CMAT 2020 Results: Scorecard, Merit List, Cut Off, Topper List, Counselling

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CMAT 2020 Result was released by NTA on 4th February, 2020. CMAT has been convened by NTA with about 500 institutes in the country accepting the scores for admission into postgraduate programs in business and management. Top schools that participated in CMAT 2020 are JBIMS – Mumbai, Goa Institute of Management, KJ Somaiya Institute of Management, SIMSREE – Mumbai, Great Lakes Institute of Management, University of Pune - Dept. of Management Sciences, Welingkar Institute of Management, IFMR – Chennai, and XISS – Ranchi, among others.

  • The last session of CMAT saw 63,297 MBA aspirants battle it out in the three-hour-long computer-based test on January 28, 2020, held at 245 centers in 104 cities in India. 
  • Gopaljee Jha has emerged the national topper with a 100.00 percentile score while seven other candidates scored 99.99 percentile in CMAT 2020, declared on February 4.
  • Apart from this, few best tier 2 colleges accept less than 90 percentile marks in CMAT. The colleges are Jaipuria Institute of Management, Galgotias Business School, GIBS Business School and EMPI business School. 
  • Once the NTA completes the reviewing of answers, it releases the final answer keys to the official website. Therefore, the candidates would get the opportunity to cross check their responses. In this context, the aspirants are required to submit their actual option ID. However, the final decision would be taken by NTA and no further communication in this regard would be entertained. 

As announced by the National Testing Agency (NTA), the CMAT 2020 results were released within a week of the test being held, days before the stipulated result declaration deadline. Candidates can now download their CMAT 2020 result/ scorecard by using their login credentials on the official website of NTA - CMAT.

Check CMAT 2020 Exam Pattern

Date of CMAT 2020 Result

Do not forget that the CMAT score has a validity of one year. Find the following table to identify the important dates of CMAT 2020:

CMAT 2020 Exam Date
28th January, 2020
Date of CMAT 2020 Result
4th February, 2020 (Published)
Final merit list of CMAT 2020 Result
4th February, 2020 (Published)
Case discussion or personal interview round will be
To be announced later

How to Check the CMAT 2020 Result?

In order to check the CMAT 2020 result, the students should check the following steps:

  • First visit cmat.nta.nic.in
  • Now, on the right side of the screen, you can get the “Download Score Card” option. You should click the option
  • Submit your registered email id and password
  • Next, you have to click the sign in option. Then a new window will be opened.
  • Now, you are able to download the CMAT 2020 score card and can print it out. 

Details on CMAT 2020 Score Card

NTA takes care not to disqualify any candidate who has taken CMAT; each and every examinee is allotted a rank and the Scorecard is valid for the academic year 2020 - 2021. The candidates can get the below mentioned details in the scorecard:

  • Aspirant name
  • Name of candidate’s father
  • Date of birth
  • Gender and caste category
  • Roll number of the aspirant
  • Registration number
  • CMAT percentile
  • Both the overall and sectional marks in CMAT 2020 result
  • Corresponding rank of the candidates
  • Qualifying status of CMAT 2020 Result
  • Detailed information of students’ contact

CMAT 2020 Merit List

NTA has released a National Merit Ranking (All India Rank) of CMAT 2020 examinations based on overall scores secured by individual candidates. In case the overall score was the same for more than one candidate, the ranking was done considering:

  • Concerned candidates’ sectional scores (Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation, Logical Reasoning, Language Comprehension, General Awareness) in a specific order;
  • Candidate having fewer negative responses; and
  • Candidates older in age.

CMAT 2020 Score Calculation

Please note that the overall percentile score of an individual candidate was calculated using the formula:

100 X Number of candidates appeared in the examination with raw marks EQUAL TO OR LESS than the candidate /the Total number of the candidates appeared in CMAT.

NTA advises the participating institutions to use the said percentile score for allotment of seats in AICTE approved programs apart from other criteria, as applicable. However, it is the sole discretion of B-schools as to how they wish to screen the applicants for admission purposes and what weightage they give to any particular section. Usually, B-schools consider CMAT overall percentile scores of candidates to screen applications primarily in their selection process. Some B-schools also consider CMAT sectional cut-offs.

Participating B-schools shortlist candidates on the basis of the cut-off scores that they decide considering the NTA National Merit List as well as the volume and quality of applications received for admissions. Candidates who clear the institutional cut-off scores and meet other eligibility criteria as applicable are offered admission in the respective B-schools. It is worthwhile to mention here that candidates are required to apply to the B-schools of their choice and participate in their selection procedure in order to be considered for admission in the said schools.

CMAT Percentile Calculation

In order to check CMAT 2020 percentile, the candidates should check the following formula:

Formula: Percentile P= ((N- Rank of the candidate)/N)*100

Here, P is equal to percentile and N shows the total number of aspirants appearing in CMT examination. 

Score Range in CMAT 2020

Read the content of the following table to identify the score range of CMAT 2020 exam in different sections:

Range of scores
Quantitative skills
Language Skills
Logical Reasoning skills
General Awareness

Answer Keys of CMAT 2020 Result

  • CMAT 2020 answer keys are published in the official website of NTA (cmat.nta.nic.in). Hence, the candidates can challenge their answers, if they find it not appropriate. In this regard, the aspirants need to fill and submit an online application form. During that time, the candidates have to pay a processing fee of 1000 INR per question. 
  • The processing fee is non-refundable. You can pay the money through your credit/debit card or through net banking.
  • The final decision will be taken by NTA and after that, NTA will no longer entertain further communication.

CMAT 2020 Cut Off

An analysis of the current year’s CMAT scores reveals that the coveted 100 percentile score is attributed to 347 overall raw scores in the test while 95 to 99.99 percentile is in the range of 251 – 342 raw score as against 282 - 361 in CMAT 2019. As such, the top-tier B-schools that accept CMAT scores, for example, JBIMS, SIMSREE, PUMBA, GIM, K J Somaiya, etc., will be accepting applications from candidates with a raw score in the range of 251 – 347.

An indicative list is presented here collating the most prominent B-schools that accept CMAT scores and the expected minimum CMAT 2020 percentile that will be accepted for admissions in the academic year 2020-2021.

Participating B-Schools
CMAT Cut-off Percentile and Score
Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies
99.99 | 320
Sydenham Institute of Management Studies And Research And Entrepreneurship Education
99.96 | 310
GLIM Chennai: Great Lakes Institute of Management
90 | 232
Goa Institute of Management
90 | 232
K J Somaiya Institute of Management Studies And Research
90 | 232
Department of Management Sciences University of Pune
90 | 232
IFMR Graduate School of Business
90 | 232
Xavier Business School (XBS), St Xavier’s University
85 | 216
GLIM Gurgaon: Great Lakes Institute of Management
85 | 216
N. L. Dalmia Institute of Management Studies and Research
85 | 216
Prin L N Welingkar Institute of Management Development and Research
80 | 204
BIMTECH Greater Noida
80 | 204
Institute of Management Technology - Nagpur
80 | 204
Xavier Institute of Management and Entrepreneurship
80 | 204
Jaipuria Institute of Management, Lucknow
80 | 204
KIIT School of Management, Bhubaneswar
80 | 204
Institute of Public Enterprise, Hyderabad
80 | 204
International School of Business and Media, Pune
80 | 204
Chandragupt Institute of Management, Patna
80 | 204
SIES College of Management Studies, Navi Mumbai
80 | 204
AIMS Institutes, Bangalore
80 | 204
ITM Navi Mumbai: ITM Group of Institutions
80 | 204
WE School Bangalore
80 | 204
IES Management College And Research Centre, Mumbai
75 | 190
Jaipuria Institute of Management, Noida
75 | 190
SCMS Cochin School of Business
75 | 190
Globsyn Business School, Kolkata
75 | 190
National Insurance Academy, Pune
75 | 190
New Delhi Institute of Management
75 | 190
XIME Chennai
75 | 190
Christ University Bengaluru
75 | 190
Calcutta Business School, Kolkata
70 | 180
Fortune Institute of International Business
70 | 180
Delhi School of Business
70 | 180
Xavier Institute of Social Service, Ranchi
70 | 180
M S Ramaiah Institute of Management, Bangalore
70 | 180
Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan`s Usha & Lakshmi Mittal Institute of Management, New Delhi
70 | 180
Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India, Ahmedabad
70 | 180
International Institute of Management Studies, Pune
65 | 170
EMPI Business School, New Delhi
65 | 170
Jaypee Business School, Noida
65 | 170

CMAT 2020 List of Toppers

As mentioned earlier, the national topper of CMAT 2020, Gopaljee Jha, scored a perfect 100.0 percentile with a raw score of 347. Other toppers in their respective categories are Kalisetty Udaya Sandhya Lakshi Devi, who secured a 99.9936806 percentile (338) among female candidates and Tanuj Daga, who obtained a 99.8862505 percentile among Person with Disability (PwD) candidates. The table here presents the top 10 candidates of CMAT 2020.

Candidate’s Name
CMAT percentile and score
All India Rank
Gopaljee Jha
Fahad Nizam
Jeet Mukherjee
Gautam Bhugra
Tushant Kumar
Kalisetty Udaya Sandhya Lakshi Devi
Nidhish Deshpande
Archit Kottapalli
Divyansh Tiwari
Abhishek Jha

What after the CMAT 2020 Result?

Though each of the colleges have different selection process, however, after the post declaration of CMAT 2020 result, the aspirants should go through the GD/Essay and PI round. 

  • Qualified aspirants are capable to visit and take admission in the preferable institution (only after their final seelction)
  • Institutes take multiple rounds for selection to the students, at the campus of the colleges.
  • CMAT 2020 Result is accepted by approximately 1000 approved AICTE institutes. 
Cut off in CMAT 2020 Result
SIES, Dalmia
Top 10 Colleges
Great Lakes Chennai (PGDM), GIM Goa (PGDM), KJ Somaiya, PUMBA (PGDM), IFMR (PGDM), N.L Dalmia (PGDM)
BIMTECH, IMT Nagpur, XIME Bangalore, Jaipuria, KSOM Bhubaheshwar, SIES, JIMS Rohini, Chetana
Jaipuria Noida, NDIM New Delhi, XIME Chennai, Christ University

CMAT 2020 Cut off

Brief Overview of the CMAT Selection Process

  • The institution authority will conduct a tight scrutiny during the time of selection process and check the academics background, work experience, CMAT 2020 result and score irrespective of considering the personal aptitude score of the candidates.
  • It helps to find out the knowledge of diverse topics of the candidates, ability to counter the pressure and confidence level.
  • If the above mentioned criteria matched, then the candidates get a chance for a personal interview round once they complete their group discussion round successfully. 

CMAT 2020 Selection Process

Now that the CMAT 2020 results have been declared and the admission process for the academic year 2020-2021 is starting at the B-schools, let us examine the selection process in general. Students should bear in mind that NTA does not conduct any centralized counseling for admission. It is the sole prerogative of individual B-schools to invite applications from prospective students and screening the same to finally offer admissions. 

While the process may differ at different institutions, the major factors that decide the selection of a candidate are academic performance at the graduation level, CMAT percentile, and performance in the institutional selection process. Most B-schools adopt the traditional Group Discussion – Personal Interview (GD/ PI) method of shortlisting candidates who have applied for admission. Some Institutions also include an additional round of Written Aptitude Test (WAT) to screen applicants. Application and selection deadlines vary from school to school.

  • In a Group Discussion, a group of candidates is given a topic to discuss and debate amongst themselves. Individual candidates are judged on parameters such as communication skills, interpersonal skills, leadership quality, ability to solve a problem, among others.
  • Some institutions also include a Written Aptitude Test candidates are asked to write an essay on a given topic, within a specific word limit. This section is used to judge a candidate’s impromptu writing skills, vocabulary, and grammar, awareness, etc.
  • Candidates appear for a round of Personal Interview, mostly in front of a panel, consisting of Head of Institution, Faculty, etc. Here, they are assessed on the bases of their personality, general & managerial aptitude, confidence level, ability to speak and overall knowledge of business and industry.

Candidates who qualify the rounds of selection and also meet the academic and CMAT score standards set by the B-school are finally offered admission.

CMAT 2020 Reservation Criteria

A point to note here in the context of reservation policies of B-schools is that NTA does not impose any restriction on the participating institutions for seat reservations. Reservation is completely an individual institution's internal policy. However, the institutions that are run by the Central Government adhere to the following reservation policies while offering admissions:


CMAT 2020 Reservation Criteria

Frequently Asked Questions

Ques: Will I be receiving a hardcopy of CMAT scorecard from NTA?

Ans: No, NTA is not responsible for sending the students their CMAT scorecard. The scorecard can be downloaded from the NTA-CMAT official website using candidate login and printed multiple copies for safekeeping. It is the responsibility of the candidates to download and print their CMAT scorecard once it is made available online.

Ques: Till when will I be able to access my CMAT scorecard on the official website?

Ans: As per CMAT 2020 Information Bulletin, the records of the test will be available for public access up to 60 days from the date of declaration of CMAT 2020 result.[vii]

Ques: Do NTA conduct any common counseling process for admission through CMAT?

Ans: NTA is not involved in the counseling and admission processes of participating B-schools post-CMAT. The selection process and eligibility criteria are totally subjective to individual B-schools. Candidates are required to apply directly to the institutions of their choice and appear to their selection process subsequently.

Ques: Will NTA be publishing cut-off scores for admission in participating B-Schools?

Ans: No, NTA will not release cut-off scores for admission at the different participating B-schools. The B-schools take their call as to what will be their standard of intake.

Ques: I have scored 99 percentile in CMAT 2020. Is my admission guaranteed in the B-school of my choice?

Ans: No. Even a top scorer has to qualify the specific eligibility criteria of the respective B-schools and also clear the steps in the selection procedure in order to be considered for admission. It is the sole prerogative of the institution whether it will shortlist candidates on the basis of overall CMAT percentile or on sectional percentile.

Ques: What documents will be required for admission through CMAT?

Ans: Generally, B-schools will ask for copies of academic certificates till Graduation and CMAT scorecard along with the application for admission. Individual B-schools may have additional document requirements.

Ques: What eligibility criteria do I need to fulfill in order to be considered for admission at B-schools accepting CMAT score?

Ans: In order to be considered eligible for admission at B-schools accepting CMAT score, you should have:

  • Completed graduation from a recognized university or appeared for the final examination of the same.
  • Qualified CMAT.

Ques: Are CMAT cut-offs for admission different for all participating institutes?

Ans: Since each participating institutes independently decide the minimum CMAT score they would be considered for admission, hence, it is possible that their cut-off scores differ from the other. Students will do well to follow previous year admission trends and current year’s predictions to gauge the cut-off for the B-school of their choice.

Ques: I do not meet CMAT cut-off for admission at the institution of my choice. Do I stand a chance at admission?

Ans: Chances of being considered for admission despite not meeting CMAT cut-off score is very slim. In this situation, you are advised to apply to an institute whose cut-off score matches your CMAT score.

Ques: I have received a GD/PI call letter from a B-school I applied to, but I have to travel during that time due to personal commitments. Will the school consider my situation?

Ans: It is highly unlikely that an institution would consider a candidate for admission who fails to appear for the selection process as the final selection is based on the candidate’s performance in this round. However, it does depend upon the school totally if they decide to reschedule the selection round for a candidate with exemplary academic records.

Ques: Will sectional scores be also considered for admission through CMAT?

Ans: Most B-schools that accept CMAT scores, screens candidates on the basis of their overall CMAT percentiles, and do not take sectional scores into consideration for selection. However, it is advisable that the candidates thoroughly check the admission criteria and guidelines of the respective institutions to be sure. This is because there is no specific norm that institutions can or cannot use CMAT sectional scores as shortlisting criteria.

Ques: I meet the institute’s asking cut-off score of CMAT 2020 Result, but not the required graduation percentage. Will my application still be considered?

Ans: For the majority of B-schools the two-pronged eligibility criteria of academic records and CMAT score is important to be qualified in order to be considered for admission. A candidate who meets either one of the criteria does not stand a chance in the competition to be selected for admission.

Ques: NTA does not specify any age limit to appear in CMAT. Will B-schools have an age limit for admissions?

Ans: It is a matter of internal policy of the B-schools if they wish to have an age-limit as a screening criterion.