CMAT-MBA entrance exam

CMAT-MBA entrance exam

 CMAT Preparation – In order to be embraced by top organizations, MBA is the key to success. With the tag of MBA with your profile, your value automatically gets raised in the market and the result is great designation and great pay. But the point is how to enroll you in the top MBA College. CMAT is the answer. Want to know more about it? Let’s start…

  • What is CMAT?
CMAT (Common Management Aptitude Test) is the National level entrance exam which helps you get enrolled into Management courses offered by top AICTE approved business schools across the National.This Test facilitates AICTE affiliated participating Institutions to select suitable graduate candidates for admission to the Management Courses in such Institutions.
  • CMAT eligibility criteria
  • Must have a graduation degree or equivalent from a recognized university in India.
  • For General category, 50% marks in Graduation in must and for SC/ST/PwD candidates, the minimum aggregate is 45%.
  • No age limit to apply for CMAT examination.
Application Fee
General (UR) Male- ₹ 2000/- Female- ₹ 1000/
Gen-EWS/ SC/ST/PwD /OBC-(NCL) Male- ₹ 1000/- Female- ₹ 1000/-
Transgender – ₹ 1000/-
  • When will CMAT 2022 be conducted?
The official notice of CMAT 2022 will be conducted in the month of October 2021 on the official website However, it is expected that CMAT will be conducted in the month of February 2022. It will include all the important examination dates, modification in exam pattern and syllabus and also other important details.


Here are the important dates related to CMAT 2022 examination:




Events CMAT exam 2022
Release of CMAT official notification October 2021
When will CMAT registration begin? 1st week of November 2021
Last day to apply for CMAT 2022 1st week of January 2022
CMAT admit card week Last week of January 2022
CMAT 2022 examination February 2022
CMAT 2022 result declaration March 2022


  • Duration of examination
CMAT is a three hour long examination. 
  • Who conducts CMAT examination?
National Testing Agency will conduct CMAT exam.
  • Sections of CMAT
Language Comprehension, Logical Reasoning, General Awareness and Quantitative & Data Interpretation




Section Number of Questions
Language Comprehension 25
Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation 25
Logical Reasoning 25
General Awareness 25
Innovation and Entrepreneurship (Optional) 25
Total 125


  • CMAT Marking Scheme
The marking scheme of CMAT has remained the same from long time. Have a look: 




Particulars Marks Allotted
Correct Answer + 4
Wrong Answer – 1
Unattempted Question   0


Test Practice Centres (TPCs)
 As per the guidelines of the Ministry of Education NTA has set up, established and created a network of Test Practice Centres for candidates, especially in remote and rural areas to enable them to practice and be comfortable in taking a Computer Based Test (CBT). Details mentioned in the Annexure-VI.
  • Best books for CMAT examination:




Name of the Book Author
Complete Reference Manual for CMAT  S.K. Sinha, S.Satyanarayana, Col. J.S. Rana
CMAT Entrance Guide ( Includes 5 mock tests) Disha Experts
Study Package for CMAT Meenakshi Upadhyay, Arun Sharma,
3 Edge Advantage Series: CMAT set Ashwani, R.K. Behl, Diwakar Sharma,  Ayush Gupta
MBA (Complete Solved Exam) Gautam Puri



  • CMAT selection process
After clearing the CMAT entrance exam, a person has to go through Group Discussion, Personal Interview and Written Ability Test round. 
  • Colleges accepting CMAT scores:




Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies (JBIMS) N. L. Dalmia Institute of Management Studies and Research, Mumbai Goa Institute of Management (GIM)
Great Lakes Institute of Management (GLIM) Xavier Business School, St. Xavier University, Kolkata Sydenham Institute of Management Studies And Research And Entrepreneurship Education (SIMSREE)


  • How to prepare for the CMAT examination?
  • Solve previous year question papers: The candidates must solve CMAT sample papers as much as possible. These tests will help the candidate to familiarize themselves with their weaknesses and strengths. 
  • Prepare Notes: It’s always better to prepare notes and study from them. Plus notes are the best source to revise during the last moments of examinations. You can also study in a group while making notes for the CMAT exam.
  • Stay updated with current affairs: In order to score well in the General Awareness section and interview, it is really important that the candidate is updated with the ongoing news. It also helps improve your debatable skills.
  • Seek advice from candidates already cracked CMAT (if known to you): Also, you must not leave any opportunity to seek advice from an individual who have earlier cleared the exam.
Q1. Is CMAT difficult than CAT examination?
Ans. No, CMAT is not difficult as CAT exam. CMAT is of moderate difficulty level.
Q2. What has been the trend of cutoff for CMAT?
Ans. The trend of cutoff for CMAT has been:
  • Language techniques and data interpretation – 50
  • Language Comprehension – 45
  • Logical Reasoning – 40
  • General Awareness – 55


Q3. What is the Application fee for CMAT 2022?
Ans.  The Application fee 2022 is given below:
  • General – Rs. 2,000
  • OBC – Rs. 1,000
  • SC/ST/PwD – Rs. 1,000
Q4. How many times CMAT is conducted every year?
Ans. CMAT is conducted once in a year usually in the month of January/February.