CMAT Exam Analysis 2021

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CMAT Exam Analysis 2021

CMAT 2021 exam is expected to be conducted in the final week of 2021. The paper analysis of CMAT will be updated here once the exam is conducted. Candidates who are appearing for the exam may check the CMAT Exam Analysis 2021 as well as CMAT Exam Analysis 2020 provided here. 

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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, 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% 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 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

SectionNo. of QuestionsMaximum MarksDifficulty Level
Quantitative Techniques &
Data
Interpretation
25100Moderate
Logical Reasoning25100Moderate to Difficult
Language
Comprehension
25100Moderate
General Awareness25100Moderate 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:

SectionNo. of QuestionsMaximum MarksTypes of QuestionsDifficulty Level
Quantitative Techniques &
Data
Interpretation
25100

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 Reasoning25100A mix of Mathematical Reasoning and Verbal Reasoning questionsModerate-Difficult
Language
Comprehension
25100

Questions were based on Reading Comprehension and Vocabulary,

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

Moderate
General Awareness25100Primarily Static GK with a couple of questions from Current AffairsModerate

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.

CMAT Exam Analysis 2020

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) in 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.

CMAT Response Sheet 2020CMAT Answer Key 2020

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 a 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 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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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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