CMAT 2015 Analysis

Common Management Admission Test (CMAT) is a national level test conducted by All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) for admission in all management programs in AICTE approved institutions. The test was first introduced in 2012. In 2015 CMAT was conducted from 19th February 2015 to 22th February 2015. The pattern was almost the same as that of last year. However, the paper was difficult in comparison to the previous year's paper. The test has in all 100 questions to be solved in a time span of 180 minutes.

Overview of the CMAT February 2015 Paper:
Time allotted180 minutes
Total no. of questions100
Marking SchemeCorrect Answer: +4
Number of choices4
Negative Marking-1
Expected cut-offs*A score of 230+ was appropriate to clear the cut off
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Overview of Different Sections:
Sr. No.SectionsNo. of
Difficulty Level
1Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation (Number system, Algebra, Linear equation, Profit & Loss, Averages, Mixture & Alligations, Mensuration, Probability, Modern Mathematics, Geometry, Data Interpretation, Logs)25Difficult
2Verbal Ability (Reading Comprehension, Idioms, vocabulary, Critical Reasoning, Para jumbles, Fill in the blanks, Sentence Correction, Analogy, Sentence rearrangement, verbal reasoning, FIJ )25Moderate-to-Difficult
3Analytical Reasoning (Data arrangement, Family relations, Blood relations, Linear arrangement, Coding-Decoding, Visual Reasoning, Alphabet and number series , Direction based questions, Syllogisms, )25Moderate
4General Awareness (Banking, Sports, Arts & Culture, Geography, History, Politics, Business)25Moderate - Difficult

Sectional Analysis

Section I: Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation

Evaluation:This section in CMAT was of moderate to difficult level. A few questions were lengthy and time consuming. It was a mix of questions based on Algebra, Permutation and Combination, Mensuration & Geometry, Profit and loss and Numbers. There were 2 questions on calculation of remainders, 1 on averages (of 2 groups of persons), 1 on cubic equation & 1 on functions (Simple functions), 1 difficult question was on Profit & Loss, 1 on Mensuration, 1 on trigonometry, 2 on Co-ordinate geometry, and 2 on Heights & distances (with angles 75 and 15 degrees, values were given). Further, higher maths section had 1 question on P&C and 1 on logs. The 2 questions from DI were individual questions, 1 on pie chart and other with a combination of pie chart and a bar graph. A good attempt would be around 16-20 questions.

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Section II: Verbal Ability

Evaluation:The section can be considered as well-balanced as it had questions covering all the conventional areas of verbal ability. There were 4 RC passages - first 3 passages contained 3 questions each and the last passage contained 6 questions. The passages were moderate to difficult in terms of understanding and the questions based on them were tricky. So a test taker should have tried his level best to understand Reading comprehensions completely in order to score well in this section. All the passages were present at the end of the verbal section. There were ten Non-RC based questions. Non RC questions contained 2 Fill in the blanks, 1 FIJ (Fact, Inference, and Judgment), and 1 Para - completion, 1 synonym, 1 antonym, 1 on identifying wrong part of a given sentence and 1 on arranging the given lines to form a paragraph. The sentence completion had moderate to difficult choices. Even vocabulary and analogy based questions were of good level. The sentence correction questions were based on punctuation marks and their usage. A good attempt should have been of 13 - 16 questions.

Section III: Logical Reasoning

Evaluation:The reasoning section of CMAT was of easy to moderate level. The majority of the Questions were based on Analytical reasoning, Blood Relations, Input/ output, Alpha-Numeric Series, Visual Reasoning, and True/ False Statements. This section was dominated with analytical reasoning questions. Two to three questions were there from Deductive Logic and two on Data Sufficiency (1 based on Syllogisms and 1 on Blood Relations). It was the most scoring section of this paper, although there were 3 or 4 time consuming questions as well. However, the questions could have been solved by elimination of options and that could have been a good strategy. A good attempt should have been 16-19 questions.

Section IV: General Awareness

Evaluation:This section, as always, was one weak area for most of the students. In this section there were plenty of questions on Constitution, Fiscal Plicy, World affairs, Sports, Taxation and General Science etc. The overall break- up of the questions has been quite like the previous year's CMAT papers. Though the majority of the questions were from static general knowledge, there were 8-10 current GK questions as well. As far as the current GK questions are concerned, one could have attempted 4-5 of those questions, if one had read newspapers regularly. Besides the above mentioned areas the static GK questions were from Awards, Politics and Art & Culture. Students who could attempt 15-17 questions of this section stand a pretty good chance of scoring well in this section.

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