

Apart from these, you can target many other colleges like Welingkar, IFMR, Jaipuria, and Delhi School of Business with a percentile greater than 80%.



  1. What is CMAT?

CMAT, or the Common Management Admission Test, is a leading national-level MBA/PGDM/PGPM/PGP admission test.


2. What is the CMAT eligibility?

Candidates only require an undergraduate degree from a UGC-recognised college to qualify for this test.


3. What is the age limit for CMAT?

There is no upper age limit for CMAT.


4. What is the CMAT syllabus?

The CMAT has five sections:

  • Quantitative techniques and data interpretation 
  • Logical reasoning 
  • Language comprehension
  • General awareness 
  • Innovation and entrepreneurship


5. How many attempts can you give for CMAT?

There is no upper limit on the number of attempts you can give.


6. Is CMAT easy to crack?

The CMAT exam is relatively easier to crack than CAT or XAT.