CMAT Exam Pattern 2022 (Changed) - Duration, Marking Scheme and No. of Questions

CMAT Exam Pattern 2022 (Changed) - Duration, Marking Scheme and No. of Questions

CMAT Exam Pattern 2022 - The National Testing Agency (NTA), will release the CMAT 2022 exam pattern for those candidates who want to pursue an MBA program at the top B-schools of India. The Common Management Admission Test (CMAT) conducted by NTA every year.

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CMAT exam pattern 2022 will consist, the total number of questions, time duration, section wise total marks, exam mode and exam medium. Through the CMAT exam pattern aspirants will get to know the exam parameters. As per the exam pattern of CMAT will be conducted in Computer-based (CBT) mode. Language of the CMAT exam is also prescribed in the exam pattern of CMAT and it will be conducted in English medium. Before proceeding candidates need to know all the details about CMAT 2022 exam pattern, such as exam time duration, marking scheme, sections from which questions will be asked etc.

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CMAT Exam Pattern 2022- Overview

Those candidates who are planning to appear for CMAT 2022 should check the exam pattern in advance. Check out the overview of the CMAT 2022 exam pattern.

CMAT 2022 Exam Pattern



CMAT exam conducting body

National Testing Agency (NTA)

Exam mode

Computer-Based (CBT) mode

CMAT exam time duration

180 minutes (3 hours) + 30 minutes (for additional section)

Total number of questions


Number of questions in each section


Marks allotted for every correct answer

4 marks

Negative marking

Yes (Scheme applicable)

Sectional time limit


Exam Pattern of CMAT 2022 (Sectional break-up)

As per CMAT 2022 exam pattern, the test will consist of a total of 125 questions and the total time will be given 180 minutes + 30 minutes for the optional section.

CMAT 2022 Exam Pattern

Section name

Number of questions


Quantitative techniques and data interpretation



Logical reasoning



General awareness



Language comprehension



Innovation and Entrepreneurship (optional)



CMAT Marking Scheme 2022

  • For every correct response, four marks will be given.

  • For each incorrect answer, one mark will be deducted.

  • In case if a question has multiple correct answers, then in such situation:

    • Multiple correct options will be given four marks.

    • The incorrect response will lead to a deduction of one mark.

    • Unattempted questions will not be marked.

  • In case if a question is dropped or ignore then all students will get four marks (if the question is attempted or not).

Top Colleges in India offering MBA

UPES Dehradun

LPU Jalandhar

SRM University Chennai

GD Goenka University, Gurgaon

Chandigarh University

BML Munjal University, Gurgaon

Manipal University (MAHE)

Jaipuria Institute of Management, Noida

IPE Hyderabad

IFIM Business School

CMAT Syllabus 2022

CMAT Exam syllabus 2022 comprises all the topics from which questions will be asked in the CMAT entrance test. With the help of provided topics which are listed below, candidates can map out their CMAT preparation strategy.

CMAT 2022 Syllabus- Section wise topics

Section name


General awareness

  • Current Affairs of National and International Economy

  • Literature

  • Sports news

  • History

  • Politics

  • Science in everyday life

  • Culture

  • Geography

  • Trade awareness

  • Economics

  • Indian Constitution

  • Personalities in News

Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation

  • Probability

  • Tabulation, Pie Chart, Bar Chart, Line Graph

  • Graph

  • Quadratic and linear equations

  • Percentages

  • Simple Interest and Compound Interest

  • Geometry

  • Averages

  • Mensuration

  • Profit and Loss

  • Fraction and Decimals

  • Ratios and Proportion

  • Time-Speed-Distance

  • Work and Time

  • In-equations

  • Number Systems

  • Partnership

  • Allegation & Mixtures

  • Permutations & Combinations

  • Algebra

  • Pipes and Cisterns

Language Comprehension

  • Synonyms and Antonyms

  • Reading comprehension

  • Sentence Improvement

  • English Usage Errors

  • English Grammar

  • Paragraph completion

  • Idioms and Phrases

  • Sentence correction

  • One-word Substitution

  • Jumbled Para

Logical Reasoning

  • Blood Relationship Tests

  • Direction and Distance Test

  • Symbol Based Problems

  • Statements Arguments

  • Linear Arrangements

  • Analogy Test

  • Cause and Effects

  • Non-Verbal Reasoning

  • Sequencing

  • Analytical Reasoning

  • Ranking Tests

  • Coding and Decoding

  • Inferences

  • Matrix Arrangements

  • Number Series

  • Statements and Conclusion

  • Statements Assumptions

Innovation and Entrepreneurship

CMAT Exam Pattern- Points to consider

  • At the time of taking CMAT 2022, candidates can switch from one section to another and there is no sectional time limit.

  • Candidates must note that there is a negative marking of one mark for each incorrect response and for every unattempted question no mark will be given.

  • No stationary item will be allowed inside the CMAT examination hall except pen/ pencil.

  • CMAT is a Computer-based test, students will be provided a rough sheet for extra work.

  • No bio breaks will be allowed at the time of the CMAT exam.

CMAT Sample Paper/ Mock Test 2022

At the time of CMAT preparation, candidates should include the sample paper/ CMAT mock test so that they can get familiar with the paper pattern as well as the duration of the CMAT exam. By solving the CMAT sample paper candidates can gain accuracy and speed of all the sections. Apart from that they can also get to know their strong and weak areas.

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