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Common Management Admission Test 2022 ( CMAT )

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CMAT Syllabus is prescribed by the AICTE and consists of five subjects – Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation, Logical Reasoning, Language Comprehension, General Awareness and Innovation & Entrepreneurship. Candidate planning to appear in CMAT exam must prepare all the important topics of these five subjects.  

The NTA introduced a new section in CMAT exam in 2021, following a proposal by the AICTE to offer an additional paper on Innovation & Entrepreneurship for MBA aspirants who wish to pursue this field in future. The Innovation & Entrepreneurship was an optional section of CMAT question paper having 25 questions. Extra 30 minutes were given to students to solve it. However, in 2022, Innovation & Entrepreneurship section was made mandatory. The syllabus of CMAT 2023 is the same. Check below completed CMAT syllabus, best books and preparation tips. 

Also Read: CMAT 2022 exam pattern revised, check key changes

CMAT Syllabus 2023: Highlights

Take a look a some of the most important topics from the five sections of CMAT syllabus. These topics carry more weightage in the CMAT question paper than rest of the topics.


Important Topics

Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation

Algebra, Time-Speed-Distance, Allegation & Mixtures, Geometry, Graph, Quadratic and Linear Equations, etc.

Logical Reasoning

Analytical Reasoning, Linear Arrangements, Number Series, Matrix Arrangements, Blood Relationship Tests, etc.

Language Comprehension

Reading Comprehension, Grammar, English Usage Errors, Parajumbles, etc.

General Awareness

Economy, Business, World, Politics, Sports, Culture, Society

Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Questions related to innovation, entrepreneurship and start up business

CMAT syllabus

CMAT syllabus

Section Wise CMAT Syllabus 2023

Listed below are section-wise topics of the syllabus that candidates must study while preparing for CMAT 2023 exam. Each of the four sections carry equal number of questions. However, the weightage of topics may vary in each section. 

CMAT Syllabus: Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation 

The Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation section has 25 questions in MCQ format. Some of the topics of this section of CMAT syllabus are:

CMAT Syllabus: Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation Topics


Mean, Mode, Median


Pipes and Cisterns

Simple Interest and Compound Interest



Allegation & Mixtures

Profit and Loss

Permutations & Combinations


Work and Time


Quadratic and linear equations



Line Graph 

Number System

Ratio and Proportion

Binomial Theorem

Pie Chart, Bar Chart

CMAT Syllabus: Logical Reasoning

The Logical Reasoning section has 25 MCQs. Most of the questions are logic based, so the candidate needs to work upon basic concepts and formulae. Some of the topics of Logical Reasoning section of CMAT syllabus are:

CMAT Syllabus: Logical Reasoning

Analytical Reasoning

Analogy Test

Direction and Distance Test

Linear Arrangements

Blood Relationship Tests

Ranking Tests

Statements and Arguments

Coding and Decoding

Statements Assumptions



Statements and Conclusion

Matrix Arrangements

Non-Verbal Reasoning

Symbol Based Problems

Number Series

Cause and Effects

Venn Diagram

CMAT Syllabus: Language Comprehension

The Language Comprehension section has two sections – Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension. Both the parts together have 25 questions. Important topics for English Language section of CMAT syllabus are:

CMAT Syllabus: Language Comprehension

Reading Comprehension

English Usage Errors


English Grammar

Paragraph Completion


Jumbled Para

One-Word Substitution

Verbal Ability

Sentence Correction



CMAT Syllabus: General Awareness

The General Awareness section also has 25 questions which will be a mixed bag of current affairs and static GK. Important topics of General Awareness section of CMAT syllabus:

CMAT Syllabus: General Awareness


Trade Awareness


Indian Constitution



Current Affairs of National and International Economy



Personalities in News

Sports News

Science in Everyday Life

CMAT Syllabus: Innovation and Entrepreneurship

  • Concepts of Entrepreneurship
  • Overview of Entrepreneurship
  • Evolution of Entrepreneurship in India
  • Role of Entrepreneurship in Economic Development
  • Theories and Models of Entrepreneurship
  • Framework of Entrepreneurship Theories
  • Models of Entrepreneurship
  • Emerging Models of Corporate Entrepreneurship
  • Dimensions of Entrepreneurship
  • Entrepreneurial Society
  • Entrepreneurial Culture
  • Rural Entrepreneurship
  • Women Entrepreneurship
  • Emerging Trends in Social Entrepreneurship
  • Principles of Business Organisation
  • Motivation, Communication and Leadership

Also Read: CMAT Preparation: Innovation and Entrepreneurship

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CMAT Syllabus: Section Wise Weightage

Section-wise weightage of subjects included in CMAT syllabus is equal. CMAT question paper 2023 will consist of 100 MCQs divided equally among all the sections. For every right attempt, four marks will be awarded and for every wrong attempt, there will be a deduction of one mark. Given below is the CMAT question paper break-up:

CMAT Sections

Number of Questions

Marks Allotted

Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation



Logical Reasoning



Language Comprehension



General Awareness



Innovation & Entrepreneurship (optional)



CMAT Exam Pattern 2023

CMAT exam pattern is similar to other MBA entrance exams in terms of overall structure. The questions are asked from CMAT syllabus in MCQ format. Check below key highlights of CMAT exam pattern:

  • All the sections of CMAT 2023 exam will have equal number of questions (20 each).
  • Four marks will be awarded for every right attempt and one mark will be deducted for every wrong attempt.
  • Total marks of CMAT 2023 will be  400.
  • CMAT exam will be held in Computer-Based-Test mode.
  • The exam duration will be 180 minutes or three hours.
  • There will be no sectional time-limit in CMAT.
  • Difficulty level of CMAT exam is usually easy to moderate. GK section is tougher than rest of the sections.

Also Read: CMAT exam pattern

Best Books for CMAT Preparation 2023

Since, the syllabus of CMAT is same as CAT exam, books recommended for the latter are a good study material for the former too. Below mentioned are the best books for CMAT

Best Books for CMAT: Quantitative Aptitude

Check the table below to know the best books for Quantitative Aptitude section of CMAT exam:

Books for CMAT

Author Name/Publisher

How to Prepare for Quantitative Aptitude for CAT

Arun Sharma (Mc Graw Hill Education)

Quantitative Aptitude Quantum CAT Common Admission Tests for Admission Into IIMs

Sarvesh K Verma (Arihant)

Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Examinations

Abhijit Guha (Mc Graw Hill Education)

NCERT Mathematics Books for Standard 8, 9 and 10


Quantitative Aptitude

Dr RS Aggarwal

Best Books for CMAT: Logical Reasoning

Check the table below to know the best books for Logical Reasoning section of CMAT exam:

Books for CMAT

Author Name/Publisher

How to Prepare for Logical Reasoning for the CAT

Arun Sharma (Mc Graw Hill Education)

Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation for the CAT

Nishit K Sinha (Pearson)

Best Books for CMAT: Language Comprehension

Check the table below to know the best books for Language Comprehension section of CMAT exam:

Books for CMAT

Author Name/Publisher

How to Prepare for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for the CAT

Arun Sharma (Mc Graw Hill Education)

The Pearson Guide to Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning for the CAT

 Nishit K Sinha

A Modern Approach to Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning

Dr R S Aggarwal

Trishna’s Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning for the CAT and Other MBA Examinations


Besides these books, one must also study from The Complete Reference Manual for CMAT by SK Sinha, S Satyanarayan and JS Rana. This book is exclusively for CMAT preparation.

Other useful books one can study from to improve Vocabulary and Grammar for CMAT exam are listed below:

  • Wren & Martin English Grammar

  • Word Power Made Easy by Norman Lewis

  • Business English and Communication by John O E Clark

  • 30 Days to a More Powerful Vocabulary by Norman Lewis

  • The Students’ Companion by Wilfred D Best

  • A Communicative Grammar of English by Geoffrey Leech and Jan Svartvik

Best Books for CMAT: General Awareness

To strengthen Current Affairs and General Knowledge, aspirants must subscribe to the following newspapers and journals:

Newspapers and Journals

The Hindu

Financial Express

Economic Times

The Financial Times

Wall Street Journal

Hindu Business Line

Business Today

Business World

Management Compass Career Launcher

Competition Success Review

Previous Years' CMAT Exam Analysis

CMAT Exam Analysis 2022

CMAT 2022 question paper was easy to moderate in terms of difficulty level. All the four main sections has questions which were doable. General Awareness section was the toughest of all sections. The new section - Innovation and Entrepreneurship - was moderately difficult but doable. 

Read complete CMAT 2022 exam analysis

CMAT Exam Analysis 2021

CMAT 2021 question paper was of moderate difficulty level. The paper was slightly tougher than previous year but overall moderate. There was no surprise element in the CMAT 2021 question paper, however some students complained about an incorrect Logical Reasoning question in the Shift 2 paper.

Read complete CMAT 2021 exam analysis

CMAT Exam Analysis 2020

The overall difficulty level of CMAT exam 2020 was moderate and according. Among the four sections, Logical Reasoning was the easiest. Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation section was moderately difficult. Maximum questions were on Arithmetic. Language Comprehension section was also moderately difficult however, many students felt the General awareness section was tricky.

Read complete CMAT 2020 exam analysis

CMAT Exam Analysis 2019

The first slot of CMAT 2019 exam was of moderate difficulty. The Verbal Ability section was tough and the Data Interpretation section was tricky. The second slot of the exam was also of moderate difficulty with tricky Logical Reasoning and tough Verbal Ability questions.

Read complete CMAT 2019 exam analysis

CMAT Exam Analysis 2018

In CMAT 2018, the Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation section was moderate to difficult. Logical Reasoning section mostly had easy to moderate questions and a few tricky questions. Language Comprehension section was easy to moderate with more Vocabulary related questions. General Awareness section was predictable, having questions from Current Affairs, Static GK and other conventional topics.

Read completee CMAT 2018 exam analysis

CMAT 2023 Preparation and Topper Tips

Check out the following articles for CMAT exam preparation tips:

Get CMAT tips from previous years toppers from the links listed below for CMAT preparation 2023.

CMAT topper emphasizes on the importance of  mock tests

How self-study helped Saras Suhane score 100 percentile in CMAT



CMAT Mock Test

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FAQs on CMAT Syllabus

Q: What are the important topics of CMAT syllabus?

A: Important topics of CMAT are Algebra, Time-Speed-Distance, Allegation & Mixtures, Geometry, Graph, Analytical Reasoning, Linear Arrangements, Number Series, Matrix Arrangements, Blood Relationship Tests. Reading Comprehension, Grammar, English Usage Errors, Parajumbles, etc.

Q: How many question will be asked from GK in CMAT?

A: There will be 25 questions from GK in CMAT. All the questions will be in MCQ format. Four options will be given for each question to choose the right answer from. The GK section of CMAT is usually of higher difficulty level.

Q: What is the weightage of each section in CMAT exam?

A: Each section of CMAT has 20 questions. Each question carries four marks . Therefore, the total marks of each section is 80 and the total marks of the CMAT exam is 400.

Q: Is there any negative marking in CMAT?

A: Yes, there is negative marking in CMAT exam. For each wrong answer, one mark will be deducted. However, no marks will be deducted for unanswered question.

Q: Where can I get complete syllabus of CMAT in PDF format?

A: NTA does not release any document of topic wise syllabus for CMAT. The syllabus and topics are deduced from CMAT question papers. CMAT syllabus in PDF format can be downloaded from Shiksha. Click here to download CMAT syllabus PDF.

Q: In how many days can I cover CMAT syllabus completely?

A: The candidate must keep a minimum three months aside for completing the CMAT syllabus. However, if they have appeared for CAT and IIFT then they can complete CMAT syllabus in one month.

Q: Is CMAT syllabus same as that of CAT?

A: Yes, the syllabus of CMAT is same as CAT for Quantitative Aptitude, Logical Reasoning, Data Interpretation and Verbal Ability. However, unlike CMAT, there is no General Knowledge section in CAT. 

Q: Which is the lengthiest section in CMAT?

A: Since the Language Comprehension section includes reading comprehension passages, it can be considered a lengthy section. However, there is a possibility of any other section to be lengthier.

Q: How many questions should I solve to get a good score in CMAT?

A: Solving 20-22 questions in each section with 85 per cent accuracy is considered a good attempt in CMAT and it can ensure good percentile in the exam. However, candidates must aim to solve higher number of questions.

Q: Can I prepare for CMAT from CAT books?

A: Yes, CMAT candidates can refer to the books recommended for CAT for exam preparation, but they must also solve mock tests and sample questions specific to CMAT, to get the hang of it. 

Q: What is the overall difficulty level of CMAT exam?

A: Overall, the CMAT exam is generally of moderate difficulty. However, it has been seen previously that some questions in Logical Reasoning and GK sections turn out to be difficult. If not prepared well for all the subjects, you may face difficulty in exam. 

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I got 80% tile in CMAT, my profile is good and I have done lots of extra activities. I want guidance for selecting the best college.


arjun singh

Beginner-Level 1

3 weeks ago

I am a student of Jagdish Sheth School of Management, Bangalore with my best of knowledge I would recommend you to go through the faculty profile of JAGSOM and take your decision. I have taken the same step when I was in your shoe, year ago. Hope you find this useful.


I have 171 marks in CMAT which is approximately 70-72 percentile. Can you suggest some good colleges for PGDM having fees between 6-5 LPA?

Gaurav Kumawat

Contributor-Level 8

4 weeks ago

PGDM SAP at DBS Dehradun had the highest placement percentage of 94%.
The highest CTC offered: Rs. 16.4 LPA.
Average CTC offered: Rs. 6.69 LPA.


Vedank Sharma

Beginner-Level 4

4 weeks ago

Yes, you can try in Doon Busi School Dehradun which is quite good in terms of Placement Assistance and Fee Structure as per your budget
PGDM SAP at DBS Dehradun had the highest placement percentage of 94%
the highest CTC offered: Rs. 16.4 LPA
Average CTC offered: Rs. 6.69 LPA.


I belong to the India category and given the CMAT exam, what is the process for admission and cutoff for PUMBA in my category?


How many CMAT marks and percentile are required to get admission in MSU Baroda for MBA?

Vinay kr Pandey

Scholar-Level 16

a month ago

Dear aspirant, MSU Badodara is a good investment for MBA. The cutt off trend in MSU is CMAT percentile of 80-90 ( sore of 150 and above). If you found it useful then upvote or thumbs up my answer. Good luck.


Does Devi Ahilya Vishwa Vidyalaya give admission on the basis of CMAT score?

Mallika Ahuja

Contributor-Level 10

a month ago


Does IPU accepts 60 percentile in CMAT for MBA admissions?

Vinay kr Pandey

Scholar-Level 16

a month ago

Dear aspirant, GGSIPU will accept CAT 2020 exam score for MBA Admission 2021.
IPU CET 2022 Cutoffs for MBA programme admissions can be based on the performance of candidates in CAT 2022. Please contact to the university or college for MBA Admission process for session 2022. Thank you.


I have 58.92 in CMAT, I'm trying to contact Christ University for 4 days but nobody is picking up, can they give me some slack in cut?


Rishabh Pal

Beginner-Level 2

a month ago

No, they'll contact you through mail or message regarding your results.


I get 99.66 percentile in CMAT can I get Pumba all India category?

Dinesh upadhyay

Guide-Level 13

a month ago

Yes you have very good chances. Also you can explore about some good colleges as backup- JBIMS
- NIA Pune
- GIM Goa
- KJ Somaiya
You can target top 30 b school who accept CMAT score. DMS of some good agriculture universities also accept CMAT score for MBA courses. Best wishes.


I have 52 percentile in CMAT this year. Can I get admission in MNIT?

pradeep kumar

Scholar-Level 18

a month ago

CMAT percentile between 80 percent to 85 percent can be safe for MNIT. So, your chances are very less.


Should I apply to Great lakes college Chennai and Gurgaon both with CMAT 2022 at 260 scores & AIR 2572?

Mallika Ahuja

Contributor-Level 10

a month ago

They both are good colleges. With your score, you should try and apply at both colleges, then decide the college you wish to join after thorough research on their academic records and placements opportunities.


Charu Maheshwari

Contributor-Level 7

a month ago

Yes, you should apply to both, and after selection see what's best for you.

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