Common Management Admission Test (CMAT) is the first 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 2013 CMAT was conducted from 21st February 2013 to 25th February 2013. The pattern was same as that of 2012 exam. The test is taken twice a year. Overall the paper was of moderate-difficult level with the quantitative ability & Data interpretation section getting tougher compared to previous CMAT exams. The test has in all 100 questions to be solved in a time span of 180 minutes.
|Time allotted||180 minutes|
|Total no. of questions||100|
|Marking Scheme||Correct Answer: +4|
|Number of choices||4|
|Expected cut-offs*||A score of 230+was appropriate to clear the cut off|
|Sr. No.||Sections||No. of Questions||Difficulty Level|
|1.||Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation (Number system, Linear equation, Profit & Loss, Averages, Mixture & Alligations, Co-ordinate Geometry, Mensuration, Probability)||25||Easy-Moderate|
|2.||Verbal Ability (Idioms, vocabulary, Critical Reasoning, Para jumbles, Fill in the blanks¬)||25||Moderate|
|3.||Analytical Reasoning (Data arrangement, Family relations, Blood relations, Linear arrangement, Coding-Decoding, Visual Reasoning, Alphabet series, Direction based questions)||25||Moderate-Difficult|
|4.||General Awareness (banking, sports, arts & culture, geography, history, politics, business)||25||Moderate|
Evaluation:This section covered entirely every topic of mathematics. Overall the section was easy to moderate. Questions in this section were from the topics like Number system, Linear equation, Inequalities, Pipes & Cisterns, Profit & Loss, Averages, Mixture & Alligations, Co-ordinate Geometry, Mensuration, Probability, and Permutation & Combination. 2 sets were on Data Interpretation (1 bar graph and 1 pie chart) with 1 question each that involved simple calculations like addition, ratio & percentages. And 2 questions were on data Sufficiency which were a bit tough.
Evaluation:Overall this section was of moderate level. A student having basic knowledge of grammar could have excelled in this section. The section included questions on idioms, vocabulary, Critical Reasoning, Para jumbles, Fill in the blanks, etc. Major emphasis was on Critical reasoning questions. With decent amount of vocabulary and analytical ability, one can approach these questions.
Evaluation:The level of this section was moderate to difficult. The section involved basic logical reasoning sets that included topics on Data arrangement, Family relations, Blood relations, Linear arrangement, Coding-Decoding, Visual Reasoning, Alphabet series, Direction based questions, Calenders, etc. Majority of the questions were on grouping and conditionality.
Evaluation:In this section questions were asked on various areas of general awareness like banking, sports, arts & culture, geography, history, politics, business, etc. A consistent reading of newspapers and magazines would enable a candidate to do well in this section.
*Disclaimer:All the above given information is based on personal opinion of hitbullseye Expert faculty. Several factors have been considered before giving these cut-offs. However, it has nothing to do with original cut-offs.