NTA has changed CMAT 2021 Exam Pattern. The exam conducting body has introduced a new optional section of Innovation & Entrepreneurship. The section will consist of 25 questions with an additional time limit of 30 minutes. The Syllabus for CMAT has remained the same for the past few years. CMAT 2021 had 5 sections: Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation, Language Comprehension, Logical Reasoning, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, and General Awareness. Check CMAT 2021 Preparation
CMAT exam duration is 3 hours with no sectional time limit. 25 questions of 4 marks each are asked from each section. There is a provision of negative marking, every incorrect response will cost 1 mark.
CMAT Latest Updates
- April 22: CMAT Previous Year Papers are available for download. Check here
- April 17: CMAT Toppers suggest section-wise most important topics for preparation. Check here
- April 10: CMAT 2021 Paper Analysis in detail. Check here
- March 31: CMAT 2021 has been conducted today.
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CMAT 2021 Exam Pattern
|CMAT 2021 Exam Pattern|
|Mode||Online (Computer Based Test)|
|Duration||3 hours (30 minutes extra for candidates opting Innovation & Entrepreneurship)|
|Sectional Time Limit||None|
|Nature of Questions||Objective Type (MCQ’s)|
|Number of Choices||Four Choices, out of which only one choice will be a correct choice|
|Number of Questions||125 Questions|
|Total Marks||125 Marks|
|Marks Awarded||+4 for every correct answer|
|Negative Marking||-1 for every wrong answer|
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CMAT 2021 Sections
|Section||Number of questions|
|Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation||25|
|Innovation & Entrepreneurship||25|
- Each section carries an equal weightage of 25 marks
- Candidates can switch between sections at their convenience
- However, it is recommended that candidates complete a section before moving on to the next.
- Candidates can attempt the questions in any order.
- There is no sectional time limit in CMAT 2021
CMAT 2021 Marking Scheme
|Answer Type||Marks Allotted|
|Every Correct Response||+4|
|Every Wrong Response||-1|
CMAT 2021 Sectional Exam Pattern
|Section||Question Type||Important Questions|
|Language Comprehension||Fill in the blanks, Reading Comprehension, etc.||para-jumbles, fill in the blanks, identification of word meaning by selecting correct synonyms and antonyms, idioms, sentence correction, identification of correct sentences, etc.|
|Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation||Standalone Questions||bar graphs, pie charts, tables, Arithmetic operations, Modern Math, Geometry, Quadratic and Linear Equations, Number Systems, Fraction and Decimals,|
|Logical Reasoning||Set-Based Questions/ Standalone Questions||Puzzles, Statements and Conclusions, Cause and effect, Assumptions and Conclusions and missing term|
|General Awareness||Standalone Questions||Conventional, Current and Business & Economics General Knowledge|
|Innovation & Entrepreneurship||Standalone Questions||To be updated|
- Check More About CMAT QA/DI Section
- Check More About CMAT Logical Reasoning Section
- Check Details About CMAT Verbal Ability Section
CMAT 2021 Syllabus
|Language Comprehension||Jumbled Paragraphs, Reading Comprehension, English Grammar, Sentence Correction, Paragraph Completion, \ Idioms and Phrases, English Usage Errors, Sentence Improvement , One word substitution, Synonyms, Antonyms, Phrases|
|Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation||Number Systems, Fraction and Decimals, Geometry, Quadratic and Linear Equations, Tabulation, Partnership, Simple Interest and Compound Interest Probability , Profit and Loss, Percentages, Mensuration, Averages , Work and Time , Graph, Ratios and Proportion of Line, Pipes and Cisterns, Time-Speed-Distance, Allegations and Mixtures, Permutations and Combinations, Algebra Pie Chart, Bar Charts|
|Logical Reasoning||Analytical Reasoning, Statement Assumptions, Analogy Test, Inferences , Statement Arguments, Non-Verbal Reasoning, Cause and Effects, Statement and Conclusion , Blood Relationship, Symbol Based Problems, Sequencing, Matrix Arrangements , Number Series, Coding and Decoding, Direction and Distance Test, Ranking Tests|
|General Awareness||Current Affairs of National and International Economy, Personalities in News, Indian Constitution, Sports News , Trade Awareness, Politics, History, Culture , Geography, Economics, Sports Science in Everyday Life|
CMAT 2021 Recommended Books
|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|
CMAT Recommended Newspapers/Magazines
|The Indian Express|
|Hindu Business Line|
|Manorama Year Book|
|Competition Success Review|
CMAT vs XAT vs CAT vs SNAP Exam Pattern- Comparative Analysis
|Mode of Exam||Computer Based Test||Computer Based Test||Computer Based Test||Computer Based Test|
|Number of Questions||100||100||60||100|
|Total Time Duration||180 minutes||180 minutes||60 minutes||180 minutes|
|Type of Questions||MCQs||MCQ and Subjective Type||MCQs||MCQs|
|Marking Scheme||+1 mark for a correct answer||+3 mark for a correct answer||+1 mark for a correct answer||+4 mark for a correct answer|
|- 0.25 mark for an incorrect answer||No Negative Marking for subjective questions||- 0.25 mark for an incorrect answer||- 1 mark for an incorrect answer|
|Beyond 8 unanswered questions, 0.05 marks will be deducted for each unanswered question.||-1 marks for every wrong answer in objective questions|
|Sectional Time Limit||None||1 hour for each section||None||None|
|Sections||Verbal & Reading Comprehension||Verbal and Logical Ability||Analytical & Logical Reasoning||Language Comprehension|
|Quantitative Ability||Decision Making||Quantitative, Data Interpretation & Data Sufficiency||Logical Reasoning|
|Data adequacy and logical reasoning||Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation||General English: Reading Comprehension, Verbal Reasoning, Verbal Ability||General Awareness|
|General Knowledge||Quantitative Aptitude and Data Interpretation|
CMAT Exam Pattern 2021 FAQs
Ques. What are some of the most important topics in the GK section of CMAT?
Ans. Candidates should try to focus on current affairs, history, economy and personalities in news the most.
Ques. How long should I study GK to prepare for CMAT 2021?
Ans. CMAT Toppers Kshitij Madan and Saras Suhane advise candidates to prepare daily for the GK section at least 3-4 months prior to the exam. This can be done alongside preparation for other exams and can be mixed with preparation for other topics.
Ques. I am appearing for multiple management exams. How should I divide my preparation?
Ans. CMAT 2015 Topper Shubhandeep Basak appeared for many management entrance exams such as XAT, CAT, IIFT, SNAP, NMAT, and MAH CET, aside from CMAT and stated that he utilized the same preparation strategy for all of them:
- After completing a certain section, he would take section-wise mock tests to figure out his weaknesses.
- After working rigorously on his faults, he would take full length mock tests.
- His main objective in completing mock tests included getting comfortable with the test environment.
- For preparation, he used material provided by T.I.M.E institute, as well as Quantum Cat by Sarvesh Sharma, MBA Entrance Examinations by Nishit Sinha, Six Weeks to Words of Power by Wilfred Funk, and Word Power Made Easy by Norman Lewis.
- For GK, he mainly kept himself updated by reading several different newspapers. Guesswork isn’t useful in this section since the applicant either knows the answer or doesn’t.
Ques. What strategy should I use for revising for CMAT 2021?
Ans. Don’t give a lot of mock tests for the sake of completing mock tests. Make sure that whenever you complete a test, you fully analyze it. If you are completing a full mock test, it is important to maintain your concentration for 3 hours so that you can replicate the test environment.
Do not create a very time sensitive timetable, there should be space for flexibility. A subject should preferably be studied for 1-2 hours and not more than that. It is okay to mix subjects up. Since Logical Reasoning is time consuming, it is better to attempt the sections that you are most comfortable with first and not get fixated when you work on the LR section.
Ques. I have accidentally put the wrong address on my CMAT Application form. Can I change it?
Ans. Unfortunately there is no way to change the information on an application form that has already been submitted. You should re-register with the correct information.
Ques. Who should I talk to in regards to my certificate requirements? How soon will I get a response?
Ans. CMAT Customer Care Support is available on phone and email from 8:00 am to 10:00 pm. The helpline numbers are 8429996897, 9453827201, and 9453827203. To email the customer care support, you can contact email@example.com.
Queries will be responded to within 2 business days or 48 hours.
*The article might have information for the previous academic years, which will be updated soon subject to the notification issued by the University/College.