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CMAT exam 2021 eligibility criteria, syllabus, exam pattern, study plan, vacancies, salary, and more


CMAT is a national level examination conducted by National Testing Agency (NTA) for admission into AICTE approved management programmes offered by participating institutions in the country. This year, CMAT was conducted on 31 March 2021 and results were declared on 10 April 2021. It's never too early to start your preparation! Find all the details for CMAT 2022 here -

CMAT 2022 - At a glance

Exam nameCommon Management Admission Test
Conducting bodyNational Testing Agency (NTA)
Exam FrequencyOnce a year
Exam Duration180 + 30(optional) minutes
Date of Examinationto be announced
Selection processComputer based examination followed by GD and PI conducted by respective institutions.
Examination purposeFor admission into PG management courses.
Latest updateCMAT 2021 results out. Click here to check CMAT 2021 results.
Official website

Link to Official Notification

Will be updated.

CMAT 2022 Important dates

CMAT 2022 registration beginsNovember 2021 (expected)
Admit card releaseJanuary 2022 (expected)
CMAT 2022 examination dateJanuary 2022 (expected)
Release of answer keyFebruary 2022 (expected)
Declaration of resultsFebruary 2022 (expected)

Eligibility Criteria for CMAT 2022

  • Graduates and final year degree students from any recognised university are eligible to apply.
  • There is no limitation for the discipline of graduation. Graduates of any background can apply.


The following reservations apply for Institutions run by the Central Government-

Category% Reservation of seats
PWD (>40% disability)5% in each category

CMAT 2022 Application fee

General (Male)₹ 2,000
SC/ST/OBC/EWS/PWD/Transgender/Female candidates₹ 1,000

Mode of Payment : Net Banking/Credit Card/Debit Card/UPI

How to Apply for CMAT 2022

The official website for CMAT 2022 will be active when the registration process begins.

  1. Go to the CMAT 2022 website.
  2. Click on "New Registration"
  3. Enter your details and set a password for your profile.
  4. On successful registration, an application number will be generated.
  5. Use the login credentials (Application number and password) and log into your profile to continue with your application form.
  6. Enter all the details asked and upload the required documents.
  7. Pay the application fee. Wait for payment confirmation.
  8. A confirmation page will be generated with all the entered details. Take a printout of this page for future reference.

The NTA will provide a correction window to correct any mistakes made in the application form. Stay connected with the official website.

CMAT 2022 Admit Card

The admit card will be available for download one week before the examination date.

Selection Process

CMAT is conducted to facilitate admissions into MBA programs across the country. Aspirants must apply separately for CMAT participating institutions they are interested in with their CMAT scores. The NTA will not conduct any centralised counselling for all attending candidates. Hence admission into MBA programs through CMAT happens in two stages -

  1. Admission of applicants to counselling based on their CMAT scores.
  2. GD and PI rounds conducted by the respective institutions.

CMAT 2022 Examination Pattern

SectionNumber of questionsMarks
Quantitative techniques and data interpretation25100
Logical reasoning25100
General awareness25100
Language comprehension25100
Innovation and Entrepreneurship (optional)25100

Marking Scheme: All questions will be of objective type.

  • Correct answer: + 4 marks
  • Wrong answer: - 1 marks
  • Unattempted: 0 marks

CMAT 2022 Syllabus

SectionTopics included
Quantitative techniques and data interpretationProbability
Logical reasoningBlood Relationship Tests
General AwarenessCurrent Affairs of National and International Economy
Language comprehensionReading comprehension

The Syllabus for Innovation and Entrepreneurship will be updated soon.

CMAT 2022 Results

Will be updated.

CMAT 2022 Cut-off

NTA doesn't specify any cut-off marks for CMAT. The admitting institutions set their cut-offs separately. Check out the CMAT 2021 cut off for top management colleges here -

Institute NameCut off- Percentile/ Score
Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies (JBIMS) Mumbai99.99 percentile (Minimum 335)
Goa Institute of Management, Goa99.8 percentile (Minimum 302)
K J Somaiya Institute of Management Studies & Research (KJSIMSR), Mumbai99.20 percentile
We School Mumbai99.06 percentile
Pune University Department of Management Sciences (PUMBA DMS)96.42 percentile (Minimum 262)
XISS Ranchi95 percentile (Minimum 255)
MET Institute of Management, Mumbai97.27 percentile
Acharya Bangalore Business School (ABBS), Bangalore90 percentile (Minimum 234)
Asia Pacific Institute of Management, New Delhi85 percentile
Jaipuria Institute of Management, Noida82 percentile
IFIM Business School, Bangalore85 Percentile
Prin. LN Welingkar Institute of Management Development and Research, Mumbai85 percentile
Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra, Ranchi75 percentile
Dr. D. Y. Patil Vidyapeeth, Pune75 percentile
Prin. LN Welingkar Institute of Management Development and Research, Bangalore85 percentile

CMAT 2021 Exam analysis

CMAT 2021 was conducted on 31 March 2021, and 52327 candidates appeared for this examination. The CMAT 2021 overall difficulty level was moderate to difficult.

Section-wise analysis -

SectionDifficulty level
Quantitative techniques and data interpretationModerate-difficultMany questions were asked from Arithmetic, Algebra, Permutations and combinations, Probability and Mensuration. Questions from data interpretations were moderately difficult.
Logical reasoningEasy-ModerateQuestions had close options, but overall the section was easy.
General awarenessDifficultMany questions were asked from static GK. Questions based on the Education system and new Education policies were asked.
Language comprehensionEasy-Moderate14 Questions were asked based on reading comprehension.

A new section was introduced in the syllabus - Innovation and Entrepreneurship, an initiative taken by the Government to encourage Entrepreneurship. Twenty-five questions were asked from this section. The Innovation and Entrepreneurship section was OPTIONAL.

Preparation tips for CMAT 2022

  • Break down the syllabus and get familiar with the examination pattern. Information given in this article should give you a head start on your preparation.
  • Focus on completing the syllabus and then move on to solving previous years papers and attempting mock tests.
  • Practice solving questions from each section. Some books are recommended in this article that should help you with your preparation. There are plenty of resources and infinite practice questions available on the internet.

Preparation tips for GD/PI rounds

  • The first impression is very crucial in an interview. Dress formally and pay attention to your body language and the tone of your voice.
  • Display your assertiveness. You can easily impress the panel with your confidence and charisma. Make yourself clear.
  • In group discussions, do not stand back in taking the lead. Leadership is one of the most desired qualities within the candidate. However, being a team player is also essential in group discussions.
  • Improve your English speaking skills and vocabulary by regular practice.

Question papers

CMAT 2019 - slot 2, slot 3

CMAT 2018 - slot 1, slot 2

Recommended Books for CMAT 2022

Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation -

Book nameAuthor/Publication
Quantitative Aptitude for competitive examinationAbhijit Guha
Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive examinationRS Aggarwal
Data Interpretation for the CATNishit K Sinha
How to prepare for Data InterpretationArun Sharma

Logical Reasoning -

Book nameAuthor/Publication
Analytical and Logical ReasoningArihant Publications
Analytical ReasoningMK Pandey
A Modern Approach to Verbal & Non-Verbal ReasoningRS Aggarwal

Language comprehension -

Book nameAuthor/Publication
Verbal Ability and Reading ComprehensionAjay Singh
High School English Grammar & CompositionWren & Martin
Word Power Made EasyNorman Lewis

General Knowledge -

NewspapersEconomic Times, The Financial Times, Business Today, Hindu Business Line, The Hindu, Financial Express, Business World, Wall Street Journal
MagazinesCompetition Success Review, Forbes, The Economist, Consumer Reports

Study Plan for CMAT 2022

Make a Schedule - divide the syllabus into small topics and allot time for each of those according to the priority list prepared by you before starting. Dedicate two hours at the end of each day for revision. Do not overload yourself for a single day. Remember to take breaks in between. Distribute the syllabus throughout the preparation period.

Solve old question papers - Solving these will help you get familiar with the exam pattern and type of questions asked.

Pay attention to time management - Solving a maximum number of questions in the stipulated time is challenging. Time yourself whenever you are cracking an old question paper or attempting a mock test. Stay aware of your time management skills and try to improve them for practising more.

Speed up your math - practice as many questions from quantitative aptitude as possible. By regular exercise, you can improve your solving time.

Sit and visualise yourself, starting with the exam preparation. The rest will follow!