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Latest Update: AICTE has changed the CMAT 2022 exam question paper pattern. Now CMAT test paper will consist of 125 questions divided in 5 sections instead of earlier 100 questions divided in 4 sections. CMAT test duration is also increased to 3½ hours from earlier 3 hours. Read below revised CMAT 2022 exam pattern, sectional composition, choice of Optional Section and other important changes in CMAT question paper


National Testing Agency (NTA) is the CMAT exam 2022 conducting body. The likely CMAT 2022 exam date is February 22, 2022. CMAT exam will be conducted in two sessions on the same day.  

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Why to Apply and Take CMAT Exam 2022? Check Key Benefits
MBA aspirants find so many MBA entrance exams announced of national, state and institute level and get confused which MBA entrance exam they should apply and appear. While the comparison among top MBA entrance exams with CMAT is shared at the end of this article, the key USPs of CMAT exam below will guide you why you should appear in CMAT 2022

  • Moderate difficulty MBA entrance exam
  • No test taker is disqualified in CMAT exam even if he/she scores zero marks
  • CMAT offers MBA/PGDM admission opportunity in AICTE approved management Institutes
  • By the time CMAT is conducted, you will have already appeared in other top MBA entrance exams like CAT; IIFT, XAT; NMAT; SNAP among others. So, no extra efforts to prepare for CMAT are required as CMAT exam has same sectional composition and has lower difficulty level
  • Most of the top MBA/PGDM colleges in India accept CMAT score for admission. They include JBIMS, SIMSREE, K J Somaiya, Welingkar, PUMBA, Great Lakes, GIM Goa, IMT Nagpur, BIMTECH Greater Noida, 330 MBA/MMS colleges in Maharashtra, among others. Check the complete list of top MBA colleges accepting CMAT score

NTA conducts CMAT exam on behalf of All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE). CMAT exam 2022 will be conducted in a revised test pattern as AICTE has introduced an additional (optional) section for candidates interested in Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Important changes in CMAT 2022 are as per following details. 

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CMAT 2022 Exam Pattern: 10 Important Changes
AICTE has announced following important changes in CMAT Exam Pattern 2022:

  1. An additional section on Innovation & Entrepreneurship added in CMAT exam 2022
  2. New section will have 25 questions
  3. New section is optional and is not mandatory for all the candidates to attempt it. Only the candidates interested in this course need to attempt this section
  4. Additional time of 30 minutes will be given to attempt the 25 questions in new section
  5. Total questions in CMAT question paper 2022 increased to 125 from earlier 100
  6. There are 5 sections in CMAT 2022 instead of earlier 4 sections
  7. Each of the five sections will have equal number of 25 questions
  8. There is no sectional time limit and candidates can attempt any question in any section within time limit of 3½ hours 
  9. Only the Candidates who have opted for 5th section need to attempt it others are not required to attempt the 5th section. So the CMAT exam duration for the candidates who opt for 5th section is 3½ hours and for others it is 3 hours
  10. Scores of only first four sections will be taken into account to calculate the CMAT percentile and Merit position. The 5th and option section is not counted for percentile calculation

CMAT 2022 Exam for MBA admission 2022 in AICTE approved colleges, will be conducted by NTA as per the Notification released by National Testing Agency. CMAT Exam Pattern 2022 now consists of 125 questions of MCQ type divided in 5 sections. CMAT 2022 remains a computer based online test as per previous test pattern. 


The CMAT exam pattern is designed to evaluate the candidate's ability across various segments like Quantitative Technique, Logical Reasoning, Language Comprehension, General Awareness and Innovation & Entrepreneurship (Optional)


National Testing Agency (NTA), an autonomous testing organization created by Government of India, has been assigned the responsibility to conduct the CMAT and other entrance examinations for higher educational institutions instead of AICTE. CMAT 2022 Exam pattern has been designed by NTA to facilitate Management Institutions to select suitable graduate candidates for admission in all AICTE approved Management programs. The CMAT score is accepted by all AICTE-Approved Institutions/University Departments/Constituent Colleges/Affiliated Colleges 

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CMAT Pattern 2022: Key facts

  • CMAT 2022 exam pattern is computer based and there is no paper based CMAT exam
  • CMAT 2022 Pattern will be a 3 hrs and 3½ hours duration exam depending upon your choice to attempt 4 or 5 sections
  • CMAT 2022 exam will be held in two shifts: Shift 1 from 9 AM to 12.30 Noon; Shift 2 from 3PM to 6.30PM
  • No test taker in CMAT 2022 will be disqualified even if he/she scores very low​

CMAT Exam Pattern 2022: Highlights
CMAT 2022 exam pattern as shared by NTA will have 125 questions divided in five sections. The overall composition of CMAT 2022 exam pattern is as below: 

CMAT Exam Pattern 2022
CMAT 2022 Paper Details
CMAT 2022 Exam Date
February 22, 2022
CMAT 2022 Test Conducting Authority
National Testing Agency (NTA)
Total Questions in CMAT 2022 Exam
100/125 with option to attempt newly added 25 questions or go with 100 questions
CMAT 2022 Exam Duration
3 Hours for those who opt for 4 sections
3½  Hours for those who opt for 5 sections
CMAT 2022 Test slots (Morning & Evening available in 3 hrs or 3½ hrs duration for those who opt for 4 section exam or 5 section exam)
3 Hrs: Slot-1: 9AM to 12.00 Noon; Slot-2: 3PM to 6.00 PM
3½ Hrs: Slot-1: 9AM to 12.30 PM; Slot-2: 3PM to 6.30 PM 
Type of Questions
MCQs-Objective Type Multiple Choice Questions
Mode of CMAT 2022 Exam
Online Computer Based Test at exam centres
CMAT Scoring Pattern
+4 Marks for each correct answer
Total Maximum Marks in CMAT
400 or 500 as per the option exercised by the applicant
Negative Marking
-1 Mark for Each Wrong Answer

CMAT 2022 Pattern: Sectional Composition
The five Sections in CMAT 2022 paper pattern with number of questions and maximum scoring chances are as under:

CMAT 2022 Exam Sections
Number of Questions
Maximum Marks Section-wise
Language Comprehension  
Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation
Logical Reasoning
General Awareness
Innovation & Entrepreneurship (Optional Section)
Total: Sections-5 (Including optional section)

CMAT Paper Pattern: Activity, Do’s & Don’ts, Unique Features

  1. NTA releases CMAT Mock Test before the CMAT exam on NTA-CMAT exam website with answer keys. Attempt CMAT 2022 free Mock tests of different LoD here and assess your performance
  2. Go through the CMAT 2022 trial test to have a feel of the online computer based CMAT paper pattern carefully and familiarize yourself with the screens, layout, and navigation tools in the revised CMAT exam pattern.
  3. At the CMAT test venue, each candidate will be seated at a desk with a computer terminal and he/she will be provided with a scratch paper for calculations.
  4. After the CMAT exam is over, candidate must leave the scratch paper at the desk.
  5. CMAT Rough work cannot be done on any other paper/sheet, as nothing will be allowed inside the CMAT testing room. No breaks will be given during the CMAT exam.
  6. One of the key features in CMAT 2022 exam pattern is that None of the candidates in CMAT 2022 will be disqualified even if they score very low. The objective of the test is not to eliminate the candidates from the process of seeking admission in the AICTE approved management programmes, rather to facilitate the institutions to select the suitable candidates as per their merit. 

Role of NTA in CMAT Exam 2022
The role of NTA is limited to conduct of CMAT 2022 exam. It has no role in granting approval to any PGDM or equivalent programme. AICTE is the authority to grant approval to different types of PGDM programmes of the management institutes.  

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CMAT 2022 Pattern Vs Past CMAT Pattern

Exam Details
CMAT 2022
 CMAT 2021
 CMAT 2020
CMAT Exam Date
February 22, 2022
March 31, 2021
CMAT conducting Agency
National Testing Agency (NTA)
National Testing Agency (NTA)
National Testing Agency (NTA)
CMAT Testing Mode
Computer Based
Computer Based
Computer Based
Training for CMAT Test Taking Methodology/Navigation
NTA centres across India to train candidates to understand CMAT paper pattern 2022 and Test Taking Strategy
NTA centres across India to train candidates to understand CMAT paper pattern 2021 and Test Taking Strategy
NTA centres across India to train candidates to understand CMAT paper pattern 2020 and Test Taking Strategy
Changes in the cost of Registration
Sectional Composition of CMAT
5 sections exam with option to attempt 4 sections with 100 MCQs or 5 sections with 125 questions
5 sections exam with 125 questions
4 sections exam with 100 questions
Scoring Pattern
 +4 marks for each right answer
 +4 marks for each right answer
+4 marks for each right answer
Maximum Marks
400 and 500 depending upon the choice of sections
Difficulty Level
Expected as per last year level
Slightly lower than last year

CMAT 2022 Exam: Important Dates*

CMAT 2022 Exam Date
Key Date
CMAT 2022 Registration starts
Nov 1, 2021
CMAT 2022 Registration Closes
Jan 10, 2022
CMAT 2022 Admit Card Download starts
Jan 15, 2022
CMAT 2022 Exam Date
Feb 22, 2022
CMAT 2022 Result Date
March 10, 2022

* All dates are tentative 

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