Common Management Admission Test (CMAT) is the first national level test for admission in to all management programmes in AICTE approved institutions.



List of Colleges Registered on AICTE-CMAT Portal to accept CMAT scores


Eligibility Criteria

Graduates in any discipline or Final year students of Graduate Courses can apply for CMAT.

The eligibility criteria for admission to Management programs (Diploma and Post Graduation) is as mentioned below:


1) Management (PGDM, MBA and similar) –

Recognized Bachelor’s Degree of minimum 3 Yrs duration Obtained at least 50%

(45% in case of candidate belonging to reserved category) at the qualifying



2) Management (PGCM) –

Recognized Bachelor’s Degree of minimum 3 Yrs duration


3) Management (Executive PGDM)

Any recognized Bachelors degree of minimum 3 years duration and a minimum of

5 years relevant managerial / supervisory experience.

Obtained at least 50% (45% in case of candidate belonging to reserved category) at

the qualifying Examination.


Structure-Pattern of the CMAT


No. of sections: The CMAT will have the following four sections with multiple choice questions. (MCQ)


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


Expected Duration of the CMAT: 3 hours (180 minutes).

Expected Time per section in CMAT: 45 minutes.

Marking Scheme for CMAT: 4 marks per correct answer. Incorrect answers will carry a penalty of 1 mark.


How to apply?


Pre-requisites before starting the CMAT Registration:

You should have the following ready before starting the CMAT registration process:

1) A Computer with good Internet connectivity so that there is no breakage of Internet during registration.

2) All your qualification details as you need to enter them while registering for CMAT exam.

3) A Valid e-mail id which you will be using at least for the next 6 months. All communication will be done on this e-mail id which you will enter while registering for CMAT exam.

4) A Valid mobile number as all information via sms will be sent to this number.

5) A valid Credit / Debit card in case you want to pay ONLINE.

6) A Printer connected to your system as you will have to PRINT 3 copies of CHALLAN in case you are planning to pay by CASH at the bank.

Registering for CMAT is a 4 Step process as mentioned below:

Step 1) First time you will enter as NEW USER. Here you will read the instructions carefully, accept the declaration and proceed


Step 2) Self registration:  Here you need to enter few basic details. Submitting this page will generate a unique 8 digit password. This password will be shown on your screen and will be sent to you via e-mail and sms.  From now onwards, whenever you wish to login to the registration portal, you will come as an EXISTING USER and login with your e-mail id and this unique 8 digit password. This completes your self registration


Step 3) Payment Process: You can do the payment in either of the two modes mentioned below


Mode i) ONLINE PAYMENT: You can select ONLINE PAYMENT mode and then do the payment using Credit card / Debit card / Net Banking

Once your payment is successfully done, you will receive a confirmation e-mail and sms. Once you have received the successful payment confirmation, you can proceed with the remaining part of registration process


Mode ii) CASH Payment in SBI bank: You can select this option to pay by CASH at any of the designated SBI bank branch. Once you select this option and proceed, you will see a CHALLAN on your screen with your details already filled in it. You need to take 3 PRINT OUTS of this CHALLAN, fill in the details wherever required in all the copies, and walk in to your nearest SBI bank branch with CASH on the next day of generation of Challan. Cash Deposit will be accepted only from the next day of your Challan generation

E.g. If you Generate and Print the Challan copies on 9th Dec 2011, then walk in to the nearest SBI bank branch with Challan copies and CASH from 10th Dec 2011 onwards. Similarly if you PRINT the CHALLAN copies on 10th Dec 2011, then walk in to the nearest SBI bank branch with Challan copies and CASH from 11th Dec 2011 onwards.

In return to the CASH Deposit, the bank will give you one copy of CHALLAN with their stamp and a JOURNAL number written on it. Please ensure the JOURNAL number written is clearly visible before you leave the bank.

Now that you have deposited the CASH and got the acknowledgement CHALLAN, you need to wait for 48 hours. In these 48 hours, your payment will get updated in the registration portal.

You will receive an e-mail and sms confirming that your payment data has got updated in the registration portal. Then you need to re login to the portal proceed with the remaining part of registration process


Step 4) Now that you are done with the payment, you need to fill the remaining part of the form. Once you have filled the complete form, we suggest you once again check the complete data entered. You can still modify the data entered by clicking on VIEW / MODIFY

Once you are sure that all the data entered is accurate, you will have to accept a declaration and click on SUBMIT. The system will re-confirm to you for SUBMIT. Once you confirm, your form will get finally SUBMITTED and no change in the data is possible after this SUBMIT

You will see a message on your screen stating “Thank you for successfully registering for the AICTE CMAT exam.

This completes the registration process




Format of CMAT

Q. Is CMAT going to be conducted ONLINE?
A. CMAT will be a computer-based test (CBT). A candidate will read the questions on a computer terminal and choose an answer by clicking on the correct option.
Q. How is the computer-based format different from the paper-based format?
A. 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.
Q. Can I take the test from any computer?
A. No. A candidate will have to test on a pre-assigned workstation and will not have a choice to choose his or her workstation, in the testing venue
Q. How many sections are there in the test?
A. There will be four sections in the test. The sections are (a) Logical Reasoning b)Verbal Ability / Language Comprehension c)Numerical Ability + Data Interpretation d) General Awareness
Q. How many questions are there in each of these sections?
A. There will be 25 questions in each section.
Q. What is the duration of the test?
A. The duration of test will be 180 minutes
Q. Can I move back nd forth between the four section
A. Yes
Q. Will there be negative marking in CMAT exam?
A. Yes
Q. Who is eligible to take the test?
A. Graduates in any discipline or Final year students of Graduate Courses can apply for CMAT
Q. Can I appear for CMAT for practice purpose, though I am aware that I am not eligible?
A. No
Q. Is there any age restriction for appearing in CMAT?
A. No, there is no age restriction for appearing in CMAT.
Q. What is the fee for the test?
A. The fee is Rs.1200 + Bank charges as applicable for General / OBC candidates. If you belong to the SC/ST/PD (Physically disabled) category then you need to pay a discounted fee of Rs.600 + Bank charges as applicable
Q. Where do I pay my fees?
A. 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.
Q. When and how do I register for CMAT 2012 ?
A. Online registration for CMAT 2012 will begin on December and end on January. Additional instructions for the online application and registration process are also available on the website
Q. Can I use my coaching institute’s or a friend’s email address when registering for CMAT?
A. No, you need to have a valid and unique email address of yourself which you will be using atleast for the next six months
Q. Can I pay the fees through Bank Demand Draft or Cheque?
A. No. Fees can only be paid online or through cash deposit in any of the SBI bank branch.
Q. When will CMAT be held and can I choose a test city?
A. CMAT will be held during the period of February. Yes, you can select up-to 3 cities giving order of preference towards your test city. The first choice of city will be given due consideration and weightage. However, actual allotment as per order of choice will be subject to availability of the slot in the particular city.
Q. From where can I get the list of test cities?
A. A list of test cities will be available on the website
Q. When will I get my Admit Card?
A. You can PRINT your ADMIT CARD by going to website
Q. What details will be mentioned in the Admit Card?
A. 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.
Q. Will the Admit Card be sent to me as a hard copy by mail?
A. No. Apart from ADMIT CARD 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 centre.
Q. What are the different Time Slots of the Test?
A. 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 centre no later than 8:00 AM for security checks, identity verification, and checking in. b. Session 2: Testing will begin at 2:30 PM. Candidates are required to arrive at the test centre no later than 1:00 PM for security checks, identity verification, and checking in.
Q. Can I appear for CMAT more than once during the 9-days testing window?
A. No. You can appear for CMAT only once. It will be deemed a fraudulent activity if one attempts to appear for CMAT more than once. Admit Cards and picture IDs of the candidates will be checked, and candidate pictures and biometric information will also be captured at the test centre.
Q. What are the timings to contact the helpline?
A. The FAQs, IVRS and online instructions are designed to enable self-service. You are requested to use these tools which can guide you through the entire process and help answer most of your queries. In case you are still facing issues, then CMAT Candidate Care Support is available by phone and email 24×7.
Helpline number:             022- 40369695      
E-mail id:[email protected] 
Phone support availability: December– April 24X7 Daily
Webmail support availability:
Webmail support will be available from December to April. Queries, received by webmail, will be responded to within 2 business days. Do not send the same email multiple times, as it will delay the response process.
Changing of preferred test city
Q. Can I change my preferred test city after I have submitted my form?
A. No. No data can be changed once the form is finally submitted.
Q. Can I cancel the test?
A. No. Under no circumstances will a cancellation/refund be allowed.
Q. If I do not take my test, will I be eligible for a refund?
A. No. Your fees will not be refunded in case you do not appear for your test as per your scheduled location, date and time
Q. What is the duration and pattern of the test?
A. 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.
Q. Do I have any breaks during the test?
A. No, you will not be given any breaks during the test.
Q. Will I be provided with any scratch paper for rough work and calculations during the test?
A. 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.
Q. What is the reporting time for the test?
A. One Hr and Thirty minutes prior to the test time. For the test beginning at 9.30 am, you must reach the test centre 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.
Q. What are the identification documents required to be carried to the test centre?
A. Candidates will need to bring the following identification documents on the test day: a) CMAT Admit Card with recent passport sized 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. c) Notarized copy of Xth Mark sheet or equivalent Important: Admit Card and one photo identification, mentioned above, are mandatory in order to take test. 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 centre, as they are not permitted into the testing centre.
Q. Does the name need to match with the names appearing on the identification documents?
A. Ans. 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
Q. What are the permitted materials I can bring with me to the test centre?
A. None. You will not be permitted to bring any personal items to the test centre, including but not limited to wrist-watch, cellphones, calculators, etc.
Q. Will I get to see my scores on the test day?
A. No
Q. Within how many days can I expect the results?
A. CMAT results are expected to be declared on March on the website
Q. If I do not get my Admit Card, whom should I contact?
A. You need to login on the website using your username & password and select “Admit Card” to print your Admit Card directly from the website.
Q. Can I make any changes to my postal address after I have submitted my application form?
A. No, Once you submitted your application form, there is no way to change your information.
Q. Who is eligible to take the test under the Physically Disabled category?
A. As per the “Persons with Disability Act, 1995”, candidate qualifies to be a Physically Disabled (PD) candidate if he/she suffers from any of the listed disabilities, to the extent of not less than 40% as certified by a medical authority. Following are the categories defined by AICTE for PD candidates: a.Visual impaired b.Physical handicapped c.Hearing Impairment d.Dumb
Q. Which are the acceptable testing devices that I can use/bring to the test centre?

Testing Assistance

Applicable for

Arranged by

Abacus (without calculator)

Visually Impaired


Hearing Aid

Hearing Impairment


Wheel Chair

Physical handicapped



Visually Impaired / Cerebral Palsy






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