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Common Management Admission Test 2023 ( CMAT )

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Solving CMAT question papers of previous years is essential to understand the exam pattern and test structure. The CMAT previous year papers not only help aspirants in understanding the paper pattern but also help them assess the difficulty level of exam over the years as well as question-type variations over the years.

CMAT 2021 question paper, 2020 question paper, CMAT 2019 question paper and CMAT 2018 question paper are available for download on this page below.

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Why Practicing Previous Years' CMAT Question Papers is Important?

Official question papers of CMAT is the best way to understand the CMAT exam pattern. Ask any CMAT topper or expert, they will recommend that you must attempt at least past five years' CMAT question papers to understand the exam better. 

CMAT previous year question papers, sample papers and mock tests have a very significant role in CMAT exam preparation. They not only help you understand the CMAT difficulty level of the exam and marking scheme but also help you improve your time management skills and boosts your confidence. The biggest benefit of attempting mock tests and CMAT sample papers is that, they prepare you for every type of questions – be it tough, easy, lengthy, tricky or surprise question, you will be ready for it. So, for CMAT preparation 2022, you must solve at least last five years' CMAT question papers.

Candidates can download the CMAT previous year papers uploaded at the top of this page. They can also download CMAT preparation guides which will give you a detailed insight of the questions asked in the past and how to prepare each and every topic of CMAT exam.

CMAT 2022 Question Paper

CMAT question paper 2022 was of easy to moderate difficulty level having five sections – Language Comprehension, Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation, Logical Reasoning, General Awareness and Innovation & Entrepreneurship. All the five sections had 20 questions.

CMAT 2022 Question Paper Highlights

  • Language Comprehension section of CMAT 2022 had only one RC passage of 350 words.
  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship section also had one RC passages.
  • Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation section were dominated by Arithmetic.
  • There were two Data Interpretation questions.
  • General Awareness section was the toughest of all sections.
  • Innovation & Entrepreneurship was a mandatory section unlike the previous year.

CMAT Question Paper 2022: Difficulty Level

Check below section wise difficulty level of CMAT 2022 question paper:

CMAT 2022 section

Number of questions

Good Attempts

Difficulty Level

Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation

20

16-17

Moderate to High

Logical Reasoning

20

16-17

Easy to Moderate

Language Comprehension

20

16-17

Easy to Moderate

General Awareness

20

8-10

Easy

Innovation & Entrepreneurship

20

7-9

Moderate

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CMAT 2021 Question Paper

CMAT question paper 2021 was of moderate difficulty level. Overall, it was same as previous years CMAT papers but had an additional section called Innovation and Entrepreneurship. This section was been introduced for the first time in the CMAT exam. To solve this section of CMAT 2021 question paper, extra 30 minutes were given to candidates in the exam.

The four mandatory sections of CMAT 2021 question paper - Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation, Language Comprehension, Logical Reasoning and General Awareness had 25 questions each. In both papers of Shift 1 and Shift 2, the sectional difficulty level was same. The topic-wise composition of CMAT 2021 papers of Shift 1 and Shift 2 was also same.

CMAT Question Paper 2021: Level of Difficulty

Section

No. Of Questions

Good Attempts

Level of Difficulty

Language Comprehension

25

17-19

Easy

Logical Reasoning

25

21-23

Easy to Moderate

Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation

25

18-20

Moderate

General Awareness

25

9-11

Difficult

Innovation and Entrepreneurship

25

15-16

Moderate

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CMAT 2020 Question Paper

The overall difficulty level of CMAT question paper 2020 was moderate however, the General awareness section was tricky. Check below CMAT 2020 question paper break-up:

Section

Number Of Questions

Difficulty Level

Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation

25

Moderate

Logical Reasoning

25

Easy

Language Comprehension

25

Moderate

General Awareness

25

Moderate

Total

100

Moderate

Section wise topics in CMAT question paper 2020

Language Comprehension: In this section, maximum questions were on RC passages (six) followed by synonym (five). Other questions are from Grammar, Word Definition, Parajumbles, Word Meaning, Spelling and Sentence Correction.

Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation: This section of CMAT 2020 question paper was dominated by Arithmetic (10 questions). There are five questions from Modern Math and four questions from Data Interpretation. There are two questions from Geometry and one from HCF-LCM.

Logical Reasoning: In this section, there were four questions on Blood Relations and three are Logic based. Coding-Decoding, Visual Reasoning, Analogy, Syllogism, Argument and Series Completion have two questions each. Rest of the questions are based on Analogy, Symbol, Venn Diagram, Odd One Out, Number Grid and Direction.

General Awareness: In this section of CMAT 2020 question paper, maximum questions were from Indian events (11) followed by international events (nine) and static GK (five). 

Download CMAT 2020 question paper for practice

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CMAT Mock Test

Check your preparation level by taking this CMAT mock test below, created by Shiksha. Also get familiar with the actual CMAT exam.

CMAT Mock Test will help you to get an idea about the type of questions asked, the exam pattern and marking scheme. After taking the test, you can immediately check your score. You can also download the Question Paper along with answers and their explanations for Free. Click below to start the free online test now.

Free CMAT Mock Test

The CMAT question papers are also available on the official website of NTA-CMAT, where registered candidates can download them by using their respective CMAT login IDs and password. The process of downloading CMAT answer keys and CMAT question paper is given below:

  • Open the NTA-CMAT website in a new window 

  • Go to 'CMAT answer key' tab

  • Enter your CMAT application number and password or date of birth

  • Download CMAT question paper and answer key

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FAQs on CMAT Question Papers 

Q: What is the mode of CMAT exam?

A: The CMAT exam is held in online mode at designated exam centres and the candidates have to enter their answers on the screen using the mouse of the computer system allotted to them.

Q: How many sections are there in CMAT question paper?

A: The CMAT question paper has five sections – Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation, Logical Reasoning, Language Comprehension, General Awareness and Innovation & Entrepreneurship.

Q: Can I take the CMAT question paper home?

A: CMAT exam is held in online mode and since there is no hard copy of the question paper, candidates cannot take it home. The question paper is released with the answer key in PDF form a few days after the exam.

Q: What is the duration of CMAT exam? Is there any sectional time limit?

A: The duration of CMAT exam is three hours. There is no sectional time-limit in CMAT. Candidates who will opt for Innovation & Entrepreneurship section will get 30 minutes extra to solve it.

Q: How can I enter non-MCQ questions from the computer mouse?

A: In CMAT, to enter the answer of non-MCQ question, candidates will be allowed to use only the keyboard of their allotted computer system. No other way of recording the answers will be permitted.

Q: Can I answer the questions as per my choice?

A: Yes, the candidates can choose the order of answering questions or sections as per their choice in the CMAT exam. It is recommended that candidates solve easy questions first and tough ones later. 

Q: How much marks will be deducted for skipping a question?

A: There is no negative marking for skipping questions in CMAT exam. Marks will be deducted for wrong answers only. In case of unanswered questions, zero marks will be awarded. 

Q: Can I carry calculator to the CMAT exam hall?

A: No, calculator or any other electronic item is not allowed inside the CMAT exam hall. Candidates can use the onscreen calculator on their systems. Paper sheets will also be provided for rough work.

Q: What is the difficulty level of CMAT exam?

A: CMAT exam is usually of moderate difficulty and easier than other MBA entrance exams like CAT, XAT and IIFT. However, the General Awareness section is usually tough in CMAT.

Q: How many questions are there in CMAT question paper?

A: There are 100 questions in CMAT equally divided between five sections, i.e. each section has 20 questions. Candidates must strive to solve 16-17 questions in each section to score 99+ percentile.

Q: Is there negative marking in CMAT?

A: Yes, there is negative marking of minus one mark in CMAT exam for each wrong attempt. Candidates are advised to not attempt questions they are not sure of solving accurately to avoid loss of marks.

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Which exam should I take for admission to the MBA programme, the MAT or the CMAT?

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jasveer singh

Contributor-Level 10

16 hours ago

Hi shrutiThe MAT exam is conducted by AIMA, whereas the CMAT exam is conducted by NTA. Both entrance exams are popular for admissions to MBA and PGDM courses. Here is a small comparison to help you decide which exam you want to take: (A) Advantages of Choosing MAT Over CMAT:1. The benefit of givi...Hi shruti
The MAT exam is conducted by AIMA, whereas the CMAT exam is conducted by NTA. Both entrance exams are popular for admissions to MBA and PGDM courses. Here is a small comparison to help you decide which exam you want to take: (A) Advantages of Choosing MAT Over CMAT:
1. The benefit of giving MAT over CMAT is that you can attempt MAT four times in the same academic session to improve the exam score. The CMAT exam is conducted once a year and provides less scope for improvement in score.
2. The MAT is conducted in three modes: computer-based mode, paper-based mode, and internet-based mode. Therefore, you can choose the exam mode according to your convenience. On the other hand, the CMAT is conducted only in computer-based mode. (B) Advantages of Choosing CMAT Over MAT:
1. The CMAT score has more acceptability than the MAT. In contrast to the 700 MBA colleges that accept MAT. Over 1300 B schools admit students based on the CMAT. It includes top B schools such as the Great Lakes Institute of Management, Chennai.
2. The CMAT is regarded as the second-best option after the CAT for admission to India's top business schools. Its score is valid for one year, unlike the MAT. You can choose MAT for convenience, but CMAT is recommended for top colleges. And if it's help you like it.

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Deeksha Dixit

Contributor-Level 10

3 days ago

The MAT exam is conducted by AIMA, whereas the CMAT exam is conducted by NTA. Both entrance exams are popular for admissions to MBA and PGDM courses. Here is a small comparison to help you decide which exam you want to take: (A) Advantages of Choosing MAT Over CMAT:1. The benefit of giving MAT ov...The MAT exam is conducted by AIMA, whereas the CMAT exam is conducted by NTA. Both entrance exams are popular for admissions to MBA and PGDM courses. Here is a small comparison to help you decide which exam you want to take: (A) Advantages of Choosing MAT Over CMAT:
1. The benefit of giving MAT over CMAT is that you can attempt MAT four times in the same academic session to improve the exam score. The CMAT exam is conducted once a year and provides less scope for improvement in score.
2. The MAT is conducted in three modes: computer-based mode, paper-based mode, and internet-based mode. Therefore, you can choose the exam mode according to your convenience. On the other hand, the CMAT is conducted only in computer-based mode. (B) Advantages of Choosing CMAT Over MAT:
1. The CMAT score has more acceptability than the MAT. In contrast to the 700 MBA colleges that accept MAT. Over 1300 B schools admit students based on the CMAT. It includes top B schools such as the Great Lakes Institute of Management, Chennai.
2. The CMAT is regarded as the second-best option after the CAT for admission to India's top business schools. Its score is valid for one year, unlike the MAT. You can choose MAT for convenience, but CMAT is recommended for top colleges.

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Have the registrations for CMAT 2023 begun?

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Rahul Ranjan

Contributor-Level 6

a week ago

CMAT registration process 2023 is likely to begin in the last week of January or second week of February and will go on till the third week of March.

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How to score well in CMAT? What should be the preparation strategy?

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Surbhi Sahu

Contributor-Level 10

3 weeks ago

To score well in CMAT you need to be accurate. Speed is not an issue at all as you have ample time available. Solving 100 questions in 3 hours is quite easy; hence time is not as important as accuracy is. CMAT preparation plan essentially includes building conceptual clarity, followed by adequate...To score well in CMAT you need to be accurate. Speed is not an issue at all as you have ample time available. Solving 100 questions in 3 hours is quite easy; hence time is not as important as accuracy is. CMAT preparation plan essentially includes building conceptual clarity, followed by adequate practice. Steps to crack CMAT with a good score are :-
1. Understand the CMAT exam pattern.
2. Develop a strong conceptual clarity of important topics of CMAT syllabus.
3. Practice previous years' papers, sample papers and mock tests of CMAT.
4. Decide an exam-taking strategy based on your strengths, work around your weak areas and revise key formulas.

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Deeksha Dixit

Contributor-Level 10

3 weeks ago

The Common Management Admission Test (CMAT) is a popular MBA entrance test, which is conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA). Since the CMAT score is accepted by top B-schools in India such as JBIMS, it is very important to score well. 1. You need to plan a proper strategy as per the avail...The Common Management Admission Test (CMAT) is a popular MBA entrance test, which is conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA). Since the CMAT score is accepted by top B-schools in India such as JBIMS, it is very important to score well.
1. You need to plan a proper strategy as per the available time. For instance, since the CMAT 2023 is expected in April next year, you need to plan your schedule accordingly.
2. The initial months should be dedicated to completing the CMAT syllabus.
3. You need to understand the CMAT exam pattern thoroughly to know which part is more important.
4. Plan a section-wise strategy. For example, to tackle the Reading Comprehension (RC) questions, you need to develop the habit of reading business-related blogs and newspapers.
5. Then you need to allocate at least one month to practicing for the CMAT with the help of mock tests. Give extra time to the sections in which you are not scoring well. For instance, if you are facing problems in the Quantitative Techniques section, then you need to brush up on basic maths.
7. The last days of CMAT preparation should be exclusively reserved for the revision of important topics.

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Are CAT, CMAT, etc. mandatory for admission in Amity University for MBA?

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Surbhi Sahu

Contributor-Level 10

3 weeks ago

Yes, CAT CMAT etc. are mandatory for admission in Amity University for MBA. For MBA admissions, minimum aggregate of 50 percent marks is required. Candidates must have a valid score in any national level entrance test, that is, MAT 650, GMAT 500, CMAT 200, CAT-XAT-85 and NMAT 60. If the applicant...Yes, CAT CMAT etc. are mandatory for admission in Amity University for MBA. For MBA admissions, minimum aggregate of 50 percent marks is required. Candidates must have a valid score in any national level entrance test, that is, MAT 650, GMAT 500, CMAT 200, CAT-XAT-85 and NMAT 60. If the applicant has not appeared for any of the above - mentioned examinations, Amity University conducts its entrance test for Amity University MBA Admissions.

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Gayathri

Beginner-Level 5

3 weeks ago

Yes, appearing for an entrance exam and having a particular score to be eligible and match the criteria are mandatory for getting admission in Amity University.

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Can I prepare for CMAT exam in just 3 months? Which books to follow for the exam? Can I clear CMAT by self studies?

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Vineet Agarwal

Beginner-Level 5

a month ago

Yes, 3 months are sufficient time for preparing. You have to study 8 - 9 hours consistently per day for scoring good marks in exam. Books like RS Aggarwal, Arun Sharma, SK Verma and Nishit K Sinha. These are the best books for preparation.

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Are there any online classes available for CMAT preparation?

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Gauranshi Goyal

Contributor-Level 7

a month ago

Hello aspirant! There are few websites offering online CMAT preparation.
1. Endeavorcareers, their last batch starts 17th October
2. TIME - Triumphant Institute of Management Education
Please upvote if it helps.

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I have 143 marks in CMAT and 173 in NMAT exam. Can I get admission in DAVV through DTE counseling for MBA in Financial Administration?

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Saransh Jain

Beginner-Level 2

2 months ago

If your CMAT score is above 85 percentile, then you have a good probability to bag IMS & IIPS.

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I am an all India candidate. Can I fill both MAH CET as well as CMAT score in CET cap rounds form?

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ANISHKA LUNAWAT

Contributor-Level 6

2 months ago

Yes, you will have to fill out a separate form for colleges that are accepting CMAT scores and MAH CET. Many colleges accept only CAT MAT and limited courses and many accept additional management tests. Hope you find the answer useful
Feel free to ask if you still face any doubts
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Pankaj Kr

Beginner-Level 5

2 months ago

Yes, you must apply separately to each college that accepts CMAT scores. Each institute has a unique application or entrance fee. If a candidate receives an assignment from one of the first three alternatives, he or she must affirm their admittance. No matter whether they accept the admission or ...Yes, you must apply separately to each college that accepts CMAT scores. Each institute has a unique application or entrance fee. If a candidate receives an assignment from one of the first three alternatives, he or she must affirm their admittance. No matter whether they accept the admission or not, such candidates will not be permitted to take part in Round III of the CAP.

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What is the placement scenario at Atharva Institute of Management Studies? I have 93.25 %ile in CMAT.

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Abhishek Sharma Sharma

Beginner-Level 3

2 months ago

Atharva Institute of Management Studies (AIMS) Mumbai is a private B-School that began its functioning in 2003. The B-School was started to produce, advance, and make available business executives give out resolutions to intricate business conditions.The Institute is offering management programs ...Atharva Institute of Management Studies (AIMS) Mumbai is a private B-School that began its functioning in 2003. The B-School was started to produce, advance, and make available business executives give out resolutions to intricate business conditions.
The Institute is offering management programs at the postgraduate level, namely Master of Management Studies (MMS), Post Graduate Diploma in Management (PGDM), Master of Financial Management (MFM), Master of Marketing Management (MMM), and Master of Human Resources Development Management (MHRDM) with a vision to grow and outshine as an institute in management education stream, research, and consultancy.
AIMS, Mumbai Fee Structure for the programs are MFM INR 26500, MMM and MHRDM INR 39500/- and MMS is INR 175837/- approx. The fees may vary slightly depending on various aspects affecting it at admission.
AIMS, Mumbai Placement, is 100% guaranteed by the T&P department. The Highest Package offered is INR 12 LPA from the Top Recruiters of the Institute, namely 99acres.com, Cipla, Onida, Yes Bank, Syntel, Siemens, Pepsi, ICICI Bank, IMRB, Axis Bank, Canon, Amul, American Express, Oppo, Volkswagen, Godrej, IndiaBulls, Reliance, Tech Mahindra and many other companies.
AIMS, Mumbai Admission to the postgraduate level management programs will be carried based on marks obtained in the entrance exam such as MAH CET, CAT, and MAT.

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Which top colleges accept SNAP, NMAT, MAT and CMAT exam scores?

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Shahrukh Khan

Beginner-Level 5

2 months ago

Basically top colleges SEE the score of CAT exams, according to that basic you get admission in the top colleges in India CMAT is also good, but I suggest you that focus on CAT exam.

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Shubham Mehta

Contributor-Level 6

2 months ago

Basically top colleges see the score of CAT exams, according to that basic you get admission in the top colleges in India CMAT is also good, but I suggest you that focus on CAT exam.

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