How to Ace CMAT?

CMAT stands for Common Management Admission Test. It is a national level entrance examination conducted by National Testing Agency (NTA) every year to facilitate institutions to select suitable graduate candidates for admission in all Management programs offered by AICTE approved institutions. CMAT, previously conducted twice a year, is conducted only once a year (on 3rd Sunday of January) from academic year 2016-17 onwards.

CMAT Preparation Strategy

The paper can be split into three parts: concept driven, practice intensive and environment sensitive. Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation and select areas of Language Comprehension are concept driven. Questions on these areas are difficult to attempt without concept clarity and hence it is advised to brush up the key fundamentals in these areas. Logical Reasoning is a purely practice intensive section and the comfort level here is directly proportional to practicing across similar questions. General Awareness is environment sensitive and can be best prepared by a dichotomous approach, viewing the section as a make up of current and static awareness. Following is a section specific preparation strategy:-

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CMAT Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation

The thrust areas in this section are: -

  • Numbers, Percentage, Profit & Loss, Mixtures, Averages, Ratios, Interest, Equations
  • Time & Work, Time, Speed & Distance
  • Geometry
  • Standard DI tools
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CMAT General Awareness

The thrust areas in this section are:-

  • Current Events & Happenings, including international affairs
  • History, Geography, Polity, Science
  • Sports, Art & Culture
  • Books & Authors, Awards
CMAT Logical Reasoning

The thrust areas here are:-

  • Assertion-Reasoning, Inferences, Critical reasoning
  • Assumption-Premise-Conclusion, True and False Statements
  • Linear arrangements, Sequences and series
  • Strong - Weak arguments, Statements and assumptions
  • Series, Coding and decoding, Cause and effect
  • Symbol-based problems
CMAT Language Comprehension

The thrust areas here are:-

  • Rearranging sentences
  • Vocabulary, with questions on antonyms and synonyms
  • Grammar & Sentence Correction
  • Reading Comprehension

While preparing ensure a sequential and systematic approach; the following is a suggested route: -

  • Start with concept consolidation in areas where concepts are critical (as mentioned above)
  • Graduate to the next level where you practice across questions requiring an application of the key concepts
  • Cement your preparation with practice across similar tests, thus improving your test taking strategies.
Further Reading :
Ace the CMAT Verbal Ability section

Overall, the test taker has to understand that CMAT is designed to assess you on certain core management skills like time management, prioritization, stress management, knowledge and balancing accuracy & speed.

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