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All you need to know about TU CMAT for MBS in Nepal


The Common Management Admission Test or CMAT is an important exam for you if you are looking forward to management courses in Nepal. CMAT exam is conducted by Tribhuvan University and, as you may expect, it is a gateway exam for the Masters in Business Studies (MBS) program offered in colleges offered by Tribhuvan University.

With thousands of students appearing for CMAT every year, it is important to know well about this exam before you proceed. Therefore, in this blog, we are here to provide you with an overview of all you need to know about TU CMAT for MBS in Nepal.

Overview of TU CMAT for MBS

Purpose of the CMAT Exam

The Common Management Admission Test is conducted to test the academic potential and ability of students who want to study MBS in Nepal. This form of exam tests the expressive, analytical, and language skills of students. As you may know, all three of these aspects are important for completing the postgraduate course of MBS.

The scores that you obtain in CMAT exams are then used by colleges like Campion College to shortlist students for their MBS program. This is generally done based on the academic merit of the students. Thus, it allows educational institutes to maintain standard admission criteria across many education courses.

Eligibility Criteria

The eligibility criteria for appearing in CMAT may vary slightly depending on the college or university. However, in general, you need to fulfill the following requirements:

Completed bachelor’s degree in any discipline from any university board recognized by TU

Should Have secured at least 45% marks in their bachelor’s degree

Should have appeared in the Preliminary Test Exam

You may also take the CMAT exam if you are in your final year of a Bachelor’s degree. Additionally, there is no age limit for CMAT exams.

These are the general eligibility criteria for the CMAT exam. However, there can be exclusions based on special circumstances. Therefore it is always a good idea to contact the college you want to apply to and ask for specific instructions before you start to prepare for your CMAT exam.

The application process for CMAT

The application process is rather simple. The application process for CMAT is as follows:

  • The application form is made available online by Tribhuvan University during the specified application period. Therefore you should visit the exam portal and fill out the application with the required details and documents
  • Check the fee amount on the portal
  • Submit the form
  • On successful submission of the application, you receive a unique CMAT registration number. You can then use this number to download the admit card at a later date.
  • Provide valid contact details while registering for further communication through SMS or Email.

Exam pattern for the CMAT

It comprises only multiple-choice questions covering four sections:

  • English Language and Comprehension: Tests vocabulary, grammar, reading comprehension, etc.
  • Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation: Tests numerical ability, data analysis, etc.
  • Logical Reasoning: Tests analytical reasoning skills and decision-making ability.
  • General Awareness: Current affairs, business knowledge, general science, etc.

The total number of questions and the weight carried by each question may vary slightly every year. That said, the overall format remains the same. This exam generally lasts for 2 or 2.5 hrs and there are no descriptive questions or essays in this exam.

Furthermore, it is essential to note that the language of the exam is English only.

Admit Card

Once you successfully submit the CMAT application for MBS, you can download your admit card from the exam portal. The admit card contains the following information:

  • Your name and registration number
  • Exam date, time, and venue details
  • Reporting time and instructions for exam day

You need to carry the admit card for the entire duration of the exam along with an approved photo ID proof.

Some of the major cities where CMAT is conducted include:

  • Kathmandu
  • Pokhara
  • Birgunj
  • Biratnagar
  • Dharan
  • Nepalgunj

Post-Exam Processes

Result and Merit List

Tribhuvan University releases the CMAT results online after examining the answer sheets. To check the results, you need to log in to the portal using your credentials. The result published on the portal shows the overall test score and the marks obtained. That said, there are no passing marks for CMAT. However, the higher you score, the better the chances of gaining merit-based benefits.

Counselling Process

If you are shortlisted from the TU CMAT for MBS results, you are called for the counseling process for seat allotment. During counseling, you must note the following aspects.

  • You are called in batches for document verification as per your merit rank
  • You can choose college and specialization based on your preference, CMAT score, and available seats
  • If you are on the waiting list, you will be provided with seats that the shortlisted students vacate


The Common Management Admission Test or CMAT is the gateway for you if you want to pursue an MBS program in Nepal. This exam is conducted each year by Tribhuvan University (TU). By understanding the latest exam structure, eligibility criteria, application process, results, and counseling timelines, you can let your uncertainties go and confidently prepare for the test. Regardless, we hope you found this helpful. Thank you for reading till the end.

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