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CMAT 2020 Exam Pattern, Marking Scheme, Duration, Sections

Updated On - July 8th 2019 by KARISHMA KHATRI

 As NTA will be conducting CMAT 2020, for now, it is expected that no changes will be made in CMAT Exam Pattern. The exam is scheduled for January 27, 2020 (tentatively) in two shifts.

NTA will release the official mock tests for CMAT shortly at the official website i.e. These will help the applicants to familiarize themselves with the screens, layout, and navigation. Download Free CMAT Sample Papers

Read on to know more about CMAT Exam Pattern, Marking Scheme, Mock Test, Important Topics and Preparation Books.

CMAT Exam Pattern in Details

  • Mode of Exam: Online i.e. Computer Based Test. 

  • Medium of Exam: The medium of the question paper in English only.

  • Nature of Questions: Objective type (MCQs) i.e. each question will have four choices out of which only one choice will be a correct one.

  • Marking Scheme: There are 4 marks for each correct answer. There shall be negative marking for wrong answers, for each wrong answer 1 mark shall be deducted.

  • Number of Questions – 100 questions 25 question per section.

Check CMAT Exam Cut off

Section-wise CMAT Exam Pattern

All sections in CMAT carry the same number of questions. Also, each section carries equal marks. The section-wise details of the paper are given below:


Number of questions

Total marks

Language Comprehension  



Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation



Logical Reasoning



General Awareness



Check CMAT Syllabus

CMAT Exam Pattern for QA/DI

  • For this section, candidates must work on their speed and efficiency. The calculation is an essential factor when it comes to answering questions in this section.

  • Questions in this section are usually single and are not based on sets.

  • Arithmetic operations and Modern Math forms an integral part of the section.

  • Candidates are advised to have good proficiency in solving the problems from topics such as Time and Distance, Geometry, Numbers, Profit and Loss, Simple equations and Time and Work.

Check More About CMAT QA/DI Section

CMAT Exam Pattern for Logical Reasoning

  • In this section, most of the questions are generally from topics such as Puzzles, Statements and Conclusions, Cause and effect, Assumptions and Conclusions and missing term in the figure.

  • Topics from arrangements (linear, seating, sequencing and arranging with conditions) are also asked.

Check More About  CMAT Logical Reasoning Section

CMAT Exam Pattern for Language Comprehension

  • Questions from para-jumbles fill in the blanks, identification of word meaning by selecting correct synonym and antonym, idioms, sentence correction, identification of correct sentence, etc. are commonly asked in this section.

  • Reading comprehension is an integral part of this section. It is advised that candidates read newspapers, novels, etc. to develop a reading habit and sharpen their verbal ability skills.

  • The passages are of 500-600 words that are not too difficult. Also, there is no fixed rule on framing questions in RC. 

Check Details About CMAT Verbal Ability Section

CMAT Exam Pattern for General Awareness

  • Questions in GK are divided into 3 parts- Conventional, Current and Business & Economics. 

  • For this section, candidates are advised to be well updated with the current affairs, especially in the Business And Economics section.

  • Basic knowledge of Science, History, Inventions, Book authors and Indian politics will also help candidates to answer the questions in this section.

Important Note: During the exam, each candidate will be assigned a desktop, along with a rough sheet and pen. Once the exam is over, the rough sheet is to be left at the desk.

Check CMAT Preparation Tips

CMAT 2020 Mock Test

Trial Test is available on the official website of NTA. This is to help candidates get accustomed to the online test and navigation functionality. Candidates are advised to go through CMAT Mock Test to acquaint themselves with the screens, layout, and navigation.

Trial tests are beneficial and form an essential part of the candidate’s preparation for the exam. It allows a candidate to form a better understanding of the test.

Benefits of Taking a Trial Test

  • Candidates get an idea about their speed and efficiency.

  • It helps the candidates in better time management.

  • It acquaints candidates with the navigation and layout of the test.

  • A trial test may also help candidates to form an idea about their actual score in the test.

  • It gives candidates the confidence to perform in the actual test.

Read CAT vs CMAT: A Comparative Analysis

CMAT 2020 Important Topics

It is essential that the candidates prepare for the exam as per the syllabus. Below are discussed important points regarding CMAT Syllabus:

  • Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation is designed based on 10+2 level Mathematics syllabus.

  • Language Comprehension includes components of English Grammar and Vocabulary.

  • There is no fixed syllabus for the Logical Reasoning and the General Awareness sections. However, candidates are advised to check the topics discussed below for these sections.

CMAT 2020 Section Wise Syllabus:

Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation

Logical Reasoning

General Awareness

Language Comprehension

Number Systems

Analytical Reasoning

Current Affairs of National and International Economy

Jumbled Paragraphs

Fraction and Decimals

Statements Assumptions

Personalities in News

Reading Comprehension

Geometry & Averages

Analogy Test

Sports news

Paragraph Completion

Quadratic and linear equations


Trade Awareness

Sentence Correction

Ratios and Proportion

Statements Arguments


Synonyms and Antonyms

Percentages & In-equations

Non-Verbal Reasoning


Idioms and Phrases


Cause and Effects


English Grammar


Statements and Conclusion


English Usage Errors


Blood Relationship Tests


Sentence Improvement

Profit and Loss

Symbol Based Problems


One-word Substitution

CMAT Preparation Books 2020

Books are the most important aspect of exam preparation. Some of the books that candidates may refer to for the preparation of CMAT 2020 exam are given below. The students and experts most recommend these.


Book Name


Quantitative Aptitude and Data Interpretation

Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Examinations

RS Agarwal

Accredited Guide to Data Interpretation and Data Sufficiency

Ananta Ashisha

Data Analysis & Interpretation Data Sufficiency

Think Tank of Kiran Prakashan

Logical Reasoning

A modern approach to logical reasoning

RS Agarwal

How to Prepare for Logical Reasoning for the CAT

Arun Sharma

Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation for the CAT

Nishit Sinha

Language Comprehension

The Pearson Guide to Verbal Ability

Sujit Kumar

How to Prepare for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension?

Arun Sharma & Meenakshi Upadhyay

CAT Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension

Gautam Puri

General Awareness

General Knowledge

Disha Experts

Face To Face MAT With 19 Years (1997-2016)

BS Sijwali

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1 Comment
Sakshi Kanoongo

Need some mock papers for CMAT preparation

25 Jan, 2019 00:20
Sarthak Mahajan

Hi Sakshi, You may please check the link to get the Mock Papers for CMAT Exam.

25 Jan, 2019 11:16

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