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CMAT 2023- Exam Date, Notification, Pattern, Syllabus, Updates

Updated By Mahima Gupta on 24 Jun, 2022 14:27

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What is CMAT 2023

CMAT 2023 registrations are likely to commence in the first week of November 2022. It will be a computer-based test for a duration of 3 hours. No changes are expected in the CMAT expattern and syllabus 2023.

CMAT 2023 is an MBA entrance exam conducted for admission to AICTE-approved MBA colleges in India. It is considered among the most popular MBA entrance exams in India. Approximately 70,000 candidates appear for the exam every year. The exam is conducted in CBT mode. The CMAT exam question paper had 100 questions on Logical Reasoning, Language Comprehension, Quantitative Techniques, Data Interpretation, General Awareness, and Innovation and Entrepreneurship. 

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CMAT Exam 2023 Highlights

Qualifying CMAT exam helps aspiring candidates to get admission to more than 1000 MBA colleges in India. It is one of the prominent and comparatively easy examinations for all management institutes.  The CMAT scores are accepted by some of the top B-schools in India such as  Great Lakes Institute of Management, PUMBA, K J Somaiya Mumbai, JBIMS, SIMSREE, and Welingkar Mumbai. Here are some key highlights of the CMAT exam.

Exam Name

Common Management Admission Test (CMAT)

Short Name


Conducted by

National Testing Agency (Previously AICTE)


National-Level Exam







No. of Colleges Accepting CMAT Score


CMAT difficulty level

Easy to Moderate



Exam Sections

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

Total number of questions in the CMAT Exam


Type of Questions


No of Exam Cities

More than 100

Maximum CMAT Score Achievable

400 Marks for 100 Questions

Negative marking

1 mark will be deducted for all wrong answers

CMAT Application Mode


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CMAT 2023 Important Dates

Check out the CMAT exam dates 2023 below.



CMAT 2023 application opening date

1st week of November 2022

CMAT 2023 applications closing date

Last week of November 2022

Last date to pay transaction fee through Credit/Debit Card/NetBanking/UPI / Paytm Wallet

Second week of December 2022

CMAT 2023 application correction window

Last week of December 2022

CMAT 2023 admit card downloading starts

1st week of January 2023

CMAT exam date 2023

Last week of January 2023

CMAT 2023 response sheet release date

To be Announced

CMAT 2023 answer key release date

To be Announced

Last date to challenge the answer key of the CMAT exam 2023

To be Announced

CMAT 2023 final answer key release date

To be Announced

CMAT 2022 result date

To be Announced

CMAT 2023 merit list release date

To be Announced

CMAT Exam Changes in Recent Years

Candidates can find the changes in the CMAT exam in recent years below.

Point of DifferenceCMAT Exam 2022CMAT Exam 2021
Exam dateApril 9March 31
Exam duration3 hours3 hours 30 minutes
Exam Shift3:00 PM to 6:00 PM (Single shift)

9:00 AM to 12:30 PM and 3:00 PM to 6:30 PM (Two shifts)

Total Questions100125
Total Marks400500
Section-wise QuestionsEach section will have 20 questionsEach section had 25 questions
Mandatory Section5 and Innovation and Entrepreneurship section will be considered for percentile score calculation

4 mandatory sections and one optional section; Score of Innovation and Entrepreneurship section was not considered for percentile score calculation

Sectional LimitNoNo
Exam Cities124153

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CMAT 2023 Admit Card

The admit card for the CMAT exam will be available for the candidates who have registered successfully for the entrance exam. All the registered candidates can download the CMAT 2023 admit card from the official site of NTA. Mentioned below are the steps to download the admit cards.

  • Visit the NTA website
  • Click on the 'CMAT 2023 Admit Card' tab
  • Enter application number and date of birth or password
  • Click on submit to log in to your account
  • Download your admit card

CMAT 2023 Exam Pattern

The question paper of CMAT 2023 will be pertaining 5 sections. Candidates must note that there is no negative marking in the exam and for every correct response 4 marks will be awarded. Check the details of the CMAT 2023 exam pattern here. 

Number of questions100
Number of questions per section20
Marks per question4
Difficulty levelModerate to Difficult
Sectional time-limitNo
Duration3 hours (180 minutes)
  • Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation
  • Logical Reasoning
  • Language Comprehension
  • General Awareness
  • Innovation & Entrepreneurship 
Negative marking-1
Total marks400

CMAT Syllabus 2023

The CMAT syllabus contains all the required information about the CMAT entrance test and also about the kind of questions that could be asked in the Computer-Based Test. The analysis of old question papers for CMAT helps to predict the difficulty level of the examination. The CMAT syllabus also helps the candidates to understand the important sections of the examination.


Important Topics

Logical Reasoning

Linear Arrangements, Number Series, Matrix Arrangements, Blood Relationship Tests, etc.

General Awareness

Economy, Business, World, Politics, Sports, Culture, Society

Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation

Algebra, Time-Speed-Distance, Allegation & Mixtures, Geometry, Graph, Quadratic and Linear Equations

Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Questions about entrepreneurship and start-up

Language Comprehension

Grammar, Reading Comprehension, English Usage Errors, Para jumbles

CMAT 2023 Answer Key

The answer keys are made available on the official website of CMAT, within a few days after the exam is conducted. CMAT answer keys 2023 can be accessed by following the steps mentioned below.

  • Visit the official website (cmat.nta.nic.in).
  • Click on the link 'Display Question Papers and Responses' option. 
  • Enter Application No, Password, and Security Pin.
  • Click on Sign in.
  • The CMAT 2023 answer keys and response sheets will be displayed on the screen.
  • Take a printout of the answer keys for future reference.

CMAT Result 2023

CMAT 2023 result will be declared on the official site of the National Testing Agency. The candidates will have to just download the CMAT Result 2023 and also can take out a printout if required. Here are the required steps to download the results for CMAT.

  • Visit the CMAT official website

  • Click on the 'CMAT 2023 NTA scorecard' tab 

  • Enter your application number and password or date of birth

  • Click on 'Submit' and download the CMAT scorecard cum result.

CMAT Score vs Percentile Analysis 2023

CMAT Response Sheet 2023 - Download CMAT Answer Key Here

CMAT Cutoff 2023

The marks required for admission in MBA colleges are actually the CMAT cutoff scores. The cutoff is set basically to choose the best possible candidates for admission to the colleges. The CMAT 2023 cutoff will be announced by the authority after the announcement of the results. Below is the list of colleges providing admissions to aspirants based on their CMAT scores.

Name of B-Schools

CMAT Percentile





GOAInstitute of Management


KJ Somaiya


Great Lakes Institute of Management




Dept. Of Mgmt Sciences, University of Pune


IPE Hyderabad




Welingkar Institute Of Management, Mumbai


Indian Institute of Information Technology & Management






NL Dalmiya Institute of Management


Jaipuria Institute of Management Noida


XISS Ranchi HR


IMT Nagpur


IMT Hyderabad


ITM Navi Mumbai


Welingkar Institute Of Management, Bangalore


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CMAT 2023 MBA Admission Process

The CMAT MBA admission process is divided into 5 simple steps. The admission procedure takes place through the following 5 steps which are;

  • Registration for CMAT
  • Choose the B-Schools and Apply
  • CMAT exam is taken in online mode.
  • CMAT Answer key and Result
  • Wait for the CMAT Group Discussion (GD), Personal Interview (PI) and Written Aptitude Test (WAT) rounds to commence

Selected candidates will have to attend the Group Discussion, Personal Interview, and Written Aptitude test. 

CMAT Exam Admission Process (FLOWCHART)

Given below is the admission process for the CMAT exam 2023.

CMAT 2023 Exam Centers

CMAT exam will be held in various exam centres in 124 cities in India.  Candidates can select up to four locations from the test cities to take up the entrance exam. The choice to select your preferred exam city was given to aspirants while filling up the application form of CMAT 2023. 

CMAT 2023 Registration Process

The registration process for the CMAT exam will begin in the first week of November 2022. The CMAT 2023 application form was released online on the official website. There are a few steps that the applicants must follow in order to register for CMAT. Here the steps to register for CMAT have been discussed briefly.

  • Step 1:  Candidates will have to create a log-in.
  • Step 2: Fill up the CMAT registration form 2023.
  • Step 3: Upload the photograph and all other required documents on the registration form.
  • Step 4: Pay the CMAT registration fee.
  • Step 5: View the CMAT registration summary and save the filled form. 

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CMAT Conducting Body

National Testing Agency (NTA) is the new conducting body of the Common Management Admission Test (CMAT). The creation of NTA has been approved as an autonomous and self-sustained premier testing organisation to conduct various entrance exams such as JEE, NEET, CMAT, GPAT and UGC NET for admission in courses offered at higher educational institutions. Until 2018, AICTE (All India Council for Technical Education) was the conducting body for CMAT.

CMAT 2022 Contact Details

Conducting bodyNational Testing Agency (NTA)
C-20 1A/8 ,Sector 62
IITK Outreach Centre, 

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FAQs about CMAT

When will CMAT 2022 be conducted?

CMAT 2022 exam date has been announced by NTA. The entrance exam will be held on April 9 from 3-6 pm. The exam will be conducted in about 124 test centres. Students must appear for the exam with admit card and other required documents.

What is the maximum number of attempts in CMAT 2022?

There is no limit on the maximum number of CMAT attempts. candidates can appear for the exam any number of times as long as they are eligible. It must be noted, however, that only your latest attempt will be counted when applying for admission.

How can I be sure if I have to take the CMAT exam 2022?

Check the admission procedures or eligibility page of your chosen college or course for the list of accepted entrance exams to be sure. If it mentions that CMAT scores are accepted, you can appear for the entrance exam. and get admission to top MBA colleges.

Do government MBA colleges in India accept CMAT?

Yes, there are many government MBA colleges in India that accept CMAT scores for admissions. Some of the best examples of these would be PUMBA Pune, Devi Ahilya University Indore, College of Agribusiness Management Pantnagar, etc.

Do IIMs accept CMAT scores?

CMAT scores are not accepted by the IIMs (Indian Institute of Management). Admission to IIMs can only be taken through the CAT entrance exam. Therefore, if you want to get admission in IIMs better appear for CAT exam

CMAT is conducted in which mode?

CMAT is a computer-based test that is conducted in online mode. The question paper of CMAT will have 5 sections having 20 questions each. The sections are namely, General Awareness, Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation, Logical Reasoning, Language Comprehension, and Innovation & Entrepreneurship.

When does NTA conduct CMAT?

CMAT is usually conducted by NTA every year in January. The exam takes place usually in the 3rd or 4th week of January but CMAT 2022 will be held on April 9 in online mode.

How many times is the CMAT exam conducted?

CMAT entrance exam is conducted once every year. Earlier, CMAT used to be conducted twice a year but the second session was scrapped from 2017 onwards.

Is it mandatory to take the CMAT 2022 exam for MBA admissions?

No, it is not mandatory for you to appear for CMAT. You can appear for other MBA entrance exams accepted by your college as well. Some colleges even provide direct admissions without the need of taking any entrance exam.

Who is the conducting body of CMAT?

CMAT is conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA) This year NTA is conducting CMAT on April 9 in online mode. Earlier, AICTE was the body responsible for conducting CMAT but NTA took over from 2019.

What is CMAT?

CMAT or Common Management Admission Test is a national-level entrance exam conducted for MBA and PGDM admissions in India. About 70,000 students appear in it every year. CMAT score is accepted by some of the top B-schools in India including SIMSREE, Great Lakes Institute of Management, JBIMS, K J Somaiya Mumbai, Welingkar Mumbai, and PUMBA. 

How to prepare for the CMAT exam?

Candidates can begin CMAT preparation by knowing all the topics to study under the syllabus. Once all the topics are identified, candidates can identify books and other reference material to start the preparation. They can also take mock tests and solve sample papers to get a good understanding of the exam pattern. To know the complete preparation plan, visit https://www.collegedekho.com/exam/cmat/how-to-prepare

Who is the conducting body for CMAT ?

CMAT is conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA), the conducting body of the popular entrance exam. The exam will be conducted online on April 9, 2022.

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