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Understanding the CMAT Pattern

Get a complete picture of the CMAT pattern


Common Management Admission Test (CMAT) is a national level test conducted by All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) for admission to all management programs in AICTE approved institutions. The test was introduced in 2012. In 2017 CMAT will be conducted on 28thJanuary and 29th January is kept as a reserved date in case of any glitches. The test will have in all 100 questions which have to be solved in 180 minutes. There is negative marking of 1 mark for each wrong answer. For CMAT 2017, the overall pattern, no. of questions and the marking scheme will be the same as CMAT 2016. The following table will give you an overview of the exam pattern:

ModeComputer based online test
Number of Sections4
SectionsQuantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation, Logical Reasoning, Language Comprehension & General Awareness
Number of Questions100(Every section has 25 questions)
Duration of the TestCMAT 2017: 180 minutes (3 hrs.)
Marking SchemeEvery question carries 4 marks. For every wrong answer, 1 mark will be deducted

The sectional division of the test is given in the following table:

SectionsNo. of QuestionsTotal Marks
Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation25100
Logical Reasoning25100
Language Comprehension25100
General Awareness25100

A few important points that will help you to excel in the preparation are:

  • CMAT is a three hours computer- delivered test where difficulty levels, number of questions and the time duration of each section is predetermined and are same regardless of when and where the test is administered.
  • The quantitative and data interpretation section usually contains questions having a difficulty level of moderate to difficult. The important topics covered in this section are: Geometry, Mensuration, Profit & Loss, Number System, Averages, Probability, Logarithms etc. To have an edge in this section, you need to practice regularly and have thorough concept clarity.
  • Developing the habit of reading English newspaper regularly along with novels and magazines will help you in building your vocabulary and ace the verbal ability area of CMAT. It is a balanced section and covers all the broad topics ranging from Reading Comprehension, Idioms, Vocabulary, Para Jumbles, Fill in the Blanks, Critical Reasoning, Analogy, Sentence Rearrangement, FIJs and Para Jumbles.
  • The Logical and Analytical Reasoning Section constitutes questions on Analytical Reasoning, Blood Relations, Input/output, Alpha-Numeric Series, Visual Reasoning, True/False Statements, Deductive Logic, Data arrangement, Family relations, Linear arrangement, Coding-Decoding, Direction based questions, Syllogisms and Data Sufficiency. The level of difficulty of this section fluctuates every year; so you need to master all the concepts, tips and tricks to solve this area.
  • The 25 questions from General Awareness section are divided in two broad categories: Current GK and Static GK. The former has questions on the Constitution of India, Fiscal Policy, World affairs, Sports, Taxation and General Science etc and the latter covers areas like Awards, Politics and Art and Culture.

The key take away from this exam pattern is that to ace CMAT you need to brush up your basics of all the important topics and manage your time well during the exam.

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