CMAT Pattern 2021

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March 22, 2021

Latest Update: AICTE has changed the CMAT 2021 exam question paper pattern. Now CMAT test paper will consist of 125 questions divided in 5 sections instead of earlier 100 questions divided in 4 sections. CMAT test duration is also increased to 3½ hours from earlier 3 hours. Read below revised CMAT 2021 exam pattern, sectional composition and other important changes in question paper


National Testing Agency (NTA) the CMAT exam conducting body has announced revised CMAT exam date as March 31, 2021. Earlier CMAT dates were February 22 and 27, 2021.


NTA conducts CMAT exam on behalf of All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE). CMAT exam 2021 will be conducted in a revised test pattern as AICTE has introduced an additional (optional) section for candidates interested in Innovation and Entrepreneurship and other important changes, as per following details. 

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CMAT 2021 Exam Pattern: 10 Important Changes
AICTE has announced following important changes in CMAT Exam Pattern 2021:

  1. An additional section on Innovation & Entrepreneurship added in CMAT exam 2021
  2. New section will have 25 questions
  3. New section is optional and is not mandatory for all the candidates to attempt it. Only the candidates interested in this course need to attempt this section
  4. Additional time of 30 minutes will be given to attempt the 25 questions in new section
  5. Total questions in CMAT question paper 2021 increased to 125 from earlier 100
  6. There are 5 sections in CMAT 2021 instead of earlier 4 sections
  7. Each of the five sections will have equal number of 25 questions
  8. There is no sectional time limit and candidates can attempt any question in any section within time limit of 3½ hours 
  9. Candidates can apply for the new course till Feb 25
  10. Candidates who had applied earlier can opt for this course by editing their Application Form during the correction window which will open after February 26, 2021 at official NTA-CMAT website

CMAT 2021 Exam for MBA admission 2021 in AICTE approved colleges, will be conducted by NTA as per the Notification released by National Testing Agency on December 23, 2020.


CMAT Exam Pattern 2021 now consists of 125 questions of MCQ type divided in 5 sections. CMAT 2021 is a computer based online test. The CMAT exam pattern is designed to evaluate the candidate's ability across various segments like Quantitative Technique, Logical Reasoning, Language Comprehension, General Awareness and Innovation & Entrepreneurship (Optional)


National Testing Agency (NTA), an autonomous testing organization created by Government of India, has been assigned the responsibility to conduct the CMAT and other entrance examinations for higher educational institutions instead of AICTE. CMAT 2021 Exam pattern has been designed by NTA to facilitate Management Institutions to select suitable graduate candidates for admission in all AICTE approved Management programs. The CMAT score is accepted by all AICTE-Approved Institutions/University Departments/Constituent Colleges/Affiliated Colleges.  

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IMS Unison University Dehradun, MBA Admissions  IBA Bangalore, PGDM Admission
IFIM College Bangalore, MBA Admissions IIMS Pune, PGDM/MBA Admission 2021
CIMR Mumbai, PGDM Admission Open Firebird Coimbatore, PGDM Admission
Jaypee Business School Noida, MBA Admission Praxis Business School Kolkata PGDM Admission
IPE Hyderabad, PGDM Admission Open IMS Ghaziabad University, MBA Admission

CMAT Pattern 2021: Key facts

  • CMAT 2021 exam pattern is computer based and there is no paper based CMAT exam
  • CMAT 2021 Pattern will be a 3½ hours duration exam
  • CMAT Exam 2021 will be conducted on March 31, 2021
  • The exam will be held in two shifts: Shift 1 from 9 AM to 12.30 Noon; Shift 2 from 3PM to 6.30PM
  • No test taker in CMAT 2021 will be disqualified even if he/she scores very low

CMAT Exam Pattern 2021: Highlights
CMAT 2021 exam pattern as shared by NTA will have 125 questions divided in five sections. The overall composition of CMAT 2021 exam pattern is as below: 

CMAT Exam Pattern 2021
CMAT 2021 Paper Details
CMAT 2021 Exam Date
March 31, 2021
CMAT 2021 Test Conducting Authority
National Testing Agency (NTA)
Total Questions in CMAT 2021 Exam
125 with option to attempt newly added 25 questions
CMAT 2021 Exam Duration
3½  Hours
CMAT 2021 Test slots
2 (Morning 9AM to 12.30PM; Evening 3PM to 6.30PM)
Type of Questions
MCQs-Objective Type Multiple Choice Questions
Mode of CMAT 2021 Exam
Online Computer Based Test
CMAT Scoring Pattern
+4 Marks for each correct answer
Total Maximum Marks in CMAT
Negative Marking
-1 Mark for Each Wrong Answer

CMAT 2021 Pattern: Sectional Composition
The five Sections in CMAT 2021 paper pattern with number of questions and maximum scoring chances are as under:

CMAT 2021 Exam Sections
Number of Questions
Maximum Marks Section-wise
Language Comprehension  
Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation
Logical Reasoning
General Awareness
Innovation & Entrepreneurship (Optional Section)
Total: Sections-5 (Including optional section)

CMAT Paper Pattern: Activity, Do’s & Don’ts, Unique Features

  1. NTA has released CMAT Mock Test for the CMAT 2021 exam on NTA-CMAT exam website.
  2. Go through the CMAT 2021 trial test to have a feel of the online computer based CMAT paper pattern carefully and familiarize yourself with the screens, layout, and navigation tools in the revised CMAT exam pattern.
  3. At the CMAT test venue, each candidate will be seated at a desk with a computer terminal and he/she will be provided with a scratch paper for calculations.
  4. After the CMAT exam is over, candidate must leave the scratch paper at the desk.
  5. CMAT Rough work cannot be done on any other paper/sheet, as nothing will be allowed inside the CMAT testing room. No breaks will be given during the CMAT exam.
  6. One of the key features in CMAT 2021 exam pattern is that None of the candidates in CMAT 2021will be disqualified even if they score very low. The objective of the test is not to eliminate the candidates from the process of seeking admission in the AICTE approved management programmes, rather to facilitate the institutions to select the suitable candidates as per their merit. 

Role of NTA in CMAT Exam 2021
The role of NTA is limited to conduct of CMAT 2021 exam. It has no role in granting approval to any PGDM or equivalent programme. AICTE is the authority to grant approval to different types of PGDM programmes of the management institutes. 

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Amrita Coimbatore, MBA Admissions UPES University Dehradun, MBA  Admissions
JAIPURIA Lucknow, PGDM Admissions JIMS Rohini (Sec-5) Delhi, PGDM Admissions
NMIMS University Mumbai, MBA Entrepreneurship IPE Hyderabad, PGDM​ Admission
Vivekanand Business School (VBS) Mumbai, PGDM ISME Bangalore PGDM Admission
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CMAT 2021 Pattern Vs Past CMAT Pattern

Exam Details
 CMAT 2021
 CMAT 2020
CMAT 2019
CMAT Exam Date
March 31, 2021 28-Jan-20 28-Jan-19
CMAT conducting Agency
National Testing Agency (NTA)
National Testing Agency (NTA)
National Testing Agency (NTA)
CMAT Testing Mode
Computer Based
Computer Based
Computer Based
Training for CMAT Test Taking Methodology/Navigation
NTA centres across India to train candidates to understand CMAT paper pattern 2021 and Test Taking Strategy
NTA centres across India to train candidates to understand CMAT paper pattern 2020 and Test Taking Strategy
NTA opens centres across India to train candidates to understand CMAT paper pattern 2019 and Test Taking Strategy
Changes in the cost of Registration
Sectional Composition of CMAT
5 sections exam with 125 questions
4 sections exam with 100 questions
4 sections exam with 100 questions
Scoring Pattern
 +4 marks for each right answer
+4 marks for each right answer
+1 mark for each right answer
Maximum Marks
Difficulty Level
Expected as per last year level
Slightly lower
Similar to last year

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 CMAT 2021 Exam: Important Dates

CMAT 2021 Exam Date
Key Date
CMAT 2021 Registration starts
CMAT 2021 Registration Closes
1 Mar-2021
CMAT 2021 Admit Card Download starts
24 March, 2021
CMAT 2021 Exam Date
31 March, 2021
CMAT 2021 Result Date
10 April, 2021 (Tentative)
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