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CMAT 2023 | Notification, Exam Pattern, Syllabus

Sohini Chattopadhyay | Updated On - April, 22 2023

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CMAT 2023 | Notification

NTA has published the CMAT 2023 notice and started the registration process from February 13, 2023. NTA is expected to conduct the CMAT on March, 2023. However, the date of the CMAT exam has not yet been announced by the National Testing Agency. Please check the link below for official notification-
Official Notification

CMAT 2023 | Overview

The CMAT 2023 exam offers MBA admission opportunities to more than 1000 MBA colleges in India, including some of the best-known management institutes. It is an important but easier MBA entrance exam. Below are the main highlights of the exam and other important details-
CMAT Exam Conducting Body
National testing Agency (NTA)
CMAT Full Form
Common Management Admission Test
Number of MBA colleges under the Exam
Exam Date
04 May 2023
Exam Slots
Single Slot Exam of 3 Hrs Duration
Mode of CMAT Entrance exam 
Online Computer Based Test
Total Questions in CMAT Entrance Exam

CMAT 2023 | Important Dates

Candidates appearing for CMAT 2023 can go through the detailed schedule for the CMAT exam given below-
CMAT Notification 2023 Release
February 13, 2023
Exam Registration starts
February 13, 2023
Last date to apply
March 13, 2023 (Extended)
Last date of successful transaction of fee through Credit/Debit Card/NetBanking/UPI / Paytm Wallet
March 13, 2023
Correction in Particulars of Application Form on the website only
From March 13 to 16, 2023 (Upto 5 PM)
Admit Card Download start date
Before exam
CMAT Exam Date
04 May 2023
Result Date
Will be announced later on website

CMAT 2023 | Previous Exam History

Candidates appearing for CMAT 2023 can check the details below from previous year-
Application Date
16 Feb–17 Mar 2022
Exam Date
9 April 2022
30 Apr 2022
16 Feb 2022
95-99 percentile    

Previous Year Papers

Candidates applying for CMAT 2023 can check previous year's question with solutions from the link below-
CMAT 2022 Question paper

CMAT 2023 | Application Fee

Applicants can register at the CMAT-NTA website and complete the CMAT 2023 registration form now. The details are given below-
Application process
Exam Application Fee for Boys
Application Fee for Girls
Application Fee for EWS/OBC-NCL 
Application Fee for SC/ST/PwD

CMAT 2023 | Eligibility

  • Students who have achieved 50% of the qualifying grades in their undergraduate degree may complete the CMAT 2023 application form.
  • Candidates must have a bachelor's degree in any discipline.
  • Candidates who are in their final year of undergraduate studies and whose results will be announced before commencement of admission for the academic year 2023-2024 may also apply for the exam.
  • The candidate must be a citizen of India.
  • There is no age restriction for participating in the CMAT exam.

CMAT 2023 | Selection Process

NTA will no longer play a role after the CMAT 2023 results are announced. Applicants will be selected for further rounds of admission based on their CMAT score. CMAT colleges have their own selection criteria by which applicants are selected for the admissions process. Applicants applying for CMAT are therefore advised to find out about the CMAT selection process of the particular institution to which they intend to apply for admission.
CMAT is a nationwide entrance examination conducted for admission to MBA programs at participating institutions. The CMAT selection process consists mainly of three rounds after the publication of the CMAT score/merit list-
  • Written aptitude test or ability test
  • Group Discussion
  •  Personal interview

CMAT 2023 | Exam Pattern

According to the CMAT 2023 exam scheme-
  • The exam will be conducted in online mode.
  • The medium of the question paper will be in English only.
  • The total time for the exam is 180 minutes.
  • Each question carries 4 marks.
  • For each incorrect response, 1 mark will be deducted from the total score.
  • Un-answered/un-attempted will be given no mark
Total Questions
Maximum Marks
Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation
Logical Reasoning
Language Comprehension
General Awareness
Innovation & Entrepreneurship(Optional)

CMAT 2023 | Syllabus

Candidates appearing for CMAT 2023 must refer to the CMAT exam syllabus when studying, to make sure you do not leave out any topics. Pay more attention to the important topics, i.e., the topics that have a higher priority. The detailed syllabus is given below-
Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation
i) Tabulation
ii) Partnership
iii) Geometry
iv) Pipes and Cisterns
v) Graph
vi) Algebra
vii) Pie Chart, Bar Chart
viii) Ratio and Proportion
ix) Line
x) Time-Speed-Distance
xi) Number System
xii) Simple Interest and Compound Interest
Logical Reasoning
i) Analytical Reasoning
ii) Analogy Test
iii) Direction and Distance Test
iv) Linear Arrangements
v) Blood Relationship Tests
vi) Ranking Tests
vii) Statements and Arguments
viii) Coding and Decoding
ix) Statements Assumptions
x) Number Series
xii) Cause and Effects  
Language Comprehension
i) Reading Comprehension
ii) English Usage Errors
iii) Synonyms
iv) English Grammar
v) Paragraph Completion
vi) Antonyms
vii) Jumbled Para
viii) One-Word Substitution
ix) Sentence Improvement
x) Sentence Correction
xi) Idioms
xii) Phrases  
General Awareness
i) Literature
ii) Trade Awareness
iii) Geography
iv) Indian Constitution
v) Politics
vi) History
vii) Current Affairs of National and International Economy
viii) Economics
ix) Culture
x) Personalities in News
xi) Sports News
xii) Science in Everyday Life  
Innovation and Entrepreneurship
i) Concepts of Innovation Management Terminology
ii) Entrepreneur Vs. Intrapreneur, Entrepreneur Vs. Manager & Entrepreneur Vs. Entrepreneurship
iii) Creativity and its stimulation
iv) The Entrepreneurial Development
v) Three types of idea management systems
vi) Creating Entrepreneurial Venture

CMAT 2023 | Answer Key

  • The preliminary 2023 CMAT answer key will be published by the National Testing Agency (NTA) after the test is administered. The CMAT answer key will be helpful to the candidates who appear for the CMAT exam and those who have downloaded the result. Candidates must download the answer key from the official website to avoid any discrepancies. Candidates can also challenge the answer key for a certain period of time. Candidates can now estimate their score by comparing their answers with those in the CMAT answer key and calculate the score accordingly.
  • If a candidate has any doubt about any answer in the answer key, he/she can challenge the key with valid evidence by submitting an explanation within a few days of the publication of the CMAT answer key.
  • Candidates must know the grading scheme of the exam to calculate their scores using the answer key.

CMAT 2023 | Result

The National Testing Agency (NTA) is expected to announce the CMAT 2023 result probably in the last week of April. Candidates can download their CMAT  result card from the official website cmat.nta.nic.in. Candidates need to enter their CMAT application number, date of birth and security number to check their CMAT results.

CMAT 2023 | FAQs

Q. Does NTA announce CMAT cut offs?
Ans- No, the NTA does not announce CMAT cut offs. The participating colleges fix admission cut offs on their own on the basis of seats available, difficulty level of the exam and range of scores.
Q. How do I check my CMAT results?
Ans- The 2023 CMAT result will be announced online by the National Testing Agency (NTA). The CMAT result will be made available on the official website and candidates can download it using their login IDs. CMAT Exam 2023 is expected to be held in the last week of March or first week of April.
Q. Does IIM accept CMAT scores?
Ans- CMAT is one of the most popular MBA entrance exams in India conducted by NTA. It is accepted by many of the top B-schools in India, except IIMs.
Q. Is CMAT more difficult than CAT?
Ans- CMAT is a much easier exam than CAT, as the questions are easier and there is no sectional time limit. Those who have cleared CAT can easily clear the CMAT as well. The scores of both exams are widely accepted by more than 1,000 MBA colleges in India.

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