CMAT Eligibility Criteria 2019

Nidhi Bahl Updated On: 06 Feb, 2019 19:31 IST

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CMAT 2019 Eligibility Criteria

The CMAT 2018 eligibility criteria include the minimum requirements that a candidate must fulfill in order to be eligible to take the exam. CMAT is a gateway for management aspirants to get admission into MBA and PGDM programmes offered at AICTE-approved B-Schools across India. From 2019, the CMAT exam will be conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA). Until this year, All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) had the responsibility of conducting the Common Management Admission Test (CMAT).

The application process for CMAT 2019 started on 1st November and ended on 7th December 2018. Before a candidate prepares to fill the CMAT application form, he/she must check the minimum eligibility criteria to appear for the entrance exam. Candidate's application form will not be accepted if he/she fails to meet the eligibility criteria of CMAT 2019. 

Details related to the CMAT 2019 eligibility norms are elaborated below.

  • The candidate has to be an Indian citizen.

  • There is no age restriction to take CMAT 2019.

  • Applicants must have a Bachelor's degree in any discipline in the 10+2+3 format from any recognised university.

  • Final year students of graduate programmes (10+2+3) whose result will be declared before the commencement of admission for the next academic session can also apply for the CMAT online exam.

CMAT 2019 Course-Wise Eligibility Criteria:

Name of the Programme Eligibility Details
MBA, PGDM, etc.
  • 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 an average work experience of five years (supervisory/ managerial).
  • A minimum of 50% marks is required in UG degree for the candidates belonging to General category.
  • 45% of marks in UG degree is enough for the candidates from the Reserved category to register for CMAT 2018 examination.
Post Graduate Certificate in Management (PGCM)
  • Desirous candidate with a graduation degree with 50% marks (General Category) and 45% marks (Reserved Category) in UG degree or Bachelor’s degree is required to register for the examination.

CMAT 2019 Reservation Policy

The Common Management Admission Test (CMAT) is scheduled to take place on 28th January 2019 and its registration process is already over. The National Testing Agency (NTA), examination conducting authority of CMAT 2019, has not yet announced any kind of reservation policies for the candidates appearing for the CMAT 2019 exam. No seats are reserved for the different categories constituting of the General Category, Female Quota, OBC Category and SC/ST Category. The Kashmiri Migrants Category and Physically Handicapped Category have also got no reservation for CMAT examination. The rules and regulations along with the CMAT eligibility criteria remain the same for this year as well.

However, at the time of paying the registration fee through an online or offline medium, the amount paid by a General Category or OBC Category Candidates is different as compared to the amount paid by SC/ST and Female Candidates. A General or OBC Category candidate will have to pay a sum of Rs 1,400 (+bank charges), whereas, a candidate of ST/SC Category or a Female Candidate will pay only Rs 700 (+bank charges), as registration fee.

The reservation can be based on the statutory provisions of the State Government. However, the colleges accepting the CMAT 2019 score may or may not impose reservation criteria as an eligibility norm for the purpose of admission in the various PGDM and MBA courses. Candidates must also know that the reservation policies of these participating colleges of CMAT 2019 will vary from one institution to another as per their requirement and curriculum needs. In order to clear the doubts of the institutional reservation policies, candidates are advised to read the admission guidelines of these colleges before applying in them.

The selection of candidates under reservation will also depend upon the validation of the certification submitted by the candidates. For the Physically disabled candidates, submitting the certification of partial or complete disability is also compulsory at the time of admission. The final decision whether to accept or reject a candidate based on the reservation norms will reside in the hands of the college authorities. Candidates must remember that any forgery done in the reservation certification shall be liable to cancellation of the candidature and might also be liable to legal actions as per the level of offence committed.


1. Who is eligible to take the test?

Candidates who are in the final year of their Bachelor Degree (10+2+3) programmes or who have appeared in the final year examination from a recognised institution/university can take the entrance exam.

2. For which programmes am I eligible after giving the CMAT 2019 exam?

Candidates will be eligible for PGDM, MBA and similar PGCM and Executive PGDM programmes. Eligibility criteria for admission to these programmes will be as per the criteria laid down by individual University / Institution. However, the eligibility criteria for different Post Graduate Management Programmes in AICTE affiliated institutions is as follows:

Programme Duration Eligibility
Management (PGDM, MBA and similar) 2 years Recognised Bachelor’s Degree of minimum 3 years duration. Obtained at least 50% (45% in case of candidate belonging to reserved category) at the qualifying examination.
Management (PGCM) More than 1 year but less than 2 years Recognised Bachelor’s Degree of minimum 3 years duration
Management (Executive PGDM) 15 months Any recognised Bachelor's 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

3. Can I appear for CMAT for practice purpose, though I am aware that I am not eligible?

No. Only eligible candidates can appear for the test.
4. Is there any age restriction for appearing in CMAT?

No, there is no age restriction for taking CMAT.

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