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May 04, 2018

May 04, 2018 @ 04:51 PM

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CMAT Second Test January, Analysis of CMAT Exam, AICTE

CMAT is an AICTE conducted entrance test for admission to the colleges that offer MBA and for those which run postgraduate diploma in management programs. AICTE has decided to conduct CMAT twice every year. 
Now, the notification for 2nd test for admission in the academic year 2019-20 is out. According to the notification, the second round of exams will be scheduled to be conducted over 5 – Day window starting from January 2019.
Review in a Nut Shell
• 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
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
Detailed 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+
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
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 goings ¬ on in contemporary world would enable a candidate to do well in this section.
Please NOTE: 
All the above information is based upon the feedbacks taken from several students who appeared for the examination. 
MBA Rendezvous is simply putting together all the pieces of information so that a lot of students appearing for next round of CMAT in January 2019 could get some positive help for preparation and revision.

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