CMAT Selection Procedure

The CMAT selection procedure is conducted by the official participating institutes after the results are declared. The selection procedure is held for only those candidates who secure the cutoff scores. The procedure varies within institutes, however most of the institutes comprises of two specific rounds - GD (Group Discussion), PI (Personal Interview) or WAT (Written Ability Test).

After the CMAT result is declared, each institute decides its own cutoff based on which candidates are called for further selection rounds. The selection procedure comprises mainly of two or three rounds:

Rounds Details
Group Discussion (GD) Candidates who make it into the merit list of each participating institute will be further called in for the GD round.
Personal Interview (PI) or Written Ability Test (WAT) Post Group Discussion, candidates will be shortlisted for the PI or WAT round. 
Final Selection Final selection will be based on the collated scores of GD and PI/WAT rounds. Each institute will release the final list of the selected students for admission to MBA and PGDM programmes.

The final list is released and notified to each candidate either on the registered email address or directly on the website.

GD, PI and WAT Rounds

Group Discussion:

  • Groups are formed of 7-10 candidates. Each group is given a topic; all topics are diverse in nature and include current affairs in the field of politics, economics, sports or socially relevant subjects.

  • Applicants are judged on their personal skills including - communication, leadership, negotiation, managerial and leadership skills.

Writing Ability Test:

  • Some colleges also have a WAT round where candidates are given a topic to write on current affairs.

  • Here, candidates are judged on their clarity of thought, fluency in writing, and grammar skills.

Personal Interview:

  •  A panel of 3-4 senior individuals interview the candidates individually. This round is conducted essentially to understand the candidates’ attitude, interest level and their future aspirations.

  • Panel checks the communication skills and past academic performance of the candidate and his/her fitment into the institute.