CMAT is a common entrance exam conducted by AICTE for students who are seeking admissions into management courses provided across a number of universities and institutes in India. Since 2012, AICTE has been conducting CMAT twice in an academic year in September and February for admission to PG programmes in management. But, now it will be conducted once in a year. This change was set to be implemented from 2016-17 onwards. CMAT will be conducted in the month of January, 2018.
The total number of questions in this exam is usually 100, with 25 questions each from four sections, and the time allotted is 180 minutes. Test takers normally get around one and half minute to solve each question.
CMAT 2014 Verbal Analysis
- CMAT 2014 had questions like spotting the errors in sentences, fill in the blanks based on subject verb agreement and grammar and tenses.
- Questions on vocabulary usage were based on synonyms, antonyms, phrases and idioms.
- A few questions were asked on jumbled sentences, which were short and doable.
- Reading comprehension passages were short, having 300 words approximately. They were followed by the tricky questions based on statements and assumptions. All the passages were more or less moderate to difficult and a bit time consuming, reflecting the reasoning type of questions, which required greater understanding of the passage. Candidates had to read between the lines to solve them.
CMAT 2015 Verbal Analysis
- The pattern has largely remained the same, with 15 RC questions and a combination of vocabulary, grammar, Fact, inference and Judgement, idiom usage, phrase replacement, dictionary usage of a word etc.
- However, unlike earlier years, one of the RCs was more lengthy than usual.
- In the non-RC section there were two questions on vocabulary based on synonyms and antonyms, two questions on double blank-sentence completion, again two questions on sentence correction wherein one had to find the right usage of comma, semicolon etc., one question based on analogy, two questions on conclusion based verbal reasoning and 1 set on sentence rearrangement i.e. partial para jumbling wherein the opening and closing lines were given.
- About 15-20 questions could have been attempted comfortably. One should have spent around 40-45 minutes in this section with a good reading speed to maximize score in reading comprehension section.
- Critical reasoning concepts’ clarity was also required. One should carefully attempt these questions.
- A good level of vocabulary is a pre-requisite for CMAT verbal section.
- Make sure that the grammar fundamentals are revised properly as this is the scoring section in the CMAT Verbal Section.