MBA Entrance Exams / #CMAT

April 21, 2017 @ 04:30 PM

April 21, 2017 @ 04:30 PM

Expert Trend Analysis of the Exam

Published : Thursday, 07 January, 2016 08:30 AM
Those of you, who are appearing in CMAT 2016 on coming January, 2017 must note the following expert trend analysis: 
• Total Number of Questions – 100
• Total Time – 180 minutes (3 hrs.)
• The Marking Scheme – Four marks for each correct
• Answer. (–) 1 marks for each incorrect answer.
• Total Marks – 400
• Number of Options – 4 per question
• Sections/Sectional Time Limit – 4 sections, no limits


Likely Breakup
Sections  No. of questions  Max Marks   Difficulty Level
Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation 25 100 Easy to Moderate
Logical Reasoning 25 100  Easy to Moderate
Language Comprehension 25 100     Moderate
General Awareness 25 100  Moderate

Trend Analysis
Sections   No. of ques. Time Suggested  Ideal Attempts Ideal Score

Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation
25  50 20+  65+
Logical Reasoning  25   60 16+   54+
Language Comprehension 25  60 16+  46+
General Awareness 25 10  15+ 50+

Overall level of difficulty of the paper can be rated as easy. Ideal attempt would be 67+ questions in the three hours’ time with more than 85% accuracy.
                                        Section Wise analysis of last year exam
Section I   : Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation

Topics covered under Quantitative Techniques were:
• Number Systems
• Linear equations
• Pipes and cisterns
• Profit & Loss
• Averages
• Mixtures and Alligation
• Coordinate Geometry
• Menstruation
• Probability and
• Permutation & Combination
Questions were based on almost all the topics and could be solved easily using options. Questions were of easy to moderate difficulty level.
Topics covered under Data Interpretation were:
In Data Interpretation, there was one table and one bar graph contains one question each. These involved simple calculations like addition & percentages. One question was regarding Data Sufficiency as well.
Section II  : Logical Reasoning
Questions were mostly based on:
• Syllogism and set theory
• Data arrangement
• Blood Relations
• Linear arrangements
• Coding Decoding
• Alphabet Series
• Direction based questions
• Calendars
Majority of the questions was from grouping and conditionality. A lot of information was given in these questions followed by only one question based on it. This made the questions time consuming but manageable. Questions on critical & analytical reasoning dominated the section and were slightly tricky.

Section III : Language Comprehension
A person with reasonable linguistic skills can attempt and score very well in the section. Most of the questions were based on critical reasoning based on the information given in short passages. Few questions were from the areas like Para-jumbles, idioms and fill in the blanks. What is required is the ability to read quickly & meticulously, the text along with hidden messages and implicit connotations. Plus decent amount of vocabulary and analytical ability would have helped.
Section IV : General Awareness
Questions were asked on various areas of general awareness like sports, arts and culture, geography, history, politics, business and so on. A consistent reading of newspapers/journals, as also keeping track of the current affairs  would enable a candidate to do well in this section.

Important Links for Your Preparation

CMAT Mock Test 100 Questions on QA
100 Mock Questions on QA & DI Top 100 Q & A on LR
500+ GK Topics Top 10 RCs
Caution for you 
All the above information is based upon the feedbacks taken from several students who appeared for the examination hence, you must ensure to assume above as feedback only. 

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