CMAT 2024

Highlights, Exam Date, Registration, Syllabus, Exam Pattern, Eligibility, Fees

Updated on 29th April 2024 | 12:45 pm | #CMAT2024

The Common Management Admission Test (CMAT) is another entrance exam for securing admissions to top B-schools in India. Here are some points that must be kept in mind regarding the CMAT exam:

  • It is a computer-based test
  • The duration of the CMAT exam is 3 hours
  • The exam consists of 5 sections, with a total number of 100 questions, comprising 20 MCQs in each section
  • Four marks will be awarded for every correct answer, & 1 mark will be deducted for every incorrect answer

For the year 2024, the CMAT 2024 exam took place on May 15, 2024. Click below to check the exam analysis.

Start Preparing for CMAT 2024

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.

CMAT 2024: Key Highlights

It is essential to know about the exam before actually planning to take one. Therefore, the following are the key exam highlights and other important details for your reference:

CMAT 2024


Exam Conducting Body

National Testing Agency (NTA)



Full Form

Common Management Admission Test

Exam Date

15th May 2024

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 2024

The registration for CMAT 2024 began in March 2024 and lasted till 24th April 2024. Given below are the tentative dates for the exam:

Exam Activity

Important Dates

Availability of Application Form

March 29, 2024 - April 24, 2024

Registration Deadline

April 24, 2024

Issuance of Hall ticket

6th May 2024

Last date to download hall ticket

Till the day of the CMAT Exam

CMAT Exam Date

May 15, 2024

Result Date

7-14 days post examination

To have all the latest updates on the CMAT 2024, click here.

CMAT 2024: Exam Pattern

It is important to understand the exam format in detail for better understanding of the exam and to enhance your preparation, 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

Marking Scheme:

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

For a better understanding of CMAT exam pattern, click here.

CMAT 2024 Eligibility Criteria

Aspirants must fulfill the following eligibility criteria to be allowed to sit for CMAT 2024:

CMAT 2024: Registration Process

The registration process is ongoing and the last date to register for CMAT 2024 is 24th April 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 following documents are necessary to complete the registration for CMAT 2024, including:

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:

CMAT 2024: 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 it is expected to be on the same lines as the CMAT 2023 Syllabus. Therefore, based on 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

To have more insights on CMAT Syllabus, click here.

CMAT 2024: Details Provided on the Scorecard

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

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.

To have an in-depth understanding of CMAT colleges, click here.


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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