CMAT Syllabus 2020: Check Here CMAT Topic-wise Syllabus

    Aanchal Thakur Aanchal Thakur
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    The exam conducting body i.e. NTA does not officially release CMAT Syllabus. However, based on the previous year question papers and analysis’, we have curated below the most important topics for this year’s Common Management Admission Test. The syllabus is comprised of four main sections that all have equal weightage i.e. Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation, Logical Reasoning, Language Comprehension, and General Awareness. All sections are calculated out of a 100 marks and final ranks are formulated out of 400 marks. Candidates can now download the CMAT 2020 Admit Card which was released by the official authorities on December 24, 2019

    NTA has scheduled CMAT 2020 on January 28, 2020. The exam will be conducted  from 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM and then again from 2:30 pm to 5:30 pm. 

    • The exam will be conducted in a computer-based test,  and will comprise of multiple choice questions. Check CMAT Exam Pattern
    • This year, the exam will be held in 84 cities across the country.  

    Highlights of CMAT 2020 Exam Pattern

    Mode of Exam Online i.e. CBT mode
    Medium of Exam English
    Total Sections in the Exam 
    Questions per Section 100
    Marking Scheme Correct Answer: +4
    Incorrect Answer: -1 
    Duration 3 hours

    CMAT Exam Pattern

    CMAT 2020 Exam Pattern

    SectionNo. of questionsTotal Marks
    Quantitative Aptitude and Data Interpretation25100
    Language Comprehension25100
    Logical Reasoning25100
    General Awareness25100

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    Quant and DI

    CMAT Syllabus: Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation

    • This section is designed to assess the candidate’s numerical aptitude and basic mathematical ability.
    • It also evaluates the rate of the problem-solving capability of the candidates and their understanding of certain economic concepts.
    • Data Interpretation includes an understanding of data given in various statistical forms like Pie Charts, Graphs, etc. and solving problems based on the interpreted data.
    • The candidates must know the various shortcuts to calculations like common multiple digit multiplications, log tables, squares, and cubes to enhance the problem-solving speed.

    Geometry(Lines, angles, Triangles, Spheres, Rectangles, Cube, Cone, etc.)
    Ratios and ProportionPercentages
    In-equations Quadratic and linear equationsAlgebra
    Profit & LossAverages
    Partnership (Accounts)Time-Speed-Distance
    Work and timeNumber system
    HCF & LCMGeometric Progression
    Arithmetic progressionArithmetic mean
    Geometric meanHarmonic mean
    Number Base SystemBODMAS
    MensurationAllegation & Mixtures
    WorkPipes and Cisterns
    Simple Interest & Compound InterestSet Theory
    Venn diagramInstallment Payments
    Permutations CombinationsTrigonometry
    VectorsBinomial Expansion
    Co-ordinate GeometryLogarithm
    CalendarMaxima & Minima Progression
    Surds & IndicesComplex numbers

    Read More About CMAT QA/DI Section

    Logical Reasoning

    CMAT Syllabus: Logical Reasoning

    This section is devised to evaluate the candidates’ ability to solve various problems logically and analytically. The various topics included in this section are:

    Critical reasoningVisual reasoning
    Seating ArrangementNumber Series
    DirectionBlood Relations
    SequencingSymbol Based Problems
    Clocks and CalendarsAnalogy Test
    Cause and EffectsRanking Tests
    Statements and assumptionsIdentifying Valid Inferences
    Identifying argumentsStatements and conclusions
    Cause and EffectTrue and False 
    Matrix ArrangementsNon-Verbal Reasoning
    Assertions and Reasons

    Read More About CMAT Logical Reasoning Section

    Language Comprehension

    CMAT Syllabus: Language Comprehension

    This section assesses the candidates’ command over the English language, Reading Comprehension ability, and Critical Reasoning. The questions in this section include the following topics:

    Verbal ReasoningSyllogisms
    Contextual usageAnalogies
    Antonyms and SynonymsFill in the Blanks
    Jumbled paragraphsSentence Correction
    Foreign language words used in EnglishEnglish Usage Errors
    Sentence ImprovementOdd one out
    Idioms and PhrasesOne word substitution
    Different usage of the same word Fact Inference and Judgement (FIJ)
    Paragraph CompletionReading Comprehension

    Read More About CMAT Verbal Ability Section

    General Awareness

    CMAT Syllabus: General Awareness 

    This section covers two topics- Current Affairs and Static GK. Candidates can prepare from the topics given below:

    Current Affairs of National EconomyBusiness
    Current Affairs of International EconomyPersonalities in News
    Major corporate eventsFamous award and prizes
    World RecordsBooks and authors
    GeographyInternational organizations
    Important quotationsTrade Awareness
    Sports NewsFinance
    Indian ConstitutionCulture
    Politics Science in Everyday Life 

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    Frequently Asked Questions


    Ques. How do I make a payment for CMAT 2020 Application Fee? 

    Ans.   Candidates can make fee payment using their credit card / debit card or through netbanking, UPI, and PayTM. They keep proof of the fee that has been paid. It should be made sure that candidates possess atleast 4 printouts of the confirmation page after successful remittance of fee. 

    Ques. What is the application fee for femaie candidates for CMAT 2020? 

    Ans. The application fee for CMAT 2020 for general category boys is INR 1600, while for girls it is INR 1000. 

    Ques. What types of questions appear in the CMAT examination? 

    Ans. There will be objective type (MCQs) ie. each question will have four choices out of which only one choice will be a correct choice.

    Ques. How many sections are there in the CMAT examination? 

    Ans. There are 4 sections in total. These sections are Quantitative Technques and Data Interpretation, Logical  Reasoning, Language Comprehension and General Awareness. 

    Ques. Are candidates disqualified in CMAT? 

    Ans. Candidates with low scores will not be disqualified in CMAT 2020 due to the fact that there are invidivualized cutoffs for every college. Whether the candidate qualifies or gets disqualified is dependent on the college that they apply to. 

    Ques. Should I take mock tests before the CMAT examination?

    Ans. The main objective of taking a mock test is to lower the candidate’s level of ambiguity about the topics of the exam and its overall layout. It is vital that candidates take multiple mock tests to get an essence of the complete syllabus and scoring pattern. Taking mock tests will pinpoint the strong points as well as the weak areas. This will also be benificial because it will allow one to get into the right headspace. CheckCMAT Sample Papers

    Ques. How do I download CMAT Mock Exams? 

    Ans. Candidates can download the official sample papers and mock exams by following these steps: 

    1. Visit the official portal of NTA or CMAT ( /
    2. Click on the ‘Student Registration (Mock Tests)’ link 
    3. You can select a mode of Login (via Google/Facebook/Mobile No.)
    4.  Select the exam for which you want to take the mock test 
    5. Enter the issued user name and password 

    Ques. What institutes can I apply with a 70 percentile in CMAT? 

    Ans. Some of the institutes that candidates with a 70 percentile can apply to are: 

    • IES MCRC, Mumbai
    • SCMS Cochin
    • AIMIT, Bangalore
    • MSRIM, Bangalore
    • JBS, Noida
    • IIMS, Pune
    • EMPI, New Delhi 
    • Calcutta Business School, Kolkata  

    *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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    05 Oct, 2019 16:52
    Shobhna Chaturvedi

    Hi Aditya, you can refer to Sarvesh K.Verma (Arihant Publication) or Abhijit Guha's books for preparing quantitative aptitude section.

    05 Oct, 2019 16:57
    Manvi Singh

    I want to know from where to study GK of CMAT.

    18 Jan, 2019 00:20
    Sarthak Mahajan

    Hi Manvi, You may please check the link to get all the Preparation Tips for CMAT Exam.

    18 Jan, 2019 11:11

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