CMAT 2025: Exam Dates, Syllabus, Pattern, Registration, Eligibility, Preparation

Common Management Admission Test 2024 ( CMAT )

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CMAT 2025 exam will be held in May 2025. The NTA will announce exam and registration dates for CMAT 2025 in February. The CMAT is a national level MBA entrance exam for MBA admission. Check here all about CMAT 2025 exam including dates, eligibility, fees, registration, syllabus, pattern, preparation and cut offs.  

CMAT 2025 exam

CMAT 2025 exam

CMAT 2025 exam will be conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA) for admission to some of the top MBA colleges in India. CMAT is conducted in computer based test mode at over 300 test centres in various cities across India. Top colleges that accept CMAT score 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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Registration process for CMAT exam 2025 will commence in March and the schedule will be announced online. In this article, you will read all about CMAT 2025 exam including dates, syllabus, pattern, registration process, application fees, cut offs and list of MBA colleges accepting CMAT exam score for admission.

Q:   What is the latest CMAT exam pattern?

A:
The latest CMAT exam pattern as prescribed by the National Testing Agency NTA is as follows: The question paper carries 100 question. The format of questions is multiple choice type where for each question, four options are given to choose the correct answer from. The 100 questions are divided equally between five sections, Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation, Language Comprehension, Logical Reasoning, General Awareness and Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Each of the five sections carry 20 questions. Earlier, there were only four sections in CMAT and each section has 25 questions. In 2021, Innovation and Entrepreneurship was added as the fifth section. The time limit for CMAT is 180 minutes without sectional time limit or break. As per the latest marking scheme, for every correct option 4 marks are awarded and for every incorrect option, one mark is deducted. There is no negative marking for unanswered questions.

Q:   What is the section wise weightage in CMAT?

A:
CMAT has five sections. Every section of the CMAT exam has 20 questions. Each question of the five sections carries four marks for correct answer and one mark is deducted for every incorrect answer. Therefore, the total marks of each section is 80 and the total marks of the CMAT exam is 400. The CMAT percentile is calculated on the basis of marks scored by candidates on 400. Given below is the sectional break up of CMAT exam: 1. Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation: 20 questions of 4 marks each 2. Logical Reasoning: 20 questions of 4 marks each 3. Language Comprehension: 20 questions of 4 marks each 4. General Awareness: 20 questions of 4 marks each 5. Innovation & Entrepreneurship: 20 questions of 4 marks each.

Q:   Which is the lengthiest section in CMAT?

A:
Since the Language Comprehension section of CMAT includes reading comprehension passages, it can be considered a lengthy section. However, there is a possibility of any other section to be lengthier. For example, Logical Reasoning questions or Data Interpretation questions can also be lengthy, due to multiple levels of calculations. The weightage of each section is same in CMAT I. e. 20 questions and 80 marks, so it doesn't really matter which section is lengthy as candidates have to meet sectional cut offs to be able to get a good overall score. It is not mandatory to solve all 100 questions in CMAT so candidates have the choice of dropping lengthy questions and solving easier questions. So, the best option is to skip the lengthy questions and solve other questions correctly. Doing so will ensure that the candidate doesn't fall short of time as well as good questions to solve.

Also Read: 1,300 MBA colleges accepting CMAT score

CMAT 2025 Important Dates

CMAT exam date for 2025 session will be announced by the NTA after the registration process is over. CMAT 2025 registration dates will be announced in March. Check the table below for tentative CMAT exam 2025 schedule

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CMAT 2025 Dates

CMAT 2025 registration starts

Second week of March 2025

Registration ends

Third week of April 2025

Form correction window

Third week of April 2025

CMAT admit card 2025 release

First week of May 2025

CMAT 2025 exam

Second week of May 2025

CMAT 2025 answer key challenge

One week after the exam

CMAT 2025 result declaration

Three weeks after the exam

CMAT 2025 Eligibility Criteria

To appear for CMAT, candidates have to fulfill the minimum eligibility criteria as given below:

  • Candidate should be a graduate or have an equivalent degree from a recognised university.
  • Students in their final year of bachelor’s degree awaiting their result can also appear for CMAT exam.
  • There is no minimum score requirement for CMAT 2025 in graduation and there is no age limit as well.

Also Read: CMAT Eligibility Criteria 2025

CMAT Registration and Application Process 2025

 CMAT registration and application process is online. There is no option to fill the form offline. Given below is the CMAT 2024 application process:

  • Open CMAT 2025 website
  • Click on ‘registration link for CMAT 2025
  • 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 2025 exam centres will be allotted to candidates as per their choice. Candidates can select up to four cities as their preferred CMAT test cities in the application form. 

CMAT Fees 2025

  • INR 2,000 for General / EWS/OBC-NCL (Male)
  • INR 1,000 for Females, Third Gender and Reserved category students

CMAT Exam Pattern 2025

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:

Q:   What is the CMAT marking scheme?

A:
CMAT marking scheme is straightforward. If they can recall their attempts or have the answer key with them then they can calculate their CMAT raw score by adding and subtracting scores as per correct and incorrect attempts. Check CMAT marking scheme below: 1. For every correct attempt, 4 marks is awarded and for every incorrect answer, 1 mark is deducted. 2. For every unanswered question, the candidate will be marked zero. Given below is the process of calculating the CMAT score with the help of the CMAT answer key. Every section has 20 questions, so suppose in Quantitative Techniques section you got 14 questions right, 2 questions wrong and skipped 4 questions. So, your score will be 54 out of 80. Similarly, calculate the score of other sections. After the add all five to arrive as overall raw score. For example, you scored 54, 44, 75, 60 and 40 in five sections, then your sum total will be 203/400. You can read more about CMAT scoring process here: https://www.shiksha.com/mba/articles/cmat-score-vs-percentile-how-to-calculate-blogId-19977 https://www.shiksha.com/mba/articles/what-is-cmat-score-normalization-process-blogId-53987.

Q:   Is there any negative marking in CMAT?

A:
Yes, there is negative marking in CMAT exam. For each wrong answer, 1 mark will be deducted. For example, if a candidate attempts 18 questions from Logical Reasoning and gets 15 questions correct but 3 questions incorrect. Then the candidate's score for this section will be 15x4-3, i.e. 57. However, no marks will be deducted for unanswered questions. Thus, candidates must choose only those questions to solve which they are sure of solving accurately. It is anyway not possible to solve all 100 questions, so candidates must weigh their options viz. Strength and weak areas and then choose questions carefully. If candidates are not sure of answering a question correctly or it is taking too much time, then they should leave that questions and move to next as they also need to keep a tab on the time limit.

CMAT Exam Pattern

Details

Number of sections

Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation

Logical Reasoning

Language Comprehension

General Awareness

Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Mode of examination

Online

Duration of exam

180 minutes

Sectional time limit

No

Number of questions

100 

Total Marks

400

Number of answer choices

4

CMAT Marking scheme

4 marks for correct answer

-1 mark for incorrect answer

CMAT Syllabus 2025

CMAT syllabus is similar to other MBA entrance exams, and include important topics from Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation, Logical ReasoningLanguage Comprehension, General Awareness and Innovation & Entrepreneurship. Check below the table for important topics of CMAT.

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

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CMAT Preparation 2025

CMAT 2025 preparation will require an elaborate plan as the exam syllabus is vast. So, it is a good idea to start CMAT preparation at least six to nine months before the exam, so that you get enough time to cover the entire CMAT syllabus and get good enough time for practice papers and mock tests.

Check below, some useful CMAT 2025 preparation articles:

CMAT Admit Card 2025

CMAT admit card 2025 will be released online a week before the exam day. It will be available for download from the CMAT 2025 website through login. To download the CMAT 2025 admit card, the candidate will have to follow the below given process.

  • Visit the CMAT-NTA website
  • Click on 'CMAT 2025 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

CMAT Answer Key 2025

CMAT answer key 2025 will be released 2-3 days after the exam. It will be accompanied by candidate response sheet. Check below steps to download CMAT 2025 answer key and response sheet.

  • Visit CMAT 2025 website
  • Click on 'CMAT 2025 answer key and response sheet' option
  • Enter application number and password
  • Click on 'answer key' to download it

NTA gives option to candidates to raise objection against the official answer key, if they feel any answer given by the authority is incorrect. They can challenge the official CMAT answer key by filling an online form and paying INR 200 per question as fees at the exam website. 

Also Read: CMAT 2025 answer key 

CMAT Result 2025

CMAT result 2025 will be declared online after 15-20 days of the exam. Test takers will be able to download their CMAT 2025 result cum scorecard from the official website by using their login credentials. Check the below steps to download the CMAT result 2025:

  • 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

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CMAT Cut Offs for MBA Admission 

Listed below are top MBA colleges accepting CMAT score and their cut offs between the range of 85 to 99 percentile.

Colleges Accepting CMAT score

CMAT Cut Off Percentiles

JBIMS, Mumbai

99.9

Goa Institute of Management

95-99

KJ Somaiya Institute of Management

95-99

SIMSREE, Mumbai

99

Great Lakes Institute of Management, Chennai

95-99

University of Pune, Dept of Management Sciences

95-99

Xavier Institute of Social Service, Ranchi

95

Welingkar Institute of Management, Mumbai

85

Welingkar Institute of Management, Bangalore

80

Indian Institute of Information Technology & Management

85

IFIM, Bangalore

85

IFMR, Chennai

85

NIBM, Pune

85

NL Dalmiya Institute of Management

85

Also Read: Institute-wise CMAT cut offs

MBA Colleges Accepting CMAT Score

Check out 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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Answered 4 days ago

As per the information available on the shiksha, there are around 687 MBA finance colleges accepting CMAT scores. The list of top 5 colleges, with their NIRF rankings, is mentioned below:

College/ University nameNIRF Ranking 2023
Christ University Bangalore60
LPU, Jalandhar32
KJ Somaiya Institute of Management45
Jaipuria Institute of Management, Noida47
Prin. L. N. Welingkar Institute of Management Development and Research, Mumbai73
  
  
  
  

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Arshita Tiwari

Beginner-Level 5

Answered a week ago

Yes, you can join IIHMR Bangalore for the PGDM in Health Management programme without CMAT. The eligibility criteria for admission to IIHMR Bangalore's PGDM programme is a bachelor's degree in any discipline with a minimum of 50% marks (45% for SC/ST candidates) and no requirement for a CAT/MAT/CMAT

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Sulagna G

Beginner-Level 1

Answered 2 weeks ago

The table below shows the top specialisations offered by the best MBA colleges in Maharashtra accepting CMAT score along with their number of colleges:

Top SpecialisationsNo. of Colleges
Sales & Marketing192
Finance190
Human Resources188
Operations140
Supply Chain80

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Tasbiya Khan

Contributor-Level 10

Answered 2 weeks ago

The following table presents a list of government MBA institutions in Maharashtra that consider CMAT scores for admission, along with their respective total tuition fees.

Public/Government Colleges

Total Tuition Fee

UNIPUNE Admission

INR 1 lakh

Department of Management Sciences, Pune University Admission

INR 1 Lacs – INR2 lakh

Gondwana University AdmissionINR 46,000

College of Engineering, Pune Admission

INR 3 lakh

SNDT College Admission

INR 2 lakh

 

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Tasbiya Khan

Contributor-Level 10

Answered 2 weeks ago

Refer to the table below for a detailed overview of the MBA colleges accepting CMAT score in Maharashtra along with their average placement package and its prominent recruiters:

College Name

Annual Average Package

Prominent Recruiters

K J Somaiya Institute of Management Placements

INR 10 LPA

ITC, Amazon, HUL, EY, Airtel, etc.

Welingkar Mumbai MBA Placements

INR 9 LPA

Adani Group, Airtel, Amazon, Deloitte, Morgan Stanley,  etc.. 

National Institute of Bank Management Placements

INR 11 LPA

Airtel, HDFC Bank, KPMG, Axis Bank, Federal Bank, etc.

Pune Institute of Business Management Placements

INR 7 LPA

Citco, Wipro, Xiaomi, Flipkart, Loreal, Grant Thornton, etc.
IMT Nagpur PlacementsINR 11 LPABerger, Orient Electric, Usha, Bata footwear, etc.

 

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Tasbiya Khan

Contributor-Level 10

Answered 2 weeks ago

Joining MBA colleges accepting CMAT in Maharashtra can be affordable. Listed below are some of the colleges having tuition fees of less than INR 1 lakh:

Low-cost CollegesTotal Tuition Fee
Abasaheb Garware Institute of Management StudiesINR 91,000
Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada UniversityINR 90,000
Dhole Patil College of EngineeringINR 61,000
Dhanwate National CollegeINR 20,000
North Maharashtra UniversityINR 36,000

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Tasbiya Khan

Contributor-Level 10

Answered 2 weeks ago

Joining MBA colleges accepting CMAT score in Maharashtra can be worthwhile for you. For that, you need to check its ROI. Listed below are some of the colleges along with their total tuition fees and average placement package:

College Name

Total Tuition Fee

Annual Average Package

K J Somaiya Institute of Management MBA

INR 17 lakh

INR 10 LPA

Welingkar Mumbai MBA

INR 14 lakh

INR 9 LPA

National Institute of Bank Management MBA

INR 14 lakh

INR 11 LPA

Pune Institute of Business Management MBA

INR 9 Lacs – INR 30 lakh

INR 7 LPA

IMT Nagpur MBAINR 14 lakhINR 11 LPA

Hope this answer helps you!

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Tasbiya Khan

Contributor-Level 10

Answered 2 weeks ago

K J Somaiya Institute of Management emerged as the No. 1 MBA college accepting CMAT score in Maharashtra followed by other colleges. Listed below are some of the colleges along wth their NIRF rankings:

College Name

NIRF 2021

NIRF 2022

NIRF 2023

KJ Somaiya Institute of Management

56

71

45

Welingkar Institute of Management

72

68

73

National Institute of Bank Management

NA

76

Hope this information proves beneficial for you!

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Tasbiya Khan

Contributor-Level 10

Answered 2 weeks ago

About 400+ top MBA colleges are accepting CMAT score in Maharashtra. Among these,  252 colleges are privately owned, 16 colleges are owned by public/government organisations, and public-private entities own 3 MBA colleges in Maharashtra that accept CMAT score. CMAT is one of the most accepting entr

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Tasbiya Khan

Contributor-Level 10

Answered 3 weeks ago

It is depend on the college for certain colleges we need to write the entrence exam to take the admission without CMAT we can't take the admission 

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Chinthapandu Karthikeya

Beginner-Level 4