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CMAT Preparation 2021 [45 Days Guide]

CMAT Preparation 2021 [45 Days Guide]

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CMAT 2021: 45 Days Preparation Guide

Common Management Admission Test (CMAT) 2021 exam dates are 22nd February and 27th February 2021. CMAT is a National Level Entrance for admission to Management Programmes over 1000 B-schools across India. CMAT 2021 facilitates AICTE affiliated participating Institutions to select suitable graduate candidates for admission to the Management Courses in such Institutions. CMAT is a national level entrance exam

With just 45 days in hand, you need to fasten your preparation strategy.

CMAT 2021: Exam Details


Computer based online test

Number of Sections



Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation, Logical Reasoning, Language Comprehension & General Awareness

Number of Questions

100(Every section has 25 questions)

Duration of the Test

180 minutes (3 hrs.)

Marking Scheme

Every question carries 4 marks. For every wrong answer, 1 mark will be deducted

CMAT 2021: Exam Pattern

CMAT Sections

No. of Questions

Total Marks

Level of difficulty

Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation



Moderate (3-4 questions are difficult)

Logical Reasoning



DI more difficult; Quant –moderate

Language Comprehension



Moderate to difficult

General Awareness



Easy to moderate





CMAT 2021: Syllabus

Over the years the basic structure of the CMAT exam syllabus has not encountered many alterations and remained constant. The CMAT 2021 exam syllabus is the outcome of the topics which have earlier appeared in CMAT exam.

CMAT Sections

Important Topics

Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation

Numbers, Percentage, Profit & Loss, Mixtures, Averages, Ratios, Interest, Equations

Time & Work, Time, Speed & Distance


Standard DI tools

Logical Reasoning

Assertion-Reasoning, Quant, 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

Language Comprehension

Rearranging sentences

Vocabulary, with questions on antonyms and synonyms

Grammar & Sentence Correction

Reading Comprehension

General Awareness

Current Events & Happenings, including international affairs

History, Geography, Polity, Science

Sports, Art & Culture

Books & Authors, Awards

Sectional Approach

Here are a few tips you need to keep in mind while preparing for each section:

Language Comprehension

  • Starting today, make sure you attempt at least 23-25 sectional mocks before exam day.
  • Attempt individual Reading Comprehensions with a timer (5 minutes at max).
  • Brush up your grammar skills before the exam.
  • Work on vocabulary and reading speed.
  • Include solving poem based reading comprehension mocks.

Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation

  • Try to attempt at least 25-27 sectional mocks for both Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation before exam day.
  • Make a separate list of all the formulae.
  • Work on your techniques.
  • Learn to deduce answer before moving to choices.
  • To have an edge in this section, you need to practice daily and have thorough concept clarity.
  • Solve every question with a timer (2 minutes at max)

Logical Reasoning

  • Try to attempt at least 25-28 sectional mocks before exam day.
  • Learn to deduce answer before moving to choices
  • Make your own version of techniques, if you can.
  • Solve every question with a timer ( 2 minutes at max).
  • 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.

General Awareness

  • Try to attempt at least 23-25 sectional mocks before exam day.
  • Make a separate list of dates and events.
  • Make a list of books and authors.
  • Follow international news updates.
  • Go through various educational videos/books that provide general knowledge

Overall Approach

  1. Work on Strengths & Weaknesses: Know which subjects/areas you are good at, and in where all improvement is needed. Keep revising the subjects even when you are done with it.
  2. Expand your vocabulary- 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. Write down whatever new words you encounter after reading an article.
  3. Skip what needs to be skipped- Do not spend more time in solving one question. It’s better to move on to the next question if it is not solved in time. CMAT 2021 deducts 1 mark each wrong answer.
  4. Don’t start new topics: If you are not confident of finishing a new topic and its complete revision before the exam, then do not start it. This will hamper the rest topics you are confident of.
  5. Be updated- Do not detach yourself from the world. Keep your eyes and ears always open to news updates and pop culture around.
  6. Importance of Breaks- Taking short breaks in between your studies is a great way to prevent your brain from getting fatigued when you are preparing for any exam.
  7. Be friends with internet- Follow news & current affair pages in your social media handles. Even when you are scrolling through these apps in your leisure time, you get the information or notifications.
  8. Be confident- Hard work along with confidence helps to you overcome the obstacles, but over-confidence can be a problem.

Everyone has a different approach to prepare for any competitive exam. As you get more experience in taking exams; you will find the best way for you. Meanwhile, the above tips can give you a good starting point to study.

MBA Rendezvous wishes all the best to our readers for CMAT 2021.