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Updated on
May 3, 2022

CMAT 2022 exam Result has been released on April 29, 2022 by NTA for all the 51144 candidates who appeared in the exam on April 9, 2022. CMAT Score card has many changes this year as it does not display Percentile score and displays only Raw score and all India Rank. This has created panic among the students and distress among the admission heads of AICTE approved management institutes accepting CMAT score.


The CMAT score card contains only overall and sectional score and all India Rank of the test taker. The Candidates are worried how to check cut offs before applying for admission and the admission heads of the AICTE approved institutes are yet to arrive at revised admission criteria. All the B-schools are now revising their admission criteria and CMAT cut offs for admission and out of them a few like Great Lakes and IFMR will shortlist the candidates based on Rank and score cut offs. NTA did not share any prior information that the CMAT 2022 result would not contain the percentile score which has remained available all through the CMAT results so far.


CMAT Score Card 2022: Only Rank and Raw Score But No Percentile
Following components are displayed in CMAT score card

  1. Overall and Sectional CMAT score
  2. All India Rank of the Test Taker

cmat score

Panic among Students
All through the earlier CMAT exams, the test takers could immediately apply for admission after release of CMAT result as it contained Percentile score, Raw score and Rank. Since all the institutes announce their likely CMAT cut off percentile well in advance, it was easy for the applicants to check their corresponding percentile and apply. This year they are unable to follow this rule 

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 CMAT 2022 Rank Vs Score
Based on the CMAT test takers’ inputs regarding their Score for the corresponding Rank, shared below are the CMAT 2022 Ranks Vs Score Range

CMAT 2022 Rank
CMAT Score Range
Rank 1-100
Rank 100 to 1000
Rank 1001 to 5000
Rank 5000+
240 and below

Institutes Revising Admission Criteria
All the leading management institutes accepting CMAT score now have to decide their cut off based on raw score or rank or both. These B schools like GIM Goa, Great Lakes, K J Somaiya, BIMTECH, IMT Nagpur had already announced their expected cut off percentile for CMAT exam. Now they will have to devise again their admission criteria and cut offs without CMAT percentile


CMAT offers admission chances in 1000+ AICTE approved MBA/PGDM colleges. CMAT 2022 exam was scheduled in a single slot of 3 hours duration on April 9, instead of last year two shift exam. With CMAT exam reduced to a single slot exam, it was also easy for the National Testing Agency to release the CMAT score vs percentile without comparing multiple sessions of the exam but for the reasons best known to NTA, the CMAT percentile to corresponding score has not been released.


Despite changes in CMAT exam pattern, the marking scheme, overall maximum score in CMAT 2022  required for admission in B-schools remains the same at 400 marks. has prepared the CMAT 2022 score Vs Percentile range from 51 to 100 percentile as per the last year CMAT percentile pattern. For CMAT 2022 the admission criteria will be based on raw score cut off or rank or both. Check below the details of likely CMAT score cut off for corresponding percentile range.  


CMAT Score Vs Percentile 2022: Top Range cut off score
The expected CMAT raw score range that may be treated in place of respective percentile for MBA admission is as below:

CMAT 2022 Score Range out of 400 Maximum Marks
 Last year CMAT Percentile Range
99.1 – 99.99
Below 116
Below 51

Source: Analysis 


Top MBA Colleges Accepting CMAT 2022: Cut offs Based on Last Year 90+ Percentile
Top B schools accepting CMAT scores need around 75 to 99 percentile to shortlist the candidates. Some of the top MBA colleges accepting CMAT with cut offs and admission status are as below:

Management Institute
Last year CMAT Cut off Percentile
 CMAT 2022 cut off score/Rank
Admission Status
JBIMS Mumbai (Admission through DTE CAP Round)
To be released
K J Somaiya Institute of Management Mumbai
To be released
SIMSREE Mumbai (Admission through DTE CAP)
To be released
PUMBA Pune (Admission through DTE CAP)
To be released
Great Lakes Chennai: Great Lakes Institute of Management - GLIM
Rank below 5000
Open | Apply Now
GIM Goa: Goa Institute of Management
To be released
IMT Nagpur
Rank below 5100
Open | Apply Now
BIMTECH Greater Noida
To be released
Open | Apply Now
Prin L N Welingkar Institute of Management Development and Research
To be released
Open | Apply Now
IFMR Graduate School of Business at KREA University
 220 Marks
Open | Apply Now
Jaipuria Institute of Management Lucknow
To be released
Open | Apply Now
XIME Bangalore: Xavier Institute of Management and Entrepreneurship
To be released
Open | Apply Now
SDMIMD Mysore: SDM Institute For Management Development
To be released
Open | Apply Now
VIT Business School (VIT) Vellore
To be released
Open | Apply Now

Other Top MBA Colleges Accepting CMAT Score With Admission Open
Other Top MBA Colleges accepting CMAT 2022 Scores include IMT Hyderabad, Jaipuria Noida, NDIM Delhi among others. Read below the list of CMAT colleges with cut off and admission status. Check the corresponding likely score cut off in table above for the B-school

MBA Colleges
Cut off
Admission Status
Institute of Management Technology, Hyderabad
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Jaipuria Institute of Management Noida
Open | Apply Now
Jaipuria Jaipur: Jaipuria Institute of Management
Open | Apply Now
Jindal Global Business School
Open | Apply Now
NTPC School of Business - NSB Noida
Open | Apply Now
Praxis Business School
Open | Apply Now
WE School Bangalore
Open | Apply Now
SRM University, Delhi-NCR
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Alliance School of Business Bangalore
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NDIM New Delhi
Open | Apply Now
SME Shiv Nadar University Greater Noida
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Birla Global University, Bhubaneswar
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Chetana’s CIMR Mumbai
CIMP Patna
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EDII Ahmedabad
IPE Hyderabad
JIMS Rohini Delhi
Open | Apply Now
VJIM Hyderabad
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JKBS Business School Gurgaon   
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Check Complete City wise List of Top MBA colleges with CMAT cut offs


CMAT 2022 Scoring Pattern: Important changes
On behalf of AICTE, National Testing Agency has introduced many changes in CMAT 2022 exam and scoring pattern and test duration. Key changes are:

  • CMAT 2022 test paper has time duration of 3 hours and consists of compulsory 5 sections
  • The Exam is divided in 5 sections with 20 questions in each section. The sections are Quantitative Technique, Logical Reasoning, Language Comprehension, General Awareness and Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • There will be 100 questions for 3 hours exam
  • All are of objective type questions in MCQs form.
  • Question difficulty level is easy to moderate
  • Each correct answer is awarded +4 Mark
  • Each wrong answer is penalized with negative marking of -1 mark
  • No Individual Time limit to attempt question paper. Candidates can attempt any question from any section within the overall CMAT exam time limit
  • Merit Score and percentile is calculated on the basis of all the sections.
  • CMAT score card displays Actual score obtained out of 400 Marks, Sectional score obtained and the sectional and overall percentile obtained in the Exam
CMAT 2022 Exam Sections
Number of Questions
Maximum Marks Section-wise
Language Comprehension  
Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation
Logical Reasoning
General Awareness
Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Total: Sections-5

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CMAT 2022 Score Vs Percentile for Admission 2022: Key Highlights

  • National Merit List: A National Merit Ranking (All India Rank) with CMAT score vs Percentile will be prepared based on the Marks secured against Total Marks.
  • Opportunity to get Higher Percentile at Low Score: In the 2022 score card, the CMAT score Vs percentile is expected to go up. The candidate with 345 – 350 marks is expected to score 100 percentile in 2022. Similarly, the CMAT score for 99 to 99.99 percentile in 2022 is expected in the range of 285 to 340 marks.
  • All Candidates in Merit List: CMAT National Merit list includes all the candidates who appear in the CMAT exam. The range of CMAT score vs percentile awarded to the test takers is from 0.005 percentile to perfect 100 percentile. No candidate is disqualified in the exam.  
  • Percentile Ranking Calculation: In case total marks are same for more than one candidate, the percentile ranking is done on sectional score considered in the order of :- Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation (QTDI), Logical Reasoning (LR), Language Comprehension (LC), General Awareness(GA), Candidates having less negative responses and Candidate older in age.

Important Points to Note
A few key points to note about CMAT Score Vs percentile ranking process for MBA admission 2022 are as under:

  • The merit list indicates Roll number, Rank, section wise Marks obtained and NTA Score of all the candidates. CMAT-2022 score is valid for the admissions of academic year 2022-24.
  • The CMAT Score indicates the percentage of candidates that have scored EQUAL TO OR BELOW (same or lower raw marks) candidates
  • The CMAT scores of a Candidate are calculated as follows: 100 X Number of candidates appeared in the examination with raw marks EQUAL TO OR LESS than the candidate Total number of the candidates appeared.
  • The NTA CMAT exam 2022 Score of the Total is NOT an aggregate or average of the NTA Score of individual subject
  • The CMAT Percentile score is not the same as percentage of marks obtained
  • Admission authorities and institutions are free to take their own decision at the time of admission as to what weightage they wish to give to a particular section

CMAT Score Vs Percentile: Calculation Process
The National Testing Agency (NTA) has devised the process to obtain CMAT percentile score with raw score in CMAT exam. For example a raw score of 170 in CMAT can be awarded 65 percentile and with a score of 251 to 342 you are awarded a percentile of 95 to 99.99. The score Vs Percentile calculation process in CMAT exam goes through various stages. Let us know the CMAT score Vs Percentile as calculated by NTA for MBA admission

  • Your Raw sectional and overall score obtained in CMAT exam.
  • Before calculating percentile, CMAT score is equated and normalized for the difficulty level for all the shifts
  • This raw CMAT score is converted to Scaled score
  • The scaled CMAT score is converted to percentile score.

CMAT 2022 Scoring Pattern
Following is the scoring pattern in CMAT 2022:

  • Maximum marks 400
  • Total questions are 100
  • 4 marks awarded for each correct answer
  • -1 mark for every wrong answer
  • CMAT Score card contains Raw as well as Percentile score

Score scaling and Score Normalization lead to percentile score
The process of converting the raw CMAT score to percentile score again depends upon many factors – number of candidates who have appeared in CMAT exam, difficulty level of question paper. Taking all this into account scores are arrived at. This process goes on for score normalization and leads to percentile scores.  


Normalization depends on LoD
The Scaling & Normalization process of CMAT scores have also brought about certain changes as both the components take into account the level of difficulty of CMAT exam. While the Normalization process, as announced for CMAT 2022 scores, adjusts for location and scale differences of score distributions across different forms, the scaled scores obtained by this process are converted into percentiles for purposes of shortlisting.


CMAT claims to have the most transparent process on score normalization and calculation of percentile. The process claims to focus on Fairness, Equity and comparison of performances across the test in CMAT 2022.


GATE pattern to convert score to percentile
The process of Normalization is an established practice for comparing candidate scores across multiple Forms and is similar to those being adopted in other large educational selection tests conducted in India such as Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE).


To understand the conversion of raw score to percentile score and to know about the score normalization process in CMAT 2022, understand first the GATE process which stands a bit changed.


Those appearing in GATE or have understood the process can understand it better but for those who are unaware about the process have to understand the GATE process first. In fact the commerce, science, medical, paramedical and graduates in Humanities who are appearing in CMAT 2022 still remain oblivious of the percentile VS Score calculation formula in CMAT 2022.


GATE normalization process 
During 2018, the CE, CS, EC, EE and ME examinations were conducted  in multiple sessions. Suitable normalization process was therefore applied to take into account any variation in the difficulty levels of the question sets across the different sessions. The normalization was done based on the fundamental assumption that "in all multi-session GATE papers, the distribution of abilities of candidates is the same across all the sessions".


According to the GATE committee, this assumption is justified since "the number of candidates appearing in multi-session subjects in GATE is large and the procedure of allocation of session to candidates is random. Further it is also ensured that for the same multi-session subject, the number of candidates allotted in each session is of the same order of magnitude."


GATE formula
Based on the above the committee arrived at the following formula for calculating the normalized marks, for CE, CS, EC, EE and ME subjects. From GATE 2014 onward (and year 2014-15 of the 2-year validity period of GATE 2013 score), a candidate's GATE score is computed by the following new formula.

where, S = Score (normalized) of a candidate; M = Marks obtained by a candidate ("normalized marks" in case of multiple-session subjects CE, CS, EC, EE and ME); Mq = Qualifying marks for general category candidates in that subject (usually 25 or μ + σ, whichever is higher); μ = Average (i.e. arithmetic mean) of marks of all candidates in that subject; σ = Standard deviation of marks of all candidates in that subject; Mt = Average marks of top 0.1 % candidates (for subjects with 10000 or more appeared candidates) or top 10 candidates (for subjects with less than 10000 appeared candidates); St = 900 = Score assigned to Mt;   Sq = 350 = Score assigned to Mq.


A candidate's percentile denotes the percentage of candidates scoring lower than that particular candidate. It is calculated as: Percentile = ( 1 - All India rank( No. of candidates in that subject) x 100%


Application of formula in CMAT 2022
The formula to calculate the percentile in CMAT can be devised.  The score normalization process formula by CMAT expert would be as follows-


Normalized mark (︿Mij) of jth candidate in ith slot, is given by
︿Mij = Mgt - MgqMti - Miq ( Mij - Miq ) + Mgq

Mij is the actual marks obtained by the jth candidate in the ith slot,
Mgt is the average marks of the top 0.1 % candidates in all slots,
Mgq is the sum of mean and standard deviation of marks of all candidates in all slots,
Mti is the average of marks of top 0.1 % candidates in the ith slot,
Miq is the sum of mean and standard deviation of marks of all candidates in the ith slot.


Example of converting Score to Percentile
Sample of 200,000 candidates taking CMAT, assuming that the maximum exam score is 300 (In place of actual 400) is taken below for ready reference. You can change it to 400 maximum marks and can fresh calculate the same.


Total Test takers = 2,00,000

slots = 2

Test takers in each slot = 1,00,000                                    [ .1% of it = 100]


Mij  = 170 out of 300               ( is the actual marks obtained by the jth candidate in 

                                                   the 2nd slot)

Mgt = [195 + 190 ]/2 = 192      ( is the average marks of the top 0.1 % candidates of

                                                    both the slots)

here, 195  and 190 are the average of the top .1% aspirants of all slots


Mgq =  112                               (is the sum of mean and standard deviation of marks

                                                  of all candidates in both the slots)

Mti    =  190                               (is the average of marks of top 0.1 % candidates in 

                                                   the 2nd slot)

Miq    = 110                               (is the sum of mean and standard deviation of marks

                                                  of all candidates in the 2nd slot.)


So, according to the given formula, normalized score = (192-112)(170-110)/(190-110) + 112 = 172


Common Management Admission Test (CMAT) is a government organized computer based national level MBA entrance examination for entry into 1000 AICTE approved management programmes (MBA/PGDM) all over India. The Test is conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA) constituted by Government of India. CMAT offers unique opportunity to all the test takers as none of them is disqualified in its result.  

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