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CMAT Eligibility Criteria 2023: Check Age, Qualification, Marks, Fees and Reservation Policy

Updated By Mehak Arora on 20 Apr, 2023 09:27

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CMAT 2023 Eligibility Criteria

CMAT 2023 eligibility criteria are defined as the minimum requirements that a candidate must meet in order to be eligible to take the CMAT exam. The Eligibility Criteria for CMAT 2023 are prescribed by the National Testing Agency (NTA). CMAT is a gateway for management aspirants to get admission into MBA and PGDM programs offered at AICTE-approved B-Schools across India.

Before a candidate prepares to fill out the CMAT application form 2023, he/she must check the minimum eligibility criteria to appear for the CMAT 2023 entrance exam. The candidate's application form will not be accepted if he/she fails to meet the eligibility criteria of CMAT 2023. The category-wise, as well as course-wise CMAT 2023 eligibility criteria, are provided on this page. 

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CMAT 2023 Detailed Eligibility Criteria

The details of the CMAT eligibility criteria 2023 are given below.

  • There is no maximum age limit criteria to appear in CMAT 2023.

  • The aspirants must possess a graduation degree recognised by AICTE/ UGC/ Government of India.

  • CS/CA/ICWA or any other professional degree holders with a minimum requisite percentage are also eligible for the CMAT exam according to the updated CMAT 2023 eligibility criteria.

  • Aspirants pursuing their final year of Bachelor’s degree study with the minimum requisite percentage can also apply for CMAT 2023.

  • Every Institution/University has its own percentage calculating mechanism to calculate the percentage of marks scored by the CMAT 2023 aspirants.

  • CGPA/Grade marks conversion to percentage scores will be carried out in accordance with the procedure prescribed by the respective Institution/University which should also sync with the CMAT eligibility criteria for the year 2023.

  • In case of any Institution/University does not have a working mechanism of converting the CGPA/Grade scores into percentage scores, then the conversion would be done according to the CMAT 2023 eligibility norms, which are - 

    • Divide the CGPA/Grade scores obtained by the aspirants by the maximum CGPA/Grade Scores

    • Then multiply the result by 100.

  • The aspirants must understand that to be shortlisted by the B-Schools, mere fulfillment of the eligibility criteria for CMAT 2023 will not be enough.

  • From the beginning till the end of the CMAT 2023 selection process, the candidates must have a valid email address and working cellular connection for the smooth transfer of any information regarding the CMAT 2023 entrance exam.

Course-Wise CMAT 2023 Eligibility Criteria

Check the table provided below to know the CMAT 2023 eligibility criteria for all the courses.  

Name of the Programme

Eligibility Details

MBA, PGDM, etc.

  • A graduation degree in any discipline from a recognised university is a must for candidates applying for the exam.

  • The minimum qualifying percentage in UG degree for General Category candidates is 50%.

  • The minimum qualifying percentage in UG degree for Reserved Category candidates is 45%.

Executive PGDM

  • Graduate from any discipline.

  • The candidate must have a minimum work experience of five years (supervisory/ managerial).

  • A minimum of 50% marks is required in the UG degree for the candidates belonging to the General category.

  • 45% of marks in UG degree is enough for the candidates from the Reserved category to register for CMAT 2023 examination.

Post Graduate Certificate in Management (PGCM)

  • Interested candidates with a graduation degree with 50% marks (General Category) and 45% marks (Reserved Category) in UG degree or Bachelor’s degree can register for the examination.

Category-wise CMAT 2023 Eligibility Criteria

Check the category-wise eligibility criteria of CMAT 2023 provided below

CMAT Exam Eligibility 2023 for General & NC-OBC Candidates

  • Candidates must have passed a bachelor's degree in any discipline from any recognized institute
  • Candidates who are appearing for the final year of Graduation may also apply for CMAT 2023. Those candidates will be provided with provisional admission only if they submit the certificate or mark sheet before the date decided by their selected college.

CMAT Exam Eligibility 2023 for SC/ ST/ PwD Candidates

  • Candidates must have clear a bachelor's degree from any recognized college
  • Final-year candidates may also apply for the CMAT examination.

CMAT 2023 Eligibility Criteria for MBA/ PGDM Admission

The CMAT eligibility criteria for MBA/ PGDM admission will vary from college to college. The general eligibility criteria of CMAT for PGDM/ MBA admission is provided below.

  • Candidates must have scored at least 50% marks in the bachelor's degree.
  • Candidates must have scored non-zero positive marks in CMAT 2023 exam.
  • Those who have completed a professional degree (CA/CS/ICWA) with at least 50% marks may also apply for admission on the basis of CMAT scores. 

CMAT 2023 Age Limit

There is no maximum age limit for the CMAT examination. Candidates of any age group may apply for the Common Management Admission Test (CMAT).

CMAT 2023 Eligibility Criteria for Students with Disability

Students suffering conditions of disabilities with the effect of more than forty percent can avail themselves the opportunity to seek admission and avail concessions under the Person with Disability (PwD) category. The list of categories of disability is provided below:

  • Blindness and low vision
  • Deafness or difficulty in hearing 
  • Locomotor disabilities including cerebral palsy, leprosy cured, dwarfism, acid attack victims, and muscular dystrophy
  • Autism, intellectual disability, specified learning disability, and mental illness
  • Persons suffering multiple disabilities from (1) to (4), Other ‘specified disabilities’ mentioned in RPwD Act 2016

Any student willing to avail of the opportunities needs to present valid documents and proof in order to legitimize their claim.  

CMAT 2023 Reservation Policy for Government Institutes

CMAT 2023 reservation policy for the management institutes run by central government is as follows.

CMAT Reservation Policy


Reservation Policy

EWS (Economically Weaker Sections)










Who is Not Eligible for CMAT 2023?

As mentioned above, the aspirants have to fulfill the minimum CMAT 2023 eligibility criteria in order to appear in the CMAT 2023 exam. Those aspirants will not be eligible for CMAT 2023 who:

  • Are not currently pursuing/ have not completed a Bachelor’s degree

  • Do not possess CS/CA/ICWA or any other professional degree 

  • Belong to the General category and have a percentage score of less than 50%

  • Belong to SC/ST/PwD category and have a percentage score of less than 45%

  • Possess a graduation degree which is not AICTE/UGC/Government of India recognised

Note:The applicants are requested to check if they fulfill all the CMAT 2023 eligibility criteria before applying for CMAT 2023 for admission into their dream MBA programme. In case an aspirant does not fulfill the CMAT 2023 eligibility criteria, then he/she will be debarred from sitting in the exam and the authority will not be liable to refund the CMAT 2023 application fee and exam fee. Therefore, all interested candidates are suggested to check their eligibility for CMAT 2023 before they proceed any further and deposit the CMAT 2023 exam and CMAT 2023 application fee.

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FAQs about CMAT Eligibility

Can I edit the CMAT application form after submission?

Yes, candidates can make changes to their forms during the form correction procedure. After the application form submission process is completed, the CMAT form correction window will be open for three days. Candidates will be allowed to edit the photo, signature, test city, and graduation score areas during the form correction period.

What is the fees for CMAT form correction?

During the form correction period, candidates are not charged for making changes to their CMAT 2023 application form. Candidates should keep in mind that only specific fields, such as photo, signature, and test city, will be available for adjustment during that time.

Can we fill out the CMAT 2023 application form offline?

No, the CMAT exam application form can only be completed online. Every year, the form is made available on the CMAT-NTA website and can be completed from any laptop or desktop computer.

What is the maximum age limit to appear for CMAT?

No, there is no age limit for taking the CMAT 2023 exam. Anyone at any stage of their career can take the CMAT 2023 exam. However, the aspirant must have graduated from high school and must have Indian nationality.

What is the CMAT application fee for 2023?

The application fee for the CMAT 2023 exam is INR 2,000 for male candidates from the General category. The fee for female candidates is INR 1,000. Fees are INR 1,000 for SC/ST male candidates and INR 1,000 for SC/ST women and transgender candidates.

Does CMAT have any reservations?

There is no reservation policy for the CMAT exam, but B-schools accepting CMAT marks would consider reservation criteria as defined by the Government of India for admissions. 10% of seats are allotted for the General-Economically Weaker Section (GEN-EWS). 15% of the seats are designated for the Scheduled Caste (SC) category. 7.5% of seats are designated for Scheduled Tribes (ST). 27% of seats are reserved for Other Backward Classes belonging to the "Non-Creamy Layer" (OBC-NCL).

How many students register for CMAT?

The CMAT is one of India's most popular MBA entry tests. Every year, over 70,000 candidates apply for it. Around 1300 B-schools in India accept CMAT scores, including Great Lakes Institute of Management, JBIMS, SIMSREE, K J Somaiya Mumbai, Welingkar Mumbai, and PUMBA. In 2019, approximately 64,000 applicants enrolled for the CMAT, while over 74,000 registered in 2020. Based on these data, around 85,000 to 90,000 students are projected to enrol for CMAT 2023.

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