CMAT is a common entrance exam conducted by NTA for students seeking admissions into management courses provided by AICTE-approved universities and institutes. 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 is conducted once in a year. This change was implemented from academic session 2016-17 onwards. CMAT is generally conducted in the month of January.
CMAT Verbal Section
The total number of questions in CMAT is 100, with 25 questions each from four sections, and the time allotted is 180 minutes. Each question carries 4 marks and there is a 1/4th negative marking for each wrong answer. Test takers normally get around one and half minute to solve each question. In CMAT, verbal section appears by the name of Language Comprehension. The marking scheme is same across all sections. There is no sectional time limit in CMAT.
CMAT 2019: Language Comprehension Analysis
- In CMAT 2019, there were 4 RC passages. Three of the passages were short and had 3 questions each. One passage was moderate in length and had 6 questions.
- RC questions were of easy to moderate level of difficulty.
- There were 4 vocabulary questions (synonym, antonym and contextual) and 2 questions on idioms.
- While there was one question on grammar-based error spotting, another one question was of sentence correction.
- As for the sentence rearrangement, one was a parajumble question and another one on sentence completion.
- Overall, there were 15 RC questions and 10 verbal ability questions.
- Generally, verbal section featured questions of medium difficulty.
It is advisable to attempt atleast 15-20 questions in this section. You shouldn’t spend more than 40-45 minutes on verbal section. As the analysis shows, a good vocabulary is must to ace CMAT. Also, you need to be well versed with the fundamentals of grammar.
Finally, invest some time in honing your reading skills.