CMAT 2023: Exam Dates, Registration, Syllabus, Pattern, Question Papers, Preparation, Cutoffs

CMAT exam 2023 will be held in April. The exam dates will be announced by the NTA in February 2023. CMAT registrations will begin along with the schedule announcement. Candidates who wish to appear for the exam can register and fill the CMAT application form online at the NTA website for a fee of INR 2,000 (INR 1,000 for women and reserved category students). 

CMAT exam will be conducted at over 100 cities across India at designated examination centres. Candidates planning to appear for CMAT 2023, must start the exam preparation at least six months before. 

What is CMAT?

Common Management Admission Test (CMAT) is an aptitude test conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA) for admission to MBA/PGDM courses. The CMAT is one of the most popular MBA entrance exams in India. About 70,000 candidates appear for it every year. CMAT score is accepted by some of the top B-schools in India including Great Lakes Institute of Management, JBIMS, SIMSREE, K J Somaiya Mumbai, Welingkar Mumbai and PUMBA. The CMAT question paper consists of 100 questions from Quantitative Techniques & Data InterpretationLogical ReasoningLanguage Comprehension, General Awareness and Innovation and Entrepreneurship. The total marks of CMAT is 400. CMAT is conducted in Computer Based Test (CBT) mode and the duration of the exam is three hours. 

CMAT Exam Highlights 2023

CMAT is a three hour MCQ based test. Take a look at the table below to know key highlights of CMAT 2023 exam:

CMAT Features 


CMAT Full Form

Common Management Admission Test (CMAT)

Conducting Body

National Testing Agency

Exam Level


Exam Frequency

Once a year

Exam Mode


Exam Duration

3 hours

Exam Syllabus

  • Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation
  • Logical Reasoning
  • Language Comprehension & Verbal Ability
  • General Awareness
  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Exam Pattern

100 questions in MCQ format



Exam Fees

INR 2,000 (General category male)

INR 1,000 (General category female/reserved category students)

Exam Purpose

Admission to 1,300 MBA colleges

Course Offered


No. of Test Cities

124 (for CMAT 2022)

No. of applicants

70,000 (approx.)

Exam Helpdesk No.



C-20 1A/8, Sector 62
IITK Outreach Centre,

CMAT Official Website

CMAT Eligibility Criteria

  • Before applying for CMAT, candidates must ensure that they meet the following eligibility criteria:

    • The aspirant must have completed graduation in any discipline or equivalent degree from a recognised university.
    • Final year graduation students are also eligible to apply for CMAT 2023 but they will have to present the passing certificate at the time of admission.
    • There is no minimum score percentage criteria in graduation for CMAT exam.

Latest Changes in CMAT

The NTA had revised the CMAT exam pattern in 2022. Check the table below to know the major changes in the exam in the last two years. 

CMAT 2022

CMAT 2021

Exam date is April 9

Exam date was March 31

Exam duration is 3 hours

Exam duration was 3 hours and 30 minutes

Exam will be held in single shift: 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Exam was held in two shifts: 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM and 3:00 PM to 6:30 PM

Total number of questions is 100

Total number of questions was 125

Total marks is 400

Total marks was 500

Each section will have 20 questions

Each section had 25 questions

Question paper will have five mandatory sections

Question paper had four mandatory sections and one optional section

Innovation and Entrepreneurship section will be considered for percentile score calculation

Score of Innovation and Entrepreneurship section was not considered for percentile score calculation

No sectional time limit

No sectional time limit

Number of CMAT cities is 124

Number of CMAT cities was 153

CMAT Exam Dates 2023

CMAT exam dates 2023 will be announced in the last week of January or first week of February. Check the table below for tentative schedule of CMAT 2023 based on last year’s schedule:

CMAT EventsCMAT Exam Dates Salient Features

CMAT registrations

Last week of January or first week of February 2023 to Third week of March 2023

Commencement of CMAT registration process online on NTA website.

Form correction 

Fourth week of March 2023

Candidates will be allowed to upload new image and signature if required.

CMAT admit card download begins

First week of April 2023

Admit card to be available on the official website for download till exam day.

CMAT 2023 exam

Second week of April 2023

Exam to be held at designated exam centres across India.

CMAT answer key release

Third week of April 2023

CMAT answer key, question paper and individual response sheets available on NTA website.

CMAT answer key challenge

Third week of April 2023

Candidates can challenge answer keys by filling an online application form.

CMAT 2023 result announcement

Fourth week of April 2023

Scorecards to be released on the official website along with all India rank list.

CMAT Registration Process 2023

The registration process of CMAT exam will be conducted by the NTA. The CMAT application form 2023 will available on the official website of CMAT-NTA ( Candidates are required to fill the online application form to appear for the exam. The CMAT registration cum application process includes the following steps:

  • Online registration by entering name, date of birth, email ID and phone number
  • Creating CMAT account and user ID by confirming registration via OTP/e-mail
  • Filling the CMAT 2023 application from by furnishing personal and academic details
  • Uploading passport size photo, scanned signature in prescribed format
  • Payment of CMAT 2023 registration fees via credit/debit card or internet banking

CMAT Test Centres and Cities

CMAT exam 2023 will be held at multiple centres in 124 cities of India. Aspirants can choose from the list of cities, up to four locations as per their preference for taking CMAT 2023. The option to choose a city of one’s choice will be given to each candidate at the time of filling up the CMAT application form. Each aspirant can choose four cities as their preferred test city.

CMAT Exam Pattern and Syllabus

CMAT is an online exam in which 100 questions are asked from Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation, Logical Reasoning, Language Comprehension. General Awareness and Innovation & Entrepreneurship. Each question carries four marks there is negative marking of one mark for every wrong attempt. An optional section was introduced last year. Check below, highlights of CMAT syllabus and exam pattern:

CMAT syllabus 2022
                                                                                             CMAT syllabus

CMAT Exam Pattern and Test Structure


  • Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation
  • Logical Reasoning
  • Language Comprehension
  • General Awareness
  • Innovation & Entrepreneurship (optional)

Number of questions


Number of questions per section



Marks per question


Negative marking


Total marks


Sectional time-limit


Difficulty level

Moderate to Difficult


3 hours (180 minutes)

CMAT Preparation 2023

Candidates planning to appear for CMAT exam 2023 must start the preparation early so that they get enough time to cover all the aspects of CMAT preparation. They must devise an exam preparation plan which should include:

  • Covering CMAT syllabus
  • Practicing mock tests and sample papers
  • Revision of important topics

CMAT Admit Card 2023

CMAT 2023 admit card will be released on the official website of the exam for candidates to download. Candidates who shall have registered successfully, will be able to download the CMAT admit card. Given below is the process to download CMAT admit card 2023 from the NTA website:

  • Visit the CMAT-NTA website:
  • Click on ‘ Download Admit Card for CMAT 2023’ tab
  • Enter application number and date of birth or password
  • Click on submit to log in to your account
  • Fill the self declaration form to go to the admit card
  • Download the CMAT admit card as PDF

CMAT Exam Day Guidelines

Candidates appearing for the CMAT 2023 exam must prepare well for not only the exam but also the exam day. Here are some points that you must keep in mind for the exam day:

  • Don’t forget to carry a print out of your CMAT admit card. Digital, scanned or photocopy of the admit card is not acceptable as a valid document.

  • Reach your CMAT exam centre at the reporting time mentioned in your admit card.

  • Do not carry electronic items to the exam venue. You are also advised to not carry valuable items.

Along with CMAT 2023 admit card, carry a photo ID as a secondary identity proof. You can carry any of the following documents as an ID proof:

  • Aadhar card

  • PAN card

  • Voter ID card

  • Passport

  • Driver’s license

  • College/University ID card

CMAT Answer Key 2023

CMAT answer key is released by the NTA on the exam website a week before the result announcement. The CMAT answer key comprises the CMAT question paper and individual response sheet. The test takers can download the CMAT 2023 answer key from the exam website by using their login credentials. Given below is the process to download CMAT answer key 2023:

  • Log on to CMAT-NTA website
  • Click on ‘CMAT 2023 Answer Key Download’
  • Enter application number and date of birth or password
  • Click on ‘Answer Key’ link reflecting on the dashboard
  • Download the CMAT 2023 answer key

The NTA also offers the opportunity to challenge to official answer key. Under this provision, any candidate can challenge the official answer key by filling an online form and furnishing document to substantiate their claim. If the claim is found to be valid, the CMAT answer key will be revised. CMAT result and final answer key will be prepared after analyzing the objections received.