CMAT 2021 Exam Pattern

Updated By Yash Dhamija on 24 Dec, 2020 16:30

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CMAT 2021 Exam Pattern

It is very important to understand the CMAT exam pattern 2021 in order to be completely prepared prior to the exam day. The Common Management Admission Test (CMAT) is an online examination conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA) for admission to PGDM and MBA courses. Candidates who qualify the examination will become eligible for admission in various AICTE approved institutes across the country. To appear for CMAT, candidates must successfully apply for it. For this, candidates can refer to the How to Apply section. After successfully applying for the exam, candidates must carefully go through the Exam Pattern for CMAT 2021.

The CMAT exam pattern for 2021 consists of a few essential things that are visible on the question paper. These comprise the total number of questions, total marks, time duration, marking scheme, the number of questions section-wise, exam timing, etc. Understanding the exam pattern will help in better exam preparation. Candidates must also follow a strategic preparation plan for CMAT 2021, in order to clear the examination with excellent marks. Aspirants can check the detailed exam pattern of CMAT 2021 here to get a clear picture of the question paper and then start preparing for the examination systematically

CMAT 2021 Exam Pattern


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Highlights of CMAT 2021 Exam Pattern

CMAT is a computer-based online entrance exam, which is conducted over a duration of 180 minutes (three hours). CMAT tests candidates' abilities across various academic segments, and the ones who qualify get admission in MBA, PGDM and PGCM courses offered at the AICTE-approved B-schools in India. Check out the highlights of CMAT exam pattern 2021!

Total number of sections in the CMAT 2021 question paper


Number of questions in each section


Nature of questions

Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ)

Total weightage of each section in CMAT 2021 examination

100 marks

Weightage for each question

4 marks

Is there negative marking in CMAT 2021?


Deduction for each wrong answer given by the candidates

1 mark

Total duration of CMAT 2021 examination

3 hours

Timings of the CMAT 2021 examination

9:30 AM to 12:30 PM

Reporting time at the examination centre

8:30 AM

Section Wise CMAT Exam Pattern: Maximum Marks & Total Questions

The section-wise exam pattern of CMAT 2021 can be checked below - 

Name of the Section

Maximum Marks

Total Number of Questions

General Awareness

100 marks


Logical Reasoning

100 marks


Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation

100 marks


Language Comprehension

100 marks



400 marks


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CMAT 2021 Marking Scheme

The National Testing Agency (NTA) will conduct CMAT 2021 and is responsible for setting up the CMAT 2021 marking scheme and exam pattern for the examination. The examination previously was conducted by All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE). According to the official website, the exam pattern has not been changed from its previous version. As the examination is to take place in January 2021, candidates must now start preparing for it keeping in mind the latest exam pattern and marking scheme of CMAT 2021 along with the CMAT 2021 Syllabus.

CMAT Marking Scheme 2021

The CMAT 2021 Marking Scheme will help candidates in understanding the weightage of marks per question and total marks, highlighting the marks deducted for every wrong answer. The total mark for the exam is 400 and the total mark per section is 100. There will be a total of 100 questions comprising 25 questions in each section and the marks allotted for each question is 4. Candidates must also know that there will be negative marking for every incorrect answer. 1 mark will be deducted for every wrong answer, whereas no deduction of marks will be carried out for the unattempted question/s.

CMAT Exam Instructions

Here are some important points regarding the CMAT 2021 exam that aspiring students must be aware of:

  • The exam will be held online at different certified examination CMAT centres.

  • Total time allocated for the CMAT 2021 examination is 3 hours (180 minutes).

  • The test-takers will not be permitted to leave the examination room until the examination ends.

  • There will be no provision of breaks during the examination.

  • The examinees will be provided with separate computer desks with a plain paper for rough works.

  • Rough papers given are also to be submitted and no candidate shall carry it outside the exam centre. Candidates found guilty will have to face unavoidable consequences.

  • Candidates must most importantly remember to bring their CMAT 2021 Admit Cardwith a valid ID proof, without which no candidate will be entertained at the examination centre.

  • It is also important to note that the candidates are not supposed to bring any written or printed material apart from Admit Card and ID Proof.

  • Candidates found with any such document will be debarred from taking the examination.

  • Reporting 45 minutes before the issued timing is also recommended.

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FAQs about CMAT Exam Pattern

Can I leave the exam centre if I finish CMAT early?

No, candidates are not allowed to leave before the end of the allocated 3 hours for the exam.

Is there any negative marking in CMAT?

Yes, 1 mark is deducted for every incorrectly-entered answer in CMAT.

What is the total time duration of CMAT?

The total time duration for CMAT is 3 hours. The exam is conducted from 9.30 AM to 12.30 PM on the scheduled day.

How many questions are there in CMAT?

CMAT contains a total of 100 questions, which are divided as 25 questions in each of the 4 sections in the exam.

Does CMAT have a sectional time limit?

No, there is no section-wise division of time in CMAT.

Can I switch between sections in CMAT?

Yes, you are free to move between the different sections at any point during the CMAT exam.

Do the sections of CMAT appear in a fixed order?

Yes, the order in which the CMAT sections appear is (from first to last) -- Quant, Reasoning, Language Comprehension and General Awareness.

How many sections does CMAT have?

There are a total of 4 sections in CMAT -- Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation, Language Comprehension, General Awareness and Logical Reasoning.

What are the main points to be noted in the CMAT exam pattern?

When checking the CMAT exam pattern, candidates should note the sections, the number of questions, time duration, marking scheme, mode of exam, the medium of exam etc.

Who is responsible for setting the exam pattern of CMAT?

The CMAT exam pattern is set and finalised by the National Testing Agencies (NTA).

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