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CMAT 2020 Preparation Tips

By: Avantika Bhardwaj on October 11, 2019

The National Testing Agency (NTA), the conducting authority of CMAT Exam has released the date of CMAT 2020 and the exam is scheduled to be conducted on 24th January 2020. CMAT 2020 would be a computer based test i.e. the examination would be conducted online. Candidates willing to take the exam can start registering themselves from 1st November 2019. Candidates willing to take this management entrance examination must be aware of how one can tackle all the type of questions asked in the examination.

To avoid any last minute rush, the aspirants must familiarize themselves with the pattern and syllabus of examination as a thorough go through of it would help them qualify the examination. CMAT Exam primarily based upon four sections namely:

  1. Quantitative Technique and Data Interpretation
  2. Logical Reasoning
  3. Language Comprehension
  4. General Awareness

The pattern of CMAT Exam is given below:

Section

No. of Questions

Total Marks

Time Limit

Quantitative Technique and Data Interpretation

25

100

No Sectional Time Limit

Logical Reasoning

25

100

Language Comprehension

25

100

General Awareness

25

100

Overall

100

400

180 Minutes (3 Hours)

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Preparation Tips for CMAT 2020

There are two important things one must understand and follow in order to qualify the examination. CMAT 2020 preparation strategy or the question of how one should prepare oneself to strengthen on the topics asked in CMAT examination contains 2 necessary things - first is CMAT previous years question papers and second one is the anticipated CMAT examination pattern.

It must be noted that the CMAT Exam Preparation isn't terribly tough because the basics of CMAT question paper have remained unchanged. According to the specialists and past CMAT examination toppers, the preparation for CMAT examination should be outlined. A key part in CMAT 2020 preparation strategy is your CMAT preparation time.

Step by Step Planning for CMAT 2020

How to strengthen the subjects asked in the exam to qualify CMAT 2020 isn't an important question because the preparation pattern remains unchanged and is same based on the pattern of previous year examination pattern and syllabus. CMAT examination is split into four sections and therefore the CMAT preparation strategy requires equal specialization in all four core sections that have equal weightage. Consequently, your CMAT examination Preparation needs to be focused on the following key points:

  • How to prepare for CMAT and when you should start preparing for the exam.
  • Books to be studied for CMAT Preparation.
  • Material that can be used besides CMAT Preparation Books.
  • Tips by toppers of previous years' CMAT Exams.
  • Online preparation for CMAT Exam
  • How to crack the examination with a high score.

Preparation for CMAT should always be in the right direction for those candidates seeking admission into the best institutes of India. Even though, there does not seem to be a definite mantra that is easy enough to crack CMAT, various preparation tips and strategies can be followed to ensure ease in preparation for the CMAT Examination.

1. Last year question papers

The best way to prepare for the exam is to get a definite plan concerning the examination and find familiarity in the pattern, candidates should observe last year's question papers. this can avoid instant anxiety.

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2. Regular Revision

Gradual and regular revision makes the candidates accustomed to the categories and type of questions asked during the examination and CMAT Exam Pattern. It helps candidates generate discipline regarding the preparations. Regular revision can help them build confidence within themselves and bring perfection in what they do.

3. Focusing on basics of each topic

It is seen that there are some questions from each section that are primarily formed based on the principal concepts of each section. These types of questions have been found in almost all the question papers of previous years. The questions asked are of same type. The candidates appearing for the examination would be advised to practice these question papers to strengthen their basic concepts.

4. Planning your study

This could prove to be one of the important assets of your preparation strategy for CMAT 2020. The candidates must plan on how and what topics they must study in order to qualify the examination. Each topic must be allotted a certain time to ensure that every section is covered in stipulated time.

5. Understanding the CMAT Exam Pattern and Marking Scheme

It is an essential tip to qualify the examination. Students must familiarize themselves with the examination pattern and other aspects of CMAT 2020 examination.

Sections

Language Comprehension, Quantitative Technique and Data Interpretation, Logical Reasoning, and General Awareness

Mode of CMAT 2020

Online, Computer Based Test

Duration of Exam

3 hours i.e. 180 minutes

No. of questions

100

Questions in each section

25

Marking Scheme

+4 for each correct answer

 

-1 for each incorrect answer

Total marks

400

Question Paper Language

English

Section wise preparation for CMAT 2020

Quantitative Technique and Data Interpretation

The section is basically designed to test students' ability to solve mathematical questions of various segments namely arithmetic, algebra, geometry etc. Candidates appearing for CMAT 2020 would be advised to identify their weakness and work on them. This can be done by practicing mock test regularly.

  • The consistent practice can help them strengthen their ability to solve the questions. The students should have formulae on their finger tips and some short tricks in case of a few topics would prove helpful.
  • Since all the questions carry equal marks, it is a general advice for students to not to get stuck on a single question. It would be beneficial for them to leave the question unsolved and move on to the next one.

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Books for Quantitative Technique and Data Interpretation

Books

Author/Publisher

How to Prepare for Quantitative Aptitude for CAT

Arun Sharma

Quantitative Aptitude Quantum CAT Common Admission Tests for Admission into IIMs

Sarvesh K Verma

Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Examinations

Abhijit Guha

NCERT Mathematics Books for Standard 8, 9 and 10


NCERT

Quantitative Aptitude

Dr RS Aggarwal

Language Comprehension

The section is designed to analyze students' knowledge of English Language, Grammar, and Vocabulary based on their ability to solve questions. Candidates should be efficient enough to solve all the questions in lesser time as there is no sectional limit, but efficiency can help them attempt all the questions in the given time.

  • Language Comprehension section covers several topics of English language such as para jumbles, sentence correction, completion of the given sentence, reading comprehension, phrases, idioms, and one-word substitution.
  • Reading newspaper on daily basis is generally considered helpful while preparing for any entrance examination containing Language Comprehension and General Knowledge as sections. Articles and other forms of content help students enhance their vocabulary. It does improve students' knowledge of Grammar.

Books for Language Comprehension

Books

Author/Publisher

How to Prepare for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for the CAT

Arun Sharma

The Pearson Guide to Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning for the CAT


 Nishit K Sinha

A Modern Approach to Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning

Dr R S Aggarwal

Trishna's Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning for the CAT and Other MBA Examinations

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Other relevant books for Grammar and Vocabulary

  • A Communicative Grammar of English by Geoffrey Leech and Jan Svartvik
  • The Students' Companion by Wilfred D Best
  • 30 Days to a More Powerful Vocabulary by Norman Lewis
  • Business English and Communication by John O E Clark
  • Word Power Made Easy by Norman Lewis
  • Wren & Martin English Grammar

Logical Reasoning

  • This section generally analyzes students' ability to solve questions based on logical ability. The kind of questions are different and hence require different solutions. The questions appear easy, but the difficulty level of questions may vary.
  • CMAT Exam include several topics under logical reasoning section. The topics are Statement and Argument, Statement and Conclusion, Coding and Decoding, Number Series, Analogies, etc. Practicing these topics would help students attempt a greater number of questions in the exam.

Books for Logical Reasoning

Books

Author/Publisher

How to Prepare for Logical Reasoning for the CAT

Arun Sharma

Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation for the CAT

Nishit K Sinha

General Awareness

Candidates must remain updated with the government schemes and plans released lately. There are certain areas from which the questions are asked in the examination and the areas include Economy, Environmental Issues, News, Finance, Sports, Business, Awards & Recognition, World Records, National and International affairs, major corporate events, etc.

Material for General Awareness

The Hindu

Financial Express

Economic Times

The Financial Times

Wall Street Journey

Hindu Business Line

Business Today

Business World

CMAT 2020 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

Subtopics

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

#2  Algebra

Subtopics

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

CMAT 2020 Exam Pattern

The AICTE has prescribed CMAT Exam Pattern. As per the CMAT Exam Pattern, the test would be conducted in an online mode. CMAT is conducted for admission into programs like MBA, PGDM and PGCM that are offered by numerous B-schools in India. CMAT would be held on January 21, 2018. Candidates wishing to successfully register for the exam between October 18 and December 15 would be taking the test.

The CMAT Exam Pattern consists of the following sections that are detailed as below:

Sections Questions Marks
Quantitative Aptitude & Data Interpretation 25 100
Logical Reasoning 25 100
Language Comprehension 25 100
General Awareness 25 100

CMAT Exam Pattern is important for the understanding of the candidates failing which a good attempt cannot be made in the exam. The highlights of the CMAT Exam Pattern are as detailed as below:

  1. CMAT is a computer-based exam that is conducted for admission into B-schools that are approved by AICTE.
  2. CMAT would be held in a single session and would contain 4 sections.
  3. The total number of questions in CMAT is 100, and every section would consist of 25 questions. 
  4. Four options would be given for every question from which candidates would be selecting one option.
  5. The duration of the exam would be for 180 minutes.
  6. Without any time limit for any section, about an hour could be spent for every section.

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