NTA CMAT 2021 Exam on March 31: Revised CMAT exam date Out with Big relief to Students; Top B-schools likely to keep open their PGDM admission 2021


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March 22, 2021
NTA has released the revised CMAT 2021 exam date as March 31, 2021. This has given big relief to the CMAT aspirants who were worried about their admission in good B-school due to delay in exam as many top MBA colleges accepting CMAT have closed their admission process. Now it is likely that the admission may re-open at these institutes since the CMAT result may also be declared by April 10 which may not cause any delay in session commencement
NTA CMAT 2021 Exam on March 31

CMAT exam 2021 will be held on March 31, 2021 now! NTA has released CMAT 2021 exam date as March 31, 2021 and the exam will be held in a single day in two shifts – morning and afternoon instead of earlier in two dates on February 22 and 27. CMAT 2021 admit card will be released on March 24, 2021 at 10 AM.

In its notification dated March 22, 2021, NTA has announced to conduct CMAT exam 2021 on March 31, 2021 in two shifts – 9 AM to 12.30 PM and from 3 PM to 6.30 PM. The announcement has given big relief to the CMAT aspirants as they were worried about their admission in a good B-school due to the inordinate delay in CMAT exam which was earlier postponed to May 8, 2021. Besides, many top B-schools who accept CMAT score for admission, have either closed their admission process or are planning to close it shortly. With the release of CMAT exam dates and schedule, they may reopen their admission application process for CMAT aspirants as the CMAT result is also expected by April 10.

CMAT score accepting top PGDM institutes who plan to commence session in June/July may go ahead with their plan as the confusion over CMAT exam is over and their session commencement may not be delayed now.

CMAT 2021 Exam: Final Revised Schedule and Date
CMAT 2021 Exam date, Admit Card date, Schedule, start and last date to apply, and other exam related activities are as under:

CMAT 2021 Exam Activity
Important Date
Exam Registration starts
December 23, 2020
Last date to apply
March 1, 2021
Last Date to pay CMAT Exam Fee
March 2, 2021
CMAT 2021 Exam Fee
For Male: Rs.2000
For Female: Rs.1000
Correction in the Particulars of Application Form online
March 4 to 7, 2021
Admit Card Download start date from NTA website
March 24, 2021
Last date to download CMAT  Admit card
March 31, 2021
CMAT 2021 Exam Date
March 31, 2021
Exam Duration
3 hrs for candidates not opting for new course
3½ Hours for candidates opting for new course
CMAT 2021 Exam Time
Shift-1: 9 AM to 12/12.30 Noon
Shift-2: 3 PM to 6/6.30 PM
CMAT Result Date
April 10, 2021 (Likely)

Check the NTA Notification with CMAT 2021 Exam Date
Below is the notification  released by National Testing Agency (NTA) regarding the revised CMAT 2021 exam date, admit card release and changes in exam pattern:

cmat notification

NTA is conducting CMAT for last two years on behalf of All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) for admission to AICTE approved PGDM programmes in 1000 B-schools in India. CMAT 2021 Exam pattern is changed

CMAT 2021 test paper has a time duration of three and half hours with 125 objective type questions in MCQs form.

  • Question difficulty level is easy to moderate
  • Exam is divided in 5 sections with 25 questions in each section. The sections are Quantitative Technique, Logical Reasoning, Language Comprehension, General Awareness, Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • Each correct answer is awarded +4 Mark
  • Each wrong answer is penalized with negative marking of -1 mark
  • No Individual Time limit to attempt question paper. Candidates can attempt any question from any section within the overall time limit of 3½  hours.
  • Merit Score and percentile is calculated on the basis of all the 5 sections.
  • CMAT score card displays Actual score obtained out of 500 Marks, Sectional score obtained and the sectional and overall percentile obtained in the Exam
CMAT 2021 Exam Sections
Number of Questions
Maximum Marks Section-wise
Language Comprehension  
Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation
Logical Reasoning
General Awareness
Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Total: Sections-4

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MBA Colleges Accepting CMAT Exam
The list of CMAT 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

Top MBA Colleges Accepting CMAT 2021

Institute Name & Location
CMAT Cut off Percentile Score
JBIMS Mumbai
IMT Hyderabad
K J Somaiya Mumbai
Great Lakes Institute of Management, Chennai/Gurgaon
IFMR Chennai
BIMTECH Greater Noida
IMT Nagpur

Read complete List of AICTE/UGC approved Top MBA colleges accepting CMAT 

CMAT Exam Dates & Test Takers
CMAT is one of largest MBA entrance tests after CAT/XAT.  During last five years CMAT was conducted in the month of January. This is the first time that CMAT is conducted in March. There were more than 1.5 lakh CMAT test takers when AICTE used to conduct CMAT twice a year. Now CMAT has become a yearly exam

CMAT exam year
Total Test takers in the year
CMAT exam dates
CMAT 2014
Sep 2013 & Feb 2014
CMAT 2015
May & Sep 2015
CMAT 2016
Jan 17, 2016
CMAT 2017
Jan 28, 2017
CMAT 2018
Jan 20, 2018
CMAT 2019
Jan 28, 2019
CMAT 2020
Jan 28, 2020
CMAT 2021
March 31, 2021

Source: MBAUniverse.com Research

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.

All the top colleges accepting CMAT 2021 exam score are the ones offering AICTE approved MBA/PGDM programmes. 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.’

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