CMAT Exam

Latest update:

The CMAT 2022 exam will be held on April 10, 2022. Like last year, the CMAT exam is delayed this year also. NTA is likely to release the CMAT notification 2022 on February 14, 2022. The CMAT notification will contain the complete CMAT 2022 exam date schedule and all other CMAT exam details.

The CMAT 2022 is one of the important national level MBA entrance exams for the MBA/PGDM 2022-24 batch in the AICTE approved management institutes and will be conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA) as a computer-based test of three-hour duration. The high score in CMAT 2022 will offer MBA admission opportunities in over 1000 AICTE-approved MBA/PGDM colleges.

The three-hour computer-based online CMAT exam 2022 is divided into four and five sections. It evaluates a candidate’s ability in quantitative techniques, logical reasoning, language comprehension, and general awareness areas. A new optional section on innovation and entrepreneurship with 25 questions of 30-minute duration has also been added as the 5th section.

Why Apply and Appear in the CMAT Exam 2022? Examine the Key Advantages

So many MBA aspirants find so many MBA entrance exams that are conducted at national, state, and institute level and get confused about which MBA entrance exam they should apply for and appear for. While the comparison among top MBA entrance exams with CMAT is shared at the end of this article, the key USPs of the CMAT exam below will guide you why you should appear in CMAT 2022.

  • Moderate difficulty MBA admissions test
  • No test taker is disqualified from the CMAT exam even if he/she scores zero marks.
  • CMAT offers MBA/PGDM admission opportunities in AICTE-approved management institutes.
  • By the time CMAT is conducted, you will have already appeared in other top MBA entrance exams like CAT, IIFT, XAT, NMAT, and SNAP, among others. So, no extra efforts to prepare for the CMAT are required as the CMAT exam has the same sectional composition and has a lower difficulty level.
  • Most of the top MBA/PGDM colleges in India accept CMAT scores for admission. They include JBIMS, SIMSREE, K J Somaiya, Welingkar, PUMBA, Great Lakes, GIM Goa, IMT Nagpur, BIMTECH Greater Noida, and 330 MBA/MMS colleges in Maharashtra, among others.

The CMAT 2022 score will be accepted by all AICTE-Approved Institutions/University Departments/Constituent Colleges/Affiliated Colleges for admission in 2022.

CMAT 2022: Important Dates

The CMAT registration process is expected to open on February 14, 2022, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all the CMAT 2022 exam-related activities may be further delayed. A detailed schedule of the likely CMAT Notification 2022 date, CMAT 2022 important dates, exam schedule, start and last date to apply, and other CMAT exam details are as under:

Exam Activity CMAT 2022 (likely dates) Remarks
CMAT Notification 2022 Publication 14 February 2022 Release on the official NTA-CMAT website
Exam Registration starts February 14, 2022 Online Process
The application deadline has passed. 15 March 2022 Application form submission closes at midnight.
Start Date for Admit Card Download 28th of March, 2022 No hard copy will be sent.
The deadline for downloading the CMAT Admit Card is April 10, 2022.   Download the Admit Card at least one day before the exam.
CMAT Exam Date: April 10, 2022: may change
Duration of the exam: 3 hours and 312 hours   In two shifts—morning and evening—
Result Date April 16, 2022. Score card download starts in the afternoon.

Excellent Chance to Score High

There are 1000+ AICTE-approved MBA/PGDM institutes that will accept the CMAT 2022 score for admission to their flagship MBA/PGDM 2022-24 batch. The one-month delay in the CMAT exam date 2022 provides an excellent opportunity to prepare well for the exam and score high enough to be considered for admission by some of the top MBA colleges accepting CMAT scores, as detailed below.

Read this comprehensive article, prepared by MBA Exam experts, to know more about key facts like CMAT eligibility, registration process, exam pattern and syllabus, admit card download process, how to prepare for CMAT 2022, CMAT score accepting colleges, cut offs in various MBA colleges, among other key details.

What is CMAT?

CMAT’s full form is the Common Management Admission Test (CMAT). It is a government-organized, computer-based national level MBA entrance examination for entry into over 1000 AICTE-approved management programmes (MBA/PGDM) all over India. Till 2018, CMAT was conducted by AICTE. Now the test is conducted by the National Testing Authority (NTA) constituted by the government of India. More than 70,000 candidates apply for CMAT every year. CMAT provides a one-of-a-kind opportunity to all test takers because no one is disqualified as a result of its results.

Highlights of the CMAT Exam 2022

The CMAT 2022 exam provides MBA admission opportunities in over 1000 MBA colleges in India, including some of the most prestigious management institutes. It is an important but easier MBA entrance exam. The following are the key exam highlights and other important details:

The National CMAT Exam Conducting Body Testing Agency (NTA)
CMAT Full Form The Common Management Admission Test
Number of MBA colleges participating in the exam: 1000+  
Exam Date April 10, 2022 (likely)
Exam Slots (3 hr & 312 hr durations available) 3 hrs. Slot 1: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.; Slot 2: 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Slot 1: 9 a.m. to 12.30 p.m.; Slot 2: 3 p.m. to 6.30 p.m.

CMAT Entrance Exam 2022 Mode The online computer-based test  
CMAT Entrance Exam Full Form Validity of Common Management Admission Test Scores for MBA Admission2022–2023 Academic Session
   
The total number of questions in the CMAT Entrance Exam is 125, with the option of attempting 100/125 of them.  
Sectional Division of Questions There are 5 sections with 25 questions in each section. You have the option of attempting four or five sections.
Exam specifics, section by section Logical Reasoning; Language Comprehension; General Awareness; Innovation and Entrepreneurship (Optional)
CMAT 2021 Exam Difficulty Level English Question Paper Medium  
  Easy to moderate.
Maximum Points: 500 points for 125 questions.  
Negative Marking -1 mark for each wrong answer
The importance of the required percentile for MBA admission in top colleges90+  
of taking the exam CMAT scores are accepted by top MBA colleges such as JBIMS, SIMSREE, K J Somaiya, GIM Goa, PUMBA, Great Lakes, and BIMTECH, among others.
Application  
Fee for Boys Rs.2000/-
Application Fee for Girls Rs.1000/-
Application Fee for EWS/OBC-NCL Rs.1000/-
Application Fee for SC/ST/PwD Rs.1000/-

CMAT 2022 Exam Cities

The CMAT 2022 exam is likely to be held from 9.00 AM to 12.00 Noon in 109 cities and 245 test centres all over India as an online computer-based test. The CMAT 2022 Exam will have 125 questions equally divided into 5 sections of 25 Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) in each section, with the option to attempt 4 or 5 sections.

CMAT Test Pattern: Duration, Sectional Composition, and Scoring Pattern

The CMAT 2022 test paper has two separate time durations for the candidates who have opted for a 5-section exam and for those who have opted for a 4-section exam.

  • The first option is a 3-hour exam, which is divided into 4 sections with 25 questions in each section. The sections are: Quantitative Technique, Logical Reasoning, Language Comprehension, and General Awareness.
  • The second option is a 312-hour exam, which is divided into 5 sections with 25 questions in each section. The sections are Quantitative Technique, Logical Reasoning, Language Comprehension, General Awareness, Innovation and Entrepreneurship.
  • There will be 100 questions for the 3-hour exam and 125 questions for the 312-hour exam.
  • All are objective-type questions in MCQs form.
  • The question difficulty level is easy to moderate.
  • Each correct answer is awarded +4 marks.
  • Each wrong answer is penalized with a negative mark of 1 mark.
  • There is no individual time limit to attempt a question paper. Candidates can attempt any question from any section within the overall CMAT exam time limit.
  • The merit score and percentile are calculated on the basis of four sections.
  • The CMAT score card shows actual score out of 400/500 points, sectional score, and sectional and overall percentile obtained in the exam
CMAT-2022 Exam Sections Count of Questions Maximum Marks Section-wise
Language Comprehension (Language Comprehension) 25100    
Data Interpretation and Quantitative Techniques25100    
Logical Reasoning 25 100
General Awareness 25100    
Entrepreneurship and Innovation25100    
Total: Sections-5 125 500

Highlights of the CMAT Exam 2022

The CMAT 2022 exam provides MBA admission opportunities in over 1000 MBA colleges in India, including some of the most prestigious management institutes.It is an important but easier MBA entrance exam. The following are the key exam highlights and other important details:

The National CMAT Exam Conducting Body Testing Agency (NTA)
CMAT Full Form The Common Management Admission Test
Number of MBA colleges participating in the exam: 1000+  
Exam Date February 22, 2022 (likely)
Exam Slots (3 hr & 312 hr durations available) 3 hrs. Slot 1: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.; Slot 2: 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Slot 1: 9 a.m. to 12.30 p.m.; Slot 2: 3 p.m. to 6.30 p.m.

CMAT Entrance Exam 2022 Mode The online computer-based test  
CMAT Entrance Exam Full Form Validity of Common Management Admission Test Scores for MBA Admission2022–2023 Academic Session
   
The total number of questions in the CMAT Entrance Exam is 125, with the option of attempting 100/125 of them.  
Sectional Division of Questions There are 5 sections with 25 questions in each section. You have the option of attempting four or five sections.
Exam specifics, section by section Logical Reasoning; Language Comprehension; General Awareness; Innovation and Entrepreneurship (Optional)
CMAT 2021 Exam Difficulty Level English Question Paper Medium  
  Easy to moderate.
Maximum Points: 500 points for 125 questions.  
Negative Marking—1 point deducted for each incorrect answer  
The importance of the required percentile for MBA admission in top colleges90+  
of taking the exam CMAT scores are accepted by top MBA colleges such as JBIMS, SIMSREE, K J Somaiya, GIM Goa, PUMBA, Great Lakes, and BIMTECH, among others.
Application  
Fee for Boys Rs.2000/-
Application Fee for Girls Rs.1000/-
Application Fee for EWS/OBC-NCL Rs.1000/-
Application Fee for SC/ST/PwD Rs.1000/-

How to Prepare for the CMAT Exam

Over the years, the CMAT exam pattern and syllabus have not changed. As a result, exam preparation is also not difficult. Reading good preparation books and practicing with sample papers and CMAT previous year papers with solutions is a good tool for exam preparation.

CMAT 2022 exam preparation can get you admission to MBA 2022 programmes at good MBA colleges. It is high time that CMAT exam preparation must be started without any further delay as per the exam pattern.

Differentiating Factor in CMAT 2022 Exam Preparation

Aside from the recently introduced optional 5th section on innovation and entrepreneurship, one of the key differences between CMAT exam preparation and other exams is the separate section with 25 questions on “Logical Reasoning,” which has questions based solely on reasoning. The LR preparation for the exam and the strategy to prepare for this important section are to be properly planned and followed to score high.

The exam preparation strategy needs more focus on all four sections. It requires your focus on the following:

  • When to Start Exam Preparation?
  • How to prepare?
  • Which are the best preparation books?
  • What is the best preparation material available apart from the books?
  • Preparation Tips by CMAT Toppers
  • Whether to prepare with coaching or self-prepare, which is better?
  • If time is short, how to prepare for the CMAT Online?
  • Exam Taking Strategy: How to Crack the Exam with a High Score

The CMAT 2022 Syllabus is comparable to other MBA entrance exams.

The exam The Syllabus contains all the topics on which questions are asked in other national-level MBA entrance exams. Past question papers and the exam pattern reveal that the CMAT syllabus does not throw tough questions in the exam, although the syllabus topics are the same.

The syllabus is based on past exam patterns and the types of questions that appear in the exam. Going through previous exam papers and taking CMAT Mock tests is the best way to get a hands-on feel and practise on the questions covered in the CMAT syllabus.

MBA Colleges Accepting the CMAT Exam

The list of CMAT exam accepting colleges is released by AICTE as well as the National Testing Agency. There are around 1,000 MBA/PGDM colleges that accept the CMAT exam score for admission. Below are some of the best MBA colleges accepting CMAT exam scores in India, including Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Pune, and Hyderabad.

Top 10 MBA Schools That Accept the CMAT

Institute Name & Location CMAT Percentile Cutoff Score
Mumbai Somaiya 98
SIMSREE Mumbai 85-90
Great Lakes Institute of Management, Chennai/Gurgaon 85-90
PUMBA Pune 85-90
GIM Goa 85-90
IFMR Chennai BIMTECH Greater Noida 80-85
  75-80
IMT Nagpur 75-80

Acceptance of CMAT Scores

Institute Name & Location CMAT Percentile Cutoff Score
School of Inspired Leadership-SOIL Gurgaon: 80-85
Jagan Institute of Management Studies (JIMS) Rohini Delhi. 80-85 New  
Delhi Institute of Management (NDIM) New Delhi 80-85
Jaipuria Institute of Management (Jaipuria) Noida 80-85
IMS Ghaziabad 80-85OP
P Jindal University, Sonepat (Delhi NCR) 75-80
VIPS-TC-Delhi School of Business Delhi New Delhi, Fortune Institute of International Business (FIIB), 75-80
  70-75
Delhi School of Business (DSB), New Delhi 70-75
J K Business School, Gurgaon 65-70

 

MBA Colleges in Mumbai Accepting CMAT

Institute Name & Location CMAT Cut Off Percentile score 
Prin. L. N. Welingkar WE School Mumbai 80-85
SIESCOMS Navi Mumbai 80-85
Chetna CIMR 75-80
ITM Group of Institutions 70-75
SDA Bocconi Mumbai 70-75
IES Management IES MCRC Mumbai 70-75
DSIMS Mumbai 70-75
Vivekanand Education VESIM Mumbai 65-70
Guru Nanak GNMIMS Mumbai 65-70
Bharati Vidyapeeth`s BVIMSR Mumbai 60-65

MBA Colleges in Bangalore Accepting CMAT

Institute Name & Location CMAT Cut off percentile score
Christ University Bengaluru 80-85
XIME Bangalore 75-80
SDMIMD Mysore 75-80
Indus Business Academy (IBA) Bangalore 75-80
AIMS School of Business (AIMS) Bangalore 70-75
Kristu Jayanti College (KJC) Bangalore 70-75
PES University, Bangalore 70-75
M S Ramaiah MSRIM Bangalore 70-75
Acharya Bangalore B-School (ABBS) Bangalore 65-70
St. Joseph Institute of Management, Bangalore 65-70

MBA Colleges in Pune Accepting CMAT

Institute Name & Location CMAT Cut off percentile Score
Balaji Institute Of Modern Management (BIMM) Pune 80-85
International School of Business & Media (ISB&M) Pune 80-85
FLAME University School of Business (FLAME) Pune 75-80
National Insurance Academy (NIA) Pune 75-80
National Institute of Bank Management (NIBM) Pune 75-80
Balaji Institute of International Business (BIIB) Pune 75-80
MIT School of Telecom Management (MITSOT) Pune 70-75
International Institute of Management Studies (IIMS) Pune 70-75
Lexicon Management Institute of Leadership and Excellence (MILE) Pune 65-70
Suryadatta Institutes of Management Pune 65-70

MBA Colleges in Hyderabad Accepting CMAT

Institute Name & Location CMAT Cut off percentile score
IBS Hyderabad: ICFAI Business School 75-80
IPE Hyderabad: Institute of Public Enterprise 75-80
Vignana Jyothi Institute of Management – VJIM Hyderabad 75-80
GITAM Hyderabad Business School (GHBS) 70-75
Siva Sivani Institute of Management (SSIM) Secunderabad 70-75
Vishwa Vishwani Institute of Systems and Management Hyderabad 70-75
Gitam School of International Business (GSIB) Visakhapatnam 65-70
ICBM-School of Business Excellence (ICBM SBE) Hyderabad 60-65

Registration for the CMAT

CMAT registration and application will be available online for more than a month after the commencement date of CMAT registration on the NTA website. On the last day to apply for the CMAT, registration will close at 11:50 p.m.

The Registration Process: 5 Steps

The CMAT Exam registration process is online. It can be completed in five simple steps.

  • Step 1: Make a login.
  • Fill out the CMAT Registration 2022 Form in Step 2.
  • Step 3: Upload Images to the 2022 Registration Form
  • Payment of the Registration Fee is the fourth step.
  • Step 5: Review the Registration Summary and save the completed Form.

2022 CMAT Admit Card Download: After the last day to apply has passed.

The CMAT admit card is available for download after two weeks from the last date to apply for the CMAT test. All provisionally registered candidates for the CMAT exam 2022 can download their admit cards from the NTA website. The No Admit Card is now sent as a hard copy to the candidate’s registered address.

CMAT: An Easy Question Paper

The CMAT colleges’ cutoffs for MBA admission are not very high, although the question paper and scoring pattern award liberal marks to exam takers. The cutoffs, especially among the top 20 colleges, are slightly higher as compared to other MBA colleges since the merit position in the top 20 colleges is based on a little higher cut off.

CMAT Result Declaration: Score Card Download from the NTA Website

CMAT results are declared within 7 to 10 days from the date of the exam. Usually, the result is declared in the afternoon. The result will be available for download on the NTA CMAT official website and no score card will be sent by post or e-mail. Read More

A CMAT score is needed for top MBA colleges.

How much CMAT score 2022 is required for admission to one of the best MBA programs? Cut-offs in these MBA colleges vary from institute to institute. Apart from the overall score, many colleges also consider the CMAT sectional score.

Most of these MBA colleges are autonomous, university B-schools offering MBA degrees, or private PGDM colleges. In good MBA programs, the cut off is in the 80-90 percentile.

To help MBA aspirants searching for top MBA colleges accepting CMAT scores, MBAUniverse.com has prepared a list of MBA colleges with their expected cut off.

Acceptance of CMAT Exam Scores: MBA Colleges in Maharashtra Accept CMAT Exam Scores

The Higher and Technical Education Department, Directorate of Technical Education, Government of Maharashtra, has clarified while determining the entrance exam eligibility of All India Category Candidates for MBA/MMS admission process in government, university affiliated, private aided and unaided Maharashtra MBA colleges, that All India Candidature Candidates and Jammu and Kashmir Migrant Candidature Candidates will be considered for MBA/MMS admission on the basis of obtaining a non-zero positive score in the CET conducted by the Competent Authority; CAT-conducted by the Indian Institute of Management; CMAT; GMAT, among others.

Acceptance of CMAT Exam Scores: MBA Colleges in Maharashtra Accept CMAT Exam Scores

The Higher and Technical Education Department, Directorate of Technical Education, Government of Maharashtra, has clarified while determining the entrance exam eligibility of All India Category Candidates for MBA/MMS admission process in government, university affiliated, private aided and unaided Maharashtra MBA colleges, that All India Candidature Candidates and Jammu and Kashmir Migrant Candidature Candidates will be considered for MBA/MMS admission on the basis of obtaining a non-zero positive score in the CET conducted by the Competent Authority; CAT-conducted by the Indian Institute of Management; CMAT; and GMAT, among others.

AICTE-Approved MBA/PGDM Colleges Accept the Score

All the top colleges accepting CMAT 2022 exam scores are the ones offering AICTE-approved MBA/PGDM programmes. They include top MBA colleges like JBIMS, SIMSREE, K J Somaiya, GIM, and Great Lakes, among others. According to AICTE, “All AICTE approved institutes/departments/constituent colleges/affiliated colleges of universities are expected to accept CMAT scores.” The specific notifications issued by universities and state governments are available on the CMAT website. ’

CMAT is one of the largest national-level MBA/PGDM entrance examinations and is conducted once a year in the month of January, as per the directions of the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Government of India.

Universities in 13 states, including Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Kerala, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Haryana, and Karnataka, among others, accept CMAT exam scores along with CAT for admission to their MBA programmes. Both governments have officially notified CMAT as their official test. In addition, many B-schools offering AICTE-approved PGDM programmes will be using the CMAT 2021 scores. More than 1000 B schools running AICTE-approved management programmes in India accept the CMAT score. After the CAT, it is the country’s second most popular MBA/PGDM entrance exam.

If you don’t get good scores in CAT, XAT, or SNAP, the Common Management Admission Test (CMAT) is the answer to your MBA/PGDM needs, leading to 1000+ AICTE-approved B-schools across the country. The exam will be conducted in 109 test cities. With effect from 2016, the CMAT has become a yearly exam as opposed to a twice-a-year exam. Earlier, till 2015, there used to be 2 CMAT exams in one year. The first CMAT was held in the month of September, while the second followed in the month of February.

CMAT Exam Training:

NTA opens centres across India after releasing the CMAT exam notification to make candidates understand the revised CMAT exam pattern, navigation, and test-taking strategy, among other details. The test training will help the candidates understand all the changes to the CMAT exam pattern.

Important Changes in CMAT exam
The key changes and features of the exam are:

Exam Details For CMAT 2022 Earlier Exams
CMAT conducting Agency National Testing Agency (NTA) All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE)
Testing Mode Computer Based Computer Based
Training for CMAT Test Taking Methodology/Navigation NTA training at centres across India from August onwards to train candidates to understand Test Taking Strategy AICTE published sample test taking and navigation guidelines on its website
Changes in the cost of Registration Increased to Rs.1600 Was Rs.1000
Sectional Composition Apart from 4 sections, an optional 5th section is introduced with 25 questions. Total questions in the  exam are now 125 Remained same with 4 sections 100 questions
Scoring Pattern Remains same with +4 mark for each right answer +4 for each correct answer
Difficulty Level Moderate to Difficult Remained moderate to Difficult

CMAT-2022 Exam Day Guidelines

  • Download your admit card from the NTA’s website at cmat.nta.nic.in.
  • Check details as indicated on the Admit Card:
  • Check Reporting Time at the Centre
  • Check the test centre’s gate closing time.
  • Examination Date
  • Test Timings
  • Location of the Test
  • You should visit the examination centre a day before the examination and familiarize yourself with the location and means of reaching the venue of the test on time.
  • Reach the venue of the test at the reporting time mentioned in the admit card. If you report beyond the gate closing time of the centre, you will not be allowed to enter the test venue.

Items You Should Carry at the Exam Centre

Carry with you only the following items:

  • Admit Card on A4-sized paper printed in full colour
  • One passport-size photograph (the same one that was uploaded with the Online Application Form) to be pasted on the Attendance Sheet at the Centre
  • PAN Card/Driving License/Voter ID/Passport/Aadhaar Card (With Photograph)/E-Aadhaar/Ration Card/Bank Passbook with Photograph
  • Please keep in mind that ID cards issued by schools, colleges, universities, coaching centres, AADHAR enrolment receipts without an AADHAR NUMBER, and PHOTOCOPIES OR IMAGES stored on mobile phones, among other things, will not be accepted.
  • No candidate would be allowed to enter the Examination Centre without identity verification.
  • If claiming the relaxation under the PwD category, the PwD certificate must be issued by the Competent Authority.

Don’t carry the following

Candidates are not allowed to carry any kind of instrument/geometry/pencil box, handbag, purse, any kind of paper/stationery/textual material (printed or written material), eatables and water (loose or packed), mobile phone/ear phone/microphone/pager, calculator, DocuPen, Slide Rules, Log Tables, camera, tape recorder, or to wear/carry any type of watch, including electronic watches with calculator, any metallic item, or electronic gadgets/devices in the Examination Hall/Room. There may not be any provision for the safe keeping of valuables at the centre.

Inside the examination hall

  1. Pen/pencil and blank paper sheets for rough work will be provided in the examination hall/room.
  2. You must write your name and roll number at the top of the sheet and must return the sheets and admit card to the invigilator before leaving the examination hall/room.
  3. Enter the required details in the attendance sheet in legible handwriting, put your signature, left hand thumb impression, and paste the photograph in the appropriate place. Ensure that your left-hand thumb impression is clear and not smudged.
  4. A candidate should not adopt any unfair means or indulge in any unfair examination practices. The candidature of candidates in the case of impersonation will be automatically cancelled without any notice.
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