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| Updated On -Jun 19, 2021

Solving CMAT Previous Year Paper provides the candidate with a brief idea of the exam difficulty level, syllabus, exam pattern, and the various types of questions asked. CMAT Previous Year Paper also helps the candidate in the revision of the entire syllabus. Check CMAT Syllabus 

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Solving enough CMAT Previous Year Papers, practice papers, and sample papers will aid the candidates in enhancing their time management skills. CMAT Exam has 4 sections, each comprising 25 objective-type questions. Check CMAT Exam Pattern

  • CMAT Language Comprehension: This section tests a candidate on his English grammar and comprehension skills. 
  • CMAT Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation: Includes questions from topics like algebra, geometry, number system, and arithmetic. 
  • CMAT Logical Reasoning: The important topics in this section include linear arrangements, puzzles, number series, etc. 
  • CMAT General Awareness: It tests a candidate’s awareness of current affairs and basic general knowledge. 
  • CMAT Innovation & Entrepreneurship: This is an optional section introduced in CMAT 2021. It also consists of 25 questions of 4 marks each.

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CMAT Previous Year Papers

Before appearing for CMAT, candidates are advised to go through CMAT Previous Year Papers given below:

Year Question Paper with Solution
CMAT Question Paper 2020 Download
CMAT Question Paper 2019 Download
CMAT Question Paper 2018(Slot 1) Download
CMAT Question Paper 2018(Slot 2) Download

*CMAT Question Papers provided above are sourced from cracku. 

CMAT Practice Papers

Click on the links below to download CMAT Sample Papers to supplement your preparation:

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CMAT Sample Paper 1 Download
CMAT Sample Paper 2 Download
CMAT Sample Paper 3 Download

CMAT Previous Year Paper FAQs

Ques: Why is it important to solve CMAT Previous Year Papers and Sample Papers?

Ans: It is important to solve CMAT Previous year papers and CMAT Sample papers because it helps in improving time management, identifying and rectifying common errors, and understanding the exam pattern and syllabus.

Ques: What is the pattern of CMAT Question Paper?

Ans: CMAT Question paper is made up of 4 sections having 25 questions each. In CMAT 2021, a new section has been added on Innovation and Entrepreneurship. This section will be optional and will carry the same weightage as other sections.

Ques: Should I use a calculator while attempting CMAT mock test?

Ans: No, it is not recommended to use a calculator while attempting CMAT Mock test or CMAT Previous Year Paper as no calculator will be allowed during the actual exam.

Ques: Is there any negative marking in CMAT 2021?

Ans: Yes, 1 mark is deducted for every incorrect answer. For every correct answer, 4 marks are awarded and no mark is deducted for unanswered questions.

*The article might have information for the previous academic years, which will be updated soon subject to the notification issued by the University/College.

CMAT 2021 : 11 answered questions

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Ques. What is the CMAT cut off?

● Top Answer By Ranjan Thakur on 28 Apr 21

Ans. CMAT is an entrance exam for students looking to pursue MBA or PGDM at AICTE approved management institutes. It is a three-hour computer-based test and it will assure you admission to AICTE approved MBA/PGDM courses. It is a moderately difficult exam and includes around 100 questions in total that are further divided into four sections. These are Quantitative techniques and Data interpretation, Language Comprehension, Logical Reasoning, and General Awareness. All of these sections constitute 25 questions each on the test. Moreover, if you are looking for a comparison, CMAT is quite easy as compared to CAT or XAT. Other than this, here are a few cutoffs for some of the popular colleges across the country for 2020: College Cutoff JIBMS Mumbai 99+ Goa Institute of Management 95+ KSOM, Bhubaneshwar 95+ Jaipuria Institute of Management 85+ IMT, Hyderabad & Nagpur 80+ Additionally, the selection procedure also varies from college to college. Each of them also has its own admission portal as well. It is advisable to go through the list of colleges and their admission portals before you plan to appear for the exam. You need to clear your basics, have a good speed and accuracy, and a decent presence of mind. All these factors coupled together will help you crack the exam easily. You can also look to attempt mock tests and practice them.Read more
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Ques. What is the CMAT exam pattern like?

● Top Answer By Anmol Singh on 02 Feb 21

Ans. CMAT or Common Aptitude Management Test is a computer-based test conducted by NTA (previously by AICTE). This exam is of objective nature. The internal mentor of mine from TIME Institute informed us that the CMAT question paper contains 100 MCQs with four options each to choose the right answer from. You are allowed to submit your responses in 3 hours, following which the test window will be closed automatically. Similar to other management entrance tests, the exam has four sections: Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation: You need to focus on Arithmetic and Modern Maths and have strong basics and good familiarity with all possible questions that could be framed from these two topics.  Data Interpretation demands to focus on bar graphs and pie charts.  Along with this, you need to be comfortable and confident in topics such as Algebra, Mensuration, Geometry, Number Systems, Trigonometry, etc. Logical Reasoning It is an analytical way of thinking about a given problem statement, analyzing and evaluating information gathered from observation and experience, to reach certain conclusions.  Critical/Logical Reasoning clarifies goals considering certain assumptions, apprehends hidden values, and evaluates evidence to assess rational conclusions.  You should work on skills like observation, interpretation, analysis, inference, evaluation, estimation, and explanation. General Awareness General awareness includes topics on history, geography, current affairs – economic, business, sports, corporate events, etc.  Questions related to entertainment, politics, and the environment are also asked.  You are advised to stay updated with the recent important events happening in India and across the globe. You can follow good English dailies and good magazines such as The Hindu, Competition success review, etc. Language Comprehension Traditional reading comprehension is basically a paragraph with 5 questions revolving around the author’s viewpoint, idea, etc.  CMAT’s language comprehension would be easier as compared to that of other competitive exams, as direct questions would be asked.  Develop a habit of reading, as it will eventually build your Comprehension skills. Vocabulary includes Para-jumbles, Antonyms & Synonyms, and grammar (idioms & phrases, Sentence correction, Sentence completion, fill in the blanks, Interference & Judgement, Facts, analogy, etc). Here is an overview of the marking scheme: Subject No of questions Marks Quantitative Ability 25 100 Verbal Ability 25 100 Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation 25 100 General Awareness 25 100 Each section comprises 25 questions, where each question carries four marks. This makes each section weigh 100 marks equally and hence the entire exam is graded out of 400 marks. However, unanswered questions do not cause mark deductions. You are advised to take more and more mock tests for CMAT, to get more familiar with the exam pattern, and to develop the required temperament for the exam.Read more
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Ques. Which is the best B school to get in using a CMAT/MAT score?

● Top Answer By Aditya Som on 02 Feb 21

Ans. CMAT, commonly known as the Common Management Aptitude Test, is a computer-based entrance exam conducted by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) for admission to MBA/PGDM courses in over 1000 B-schools across India. The duration of the exam is three hours with the question paper consisting of 100 questions from Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation, Logical Reasoning, Language Comprehension, and General Awareness. You can refer to the table given below for the cutoffs released by various B schools, analyzed as per the previous year's trends. These colleges have been recommended by our mentor from Erudite Institute. Listed below are the names of the colleges and their cut offs:  Name of the College Cutoff JBIMS, Mumbai 99.99 %ile Sydenham(SIMREE), Mumbai  99.92%ile SIES Mumbai 99.8%ile MET, Mumbai 98%ile KJ Somaiya, Mumbai 97%ile Goa Institute of Management Great Lakes Institute of Management PUMBA, Pune Indira Institute of Management, Pune 95%ile  IPE Hyderabad IFMR, Chennai 90%ile  NIBM, Pune Welingkar Institute, Mumbai N.L Dalmia Institute, Mumbai 85%ile XISS Ranchi HR IMT Navi Mumbai ISME, Mumbai 80%ile  Welingkar Institute, Bangalore Soil Institute of Management NIA Pune 75%ile  ADANI Institute of Infrastructure Management 70%ile These colleges may not be Tier 1 institutions but are good B Schools that admit students on the basis of their CMAT scores. These management institutes conduct group discussions and personal interviews to select candidates for MBA/PGDM programs post declaration of CMAT exam results. The admission process of each institute is independent and according to their academic cycle.Read more
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Ques. What is the benefit of the CMAT rather than the MAT?

● Top Answer By Biswadeep Ghosh Hazra on 02 Feb 21

Ans. The CMAT exam is conducted by the National Test Agency and is accepted by many top colleges for their MBA programs compared to the MAT exam. CMAT also has a greater number of colleges that accept CMAT scores for their admission process. CMAT also enjoys better recognition compared to the MAT exam. Many tier 1 CMAT colleges enjoy better brand recognition in the industry. Even further some of the tier 1 colleges that used to accept MAT scores such as Great Lakes Chennai are now considering CMAT scores for their screening process. The major differences in the pattern of the CMAT and the MAT tests are tabulated below, Criteria CMAT MAT Duration of the Exam 3 Hrs (180 minutes) 2 Hrs 30mins (150 minutes) Number of Sections 4 sections 5 sections Total Mark of the exam 400 marks. 100 marks for each section. 200 Marks. 40 marks for each section. Marks for Correct Answer +4 Marks +1 Marks Marks for Incorrect Answer -1 Marks. No negative marking for unattempted questions. -0.25 Marks. No negative marking for unattempted questions. CMAT does not have any sectional time limits. The exam comprises 4 sections namely Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation, General Awareness, Logical Reasoning, Language Comprehension. MAT exam also does not have any sectional time limits. The exam comprises 5 sections namely Language Comprehension, Intelligence and, Critical Reasoning, Data Analysis and Sufficiency, Mathematical Skills, and Indian and Global Environment. Unlike the CMAT exam MAT exam is conducted both in online and offline modes. Thus, the CMAT exam has many more benefits and opportunities compared to the MAT exam.Read more
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Ques. Is the difficulty level of exams like the NMAT, Snap, and the CMAT the same?

● Top Answer By Sneha on 02 Feb 21

Ans. NMAT, SNAP, and CMAT are some of the Management entrance aptitude tests conducted by different exam bodies in India. All these exams have a set of colleges that accepts these scores. All three exams are computer-based and follow Objective Type Questions (MCQ) question format. These three exams have varying difficulty levels. SNAP conducted by Symbiosis University is tough compared to the other two exams NMAT and CMAT. NMAT and SNAP have a similar level of difficulty but SNAP has a tough choice of questions compared to NMAT. CMAT is the least difficult exam among all the three exams. The pattern differences between the exam are tabulated below, Criteria CMAT NMAT SNAP Duration of the Exam 3 Hrs (180 minutes) 2 Hrs (120 minutes) 1 Hr (60 minutes) Number of Sections 4 sections 3 sections 3 sections Total Mark of the exam 400 marks. 100 marks for each section. 120 Marks 60 marks Marks for Correct Answer +4 Marks +1 Mark + 1 Mark Marks for Incorrect Answer -1 Marks. No negative marking for unattempted questions. No negative marking for incorrect answers and unattempted questions. -0.25 marks for each incorrect attempt. Sectional Time Limits: CMAT does not have any sectional time limits. The exam comprises 4 sections namely Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation, General Awareness, Logical Reasoning, Language Comprehension. Whereas NMAT has sectional time limits. Language Skills (22 mins), Quantitative Aptitude (60 mins), Logical Reasoning (38 mins). SNAP exam does not have sectional time limits. The exam comprises 3 exams namely No sectional time limits. General English, Quantitative-Data Interpretation & Data Sufficiency, Analytical & Logical Reasoning. Section selection: Candidates can answer from any section of their choice in CMAT.  In NMAT candidates can choose the order of sections of their choice. The questions will appear in the order chosen by the candidates. In short, if the exams are to be arranged based on difficulty then SNAP> NMAT> CMAT. SNAP is the most difficult followed by NMAT and then CMAT.Read more
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Comments


25 Comments
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ankit kumar
Is there any website to get the theory content to study for the exam?
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shivangi srivastava

CMAT 2021 preparation should be done beforehand with a well- planned study schedule for marking your daily progress and improvement areas. Experts advise that a good amount of 6 months preparation is required to ace CMAT. The candidate should be well aware with the exam pattern and syllabus respectively. Here are some more tips, book suggestions and strategy to help you for a better preparation. The website is as follows:

CMAT 2021 Preparation.

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lakshay kakkar
How many attempts are allowed to the students?
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aniket ranjan

There is no restriction on number of attempts as there is no minimum and maximum age limit therefore students can appear for CMAT Exam as many times as they want. Since CMAT is conducted Once in year they can appear only once in year. 

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md hussain ansari
From which book can I prepare for "Innovation & Entrepreneurship" section?
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sinbad chongtham

You can prepare for this optional section from books like Fundamentals of Entrepreneurship by Dr. G.K. Varshney, Innovation and entrepreneurship by Peter Drucker, The Innovator's Solution: Creating and Sustaining Successful Growth by Clayton Christensen and Michael E. Raynor, The Lean Startup: How Constant Innovation Creates Radically Successful Businesses by Eric Ries, etc.

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laxmi mishra
Can I get the detailed answers for the questions?
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mrittika mallick

Yes, detailed answers for questions are readily available online on platforms like Youtube, exam sites, online coaching centers, etc. They are produced through videos, explanations, test papers, paper analyses, etc.

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laxmi mishra
Is there any online test paper series that I can join to prepare for the exam?
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mrittika mallick

There are many free and paid test paper series available online produced by deemed coaching centers and established websites to help CMAT candidates. Popular mock papers are produced by TIME, EduGorlla, Patshala.com, Toppersexam, hitsbulleye, ixamBee, and several other resources. Some practice papers are also available on the link CMAT Practice Papers.

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ananya pandey
How often shall these papers be practised to get top 20 rank in the exam?
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mrittika mallick

It is very important to practice from test papers to be completely ready for the exam. After you are thoroughly acquainted with the syllabus and the topics covered in the exam, you must practice test papers almost every day, or every alternate day to get a hang of the time management and strategy to answer maximum questions. This makes your preparation much stronger and with dedication and focus, you can definitely land in the top 20s. There are ample study materials, mock test papers, and previous years’ question papers from where you can practice. Some sample papers and test papers are available on the given link CMAT Practice Papers.

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fauzia shahid
Where will I get the regular mock test paper series?
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aniket ranjan

CMAT Mock test are made available at the official website of NTA-CMAT. You can download the mock test by using their respective CMAT login IDs and password. Attempting Mock test will help you to understand a lot about the paper question, style of questions asked, etc.

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devisingh
What is the marking scheme of CMAT?
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nitin yaduvanshi

As per the marking scheme of CMAT exam pattern 2021:

• For every correct answer, the candidate will be given four marks

• For every incorrect answer, one mark will be deducted

• In case a question has multiple correct answers in such a situation:

• Multiple correct options will be given four marks

• Incorrect answers will lead to a deduction of one mark.

• Unattempted questions will not be marked.

• In a case that the question is ignored or dropped then all students will get four marks irrespective if the question is attempted or not.

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deep jyoti das
Will these papers be sufficient enough to get a decent score in exam?
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nitin yaduvanshi

Yes, with right strategy and determination alongwith rigorous practice from the sample papers. CMAT Sample Papers are considered a great resource because they help candidates understand the exam structure and enhance their level of preparation. The Papers aim to measure the strengths and weaknesses of candidates. Also, these will give you a fair idea of CMAT 2021 Exam Pattern and the difficulty level of questions.

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sheetal chib
Will I get the answers of the given sample papers?
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aniket ranjan

Yes, CMAT practice papers come with sample questions and their answers. The practice-papers will help you to understand the CMAT bexam structure and enhance your level of preparation.

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jatin sharma
Will I get the answers of these practice questions as well?
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aniket ranjan

Yes, CMAT practice papers come with sample questions and their answers. The practice-papers will help you to have a thorough CMAT practice and make you understand the different question types in each sections.

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ankur jain
What is the weightage of all the sections of exam?
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diya suresh

There is a total of 5 section for CMAT 2021 with addition of a new section. The section wise weighatge is given below:

  • Language Comprehension – 25 questions
  • Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation – 25 questions
  • Logical Reasoning – 25 questions
  • General Awareness – 25 questions
  • Innovation & Entrepreneurship – 25 questions

Every section carries equal weighatge. Find more details at CMAT 2021 exam pattern.

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ammar zaheer ahmed
Which books are good for aptitude section?
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diya suresh

Syllabus for CMAT is same as that of CAT, hence the books recommended for preparation are also similar. For quantitative aptitude section, some of the recommended books are:

  • How to Prepare for Quantitative Aptitude for CAT by Arun Sharma
  • Quantitative Aptitude Quantum CAT Common Admission Tests for Admission Into IIMs by Sarvesh K Verma
  • Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Examinations by Abhijit Guha
  • NCERT Mathematics Books for Standard 8, 9 and 10 by NCERT
  • Quantitative Aptitude by R.S Aggarwal

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laxmi mishra
What is the pattern of the exam?
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diya suresh

From 2021, there has been a change in the exam pattern with introduction of new section i.e. Innovation and Entrepreneurship having 25 questions and additional time limit of 30 minutes. There will be total 5 sections, each with 25 questions with no negative marking:

  • Language Comprehension
  • Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation
  • Logical Reasoning
  • General Awareness
  • Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Total alloted time for online test will be 3 hours and 30 minutes and there will be only objective type questions. Find more details at CMAT 2021 exam pattern.

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kunal thakrar
Can I practice these papers multiple times?
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diya suresh

Yes you can as there is no limit to use practise papers. For better preparation, NTA has released CMAT 2021 trial test on official website to give an idea of real exam. You can practise the test by following below steps:

  • Open the official portal of NTA or CMAT
  • Click on the ‘Student Registration (Mock Tests)’ link
  • Select the exam for which you want to take the mock test
  • Enter the issued User Name and Password
  • Start taking the mock tests

Find more at CMAT Sample Paper 2021.

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rinki mahapatra
How many times shall I practice these papers in a week to crack the exam?
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manisha malik

While you have started practicing for the exam by giving mock test papers, you must start with weekly or bi-weekly tests and then go ahead with daily tests and manage the time accordingly with each section. To get more such helpful tips, click here – CMAT 2021 Preparation Tips.

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pradeepraje
Where can I get the exam pattern?
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aniket ranjan

Hii Pradeepraje, the CMAT Exam consists of total 100 Objective Type (MCQ’s) questions which is sub divided into 4 sections. For more details visit:- CMAT EXAM PATTERN

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preetam oinam
What is the reservation criteria?
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gurpreet singh

HI Preetam

You can visit on our official website of CMAT Merit List Criteria to get the whole details about the reservation criteria of the exam and how you can apply for the exam.

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neha
Where can I get the complete syllabus of the exam?
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gurpreet singh

Hi Neha

You can visit on our official website of CMAT Exam Pattern and Syllabus to get the whole syllabus of the exam you will get all the other details of the exam.

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nishu
Can you provide any online sample online paper for testing speed?
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akankshya pattanaik

Hi Nishu, 

Practice Papers for testing online speed: CMAT sample papers