CMAT 2021: Effective Strategy To Crack The Exam

By Sonam Satapathy

National Testing Agency (NTA) conducts the Common Management Admission Test (CMAT) which is a national level entrance exam offering admission to over 1000 B-schools across India. Every year, over 50,000 aspirants appear for the CMAT exam. According to the official notice, CMAT 2021 exam date has been postponed by NTA. For the academic year, 2021 the CMAT exam will be conducted in the last week of March or the first week of April in CBT mode over 245 exam centers throughout India. Graduates in any discipline can apply for CMAT 2021.

Read here: CMAT 2021 Syllabus, Cut off, Counselling, Pattern

CMAT 2021 Exam Dates:

CMAT 2021 registration process has been extended till March 1. Take a look at CMAT 2021 schedule below.

CMAT Events CMAT Exam Dates Salient Features
Registration starts 23-Dec-2020 Date of commencement of CMAT registration process online on NTA website
Registration end 01-Mar-2021 CMAT 2021 registration process to conclude
Last date of fee payment 02-Mar-2021 Payment of application can be done until 11:59 PM
Image correction  01-Feb to 02-Feb-2021 Candidate can upload new image and signature if required
CMAT 2021 registration window reopened 04-Mar-2021 to 07-Mar-2021 Candidates can apply for the exam on the official website. The fee payment deadline is March 2
Admit card download begins To be announced Admit card to be available on the official website for download
CMAT 2021 exam Last week of March or the first week of April 2021 Exam to be held from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM and 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM in 153 cities
CMAT Answer key release To be announced CMAT answer key, question paper, and individual response sheets available on the NTA website
Result announcement To be announced Scorecards to be released on the official website along with all India rank list


CMAT Exam Highlights:

Common Management Admission Test (CMAT) is one of the most sought entrance exams among all the popular MBA entrances in India. It is a national-level entrance examination whose score is accepted by over 1000 B-schools across India.

CMAT 2021 exam paper has a total of 4 sections- General Awareness, Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation, Logical Reasoning, and Language Comprehension in the exam comprising of 25 questions each. 

Before preparing the preparation strategy, let's have a look at the CMAT exam patterns.

Particulars   Details
Exam Name Common Management Admission Test (CMAT)
Conducting Body National Testing Agency
Exam Level National
Exam Frequency Once a year
Exam Mode Online
Exam Duration 3 hours
Exam Syllabus
  • Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation
  • Logical Reasoning
  • Language Comprehension & Verbal Ability
  • General Awareness
  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Exam Pattern 100 questions in MCQ format
25 questions on optional section Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Language English
Exam Purpose Admission into 1005 MBA colleges
Course Offered MBA/PGDM
No. of Test Cities 153


Tips To Crack CMAT 2021:

If you are a CMAT aspirant, then you must plan a strategy to crack CMAT 2021 with a good score. It indeed becomes essential for the candidates to prepare for it with utmost sincerity and dedication. To score well, one should have a stronghold at the concepts and take as many mock tests for CMAT.

Therefore, you must start your exam preparation well in advance and make sure to cover the maximum topics mentioned in the syllabus of CMAT 2021.

Understand the Syllabus and Exam Pattern:

Before starting the preparation, the candidates must go through the entire syllabus of the CMAT examination. It is recommended not to skip any part of the syllabus as it may prove to be a fatal decision. By doing this, the candidates will be able to divide the required amounts of time to each section to save time.

Time Management Practices:

Time management is the most vital aspect of the preparation process that has to be concerned by the candidates. If you can manage time in the examination, you can score high. The aspiring candidates must prepare a schedule that will help them to understand the concepts as well as revision. This will help them memorize the concepts and will bring clarity regarding the same.

Practicing Sample Papers and Mock Tests:

Another crucial phase of CMAT 2021 preparation is to practice sample papers and mock tests. Get a good grip on the previous year's CMAT question papers, sample papers, and mock test series as the questions may repeat. NTA, the CMAT conducting body also provides official mock tests or sample papers to the registered candidates. CMAT mock tests and question papers will help you to improve your speed and accuracy providing you a platform to analyze your preparation level.

Maintaining Speed with Accuracy:

The candidates must balance their speed with accuracy in the examination as an imbalanced ratio will lead to disastrous consequences for the overall preparation process. The candidates will have to rush with the speed in order to complete the entire syllabus on time and still have time for revision while maintaining accuracy to avoid any mistakes.

Carefully Read Questions

Since there is no sectional time duration all the candidates are advised to read the questions carefully first. Sometimes the paper asks some tricky questions. Though there is no sectional limit, candidates can opt from any section which they are comfortable dealing with.

Know more: Important Points to Remember While Appearing for CMAT


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