Tips to crack General Awareness Section in CMAT

CMAT 2021 Application Begins : November 2020

CMAT 2020 CMAT Exam, General Awareness section, GA section

The General Awareness section in the CMAT 2020 Exam is a critical section. A consistent and streamlined approach can help you crack this section easily. The GK Syllabus for CMAT 2020 exam covers topics on history, geography, current affairs – economic, business, awards, sports, corporate events, etc. Other topics related to entertainment, politics, environment are also asked. There are various books for CMAT 2020 preparation available in the market. Some popular ones are Study Package for CMAT by Arun Sharma and Meenakshi Upadhyay.

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CMAT 2020 Exam Day & Date

Time Slot

Exam Duration

Monday, 28th January 2020

9:30 am – 12:30 pm

3 Hours

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The CMAT 2020 exam pattern has four sections.

CMAT 2020 Exam Sections

No. Of Questions

CMAT 2020 Marking Scheme

Correct Answer

Incorrect Answer

Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation




Logical Reasoning




Language Comprehension




General Awareness







In this article, we focus solely on the General Awareness section. Unlike other exams, the GK section in CMAT 2020 has negative marking. Here is all you need to know about it.


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What is the General Awareness Section?

CMAT 2020 General Awareness deals with current affairs of domestic and international events.

  1. It has 25 questions
  2. Every correct answer is +4 marks
  3. Every incorrect answer is -1 mark


What are the topics expected in General Awareness?

The general awareness topics can be divided into two parts:



Percentage Breakup


Static General Awareness Questions

20% to 30%

1. Indian History

2. Geography

3. Economy

4. Companies and Brands

  1. Books and authors


Current Affairs Related Questions

70% to 80%

  1. Economics current affairs
  2. Understanding on government schemes in areas of economy
  3. Environmental issues
  4. News related to Sports
  5. Social issues, Business, Finance, Automobiles, Entertainment, Politics  
  6. Major corporate events
  7. Current year award and prizes
  8. World Records
  9. International News- Global Events

You can expect questions from below areas:

  • Areas of current affairs and economics
  • Understanding on government schemes in areas of economy
  • Environmental issues
  • News related to Sports
  • Social issues, Business, Finance, Automobiles, Entertainment, Politics  
  • Major corporate events, Famous award and prizes
  • World Records, Books and authors
  • International News- Global Events

What are the tips to strengthen your general awareness level?

  1. Read General Awareness topics  
  2. Keep yourself up to date with the latest that is happening in India and around the world in politics, sports, economy, books, awards, titles, etc
  3. Read good English dailies and magazines like The Hindu, Economic Times, Competition Success Review etc
  4. Go through the previous year CMAT papers and mock tests and note the questions asked in the areas of awards, books, ministers, capitals and governors of Indian states and Indian history etc.
  5. As the CMAT 2019 is approaching keep a tab of the news and latest that is happening
  6. Dedicate your free time to reading and collating facts around the latest that is happening in the world.

Why is GK Section Critical in CMAT 2020?

In CMAT 2020 exam, general awareness section is a critical aspect. Here are some of the reasons why we say so:

  1. Unlike other MBA entrance exams that have a GK section, the general awareness section in CMAT 2020 has equal weightage as the other three sections. Thus, it is equally important
  2. The GK section can help you save a lot of time as it’s a black and white section – either you know the answer or no.
  3. Since there is no sectional time limit you can quickly answer the questions objectively and utilize the time to solve questions of other sections like QA, DI, and LR
  4. The difficulty level of the questions in GK section in CMAT 2020 exam is not very tough. It is comparatively easier to score.