Understanding the CMAT Exam Pattern

Common Management Admission Test (CMAT) is a national level test conducted by All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) for admission to all management programs in AICTE approved institutions. In 2021, CMAT exam was conducted on 31st March 2021. CMAT 2022 will tentatively be held in January 2022. NTA has announced a few changes to the exam pattern of the CMAT 2022 last year. The registrations for the CMAT 2022 will begin in November 2021 with successful fee submission. However, the revised CMAT 2022 exam pattern now includes an optional section of ‘Innovation and Entrepreneurship’ for the students who have opted for this course. CMAT 2022 exam pattern is yet to be notified. However for tentative information regarding the revised exam pattern, read the article below.
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Students should plan their exam duration accordingly. The test will have 100 +25 questions which have to be solved in 180 minutes. However, the candidate opting for the subject Innovation and Entrepreneurship will have to appear for additional 25 questions which are to be completed in 30 minutes. The extra time will be given to the candidates opting for this subject. There is negative marking of 1 mark for each wrong answer. Based on the past year, students should prepare for CMAT 2021 and keep in mind important points. The following table will give you an overview of the exam pattern:

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Mode Computer based online test
Number of Sections 4 + 1 (Optional)
Sections Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation, Logical Reasoning, Language Comprehension & General Awareness + Innovation & Entrepreneurship (Optional section for students who opt this subject)
Number of Questions 100 (Every section has 25 questions) + 25 (Optional)
Duration of the Test 180 minutes (3 hrs.) + 30 minutes (for optional section)
Marking Scheme Every question carries 4 marks. For every wrong answer, 1 mark will be deducted

The sectional division of the test is given in the following table:

Sections No. of Questions Total Marks
Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation 25 100
Logical Reasoning 25 100
Language Comprehension 25 100
General Awareness 25 100
Total 100 400
Innovation & Entrepreneurship (optional) 25 100
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A few important points that will help you to excel in the preparation are:

  • CMAT is a three hours computer- delivered test where difficulty levels, number of questions and the time duration of each section is predetermined and are same regardless of when and where the test is administered.
  • The quantitative and data interpretation section usually contains questions having a difficulty level of moderate to difficult. The important topics covered in this section are: Geometry, Mensuration, Profit & Loss, Number System, Averages, Probability, Logarithms etc. To have an edge in this section, you need to practice regularly and have thorough concept clarity.
  • Developing the habit of reading English newspaper regularly along with novels and magazines will help you in building your vocabulary and ace the verbal ability area of CMAT. It is a balanced section and covers all the broad topics ranging from Reading Comprehension, Idioms, Vocabulary, Para Jumbles, Fill in the Blanks, Critical Reasoning, Analogy, Sentence Rearrangement, FIJs and Para Jumbles.
  • The Logical and Analytical Reasoning Section constitutes questions on Analytical Reasoning, Blood Relations, Input/output, Alpha-Numeric Series, Visual Reasoning, True/False Statements, Deductive Logic, Data arrangement, Family relations, Linear arrangement, Coding-Decoding, Direction based questions, Syllogisms and Data Sufficiency. The level of difficulty of this section fluctuates every year; so you need to master all the concepts, tips and tricks to solve this area.
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  • The 25 questions from General Awareness section are divided in two broad categories: Current GK and Static GK. The former has questions on the Constitution of India, Fiscal Policy, World affairs, Sports, Taxation and General Science etc and the latter covers areas like Awards, Politics and Art and Culture.

The key take away from this exam pattern is that to ace CMAT you need to brush up your basics of all the important topics and manage your time well during the exam.

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