CMAT 2022 Analysis

09 April, 2022


CMAT 2022 was conducted on April 9, 2022 between 3 PM and 6 PM. The test is conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA).



The structure of the test and estimates of good attempts are as follows:


Section No Of Questions Marks per Question Maximum Marks Good Attempts Overall LOD
Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation 20 4 80 16-17 Easy
Logical Reasoning 20 4 80 16-17 Easy
Language Comprehension 20 4 80 16-17 Easy
General Awareness 20 4 80 8-10 Difficult
Innovation andEntrepreneurship 20 4 80 7-9 Difficult
Total 100 400 63-70
  • The test had no sectional timing.
  • Incorrect responses invited negative marks (-)1 for each incorrect response


Overall, the test was slightly tougher than CMAT 2021.


As is the case generally with CMAT, this time too, time was not a constraining factor. Some of the questions in the five sections were sitters. However, some questions in both General Awareness and Innovation and Entrepreneurship sections were challenging. They  could become the decisive questions and impact the overall percentile. Based on the feedback received from IMS candidates and experts, we expect the following cut-offs in CMAT 2022:


Score Percentile
295 – 305 99.5+
275 – 285 99
255 – 265 95
235 – 245 90
For B-School cut-offs, see Note ** at the end




Quantitative Technique and Data Interpretation:

This section was relatively easy in terms of Level of Difficulty. Out of 20 questions in the section, 5 were on Data Interpretation and the remaining 15 were on Quantitative Technique. The 5 questions on Data Interpretation consisted of questions based on Tables and Pie charts.  Most questions on Data Interpretation involved simple calculations.


The questions on Quantitative Techniques were dominated by questions on Arithmetic. Out of 15 questions on Quantitative Techniques, 8 questions were on Arithmetic, which included questions on Percentages, Averages, Ratios, Compound Interest, Time-Speed-Distance and Time & Work). There were 2 questions each on Numbers, Geometry and Modern Mathematics (Probability) and one question on Algebra. Most of the questions on Quantitative Technique were easy. Students reported that one question on Probability did not have the correct answer in any of the options.


Area No of Questions. Details
Easy Medium Difficult Total
Arithmetic 6 2 0 8 Percentages, Time-speed-distance, Time-work, Ratio-Proportion, Profit & Loss, Compound Interest, Averages
Geometry 2 0 0 2 Mensuration, Triangles
Modern Math 3 1 1 2 Probability
Numbers 2 0 0 2 Properties of Numbers
Algebra 1 0 0 1 Simple equations
Data Interpretation 3 2 0 5 Table, Pie Chart

Around 16-17 attempts in this section with 80% accuracy would be good.


Logical Reasoning:

Out of the 20 questions in this section, 15 were on Non-Verbal Reasoning and 5 questions were on Verbal Reasoning. All the questions were standalone questions and there were no set based questions.


The questions on Non-Verbal Reasoning were spread across different topics in Logical Reasoning such as Directions, Series Completion, Arrangements, Family Tree etc. Students reported that one question in Family Tree did not have the correct answer matching with any option.


The questions were not lengthy and many questions were straightforward and very easy to solve.


Area No. of Qs.
Directions 3
Series Completion 3
Number relations 2
Linear Arrangement 2
Family Tree 2
Coding 1
Misc Arrangement 1
Set Theory 1
Verbal Reasoning
Reasoning-based: assumptions, assertion-reason, analogy, odd word. 5

Around 16-17 attempts in this section, with 80% accuracy, would be a good attempt.


Language Comprehension:


The Language Comprehension Section consisted of 4 Reading Comprehension questions and 16 Non-RC questions. The length of the passages was around 350 words.. The non-RC questions were easy.


Area No. of Qs.
Reading Comprehension – Organization and Development of megacities 4
Vocabulary – Antonyms, synonyms, FIBs, idioms, spellings, etc 10
Grammar – FIB, Identify the correct statement, direct speech 5
 Verbal Reasoning – PJ 1

Around 16-17 attempts in this section with 80% accuracy would be good.


General Awareness:


Out of the 20 General Awareness questions, 16 were based on Static GK. 4 questions were on Current Affairs. Around 11 questions were based on Indian events, 4 were on international ones and the remaining 5 were miscellaneous ones. Most of the questions were on  Sports, constitution, history, books and authors, awards, physics, geography, etc. Overall, this section was difficult.

8 to 10 attempts in this section with 80 % accuracy would be a good attempt.


Innovation and Entrepreneurship:


Out of the 20 questions, 13 were based on Static GK. 7 questions were on Current Affairs. There were no RC passage based questions this year. Questions on business, economics, management, government schemes dominated this section. Overall, this section was difficult.

7 to 9 attempts in this section with 80 % accuracy would be a good attempt.



Approximate Cut-Off for CMAT Based colleges


The following B-School admissions (based on CMAT score) generally close at these percentiles:


MMS Programs – (All India Seats):

JBIMS – 99.99 percentile

Sydenham – 99.95+ percentile

Welingkar Institute Of Management- 99.9


PGDM Program:

Great Lakes, Chennai – 90 + percentile + profile based

GOA Institute of Management – 95+ percentile

IFMR – 85 + percentile

NIBM – 90 + percentile

Welingkar Institute Of Management – 70 + percentile (eligibility) + profile based