• CMAT Exam Pattern

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Update on: 13 Aug 2021 11:25:41 AM

CMAT 2021 will be conducted in online format for admission to AICTE approved MBA/ PGDM courses 2021-23  batch. Find out exam pattern and structure of CMAT exam.

CMAT 2021 exam pattern and syllabus is an important constituent for the candidates preparing for the MBA entrance exam. National Testing Agency (NTA) is the official exam conducting body for Common Management Admission Test (CMAT) exam. As per the recent updated provided on the official website, NTA will organise the CMAT 2021 exam in Computer based format for the candidates across India at designated test centers.

Additionally, one more section has been added in the exam named innovation and entrepreneurship. This is an additional/optional section which will carry 25 questions of 100 marks. Candidates can find the syllabus of this section as mentioned in the sections provided below:-  

Following are the key points which aspirants must take a note of regarding CMAT exam pattern:

CMAT 2021 Exam Pattern: Points to Remember

Here are quick highlights about the CMAT exam pattern. Take a look and find out what you need to prepare before appearing for the exam:

CMAT 2021 Exam Pattern

Points to Remember

CMAT exam format

Online - Computer based exam

CMAT exam duration

180 minutes (3 hours)

CMAT sectional time limit


CMAT Exam sessions

2 Shifts Morning & Afternoon on same day

CMAT exam sections

4 sections with 25 questions each

(Language Comprehension, Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation, Logical Reasoning, General Awareness) 

CMAT marking Scheme

+4 for correct answer

-1 for incorrect answer

CMAT No. of Questions


CMAT Exam Date

24th January 2021

Also Read: Seven ways in which MAT exam differs from CMAT Exam

CMAT exam will be held for the duration of 3 hours or 180 minutes. CMAT follows a typical exam pattern, which candidates should remember before appearing for the exam:

  • CMAT exam will carry four sections namely Quantitative Aptitude, English, General Awareness and Logical and Analytical Reasoning.
  • Every section has 25 objective type questions. Overall there will be 100 questions of 400 marks.  
  • Exam taker will be awarded +4 marks in CMAT Exam for every correct answer and -1 mark is deducted for each wrong answer
  • No marks will be allotted or deducted in case of unanswered questions
  • CMAT exam is an online computer based test
  • NTA will also launch CMAT 2021 mock test to enable the aspirants to self-judge their preparation level and to get the hang of the exam pattern which is expected on the D-day.
  • Candidates can also go through the CMAT Mock Test that will be released by National Testing Agency (NTA) on the official NTA website
  • After going through the CMAT trial test, you will get familiar with the layout, screens and navigation. It will be of great help at the time when you appear for the exam
  • At the CMAT exam center, every candidate will be allotted a seat with an in-built computer terminal. They will be provided a rough paper for doing the calculation work
  • Candidates are not allowed to use any other paper other than the scratch paper given by the exam authorities. No break time will be given in-between the exam duration.

Candidates appearing for the CMAT 2021 are advised to reach the respective exam 90 minutes before the commencement of the exam.

CMAT 2021 Exam Pattern

Take a look at this table that summarizes the events of CMAT exam:


No. of Questions


Maximum Marks

Marking Scheme

Logical and Analytical Reasoning



+4 for correct answer

-1 for incorrect answer

Quantitative Aptitude






General Awareness






Time Limit

180 minutes

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