Common Management Admission Test is a national-level online computer based test for admission in management programmes approved by AICTE. CMAT will be conducted twice a year. Each Candidate is eligible to appear in both the exams and the better of two scores will be used for the admission for each academic year.


CMAT Entrance Test pattern

Time Duration: 3hrs
Marking for CMAT: 4 marks per correct answer and penalty of 1mark for incorrect answer

  • Section Name
  • Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation
  • Logical reasoning
  • Language comprehension
  • General Awareness
  • Total
  • No. of questions
  • 25
  • 25
  • 25
  • 25
  • 100
  • Marks per section
  • 100
  • 100
  • 100
  • 100
  • 400

Is CMAT going to be conducted ONLINE twice a year?

Yes, CMAT is a computer-based test (CBT) which will be conducted twice a year. Each Candidate is eligible to appear in both the exams and the better of two scores will be used for the admission for each academic year.

How is the computer-based format different from the paper-based format?

The format of the test is more or less the same except that a candidate reads a question on a computer terminal and clicks on the correct answer, instead of reading on a paper booklet and using a pencil to darken the ovals on an answer sheet.

Can I take the test from any computer?

No. A candidate will have to take the test on a pre-assigned workstation and will not have a choice to choose his or her workstation, in the testing venue.


Who is eligible to take the test?

Candidates who are in the final year of the Bachelor’s Degree Programmes or who have appeared in the final year examination can also appear in the test. The candidates, who have already appeared in both the CMAT held in September, 2012 and February, 2013 will not be allowed to appear in this test.

Can I appear for CMAT for practice purpose, though I am aware that I am not eligible?

No. Only eligible candidates can appear for the test.

Is there any age restriction for appearing in CMAT?

No, there is no age restriction for appearing in CMAT.

What is the fee for the test?

The fee is Rs.1200 + Bank charges as applicable for General / OBC candidates. If you belong to the SC/ST/PD category then you need to pay a fee of Rs.600 + Bank charges as applicable.

Where do I pay my fees?

Candidates are required to pay registration fee either by Online (Credit / Debit cards / Net banking) or Depositing cash in any branch of State Bank of India. SBI Branch Locator can be used to find your nearest branch.

Can I use my coaching institute’s or a friend’s email address when registering for CMAT?

No, you need to have a valid and unique email address of yourself which you will be using at least for the next eight months.

Can I pay the fees through Bank Demand Draft or Cheque?

No. Fees can only be paid online or through cash deposit in any of the SBI bank branch.

From where can I get the list of test cities?

A list of test cities will be available on the website

When will I get my Admit Card?

You can PRINT your ADMIT CARD by going to website

What details will be mentioned in the Admit Card?

The admit card will contain the name of the candidate, CMAT Roll number, test date, time, reporting time at the venue, venue name, venue address and instructions for the candidate.

Will the Admit Card be sent to me as a hard copy by mail?

No. Apart from the ADMIT CARD made available ONLINE on the website, the admit card will be sent to the email address provided by you. It is therefore, mandatory for you to have a valid email account throughout the selection process. Note: Admit Card is a mandatory requirement in order to take the test. You must bring a print out of your Admit Card to the test center.

What are the different Time Slots of the Test?

A typical testing day for CMAT will have 2 exam sessions. Session timings are as follows: a. Session 1: Testing will begin at 9:30 AM. Candidates are required to arrive at the test center no later than 8:00 AM for Security checks, Identity verification, and check-in. b. Session 2: Testing will begin at 2:30 PM. Candidates are required to arrive at the test center no later than 1:00 PM for Security checks, Identity verification, and check-in.

Can I change my preferred test city after I have submitted my form?

No. No data can be changed once the form is finally submitted.

Can I cancel the test?

No. Under no circumstances will a cancellation/refund be allowed.

If I do not take my test, will I be eligible for a refund?

No. Your fees will not be refunded in case you do not appear for your test as per your scheduled location, date and time


What is the reporting time for the test?

One Hour and Thirty minutes prior to the test time. For the test beginning at 9.30 am, you must reach the test center no later than 8:00 AM. Similarly for the test beginning at 2.30 pm, you must reach the test centre no later than 1:00 PM.

What identification documents are required to be carried to the test center?

Candidates will need to bring the following identification documents on the test day: a) ATTESTED COPY of CMAT Admit Card with recent passport size photo pasted on it. b) At least one original (not photocopied / scanned copy) and valid (not expired) photo identification. The name on your photo identification must match your name as entered in the CMAT application. Acceptable forms of photo identification types are limited to Driver's license, Passport, PAN Card, Voter ID, UID card or a notarized Affidavit (in English) with Photo, Signature, Date of Birth and Residential Address. Photocopies of the original are not acceptable. Candidates will not be permitted to take the test if photo identification is not presented. SC/ST candidates are required to bring the valid caste certificate in Original and an ATTESTED photocopy. Physically Disabled candidates are required to bring the valid Disability certificate in Original and an ATTESTED photocopy. ATTESTATION CAN BE DONE BY INSTITUTE HEAD ALSO Note: You will have to store all other personal items at the test centre at your own risk. Please do not bring any other items to the test center, as they are not permitted into the testing center.

Does the name need to match with the names appearing on the identification documents?

Your name needs to be exactly identical to the name on your Xth Mark sheet or equivalent. Note: - If the name has been changed due to events such as marriage, you must show the relevant document mentioned below and submit a photocopy at the time of the test, interview and at the time of joining a programme. •Marriage Certificate, Divorce Decree, Legal Name Change Document

What are the permitted materials I can bring with me to the test center?

None. You will not be permitted to bring any personal items to the test center, including but not limited to wrist-watch, cellphones, calculators, etc.

What is the duration and pattern of the test?

The total duration is 3 hours. CMAT is a multiple choice test, delivered in 4 sections, The actual test will contain 100 questions. For further details, refer to Test Duration & Pattern.

Do I have any breaks during the test?

No, you will not be given any breaks during the test.

If I complete my exam before three hours, can I leave early?

No. even if you complete the exam before the scheduled end time, you will not be allowed to leave the exam hall. You are allowed to leave the exam only after the scheduled three hours of exam are over. You cannot leave in between the exam even if you finish the exam early

Will I be provided with any scratch paper for rough work and calculations during the test?

At the test centre, each candidate will be seated at a desk with a computer terminal and he/she will be provided with a scratch paper for calculations. Rough work cannot be done on any other paper/sheet, as nothing will be allowed inside the testing room. On completion of the test, candidates will have to hand back all the scratch paper to the Administrator.


Which universities / institutes will consider CMAT scores for admission?

All AICTE approved Institutes / Departments of Universities are expected to accept CMAT scores.

If I have done Graduation through PART TIME or DISTANCE LEARNING MODE, am I eligible to apply for CMAT exam?

Yes; as long as it is approved by respective statutory bodies.

Will CMAT score be considered for admissions to Part Time MBA courses?

CMAT score will be considered for admissions to all AICTE approved part-time programs.

Will there be a sectional cut off in the examination?

No. there will be no sectional cut off in the CMAT examination.

How long is the CMAT May 2013 exam score valid?

The CMAT May 2013 exam score will be valid for the admissions to academic year 2013-14.

I have learnt that the test will not disqualify anybody, but will just give a rank to all test takers. The colleges, based on their individual merit list can decide if candidate of a certain rank is eligible for admission. Is the CMAT score only to rank candidates?

CMAT has been designed to rank all the candidates who appear in the test based on their aptitude towards the management education in the order of their merit. The objective of the test is not to eliminate the candidates from the process of seeking admission in the AICTE approved management programmes, rather to facilitate the institutions to select the suitable candidates as per their merit.

Can I give CMAT exam via paper pencil mode later in case I missed the Online examination?

CMAT is a computer based online exam scheduled from 19th May 2013 to 22nd May, 2013. It cannot be taken in paper-pencil mode.