CMAT Selection Procedure


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Updated on
April 25, 2020

Selection procedure of CMAT 2021 is more governed by the MBA/PGDM admission policy of the individual B-schools. However, the CMAT selection procedure 2021 for MBA admission 2021 will begin only after the CMAT result is declared in February 2021. NTA the CMAT 2021 exam conducting authority will frame the CMAT 2021 selection procedure that includes the CMAT exam process, CMAT Result and disseminating the CMAT individual scores with percentile. After it, the CMAT admission process is completed by the respective B-school or the university for MBA admission 2021.


There are 1000+ AICTE approved MBA/PGDM colleges who participate in the CMAT selection procedure as they accept the CMAT exam score in MBA admission. Some of the top MBA colleges participating in CMAT admission process include JBIMS, SIMSREE, PUMBA, Welingkar, GIM, IFMR among others.


4 Stages of CMAT 2021 Selection Procedure
CMAT selection procedure 2021 has four main stages:

  1. Taking CMAT exam on January 24, 2021
  2. Declaration of CMAT Result and Submission of Score in B-school;
  3. Shortlisting for next phase of CMAT selection process based on CMAT exam score by the B-school/University;
  4. Final Admission Process & Final admission offer after selection procedure of CMAT 2021​

Stage 1: Taking CMAT 2021 Exam on Jan 24
The first part of the Selection Procedure of CMAT 2021 is based on the performance of the candidate in the CMAT 2021 exam that can be gauged with the overall score, percentile score as well as sectional score in the CMAT 2021 exam.   The Registration and application process for CMAT 2021 exam is open from November 1 to December 10, 2020.  CMAT Selection Procedure 2021 may not prove to be difficult. It is worthwhile to understand the CMAT 2021 exam pattern before moving to CMAT selection procedure: 

MBA/PGDM Admissions Open 2021 | Apply Now!
IMI New Delhi, PGDM Admissions 2021 Open FORE School of Management Admission 2021
NMAT by GMAC 2020 Registration Open NMIMS University Mumbai MBA Applications
MICA, PGDM-C Admissions 2021 Open Great Lakes PGPM & PGDM 2021 App. Deadline: 1 Dec
TAPMI Manipal, PGDM Admissions 2021 K J Somaiya, MBA Admissions Open 2021
IRMA Anand, PGDM(RM) Admissions Open  SOIL Gurgaon 1 Year PGPM & 2 Year PGDM Admissions
MDI Murshidabad, PGDM Admission Open  JAIPURIA Group, PGDM Admissions open
IBA Bangalore, PGDM Admissions Open ICFAI Hyderabad-IBSAT 2020 Registration Open


CMAT 2021 Exam will be conducted by National Testing Agency (NTA) and not by AICTE. The exam pattern has been designed by NTA to facilitate CMAT selection procedure by Management Institutions to select suitable graduate candidates for admission in all Management programs. The CMAT score is accepted by all AICTE-Approved Institutions/University Departments/Constituent Colleges/Affiliated Colleges

  • CMAT 2021 exam pattern is computer based
  • CMAT 2021 exam will be a single session exam of 3 hours duration
  • A few changes are expected in the structure and content of CMAT paper pattern as it is the second CMAT exam conducted by National Testing Agency (NTA) instead of AICTE. ​

CMAT Exam 2021: Key Facts
CMAT 2021 exam pattern as shared by NTA will have 100 questions divided in four sections. The overall composition of CMAT 2021 exam pattern is as below: 

CMAT Exam 2021
Test Paper Details
CMAT 2021 Exam Date
January 24, 2021
CMAT 2021 Test Conducting Authority
National Testing Agency (NTA)
Total Questions in CMAT 2021 Exam
CMAT 2021 Exam Duration
3 Hours (9.30AM to 12.30PM)
Type of Questions
MCQs-Objective Type Multiple Choice Questions
Mode of CMAT 2021 Exam
Online Computer Based Test
Scoring Pattern
+4 Mark for each correct answer
Total Maximum Marks
Negative Marking
-1 Mark for Each Wrong Answer

CMAT 2021: Sectional Composition & Scoring Pattern
The four Sections in CMAT 2021 paper 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
Total: Sections-4

Stage 2: CMAT 2021 Result    
2nd stage of CMAT selection procedure is the declaration of CMAT result and release of score card. The CMAT 2021 Result date is February 5, 2021. The CMAT score card contains – Overall raw score, sectional raw score, overall percentile score and sectional percentile score. The CMAT 2021 Selection procedure will depend upon your place in the CMAT 2021 National merit list. You also need to submit your CMAT 2021 exam score to the respective B-school where you have already applied or plan to apply now. 

MBA/PGDM Admissions Open 2021 | Apply Now!
GIM Goa, PGDM Admissions 2021 Open LBSIM Delhi, PGDM Admissions 2021 Open
BIMTECH Greater Noida, PGDM Admissions IFMR GSB-KREA University, MBA Admissions 2021
BIM Trichy MBA Admissions 2021 Xavier University MBA Admissions 2021
SIBM, Bengaluru, MBA Admissions 2021 SIBM, Hyderabad, MBA Admissions 2021
SDA Bocconi Asia Center, IMB Batch 2021-23 SDMIMD Mysore, PGDM Admissions 2021
DSB-VIPS Technical Campus, PGDM 2021-23 ICFAI Hyderabad-IBSAT 2020 Registration Open


CMAT 2021 Merit list is announced alongwith the CMAT result for all the candidates who appear in CMAT exam and no candidate is disqualified. The CMAT selection procedure 2021 will be available for all the percentile range from lowest to highest 100 percentile. CMAT exam score card contains following details with marks and percentile: 

Roll No
Candidate Name

Stage 3:  Shortlisting For Final CMAT Admission
Next phase of CMAT selection process is the shortlisting for final admission round based on CMAT exam score by the B-school/University where you have applied for MBA admission 2021. The shortlisting process under CMAT selection procedure 2021 begins in the first week of March and will continue till the last week of May 2021.  The B-schools will shortlist the candidates on the basis of CMAT 2021 Entrance test scores for final selection round which may contain GD-PI-WAT or PI-WAT or GD-PI or may have different components.


The shortlisting by the B-schools in CMAT 2021 selection procedure is done as per its individual admission policy. The decision on minimum section wise and overall cut off in CMAT entrance exam at the time of shortlisting will be taken by the respective B-school


If the candidate does not score minimum prescribed percentile in CMAT 2021 entrance exam, he/she may not be considered for shortlisting for final selection stage.


Stage 4: Participate in GD-PI & Get Final Admission offer
Final Admission Process & Final admission offer after selection procedure of CMAT 2021 mark the final stage of CMAT selection process.


Most of the top MBA colleges like JBIMS, SIMSREE, K J Somaiya, PUMBA, among 400 other Maharashtra MBA colleges participate in DTE CAP counselling round to finalize the MBA admission process with CMAT scores. The Centralized Admission Process is common for all the candidates seeking MBA admission 2021 through CMAT exam scores and are of All India category.


Many MBA colleges conduct their individual GD-PI process to select candidates through CMAT selection procedure for MBA admission. The CMAT selection procedure for final admission process is based on the CMAT 2021 Entrance exam score, academic performance, work experience and performance in GD-PI round. After the GD-PI-WAT round, final admission offers will be made in May/June 2021 by the B-schools to successful candidates.

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