CMAT 2020 PATTERN & SYLLABUS
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For the last couple of years, the CMAT Exam Pattern has remained static and retained it’s structure. CMAT’s structure consists of 100 questions divided into 4 sections . CMAT 2020 has been scheduled to take place on January 28, 2020 in one single shift that will span 3 hours total. NTA, the exam conducting body of CMAT 2020, has declared that there will be no changes in CMAT 2020 Exam Pattern. CMAT 2020 is all set to test every candidate’s aptitude in various stratas i.e. Logical Reasoning, General Awareness, Language Comprehension, and Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation.
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Read on to know more about CMAT Exam Pattern, Marking Scheme, Mock Test, Important Topics and Preparation Books.
|Mode of Exam||Online i.e. Computer Based Test|
|Medium of Exam||English|
|Nature of Questions|
Objective Type (MCQ’s) i.e. each question will have four choices out of which only one choice will be a correct choice
|Marking Scheme||Each answer is scored out of 4 marks. 1 mark is deducted for each wrong answer.|
|Number of Questions||100 Questions in Total, 25 questions in each section|
|Sections||Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation, Logical Reasoning, Language Comprehension, General Awareness|
|Note: Candidates with diabetes are allowed to carry edibles such as sugar tablets/fruits and a transparent water bottle. Packed food is not allowed inside the exam hall.|
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All sections in CMAT carry the same number of questions. Also, each section carries equal marks. Although candidates are allowed to switch between sections whenever they wish to do so, it is better if one switches to a new section only after they have completed the previous one. The section-wise details of the paper are given below:
Number of questions
Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation
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For this section, candidates must work on their speed and efficiency. 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 form an integral part of the section.
Make sure that you are proficient at assessing data that is represented graphically i.e. in the form of bar graphs, pie charts, tables etc. This will be imperative in the exam, since candidates that are able to view minute differences in graphical data have a better chance of scoring well. ~q
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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|Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation||Quant (Moderate) - DI (Difficult)|
|Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation||Quant (Moderate) – DI (Time Consuming)|
|Year||Section||Level of Difficulty|
|2018||Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation||Easy-Moderate|
Level of Difficulty
|2017||Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation||Easy-Moderate|
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.
There are many resources available for prospective candidates who wish to give CMAT 2020. Test takers can access a variety of practice test booklets and manuals available on the internet. The following table includes a curated list of the resoures that are bound to be highly advantageous to candidates during their CMAT preparation. Exam guides can be utilized by applicants who are just laying the groundwork, while the practice sets and solved papers will provide aid to those who are in the revision stage.
|3 Edge Advantage Series: CMAT Practice Sets||Ayush Gupta, Diwakar Sharma, Ashwani, R.K. Behl|
|Complete Reference Manual for CMAT||S.K. Sinha, S.Satyanarayan, Col. J.S. Rana|
|MBA Solved Papers (All Management Exams)||Gautam Puri|
|CMAT Exam Guide 2016||RPH Editorial Board|
|CMAT Entrance Guide that contains 5 mock tests||Disha Experts|
|Study Package for CMAT||Arun Sharma, Meenakshi Upadhyay|
National Testing Agency (NTA) does not issue an official syllabus for the CMAT exam. Therefore, according to the topics and subjects presented in previous CMAT papers, we have amalgamated the topics that have either been highly prevalent in previous exams or carry a lot of weightage. Below are discussed important points regarding CMAT Syllabus:
Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation is design is based on the 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.
|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|
|Pie Chart, Bar Chart|
|Analytical Reasoning||Statement Assumptions||Analogy Test||Inferences|
|Statement Arguements||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|
|Jumbled Paragraphs||Reading Comprehension||English Grammar||Sentence Correction|
|Paragraph Completion||Idioms and Phrases||English Usage Errors||Sentence Improvement|
|One word substitution||Synonyms||Antonyms||Phrases|
|Current Affairs of National and International Economy||Personalities in News||Indian Constitution||Sports News|
|Geography||Economics||Sports||Science in Everday Life|
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.
Quantitative Aptitude and Data Interpretation
Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Examinations
Accredited Guide to Data Interpretation and Data Sufficiency
Data Analysis & Interpretation Data Sufficiency
Think Tank of Kiran Prakashan
A modern approach to logical reasoning
How to Prepare for Logical Reasoning for the CAT
Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation for the CAT
The Pearson Guide to Verbal Ability
How to Prepare for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension?
Arun Sharma & Meenakshi Upadhyay
CAT Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension
Face To Face MAT With 19 Years (1997-2016)
NTA has not set a syllabus for current affairs or general knowledge. For many candidates, this is a reason for discontentment and confusion since they have no idea what they have to study from because the the contents of the syllabus are so vast. General Awareness questions are divided into two main subsects: Static GK and Current GK.
|The Hindu||Financial Express||Economic Times|
|The Financial Times||Wall Street Journal||Hindu Business Line|
|Business Today||Business World||Manorama Year Book|
|Competition Success Review||Arihant GK||Lucent’s GK|
Ques. What are soms 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 2020?
Ans. CMAT Toppers Kshitij Madan and Saras Suhane advice candidates to prepare daily for the GK section atleast 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:
Ques. What strategy should I use for revising for CMAT 2020?
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Queries will be responded within 2 business days or 48 hours.
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