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Updated on
July 24, 2021

Selection procedure of CMAT 2022 is more governed by the MBA/PGDM admission policy of the individual B-schools. However, the CMAT selection procedure 2022 for MBA admission 2022 will begin only after the CMAT result is declared in March 2022. NTA the CMAT 2022 exam conducting authority will frame the CMAT 2022 selection procedure that includes the CMAT exam process, CMAT Result and disseminating the CMAT individual scores with percentile. After it, the CMAT admission process is completed by the respective B-school or the university for MBA admission 2022.


There are 1000+ AICTE approved MBA/PGDM colleges who participate in the CMAT selection procedure as they accept the CMAT exam score in MBA admission. Some of the top MBA colleges participating in CMAT admission process include JBIMS, SIMSREE, PUMBA, Welingkar, GIM, IFMR among others.  

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4 Stages of CMAT 2022 Selection Procedure
CMAT selection procedure 2022 has four main stages:

  1. Taking CMAT exam 2022
  2. Declaration of CMAT Result and Submission of Score in B-school;
  3. Shortlisting for next phase of CMAT selection process based on CMAT exam score by the B-school/University;
  4. Final Admission Process & Final admission offer after selection procedure of CMAT 2022

Stage 1: Taking CMAT 2022 Exam
The first part of the Selection Procedure of CMAT 2022 is based on the performance of the candidate in the CMAT 2022 exam that can be gauged with the overall score, percentile score as well as sectional score in the CMAT 2022 exam.   The Registration and application process for CMAT 2022 exam is open from November 2021 to January 2022.  CMAT Selection Procedure 2022 may not prove to be difficult. It is worthwhile to understand the CMAT 2022 exam pattern before moving to CMAT selection procedure:


CMAT 2022 Exam will be conducted by National Testing Agency (NTA) and not by AICTE. The exam pattern has been designed by NTA to facilitate CMAT selection procedure by Management Institutions to select suitable graduate candidates for admission in all Management programs. The CMAT score is accepted by all AICTE-Approved Institutions/University Departments/Constituent Colleges/Affiliated Colleges

  • CMAT 2022 exam pattern is computer based
  • CMAT 2022 exam will be two shift exam of 3 hours/3½ hours duration
  • A few changes are expected in the structure and content of CMAT paper pattern as it is the National Testing Agency (NTA) is making changes in CMAT exam every year on behalf of AICTE​

CMAT Exam 2022: Key Facts
CMAT 2022 exam offers MBA admission opportunity in more than 1000 MBA colleges in India and among them are some of the prominent management institutes. It is an important but an easier MBA entrance exam. Following are the key Exam highlights and other important details:

CMAT Exam Conducting Body
National testing Agency (NTA)
CMAT Full Form
Common Management Admission Test
Number of MBA colleges under the Exam
Exam Date
February 22, 2022 (Likely)
Exam Slots (Available in 3 hrs & 3½ hrs duration)
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
Mode of CMAT Entrance exam 2022
Online Computer Based Test
CMAT Entrance exam full form
Common Management Admission Test
Score Validity for MBA Admission
2022-2023 academic session
Total Questions in CMAT Entrance Exam
125 with option to attempt 100/125 questions
Sectional Division of  Questions
5 Sections with 25 Questions in Each Section. Option to attmpt 4 or 5 sections
Exam details section wise
Quantitative Technique; Logical Reasoning; Language Comprehension; General Awareness; Innovation and Entrepreneurship (Optional)
CMAT 2021 Medium of Question Paper
Exam Difficulty Level
Easy to Moderate
Maximum Score
500 Marks for 125 questions
Negative Marking
- 1 mark for each wrong answer
Required Percentile for MBA admission in Top Colleges
Importance of Taking the exam
Top MBA colleges like JBIMS, SIMSREE, K J Somaiya, GIM Goa, PUMBA, Great Lakes, BIMTECH among others accept CMAT score
Application process
Exam Application Fee for Boys
Application Fee for Girls
Application Fee for EWS/OBC-NCL 
Application Fee for SC/ST/PwD

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CMAT 2022: Sectional Composition & Scoring Pattern
CMAT 2022 test paper has two separate time duration for the candidates who have opted for 5 section exam and for those who have opted for 4 section exam

The first option is of 3 hours Exam which is divided in 4 sections with 25 questions in each section. The sections are Quantitative Technique, Logical Reasoning, Language Comprehension and General Awareness

The second option is of 3½ hours exam which is divided in 5 sections with 25 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 and 125 questions for 3½ 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 4 sections.

CMAT score card displays Actual score obtained out of 400/500 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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Stage 2: CMAT 2021 Result    
2nd stage of CMAT selection procedure is the declaration of CMAT result and release of score card. The CMAT 2022 Result date is March 2022. The CMAT score card contains – Overall raw score, sectional raw score, overall percentile score and sectional percentile score. The CMAT 2022 Selection procedure will depend upon your place in the CMAT 2022  merit list. You also need to submit your CMAT 2022 exam score to the respective B-school where you have already applied or plan to apply now.   

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IMI New Delhi Admissions 2022 Last date Dec 13
MICA PGP (PGDM-C/PGDM) Admissions 2022


CMAT 2022 Merit list is announced alongwith the CMAT result for all the candidates who appear in CMAT exam and no candidate is disqualified. The CMAT selection procedure 2022 will be available for all the percentile range from lowest to highest 100 percentile. CMAT exam score card contains following details with marks and percentile: 

Roll No
Candidate Name

Stage 3:  Shortlisting For Final CMAT Admission
Next phase of CMAT selection process is the shortlisting for final admission round based on CMAT exam score by the B-school/University where you have applied for MBA admission 2022. The shortlisting process under CMAT selection procedure 2022 begins in March and will continue till the last week of May 2022.  The B-schools will shortlist the candidates on the basis of CMAT 2022 Entrance test scores for final selection round which may contain GD-PI-WAT or PI-WAT or GD-PI or may have different components.


The shortlisting by the B-schools in CMAT 2022 selection procedure is done as per its individual admission policy. The decision on minimum section wise and overall cut off in CMAT entrance exam at the time of shortlisting will be taken by the respective B-school


If the candidate does not score minimum prescribed percentile in CMAT 2022 entrance exam, he/she may not be considered for shortlisting for final selection stage. 

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Stage 4: Participate in GD-PI & Get Final Admission offer
Final Admission Process & Final admission offer after selection procedure of CMAT 2022 mark the final stage of CMAT selection process.


Most of the top MBA colleges like JBIMS, SIMSREE, PUMBA, among 330 other Maharashtra MBA colleges participate in DTE CAP counselling round to finalize the MBA admission process with CMAT scores. The Centralized Admission Process is common for all the candidates seeking MBA admission 2022 through CMAT exam scores and are of All India category.


Many MBA colleges conduct their individual GD-PI process to select candidates through CMAT selection procedure for MBA admission. The CMAT selection procedure for final admission process is based on the CMAT 2022 Entrance exam score, academic performance, work experience and performance in GD-PI round. After the GD-PI-WAT round, final admission offers will be made in July/August 2022 by the B-schools to successful candidates. 

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