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By Sneha Dasgupta

CMAT Exam 2022: Dates, Registration, Eligibility, Syllabus, and Exam Pattern

25th June, 2021

CMAT exam, also known as Common Management Admission Test, is an aptitude test for admission into MBA and PGDM programs in 1000+ B-schools across India. This entrance exam is conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA). The CMAT exam of 2022 will be conducted in an online mode and the duration of the exam is three hours.

To learn more about the CMAT exam, let us guide you through the following sections!

What is CMAT Exam?

Known as Common Management Admission Test, this exam is an aptitude test for admission into MBA and PGDM programs in 1000+ B-schools across India. This entrance exam is conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA).

The CMAT question paper consists of 100 questions from Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation, Logical Reasoning, Language Comprehension, and General Awareness. In the 2021 exam, a new section was added to the CMAT paper which was Innovation & Entrepreneurship, an optional section carrying 25 questions. The total marks of CMAT are 500.

The notification for CMAT 2022 exam will be released by the NTA in November 2021.

CMAT Exam Info

Here are some important CMAT exam details which you will have to keep in mind:

CMAT Conducting BodyNational Testing Agency (NTA)
Exam LevelNational
Frequency of ExamOnce a year
Mode of ExamOnline
Duration of Exam3 hours + 30 minutes for the optional paper
Sections in the Exam1. Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation
2. Logical Reasoning
3. Language Comprehension
4. General Awareness
5. Innovation & Entrepreneurship (optional)
Exam PatternMCQ Format
100 Questions
25 Questions for the Optional Section
LanguageEnglish
Exam FeesINR 2,000 for General Category Male
INR 1,000 for General Category Female and Reserved Category
Courses OfferedMBA and PGDM
Number of Test Cities153
Help-desk Number0120-6895200
Official CMAT-NTA Websitehttps://cmat.nta.nic.in

CMAT Registration

To begin with, you would be required to complete your CMAT registration procedure. The registration process for the CMAT exam is online. You will find the CMAT 2022 application form on the official website of NTA.

You have to fill the online application form to appear for the exam. The registration is an easy process that includes the following steps:

  • Online registration by entering your name, date of birth, email ID, and phone number.
  • Create a CMAT account and user ID by confirming your registration via an OTP/e-mail.
  • Fill the CMAT 2022 application form by uploading your personal and academic details.
  • Upload a passport size photo and a scanned signature in the prescribed format.
  • Make the payment of the CMAT 2022 registration fees via a credit/debit card, or internet banking. 

Here are some important dates you need to remember for CMAT registration:

CMAT 2022 registration start dateNovember 2021
Form correction processDecember 2021
CMAT admit card download start dateDecember 2021
CMAT 2022 examJanuary 2022
CMAT 2022 result declarationFebruary 2022

CMAT Exam Syllabus

As mentioned above the CMAT exam syllabus, like the CMAT question paper is divided into these parts:

  • Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation
  • Logical Reasoning
  • Language Comprehension
  • General Awareness

The NTA has introduced a new section in 2021, for MBA aspirants who wish to pursue Innovation & Entrepreneurship. This will be an optional section of the CMAT question paper comprising 25 questions. If you opt for this section, you will get an additional slot of 30 minutes to solve it.

Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation

  • 25 questions in MCQ format.
  • Topics include Algebra, Geometry, Quadratic and Linear Equations, Graph, Time-Speed-Distance, etc.

Logical Reasoning

  • 25 questions in MCQ format.
  • Topics include Matrix Arrangement, Analytical Reasoning, Number Series, Blood Relationship Tests, etc.

Language Comprehension

  • 25 questions.
  • Two primary sections: Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension.
  • Topics include Jumbled Para, Synonyms and Antonyms, Idioms, Phrases, Sentence Improvement, etc.

General Awareness

  • 25 questions.
  • A mix of current affairs and static general knowledge.
  • Some topics include Politics, Literature, History, Culture, Geography, Economics, Sports, Trade, etc.

CMAT Exam Date

The table below will give you a comprehensive list of the most important CMAT exam dates:

CMAT 2022 registration start dateNovember 2021
Form correction process (CMAT last date to apply)December 2021
CMAT admit card download start dateDecember 2021
CMAT 2022 examJanuary 2022
CMAT 2022 result declarationFebruary 2022
CMAT Exam

CMAT Eligibility

To appear for the exam, you have to fulfill the following CMAT eligibility criteria:

  • You must have completed your graduation in any discipline from a recognized university.
  • If you are in the final year of your graduation, you meet the CMAT eligibility criteria to apply for CMAT 2022 but you will have to present your passing certificate at the time of admission.

CMAT Exam Pattern

To understand the CMAT exam pattern, refer to the table below:

Number of Sections1. Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation
2. Logical Reasoning
3. Language Comprehension
4. General Awareness
5. Innovation & Entrepreneurship (optional)
Mode of ExamOnline
Duration of Exam3 hours + 30 minutes for the optional paper
Number of Questions100 + 25 optional
Total Marks400 + 100 optional
Number of answer choices4
Marking Patterna) +4 for every correct answer
b) -1 for every incorrect answer

The five sections in the CMAT question paper pattern are as follows:

SECTIONSNUMBER OF QUESTIONSMARKS ALLOTTED
Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation25100
Logical Reasoning25100
Language Comprehension25100
General Awareness25100
Innovation & Entrepreneurship 25100

CMAT Preparation

Preparation is the avenue to success in all walks of life, and here are some CMAT preparation tips which you can follow:

  • Over 50% of your preparation for the CMAT exam should entail solving sample papers along with and previous years’ question papers. You need to confront your weak areas and work on them.
  • Refer to important texts and CMAT preparation books for the different sections in the paper.
  • On the basis of your strength and weaknesses, make a list of topics and address the weak areas.
  • Devote an equal amount of time to the four different sections of the paper. Cover a topic from each section every day.

Also Read: CMAT Question Papers | CMAT Results

FAQs about CMAT Exam

Is CMAT tougher than CAT?

The CMAT exam is easier than the CAT exam, however, it is more difficult than ATMA and MAT.

Is CMAT compulsory for an MBA?

CMAT is one of the important national-level MBA entrance exams for admission to B-schools offering AICTE approved MBA/PGDM programs. However, there are other entrance exams like CAT, MAT, and ATMA too which can be taken to seek admission into business colleges for an MBA.

Is CMAT good for an MBA?

CMAT is comparatively easier than other MBA exams and you have to answer fewer questions too. So, if you wish to get admission into the top MBA colleges in India, however, through an easy national-level exam, then CMAT ought to be your go-to choice.

Which is better MAT or CMAT?

The CMAT exam was introduced with the objective to reduce the stress student’s experienced when preparing for a management entrance exam. On the other hand, MAT is conducted 4 times a year and allows students access only to the second-tier B-schools in the country.
Moreover, CMAT is comparatively easier than MAT as you have to answer fewer questions too.

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