What is CMAT?

CMAT or the Common Management Admission Test is a national level aptitude test conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA) for admission to MBA/PGDM courses in B-schools across India. The exam is conducted in online mode and the duration of the exam is three hours the CMAT question paper consists of 100 questions from Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation, Logical Reasoning, Language Comprehension, and General Awareness. CMAT accepted by all colleges approved by AICTE for admissions in MBA/PGDM.

CMAT 2022 Exam Pattern

The Medium of question paper will be in english only

Important Note:

  • Each question carries 04 (four) marks.
  • Candidate will get 04(four) marks for each correct response.
  • For each incorrect response 01 (one) mark will be deducted from the total score.
  • To answer a question, the candidates need to choose one option corresponding to the correct option showing on the screen.
  • However, after the process of challenges of the key, if more than one option is found to be correct then the multiple correct options will be given the four marks (+4). Any incorrect option marked will be given the minus one mark (-1). Un-answered/Unattempt will be given no marks. In case, a question is dropped/ignored, all candidates will be given four marks (+4) irrespective of the fact whether the question has been attempted or not attempted by the candidate.
Types of QuestionsNo. of QuestionsMaximum Marks
Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation25100
Logical Reasoning25100
Language Comprehension25100
General Awareness25100

CMAT 2022 Registration

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  • The CMAT aspirant who has completed Graduation in any discipline or equivalent from a recognized university can apply to appear in the admission test.
  • Final year Graduation students are also eligible to apply for CMAT, given that they will present a passing certificate at the time of admission.
  • Candidate must a citizen of India.
  • There is no age restriction to appear in CMAT Entrance Exam.


  • As per the government norms 10% seats are reserved for General-Economically Weaker Section(GEN-EWS), 15% of the seats are reserved for Scheduled Caste (SC) and 7.5% for Schedule Tribe (ST) Candidates and 27% seats are reserved for Other Backward Classes belonging to the ‘non-creamy’ layer (NC-OBC).
  • No changes in the category will be entertained after CAT registration.
  • As per the government norms for The Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016 (RPwD Act 2016), 5% seats are reserved for Persons with Benchmark Disabilities (PwD – person with not less than forty percent (40%) of a specified disability ). Where “Specified disability” means the disabilities as specified in the Schedule of the RPwD Act 2016. The categories of disability are:
    • Blindness and low vision
    • Deaf and hard of hearing
    • Locomotor disability including cerebral palsy, leprosy cured, dwarfism, acid attack victims and muscular dystrophy.
    • Autism, intellectual disability, specific learning disability and mental illness.
    • Multiple disabilities from amongst persons under clauses (a) to (d).
    • Other ‘specified disabilities’ mentioned in ‘The Schedule’ of the RPwD Act 2016.

Updated CMAT Exam 2022 Syllabus

Total number of questions: 100
No of Section:4 section (Language Comprehension, Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation Logical Reasoning, General Awareness)
Maximum marks: 400
Total duration: 3 Hours
Negative marking: 1 Mark

Sectional Sub-division of CMAT Syllabus

Sectional Sub-division of CMAT Syllabus


Language Comprehension is divided into two parts – Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension.


Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation also consists of two parts with Mathematics and Data Interpretation questions.


Logical Reasoning which has questions on various topics of Logical Reasoning.


General Awareness (GK) Section which covers current affairs, static GK, Business & Economy, International current affairs, Who’s Who, Constitution of India, United Nations Organization among other key topics.

All the sections have equal number of questions. The CMAT exam syllabus for Quantitative Ability section is very wide and covers each topic in Mathematics with greater prominence on Arithmetic.

CMAT exam syllabus is based on the past paper patterns which contain questions from all these sections.

Section Wise CMAT Syllabus

Section-1: CMAT Language Comprehension

CMAT defines its Verbal Ability section as Language Comprehension. It covers comprehensive English test which includes the test of grammar, tenses, vocabulary, jumbled paragraphs and reading comprehension.

Key topics in CMAT 2022 Syllabus are
  • Usage of Articles
  • Non-finites
  • Dangling Modifiers
  • One-word substitution, Sentence corrections, English usage corrections
  • Usage on Nouns & Pronouns, Adjectives, Adverbs, Prepositions –regular and followed, Verbs, Syntax, Subject-verb Agreement, Simple, continuous, Perfect tenses and Conditional-unreal past.
  • Jumbled paragraphs
RC Passages

CMAT gives you briefer RC passages of 500-600 words. The passages are not exceedingly difficult passages. There is no fixed rule on framing the questions based on Reading comprehension passage, which is pursued by at least 4-5 questions each.

Questions could be any of following types:

  • Questions based on Inference
  • Questions based on the Central Idea of the passage
  • Questions based on phrases, idioms
  • Questions based on expression in the passage.
Section-2: CMAT 2022 Syllabus on Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation

Questions in this section are individual.

Quantitative Techniques
  • Arithmetic-Ratio, Mixtures, Work, Average, Percentage, Time & speed, Profit and loss, Interest, Basic statistics
  • Number properties
  • Probability
  • Partnership
  • Permutation and combination
  • Counting principles
  • Geometry
  • Algebra
  • Derivatives (Maxima-Minima)
Data Interpretation
  • Graph, Quardric and linear equation
  • Table and pie chart
  • Bar diagrams and graphs
  • Charts
Section-3: CMAT Exam 2022 Syllabus on Logical Reasoning

The section is a combination of the topics from arrangements like linear, seating, sequencing & arranging with conditions to coding.

The CMAT Logical Reasoning Syllabus covers the following topics:
  • Blood Relationship Test
  • Statement Arguments, Non-verbal reasoning, Statements Assumptions,
  • Number Series, Sequencing
  • Statement-conclusion
  • Logical puzzle,
  • Numerical puzzle
  • Venn Diagram
  • True/false statements
  • Visual Reasoning
Section-4: CMAT Syllabus on General awareness

This section in CMAT is divided into three parts.

  • Conventional GK
  • Current GK- based on current reading of newspapers and periodicals
  • Business & Economics GK – i.e. changes in Fiscal and Monetary policy, CRR, Repo Rate,
  • Devaluation and up valuation of Rupee.
  • Business, National, and International events
  • Who’s who
  • Sports news, Personalities in News,
  • Literature
  • Culture, Geography, History of India
  • Constitution of India
  • Currency and Capitals of the countries
  • States of India
  • International Organizations
  • Monetary and fiscal tools
  • Emblem
  • Identification of personalities, companies.

Important Points about CMAT Exam 2022 Syllabus

  • CMAT exam syllabus is based on the stated guidelines and current structure of CMAT exam
  • CMAT Exam Syllabus has no boundaries.
  • CMAT exam syllabus is based on recent developments in CMAT exams. The CMAT syllabus is the result of the topics which have earlier appeared in CMAT exam, though the type of questions, format and number may change in each ensuing CMAT exam.
  • CMAT exam Syllabus covers all the major topics in four test sections.
  • The key point in CMAT exam syllabus is that there is no repetition of CMAT questions in any CMAT exam although difficulty level of the questions in CMAT exam would not go out of CMAT exam syllabus.
CMAT preparation is incomplete without CMAT Syllabus

It is difficult to proceed with the CMAT preparation without getting an idea of the syllabus. CMAT MBA exam syllabus is wide enough to stump anyone. So, it is advisable to go through the syllabus first and then decide on the preparation.


The most awaited moment for CMAT aspirants has arrived; dates for the CMAT 2022 registration are out. The registration window for CMAT 2022 Exam opens from 16 Feb. 2022 to 17 March 2022. Candidates can pay their fee till 18th March and make corrections in the forms between 19 March 2022 to 21 March 2022. CMAT 2022 Aspirants can schedule their preparation according to the remaining time until exam dates are out. Now CMAT aspirants have ample time to do test series and mock tests. Try to solve previous year’s papers and mock tests so that you can improve your speed. Solving more papers allows you to manage your time in the exam. This kind of practice will strengthen your weak areas, and you will also be able to improve your rank. CMAT 2022 rank enables the opportunities for the candidates to have admission in some of the top MBA/PGDM colleges of India. Click here for more information regarding CMAT 2022 Preparation.

Important Dates for CMAT 2022 EXAM

Registration Starts: 16 Feb 2022

Registration Closes: 17 March 2022 (up to 11:50 PM)

Last Date of Fee Payment: 18 March 2022 (up to 11:50 PM)

Photo and Signature Correction: 19 March 2022 to 21 March 2022

Admit Card Download: To be announced

Exam Date: To be announced

Result Declaration: To be announced

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