CMAT Exam Preparation 2022: How to Prepare for CMAT in 3 Months?

By Anjali Chowdhury|Updated : December 10th, 2021

CMAT (Common Management Admission Test), is a national-level management entrance examination for candidates who aspire to get admission into different management programmes across the country. AICTE affiliated institutions facilitate this test to select suitable candidates for management studies. AICTE (The All India Council for Technical Education) conducted this test till 2018; however, since 2019, the NTA has been organizing this test.

If the candidates follow an effective study plan 3 months would be enough to prepare for CMAT 2022 exam. The candidates should be well aware of the CMAT 2022 Syllabus in order to prepare well for this exam. Aspirants must go through the topics one by one, study CMAT preparation books, and assess their knowledge by giving online mock tests. 

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Do’s and Don’ts for CMAT 2022 Preparation 

Some important Do's and Don’ts are listed below which would help the candidates in their preparation.



Only solve the CMAT previous year’s question papers to get an idea of the type of questions and the difficulty level. 

Avoid studying irrelevant topics and try to stick to the revised syllabus. 

Candidates should focus on answering questions correctly as there will be negative marking.

The candidates should read the questions carefully.

 Practice online CMAT mock tests and analyse the weaker points to perform better. 

The candidates should be calm while tackling the GK questions.

Stay focused and practice regularly. 

Do not lose confidence after seeing the complex questions in the English comprehension in the CMAT exam.

Preparation Strategy for CMAT in 3 Months

Firstly, the aspirants must analyse the CMAT syllabus and collect study materials accordingly for their preparation. They can follow the following steps for their preparation. 

  1. Complete CMAT syllabus within the first month and from the second month onwards start practicing CMAT question papers. The aspirants can study the following books during their CMAT preparation.

Book name


Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Examinations

RS Agarwal

Data Analysis & Interpretation Data Sufficiency

Think Tank of Kiran Prakashan

How to Prepare for Logical Reasoning for the CAT

Arun Sharma

Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation for the CAT

Nishit Sinha

How to Prepare for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension?

Arun Sharma & Meenakshi Upadhyaya

A Modern Approach to Verbal and Non-Verbal reasoning

R S Aggarwal

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  1. Join BYJU’S Exam Prep online classes, where they can connect with other students and mentors. It will help them to discuss the problems, important formulas, theorems with experts. Besides, they will learn the shortcut tricks to calculate large mathematical problems.
  2. Go through the updated CMAT exam pattern, as it is beneficial for knowing the number of questions and exam duration. 

CMAT Study Plan 2022

The aspirants sometimes wonder how to make a proper study plan for CMAT preparation in three months. So, the preparation must be well-curated and exam-specific. Here is a three-stage study plan to assist the aspirants in their preparation:

Step 1: Analyse the CMAT syllabus and complete it.

Overview of the syllabus is extremely important for CMAT exam preparation in 3 months. It will help the aspirants to analyse the test patterns and understand test requirements to get a good score. The following CMAT exam pattern is given:

Total number of Section

Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation
Logical Reasoning 
Language Comprehension 
General Awareness

Innovative and Entrepreneurship (CMAT 2021) (Optional)


4 compulsory subjects + 1 optional subject


Questions in each section


Question type


Total mark for each section


Mark for each question


Negative marking

Yes (-1 for every incorrect answer)

Total duration

3 hrs + 30 mins (for optional paper)

Step 2: Practise CMAT previous years’ question papers

The aspirants must practice previous years’ questions after completing the syllabus. They can give online mock tests through BYJU’s Exam Prep, which will help them to brush up on their knowledge.

Step 3: Revise 

In the last 15 days of CMAT preparation time, the aspirants must spend time revising so that they can understand whether they have covered all the topics or not. This will help them to ensure that they have not left any important topic.


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  • First, go through the syllabus and study accordingly. After that, solve previous years' CMAT question papers.

  • The duration of this exam is 3 hours 30 minutes (CMAT 2021).

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