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Registrations : 1 Nov '19 - 30 Nov '19

CMAT 2019 CMAT Exam, General Awareness section, GA section

Starting 2019, CMAT Exam will be conducted by the National Testing Agency. The CMAT 2019 is on Monday, 28th January 2019. The exam will be conducted in two shifts.


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CMAT 2019 Exam Day & Date

Shift 1

Shift 2

Exam Duration

Monday, 28th January 2019

9:30 am – 12:30 pm

2:30 pm – 5:30 pm

3 Hours


The CMAT 2019 registration closed on 30th Nov 2018. The CMAT 2019 admit card will be available from 7th Jan 2019.


The CMAT 2019 exam pattern has four sections.


CMAT 2019 Exam Sections

No. Of Questions

CMAT 2019 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 exam, the GK section in CMAT 2019 has negative marking. Here is all you need to know about it.


What is the General Awareness Section?

CMAT 2019 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 2019?

In CMAT 2019 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 2019 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 2019 exam is not very tough. It is comparatively easier to score.