CMAT 2024: Exam Date, Registration, Syllabus, Pattern, Eligibility

Updated on 14th November 2023 | 12:45 pm | #CMAT2024

CMAT (Common Management Admission Test) is a national-level MBA Entrance Exam administered by NTA (National Testing Agency) which is conducted once every year.

Here are some points that must be kept in mind regarding the CMAT exam:

  • There are 100 questions equally divided into 5 sections of 20 MCQs in each section.
  • CMAT 2023 was held on 4th May 2023 and the results were available from 31st May 2023.
  • Registrations for the CMAT exam are expected to begin in the 2nd week of February 2024.
  • Results for all appeared candidates are declared as per the final answer key.
  • The rank obtained by the test-takers will be used for MBA/PGDM/PGPM/PGP course admissions in AICTE-approved courses.

Begin your CMAT Preparation

What is CMAT Exam?

The Common Management Admission Test (CMAT) is a government-organized, computer-based national-level MBA entrance exam for admission into various AICTE-approved management programs (MBA/PGDM) across India.

Previously conducted by AICTE, the National Testing Agency (NTA) now administers the test. NTA has made many changes to the CMAT exam syllabus and pattern over the past few years. With over 70,000 annual applicants, CMAT offers a unique opportunity as it doesn't disqualify any test-takers based on their results.

The exam is accepted by more than 1500 MBA colleges in India to select candidates for their MBA or PGDM programs. The difficulty level of the CMAT exam tends to be on the lower side compared to other exams like CAT,GMAT, and XAT. However, it is not to be underestimated.

Following are the key exam highlights and other important details:

CMAT 2024


Exam Conducting Body

National Testing Agency (NTA)



Full Form

Common Management Admission Test

Exam Date

To be announced

Mode of Exam

Online Computer-Based Test

Exam Difficulty Level

Easy to Moderate

Time Allotted

180 minutes

Total Questions


Marking Scheme

+4 marks for every correct answer

-1 mark for each wrong answer

CMAT Exam Dates

Given below are the tentative dates for the exam:

Exam Activity

Important Dates (tentative)

Availability of Application Form

2nd week of February 2024

Registration Deadline

2nd week of March 2024

Issuance of Hall ticket

April 2024

Last date to download hall ticket

Till the day of the CMAT Exam

CMAT Exam Date

To be announced

Result Date

7-14 days post examination

CMAT Exam Pattern

To understand the exam format in detail, let us study the information tabulated below:

Section Component

No. of Questions

Total Marks for each section

Language Comprehension 



Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation



Logical Reasoning



General Awareness



Innovation & Entrepreneurship






Time Limit

180 Minutes

Here are some points you must keep in mind regarding CMAT 2024:

  • There are a total of 100 questions in the paper
  • All the questions are MCQ-type questions
  • Each question in the paper carries 4 marks
  • For every incorrect attempt, there is a negative marking of one mark

CMAT 2024 Eligibility Criteria

Aspirants must fulfill the following eligibility criteria to be allowed to sit for the exam:

  • Candidates must hold a Bachelor's degree in any discipline with no minimum aggregate requirement.
  • Final-year students whose results will be declared before the start of the academic year can also apply
  • The candidate must be a citizen of India
  • There is no age restriction

CMAT 2024 Registration Process

The registration process is expected to commence in the 2nd week of February 2024. The students are required to submit their applications online. There is no provision to submit the application offline.





Visit the official CMAT website


Click on the "Registration" link

Locate it on the homepage or under the "New Candidate Registration" section.


Create an account

Enter your name, email address, and phone number to create a user account


Verify your email address

Click on the verification link sent to your email to activate your account


Fill out the online application form

Provide personal information, academic details, contact information, and choose exam cities


Upload required documents

Scanned copy of passport-sized photograph, signature, and PwD certificate (if applicable)


Pay the application fee

Online payment through net banking, credit card, or debit card


Submit the application form

Review all information and click on the "Submit" button


Download confirmation page

Save a copy of the confirmation page for future reference


Download admit card

Access the admit card from the official CMAT website a few days before the exam

Documents Required for Registration

  • The scanned copy of the signature and photo must be in JPG or JPEG format.
  • The scanned photo should be between 10 and 200 kb in size.
  • The size of the scanned signature should be between 4 and 30 kb.
  • The photograph can be in black and white or color, but it must have sharp contrast.

CMAT 2024 Application Form Fee

After completing the online application form, you must pay the registration fee. The application fees for the various categories remain the same as last year listed below: -


Male (INR)

Female (INR)









Application Fee Payment through Online Mode

Check the validity of the Debit/ Credit Card and keep it ready with you while logging on to the website for submitting the application form. Enter the information very carefully to avoid any discrepancies and keep the proof of fee paid.

 Fee can be paid using SBI/HDFC Bank through:

  • Net Banking
  • Debit Card
  • Credit Card
  • UPI

CMAT Syllabus

The CMAT is a fast-paced entrance exam that assesses a candidate's skills in quantitative aptitude, data interpretation, logical reasoning, verbal ability, English language comprehension, innovation and entrepreneurship and general knowledge.

The exam syllabus is not exactly defined. But, on the basis of previous year's papers we have listed down the important topics for each section.



Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation

Arithmetic, Geometry, Algebra, Number System, Probability & Set theory, Permutation and Combination, Charts (Column, Bar, Pie), Tables, Graphs (Line & Area), Venn Diagram, Data Sufficiency

Logical Reasoning

Coding and decoding, Venn diagrams, Blood Relations, Series, Statement Conclusions, True/FalseStatements,Puzzles, Visual Reasoning and Calendars

Language Comprehension

Para Jumble, Fill In the Blanks, English Grammar

Idioms/Phrases and clauses, Reading Comprehension, Grammar (Articles, Nouns, Pronouns, Verbs, Prepositions, Adjectives, Adverbs), Language Usage and Their Rules, Vocabulary

General Awareness

Static GK (Geography, Polity, History), Recent Current Affairs, Significant National and International Events, Business & Economics, Important Personalities, Important Award Recipients for the given year, Sports,

Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Government Intervention in Entrepreneurship,Business and Corporate Affairs, New Investment and schemes, Policies Related to Entrepreneurship,General Economy, Adequacy of Market

The syllabus is expected to be on the same lines as the CMAT 2023 Syllabus.

Read in detail: CMAT Detailed Syllabus

CMAT 2024 Marking Scheme

Here is the marking scheme for CMAT 2024:

  • For a correct attempt, you will be awarded 4 marks.
  • For a wrong attempt, 1 mark will be deducted.
  • No marks will be deducted for unanswered questions.
  • The total composite score will be evaluated by totaling marks earned or deducted in each section.

Details Provided on the Scorecard

Following are the details that will be mentioned on the scorecard 2024:

  • Name of the student
  • Candidate's All India rank
  • Sectional scores obtained by the student
  • Total score obtained
  • Section-wise percentile
  • Total percentile

Top MBA Colleges Accepting CMAT Exam Scores

The National Testing Agency releases the list of colleges that accept the exam score and this list is also available on the AICTE website. There are around 1500 MBA/PGDM colleges that will accept the exam score for MBA admission in 2024. Here are some of the prominent names among them:

JBIMS Mumbai


K J Somaiya Mumbai


IMS Ghaziabad

BIMTECH Greater Noida

Jaipuria School of Business

GLIM Chennai/Gurgaon

Please note that this list is not exhaustive, and there are many other colleges that accept CMAT scores. It is advisable to check the eligibility criteria of each college individually before applying.


The registrations are expected to begin in the second week of February 2024.

The preparation for the CMAT exam is on similar lines as other MBA entrance exams

  • Understand the exam pattern and syllabus
  • Create a study plan
  • Get conceptual clarity
  • Stay updated on current affairs
  • Practise mock tests

There is no aggregate requirement for aspirants to be eligible for CMAT 2024. The only prerequisites for eligibility are that the aspirant should have completed their bachelor’s and be a citizen of India.

The CMAT exam comprises 100 MCQs divided into 5 sections which are as follows:

  • Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation
  • Logical Reasoning
  • Language Comprehension
  • General Awareness
  • Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Each section has 20 questions. The total time for the exam is 180 minutes.

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