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CMAT 2022 Exam Analysis

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CMAT 2022 Exam Analysis

The CMAT 2022 exam will be held in the last week of January 2022. CMAT will be a computer-based test with 4 mandatory and 1 optional section. The exam will be of 3-hour duration and 30 additional minutes will be given to candidates who attempt the optional section. CollegeDekho will bring the detailed exam analysis of the CMAT 2022 question paper here. Candidates can also check the analysis of the previous year CMAT question papers from 2021, 2020, 2019 etc.

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CMAT 2022 Exam Dates

Given below are the latest exam dates for CMAT 2022.

Event

Date

CMAT 2022 Admit Card Release Date

January 2022

CMAT 2022 Exam Date (Postponed)

January 2022

CMAT 2022 Exam Timings

CMAT 2022 is being conducted in two shifts. Given below are the shift timings for CMAT 2022.

Shift

Reporting Time

Exam Timings

Shift 1

8:30 am

9:00 am to 12:00 pm

Shift 2

1:30 pm

3:00 pm to 6:00 pm
OR 3:00 pm to 6:30 pm

CMAT 2021 Exam Analysis

CMAT 2021 Shift 1 was held on March 31 from 9 am-12 pm and CMAT 2021 Shift 2 was conducted from 3 pm to 6/ 6:30 pm. A detailed analysis of the CMAT 2021 question paper based on student reports from the exam centres has been updated here for Shift 1 and Shift 2.

The overall difficulty level of Shift 1 was reported to be moderate and the total number of questions were 125. The overall difficulty level of the CMAT Shift 2 was also recorded as moderate and a total of 125 questions were asked in the exam.

CMAT 2021 Shift 1 Question Paper Analysis, Answer Key, Solutions

CMAT 2021 Shift 2 Question Paper Analysis (Available), Answer Key, Solutions

CMAT 2021 is a national-level MBA entrance exam conducted by NTA for admission in AICTE-approved MBA colleges in India. Thousands of candidates appear for this exam every year to compete for a seat in the courses offered by some of the top B-Schools of India.

The agency postponed the exam date after a revision in the CMAT 2021 Exam Pattern was proposed by the AICTE. The revised exam pattern of CMAT 2021 will have an additional section, which will be optional and only for the candidates who have opted for the Innovation & Entrepreneurship courses.  

Meanwhile, candidates appearing for CMAT 2021 can take a look at our analysis of the CMAT 2021 question paper including details such as the expected difficulty level. what to expect from the new section etc.

CMAT 2021 Updated Exam Pattern

The updated exam pattern of CMAT 2021 is as follows.

Section

No. of Questions

Marks

Duration

Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation

25

100

3 hours

Logical Reasoning

25

100

Language Comprehension

25

100

General Awareness

25

100

NEW: Innovation & Entrepreneurship (Optional)

25

100

30 minutes

TOTAL

125

400 - 500

3 hours
(+ 30 minutes)

Changes in CMAT 2021 Exam Pattern - Key Points

  • A new section - 'Innovation & Entrepreneurship' has been added to the CMAT 2021 Exam Pattern.

  • The section will have 25 questions and 30 additional minutes are given to the candidates attempting this section.

  • The section is optional and only candidates who have opted in for the Innovation & Entrepreneurship course will be required to attempt this section.
  • The marking scheme of CMAT 2021 has remained unchanged so far and the total marks, duration and the total number of questions will vary as per the candidate's choices.

CMAT 2021 Innovation & Entrepreneurship Section

There has been no official confirmation on the contents and syllabus of the Innovation & Entrepreneurship section. However, the topics in this section are expected to be related to the subjects taught in the course. Candidates may see questions pertaining to Decision Making, Reasoning, Data Interpretation, Business-related topics etc. More updates will be provided once any official information is available on the same.

CMAT 2021 Difficulty Level

Given below is the section-wise and overall expected level of difficulty of the CMAT 2021 question paper based on previous year trends.

Section

Difficulty Level

Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation

Moderate

Logical Reasoning

Easy-Moderate

Language Comprehension

Moderate

General Awareness

Moderate to Difficult

NEW: Innovation & Entrepreneurship (Optional)

To be Updated

OVERALL

Moderate

No. Good Attempts in CMAT 2021

Given below are our estimated number of good attempts in CMAT 2021 based on an analysis of previous year patterns.

Section

Estimated Good Attempts

Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation

20 - 22

Logical Reasoning

18 - 20

Language Comprehension

22 - 24

General Awareness

16 - 18

NEW: Innovation & Entrepreneurship (Optional)

18 - 22

TOTAL

94 - 106 (out of 125)

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CMAT 2020 Exam Analysis

One of the most sought after national level MBA entrance exams, the Common Management Admission Test (CMAT) has been conducted successfully on 28th January 2020 by the National Testing Agency (NTA). CMAT 2020 answer key has also been released. The exam has been conducted from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm (in a single session) online i.e. computer-based format. Now that the exam has been concluded, we are here to give you the CMAT 2020 paper analysis mentioning all the details about how the exam was like, the section-wise and overall difficulty level of the exam, total number of test-takers, cut-off and much more after taking experts’ opinion and reviews received by the test-takers.

Taking note of the past years' trends, CMAT 2020 was moderately difficult in nature. In the exam, test takers had to attempt 4 sections consisting of Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation, Logical Reasoning, Language Comprehension, General Awareness carrying 25 questions each and they were given the time duration of 3 hours to complete the entrance exam. All the questions in CMAT 2020 were Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ) and negative marking was also prevalent in the paper. To gain in-depth and comprehensive knowledge about the exam, scroll below.

Important Highlights of CMAT 2020 Paper

Lets' check out some of the major highlights of the CMAT 2020 exam. Take a look below:

  • The difficulty level of CMAT 2020 was moderate as compared to last year's paper.

  • The National Testing Agency conducted the CMAT exam in a single session (From 9:30 am to 12:30 pm).

  • The exam had four sections - Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation, Logical Reasoning, Language Comprehension, General Awareness.

  • There were 25 questions that candidates had to attempt in each section. 

  • Each question was of 4 marks and negative marking was applicable in the exam. For each wrong answer, one mark will be deducted.

  • The CMAT score will be accepted by all recognised and approved Institutions/University Departments/Constituent Colleges/Affiliated Colleges

Section-Wise Analysis of CMAT 2020

Through CMAT section-wise exam analysis, candidates will get an overall idea about the type of questions, difficulty level, etc. 

CMAT 2020 Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation Analysis:

  • The Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation section had a total of 25 questions.

  • In terms of the difficulty level, most of the candidates found this section easy. However, some of the test-takers found few questions of Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation tricky to attempt.

  • In this section, most of the questions were based on Arithmetic, whereas only a few questions were based on Ratio, Percentage, Interest, Time and work. The questions of Data Interpretation questions were a bit lengthy.

CMAT 2020 Logical Reasoning Analysis:

  • There were 25 total questions in the CMAT 2020 Logical Reasoning section.
  • Considering the difficulty level, this section was moderately difficult.

  • Mostly questions were based on topics such as distribution, arrangement, comparison, coding/ decoding, blood relations, directions, cube, sequence, clock, and calendar, grouping, statement conclusion, word relationship, statement argument, reasoning & assertion etc.

CMAT 2020 Language Comprehension Analysis:

  • The Language Comprehension section of CMAT 2020 had a total of 25 questions.

  • All the questions from the Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension section were moderate in terms of the difficulty level. 

  • Here in this section, the Reading Comprehension covered a total of 6 questions and the rest of the questions were asked from the verbal ability. Some of the major questions from Verbal Ability were antonym and synonym, identify correct sentence, para jumble, idiom/ phrase, word analogy, fill in the blanks, etc.

CMAT 2020 General Awareness Analysis:

  • This section had 25 questions in total.

  • Just like in the previous years, the General awareness section was difficult to attempt. Candidates found few questions ambiguous and tricky to attempt.

  • In the General Awareness section, questions were asked from topics such as the Indian Constitution, Recent Acts of Parliament, Appointments, Famous personalities etc.

CMAT 2020 Overall Exam Analysis

Considering the overall analysis of CMAT 2020, the exam was on predictable lines with a moderate difficulty level.

Section

Total Number of Question

Marks per Section

Difficulty Level of Exam

Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation Analysis

25

100

Easy

Logical Reasoning

25

100

Moderately Difficult

Language Comprehension

25

100

Easy

General Awareness

25

100

Difficult

Overall

100

400

                  Moderate

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CMAT (Slot 1) Exam Analysis 2020 - Question Paper, Answer Key, Cutoff, Important Questions

CMAT 2019 Exam Analysis

The detailed CMAT 2019 exam analysis for both Slot I and Slot 2 is available now. The first session of CMAT 2019 ended at 12.30 PM. As per the analysis of CMAT 2019 Slot-1, the test was on predictable lines. While the overall difficulty level of the paper was easy, the Verbal section was slightly more difficult and Data Interpretation turned out to be time-consuming. GK was also quite twisted in terms of the difficulty level. The CMAT cut-offs may go high this year, considering the fact that students found the paper to be easy. In Srinagar, the exam was postponed to 29th January 2019. The CMAT 2019 exam analysis does not only contain the students' reaction after the CMAT 2019 exam but also the opinions of the experts have been included in the detailed exam analysis for CMAT 2019.

As compared to other management entrance exams like CAT, XAT and IIFT, CMAT was quite easy. Majority of candidates attempted around 75- 90% of questions within a time duration of 120 -150 minutes. Candidates did not face any technical glitches during the exam and most of them are quite confident of scoring high marks.

The CMAT examination comprises of four sections including Language Comprehension, Logical Reasoning, Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation, and General Awareness. All the sections had easy-to-solve questions. The section of Reading Comprehension comprised of easy passages, which they were able to solve much ahead of time.

Out of all the sections, the GK section turned out to be a bit tricky because of the out-of-the-box questions.

Candidates did not find any out-of-syllabus questions in the exam. There were 100 questions and each section comprised of 25 questions. The paper had to be solved within 180 minutes and it carried 400 marks in total.

The examination conducted in the second slot was similar to that of the first slot. According to the analysis of CMAT 2019 conducted in the second slot from 2.30 PM to 5.30 PM, the exam was easy to moderate in terms of the difficulty level.

CMAT is an online management entrance exam conducted on a national level. As per the directions of the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Government of India, National Testing Agency (NTA) is responsible for conducting the CMAT from 2019 for management aspirants. The duration of CMAT is three hours and it is being conducted in two slots. NTA successfully conducted the exam in various test cities Pan-India. 

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. Go through the detailed section-wise CMAT 2019 exam analysis in the following sections.

Section-wise CMAT 2019 Exam Analysis for Slot I

CMAT 2019 Language Comprehension Analysis

This section comprised of four passages, out which three passages were short and had 3 questions each. The questions in these three passages were based on World Trade Organisation and who decides the status of developing countries; Endangered Languages (Eg: Greek and Latin); Parenting and culture-related value system. The passages were of easy difficulty level and consisted of factual questions except for one inference question. The fourth passage had a moderate length and it had 6 questions for the candidates to attempt. The questions were based on Steve Jobs, some little-known facts about him and his views on life.

The questions under the Verbal Ability section were easy to moderate in terms of the difficulty level. It comprised of 1 Sentence Correction question, 4 Vocabulary questions, 1 Grammar Part error question, 2 questions on Idioms, 1 Para Jumble (PJ) question and 1 Sentence Completion question.

A candidate with around 22-24 attempts in this section, with 85-90% accuracy could score well in the exam.

CMAT 2019 Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation Analysis

Like all the CMATs conducted in the past, this particular section had no set-based ones. It had all single questions. In terms of the difficulty level, there were 9 moderate questions, 2 difficult questions while the rest of the questions were easy. There were 13 questions, which were quite easy and just required the candidates to implement simple basic concepts.

As normally is the case, Arithmetic and Geometry based questions dominated this section. Other questions were equally distributed in the areas of Algebra, Modern Math, etc. There were 2 Data Interpretation questions, which were not set based. 

A candidate could expect a good score with around 23-25 attempts with 90% accuracy.

CMAT 2019 Logical Reasoning Analysis

This section had an easy to moderate difficulty level. There were four Verbal Reasoning questions and two Analogy questions. Also, there were questions based on topics like sequence, Coding/Decoding, Blood Relation, etc. 

A candidate could expect to score well with around 23-25 attempts in this section, with 90% accuracy.

CMAT 2019 General Awareness Analysis

This section had around 8 questions based on Current Affairs. Those who read the newspaper daily or those who have a good knowledge of what’s happening across the world could have easily managed to attempt the questions. The paper was dominated by static GK questions and there were questions based on Science, Awards, Politics, etc.

A candidate could expect to score well with 13 to 15 attempts in this section with 80% accuracy.

Overall, a candidate would fetch around 99+ percentile for attempting around 85 to 87 questions with around 90% accuracy (net score of 305 to 310). Around 95 percentile could be possible with attempts of around 74-76 questions with around 90% accuracy (net score of 260 to 265). Around 90 percentile could be achieved with attempts of around 64-66 questions with around 90% accuracy (net score of 225 to 230).

CMAT was conducted in two slots - the first slot was from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm, for which the reporting time was 8:30 am.

The second slot is from 2:30 pm to 5:30 pm, for which the reporting time was 1:30 pm.

The CMAT 2019 Result will probably be released by 8th February 2019. Soon after the exam is conducted, test takers can predict their respective percentiles through our CMAT Percentile Predictor tool. There is a specific process to determine the percentile of candidates on the basis of the CMAT score. Check the detailed analysis of CMAT score vs percentile, CMAT rank vs percentile and CMAT scoring mechanism here

Source: IMS India

CMAT 2018 Exam Analysis

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 centres at 8:30 AM. According to students, the CMAT 2018 remained on predictable lines, and there were no surprise 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 centres.

Students reported that they found Data Interpretation part in the Quant section difficult as well as lengthy. According to the test-takers, even the Logical Reasoning section turned out to be tricky and time-consuming. The 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. 

CMAT 2018 Overall Exam Analysis

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 Attempt

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 Type

Good Attempt

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 Attempt

25

Moderate to Difficult

Individual questions not based on sets

18-20

General Awareness

Total Questions

Difficulty Level

Major Topics

Good Attempt

25

Moderate to difficult

Current affairs, static GK

14-17

CMAT 2018 Expected Sectional Cut-offs

Section

Total attempts

Percentile at 90% Accuracy

Percentile at 80% Accuracy

Percentile at 70% Accuracy

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 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 the 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.

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FAQs about CMAT Exam Analysis

What is a good attempt in the CMAT quant section?

Attempting 20+ questions in this section is a good score. However, you must ensure that you are not compromising on accuracy when solving questions at a fast pace.

Which topics are most important in the CMAT reasoning section?

Some of the important topics in the reasoning section of CMAT are Series, Blood Relation, Coding-Decoding, Odd One Out etc.

How many questions should I attempt in the Logical Reasoning section?

You should try to attempt as many as 20 - 22 questions in the reasoning section to get a good score in CMAT.

What is a good attempt in the Language Comprehension section of CMAT?

An attempt of 22 to 24 questions in the Language Comprehension section is considered to be a good attempt.

How many RC passages are there in CMAT?

Usually, you will find 3 - 4 RC passages in the CMAT exam. If there are more number of passages, they will have fewer questions and be shorter in length.

Which CMAT section is the easiest to attempt?

The easiest CMAT sections to attempt as per the previous year exam analysis are the Language Comprehension and Quantitative Ability sections.

What is the difficulty level of CMAT?

As per the previous year paper analysis of CMAT, it is an exam that lies in the moderate to moderately-difficult range.

Is section-wise analysis provided in the CMAT paper analysis?

Yes, each section of the CMAT exam is carefully analysed when preparing the detailed exam analysis of CMAT.

What is the benefit of studying the CMAT paper analysis?

Studying CMAT paper analysis helps you fine-tune your exam preparation strategy. You are able to judge which areas to focus on more by looking at factors such as difficulty level or the number of questions from the topic.

What is CMAT paper analysis?

CMAT paper analysis is a detailed examination of the CMAT question paper and looking at various factors such as difficulty level, number of questions from each topic, tricky parts / questions etc.

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