What is CMAT?

Admissions are provided into 1000 AICTE approved management programmes (MBA/PGDM) all over India via Common Management Admission Test (CMAT) which is a government organized computer based national level MBA entrance examination. 

Till 2018, CMAT was held by AICTE, now the Test is held by the National Testing Authority (NTA) constituted by Government of India. More than 70,000 candidates apply for CMAT annually. Last year 74486 candidates had taken the CMAT exam. CMAT offers a special opportunity to all the test takers as none of them are disqualified in its result.   .  

CMAT 2022

NTA had previously shared two exam dates for CMAT 2022- February 22/February 27, 2022. With the change in the CMAT exam pattern, now the CMAT exam dates are pushed back to March/April 2022

This year CMAT exam will be held in two shifts: Shift-1 will be from 9AM to 12.30 PM and Shift-2 will be from 3PM to 6.30 PM. The measures have been taken due to Covid-19 pandemic to reduce the single shift strength of test takers at a test centre.

CMAT 2022 exam will be held in 153 cities and more than 250 test centres all over India as an online computer-based test.

CMAT 2022 Exam pattern will have 100/125 questions which will be equally divided into 5 sections of 25 Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) in each section.

Read this comprehensive article, prepared by MBA Exam experts, to know more about vital Facts like CMAT eligibility, registration process, exam pattern & syllabus, Admit Card Download process.

Over the years CMAT exam pattern and syllabus have not gone through any changes. So the exam preparation is easy. Reading good preparation books, practicing with sample papers and CMAT previous year papers with solutions are an appropriate way to study for the exam.


CMAT 2021 exam Preparation can get you admitted to MBA 2021 in good MBA colleges. You should start preparing for CMAT by now without any delays as per the exam pattern.

One of the key points which differentiate CMAT exam preparation from other exams is the separate part with 25 questions on ‘Logical Reasoning’ which has questions based on reasoning only. The LR Preparation for the exam and the strategy to prepare for this key section is to be properly planned and followed to score well in the exam. 

The exam preparation strategy requires more focus on all the four parts. It needs your focus on following:

When to start the exam Preparation?

How to prepare?

Which are the best Preparation Books?

What is the best preparation material available apart from the books?

Preparation Tips by CMAT Toppers

Whether to Prepare with Coaching or Self prepare - which is better?

If time is short, How to prepare for CMAT Online?

Exam Taking Strategy - how to crack the Exam with High score?


CMAT 2021 Syllabus: Same as the other MBA entrance exams-

The exam Syllabus includes all the topics on which questions are asked in other national level MBA entrance exams. The CMAT syllabus is indicated in the past question papers and exam pattern which indicate that tough questions are not asked in the exam and topics have remained the same.


The syllabus is based on past exam pattern and types of questions that have appeared in the exam. The best way to get hands-on feel and practice on question topics covered in CMAT syllabus is to study and solve the previous exam papers and attempt CMAT Mock tests. 


MBA Colleges Accepting CMAT Exam

The list of CMAT exam accepting colleges is announced by AICTE as well as National Testing Agency. There are around 1000 MBA/PGDM colleges who give admission by accepting the CMAT exam score for admission. Below are some of the top MBA colleges accepting CMAT exam score in India and in Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Pune and Hyderabad.

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