CMAT EXAM 2020: Everything You Want to Know

What is CMAT?

The CMAT or the Common Management Admission Test is an entrance test conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA) for admission to MBA / PGDM courses in over 1000 B-schools all over India. This is an online examination for a total duration of three hours. The CMAT question paper consists of 100 questions from Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation, Logical Reasoning, Language Comprehension and General Awareness.

CMAT Eligibility Criteria

  • Should possess a Graduation degree in any discipline or equivalent from a recognized university
  • Final year Graduation students (10+2+3) are also eligible to apply for CMAT. They are required to present a passing certificate at the time of admission

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CMAT 2020 Exam Highlights

Features Details 
Exam NameCommon Management Admission Test (CMAT)
Conducting BodyNational Testing Agency
Exam LevelNational
Exam FrequencyOnce a year
Exam ModeOnline
Exam Duration3 hours
Exam Syllabus(1) Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation

(2) Logical Reasoning

(3)Language Comprehension & Verbal Ability

(4)General Awareness
Exam Pattern100 questions in MCQ format
Exam FeeRs 1600 (General category male)

Rs 1000 (General category female)
Exam PurposeAdmission into 1005 MBA colleges
Course OfferedMBA/PGDM
No. of Test Cities75
Exam Helpdesk No.0120-6895200
Exam Website

CMAT 2020 registration data:

Here’s a representation of the registrations for CMAT 2020.

Number of candidates registered and appeared for CMAT 2020

The table below indicates the category-wise number of male and female candidates who registered and appeared for the exam this year.


*Includes 144 PwD candidates and 4 transgender candidates.

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CMAT 2020 Exam Dates

The CMAT registrations commenced on November 1, 2019 and the exam was conducted on January 28, 2020. The CMAT 2020 schedule is given below:

CMAT EventsCMAT Examination DatesSalient Features
CMAT 2020 registration start date01-Nov-2019Registration process is online
Registration end date30-Nov-2019The registration process closes at 11:50 pm.
Registrations extended10-Dec-2019Fee can be paid till December 11, 2019
Image correction window open11- Nov-2019Candidate can upload new image and signature if required
Image correction window closes11-Dec-2019Last date to remove image discrepancy
Admit card download begins24-Dec-2019To be available on the official website
CMAT 2020 exam28-Jan-2020Exam postponed from January 24 to 28; to be held from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm
CMAT answer key30-Jan-2020CMAT answer key, question paper and individual response sheets available on NTA website
Result announcement04-02-2020Scorecards to be released on the official website along with all India rank list

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CMAT 2020: Test Cities and Exam Centers

CMAT 2020 will be held at multiple centres at about 75 cities in India. The aspirants can choose up to four locations from the list of test centres available to take the exam. This option is given to each candidate at the time of filling up of the CMAT 2020 application form. Candidates can also choose four cities as their preferred test city. 

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CMAT Exam Day Guidelines

Candidates appearing for the CMAT 2020 must prepare well for the exam day too. Here are a few points to keep in mind for the exam day:

  • Don’t forget to carry a printout of your CMAT 2020 admit card. Digital, scanned or photocopy of the admit card is not accepted.
  • Reach your CMAT exam centre a minimum of 2 hours before the reporting time
  • Do not carry electronic items or any other valuable items to the exam venue.

Along with CMAT 2019 admit card you should bring a photo ID as a secondary identity proof. Any of the following documents will be accepted as ID proof:

  • Aadhar card
  • PAN card
  • Voter ID card
  • Passport
  • Driver’s license
  • College/University ID card

CMAT Selection Criteria

Almost all the management institutes conduct group discussions and personal interviews to select candidates for MBA/PGDM programs once the CMAT exam results are declared. Each institute has its own admission process held according to the academic cycle.

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Top Colleges Accepting CMAT Scores

The CMAT exam score is accepted by over 1000 B-schools across India for admission to MBA/PGDM programs. The table below has a list of the popular MBA colleges that offer admission based on CMAT score. To see the full list of MBA colleges accepting CMAT score, refer to the exam highlight section mentioned above.

Prin. L. N. Welingkar Institute of Management Development and Research, MumbaiK. J. Somaiya Institute of Management Studies and Research, Mumbai
Asia-Pacific Institute of Management, DelhiN. L. Dalmia Institute of Management Studies and Research, Mumbai
JIMS, Rohini-Jagan Institute of Management StudiesIndus Business Academy, Bangalore
Taxila Business School, JaipurKIIT School of Management, Bhubaneswar
Birla Institute of Management Technology, Greater NoidaGreat Lakes Institute of Management, Chennai
Christ University – Institute of ManagementAIMS Institutes, Bangalore

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Important FAQs Regarding CMAT

Q: How many times a year is CMAT exam held?

A: The CMAT is held only once a year in the month of January. This exam is held all over India in about 75 cities. The test city can be selected according to your preference.

Q: Is the CMAT exam conducted as an online or offline exam?

A: The CMAT exam is an online examination.

Q: Is there any limit on the number of attempts for CMAT?

A: You can attempt the CMAT exam any number of times. However, your latest score will be taken into account at the time of admission.

Q: My marks are less than 50% in Graduation. Am I still eligible to apply for CMAT?

A: Yes, you are still eligible to apply for CMAT.

Q: For how long is my CMAT score valid?

A: Your scores are valid for one year. If you miss giving the examination for the academic session of a particular year, you will have to appear for the exam in the following year.

Q: What does CMAT participating institutes’ mean?

A: The CMAT participating Institutes are those that accept your CMAT score for admission to their MBA/PGDM courses.

Q: Is there any age limit for appearing in CMAT 2020?

A: No, there is no age limit for CMAT 2020.

Q: Is there any reservation criteria followed for CMAT?

A: There is no reservation criterion for CMAT. However, the participating institutes have to abide by the reservation criteria set by the Government of India for their admission process.

Q: What is the CMAT 2020 application fee for SC/ST/PwD students?

A: The CMAT application fees for SC/ST students is Rs 800 for male candidates and Rs 700 for female candidates.

Q: Can I give my CMAT answer sheets for reevaluation or rechecking?

A: No, there is no provision for the reevaluation/rechecking in CMAT.

Q: What is NTA-CMAT Test Practice Centre?

A: NTA has established a network of Test Practice Centres all over India to help the students prepare for the online exam.

Q: For how long will the CMAT result be available for download on the official website?

A: The CMAT result will be available for 60 days from the date of declaration. Candidates must download their scorecards within the given time frame.

Q: Will I also receive my CMAT result via post?

A: CMAT result is only available on the CMAT official website. Hardcopy of the scorecard will not be sent to any candidate.

Q: Will the NTA release a CMAT 2020 merit list after the results are declared?

A: The NTA is expected to release the CMAT 2020 merit list along with the results.

Q: What is the difference between CMAT score and percentile?

A: CMAT score is the total marks scored in the exam, while the CMAT percentile is the rank of the candidate compared to all other test takers. To better understand this read the article: CMAT Score vs Percentile: How to Calculate?

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