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CMAT Exam Pattern

Exam Pattern

  •  The questions are divided into four sections.
  • The number of questions in each section are as follow –

Type of Questions 

Number of questions 


Quantitative Techniques & 

Data Interpretation 



Logical Reasoning



Language Comprehension



General Awareness 







  • A Trial test will be available from 11th Dec. onward for the candidates to have a feel of the online test and navigation functionality. Candidates are advised to go through them carefully to familiarize themselves with the screens, layout, and navigation.
  • At the test venue, each candidate will be seated at a desk with a computer terminal and he/she will be provided with a scratch paper for calculations. After the test, candidate must leave the scratch paper at the desk. Rough work cannot be done on any other paper/sheet, as nothing will be allowed inside the testing room. No breaks will be given during the test.

Test Duration- 180 minutes
Total Marks- 400
Total Questions- 100
Marking System:-

  • For every correct answer marked, 4 marks will be awarded.
  • For each wrong answer ,1 mark will be deducted.

Syllabus Summary

No. Of Subject 4
No. Of Unit 4
No. Of Chapter 67
  1. Analogy test
  2. Classification test
  3. Number and Series Test
  4. Statements Assumption
  5. Statements Conclusion
  6. Binary Logic
  7. Blood Relation
  8. Calender
  9. Clock
  10. Cubes
  11. Logical Matching
  12. Number and letter series
  13. Sitting Arrangement
  14. Syllogism
  15. Course of Action
  16. Logical Deduction
  17. Analogies Reasoning
  18. Essential Part
  19. Statements Arguments
  20. Statements Action
  1. Nouns
  2. Pronouns
  3. One word Substitution
  4. Common errors in sentence construction
  5. Sentence-Jumble
  6. Prepositions
  7. Adjective
  8. Adverbs
  9. Conjunctions
  1. Politics
  2. Literature
  3. Economics
  4. Indian Constitution
  5. Persons and Places
  6. International Relations
  7. Books and Authors
  8. Current Affairs
  9. General Science
  10. History
  11. Geography
  12. Civics
  1. Circular Track & Upstream-downstream
  2. Algebra and Functions
  3. Simple Intrest
  4. Geometry 
  5. Co-ordinate Geometry
  6. Arithmetic sequence
  7. Mixtures
  8. Relative speed
  9. Tables Chart
  10. Multiple Graph
  11. Profit, Loss and Discount
  12. Statistics 
  13. Directions 
  14. Interest 
  15. Percentage 
  16. Trigonometry 
  17. Averages
  18. Age
  19. Speed and Distance
  20. Time, Speed and Distance
  21. Compound interest
  22. Venn Diagram
  23. Data Sufficiency
  24. Charts

How to prepare

Preparation Strategy
Make a proper Time Table

It is very important that you make a time table and stick to it and you will have an exact idea of what you are required to study and the time required for it.
Concept clarity rather than rote learning
It is essential that you have a clear idea of the formulas and concepts rather than rote learning of things for the papers. While you might require it for memorizing formulas it is important that for other stuff you make sure you clear your basics and concepts before moving on.
Prepare Notes
It is very important make small notes or a comprehensive list of formulas on each covered topic and chapter which will come in handy at the time of revision. This will require you to be regular with your work but will surely make things easy at the time of revision.
Seek guidance
It is not possible for you to know everything in your syllabus, at least not at the time of preparation. Sooner or later you will run into a concept or so which will give you trouble and then it is best you seek guidance from an instructor or a teacher. It is necessary that you clear your doubts at regular intervals and don’t prolong things for long. Getting into a good coaching class is nothing to be ashamed off and if anything a regular coaching class will enable you to avoid roadblocks in your preparation.
Sample Papers
Even though there may be a complete change in the exam pattern or the expected questions altogether,it is important that you practice on the sample and previous years question papers . You will know the existing pattern and have a fair idea of the type of questions to expect in the paper along with the time constraint.
Mock tests
The paper pattern, duration of the paper and the number of questions to be attempted in the given amount of time is not something you will be able to pick up on the day of the examination. A Mock Test tests a student’s abilities as it not only provides a similar feel of real exams but also helps in building speed and confident to face the exam. Furthermore, they can improve their performance to get an extra edge in actual exams.
Time Management
Time management can be learnt through thorough practice and regular test taking. So it is important that you practice it and practice it well.

Duration : 180 Minutes

Important Instructions

  1. Computer with good Internet connectivity so that there is no breakage of Internet during registration .  
  2. All your qualification details as you need to enter them while registering for CMAT exam .  
  3. You need to upload your scanned photo while registering, hence keep ready a scanned clear photo of yours taken on a white background. The size of this photo should be 140 x 160 (60Kb) .  
  4. You need to upload your scanned signature while registering, hence keep ready your scanned clear signature done on a white background. The size of this signature file should be 60 x 90 (30Kb) .  
  5. A Valid e-mail id which you will be using at least for the next 6 months. All communication will be done on this e-mail id which you will enter while registering for CMAT exam .  
  6. A Valid mobile number as all information via SMS will be sent to this number .