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CMAT 2018 Admit Card, Login, Syllabus, Exam Date, Pattern

CMAT 2018 Exam

Updated: Thursday, 12 October 2017, 04:30 PM

CMAT 2018 Admit Card Login Syllabus Exam Date Pattern

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CMAT 2018 Important Dates



Registration Start date

October 20, 2017

Registration End date

December 15, 2017

Admit Card download date

January 2018

CMAT Exam Date

January 21, 2018

CMAT Result declaration

January 2018

Print out of Score Cards

January 2018



CMAT 2018 Exam Notification

  • CMAT 2018 exam will be on 21st January 2018.
  • CMAT 2018 Registration will open from 20th October to 15th December 2017.

AICTE will conduct CMAT 2018 on 21st January for admission to the colleges that offer MBA and for those which run postgraduate diploma in management programs.

All the B-Schools recognized by AICTE can and are expected to accept the CMAT Score. 

AICTE has been conducting CMAT two times in a year during the months of September and February.

AICTE has now decided to hold only one CMAT Online Test from the Academic Year 2017 onwards.

For the Academic Year 2018, the CMAT Test will be on 21st January 2018.

All aspiring candidates desirous of appearing for CMAT Test for taking admissions to postgraduate programmes in management should apply for CMAT 2018.

  • The candidates will have an option of selecting date and city for appearing in the test.

Click the following links and study the updated study material along with Mock papers:

CMAT Exam Registration 2018

  • Choice of 3 dates and 3 cities of India for online examination in the order of preference.
  • First come first served; actual allotment subject to availability of the slots in a particular city.

Registering for CMAT is a 3 Step process as mentioned below: 

Step 1

Read Instructions and Self Registration: First time you will enter as NEW USER. Here you will read the instructions carefully, accept the declaration and proceed.

Now you need to do Self Registration.

Once you SUBMIT this page, you cannot edit any data entered on this page. Submitting this page will generate a unique 6 digit password.

This password will be shown on your screen and will be sent to you via E-mail and SMS.

Now, whenever you wish to login to the registration portal, you will come as an EXISTING USER and login with your e-mail id and this unique 6 digit password.

This completes your self-registration.

Step 2

Payment Process : You can do the payment in either of the two modes mentioned below 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.

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 go 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 The last date to pay CASH in bank is 15th December 2017 and from there onwards to complete registration is 17th December 2017.

In return to the CASH Deposit, the bank will give you one copy of CHALLAN with their stamp and a JOURNAL number written on it.

In 48 hours, your payment will get updated in the registration portal.

You will receive an E-mail and SMS confirming that your payment data has got updated in the registration portal.

Then you need to re login to the portal proceed with the remaining part of registration process.

Step 3

Now that you are done with the payment, you need to fill the remaining part of the form.

Once you have filled the complete form, suggestion is to check the complete data entered by clicking on VIEW/MODIFY button.

You will have to accept a declaration and click on I AGREE.

On agreeing, your form will get finally submitted and no change in the data is possible after this Submit You will see a message on your screen stating “Thank you for successfully registering for the AICTE CMAT exam.

Please login from January, 2018 onwards to download your exam ADMIT CARD. For latest updates, please visit”

CMAT Exam Eligibility 2018

  • 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 2018-19 can also apply for CMAT online exam.

Eligibility Criteria

The eligibility criteria for admission to Management programs (Diploma and Post Graduation) is as below

Management (PGDM, MBA and similar)

Recognized Bachelor's Degree of minimum 3 Yrs duration Obtained at least 50% (45% in case of candidate belonging to reserved category) at the qualifying Examination

Management (PGCM)

Recognized Bachelor's Degree of minimum 3 Yrs duration

Management (Executive PGDM)

Recognized Bachelor's Degree of minimum 3 Yrs duration and a minimum of 5 years relevant managerial / supervisory experience.


Obtained at least 50% (45% in case of candidate belonging to reserved category) at the qualifying Examination

CMAT Exam 2018 Test Fee 

  • General/OBC: Rs.1400 + Bank charges as applicable
  • SC/ST/PD: Rs.700 + Bank charges as applicable
  • In Foreign Countries: $125 + Bank charges as applicable

Note: Fee once remitted is not refunded under any circumstance.

Mode of Payment 

  • Net Banking / Credit / Debit Card: Online through
  • Cash : Payment Through challan generated online and Cash deposited in any branch of State Bank of India.

CMAT Exam 2018 Admit Card

CMAT Admit card of valid candidates will be sent to their registered email ID on or before Jan'18.

You can contact helpdesk if you do not receive your Admit Card by then. Admit Cards are also available for download on the portal

The Admit Card will have the following details :

  • Photo 
  • Name and signature of the candidate
  • CMAT Roll number
  • Test date, 
  • Time
  • Reporting time at the venue
  • Venue name
  • Venue address
  • Brief instructions for the candidate.

In case you are unable to take the printout you may seek help of Call Centre / Helpdesk at the following contact : 022-66258304

List of Test Centers for CMAT

The CMAT 2018-19 is expected to be conducted in 23 Indian (States and Union Territories) covering the following cities:

1. Agartala

22. Durgapur

43. Mumbai

2. Ahmedabad

23. Gulbarga

43. Mumbai

3. Ahmednagar

24. Gurgaon

45. Nagpur

4. Allahabad

25. Guwahati

46. Nasik

5. Amravati

26. Gwalior

47. Navi Mumbai

6. Amritsar

27. Hyderabad

48. Noida

7. Aurangabad

28. Indore

49. Panaji

8. Bangalore

29. Jabalpur

50. Patna

9. Bareilly

30. Jaipur

51. Pune

10. Bhavnagar

31. Jammu

52. Rajkot

11. Bhopal

32. Jamshedpur

53. Raipur

12. Bhubaneswar

33. Jodhpur

54. Ranchi

13. Bhuj

34. Kanpur

55. Shimla

14. Chandigarh

35. Kochi

56. Srinagar

15. Chennai

36. Kolhapur

57. Surat

16. Coimbatore

37. Kolkata

58. Trivandrum

17. Davangere

38. Kozhikode

59. Udaipur

18. Dehradun

39. Lucknow

60. Vadodara

19. Delhi

40. Ludhiana

61. Varanasi

20. Dhanbad

41. Mangalore

62. Visakhapatnam

21. Dharwad

42. Meerut

( Note: AICTE reserves the right to change or cancel any test venue / center and / or change the test time and dates at their own discretion )

CMAT Exam Syllabus / Pattern 2018

No. of sections: The computer-based CMAT 2018 will have the following four sections with multiple choice questions. (MCQ)

S. No.

Type of Questions

No. of questions

Maximum Marks


Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation




Logical reasoning




Language comprehension




General Awareness









Admission Process

  • In case there is no central counseling, scores awarded will be used for admission in the AICTE approved institutes/University departments.

CMAT Exam 2018 : Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Format of CMAT 2018

Q. Is CMAT going to be conducted ONLINE twice a year ? 
A. No. From academic year 2018-19 onwards, the CMAT exam will be conducted only once a year on in January. The CMAT-2018 will be conducted on January 2018.

Q. How is the computer-based format different from the paper-based format ?
A. The format of the test is more or less the same except that a candidate reads a question on a computer terminal and clicks on the correct answer, instead of reading on a paper booklet and using a pencil to darken the ovals on an answer sheet.

Q. Can I take the test from any computer ?
A. No. A candidate will have to test on a pre-assigned workstation and will not have a choice to choose his or her workstation, in the testing venue

Test Duration & CMAT Syllabus/ Pattern

Q. How many sections are there in the test ?
A. There will be four sections in the test. The sections are
  1. Logical Reasoning
  2. Verbal Ability / Language Comprehension
  3. Numerical Ability + Data Interpretation
  4. General Awareness

Q. How many questions are there in each of these sections ?
A. There will be 25 questions in each section.

Q. What is the duration of the test ?
A. The duration of test will be 180 minutes 

Q. Can I move back and forth between the four sections ?
A. Yes, you can

Q. Will there be negative marking in CMAT exam ?
A. Yes, each incorrect answer will carry a penalty of 1 mark

Scheduling & Registration

Q. Who is eligible to take the test ? 
A. Graduates in any discipline or Final year students of Graduate Courses can apply for CMAT

Q. Can I appear for CMAT for practice purpose, though I am aware that I am not eligible ?
A. No, anyone not eligible cannot appear for this test

Q. Is there any age restriction for appearing in CMAT ?
A. No, there is no age restriction for appearing in CMAT.

Q. What is the fee for the test ?
A. The fee is Rs.1400 + Bank charges as applicable for General / OBC candidates. If you belong to the SC/ST/PD (Physically disabled) category then you need to pay a discounted fee of Rs.700 + Bank charges as applicable

Q. Where do I pay my fees ?
A. Candidates are required to pay registration fee either by Online (Credit / Debit cards / Net banking) or Depositing cash in any branch of State Bank of India.

Q. When and how do I register for CMAT 2018 ?
A. Online registration for CMAT January 2018 will begin on  November, 2017 and close on December 2017. Detailed instructions for the online application and registration process are available on this website (

Q. Can I use someone else’s email id like my coaching institute’s or a friend’s email address while registering for CMAT ?
A. No, you need to have a valid and unique email address of yourself which you will be using at least for the next six months

Q. Can I pay the fees through Bank Demand Draft or Cheque ?
A. No. Fees can only be paid online or through cash deposit in any of the SBI bank branch.

Q. When will CMAT be held and can I choose a test city ?
A. CMAT in India will be held on January, 2018. Yes, you can select up-to 3 cities in India giving order of preference towards your test city. The first choice of city will be given due consideration and weightage. However, actual allotment as per order of choice will be subject to availability of the slot in that particular city.

Q. From where can I get the list of test cities ?
A. A list of test cities will be available on the website MBA RENDEZVOUS as well as on the official website

Q. When will I get my Admit Card ?
A. You can PRINT your ADMIT CARD by going to website in January, 2018.

Q. What details will be mentioned in the Admit Card ?
A. The admit card will contain the photo, name and signature of the candidate, CMAT Roll number, test date, time, reporting time at the venue, venue name, venue address and brief instructions for the candidate.

Q. Will the Admit Card be sent to me as a hard copy by mail ?
A. No. Apart from ADMIT CARD available ONLINE on the website, the admit card will be sent to the email address provided by you. It is therefore, mandatory for you to have a valid email account throughout the selection process.

Note: Admit Card is a mandatory requirement in order to take the test. You must bring a print out of your Admit Card to the test center.

Q. What are the different Time Slots of the Test ?
A. There will be no different time slots. Test will begin at 9:30 AM in Jan 2018. Candidates are required to arrive at the test centre on or before 8:00 AM for Security checks, Identity verification, and check-in.

Q. What are the timings to contact the helpline ?
A. The FAQs, IVRS and online instructions are designed to enable self-service. You are requested to use these tools which can guide you through the entire process and help answer most of your queries. In case you are still facing issues, then CMAT Candidate Care Support is available by phone and email 24x7

Helpline number : 022-66258304
Fax number : 022- 25814283
E-mail id
Phone support availability: November, 2017 – February, 2018 (8.00 am - 10.00 pm everyday)

Changing of preferred test city

Q. Can I change my preferred test city after I have submitted my form ?
A. No. Data cannot be changed once the form is finally submitted.

Q. Can I cancel the test ?
A. No. Under no circumstances will a cancellation/refund be allowed.

Q. If I do not take my test, will I be eligible for a refund ?
A. No. Your fees will not be refunded in case you do not appear for your test as per your scheduled location, date and time

Examination Day

Q. What is the reporting time for the examinations ?
A. One Hour and Thirty minutes prior to the test time. For the test beginning at 9.30 am, you must reach the test centre no later than 8:00 AM.

Q. What is the duration and pattern of the test ? 
A. The total duration is 3 hours. CMAT is a multiple choice test, delivered in 4 sections; the actual test will contain 100 questions. For further details, refer to Test Duration &CMAT Syllabus/ Pattern.

Q. Do I have any breaks during the test ?
A. No, you will not be given any breaks during the test.

Q. Will I be provided with any scratch paper for rough work and calculations during the test ?
A. At the test center, each candidate will be seated at a desk with a computer terminal and he/she will be provided with a scratch paper for calculations. Rough work cannot be done on any other paper/sheet, as nothing will be allowed inside the testing room. On completion of the test, candidates will have to hand back all the scratch paper to the Administrator.

Q. What are the identification documents, required to be carried to the test center ?
A. Candidates will need to bring the following identification documents on the test day:

  1. CMAT 2018 Admit Card with recent passport sized photo pasted on it.
  2. At least one original (not photocopied / scanned copy) and valid (not expired) photo identification. The name on your photo identification must match your name as entered in the CMAT application. Acceptable forms of photo identification types are limited to Driver's license, Passport, PAN Card, Voter ID, UID card or a notarized Affidavit (in English) with Photo, Signature, Date of Birth and Residential Address. Photocopies of the original are not acceptable. Candidates will not be permitted to take the test if photo identification is not presented.
  3. Notarized copy of Xth Mark sheet or equivalent Important: Admit Card and one photo identification, mentioned above, are mandatory in order to take test.

( Note: You will have to store all other personal items at the test center at your own risk. Please do not bring any other items to the test center, as they are not permitted into the testing center. )

Q. Does the name need to match with the names appearing on the identification documents ?
A. Yes. Your name needs to be exactly identical to the name on your Xth Mark sheet or equivalent.

( Note: - If the name has been changed due to events such as marriage, you must show the relevant document mentioned below and submit a photocopy at the time of the test, interview and at the time of joining a program.

  • Marriage Certificate, Divorce Decree, Legal Name Change Document )

Q. What are the permitted materials I can bring with me to the test center ?
A. None. You will not be permitted to bring any personal items to the test center, including but not limited to wrist-watch, cell phones, calculators, etc.


Q. Will I get to see my scores on the test day ?
A. No

Q. Within how many days can I expect the results ?
A. CMAT 2018 results are expected to be declared in end of January, 2018. Check at website

Other Information

Q. If I do not get my Admit Card, whom should I contact ?
A. You need to login on the website using your username & password and select “Admit Card” to print your Admit Card directly from the website. In case you are unable to take the printout you may seek help of Call Centre / Helpdesk at the following contact : 022-66258304

Q. Can I make any changes to my postal address after I have submitted my application form ?
A. No, once you submit your application form, there is no way to change your information.

General Information

Q.Which universities / institutes will consider CMAT scores for admission ?
A. All AICTE approved Institutes / Departments of Universities are expected to accept CMAT scores. The specific notifications issued byUniversities and State Governments are available at CMAT website;

Q.If I have done Graduation through PART TIME or DISTANCE LEARNING MODE, am I eligible to apply for CMAT exam ?
A. Yes; as long as it is approved by respective statutory bodies.
Q.Will CMAT score be considered for admissions to Part Time MBA courses ?
A. CMAT score will be considered for admissions to all AICTE approved part-time programs.
Q.Will there be a sectional cut off in the examination ?
A. No. there is no sectional cut off in the CMAT examination.
Q.I have learnt that the test will not disqualify anybody, but will just give a rank to all test takers. The colleges, based on their individual merit list can decide if candidate of a certain rank is eligible for admission. Is the CMAT score only to rank candidates ?
A. CMAT has been designed to assess all the candidates who appear in the test based on their aptitude towards the management education in the order of their merit. The objective of the test is not to eliminate the candidates from the process of seeking admission in the AICTE approved management programmes, rather to facilitate the institutions to select the suitable candidates as per their merit.
Q.Can I give CMAT exam via paper pencil mode later in case I missed the Online examination ?
A. CMAT is a computer based online exam scheduled in January 2018. It cannot be taken in paper-pencil mode.

For more updates on CMAT 2018-19, stay tuned to MBA Rendezvous.

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