CMAT Answer Key 2021


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Updated on
April 25, 2020

NTA will release CMAT 2020 answer key on January 30, 2021.  With CMAT 2020 exam over on January 24, 2021, National Testing Agency will display the CMAT answer keys and CMAT response sheet with CMAT objection form to challenge the CMAT 2021 answer key on the NTA CMAT exam official website.

The CMAT answer keys with objection form to challenge the responses in the answer options are released by National Testing Agency (NTA) which now conducts CMAT exam instead of AICTE.

According to NTA, “After the CMAT examination, the NTA will display answer keys & recorded responses of multiple choice questions on the NTA’s website” 

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CMAT Answer Key 2021: Important Dates
Below are given the important dates for CMAT 2021 official answer key opening, closing, final answer key release and result declaration:  


Important date


CMAT 2021 official Answer Key Release date

January 30, 2021

Answer key is live with CMAT question paper

Last date to challenge CMAT Answer Key

February 2, 2021

File objection online with a processing charge of Rs.1000 for each question

Final CMAT 2021 answer key release date

February 3, 2021

NTA to release official final answer key before result

Submission of Grievance on final CMAT answer key

February 4, 2021

CMAT Result will be declared after final answer key is released

CMAT 2021 Result date

February 5, 2021

No grievance after declaration of CMAT 2021 result will be entertained.


CMAT Answer Key 2021: Key Features, Objection Fee

  • Along with the CMAT Answer key, the NTA will display the CMAT Question Paper Attempted by the candidate
  • CMAT 2021 Question paper and Answer Key will be live on the NTA’s website
  • CMAT Answer key display date is expected as February 1, 2021. The details of the date shall be displayed on the NTA’s website
  • The candidates, who are not satisfied with the CMAT answer keys, may challenge them by filling online application form
  • The Fee to challenge CMAT official answer key is Rs.1000/- per question
  • The processing charges can be paid by credit/debit card/Net banking
  • The processing charge once paid is non-refundable
  • NTA’s decision on the CMAT answer key challenges shall be final and no further communication will be entertained
  • The result of CMAT 2021 exam will be compiled on the basis of final CMAT 2021 answer keys
  • No grievance with regard to CMAT answer key(s) after declaration of result of CMAT-2021 will be entertained.


How to Check CMAT Question Paper, Answer Keys and Response Sheet
Checking, verifying and submitting the objections after checking the CMAT 2021 question paper, answer keys and your response sheet is two steps process:


Step-1: Check CMAT Question Paper &Answer Keys

  • Go to CMAT 2021 official website
  • Click on Display Question paper and Responses
  • Login either with your CMAT application number and password Or with application number and date of birth
  • Complete CMAT question paper with question ID and answer options will open
  • Now you can view the CMAT question paper, question ID and answer option IDs
  • To check your CMAT response sheet you have to follow Step-2


Step-2: Check CMAT Response Sheet

  • Go to CMAT 2021 official website
  • Click on Challenge Answer Keys
  • Login either with your CMAT application number and password Or with application number and date of birth
  • Complete CMAT response sheet with the question ID and answer ID that you attempted gets opened
  • To check correct answer you have to go with each question one by one and cross check which is the correct answer option ID for the question
  • In case you are not satisfied with the correct answer key as given on the CMAT website, you can challenge the answer keys by filing the claim after paying a fee of Rs.1000/- per question 


Procedure How to Challenge Answer Key of CMAT-2021

  1. Please go to official CMAT 2021 website
  2. Click ‘Challenge(s) regarding Answer Key’ button.
  3. Login with your Application Number and Date of Birth and enter Security Pin as displayed and then click on Submit button.
  4. You will be able to see 100 Questions IDs along with Option IDs & Correct Option IDs, they are in sequential order.
  5. The Option IDs next to the Question ID under the column ‘Correct Option(s)/Answer’ is correct answer key.
  6. If you wish to challenge this option, you may select one or multiple Option IDs given in the next four columns by clicking in the check box.
  7. If you want to upload supporting documents, you can select ‘Choose File’ and upload (all documents to be put in a single pdf file).
  8. After clicking your desired option, scroll down, ‘submit your Claim’ and move to next screen.
  9. You will be able to see a display of all the Option IDs which you want to challenge.
  10. Click on ‘Save your Claim and Pay Fee Finally’.
  11. Select Mode of Payment and Pay your processing fee @ Rs.1,000/- for each question challenged. You have to make payment through Debit/Credit Card/Net Banking only. 
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NTA’s Decision Final on Objections to CMAT Answer Keys
On the issue of examining, entertaining and taking final decision on the challenges submitted by the candidates on the CMAT Answer Keys, the National Testing Agency has clarified, “The NTA’s decision on the challenges shall be final and no further communication will be entertained.”


NTA has further clarified that no grievance with regard to CMAT answer key(s) after declaration of result of CMAT will be entertained nor shall there be a provision for re-valuation/re-checking of the CMAT Score and no correspondence in this regard shall be entertained by NTA


CMAT Score Based on Final CMAT Answer Keys
NTA has confirmed that the CMAT result will be released after finalizing the CMAT answer keys. According to NTA, “The result will be compiled on the basis of final answer keys.”


Clarifying further NTA has shared,“The raw (actual) marks obtained by a candidate will be considered further for computation of the result of CMAT. No score card will be dispatched to the candidates and the candidates are advised to download their score cards from the website”


CMAT Answer Keys Download
CMAT 2021 answer keys download can be completed in three steps from official CMAT website when it is released:

  • Step-1: Open CMAT 2021 website and click on the icon – CMAT 2021 Answer key responses
  • Step-2: Use CMAT Login ID to download the CMAT 2021 answer keys PDF file
  • Step-3: Check your CMAT 2021 Answer responses and file the challenge by downloading the objection form online with payment of processing charges of Rs.1000/- per question


CMAT 2021 Answer Keys: Know the Scoring Pattern
Each correct answer in CMAT 2021 carries +4 marks and each wrong answer will impose a negative penalty of -1 mark. What you attempted in CMAT 2021 exam, if you remember a good part of it, you may arrive at your near CMAT raw scores and on its basis check what percentile you could get with the help of CMAT answer keys. Following table will guide you about your expected score as per the CMAT 2021 sectional composition:



No. of Questions

Marks for each correct answer

Negative Marking for each wrong answer

Language Comprehension  




Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation




Logical Reasoning




General Awareness








Previous Year CMAT Answer Keys

CMAT 2020 Answer keys were released on February 1, 2020. The CMAT answer keys and CMAT response sheet with CMAT objection form to challenge the CMAT 2020 answer key was displayed on the CMAT official website from February 1, 2020.

You could download and check the official CMAT 2020 answer keys as the per the CMAT 2020 question ID and correct answer option ID.

CMAT 2020 Answer keys: 5 Key Facts to Note

  • CMAT 2020 answer keys were displayed for all the question sets on CMAT 2020 website
  • Only the candidates who appeared in CMAT 2020 exam could view, print and verify the CMAT 2020 answer keys on NTA-CMAT official website
  • Display of recorded responses and Answer Keys for inviting challenges on NTA’s website were available with an objection form to CMAT 2020 answer keys
  • The candidates, who are not satisfied with the answer keys and recorded responses, might challenge by filling online application (Objection) form
  • A processing charge of Rs.1000/- per question had to be paid online to challenge the answer keys.

CMAT Answer key Pdf

You can download CMAT answer key pdf after login with your CMAT application number and date of birth or CMAT application number and password. The complete document for CMAT answer key 2020 (final) was released by NTA before release of result. The CMAT answer key pdf 2020 is available below for download


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