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All About CMAT : Syllabus , Eligibility Criteria

In today's generation, students have become very much focused about their studies and are very well aware about what they want to become. It is good t

In today’s generation, students have become very much focused about their studies and are very well aware about what they want to become. It is good to decide what your ambition is. If you know what you want to become, you will be able to plan accordingly. 

Children’s choices  and ambitions are different from each other. For example- some want to become a doctor, some want to become an engineer, some want to become a teacher, some want to become a banker while some want to make their career in a corporate office.

Career in corporate life is not easy until you have your higher degree with you. For having a good salary you should receive higher  education. One such degree is an MBA. Yes! When opt MBA, it means you are seeking higher education in  business administration. MBA, from a recognised college opens various job opportunities and helps you to kick start your career.

For getting admission in the best universities or colleges you need to qualify  the entrance examination. There are various entrance examinations held every year for admitting students in various Business Management schools. One such examination is CMAT (Common Management Admission Test). 

In this article I’ll be discussing the CMAT (Common Management Admission Test) in brief. So! Stay tuned till last.

About CMAT (Common Management Admission Test)

CMAT stands for Common Management Admission Test. This examination is held every year in order to recruit students to various business management schools all over India. Every year lakhs of students sit for the CMAT (Common Management Admission Test) . This examination is a fully computer based test. This national level entrance examination is conducted by the National Test Agency (NTA). 

In CMAT (Common Management Admission Test) candidates will be alloted the total time of three hours in order to attempt the questions based on different areas like- Quantitative Techniques, Logical Reasoning, Language Comprehension, General Awareness and Innovation and Entrepreneurship. 

Every business management college has their own CMAT score and once you have qualified the examination, you will have to appear for a GD (group discussion) round for final admission. 


CMAT (Common Management Admission Test), was launched by AICTE in the year 2011 in order to lower the burden of giving multiple examinations. Earlier there were various examinations held for recruiting students to various courses which seems to be problematic. Keeping this in mind, AICTE introduced CMAT ( Common Management Admission Test). Though some prestigious business schools are not part of CMAT, still there are various business management schools that accept the CMAT score in order to recruit students to various business programs.

Earlier, CMAT was held twice a year but from 2016 CMAT is held once a year on every third Sunday of January. 

Now! Let’s have a look at the format of CMAT (Common Management Admission Test). 

CMAT Format

As you know, the total time allotted to students in order to complete the test is three hours. This means that students have to be fast and accurate enough. 

CMAT (Common Management Admission Test) is held at 61 locations all over India in order to select eligible candidates for various business management schools. 

The paper comprises of five sections like-

  • Quantitative techniques and data interpretation.
  • Logical Reasoning
  • Language Comprehension
  • General Awareness.
  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Each section consists of 20 questions, therefore there will be 100 questions in total and each correct answer will give you a score of 4 and minus one will be done for each incorrect question. 

All the questions come in MCQ (Multiple Choice Question) form and students have to select the right answer from the four options. 

Let’s have a detailed look at the syllabus or areas from where the questions are asked.


Section Topics need to be covered.
Quantitative techniques and data interpretation. Probability

Tabulation, Pie Chart, Bar Chart, Line Graph


Quadratic and linear equations


Simple Interest and Compound Interest




Profit and Loss

Fraction and Decimals

Ratios and Proportion


Work and Time


Number Systems


Alligation & Mixtures

Permutations & Combinations


Pipes and Cisterns

Logical Reasoning Blood Relationship Tests

Direction and Distance Test

Symbol Based Problems

Statements Arguments

Linear Arrangements

Analogy Test

Cause and Effects

Non-Verbal Reasoning


Analytical Reasoning

Ranking Tests

Coding and Decoding


Matrix Arrangements

Number Series

Statements and Conclusion

Statements Assumptions

Language Comprehension Synonyms and Antonyms

Reading comprehension

Sentence Improvement

English Usage Errors

English Grammar

Paragraph completion

Idioms and Phrases

Sentence correction

One-word Substitution

Jumbled Para

General Awareness Current Affairs of National and International Economy


Sports news



Science in everyday life



Trade awareness


Indian Constitution

Personalities in News

Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Eligibility Criteria

  • Candidates appearing for the examination must be a citizen of India.
  • The candidate must be a graduate and must have completed 15 years of minimum education.
  • For applying for CMAT, 50% minimum marks is required for the general category students in graduation whereas 45% minimum marks is needed for students belonging to SC/ ST/ PWD category. 
  • Final year students can appear in the examination.
  • No age limit for the candidates. 

Final Words

CMAT (Common Management Admission Test) has successfully lowered the burden of the students since the time of its introduction. Because of the CMAT, there is no need  for multiple entrance examinations. CMAT is conducted every year in order to recruit students to various business management schools all over India. In this article I have mentioned all the basic and detailed information about CMAT (Common Management Admission Test). You are requested to go through this article in order to get all the information related to CMAT.