CMAT Exam Analysis 2018

Juhee Prasad Updated On: 07 Dec, 2018 09:54 IST

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CMAT 2018 Exam Analysis

CMAT is an online management entrance exam conducted on a national level. As per the directions of Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Government of India, National Testing Agency (NTA) will conduct the CMAT from next year for management aspirants. The duration of CMAT is three hours and it is conducted in a single session. CMAT basically tests candidates' knowledge and ability based on sections like Quantitative Technique, Logical Reasoning, Language Comprehension and General Awareness. On the basis of CMAT scores, suitable graduate students are shortlisted for admission in MBA and PGDM courses offered at various AICTE-approved institutions. There is a long list of AICTE-Approved Institutions/University Departments/Constituent Colleges/Affiliated Colleges that accept CMAT scores.

The Common Management Admission Test (CMAT) 2018 was conducted successfully on 20th January 2018 from 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM. Candidates reported to their respective exam centers at 8:30 AM. According to students, the CMAT exam this year remained on predictable lines, and there were no suprise elements. The overall difficulty level of the paper was moderate but Data Interpretation, Logical Reasoning (LR) and General Awareness were slightly on the difficult side. No major technical glitches were reported at the exam centers.

Students reported that they found Data Interpretation part in Quant section difficult as well as lengthy. According to the test takers, even Logical Reasoning section turned out to be tricky and time-consuming. General Awareness section was also on the tough side as compared to last year. Students hoped to score well in the Quant section and Language Comprehension sections as they found these topics doable. 

Overall CMAT Exam Analysis 2018

Section No. of Questions Maximum Marks Difficulty Level
Quantitative Techniques &
Data
Interpretation
25 100 Moderate
Logical Reasoning 25 100 Moderate to Difficult
Language
Comprehension
25 100 Moderate
General Awareness 25 100 Moderate to Difficult

CMAT 2018 Sectional Analysis, Percentile & Scores

Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation (Quant & DI)

Total questions

Difficulty level

Major Topics

Good attempts for 96-99 sectional percentile

25

Moderate

Arithmetic – Time and Distance, Time and Work, Profit & Loss, Percentage; Number System; Algebra; Geometry; Modern Math

21-23

Language Comprehension

Total questions

Difficulty level

Major Topics

Share of RC passages – 15 questions

Question types

Good attempts for 96-99 sectional percentile

25

Moderate

RC Passages, Grammar, Fill in the blanks, vocabulary usage

3 Short RC passages with 3 questions each 1 Long RC passage with 6 questions

Directly related to RC passage

20-22

Logical Reasoning

Total questions

Difficulty level

Major Topics

Good attempts for 96-99 sectional percentile

25

Moderate to

Difficult

Individual questions not based on sets

18-20

General Awareness

Total questions

Difficulty level

Major Topics

Good attempts for 96-99 sectional percentile

25

Moderate to difficult

Current affairs, static GK

14-17

CMAT 2018 Expected Sectional Cut-offs

Section

Total attempts

Percentile at 90% accurate attempts

Percentile at 80% accurate attempts

Percentile at 70% accurate attempts

Quant & DI

21-23

99

98

95

Language Comprehension

20-22

99

98

95

Logical Reasoning

18-20

99

98

95

General Awareness

14-17

99

97

95

CMAT 2018 Expected Overall Percentile Cut-offs

Overall score

Cut-off percentile

220-230

99

180-190

95

170-180

90

165-175

85

160-170

80

CMAT 2017 Exam Analysis

The Common Management Admission Test (CMAT), conducted by All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), is a national-level admission test. CMAT 2017 was conducted on Saturday, 28th Jan 2017. CMAT, like previous years, was a computer-based test and comprised 100 questions. It had four sections and each section had 25 questions. A student had 180 minutes to solve them. 4 marks are awarded for each correct answer while an incorrect attempt leads to negative marking. A detailed analysis of CMAT 2017 is given below:

CMAT 2017 Exam Pattern:

Given below is a general overview of the four sections of CMAT:

Section No. of Questions Maximum Marks Types of Questions Difficulty Level
Quantitative Techniques &
Data
Interpretation
25 100

Questions were mostly from all areas of quantitative aptitude: Arithmetic and Algebra,

Modern Algebra, Geometry/ Mensuration/ Coordinate Geometry and

Number Systems to name a few.

Moderate
Logical Reasoning 25 100 A mix of Mathematical Reasoning and Verbal Reasoning questions Moderate-Difficult
Language
Comprehension
25 100

Questions were based on Reading Comprehension and Vocabulary,

Sentence Correction, Para Jumble, homophones/Common Confusables etc.

Moderate
General Awareness 25 100 Primarily Static GK with a couple of questions from Current Affairs Moderate

CMAT 2017 Difficulty Level

CMAT 2017 was moderate in terms of the difficulty level. The performance of a student in the Language Comprehension and General Awareness sections was expected to be the key differentiator; the other two sections (Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning) were quite doable in which the questions were of easy to moderate in terms of the difficulty level.

CMAT Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation Analysis:

Questions in this section were mostly from all areas of quantitative aptitude: Arithmetic and Algebra, Modern Algebra, Geometry/ Mensuration/ Coordinate Geometry and Number Systems to name a few. About 2 to 3 questions were from probability. Data Interpretation Analysis sets involved Tabulation, Pie-chart etc. The difficulty level of the section was moderate. While most of the questions were doable, there were 2-3 tricky questions. An attempt of around 18-20 questions in this section would be considered good.

CMAT Logical Reasoning Analysis:

This section had questions from both Verbal as well as Analytical Reasoning. The section had no group questions and all were stand-alone questions. The section was pretty time-consuming and of moderate to difficult level. An attempt of around 15 questions would be considered good.

CMAT Language Comprehension Analysis:

The section was along the lines of the earlier CMAT. Passages were short and of about 200-250 words, with 3-7 questions each. The passages were easy to read and comprehend but the questions of the passages were a little difficult. There were mostly implied questions. The rest of questions were of sentence correction, Para jumbles, synonym, and antonym, fill in the blanks etc. An attempt of around 18-20 questions in this section was possible and would be considered good.

CMAT General Awareness Analysis:

Toughest of all the sections. This section was also very similar to that of the previous CMAT exams. About one-third of questions were based on current affairs and one could have solved the questions only if kept in touch with the newspaper or other news media regularly. Questions on Static GK ranged from Art and Culture, Sport, Science, Polity, Awards & Honors etc. An attempt of around 12 plus questions would be considered very good.

Overall, an attempt of about 60-65 questions with around 80-85% accuracy should fetch a good percentile score. However, the cut-offs for good institutes are likely to remain high.

Disclaimer: All details related to analysis have been gathered from various sources, and are subject to change. Candidates must cross-check with the official website of the examination before taking a final decision.

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