CMAT Exam 2024: Latest Update, Registration, Syllabus, Pattern

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CMAT Exam: The CMAT 2024 exam is all set to be conducted on May 15 2024. The National Testing Agency conducts the CMAT Exam for admission to MBA/PGDM colleges recognized by AICTE. This national-level test is conducted annually in an online mode. CMAT is a renowned entrance exam whose score is accepted by over 1,300 MBA colleges across India. In this blog article, read all about the CMAT 2024 exam details such as dates, syllabus, exam pattern, registration, total application fees, cut-offs, and a list of MBA colleges accepting CMAT scores for admission.

CMAT Full FormCommon Management Admission Test (CMAT)
Conducting BodyNational Testing Agency
Exam LevelNational
Exam FrequencyOnce a year
Exam modeCBT
Exam Duration3 hours 30 minutes for optional paper
Exam scheduleLast week of May 2024
Eligibility Graduation in any stream from a recognized university
Final-year graduation students can also apply
Exam FeesINR 2,000
Exam SyllabusQuantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation
Logical Reasoning
Language Comprehension & Verbal Ability General Awareness
Innovation and Entrepreneurship (optional paper) 
Exam Pattern100 questions in MCQ format
No. of test cities,124
Courses offeredMBA/PGDM
Exam helpdesk no.0120-6895200
Exam websitehttps://www.nta.ac.in

CMAT Exam Latest Update 2024

The CMAT 2024 exam will be held on May 15, 2024. The dates were announced by the NTA. The CMAT scores are accepted by over 1300+ MBA colleges in India.

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CMAT Important Dates 2024

The CMAT 2024 exam date will be announced by the NTA by February 2024. You can check the table below for the CMAT exam 2024 schedule. (Tentative Dates):

CMAT 2024 Event Dates
CMAT Registration Starts March 29, 2024 
Registration Ends April 23, 2024
Image Correction Window April 24 to April 26, 2024
CMAT Admit Card Release Date May first week 2024
CMAT Exam DateMay 15, 2024
CMAT Answer Key Release & Challenging DateOne week after the exam
CMAT Result Declaration Three weeks after the exam
Beginning of Academic SessionFirst Week of June 2024 (tentative)

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CMAT Eligibility Criteria 2024

Consider the following eligibility criteria before planning to take the CMAT Exam:

  • The candidates who have completed a graduation degree or some other equivalent degree from a recognized university are eligible to apply.
  • Candidates in the final year of their bachelor’s degree awaiting their results can also apply for CMAT 2024.
  •  No minimum aggregate requirement is set for CMAT 2024 in graduation.

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CMAT Registration and Application Process 2024

The CMAT registration and application process is organized online by NTA. The application fees for the CMAT test 2024 are INR 2,000 (General, EWS, OBC-NCL (Male) and INR 1,000 for the other candidates. Follow the following steps for the CMAT 2024 application process:

  • Open CMAT 2024 website.
  • Click on the registration link for CMAT 2024.
  • Click on the ‘new registration’ icon.
  • Enter your details and choose a password to create a login ID.
  • Log in with the Email ID shared in the mail.
  • Fill out the CMAT 2024 form with relevant details.
  • Pay the fee via debit/credit card or net banking.
  • The CMAT 2024 exam will held at multiple centres across India. Candidates can opt maximum of four preferred test cities in the application form. 

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CMAT Exam Pattern 2024

NTA prescribes the CMAT exam pattern based on AICTE guidelines for MBA entrance exams. The below table highlights the latest CMAT exam pattern:

Number of sections
Mode of ExamOnline
Duration of exam180 minutes
Number of Shifts1 (3:00 PM to 6:00 PM)
Number of questions100 
Total Marks400
Number of answer choices4
Marking scheme4 marks for the correct answer, -1 mark for an incorrect answer
Exam MediumEnglish

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CMAT 2024 Section-Wise Break-Up

Section Wise Division of marks and questions asked per section are highlighted in the table below:

CMAT SectionsNumber of QuestionsCMAT Exam Marks Allotted to the Sections
Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation2080
Logical Reasoning2080
Language Comprehension2080
General Awareness2080
Innovation & Entrepreneurship2080

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CMAT Syllabus 2024

The CMAT syllabus for 2024 encompasses a comprehensive range of topics across its five sections:

1. Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation Section:

In-depth coverage of mathematical concepts, including algebraic equations, time-speed-distance questions, allegation & mixtures questions, geometry, and graph problems.

2. Logical Reasoning Section:

Exploration of mental reasoning topics such as problems based on analytical reasoning, linear arrangements problems, number series, and blood relationship test problems.

3. Language Comprehension Section:

Focus on linguistic aspects, incorporating Reading Comprehension, Grammar, English Usage Errors, and Parajumbles.

4. General Awareness Section:

A broad spectrum of General Knowledge topics spanning Economy, Business, World Affairs, Politics, Sports, Culture, and Society.

5. Innovation & Entrepreneurship Section:

In-depth coverage of subjects related to innovation, entrepreneurship, and startup business ventures.

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CMAT Exam Preparation 2024

CMAT Exam requires good planning and extensive preparation as the level of the exam is of moderate to high difficulty level. It is advisable to begin your preparation in advance for optimum results.  Some of the CMAT 2024 preparation articles are mentioned below:

Best Books for CMAT Preparation 2024

Here are a few books students can use for recommendation for CMAT exam preparation:

  • How to Prepare for Data Interpretation for CAT
  • How to Prepare for Quantitative Aptitude for CAT
  • Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Examinations
  • NCERT Mathematics Books for Class 8, 9 and 10
  • Quantitative Aptitude
  • The Pearson Guide to Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Exams
  • Innovation & Entrepreneurship” by Peter F. Drucker
  • “Entrepreneurship & Innovation Management

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CMAT Admit Card 2024

CMAT admit card 2024 is released after a week before the exam. It can be downloaded from the official website of CMAT from the scheduled date. To download the CMAT 2024 admit card, the candidate will have to follow the following steps:

  • Visit the CMAT official website: https://cmat.nta.nic.in/
  • Click on the CMAT 2024 admit card tab
  • Enter CMAT application number and date of birth
  • Enter the security pin and click on login
  • Click on the CMAT admit card and download the PDF.

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CMAT Exam Day Guidelines 2024

In order to avoid any problems on exam day, candidates taking the CMAT exam in 2024 should be informed of the exam day procedures. Note the following instructions for exam day:

  • Keep two copies of your CMAT 2024 admission card with you. The admission card in digital, scanned, or photocopy form is not recognized as a legitimate document.
  • Arrive at the CMAT testing location by the reporting time shown on your admit card. No access will be permitted after the gates close, which will happen fifteen minutes before the exam starts.
  • Bring along a ballpoint pen in black or blue so you may sign the attendance sheet. Additionally, bring two passport-sized photos to attach to the attendance record and admission card for the CMAT 2024.
  • Avoid bringing any electronic devices to the exam location, including phones, watches, pagers, calculators, iPads, etc. It’s also advised that you not bring any expensive stuff with you.
  • Nothing other than paperwork and a ballpoint pen will be permitted inside the exam center, so avoid bringing bags or valuables. At the CMAT testing location, there might not be a bag drop area.
  • As an additional form of identification verification, applicants must bring a photo ID with their CMAT 2024 admission card. Any of the following papers can serve as identification verification for you: Adhaar card, PAN card, voter identification card, passport, License to drive, or ID card for college or university.

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CMAT Answer Key 2024

NTA will release the answer key of the CMAT exam 2024 for candidates to examine their performance after two to three days of the exam. Candidates can download the answer key along with their response sheet from the NTA website by following these steps:

  • Go to the NTA-CMAT website.
  • Click on the ‘CMAT 2024 answer key and response sheet’ option.
  • Enter the application number and password.
  • Click on ‘answer key’ to download it.

Candidates can even file objections to the official CMAT answer key if they find any answer by the NTA is incorrect. Objection can be done by filling out an online form and have to pay 200 per question as fees at the exam website. 

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CMAT Result 2024

The NTA will announce the CMAT result 2024 through a scorecard. Candidates can download their CMAT 2024 results by using their login details. Follow the below steps to download the CMAT result 2024:

  • Go to CMAT-NTA website
  • Click on the CMAT scorecard tab
  • Enter CMAT application number and date of birth
  • Click on the CMAT scorecard and download the PDF

CMAT Exam Cut-Offs

Candidates with a cut-off of 85 to 99 are eligible for shortlisting for MBA admission. Here is the list of colleges accepting CMAT Scores.

College For CMATPercentile
JBIMS, Mumbai99.9
Goa Institute of Management95-99
KJ Somaiya Institute of Management95-99
SIMSREE, Mumbai99
Great Lakes Institute of Management, Chennai95-99
University of Pune, Dept of Management Sciences95-99
Xavier Institute of Social Service, Ranchi95
Welingkar Institute of Management, Mumbai85
Welingkar Institute of Management, Bangalore80
Indian Institute of Information Technology & Management85
IFIM, Bangalore85
IFMR, Chennai85
NIBM, Pune85
NL Dalmiya Institute of Management85

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CMAT Admission Process 2024

The NTA is not involved in the CMAT MBA admission process. The member institutions handle admissions on their own, in line with their academic calendar. Following the release of the CMAT exam results, the majority of B-Schools hold Group Discussions (GD) and Personal Interviews (PI) to choose applicants for their MBA and PGDM programs. Essay writing is taught in place of group discussions at several institutions. For candidates to be considered for the institute’s selection procedure, they must complete the admission forms by the deadline. The CMAT offers three primary methods for MBA admission:

  • Candidate shortlisting based on CMAT results for 2024 rounds of group discussions
  • In-person interviews (conducted by institutes separately)
  • Final selection for the 2024–2026 MBA class

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When will the registration for CMAT Exam 2024 start?

The CMAT 2024 registration process has commenced from March 29, 2024.  

Can I crack the CMAT in 6 months?

Yes, one can crack the CMAT exam in 6 months with an effective preparation strategy that includes focused syllabus coverage and weekly practising mock tests. 

Who conducts the CMAT exam?

CMAT is conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA). It also looks after the registration process conducts the exam and the results announcement process

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