CMAT 2023 is one of the important national level MBA entrance exams for admission to MBA/PGDM 2023-25 batch in the AICTE approved management institutes. CMAT 2023 will be conducted by National Testing Agency (NTA) as computer based test of three hours duration. The high score in CMAT 2023 offers MBA admission opportunity in 1000 AICTE approved MBA/PGDM colleges. 

The three hour computer based online CMAT exam 2023 will be divided in five sections. It will evaluate a candidate’s ability in Quantitative Technique, Logical Reasoning, Language Comprehension, General Awareness and Innovation and Entrepreneurship areas.

Read this comprehensive article, prepared by MBA Exam experts, to know more about Key Facts like CMAT 2023 eligibility, registration process, CMAT 2023 exam pattern & syllabus, Key changes in exam, Admit Card Download process, how to prepare for CMAT 2023, CMAT 2023 score accepting colleges, CMAT cut offs in various MBA colleges  among other key details.           

Table of Contents

  1. What is CMAT?
  2. CMAT Exam 2023 Highlights
  3. Why to Appear in CMAT 2023 Exam? Check Key Benefits
  4. CMAT 2023 Important Dates
  5. CMAT 2023 Exam Cities
  6. CMAT 2023 Exam Pattern: Duration, Sectional Composition & Scoring pattern
  7. How to Prepare for CMAT 2023 Exam?
  8. CMAT 2023 Syllabus: At par with other MBA entrance exams
  9. MBA Colleges Accepting CMAT 2023 Exam Score
  10. MBA Admission Process with CMAT 2023
  11. CMAT 2023 Registration Process
  12. CMAT Admit Card 2023 Download     
  13. CMAT Exam Difficulty Level
  14. CMAT Result Declaration
  15. CMAT Cut off Score for Top MBA colleges
  16. JBIMS, PUMBA among 330+ MBA Colleges in Maharashtra to Accept CMAT Exam Score
  17. National Testing Agency: CMAT Conducting Body
  18. AICTE Approved MBA/PGDM Colleges to Accept CMAT Score
  19. CMAT Exam Training
  20. Important Changes in CMAT exam
  21. CMAT-2023 Exam day Guidelines
  1. What is CMAT?

CMAT full form is Common Management Admission Test (CMAT). It  is a government organized computer based national level MBA entrance examination for entry into 1000 AICTE approved management programmes (MBA/PGDM) all over India. Till 2018, CMAT was conducted by AICTE, now the Test is conducted by the National Testing Authority (NTA) constituted by Government of India. More than 70,000 candidates apply for CMAT every year. CMAT offers unique opportunity to all the test takers as none of them is disqualified in its result. 

  1. CMAT Applicants Last Year

Category wise and gender wise CMAT 2022 applicants were

Male Candidates32475
Female Candidates26480
Third Gender        1

1.1.2 Actual CMAT Test Takers Last Year
Category wise and gender wise CMAT 2022 test takers were

Male Candidates28513
Female Candidates22630
Third Gender        1

CMAT 2023 exam offers MBA admission opportunity in more than 1000 MBA colleges in India and among them are some of the prominent management institutes. It is an important but an easier MBA entrance exam. Following are the key Exam highlights and other important details:

CMAT Exam Conducting BodyNational testing Agency (NTA)
CMAT Full FormCommon Management Admission Test
Number of MBA colleges under the Exam1000+
Exam DateFebruary 26, 2023 (Expected) 
Exam SlotsSingle Slot Exam of 3 Hrs Duration from 3PM to 6.00 PM
Mode of CMAT Entrance exam 2023Online Computer Based Test
CMAT Entrance exam full formCommon Management Admission Test
CMAT 2023 Score Validity for MBA Admission2023-2024 academic session
Total Questions in CMAT Entrance Exam100
Sectional Division of  Questions5 Sections with 20 Questions in Each Section
Exam details section wiseQuantitative Technique; Logical Reasoning; Language Comprehension; General Awareness; Innovation and Entrepreneurship (Optional)
CMAT 2023 Medium of Question PaperEnglish
Exam Difficulty LevelEasy to Moderate
Maximum Score400 Marks for 100 questions
Negative Marking– 1 mark for each wrong answer
CMAT Percentile CalculationSince 2022, NTA has stopped awarding percentile. Instead test takers are awarded Rank and Score
Required Rank/Score for MBA admission in Top CollegesScore of 240+ Rank within 5000
Importance of Taking the examTop MBA colleges like JBIMS, SIMSREE, K J Somaiya, GIM Goa, PUMBA, Great Lakes, BIMTECH, Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law, Punjab, among others accept CMAT score
Application processOnline
Exam Application Fee for BoysRs.2000/-
Application Fee for GirlsRs.1000/-
Application Fee for EWS/OBC-NCL Rs.1000/-
Application Fee for SC/ST/PwDRs.1000/-

MBA aspirants find so many MBA entrance exams which are conducted at national, state and institute level and get confused which MBA entrance exam they should apply and appear. While the comparison among top MBA entrance exams with CMAT is shared at the end of this article, the key USPs of CMAT exam below will guide you why you should appear in CMAT 2023

There are 1000+ AICTE approved MBA/PGDM institutes that will accept CMAT 2023 score for admission to their flagship MBA/PGDM 2023-25 batch. Earlier the exam was conducted in December or January, but during last two years CMAT was conducted in March and April, so in case CMAT 2023 is also delayed, it will offer good opportunity to prepare well for the exam and score high to get shortlisted by some of the top MBA colleges accepting CMAT 2023 score.

CMAT registration process is likely to open from November 2022. Detailed schedule of CMAT Exam 2023 dates and other CMAT 2023 important dates and details are as under:

  Exam ActivityCMAT 2023Remarks
CMAT Notification 2023 ReleaseNovember 15, 2022Release on official NTA-CMAT website
Exam Registration startsNovember 15, 2022Online Process
Last date to applyJanuary 15, 2023Application form submission closes at midnight
Last date of successful transaction of fee through Credit/Debit Card/NetBanking/UPI / Paytm WalletJanuary 16, 2023Upto 11.50 PM
Correction in Particulars of Application Form on the website onlyFrom January 17 to 19, 2023Upto 5 PM
Admit Card Download start dateFebruary 15, 2023No Hard copy of the Admit Card will be sent
Last date to download CMAT  Admit cardFebruary 26, 2023Download Admit Card latest by the exam date
CMAT Exam DateFebruary 26, 2023From 3 PM to 6 PM
Exam Duration3 HoursIn Single session in Afternoon
Result DateMarch 10, 2023Score card download starts in afternoon

CMAT 2023 exam will be held in single shift from 3PM to 6 PM in 124 cities all over India as online computer based test. CMAT 2023 Exam will have 100 questions equally divided into 5 sections of 20 Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) in each section. Check details below

6.1 CMAT Exam 2023 Pattern: Sectional Composition
CMAT exam during last three years has gone with some key changes. The updated CMAT 2023 pattern with sectional composition is as below:

CMAT 2023 Exam SectionsNumber of QuestionsMaximum Marks Section-wise
Language Comprehension  2080
Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation2080
Logical Reasoning2080
General Awareness2080
Innovation and Entrepreneurship2080
Total: Sections-5100400

7. How to Prepare for CMAT 2023 Exam?
During the past few years, CMAT exam pattern and syllabus has changed. However, the exam preparation is not very difficult. Reading good preparation books, practicing with sample papers and CMAT previous year papers with solutions are a good tool for exam preparation.

CMAT 2023 exam Preparation can get you admission to MBA 2023 in good MBA colleges. It is high time that CMAT exam preparation must be started without any further delay as per the exam pattern

Apart from the recently introduced 5th section on Innovation and Entrepreneurship, one of the important points which differentiate CMAT exam preparation from other exams is the reduction in number of questions to 100 from 125. There is a separate section with 20 questions on ‘Logical Reasoning’ which has questions based on reasoning only. The LR Preparation for the exam and the strategy to prepare for this important section is to be properly planned and followed to score high. 

The exam preparation strategy needs more focus on all the five sections. It requires your focus on following:

The exam Syllabus contains all the topics on which questions are asked in other national level MBA entrance exams. Past question papers and the exam pattern reveal that CMAT syllabus does not throw tough questions in the exam, although the syllabus topics are same.

The syllabus is based on past exam pattern and types of questions that appear in the exam. The best way to get hands-on feel and practice on question topics covered in CMAT syllabus, is to go through the previous exam papers and attempt CMAT Mock tests.

The list of CMAT 2023 exam accepting colleges is released by AICTE as well as National Testing Agency. There are around 1000 MBA/PGDM colleges who accept the CMAT exam score for admission. Below are some of the best MBA colleges accepting CMAT exam score in India and in Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Pune and Hyderabad 

9.1 MBA Colleges in Delhi Accepting CMAT

Institute Name & Location

9.2 MBA Colleges in Mumbai Accepting CMAT

Institute Name & Location

9.3 MBA Colleges in Bangalore Accepting CMAT

Institute Name & Location

9.4 MBA Colleges in Pune Accepting CMAT

Institute Name & Location

9.5 MBA Colleges in Hyderabad Accepting CMAT

Institute Name & Location

  1. CMAT 2023 Registration Process

The Registration & Application process for CMAT is online and remains open for more than a month from the start date of CMAT registration at NTA website. CMAT registration will close at 11.50 PM on the last date to apply.

11.1 Registration Process: 5 Steps
CMAT Exam Registration process is online. It can be completed in five simple steps:

  1. CMAT Admit Card 2023 Download: Available after last date to Apply is Over 

The CMAT admit card is available for download after a week from the last date to apply for CMAT is over. All provisionally registered candidates for CMAT exam 2023 can download their Admit Card from CMAT.NTA website. No admit card is now sent as hard copy to the candidate’s registered address.. 

  1. CMAT Exam 2023 Difficulty Level 

The CMAT colleges cut offs in MBA admission are not very high although the question paper and scoring pattern award liberal marks to exam takers. The cut offs especially among top 20 colleges are slightly higher as compared to other MBA colleges, since the merit position in top 20 colleges is based on little higher cut offs. 

  1. CMAT 2023 Result Declaration: Download Score Card from NTA Website

CMAT result is declared within 7 to 10 days from the date of exam. Usually the result is declared in the afternoon. The Result will be available for download on NTA CMAT official Website and no score card will be sent by post or E-mail. 

14.1 CMAT 2023 Cut off Score Vs Rank 

Shared below are the likely CMAT 2023 cut off  Score range for the All India Ranks awarded

CMAT Rank 2023CMAT 2023 Score Range
Rank 1-100350-316
Rank 100 to 1000315-275
Rank 1001 to 3000274-241
Rank 3001 to 5000 and below240-220 and below
  1. CMAT 2023 Cut off Score for Top MBA colleges

‘How much CMAT score 2023 is required to get admission in one of the top MBA colleges?’ Cut offs in these MBA colleges vary from institute to institute. Apart from the overall score, many colleges also consider CMAT sectional score.

Most of these MBA colleges are autonomous, University B-schools offering MBA degree, private PGDM colleges. The cut off in good MBA colleges go in the range of 230 to 250 score.

To help MBA aspirants searching for top MBA colleges accepting CMAT scores, has prepared a list of MBA colleges with their expected cut off.. 

  1. JBIMS, PUMBA among 330+ MBA Colleges in Maharashtra to Accept CMAT Exam Score

The Higher and Technical Education Department, Directorate of Technical Education, Government of Maharashtra has clarified while determining the entrance exam eligibility of All India category candidates for MBA/MMS admission process in Government, University affiliated, private aided and unaided Maharashtra MBA colleges, that All India Candidature Candidate, Jammu and Kashmir Migrant Candidature Candidate will be considered for MBA/MMS admission on the basis of obtaining non zero positive score in CET conducted by the Competent Authority; CAT -conducted by Indian Institute of Management; CMAT; GMAT among others.  

  1. National Testing Agency: CMAT Conducting Body

NTA, a newly created test conducting body, is conducting the entire CMAT 2023 exam alongwith other exams which were conducted by other agencies earlier. NTA will use highly secured IT software and encryption to ensure delivery of tests just in time. This will ensure no leakages and other malpractices. National Testing Agency (NTA) has been established by Government of India as a testing organization to conduct entrance examinations for admission/fellowship in higher educational institutions. NTA has replaced AICTE as exam conducting authority. AICTE conducted CMAT exam till 2018. CMAT is now known as NTA CMAT instead of AICTE-CMAT. From 2019 onwards, National Testing Agency has been assigned to conduct the CMAT exam.

The revised CMAT exam is similar to past exam pattern. It is a three hour computer based online test, conducted in a single session to evaluate the candidate’s ability across five sections namely Quantitative Technique, Logical Reasoning, Language Comprehension, General Awareness and Innovation and Entrepreneurship

  1. AICTE Approved MBA/PGDM Colleges to Accept CMAT Score

All the top colleges accepting CMAT 2023 exam score are the ones offering AICTE approved MBA/PGDM programmes. They include top MBA colleges like JBIMS, SIMSREE, K J Somaiya, GIM, Great Lakes, BIMTECH among others. According to AICTE, ‘All AICTE approved Institutes / Departments / Constituent Colleges / Affiliated Colleges of Universities are expected to accept CMAT scores. The specific notifications issued by Universities and State Governments are available at CMAT website.’

CMAT is one of the largest National Level MBA/PGDM entrance examinations and is conducted once a year, as per the directions of Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Government of India.

Universities in 13 states including Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Kerala, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Haryana, Karnataka among others accept CMAT exam scores alongwith CAT for admission to their MBA programmes. The governments have officially notified CMAT as their official test. In addition, many B-schools offering AICTE approved PGDM programs will be using the CMAT  scores. More than 1000 B schools running AICTE approved management programmes in India accept the CMAT score. It is the 2nd largest MBA/PGDM entrance test after CAT in the country.

If you don’t get good scores in CAT/XAT/SNAP, the Common Management Admission Test (CMAT) is the answer to your MBA/PGDM needs leading to 1000+ AICTE approved B-schools across the country. The exam will be conducted in 109 test cities. With effect from 2016, CMAT has become a yearly exam as against twice a year exam.  Earlier till 2015, there used to be 2 CMAT exams in one year. The first CMAT was held in the month of September while the second followed in the month of coming February. 

  1. CMAT Exam Training

NTA opens centres across India after releasing CMAT exam notification, to make candidates understand about the revised CMAT exam pattern, navigation, test taking strategy among other details.   The test training will help the candidates to understand all about the revised CMAT exam pattern.

  1. Important Changes in CMAT exam

The key changes in the exam are:

SlCMAT 2022 & 2023 ExamCMAT 2021 Exam
1.5 Section ExamBoth 4 & 5 Section Exam
2.Compulsory 5th Section on Innovation & EntrepreneurshipOptional 5th Section on Innovation & Entrepreneurship
3.CMAT Time Duration Reduced & Fixed to 3 HoursOption to attempt CMAT in Time duration of 3 hours or 3½ Hours
4.Total Questions Reduced to 100Total Questions were 125 (Option to attempt 100 or 125 questions)
5.No additional time for 5th Section30 Minutes additional time for 5th section
6.5th section Score counted for Percentile calculation to prepare merit list5th section Score Not counted for Percentile calculation to prepare merit list
7.20 Questions in Each of the five Sections25 Questions in Each of the five Sections
8.No sectional time limit and candidates can attempt any question in any section within time limit of 3 hours  No sectional time limit and candidates can attempt any question in any section within time limit of 3½ hours   
9.Candidates need not apply for the new course of  Innovation & EntrepreneurshipCandidates had to apply for the new course of Innovation & Entrepreneurship
10.Number of CMAT Test cities are 124Number of CMAT exam cities were 153

CMAT-2023 Exam day Guidelines

Below are the important exam day guidelines, do’s and don’ts for the exam day

21.1 Check Points for CMAT exam Day

21.2 Items You Should Carry at Exam Centre: CMAT Exam day Do’s
Carry with you only following items:

21.3 Don’t Carry the following
Candidates are NOT allowed to carry Instrument/ Geometry/ Pencil box, Handbag, Purse, any kind of Paper/ Stationery/ Textual material (printed or written material), Eatables and Water (loose or packed), Mobile Phone/ Ear Phone/ Microphone/ Pager, Calculator, DocuPen, Slide Rules, Log Tables, Camera, Tape Recorder, to wear/carry any type of watch including Electronic Watches with facilities of calculator, any metallic item or electronic gadgets/ devices in the Examination Hall/Room 

There may not be any provision for safe keeping of valuables at the Centre.  

21.4 Inside the Examination Hall

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