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CMAT 2022: Dates, Eligibility, Application Form, Syllabus, Pattern, Exam Center

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Shruti Sharma

Content Curator | Updated On - Dec 10, 2021

CMAT 2022 is expected to be conducted in the last week of February 2022. CMAT 2022 Application Forms will be released by the second week of December 2021. The aspirants of CMAT 2022 are advised to keep visiting the official website for the latest updates regarding the exam. Once the deadline for CMAT 2022 Registrations has been passed, NTA will open the application form correction window. Only the candidates who have secured at least 50% marks in graduation are eligible to apply for the exam. 

What is the CMAT exam?

CMAT (Common Management Admission Test) is one of the most popular MBA entry tests. The National Testing Agency (NTA) administers CMAT for admissions to over 800 MBA courses across India. Every year, around 70,000 candidates apply. CMAT is a three-hour online exam that takes place in several locations across India. SIMSREE, JBIMS, Welingkar Mumbai, K J Somaiya Mumbai, and PUMBA are among the best B-schools in India that accept CMAT scores. 

CMAT 2022 Exam Overview

The CMAT is a managerial aptitude test that is administered on a nationwide basis. Take a look at the table below to learn about the CMAT exam's essential features:

Features of the CMAT Details
Exam Name Common Management Admission Test (CMAT)
Conducting Body National Testing Agency
Exam Level National
Exam Frequency Once a year
Exam Mode Online
Exam Duration 3 hours + 30 minutes for a paper that is optional
Exam Syllabus
  • Logical Reasoning
  • Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation
  • Language Comprehension and Verbal Ability
  • General Awareness
  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Exam Pattern
  • 100 multiple-choice questions
  • 25 questions on the section Innovation and Entrepreneurship, which is optional (new section)
Language English
Exam Fees
  • INR 2,000/- (General category male)
  • INR 1,000/- (General category female)
Exam Purpose Admission to 1,300 MBA colleges
Course Offered MBA/PGDM
No. of Test Cities 153
No. of applicants 70,000 (approx)
Exam Helpdesk No. 0120-6895200
Exam Website https://www.nta.ac.in

CMAT 2022 Exam Schedule

Based on the previous year’s analysis, the following table has been curated. The aspirants of CMAT 2022 are advised to go through it so that they don’t miss on important dates. 

Events Dates (Tentative)
Release of Official Notification 1st week of December 2021
Starting of online registration 1st week of December 2021
Last date to register 1st week of January 2022
Last date of fee payment online 1st week of January 2022
Online Correction in the particulars 2nd week of January, 2022
Availability of Admit Card 1st week of February 2022
CMAT 2022 Exam Last week of February 2022
Declaration of result 1st week of March 2022
Availability of scorecard 1st week of April 2022
Counseling starts in CMAT 2022 3rd week of April 2022

CMAT 2022 Eligibility Criteria

The following are the complete eligibility criteria that candidates must meet to be considered for CMAT 2022:

Nationality The aspirant must be an Indian citizen to apply.
Age Limit No upper age limit
Qualification A bachelor's degree.
Appearing Candidates in the general category must have graduated with a minimum overall grade point average of 50 percent. The minimal aggregate for SC/ST/PWD applicants is 45 percent.

CMAT 2022 Application Form

The CMAT exam registration is done online. The application form for CMAT 2022 will be available on the NTA's official website. To appear for the exam, candidates need to fill out an online application form. The steps in the CMAT registration and application process are as follows:

  • Visit the official website at cmat.nta.nic.in 
  • Locate and click on the link for Online Application Form
  • Locate the ‘New Registration’ tab placed under the New Candidate Registration box.
  • Go through all the instructions along with all the processes.
  • Enter the required information in the application form.
  • Pay the application fees. 
  • Take a screenshot of the receipt for future reference.

CMAT 2022 Application Fee

The aspirants of CMAT 2022 are advised to pay the application fee according to the following table. 

Category Application Fee
General (UR) Rs.2000/-
Female All Category Rs.1000/-
All other Category Rs.1000/-

CMAT 2022 Form Correction

The candidates who wish to edit their CMAT 2022 Application Forms need to follow the below-mentioned steps. 

  • Visit the official website of CMAT 2022. 
  • Locate and click on the link for CMAT 2022 Application Form Correction. 
  • Log in to the portal by entering your CMAT 2022 application number, password, and security pin. 
  • Click on the correction button. 
  • Edit the necessary details. 
  • Click on the save and submit button to successfully submit the form.

CMAT 2022 Exam Centres

Each aspirant of CMAT 2022 has the option of selecting one of four cities as their desired exam location from the given table.

List of CMAT Test Cities
Port Blair Guwahati Panaji
Guntur Bhagalpur Ahmedabad/Gandhinagar
Kurnool Darbhanga Anand
Nellore Gaya Bhavnagar
Rajahmundry Muzaffarpur Bhuj
Tirupathi Patna Himatnagar
Vijayawada Chandigarh/Mohali Jamnagar
Visakhapatnam Bhilai Nagar/Durg Mehsana
Itanagar/Naharlagun Raipur Rajkot
Dibrugarh Delhi Surat
Ambala Dhanbad Vadodara
Faridabad Jamshedpur Valsad/Vapi
Gurugram Ranchi Ernakulam
Hissar Belagavi (Belgaum) Kottayam
Bilaspur Bengaluru Kozhikode
Hamirpur Dharwad/Hubballi (Hubli) Thiruvananthapuram
Shimla Gulbarga Thrissur
Solan Mangaluru (Mangalore) Leh
Jammu Mysuru (Mysore) Kavaratti
Srinagar Udupi/Manipal Bhopal
Gwalior Nashik Bhubaneswar
Indore Pune Jeypore/Koraput
Jabalpur Solapur Sambalpur
Sagar Thane Puducherry
Ahmednagar Imphal Amritsar
Amravati Shillong Bhatinda
Aurangabad Aizawl Ludhiana
Dhule Dimapur Patiala/Fatehgarh Sahib
Kolhapur Kohima Jaipur
Mumbai/Navi Mumbai Balasore (Baleswar) Jodhpur
Nagpur Berhampur-Ganjam Kota
Nanded Bhawanipatna/Kalahandi Sikar
Chennai Coimbatore Udaipur
Madurai Tiruchirappalli Tirunelveli
Hyderabad Karimnagar Warangal
Agartala Agra Aligarh
Allahabad/Prayagraj Ambedkar Nagar Azamgarh
Ballia Chandauli Gorakhpur
Banda Deoria Jalaun (Orai)
Barabanki Etawah Jaunpur
Bareilly Faizabad Jhansi
Basti Firozabad Kanpur
Bijnor Ghaziabad Kushinagar
Bulandshahr Ghazipur Lakhimpur Kheri
Lucknow Pratapgarh Haldwani
Mathura Raebareili Roorkee
Mau Saharanpur Kolkata
Meerut Shahjanpur Siliguri
Mirzapur Sonbhadra Sultanpur
Moradabad Varanasi Muzaffarnagar
Noida/G Noida Dehradun

CMAT 2022 Admit Card

Candidates will be able to acquire their CMAT 2022 admit card from the test's official website before the exam day. Candidates who have successfully registered will be able to download the CMAT admission card. The steps to obtain a CMAT admit card from the NTA website are as follows:

  • Visit the CMAT-NTA website.
  • To access the CMAT 2022 Admit Card, go to the 'CMAT 2022 Admit Card' tab.
  • Enter your application number and date of birth, or a password if you have one.
  • Click submit to log in to your account.
  • Download the admission card by clicking on it.

CMAT 2022 Exam Pattern

Given below is the detailed exam pattern for CMAT 2022. 

Particulars Details
Mode  Online (Computer Based Test)
Duration 3 hours (30 minutes extra for candidates opting for Innovation & Entrepreneurship section)
Sectional Time Limit No
Nature of Questions Objective Type (MCQ’s)
Number of Choices Four Choices, out of which only one choice will be correct 
Number of Questions 125 Questions*
Total Marks 125 Marks
Marks Awarded +4 for every correct answer
Negative Marking -1 for every wrong answer
Medium English Only

*An extra optional section of Innovation and Entrepreneurship consisting of 25 questions was added to CMAT 2021 exam. It is expected that this section will be included in CMAT 2022 as well.

CMAT 2022 Syllabus

It is quite likely that no significant modifications to the CMAT 2022 Syllabus will be introduced, and that the syllabus will remain the same as that of prior CMAT exams. The following is a section-by-section CMAT Syllabus:

Subject Syllabus
Language Comprehension
  • Reading Comprehension
  • English Usage Errors
  • Synonyms
  • English Grammar
  • Paragraph Completion
  • Antonyms
  • Jumbled Para
  • One-Word Substitution
  • Sentence Improvement
  • Sentence Correction
  • Idioms
  • Phrases
Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation
  • Tabulation
  • Partnership
  • Geometry
  • Pipes and Cisterns
  • Graph
  • Algebra
  • Pie Chart, Bar Chart
  • Ratio and Proportion
  • Line
  • Time-Speed-Distance
  • Number System
  • Simple Interest and Compound Interest
Logical Reasoning
  • Analytical Reasoning
  • Analogy Test
  • Direction and Distance Test
  • Linear Arrangements
  • Blood Relationship Tests
  • Ranking Tests
  • Statements and Arguments
  • Coding and Decoding
  • Statements Assumptions
  • Number Series
  • Cause and Effects
General Awareness
  • Literature
  • Trade Awareness
  • Geography
  • Indian Constitution
  • Politics
  • History
  • Current Affairs of National & International Economy
  • Economics
  • Culture
  • Personalities in News
  • Sports News
  • Science in Everyday Life
Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • Concepts of Innovation Management Terminology
  • Business & Corporate affairs
  • Investments & Schemes
  • Entrepreneurship and Business Promotion
  • Creativity and its stimulation
  • The Entrepreneurial Development
  • Three types of idea management systems
  • Creating Entrepreneurial Venture

CMAT 2022 Preparation Tips

Here are some helpful preparation ideas for applicants to follow to achieve better results:

  • With the help of the CMAT test pattern, determine the importance of each of them and begin your preparation appropriately.
  • Make a schedule and stick to it to make sure you cover all of the important topics before the deadlines.
  • Start with the basics and work your way up to the more advanced topics on the syllabus.
  • Mock tests should be written. These exams will help you figure out where you need to improve and how much practice you'll need before the Written Exam.
  • Make sure you know everything about the CMAT syllabus so you don't forget anything.
  • Taking regular pauses while studying will help you stay focused and relieve tension.
  • Download and practice as many CMAT Exam Previous Question Papers as you can ahead of time.

CMAT 2022 Recommended Books

For CMAT exam preparation, one can either self-study or take the help of an online or offline tutoring center. In any event, the list of books provided below can help you prepare for the CMAT exam.

The Book's Title Author
3 Edge Advantage Series: CMAT Practice Sets Diwakar Sharma, Ayush Gupta, R.K. Behl, Ashwani,
Complete Reference Manual for CMAT S.Satyanarayana, S.K. Sinha, Col. J.S. Rana
Solved MBA Papers (All Management Exams) Gautam Puri
CMAT Exam Guide 2016 RPH Editorial Board
CMAT Entrance Guide that contains 5 mock tests Disha Experts
Study Package for CMAT Meenakshi Upadhyay, Arun Sharma

CMAT 2022 Answer Key

The NTA will release the CMAT answer key a few days after the exam. The procedure for downloading the CMAT 2022 answer key is as follows:

  • Visit the CMAT-NTA webpage.
  • Select 'CMAT 2021 Answer Key Download' from the drop-down menu.
  • Enter your application number and date of birth, or a password if you have one.
  • On the dashboard, click the 'Answer Key' option.
  • The CMAT 2022 answer key is available for download.

Candidates will also have the opportunity of participating in an answer key challenge provided by the NTA. Under this clause, any candidate who believes the official answer is erroneous can contest it by filling out an online form and providing documentation to back up their claim. The CMAT answer key will be changed if the claim is confirmed to be valid. After analyzing the objections received, the CMAT result and final answer key will be created.

CMAT 2022 Result

NTA will release the CMAT 2022 results within 2-3 weeks of the exam's completion. The following are the processes to view and download your CMAT scorecard:

  • Go to the official CMAT website.
  • To access the CMAT 2022 NTA scorecard, go to the 'CMAT 2022 NTA scorecard' tab.
  • Fill in your login credentials, which were generated at the time of CMAT 2022 registration, namely your application number and password.
  • As displayed, enter the security pin/captcha code.
  • Download and print your CMAT scorecard 2022 for future correspondence.

CMAT 2022 Score Card

Each component of the CMAT scorecard covers the marks for Logical Reasoning, Quantitative Technique, General Awareness, and Language Comprehension. In the first week of April 2022, CMAT scorecards will be accessible. The candidate's rank, roll number, sectional score, sectional percentile, total score, and total percentile are all included. Candidates are recommended to preserve their scorecards to get admitted to MBA programs. 

CMAT 2022 College Predictor

CMAT College Predictor assists CMAT exam candidates in determining their chances of admission to prominent MBA colleges that accept CMAT scores, such as JBIMS, PUMBA Pune, SIMSREE, and IMT Nagpur. The CMAT College Predictor is built on a sophisticated algorithm that analyses previous year's cutoffs to help you locate the best colleges based on your CMAT score or percentile statistics. Candidates can also use particular filters to narrow down the finest options, such as their desired city, state, or course.

CMAT 2022 Counselling

The National Testing Agency (NTA) will not provide common admissions counseling to member institutions. Candidates would be required to attend individual counseling sessions at each AICTE-approved institution. Candidates should also check the eligibility requirements for management programs provided by participating universities, since these may differ from the CMAT 2022 Eligibility Standards.

Every institution's counseling process may take place at a different time, therefore candidates should check the participating institution's website for updates on the procedure frequently. The PI and GD rounds will follow the counseling protocol for admission through the CMAT examination. A Written Aptitude Test (WAP) will be used by some of the participating institutions to shortlist students for admission. Candidates can learn more about each participating institution's counseling process by visiting their website.

Documents Required for CMAT 2022 Counseling

At the time of CMAT Counseling, candidates must provide the following documents:

  • CMAT 2022 Admit Card
  • Birth Certificate
  • CMAT Scorecard
  • Marksheet & Certificate for Class 10th & 12th
  • Marksheet & Certificate for Graduation
  • Caste Certificate
  • Valid ID proof
  • Address proof

CMAT 2022 Cut-off

Each CMAT-participating college publishes its own CMAT Score for Admission. The CMAT cut-off for top MBA schools like Goa Institute of Management, JBIMS, SIMSREE, and XISS is often in the 95-99 percentile area.

Sectional Cut Off for CMAT 2022:

The CMAT 2022 sectional cut-off is the minimum score required to pass CMAT 2022 and gain admission to an AICTE-approved Management College. The following are the expected cut-offs for CMAT 2022, broken down by section:

Section Sectional Cut Off CMAT 2022 (Expected)
Language Comprehension 45
Logical Reasoning 40
Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation 50
General Awareness 55

Cutoffs for the CMAT and the Best Colleges :

Over 1,300 B-Schools in India accept the CMAT exam score for admission to various MBA/PGDM programs. Some of the most well-known MBA colleges that accept CMAT scores are listed below. Refer to the exam highlights section above for a complete list of MBA colleges that accept CMAT scores.

Colleges Accepting CMAT Score CMAT Cut Offs Colleges Accepting CMAT Score CMAT Cut Offs
JBIMS, Mumbai 99.9+ IMT, Hyderabad 80
Goa Institute of Management 95-99 IMT, Nagpur 80
KJ Somaiya Institute of Management 95-99 XISS, Ranchi 80
SIMSREE, Mumbai 99+ ITM, Navi Mumbai 80
Great Lakes Institute of Management, Chennai 95-99 Jaipuria Institute of Management, Noida 85
University of Pune, Dept of Management Sciences 95-99 Xavier Business School, Xavier University 85
Xavier Institute of Social Service, Ranchi 95 Great Lakes Institute of Management, Gurgaon 85
Welingkar Institute of Management, Mumbai 85 BIMTECH, Greater Noida 80
Indian Institute of Information Technology & Management 85 XIME, Bangalore 80
IFIM, Bangalore 85 ISBM, Pune 80
IFMR, Chennai 85 Jaipuria Institute of Management, Lucknow 80
NIBM, Pune 85 KIIT School of Management 80
NL Dalmiya Institute of Management 85 IPE Hyderabad 80
Welingkar Institute of Management, Bangalore 80 SIES College of Management Studies, Navi Mumbai 80

CMAT 2022 FAQs

Ques. Who is in charge of the CMAT 2022 Exam?

Ans. Since 2018, the National Testing Agency (NTA) has been administering the CMAT exam. Previously, the test was performed by the AICTE under the Government of India's regulations.

Ques. When will the CMAT 2022 Exam be held?

Ans. The CMAT 2022 exam is scheduled for the last week of February 2022. In November 2021, the exam date and a comprehensive schedule of all events will be publicly revealed.

Ques. When will the CMAT 2022 Registration procedure begin?

Ans. The CMAT exam 2022 registration procedure is planned to begin in the last week of November 2021. The registration period will remain until the last week of December 2021 or the first week of January 2022, whichever comes first. Candidates must apply for the CMAT on the NTA website.

Ques. Is the CMAT exam difficult than other MBA examinations such as the CAT?

Ans. The CMAT exam is less demanding than the CAT exam. CMAT is a moderately challenging exam, and candidates training for other management competitive exams such as CAT and XAT will find it easier.

Ques. Is it possible to prepare for the CMAT 2022 in four months?

Ans. If you can dedicate roughly 6-7 hours per day to studying for the CMAT exam, 4 months is a reasonable length of time. Clearing key concepts, practicing problems from major themes in the CMAT syllabus, and taking at least 20-25 mock exams and sample papers are all part of CMAT preparation.

Ques. How long does the CMAT exam last?

Ans. The exam will last 3 hours and 180 minutes in total. If the candidate chooses to take the optional Innovation & Entrepreneurship segment, the exam time will be extended by 30 minutes.

Ques. In terms of graduation, I have a grade point average of less than 50%. Is it possible for me to appear for CMAT 2022?

Ans. Yes, candidates with a graduating grade point average of less than 50% are eligible to apply for CMAT, as there are no minimum score criteria for this MBA entrance exam. They will, however, require passing grades.

Ques. What are the CMAT 2022 Reservation Requirements?

Ans. CMAT does not have any reservation requirements. The Government of India's reservation requirements for allotting MBA seats to exam-qualified students applies only to CMAT participating institutes.

Ques. What are the CMAT 2022 Eligibility Requirements?

Ans. Graduation from a recognized university in any stream or equivalent is required for CMAT eligibility. Students in their final year of college can enroll for the CMAT, but they must have passed their bachelor's degree final test by the time they apply for MBA admission.

Ques. What is the purpose of the NTA-CMAT Test Practice Center?

Ans. The NTA has built a network of Test Practice Centers across India to assist students in preparing for the CMAT exam in an online format. This is to assist students in becoming familiar with the online test process.

*The article might have information for the previous academic years, please refer the official website of the exam.

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