Common Management Admission Test

Common Management Admission Test or CMAT is conducted in the month of January every year for admission to various MBA/PGDM courses offered by B-schools across India. CMAT is conducted by AICTE, but the 2019 edition of the exam will be conducted by the newly formed National Testing Agency (NTA).

Common Management Admission Test (CMAT) is a national level entrance examination conducted by All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) every year as per the directions of Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Government of India.

The CMAT is a three hour computer based online test which is conducted in a single session to evaluate the candidate’s ability across various segments like Quantitative Technique, Logical Reasoning, Language Comprehension and General Awareness.This test facilitates 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 2019 Exam Important Dates

Common Management Admission Test

Here, we have updated official CMAT 2019 schedule:



Registration Starts 1st November 2018
Last date for registration 30th November 2018
Admit Card Release 7th January 2019
CMAT Entrance Exam 2019 28th January 2019
Result Declaration 1st week of February 2019
Score Card Issued 10th February 2019

CMAT Application Form 2019

The CMAT registration 2019 will commence from November 1, 2018, and the last date to apply is scheduled for November 30, 2018. Once candidates verify the CMAT eligibility criteria 2019, they ought to begin the application process available via online mode. While filling the application of CMAT 2019, applicants must provide the personal, academic and professional details accurately. The CMAT registration 2019 has three steps namely registration of the candidate, payment of the registration fee and lastly, filling the application form.

CMAT 2019 is a national level management based test held for candidates who want to pursue management based programmes across the country. It will be held once every year and conducted by a new governing authority, NTA instead of AICTE. CMAT is said to be accepted by over 500 B-schools across India.

Eligibility Criteria for CMAT 2019 Exam

  • Applicant must be a citizen of India.
  • Graduates in any discipline can apply for CMAT exam
  • Final year students of Graduate Courses (10+2+3) whose result will be declared before commencement of admission for academic year 2018-19 can also apply for CMAT online exam.

Application Fee:

The fee can be submitted through Credit card/Debit card/Net Banking & the CASH Payment in SBI bank. The application fee will be Rs. 1400 + Bank Charges (for GEN/OBC) & Rs. 700 + Bank Charges (for Female/SC/ST/PwD).

Payment Process

Payment can be done via two modes:

Mode i) ONLINE Payment:

You can select ONLINE PAYMENT mode and then do the payment using Credit card / Debit card / Net Banking.

Once your payment is successfully done, you will receive a confirmation E-mail and SMS. Once you have received the successful payment confirmation, you can proceed with the remaining part of registration process.

Mode ii) CASH Payment in SBI bank:

You can select this option to pay by CASH at any of the designated SBI bank branch. Once you select this option and proceed, you will see a CHALLAN on your screen with your details already filled in it. You need to take 3 PRINT OUTS of this CHALLAN, fill in the details wherever required in all the copies, and walk in to your nearest SBI bank branch with CASH on the next day of generation of Challan. Cash Deposit will be accepted only from the next day of your Challan generation.

Test Pattern for CMAT

Type of Questions No. of Questions Maximum Marks
Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation 25 100
Logical Reasoning 25 100
Language Comprehension 25 100
General Awareness 25 100

* Duration of test is 180 minutes (3 hours) .

There shall be negative marking for wrong answers, for each wrong answer 1 mark shall be deducted.

Onwards for the candidates to have a feel of the online test and navigation functionality. Candidates are advised to go through them carefully to familiarize themselves with the screens, layout, and navigation.

At the 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. After the test, candidate must leave the scratch paper at the desk. Rough work cannot be done on any other paper/sheet, as nothing will be allowed inside the testing room. No breaks will be given during the test.

CMAT 2019 Admit Card

You will be able to download CMAT 2019 Admit Card once it is made available on the website. Tentative date of admit card availability is January 2019. In order to download admit card login to your account on the official website by entering validation details. Take a print out of it and keep it safe for appearing for the exam. You will also receive a copy of admit card on the registered mail id. Direct link to download admit card will be available here as soon as it is available.

CMAT 2019 Result

Candidates who have appeared for the exam will be able to see CMAT Result 2019 once it is released. You will be able to download score card using login credentials. Link to download result will be provided below when released.

CMAT 2019 Counselling

After a declaration of result and merit list announcement, counselling is going to be conducted. You can attend the counselling in your choice of college when institute or college conducts it. Based on the performance, your scorecard, choices filled and availability of seat admission process can be carried forward. It is expected that you will carry all the relevant documents and fee at the time of CMAT 2019 counselling.

CMAT Slot Booking 2019

CMAT is one of the few all-India common management aptitude tests which allow the test taker to choose exam date and centre as per their convenience. The process of booking exam slot and centres will be done while filing the application form for CMAT 2019.

Dates and test centres will be allotted on “first come first served” basis. Actual allotment, however, will be subject to availability of the slots in a particular city. The exam is usually held on two days, but last year it was held on one day. The second day was kept reserved in case of any unforeseen situation.

Aspirants must note that once selected, the exam centre or exam time cannot be changed. Thus they should make the selection carefully and in case they don’t get their desired exam centre or time, must make appropriate arrangement. 

How to Prepare for CMAT 2019? 

If you have appeared for CAT, IIFT or any other management course admission test and scored good marks, cracking CMAT will not be difficult at all.

Question asked in CMAT exams are easier when compared with CAT questions. Therefore preparing for Data Interpretation, Quant and Reasoning sections become quite hassle-free. If you want to score well in a section of General Awareness try reading newspapers and magazines on current affairs. Also, while attempting a question in CMAT 2019 try to read the question twice and carefully answer it.

Since there is still 1 year left for the exam, prepare thoroughly and understand the concepts in detail. Try to finish the syllabus by the end of October so that you have sufficient time to revise and take a mock test. If needed join some good coaching institute and clear your concepts. If you want to opt for section wise tests and get a good hold on concepts you are weak at. In no time it will be easy to solve the papers.

Another thing you can do is go for solving previous year question papers. This will help in understanding the exam patterns and types of questions being asked in the exam. I would also suggest that you get a good grip on time management and make a timetable. This is one of the biggest factors for cracking CMAT 2019.