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CMAT Exam Pattern

Exam Pattern

Type of Questions

Number of questions

Maximum Marks

Quantitative Techniques &

Data Interpretation



Logical Reasoning



Language Comprehension



General Awareness




There shall be negative marking for wrong answers, for each wrong answer 1 mark shall be deducted

Duration of exam will be 180 minutes

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.

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

CMAT exam’s main objective to test speed and accuracy. Candidates need to attempt each question in less than 80 seconds. Selection is crucial here.

Aspirants should focus on core quant topics and theory. Try and finish all the topics in the next two months. Thereafter, do not touch new topics or comfortable areas. The chief strategy should be to attempt familiar questions and leave non-familiar/non-comfortable questions. Candidates should be able to decide this within 10 seconds.

Speed will be also very critical in CMAT exam. Apart question learning to select a question, candidates should also to reject a question in less than 10 seconds.

Expect some calculation-heavy problems. These questions are meant to be left alone. Give it a try only if you have sufficient time left.

Focus on quant syllabus and revise your class IX and X maths. Here are some core topics that you can expect:

Trigonometry & Statistics has a maximum of one to two questions, which are generally easy. Questions related to Data Sufficiency has not been observed so far. Hence candidates can safely ignore these topics. Work hard on word problems. Master the technique of finding the correct answer from the answer choice (through reverse calculation).

Logical reasoning is comparatively more scoring than Quant and Data Interpretation in CMAT exam. Questions in LR can range from Decision Making to Verbal Logic.

Verbal ability section usually consists of grammar, reading comprehension. There’s no different strategy for VA section. Candidates need to focus on an overall strategy for MBA exams while preparing for verbal sections, because all the exams have similar syllabus.

While revising GK/Current Awareness, candidates need to go through top news stories regularly. Apart from that, focus on General Awareness Questions and static topics.

Except for the section on General Awareness, all the other sections of CMAT get well covered with a good preparation for MAT/CAT. However, it would be advisable for a student to work on his/her speed mathematics as some of the questions under Data Interpretation tend to be calculation intensive.
For preparation on General Awareness, in addition to reading newspapers regularly, it would be advisable for a student to prepare from the following sources:

Also, in the various issues of MBA Education & Careers magazine, focus on features like Business GK, Current Issues & Events, and Current Event Chronicle (this feature captures important tid-bits).
In addition to the above, please run through the GK Model Papers feature titled, improve your GK.

Go through the GA Note (Study Material) booklet for stock GK (like history and geography). Also use the GAT papers, each with 50 questions.

Manorama & CSR Year Book - it helps in preparation for stock type questions
In Manorama Year Book and CSR, please focus on the following chapters.

Who is who

What is what

Science scan

Human body


Landmarks of history

The Universe

While preparing for this section, a student should focus on issues related to National & International Events, World Bodies, and Foreign Trade related information.

Finally, practicing past years' CMAT question papers as well as Mock Tests of various players are perhaps the best source for preparation. It provides opportunity to plug the loopholes in the preparation of CMAT entrance exam and one should give maximum importance to these question papers.

Duration : 180 Minutes

Important Instructions

a) A Computer with good Internet connectivity so that there is no breakage of Internet during registration . b) All your qualification details as you need to enter them while registering for CMAT exam . c) 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) . d) 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) . e) 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 . f) A Valid mobile number as all information via SMS will be sent to this number . g) A valid Credit / Debit card in case you want to pay ONLINE . h) A Printer connected to your system as you will have to PRINT 3 copies of CHALLAN in case you are planning to pay by CASH at the bank.