CMAT 2024 Exam: Answer Key Released; Result Soon; Cut Offs, Selection Process, Top Colleges

Common Management Admission Test 2024 ( CMAT )

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CMAT 2024 exam was held on May 15 and the official answer key was releassed on May 25, 2024.. The resullt is expected in the first week of June 2024. CMAT 2024 score will be accepted by over 1300 MBA colleges for admission. Read all about CMAT exam 2024 including dates, syllabus, pattern, registration process, application fees, cut offs and list of MBA colleges accepting CMAT score for admission.

CMAT 2024 exam

All about CMAT 2024 exam

CMAT 2024 exam was conducted on May 15, 2024. National Testing Agency (NTA) and the official CMAT answer key and response sheet 2024 were released on May 23, 2024. Candidates can download their CMAT 2024 answer keys from the official website now and raise objection till May 25, 2024.

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NTA will conduct the CMAT exam 2024 in over 100 cities across India. CMAT is a speed-based entrance test in which candidates are tested on their quantitative aptitude, data interpretation skills, logical reasoning, verbal ability, English language comprehension, innovation and entrepreneurship and general knowledge. It is conducted in two shifts. The mode of exam is computer based test and the duration is 3 hours.

Q:   Which are the best books for CMAT Quantitative Aptitude preparation?

The Quantitative Aptitude section of CMAT has questions from Arithmetic, Geometry, Modern Math, Numbers, Algebra and Data Interpretation. The questions are of moderate difficulty level and one can prepare for it with the help of best books for CMAT recommended by experts and toppers. We have listed down some of the popular CMAT books that candidates usually refer: 1. NCERT Mathematics Books for Class 8, 9 and 10 2. The Pearson Guide to Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Exams 3. How to Prepare for Quantitative Aptitude for CAT Arun Sharma (Mc Graw Hill Education) 4. Quantitative Aptitude Quantum CAT Common Admission Tests for Admission into Iims by Sarvesh K Verma (Arihant) 5. Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Examinations by Abhijit Guha (Mc Graw Hill Education) 6. Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Exams by RS Aggarwal.

Q:   Can I prepare for CMAT from CAT books?

Yes, CMAT candidates can refer to the books recommended for CAT exam preparation as the syllabus is same for both exams, but they must also solve mock tests and sample questions specific to CMAT to get the hang of it. The CMAT exam is easier than CAT but if you don't know the nature of CMAT questions, you may find it difficult to crack. Candidates can refer to these books for studying the concepts: 1. How to Prepare for Quantitative Aptitude for CAT by Arun Sharma (McGraw Hill Education) 2. Quantitative Aptitude Quantum CAT Common Admission Tests for Admission into Iims by Sarvesh K Verma (Arihant) 3. Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Examinations by Abhijit Guha (McGraw Hill Education) 4. NCERT Mathematics Books for Standard 8, 9 and 10 5. Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Exams by Dr RS Aggarwal To know more similarities between CAT and CMAT read this article:

Q:   What is the CMAT Innovation and entrepreneurship syllabus? Which books to study?

The syllabus of CMAT Innovation and entrepreneurship section includes Concepts of Entrepreneurship, Overview of Entrepreneurship, Evolution of Entrepreneurship in India, Role of Entrepreneurship in Economic Development, Theories and Models of Entrepreneurship, Framework of Entrepreneurship Theories, Models of Entrepreneurship, Emerging Models of Corporate Entrepreneurship, Dimensions of Entrepreneurship, Entrepreneurial Society, Entrepreneurial Culture, Rural Entrepreneurship, Women Entrepreneurship, Emerging Trends in Social Entrepreneurship, Principles of Business Organisation, Motivation, Communication and Leadership To study these topics candidates should refer to books like: 1. Innovation & Entrepreneurship by Peter F. Drucker 2. Entrepreneurship & Innovation Management by R Goal 3. Entrepreneurship - Robert D. Hisrich 4. Manorama Year Book - Mammen Mathew Apart from these books, candidates must solve last two years' CMAT question papers to know the type of questions asked in this section and their difficulty level. These questions will give you an insight into CMAT Innovation and entrepreneurship.

CMAT is a very popular entrance exam as its score is accepted by over 1,300 MBA colleges across India. These include JBIMS, KJ Somaiaya, Prin LN Welingkar Institute of Management Development and Research, Great Lakes Institute of Management, KIIT School of Management, Amity University, BIMTech, Goa Institute of Management, Xavier Institute of Management and Research, Gitam School of Management. 

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In this article, you will read all about CMAT 2024 exam including dates, syllabus, pattern, registration process, application fees, cut offs and list of MBA colleges accepting CMAT score for admission.

CMAT 2024 Important Dates

CMAT 2024 exam date will be announced by the NTA after the registration process is over. CMAT 2024 registration dates have been announced. Check the table below for tentative CMAT exam 2024 schedule

Q:   Which are the best books for CMAT Logical Reasoning preparation?

CMAT Logical Reasoning topics are similar to CAT so the preparation is also to be done in a similar manner. The Logical Reasoning questions of CMAT are not very difficult. One can crack it with some practice and revision. If you are planning to appear for CMAT exam, prepare for the Logical Reasoning section from the following books. 1. Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation for the CAT by Nishit K. Sinha 2. How to Prepare for Logical Reasoning for CAT by Arun Sharma 3. A Modern Approach to Logical Reasoning by RS Aggarwal 4. Concepts of LR - Logical Reasoning for CAT and Other MBA Exams by Gajendra Kumar Apart from these books, you must practice previous year CMAT question papers to be familiar with the latest type of Logical Reasoning questions asked.

Q:   How many cities can I choose for allotment of CMAT exam centre?

Candidates can choose up to four cities for allotment of CMAT exam centre in the application form. Candidates must take utmost care in selecting the cities as once the form is submitted, they can't change city preference. They should choose the first city of preference as their hometome or where they are residing as the exam authorities will strive to allot the test centres to candidates in their first city of preference. Candidates are allotted a test centre in second or third preference only in a situation where the seats have been filled or the exam has been cancelled at that location. Choose cities very carefully as once selected the change can be made only at the time of form correction.

Q:   Can you suggest best books for CMAT preparation?

Hi Best books for CMAT Quantitative Aptitude include Arun Sharma's How to Prepare for Quantitative Aptitude for CAT Sarvesh K Verma's Quantitative Aptitude Quantum, Dr RS Aggarwal's by Quantitative Aptitude and NCERT Maths books for Class 8, 9 and 10. Best Books for CMAT Preparation: Language Comprehension Word Power Made Easy by Norman Lewis. Wren & Martin English Grammar. Barron's Pocket Guide to Vocabulary. The Students' Companion by Wilfred D Best. Business English and Communication by John O E Clark. How to start CMAT preparation at home Go through the revised CMAT exam pattern. Read thoroughly the CMAT syllabus 2023. Pick out your strong and weak areas in all the four sections. Gather the best books and preparation material for CMAT preparation. Improve on your weak areas and monitor the improvement regularly.

CMAT 2024 Events

CMAT 2024 Dates

CMAT 2024 registration starts


Registration ends



Form correction window

19-Apr-2024 to 21-Apr-2024

24-Apr-2024 to 26-Apr-2024

CMAT admit card 2024 release


CMAT 2024 exam


CMAT 2024 answer key release and challenge

23-May-2024 to 25-May-2024 (9:00 pm)

CMAT 2024 result declaration

Three weeks after the exam

CMAT Answer Key 2024

The NTA releases official answer keys of CMAT exam for candidates to assess their performance.  Candidates can download the official CMAT answer key along with their individual response sheet from the NTA website. CMAT 2024 answer key download steps are mentioend below:

  • Go to NTA-CMAT website
  • Click on login option
  • Enter application number and password
  • Click on 'answer key' to download it

Candidates can file objection to the official CMAT answer key if they feel any answer by the NTA is incorrect. They can do so by filling an online form and paying INR 200 per question as fees at the exam website till May 25, 2024 (11:50 pm)

Also Read: CMAT 2024 answer key 

CMAT Result 2024

CMAT result 2024 will be announced by the NTA in the form of scorecard. Test takers will be able to download their CMAT 2024 result cum scorecard from the official website by using their login credentials. Check the below steps to download the CMAT result 2024:

  • Go to CMAT-NTA website
  • Click on CMAT scorecard tab
  • Enter CMAT application number and date of birth
  • Click on CMAT scorecard and download the PDF

Also Read: 

CMAT Cut Offs for MBA Admission 

Listed below are some of the MBA colleges that have CMAT cut offs between the range of 85 to 99 percentile. Candidates meeting the cut off is eligible for shortlisting process of MBA admission

Colleges Accepting CMAT score

CMAT Cut Off Percentiles

JBIMS, Mumbai


Goa Institute of Management


KJ Somaiya Institute of Management




Great Lakes Institute of Management, Chennai


University of Pune, Dept of Management Sciences


Xavier Institute of Social Service, Ranchi


Welingkar Institute of Management, Mumbai


Welingkar Institute of Management, Bangalore


Indian Institute of Information Technology & Management


IFIM, Bangalore


IFMR, Chennai


NIBM, Pune


NL Dalmiya Institute of Management


Also Read: Institute-wise CMAT cut offs

MBA Colleges Accepting CMAT Score

Given below is the list of some of the popular MBA colleges in India which accept CMAT score for admission:

Top CMAT accepting MBA colleges

Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra

Indus Business Academy, Bangalore

Christ University, Bangalore

Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies (JBIMS) Mumbai

BIMTECH, Greater Noida

Institute of Management Technology (IMT), Hyderabad

Great Lakes Institute of Management, Chennai

KJ Somaiya Institute of Management Studies and Research, Mumbai

Goa Institute of Management, Goa

KIIT School of Rural Management, Bhubaneshwar

LN Welingkar Institute of Management Development and Research, Mumbai

Xavier Institute of Management and Entrepreneurship (XIME), Bangalore

N L Dalmia Institute of Management Studies and Research, Mumbai

Sydenham Institute of Management Studies, Research and Entrepreneurship Education, Mumbai

Xavier Institute of Social service, Ranchi

KIIT School of Management

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CMAT 2024 Eligibility Criteria

  • The candidate should have a graduation degree or equivalent degree from a recognised university.
  • Students in their final year of bachelor’s degree awaiting their result are also eligible to apply for CMAT 2024.
  • There is no minimum aggregate requirement for CMAT 2024 in graduation.

Also Read: CMAT Eligibility Criteria 2024

CMAT Registration and Application Process 2024

The NTA conducts the CMAT registration and application process online. CMAT application fees is INR 2,000 for General / EWS/OBC-NCL (Male) and INR 1,000 for rest of the students. Given below is the CMAT 2024 application process:

  • Open CMAT 2024 website
  • Click on registration link for CMAT 2024
  • Click on 'new registration'
  • Enter personal details and choose a password to create a login ID
  • Log in with the ID shared in mail
  • Fill the CMAT 2024 form will relevant details
  • Pay the fee via debit/credit card or net banking

The CMAT 2024 exam will be conducted at multiple centres across India. The number of test cities in over 124. Candidates can select up to four cities as their preferred CMAT test cities in the application form. 

CMAT Exam Pattern 2024

CMAT exam pattern is prescribed by the NTA on the basis of AICTE guidelines for MBA entrance exams. Check the table below for the latest CMAT exam pattern:

CMAT Exam Structure


Number of sections

5 (Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation, Logical Reasoning, Language Comprehension, General Awareness and Innovation & Entrepreneurship)

Mode of examination


Duration of exam

180 minutes

Number of Shifts

1 (3:00 PM to 6:00 PM)

Number of questions


Total Marks


Number of answer choices


CMAT Marking scheme

4 marks for correct answer

-1 mark for incorrect answer

Language of paper


CMAT Syllabus 2024

CMAT syllabus includes all the important topics of Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation, Logical ReasoningLanguage Comprehension, General Awareness and Innovation & Entrepreneurship.

CMAT Syllabus

Important Topics

Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation

Algebra, Time-Speed-Distance, Alligation & Mixtures, Geometry, Graph, Quadratic and Linear Equations, etc.

Logical Reasoning

Analytical Reasoning, Linear Arrangements, Number Series, Matrix Arrangements, Blood Relationship Tests, etc.

Language Comprehension

Reading Comprehension, Grammar, English Usage Errors, Parajumbles, etc.

General Awareness

Economy, Business, World, Politics, Sports, Culture, Society

Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Questions related to innovation, entrepreneurship and start up business

CMAT Preparation 2024

CMAT preparation requires good planning since it is of moderate to high difficulty level. So, it is a good idea to start CMAT preparation at least six months before the exam. You have to study five subjects and need to practice a series of CMAT sample questions and mock tests for complete preparation. The CMAT exam is similar to other MBA entrance exam so the preparation can be on the same lines.

Check below, some useful CMAT 2024 preparation articles:

CMAT Admit Card 2024

CMAT admit card 2024 has been released. It can be downloaded from the official website of CMAT-NTA. To download the CMAT 2024 admit card, the candidate will have to follow the below given process. Check below the steps to download.

  • Visit the CMAT-NTA website
  • Click on 'CMAT 2024 admit card' tab
  • Enter CMAT application number and date of birth
  • Enter security pin and click on login
  • Click on CMAT admit card and download the PDF

FAQs on CMAT 2024

Q: What is CMAT 2024 registration date?

A: CMAT 2024 registration dates are March 29 to April 23, 2024 The CMAT 2024 registration process is online. The NTA is conducting registrations at its official website. Candidates will have to fill the CMAT 2024 application form within the deadline to be eligible to appear for the exam.

Q: Can I crack CMAT in 6 months?

A: Yes, you can crack CMAT exam in 6 months but you need to have a solid preparation strategy which should include focused syllabus coverage and practicing mock tests. Dedicate first three months to CMAT syllabus coverage, practice mock tests and sample papers for two and a half months and do revision of important topics in the last 15 days.

Q: Who conducts CMAT exam?

A: CMAT is conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA). Until 2018, the exam was conducted by the AICTE but 2019 onwards NTA started conducting it on behalf of the AICTE. The NTA is responsible for CMAT registrations, exam and result announcement.

Q: Is CMAT easier than CAT?

A: Yes, CMAT is easier that CAT exam. The difficulty level of CMAT is normally easy to moderate. Section wise also, the questions of CMAT DILR, Quant or Reading Comprehension are easier than CAT. However, CMAT has two extra sections than CAT. They are General Awareness and Innovation & Entrepreneurship.

Q: What is the CMAT application fees?

A: CMAT application fee for General / EWS/OBC-NCL (Male) candidates is INR 2,000. For Reserved category male, female and transgender students, the fee is INR 1,000. The CMAT application fee is non-refundable and has to be paid at the time of application form submission. The CMAT application form will not get accepted without fee payment.

Q: Who can apply for CMAT 2024?

Any person who has completed their graduation degree from a recognized university can apply for CMAT 2024. Candidates having professional degrees equivalent to graduation can also appear in the exam. Those who are in the final year of their Bachelor’s degree programme or awaiting result can also take CMAT 2024.

What is the syllabus of CMAT 2024?

The CMAT 2024 syllabus includes mainly five subjects - Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation Logical Reasoning, Language Comprehension, General Awareness and Innovation & Entrepreneurship. These subjects include all the important topics which are a part of any MBA entrance exam in India. In the CMAT syllabus, you will find topics like Arithmetic, Algebra, Mensuration, Modern Math, Geometry, Number System, Tables and Charts, Coding-Decoding, Blood Relations, Family Tree, Visual Reasoning, Critical Reasoning, English, Vocabulary, Grammar, Reading Comprehension, Business, Entrepreneurship, GK among others.

What is the CMAT 2024 pattern?

The CMAT exam is conducted in online mode. Candidates have to take the test at a designated examination centre on a given day. The test is to be taken on a computer system. The CMAT is for 3 hours in which candidates have to solve 100 MCQs. There is no sectional time limit. For every correct answer, 4 marks is awarded and for every incorrect answer, 1 mark is deducted.

What is the role of NTA in CMAT cut off determination?

The NTA has no role in CMAT cut off determination. The minimum percentile for admission is fixed by the CMAT participating institutes individually. Every institute independently determines the CMAT cut off which may be based on previous year’s cut offs, number of seats on offer and overall CMAT result for that year.

Does IIM accept CMAT score for MBA admission?

No, the IIMs do not accept CMAT score for MBA admission. The IIMs accept only CAT score for selecting candidates for personal interview and written ability test. CMAT score is accepted by over 1300 MBA colleges which include JBIMS, KJ Somaiaya, Prin LN Welingkar Institute of Management Development and Research, Great Lakes Institute of Management, KIIT School of Management, Amity University among others.

What is a good CMAT score?

A good CMAT score is basically a score that can get you the desired MBA colleges. The top colleges accepting CMAT score like JBMIS, KJ Somaiya have a high cut off in the range of 95-99 percentile. So, if you desire a Tier 1 college, a good score in CMAT will be 85-90 percentile and above. If you desire a Tier 2 college, a good score in CMAT will be 70-85 percentile and for a Tier 3 college, less than 70 percentile in CMAT will be good.

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If you haven't received your CMAT scorecard yet but need to fill out the IIIT Allahabad MBA application form, you can take the following steps:


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Bhavesh Jain

Beginner-Level 5

Answered 2 days ago

Yes by CMAT any student can get admission in Karnataka State Akkamahadevi Women's University for MBA course and also by CAT, XAT, MAT any student is eligible for the course but also he or she would a minimum 60% in graduation in any course. There are only 60 seats for MBA in Karnataka State Akkamaha



Satyaki saha

Beginner-Level 5

Answered 3 days ago

The CMAT cut-off for Acharya Institute of Technology, Bangalore generally varies each year depending on the applicant pool and exam difficulty. For the MBA program, candidates typically need to score around the 60-70 percentile to be competitive. Specific cut-off scores for the 2024 admission cycle


Satyam Singh

Contributor-Level 7

Answered 3 weeks ago

Yes, you can get admission through ACPC CMAT score in CPIMR for MBA as the college accepts CMAT scores for MBA admissions.

Chimanbhai Patel Institute of Mangement and Research (CPIMR) is located in Ahmedabad, Gujarat and was established in 1998. It is a reputed institute and offers various PG courses



Aakanksha Singh

Contributor-Level 10

Answered 3 weeks ago

CMAT city intimation slip is available for download for 2-3 days only. Once the CMAT admit card is released, the city intimation slip is not required as the hall ticket carries complete details of test centre. However, registered candidates must download the city intimation slip once it is released


Vipra Shrivastava

Contributor-Level 10

Answered 3 weeks ago

Hello Anishka!

Delhi School of Management, at DTU offers two MBA Programs, MBA and Executive MBA. MBA costs around INR 2.95 Lakhs for the entire course, and Executive MBA costs around INR 3.75 Lakhs. 

You need to clear the CAT/CMAT/MAT exams to get admission to any of the courses. The expected cut-off



Himanshi Tirkha

Contributor-Level 10

Answered 4 weeks ago

You can get CMAT questions paper from the National Testing Agency (NTA) usually releases the CMAT question papers on its official website, Here are some steps to download the 2023 CMAT question paper from the NTA website:

  1. Go to the NTA website,
  2. Click on the Downloads section


Satyam Singh

Contributor-Level 7

Answered 4 weeks ago

Yes, you can enroll at SIMSREE Mumbai's MBA programme without taking the CMAT exam. Admission to the MBA course at SIMSREE Mumbai is based on CAT/CMAT tests followed by counseling; however, it is possible to apply for admission on a merit basis without an entrance exam.



Beginner-Level 4

Answered a month ago

The desired CMAT range to get into LEAD College of Management for MBA can vary from year to year based on factors like the applicant pool and programme competitiveness. Typically, aiming for a CMAT score above the college's historical average can increase your chances of admission.

MBA Finance 70-75




Sarvesh ranjan

Contributor-Level 8

Answered a month ago

Hey Sivani,

Admission to management programs (MBA, PGDM, PGCM, Executive PGDM, etc.) at AICTE-approved colleges throughout India is handled through the CMAT (Common Management Admission Test) 2024. For admission, candidates may use their CMAT 2024 results if they wish to pursue management education i




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