CMAT Exam Pattern is provided in detail by NTA. No major changes are expected in the exam pattern for CMAT 2022. The exam conducting body introduced a new optional section of Innovation & Entrepreneurship in the 2021 exam which consisted of 25 questions with an additional time limit of 30 minutes. CMAT 2022 exam is expected to be conducted in March 2022 and the application process will tentatively begin in the second week of February 2022. Check CMAT 2022 Application process.
NTA will conduct CMAT 2022 in online Computer Based Test mode. CMAT 2022 will have 5 sections viz. Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation, Language Comprehension, Logical Reasoning, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, and General Awareness as per updated CMAT Exam Pattern 2022. As per past trends, 25 questions carrying 4 marks each will be asked from each section. Candidates are advised to prepare each section well in order to crack CMAT 2022 exam. Check CMAT Preparation Strategy
CMAT Latest Updates
- May 19: NTA is expected to release CMAT 2022 Official Notification soon. Check here
- May 15: Top AICTE affiliated Colleges that provide admission based on CMAT score. Check here
- May 10: CMAT Previous Year Papers are available for download. Check here
- May 1: CMAT Toppers suggest section-wise most important topics for preparation. Check here
CMAT 2022 Exam Pattern
|Mode||Online (Computer Based Test)|
|Duration||3 hours (30 minutes extra for candidates opting for Innovation & Entrepreneurship section)|
|Sectional Time Limit||None|
|Nature of Questions||Objective Type (MCQ’s)|
|Number of Choices||Four Choices, out of which only one choice will be a correct choice|
|Number of Questions||125 Questions*|
|Total Marks||125 Marks|
|Marks Awarded||+4 for every correct answer|
|Negative Marking||-1 for every wrong answer|
*An extra optional section consisting of 25 questions was added to CMAT 2021 exam. It is expected that this section on Innovation and Entrepreneurship will be included in CMAT 2022 as well.
CMAT 2022 Section-wise Pattern
As per CMAT 2022 Exam Pattern, there will be 5 sections in the exam and each section will carry an equal weightage of 25 marks.
|Section||Number of questions|
|Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation||25|
|Innovation & Entrepreneurship (optional)||25|
Candidates must take note of the following points regarding CMAT section-wise exam pattern:
- Candidates can switch between sections at their convenience
- However, it is recommended that candidates complete a section before moving on to the next one.
- Candidates can attempt the questions in any order.
- There will be no sectional time limit in CMAT 2022
Candidates must go through the below-mentioned table to know about the types of questions and important topics for each section in CMAT 2022 exam:
|Section||Question Type||Important Questions|
|Language Comprehension||Fill in the blanks, Reading Comprehension, etc.||para-jumbles, fill in the blanks, identification of word meaning by selecting correct synonyms and antonyms, idioms, sentence correction, identification of correct sentences, etc.|
|Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation||Standalone Questions||bar graphs, pie charts, tables, Arithmetic operations, Modern Maths, Geometry, Quadratic and Linear Equations, Number Systems, Fraction and Decimals,|
|Logical Reasoning||Set-Based Questions/ Standalone Questions||Puzzles, Statements and Conclusions, Cause and effect, Assumptions and Conclusions and missing term|
|General Awareness||Standalone Questions||Conventional, Current and Business & Economics General Knowledge|
|Innovation & Entrepreneurship||Standalone Questions||To be updated|
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CMAT 2022 Marking Scheme
Candidates need to be aware of the Marking Scheme for CMAT 2022. The details of the marking scheme as per CMAT Exam Pattern 2022 are tabulated below:
|For Every Correct Response||+4|
|For Every Wrong Response||-1|
|For Unattempted Question||0|
CMAT Syllabus 2022
|Language Comprehension||Jumbled Paragraphs, Reading Comprehension, English Grammar, Sentence Correction, Paragraph Completion, \ Idioms and Phrases, English Usage Errors, Sentence Improvement, One-word substitution, Synonyms, Antonyms, Phrases|
|Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation||Number Systems, Fraction and Decimals, Geometry, Quadratic and Linear Equations, Tabulation, Partnership, Simple Interest, and Compound Interest Probability, Profit and Loss, Percentages, Mensuration, Averages, Work and Time, Graph, Ratios and Proportion of Line, Pipes and Cisterns, Time-Speed-Distance, Allegations and Mixtures, Permutations and Combinations, Algebra Pie Chart, Bar Charts|
|Logical Reasoning||Analytical Reasoning, Statement Assumptions, Analogy Test, Inferences, Statement Arguments, Non-Verbal Reasoning, Cause and Effects, Statement and Conclusion, Blood Relationship, Symbol Based Problems, Sequencing, Matrix Arrangements, Number Series, Coding and Decoding, Direction and Distance Test, Ranking Tests|
|General Awareness||Current Affairs of National and International Economy, Personalities in News, Indian Constitution, Sports News, Trade Awareness, Politics, History, Culture, Geography, Economics, Sports Science in Everyday Life|
Best Books for CMAT 2022
|Quantitative Aptitude and Data Interpretation||Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Examinations||RS Agarwal|
|Accredited Guide to Data Interpretation and Data Sufficiency||Ananta Ashisha|
|Data Analysis & Interpretation Data Sufficiency||Think Tank of Kiran Prakashan|
|Logical Reasoning||A modern approach to logical reasoning||RS Agarwal|
|How to Prepare for Logical Reasoning for the CAT||Arun Sharma|
|Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation for the CAT||Nishit Sinha|
|Language Comprehension||The Pearson Guide to Verbal Ability||Sujit Kumar|
|How to Prepare for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension?||Arun Sharma & Meenakshi Upadhyay|
|CAT Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension||Gautam Puri|
|General Awareness||General Knowledge||Disha Experts|
|Face To Face MAT With 19 Years (1997-2016)||BS Sijwali|
CMAT Recommended Newspapers/Magazines
|The Indian Express|
|Hindu Business Line|
|Manorama Year Book|
|Competition Success Review|
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|Mode of Exam||Computer Based Test||Computer Based Test||Computer Based Test||Computer Based Test|
|Number of Questions||100||100||60||100 + 25(optional)|
|Total Time Duration||180 minutes||180 minutes||60 minutes||180 minutes + 30 minutes extra(for Innovation & Entrepreneurship section)|
|Type of Questions||MCQs||MCQ and Subjective Type||MCQs||MCQs|
|Marking Scheme||+1 mark for a correct answer||+3 mark for a correct answer||+1 mark for a correct answer||+4 mark for a correct answer|
|- 0.25 mark for an incorrect answer||No Negative Marking for subjective questions||- 0.25 mark for an incorrect answer||- 1 mark for an incorrect answer|
|Beyond 8 unanswered questions, 0.05 marks will be deducted for each unanswered question.||-1 marks for every wrong answer in objective questions|
|Sectional Time Limit||None||1 hour for each section||None||None|
|Sections||Verbal & Reading Comprehension||Verbal and Logical Ability||Analytical & Logical Reasoning||Language Comprehension|
|Quantitative Ability||Decision Making||Quantitative, Data Interpretation & Data Sufficiency||Logical Reasoning|
|Data adequacy and logical reasoning||Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation||General English: Reading Comprehension, Verbal Reasoning, Verbal Ability||General Awareness|
|General Knowledge||Quantitative Aptitude and Data Interpretation|
CMAT Exam Pattern 2022 FAQs
Ques. What are some of the most important topics in the GK section of CMAT?
Ans. Candidates should try to focus on current affairs, history, economy and personalities in news the most.
Ques. How long should I study GK to prepare for CMAT 2022?
Ans. CMAT Toppers Kshitij Madan and Saras Suhane advise candidates to prepare daily for the GK section at least 3-4 months prior to the exam. This can be done alongside preparation for other exams and can be mixed with preparation for other topics.
Ques. I am appearing for multiple management exams. How should I divide my preparation?
Ans. CMAT Topper Shubhandeep Basak appeared for many management entrance exams such as XAT, CAT, IIFT, SNAP, NMAT, and MAH CET, aside from CMAT and stated that he utilized the same preparation strategy for all of them:
- After completing a certain section, he would take section-wise mock tests to figure out his weaknesses.
- After working rigorously on his faults, he would take full length mock tests.
- His main objective in completing mock tests included getting comfortable with the test environment.
- For preparation, he used material provided by T.I.M.E institute, as well as Quantum Cat by Sarvesh Sharma, MBA Entrance Examinations by Nishit Sinha, Six Weeks to Words of Power by Wilfred Funk, and Word Power Made Easy by Norman Lewis.
- For GK, he mainly kept himself updated by reading several different newspapers. Guesswork isn’t useful in this section since the applicant either knows the answer or doesn’t.
Ques. What strategy should I use for revising for CMAT 2022?
Ans. Don’t give a lot of mock tests for the sake of completing mock tests. Make sure that whenever you complete a test, you fully analyze it. If you are completing a full CMAT mock test, it is important to maintain your concentration for 3 hours so that you can replicate the test environment.
Do not create a very time sensitive timetable, there should be space for flexibility. A subject should preferably be studied for 1-2 hours and not more than that. It is okay to mix subjects up. Since Logical Reasoning is time consuming, it is better to attempt the sections that you are most comfortable with first and not get fixated when you work on the LR section.
Ques. I have accidentally put the wrong address on my CMAT Application form. Can I change it?
Ans. Unfortunately there is no way to change the information on an application form that has already been submitted. You should re-register with the correct information.
Ques. Who should I talk to regarding my certificate requirements? How soon will I get a response?
Ans. CMAT Customer Care Support is available on phone and email from 8:00 am to 10:00 pm. The helpline numbers are 8429996897, 9453827201, and 9453827203. To email the customer care support, you can contact email@example.com.
Queries will be responded to within 2 business days or 48 hours.
*The article might have information for the previous academic years, which will be updated soon subject to the notification issued by the University/College.