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CMAT 2020: Preparation Tips, Exam Pattern and Syllabus

Updated On - July 8th 2019 by KARISHMA KHATRI

NTA will expectedly schedule CMAT 2020 in January, 2020  in online (computer-based) mode. Starting the preparation at an early stage always gives one an upper hand in a competitive exam. All the management aspirants are expected to be thorough with the pattern and syllabus, to avoid any last minute chaos. 

We recommend you to devote this time in having a strong hold at the concepts and practicing as many CMAT sample papers to have an efficient preparation strategy. Given below are some helpful CMAT Preparation Tips.

How to Crack CMAT 2020?

  • Plan Your Study: This is the first step to their preparation. Every candidate must plan and allocate their time to studies and stick to the plan. Allot the time according to the difficulty level of the sections and time taken by it. Candidates must make sure that every section is covered. All the hours and days before the exam must be organized according to syllabus. 
  • Solve Mock Tests: Usually, an official trial test is released on the official website. If not be able to do so, a candidate must solve as many as mock tests possible. And keep testing themselves. These tests will make them familiarize with their weak as well as strong points. One must start with weekly or bi-weekly tests and then go ahead with daily test and manage time accordingly with each section.
  • Distributive Learning: The candidates must try and cover more than one subject in one day. Studying only one subject for long will make one’s mind too tiresome and redundant. Learning two subjects turn by turn will keep the mind absorbed as well as will give a bring variety from studying one topic. Read  CMAT Preparation: Tips and Strategies for better CMAT Result
  • Revise Regularly: Gradual and regular revision makes the candidates familiar with the types of questions and CMAT exam pattern. It helps the candidates to get disciplined about the preparations. Regular revision will make them perfect in the syllabus and more confident.
  • Make basics your Strength: There are always some basic questions from all the sections which are present in the question paper almost all the years. The nature of these questions are same. Candidates must practice these questions as much as possible. It helps in solving the predicted questions in the minimum time possible during the examination.
  • Practice last year question papers: To get an exact idea about the exam and get familiar with the pattern, candidates must practice last year’s question papers. This will avoid last minute anxiety.
  • Take Regular Breaks: The candidates must go for shorter studying sessions rather than study marathons. During the preparation for CMAT 2020, candidates must keep in mind that studying for long intervals will make their brain tiresome. Candidates must take short but regular breaks so that the mind stays fresh for graspinf concepts.
  • Set a Finishing Date: Candidate must set a date to finish the whole syllabus and plan the whole preparation process accordingly so that they could finish learning new topics and concentrate on revising them. More importantly, this date must be strict as well as feasible. Goals that are not feasible must not be set. After this, he/she can start giving mocks and solving test papers.

Section Wise Preparation Tips to Crack CMAT 2020

I. Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation

  • The main objective of this section is to test your mathematical skills in various areas such as arithmetic, algebra and geometry (cover all the sub-topics).

  • Identify your weak zones through mock tests. Constant practice will enhance one’s accuracy and speed.

  • Instead of a step by step calculation in all the questions, certain short cut tricks for calculation can save a lot of time. These tricks can be found  in videos online.

  • Don’t get stuck up at one question. Remember, all questions carry equal marks, so it is advisable to move on to the next question.

  • The objective of the data interpretation section is the ability to interpret data which is presented in tables, graphs and charts. It involves analysis or decision-making based on the numerical data.

II. Logical Reasoning

  • The main objective of this section is to test the aspirant’s logical ability.

  • While practicing this kind of problems, candidates should try to solve different types of problems with varying difficulty levels.

  • The logical reasoning for CMAT covers statement and argument, blood relation, statement and conclusion, coding and decoding, statement and assumptions, number series and analogies. Practice a few topics everyday and you will be ready to handle the same in the exam.

III. Language Comprehension

  • The language comprehension for CMAT covers various types of questions such as para jumbles, reading comprehension, sentence completion, idioms and phrases, one-word substitution and synonym and antonym.

  • One should start reading newspapers, articles and other forms of reading material everyday to enhance one’s vocabulary and grammatical abilities. 

  • Reading on the computer will be beneficial in improving one’s reading and comprehending speed for the online exam.

IV. General Awareness

  • Be updated with the recent government schemes in the areas of the economy, environmental issues, news related to finance, sports, politics, social issues, major corporate events, famous awards, world records and international news.

  • Focus on the famous and trending topics because most questions are asked from recent news or updates. 

  • Don’t pile on the preparation for the general awareness section for the last. Watch news videos and read newspaper everyday to avoid the last minute stress.

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CMAT Topper Tips

“Creativity is knowing how to hide your sources”, says Charanjeet Sharma

Charanjeet Sharma appeared for CMAT in 2013 and scored 82 percentile. He says give quality time for practice and revise on a regular basis. He says, besides studies, interpersonal skills and creative mind helps you to get succeed. Practice as much as you can, says Charanjeet. He said that the experience in the interviews was very good. When asked about interviews, he also stated that not only studies matters, a candidate must have interpersonal skills and creative mind. He followed only the books provided by the Time Institute. Rest, he studied NCERT books of class 8th and 10th. Charanjeet also advised the aspirants to solve more and more mock tests, focus on your speed and put more efforts in verbal and GK sections to score better.

Vishar Gor Says, “Practice makes a man perfect”

Vishal Gor appeared for CMAT in 2015 and cleared it with 124 marks. When asked about his key to success he said, one must prepare regularly for something. He focused on Reasoning and verbal more. He also kept himself updates with novels and newspapers daily and spared at least 3 hours a day for CMAT preparation. He appeared in almost 4 group discussion rounds and 3 personal interviews actively. He says, don’t take too much stress be free and enjoy the preparation and try to work more and more in study groups. Read more

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


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