CMAT Exam Analysis 2019

Nidhi Bahl Updated On: 06 Feb, 2019 19:31 IST

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CMAT 2019 Exam Analysis (LIVE)

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, 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.

As compared to other management entrance exams like CAT, XAT and IIFT, CMAT was quite easy. Majority of candidates attempted around 75- 90% 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.

Section-wise CMAT 2019 Exam Analysis for Slot I

Language Comprehension

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.

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.

Logical Reasoning

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.

General Awareness 

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