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CMAT 2019 Exam Pattern

By: R Chandrakala on October 30, 2017

The CMAT Exam Pattern is set by All India Council for Technical Education. As per the CMAT Exam Pattern, the entrance examination is conducted to determine admissions into programmes on the like of MBA, PGDM and PGCM Programmes offered across various schools. Candidates who complete CMAT Registration successfully between October 18 and December 18 would be allowed to take the CMAT examination.

The CMAT Exam Pattern consists of the following sections: Language, Quantitative, Logical Reasoning, Data Interpretation and General Awareness. Every section has 25 questions, a total of 100 questions with every question carrying 4 marks. Understanding CMAT Exam Pattern is important to everyone as it will determine their preparation for the same accordingly.

The important characteristics of CMAT Exam Pattern are:

  1. CMAT is a computer based online examination for determining admission into AICTE approved programmes.
  2. CMAT 2018 would be consisting of a single session and would be having 4 sections.
  3. The total number of questions would be about 100, with every section having 25 questions.
  4. There would be four options given to every question from which the candidate would be picking up one option. 
  5. The duration of the entrance examination would be for 3 hours. 
  6. There is no time limit that has been set for any section, about an hour would be ideal for every section.

The CMAT Exam Pattern has been detailed below: Section Question Count Total Marks
1 Quantitative and Data Interpretation 25 100
2 General Awareness 25 100
3 Logical Reasoning 25 100
4 Language 25 100
  Total 100 400

Every correct answer in CMAT would be awarded 4 marks and a negative marking of -1 for every wrong answer. A trial test would be made available for the candidates to get an overview of the examination. 

These points need to be kept in mind by every candidate to attempt CMAT in order to excel in the examination.

  1. CMAT is a 3-hour Computer Based Test wherein the number of questions, difficulty level and time duration of every section is determined in advance and are the same regardless of test administration.
  2. The Quantitative and Data Interpretation section has a difficulty level that is of moderate difficulty.The topics usually covered in this section are Mensuration, Number System, Profit and Loss, Averages and Logarithms etc.Practice regularly to get conceptual clarity on the ones mentioned.
  3. A lot of reading in terms of the newspapers, novels and magazines would help a candidate to understand and do the exam well. Topics like Reading Comprehension, Idioms, Vocabulary would be tested from the Language section.
  4. 25 questions from General Awareness section are divided into Static GK and Current GK. The candidate should invest time across both the sections in equal measure.

CMAT 2019 Syllabus

CMAT 2017 will comprise of four sections- Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation, Logical Reasoning, Language Comprehension, and General Awareness. 

It is crucial that aspirants are well aware of the complete CMAT syllabus to prepare strategically and obtain a good score. Here is section- wise topics and subtopics that need to be prepared for each section:

#1  Arithmetic


 Number System  HCF  LCM   Ratio- Proportion   Simplification  Percentage  Average  Time and   Work    Speed- Distance- Time    Complex Numbers   Probability

#2  Algebra


  Quadratic Eq   Linear Eq   Progressions   Inequalities   PnC   Percentage   Sets and Functions   Mensuration

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