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The exam has remained a popular MBA entrance exam for students, and with the establishment of a dedicated testing organization – NTA – it is predicted that the exam will give admission opportunities in even more B-schools than previously. Here are five essential considerations that may help you decide whether or not to take the exam:


 JBIMS, SIMSREE, PUMBA, K J Somaiya, GIM Goa, BIMTECH, Great Lakes, and IFMR are just a few of the 500 MBA schools that recognise exam results. These B-schools' cut-offs are also not particularly high.


The exam will continue to be a moderately challenging exam with 100 basic questions separated into four sections: quantitative techniques and data interpretation (25 questions); language comprehension (25 questions); logical reasoning (25 questions); and general awareness (25 questions) (25 Qs). The MCQ-type questions in CMAT are of moderate difficulty and the answer options are directly related to the question. For example, in the exam, the questions after the RC passage are directly related to the text content and can be quickly answered, as opposed to the CAT and XAT, where the questions are indirectly related to the text and you must deduce the answer from the information in the passage.


The list of score-accepting colleges includes all AICTE - Govt of India-approved management universities. The list of B-schools and Universities offering admission on the NTA/AICTE website only includes colleges that offer UGC/AICTE recognised MBA/PGDM programs. Students who pass the exam can be assured of admission to an institute that is recognized by the government and permitted to offer a management programs.

In thirteen states, accredited government and private universities and highly regarded business schools are likely to accept scores as the entrance to MBA admissions under the government quota, rather than the state-administered Postgraduate Common Entrance Test (PGCET). Uttar Pradesh, Kerala, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Nagaland, Goa, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Haryana, Karnataka, Jharkhand, and Himachal Pradesh will recognise test scores. With the establishment of the National Testing Agency (NTA), it is predicted that a greater number of authorised B-schools will accept scores.

4. LOW Cost Universities: 

Unlike the IIMs, which have a high fee structure ranging from Rs.16 lakhs to Rs.22 lakhs, the MBA/PGDM colleges accredited by CMAT offer comparable management programs for a reasonable fee ranging from Rs.5 lakhs to Rs.15 lakhs. All of these management institutes provide two-year full-time residential MBA/PGDM programs. The fee structure for some university-affiliated MBA colleges under CMAT, such as Mumbai University and others, is as low as Rs.2 to 3 lakhs.


It is a more advanced national MBA admission exam than MAT and ATMA. It provides admission to higher level MBA/PGDM colleges. Many MBA colleges in India do not accept MAT or ATMA exams, but do accept scores. For example, DTE-Maharashtra indicated that all 400 MBA colleges in Maharashtra affiliated with the Maharashtra government would accept  marks for admission instead of previous MAT and other tests.

Criteria for CMAT 2023 Eligibility

The National Testing Agency will disclose the eligibility criteria for the test in the official statement. Applicants who meet the academic requirements and the age limit indicated in the eligibility criteria may apply for the entrance exam.

Students must be Indian citizens to apply for the CMAT.

Academic qualifications: Graduates in any discipline from accredited institutions are eligible to take the exam. Final-year students can also apply for the computer-based online exam.

There is no upper age limit for taking the exam.

Eligibility Criteria For PGCM - A bachelor's degree in any discipline.

Candidates for the Executive PGDM must have a graduate degree in any area and a minimum of five years of professional experience.

For MBA and PGDM, he or she must have completed a graduate degree in any discipline.

Tips for Preparation

Since the exam is coming, applicants should review the preparation tips, relevant books, and topics that can improve study preparation. Before beginning exam preparation, it is critical to properly review the syllabus and exam format.

To pass the Common Management Admission Test, solid CMAT 2023 planning and consistent preparation are required. Candidates taking the exam can also look for the finest books to prepare for the CMAT 2023.

Exam Pattern

Since last year, the National Testing Agency (NTA) has included a new element in the CMAT exam. Students interested in Innovation and Entrepreneurship programmes can now take this new portion of the CMAT exam in addition to the normal sections. \

Particulars of the CMAT Exam Pattern 2023


Examination Mode

  • Computer-Based Examination (CBT)
  • The CMAT exam lasts three hours.
  • The total number of questions is 100.
  • Sectional Questions
  • 20 inquiries
  • 400 points in total

Marking Scheme 

  • +4 Points for Each Correct Answer 
  • -1 Point for Each Incorrect Answer

Admit Card

The CMAT admit card will be available online at cmat.nta.nic.in from the National Testing Agency (NTA). Admission cards can be downloaded by using their CMAT login credentials such as application number and date of birth.

Candidates must keep their hall ticket safe until their admissions are finalised, since no duplicates will be granted. The exam self-declaration form must be brought to the test centre with the admit card.

Answer Key 

The answer key will be available online at the National Testing Agency's official website in the third week of April.

The CMAT exam answer key is made available online in the form of a response sheet.

Candidates who pay the requisite money will be able to challenge the answer key within a specified time frame (Non-Refundable). After the answer key challenge window closes, officials will likely issue the final answer key together with the result in the last week of April.

Candidates will be able to download the exam answer key by providing their login credentials, which will be generated after registration.

The National Testing Agency (NTA) will release the results online in the last week of April. The NTA CMAT official website - cmat.nta.nic.in - will have the score card accessible for download. Candidates must provide their application number, date of birth, and security pin to see the result and get the scorecard.


The National Testing Agency (NTA) will not provide the cutoff to shortlist candidates for the selection procedure, as it did last year; however, the associated institutes will declare their own cutoff when the result is officially announced.

The CMAT test cutoff is the minimum score or percentile that students must achieve in order to be admitted to MBA and PGDM programs provided by management colleges across India. The following factors will decide the cutoff:

  • The total number of candidates who took the exam.
  • The number of available seats
  • Number of qualifying applicants
  • Examination difficulty level

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