CMAT Eligibility – Criteria, Reservations

Common Management Aptitude Test or CMAT is a national level MCQ-type test organized by the National Testing Agency. This computer-based test serves as the gateway for more than 800 participating institutes in India for admission in MBA and PGDM courses. The participating institutes accept the CMAT score as the parameter of eligibility. Once candidates receive their test scores, they have to apply separately for the desired CMAT-2022 participating institutes. Each institute will release the cut-off CMAT score which candidates should achieve in order to secure admission.

In this article, we will discuss eligibility standards and requirements for CMAT 2023. But first, here is a table to share some important details about CMAT. 

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Name Common Management Admission Test (CMAT)
Conducting Body National Testing Agency
Frequency of Conduct Once a year
Exam Level National Level Exam
Languages English
Application Fee (General) INR 1600  (Online)
Mode of Exam Online
Mode of Counselling Offline
Participating Colleges 842
Exam Duration 3 Hours

CMAT Eligibility – Who can apply for CMAT 2022?

The CMAT eligibility standards are set and formulated by the National Test Agency (NTA). The candidates who meet the following eligibility standards can apply for the CMAT 2022.

  • Applicant must be a citizen of India.
  • Applicants should hold a bachelor’s degree in any discipline.
  • Applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree from a recognized institution.
  • Candidates studying in the final year of graduation, whose results will be declared before commencement of admission in 2022-23 can also sit for the exam.
  • There is no age restriction for CMAT 2023.

CMAT Eligibility – Reservations

All the participating institutes of CMAT follow their own reservation policies. Candidates are advised to check the reservation policies of the institute they are interested in joining. In case of institutes run by the government, following rules are followed: 

  • For General-Economically Weaker Section(GEN-EWS), 10% seats are reserved
  • For Scheduled Caste (SC) category, 15% seats are reserved
  • For Scheduled Tribe (ST) category, 7.5% seats are reserved
  • For Other Backward Classes belonging to the “Non Creamy layer” (OBC-NCL), 27% seats are reserved
  • As defined under the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016 (RPwD Act 2016), each category will have 5% horizontal reservations for Persons with Disabilities (PwD)

CMAT Eligibility – Who are Other Backward Classes – Non Creamy Layer (OBC–NCL)?

The conditions for being a member of Other Backward Classes – Non Creamy Layer (OBC–NCL) as per the Central list of Other Backward Classes are available on National Commission for Backward Classes (NCBC), Government of India website Candidates falling under this list can choose OBC in the ‘Category Column’. Candidates who are certified as OBC candidates from the State list, must choose “general category”. 

CMAT Eligibility – Who are Persons with Disability (PwD)?

Section 2(r) of the RPwD Act, 2016 states the following:

Persons with benchmark disabilities (PwD) means a person with not less than forty percent (40%) of a specified disability where specified disability has not been defined in measurable terms and includes a person with disability where specified disability has been defined in measurable terms, as certified by the certifying authority. “Specified Disability” means the disabilities as specified in the Schedule of the RPwD Act 2016. 

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The categories of disabilities are:

  1. Blindness and low vision
  2. Deaf and hard of hearing
  3. Locomotor disability including cerebral palsy, leprosy cured, dwarfism, acid attack victims and muscular dystrophy
  4. Autism, intellectual disability, specific learning disability and mental illness, and
  5. Multiple disabilities from amongst persons under clauses (i) to (iv)
  6. Other ‘specified disabilities’ mentioned in the Schedule of the RPwD Act 2016

Office Memorandum issued by Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment dated 29:

August 2018 (F.No.34-02/2015-DD-III), guideline IV:

The facility of Scribe/Reader/Lab Assistant should be allowed to any person with benchmark disability as defined under section 2(r) of the RPwD Act, 2016 and has limitations in writing including that of speed if so desired by him/her. In case of persons with benchmark disabilities in the category of blindness, Locomotor disability (both arm affected-BA) and cerebral palsy, the facility of scribe/reader/lab assistant shall be given, if so desired by the person.

Note: Scribe is essential to write examination on his behalf, from the Chief Medical Officer/Civil Surgeon/Medical Superintendent of a Government health care institution as per proforma given below:Common Management Aptitude Test

Note: The candidate with bench-mark disabilities opting for their own scribe/reader should submit details of their own scribe as per proforma given below: Common Management Aptitude Test

CMAT Eligibility – FAQs

Q. What is the eligibility criterion for CMAT 2022?

Eligibility criteria for CMAT Exam – 

  • Applicant must be a citizen of India.
  • Graduates in any discipline can apply for the CMAT exam.
  • Final year students of Graduate Courses (10+2+3) whose result will be declared before commencement of admission for academic year 2022-23 can also apply for CMAT online exam.

Q. What are the minimum marks required for CMAT?

Minimum three-years duration bachelor’s degree with 50 percent score for General/OBC category and 45 per cent for SC/ST applicants is required for CMAT.

Q. Are engineering students also eligible for CMAT?

Yes, students from engineering background are eligible for MBA and PGDM programs, and hence, are also eligible for CMAT.

Q. What is the age limit of CMAT?

There is no age restriction in the GMAT exam. Any student with a minimum 3 year graduation degree can sit in this exam.

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