Top 20+ MBA Colleges accepting CMAT Scores (with Cutoffs)

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Top MBA Colleges accepting CMAT Scores

Common Management Admission Test (CMAT) is a National level Entrance Examination for admission to Management Programs in the country. The National Testing Agency (NTA) will be conducting the CMAT-2021 exam. CMAT is an MCQ based online test. The exam is a gateway to more than 1000 MBA colleges in India. The CMAT score is accepted by all the AICTE- Approved Institutions / University Departments / Constituent Colleges /Affiliated Colleges.  In this article, we will be looking at some top colleges accepting the CMAT 2021 Scores along with their expected cut-off.

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As per the official notification (on Feb 12, 2021) The National Testing Agency (NTA) has postponed the Common Management Admission Test (CMAT) 2021. The exam is expected to be held on 8 May 2021. The exam will now have an additional (optional) section for candidates interested in Innovation and Entrepreneurship. This additional section will have 25 questions and an additional time of 30 minutes will be added to the exam.

In view of this postponement, NTA has also extended the registration window. Interested candidates can now apply for CMAT 2021 up to March 1st. The last date to pay the exam fee is March 2nd, 2021.

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Total Duration: 3 hrs Plus Additional 30 mins for the Innovation &Entrepreneurship section.

Section Number of questions Maximum marks
Quantitative techniques and DI 25 100
Logical Reasoning 25 100
Language Comprehension 25 100
General Awareness 25 100
Innovation & Entrepreneurship
25 100
Total 125 500


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CMAT Cut-off vs Percentile based on 2020 scores

Score (out of 400) Percentile
347 100
251-342 95-99.99
232-250 90-95
216-231 85-90
204-215 80-85
192-203 75-80
180-191 70-75

Please note that cut-off vs percentile varies from year to year depending on the number of candidates taking the exam, difficulty level of the paper etc. The candidate with 347 marks has been awarded 100%ile in 2020, as compared to a score of 372 for 100%ile in 2019. And the CMAT score for 99 to 99.99%ile in 2020 was in the range of 282-342, as compared to 310-361 marks in 2019.

The admission process based on CMAT 2021 score for MBA/PGDM 2021-23 batch is open in the top MBA colleges accepting CMAT scores. Many top colleges will be closing their last date shortly. Candidates are advised to check the official websites of the respective colleges and apply before the deadlines. The CMAT cut-offs in these MBA colleges will vary from institute to institute.

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Top MBA Colleges Accepting CMAT Scores and Expected Cut Offs

Following are some of the top colleges accepting CMAT 2021 score along with their expected cut-off.

College / Institute *Expected CMAT Cut-off **Approximate Fees
Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai
99.99 6 Lakhs
SIMSREE, Mumbai 99.96 1.4 Lakhs
Great Lakes Institute of Management – GLIM, Chennai, Gurgaon 95 16 Lakhs
K J Somaiya Institute of Management Studies And Research, Mumbai
95 11-12 Lakhs
Goa Institute of Management, Goa 93 9-10 Lakhs
Department of Management Sciences University of Pune (PUMBA) 95 2-3 Lakhs
IFMR Graduate School of Business at KREA University 90 12-13 Lakhs
Welingkar Institute of Management Development & Research, Mumbai 95 11 Lakhs
Xavier Business School (XBS), St Xavier’s University, Kolkata 85 8-9 Lakhs
N.L. Dalmia Institue of Management Studies and Research, Mumbai
85-90 9 Lakhs
BIMTECH Greater Noida: Birla Institue of Management Technology 85 12 Lakhs
IMT Nagpur: Institute of Management Technology 85-90 12 Lakhs
Xavier Institute of Management and Entrepreneurship (XIME), Bengaluru 80 10 Lakhs
Jaipuria Institute of Management, Lucknow 85 9-10 Lakhs
SIES College of Management Studies, Mumbai 85 6-7 Lakhs
Institute of Public Enterprise, Hyderabad 80-85 8 Lakhs
New Delhi Institute of Management, New Delhi 80 8-9 Lakhs
Jagan Institute of Management Studies, Rohini 80 5-6 Lakhs
AIMS School of Business, Bangalore 80 9  Lakhs
International School of Business & Media, Pune 80 8-9 Lakhs
KIIT School of Management, Bhubaneswar 80 11-12 Lakhs
Vignana Jyothi Institute of Management, Hyderabad 80 6-7 Lakhs

*The cutoffs are based on previous years and may vary from year to year.

**Fee is subject to change in the new academic session. Candidates are advised to follow the official college website for any changes. They must go through the admission criteria and selection process of each institute they are targetting.

After the declaration of CMAT scores, the participating B-schools will be conducting the further selection rounds which include Group Discussion/Written Ability Test, Personal Interview.  The final selection of a candidate depends upon their performance in the CMAT exam as well as in the GD / PI and WAT rounds.

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