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CMAT Exam Pattern 2022 (Revised) - Section Wise, Marking Scheme, Imp Topics

Updated By Mahima Gupta on 06 Apr, 2022 10:02

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CMAT 2022 Exam Pattern (Revised)

CMAT 2022 new exam pattern has been released by NTA along with the official notification for the CMAT exam. The CMAT exam pattern 2022 is available on the official CMAT website, cmat.nta.nic.in. This year, NTA  has introduced some changes to the CMAT exam pattern i.e, 4 sections having 25 questions each have now been changed to 5 sections having 20 questions each. CMAT 2022 will have five sections namely, Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation, Logical Reasoning, Language Comprehension, General Awareness, and Innovation & Entrepreneurship.

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What to Expect from CMAT 2022?

The optional ‘Innovation and Entrepreneurship’ section was introduced for the aspirants in 2021. It is very important to understand the entire CMAT exam pattern 2022 to be completely prepared for the exam.


The CMAT 2022 exam pattern consists of a few essential things that are visible on the question paper. These comprise the total number of questions, total marks, time duration, marking scheme, the number of questions section-wise, exam timing, etc. CMAT is a computer-based test that comprises 100 questions in total. Candidates must also follow a strategic preparation plan for CMAT 2022, to clear the examination with excellent marks. Aspirants can check the detailed exam pattern of CMAT 2022 here to get a clear picture of the question paper and then start preparing for the examination systematically.

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Changes in the CMAT Exam Pattern 2022 (New)

National Testing Agency (NTA) made some changes in the exam pattern of CMAT 2022. Earlier, 4 sections comprised of 25 questions each. This year, five sections would be Logical Reasoning, Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation, Language Comprehension, and General Awareness. Each section carries 20 questions and has four marks each.

In 2021, a new optional section (Innovation & Entrepreneurship) was added for candidates seeking admission in the Innovation & Entrepreneurship course. This section contains 20 questions carrying 4 marks each. The time duration of the exam is 180 minutes. A negative marking of -1 mark is present for each incorrect answer.

CMAT 2022 Exam Pattern Highlights

Check out the highlights of the CMAT 2022 exam pattern here

Total number of sections in the CMAT 2022 question paper

5

Number of questions in each section

20

Type of questions

Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs)

Marks for each section in CMAT 2022

100 marks 

Marks assigned to each question

4 Marks

Negative marking

Yes, -1 mark for every incorrect answer

Total duration of the CMAT 2022 exam

180 Minutes

CMAT 2022 exam timings

9:30 AM to 12:30 PM

Reporting time at the CMAT examination centre

8:30 AM

CMAT 2022 Section-wise Exam Pattern: Maximum Marks & Total Questions

The section-wise exam pattern of CMAT 2022 can be checked below -

CMAT 2022 Exam Pattern

CMAT Section

No of Questions 

Marks per question 

Sectional Marks 

Logical Reasoning 

20

04

80

Language Comprehension

20

04

80

Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation

20

04

80

General Awareness 

20

04

80

Innovation and Entrepreneurship 

20

04

80

Total 

100

04

400

CMAT 2022 - Overall & Sectional Time Limit

There is no sectional time limit for the CMAT exam. Candidates are free to move between sections in the CMAT 2022 exam. Candidates have to wind up the CMAT question in 180 minutes. 

How to Navigate between Sections in CMAT 2022?

Enlisted below are steps highlighting how to navigate between sections while answering the questions of CMAT.

  •  Sections in the online question paper will be displayed on the top bar of the screen.

  • Questions in the desired section can be viewed by simply clicking on the section name.

  • The highlighted section will be the one that the candidate will be viewing at that time.

  • After clicking on the 'Save & Next' button on the last question for a section, candidates will be automatically taken to the first question of the next section.

  • Aspirants can shuffle between questions and sections anytime during the exam as there will be no sectional time limit.

Here is a figure depicting the above-mentioned explanation:

Navigating between sections in CMAT

How to Answer Questions in CMAT 2022?

The computer screen of the exam shows the options provided below and candidates can select any one of them to answer the CMAT questions.

Save & Next: This option will save the answer of the desired question and the next one will be displayed on the screen.

Clear: Candidates can choose this button to clear or deselect their already entered response of any desired question.

Save & Mark for the Review: Applicant can answer the question and mark it for review. Candidates can select this option in case of doubt of confusion. They are free to review, come back and make changes accordingly.

Mark for Review & Next: Candidate can mark a question for review without answering it and move on to the next one. Applicants can re-visit and attempt the question at any time.

Applicants will not be allowed to use the keyboard to answer the CMAT questions. They can only use the mouse to do so. Candidates will have the option to make changes or modify their answers anytime during the entire exam. Captured below are the different icons that will appear on the computer screen and their respective indications.

Answering questions in CMAT

CMAT 2022 Marking Scheme

The National Testing Agency (NTA) will conduct CMAT 2022 and is responsible for setting up the CMAT 2022 marking scheme and exam pattern for the examination. The examination previously was conducted by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE).

According to the official website, the exam pattern has been changed from its previous version. As the examination is to take place in April 2022, candidates must now start preparing for it keeping in mind the latest exam pattern and marking scheme of CMAT 2022 along with the CMAT 2022 Syllabus.

CMAT Marking Scheme 2021

The CMAT 2022 Marking Scheme will help candidates in understanding the weightage of marks per question and total marks, highlighting the marks deducted for every wrong answer. Here are a few pointers explaining the same.

  • The total mark for the exam is 400 and the total mark per section is 100.

  • There will be a total of 100 questions comprising 20 questions in each section and the marks allotted for each question is 4.

  • Candidates must also know that there will be negative marking for every incorrect answer.

  • 1 mark will be deducted for every wrong answer, whereas no deduction of marks will be carried out for the unattempted question/s.

CMAT 2022 Exam Instructions

Here are some important points regarding the CMAT 2022 exam that aspiring students must be aware of:

  • The exam will be held online at different certified examination CMAT centres.

  • The total time allocated for the CMAT 2022 examination is 3 hours (180 minutes).

  • The test-takers will not be permitted to leave the examination room until the examination ends.

  • There will be no provision of breaks during the examination.

  • The examinees will be provided with separate computer desks with plain paper for rough works.

  • Rough papers given are also to be submitted and no candidate shall carry them outside the exam centre. Candidates found guilty will have to face unavoidable consequences.

  • Candidates must most importantly remember to bring their CMAT 2022 Admit Cardwith valid ID proof, without which no candidate will be entertained at the examination centre.

  • It is also important to note that the candidates are not supposed to bring any written or printed material apart from Admit Card and ID Proof.

  • Candidates found with any such document will be debarred from taking the examination.

  • Reporting 45 minutes before the issued timing is also recommended.

CMAT vs Other Top MBA Entrance Exams: Comparative Analysis

Captured below is a brief analysis of CMAT vs other top MBA entrance exams in India:

CMAT Vs CAT

Check out the basic difference between CMAT and CAT exam.

Components

CMAT

CAT

Exam Mode

Computer-Based Test

Computer-Based Test

Conducting Body

National Testing Agency (NTA)

IIMs

Exam Frequency

Twice/Year

Once/Year

Total Sections

05

03

Total Questions

100

100

Total Marks

400

300

Time Duration

3 Hours

2 Hours

Type of Questions

MCQs

72-75 MCQs, rest Non-MCQs.

Negative Marking

Yes

Yes

Marks per Correct Answer

04

03

Marks per Incorrect Answer

-1

-1

Sectional Time Limit

No

60 Minutes/ Section

CMAT Vs XAT

Given below are the components comparing CMAT and XAT exam. 

Components

CMAT

XAT

Exam Mode

Computer-Based Test

Computer-Based Test

Conducting Body

National Testing Agency (NTA)

XLRI Jamshedpur

Exam Frequency

Twice/Year

Once/ Year

Total Sections

05

04

Total Questions

100

100

Total Marks

400

100

Time Duration

3 Hours

3 Hours

Type of Questions

MCQs

MCQs

Negative Marking

Yes

Yes

Marks per Correct Answer

04

01

Marks per Incorrect Answer

-1

-0.25 (GK MCQs does not follow the negative marking scheme)

Sectional Time Limit

No

No

CMAT Vs SNAP

Gathered here is information highlighting the similarities and differences between CMAT and SNAP.

Components

CMAT

SNAP

Exam Mode

Computer-Based Test

Online Test

Conducting Body

National Testing Agency (NTA)

Symbiosis International Deemed University

Exam Frequency

Twice/Year

Once/ Year

Total Sections

05

04

Total Questions

100

100

Total Marks

400

60

Time Duration

3 Hours

1 Hour

Type of Questions

MCQs

MCQs

Negative Marking

Yes

Yes

Marks per Correct Answer

04

01

Marks per Incorrect Answer

-1

-0.25

Sectional Time Limit

No

No

CMAT Vs NMAT

Here are a few components outlining the key features of CMAT and NMAT exam.

Components

CMAT

NMAT

Exam Mode

Computer-Based Test

Computer-Based Test

Conducting Body

National Testing Agency (NTA)

GMAC

Exam Frequency

Twice/Year

Can be re-taken within the prescribed exam dates

Total Sections

05

04

Total Questions

100

108

Total Marks

400

0-360

Time Duration

3 Hours

2 Hours

Type of Questions

MCQs

MCQs

Negative Marking

Yes

No

Marks per Correct Answer

04

01

Marks per Incorrect Answer

-1

No

Sectional Time Limit

No

22 Minutes (Language Skills)

38 Minutes (Logical Reasoning)

60 Minutes (Quantitative Skills)

CMAT Vs ATMA

Provided below are the basic highlights of CMAT and ATMA exams.

Components

CMAT

ATMA

Exam Mode

Computer-Based Test

Online & Offline

Conducting Body

National Testing Agency (NTA)

Association of Indian Management Schools

Exam Frequency

Twice/Year

Five/ Year

Total Sections

05

06

Total Questions

100

180

Total Marks

400

180

Time Duration

3 Hours

3 Hours

Type of Questions

MCQs

MCQs

Negative Marking

Yes

No

Marks per Correct Answer

04

01

Marks per Incorrect Answer

-1

No

Sectional Time Limit

No

30 Minutes/ Section

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FAQs about CMAT Exam Pattern

Can I leave the exam centre if I finish CMAT early?

No, candidates are not allowed to leave before the end of the allocated 3 hours for the exam.

Is there any negative marking in CMAT?

Yes, 1 mark is deducted for every incorrectly-entered answer in CMAT.

What is the total time duration of CMAT?

The total time duration for CMAT is 3 hours. The exam is conducted from 9.30 AM to 12.30 PM on the scheduled day.

How many questions are there in CMAT?

CMAT contains a total of 100 questions, which are divided as 25 questions in each of the 4 sections in the exam.

Does CMAT have a sectional time limit?

No, there is no section-wise division of time in CMAT.

Can I switch between sections in CMAT?

Yes, you are free to move between the different sections at any point during the CMAT exam.

Do the sections of CMAT appear in a fixed order?

Yes, the order in which the CMAT sections appear is (from first to last) -- Quant, Reasoning, Language Comprehension and General Awareness.

How many sections does CMAT have?

There are a total of 4 sections in CMAT -- Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation, Language Comprehension, General Awareness and Logical Reasoning.

What are the main points to be noted in the CMAT exam pattern?

When checking the CMAT exam pattern, candidates should note the sections, the number of questions, time duration, marking scheme, mode of exam, the medium of exam etc.

Who is responsible for setting the exam pattern of CMAT?

The CMAT exam pattern is set and finalised by the National Testing Agencies (NTA).

Is there any negative marking in CMAT exam?

Yes, there is a negative narking of 1 mark for every incorrect answer.

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