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CMAT 2021 Syllabus: Check New Detailed Syllabus, Pattern, Important Topics, Books

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Exams Prep Master | Updated On - Apr 27, 2021

CMAT 2021 Syllabus has been defined by NTA. CMAT 2021 has been successfully conducted on March 31, 2021, and CMAT result has been announced on April 9. CMAT 2021 Syllabus comprised of topics from 5 sections as a new optional section on Innovation & Entrepreneurship was added in CMAT Syllabus 2021. Candidates who opted for this section were given 30 minutes extra to attempt it. Check CMAT 2021 Exam Analysis

CMAT Syllabus is designed to test a candidate’s aptitude across various sections like the English language, Quantitative Techniques, Logical Reasoning, and General Awareness.

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  • April 19: Preparation Strategies adopted by CMAT 2021 Top Scorers. Check here
  • April 9: NTA has declared CMAT Result 2021. Check here
25 objective-type questions carrying 4 marks each are asked from each section: Quantitative Technique and Data Interpretation, Language Comprehension, Logical Reasoning, and General Awareness. Check CMAT 2021 Exam Pattern.

CMAT 2021 Syllabus Highlights

About the Exam Details
CMAT 2021 Exam Date February 22 and February 27, 2021
Exam Mode Computer Based Test (CBT)
Exam Duration 3 hours (excluding optional) and 3.5 hours including optional section
Total No. of Questions 100
Type of Questions Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs)
Examination Sections for CMAT 2021
  1. Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation
  2. Logical Reasoning
  3. Language Comprehension
  4. General Awareness
  5. Innovation and Entrepreneurship(optional)
Marking Scheme of CMAT 2021 (+) 4 Marks for every correct answer
Negative Marking Yes (-1)
TITA Questions No

CMAT Exam Pattern

CMAT 2021 Exam Pattern

Sections Number of Questions Maximum Marks
Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation 25 100
Logical Reasoning 25 100
Language Comprehension 25 100
General Awareness 25 100
Innovation & Entrepreneurship (optional) 25 100
Total 100 400

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CMAT Important Topics

CMAT 2021 Important Topics

Section Name Important Topics
Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation Time speed distance, algebra, geometry, allegation and mixtures, quadratic and linear equation etc
Logical Reasoning Analytical reasoning, linear arrangements, number series, blood relationship, arrangements
Language Comprehension Reading comprehsnion, grammar, usage errors, para jumbles,
General Awareness Politics, economy, culture, society, sports, events,current affairs

CMAT Syllabus for QT & DI

CMAT 2021 Syllabus for 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.

Important Topics for Quants & Data Interpretation

Geometry (Lines, angles, Triangles, Spheres, Rectangles, Cube, Cone, etc.)
Ratios and Proportion Percentages
In-equations Quadratic and linear equations Algebra
Profit & Loss Averages
Partnership (Accounts) Time-Speed-Distance
Work and time Number system
HCF & LCM Geometric Progression
Arithmetic progression Arithmetic mean
Geometric mean Harmonic mean
Median Mode
Number Base System BODMAS
Mensuration Alligation & Mixtures
Work Pipes and Cisterns
Simple Interest & Compound Interest Set Theory
Venn diagram Installment Payments
Clocks Probability
Permutations Combinations Trigonometry
Vectors Binomial Expansion
Coordinate Geometry Logarithm
Calendar Maxima & Minima Progression
Surds & Indices Complex numbers

CMAT Syllabus for LR

CMAT 2021 Syllabus for Logical Reasoning 

Critical reasoning Visual reasoning
Seating Arrangement Number Series
Direction Blood Relations
Sequencing Symbol Based Problems
Clocks and Calendars Analogy Test
Cause and Effects Ranking Tests
Statements and assumptions Identifying Valid Inferences
Identifying arguments Statements and conclusions
Cause and Effect True and False
Matrix Arrangements Non-Verbal Reasoning

CMAT Syllabus for LC

CMAT 2021 Syllabus for Language Comprehension

Verbal Reasoning Syllogisms
Contextual usage Analogies
Antonyms and Synonyms Fill in the Blanks
Jumbled paragraphs Sentence Correction
Foreign language words used in English English Usage Errors
Sentence Improvement Odd one out
Idioms and Phrases One word substitution
Different usage of the same word Fact Inference and Judgement (FIJ)
Paragraph Completion Reading Comprehension
Verbal Reasoning Syllogisms

Reading Comprehension Passages

Candidates will come across shorter RC passages of 500-600 words in CMAT 2021 question paper. Though the passages are not very difficult, there’s no fixed rule on the framing of questions. Questions could be of any of the following types:

  • Questions based on inference drawn
  • Questions based on the Central idea of the passage
  • Questions based on phrases, idioms
  • Questions based on the expression of the passage.

CMAT Syllabus for GA

CMAT 2021 Syllabus for General Awareness

Current Affairs of National Economy Business
Current Affairs of International Economy Personalities in News
Major corporate events Famous award and prizes
World Records Books and authors
Economics History
Geography International organizations
Important quotations Trade Awareness
Sports News Finance
Indian Constitution Culture
Politics Science in Everyday Life

CMAT Preparation Books

CMAT 2021 Preparation Books

CMAT Books for Quantitative Technique

Book Author
How to Prepare for Quantitative Aptitude for CAT Arun Sharma
Quantum for Admission into IIMs Sarvesh K Verma
NCERT Maths of 8,9 and 10 NCERT
Quantitative Aptitude Dr RS Aggarwal

CMAT Books for Logical Reasoning

Book Author
How to Prepare Logical Reasoning Arun Sharma
Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation for CAT -

CMAT Books for Language Comprehension

Book Author
How to Prepare for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension Arun Sharma
The Pearson Guide to Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning Nishit K Sinha
A Modern Approach to Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning Dr RS Aggarwal
Trishna’s Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning for MBA Exams TIME

Study Material for CMAT General Awareness

Aspirants can refer to newspapers and journals like The Hindu, Financial Express, The Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, Business Today, The Hindu Business Line, Competition Success Review,v Management Compass Career Launcher.

Newspapers and Journals

The Hindu Financial Express
Economic Times The Financial Times
Wall Street Journal Hindu Business Line
Business Today Business World
Management Compass Career Launcher Competition Success Review

CMAT Syllabus FAQs

CMAT 2021 Syllabus FAQs

Ques. What are the detailed sections that the candidate has to study for CMAT?

Ans. CMAT 2021 is divided into four detailed sections:

Section Name Important Topics
Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation Time speed distance, algebra, geometry, allegation and mixtures, quadratic and linear equation etc
Logical Reasoning Analytical reasoning, linear arrangements, number series, blood relationship, arrangements
Language Comprehension Reading comprehsnion, grammar, usage errors,para jumbles,
General Awareness Politics, economy, culture, society, sports, events,current affairs

Ques. What is the syllabus for Data Interpretation in CMAT 2021?

Ans. The syllabus for Data Interpretation in CMAT 2021 are:

Geometry (Lines, angles, Triangles, Spheres, Rectangles, Cube, Cone, etc.)
Ratios and Proportion Percentages
In-equations Quadratic and linear equations Algebra
Profit & Loss Averages
Partnership (Accounts) Time-Speed-Distance
Work and time Number system
HCF & LCM Geometric Progression
Arithmetic progression Arithmetic mean
Geometric mean Harmonic mean
Median Mode
Number Base System BODMAS
Mensuration Allegation & Mixtures
Work Pipes and Cisterns
Simple Interest & Compound Interest Set Theory
Venn diagram Installment Payments
Clocks Probability
Permutations Combinations Trigonometry
Vectors Binomial Expansion
Coordinate Geometry Logarithm
Calendar Maxima & Minima Progression
Surds & Indices Complex numbers

Ques. What are the questions based on Reading Comprehension in CMAT 2021?

Ans. The questions are based on mainly-

  • Questions based on inference drawn
  • Questions based on the Central idea of the passage
  • Questions based on phrases, idioms
  • Questions based on expression in the passage.

Ques. What are the key topics that I need to study for Logical Reasoning in CMAT 2021?

Ans. The key topics that the candidate should focus on are as follows: Analytical reasoning, linear arrangements, number series, blood relationship, arrangements.

Ques. Which books are effective for Quantitative Techniques in CMAT 2021?

Ans. The books which candidate can study as a reference for CMAT 2021 Preparations are:

Book Author
How to Prepare for Quantitative Aptitude for CAT Arun Sharma
Quantum for Admission into IIMs Sarvesh K Verma
NCERT Maths of 8,9 and 10 NCERT
Quantitative Aptitude Dr RS Aggarwal

*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 Keshav Jindal 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 Vidushi 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 Nikkil Visha 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 Bhavya Rawal 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 Himani Arora 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


14 Comments
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sourajit mukherjee
Is there any way to complete the syllabus of the exam in 6 months?
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vinod

Yes, you can complete the syllabus of the exam within the preparation of 6 months. First of all finish the syllabus of the exam. Then you must move to practice questions from sample papers. Then analyze your performance by giving each mock test to know weak and strong points. To get more information about the same, click here – CMAT 2021 preparation tips.

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saksham mahajan
Can I use CMAT score to take admission in foreign Universities?
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vinod

No, you can use CMAT score only to take admission in management colleges in India. Here is the list of some colleges:

  1. Vellore Institute of Technology – Vellore
  2. Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology – Howrah
  3. Tolani Maritime Institute – Pune
  4. Christ University – Bangalore
  5. Jamia Hamdard University – New Delhi

To get more information, click here – Top Colleges in India accepting CMAT score.

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muheshraaj
Has there been any deletion in syllabus of 2021 exam?
V
vinod

Yes, there has been some changes in the exam syllabus this year. The exam conducting body has introduced a new section of Innovation & Entrepreneurship. The section will consist of 25 questions with an additional time limit of 30 minutes. CMAT 2021 will now have sections: Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation, Language Comprehension, Logical Reasoning and General Awareness. 

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shaik kabeer
What is the marking scheme?
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common admission test

Hii Shaik, Greetings from collegedunia. CMAT Exam consists of 4 sections and 25 questions is asked from each section, each carrying 4 marks. There is provision of negative marking, every incorrect response will carry –1 marks. For more details Click Here

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vipasha
How many attempts are allowed?
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common admission test

Hii Vipasha, Greetings from collegedunia. There is no limit for number of CMAT attempts. You appear for CMAT as many times you want. For more details Click Here

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saksham mahajan
Where can I get the practice papers?
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surendra

Hi Saksham

Visit on our official website of CMAT Practice Paper to get the practice paper of the exam. You will also find the question paper of previous year for your preparation.

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nafisa khatoon
What is the marking pattern?
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common admission test

Hii Nafisa, The marking pattern of CMAT Exam is if you have selected one of the correct options you will recieve 4 marks and If you have selected an incorrect answer, then the answer will recieve minus 1 mark. Questions that remain unanswered once the exam has been collected will not be marked. For more details Click Here

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nitika
Do I need to cover the entire syllabus?
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rakhisree chatterjee

Hi, You can cover important topics. Important topics CMAT are Algebra, Time-Speed-Distance, Allegation & Mixtures, Geometry, Graph, Analytical Reasoning, Linear Arrangements, Number Series, Matrix Arrangements, Blood Relationship Tests. Reading Comprehension, Grammar, English Usage Errors, Parajumbles, etc.

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avinash sahu
Is the syllabus as same as that in CAT?
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arvind kumar

Hi Avinash, Greetings from Collegedunia. CMAT exam is a management entrance test. The syllabus resembles with that of CAT. For more details visit: CMAT EXAM

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priya
Do I need to attempt all the questions asked in the paper?
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rakhisree chatterjee

Hi, All the sections of CMAT question paper have equal weightage of 25 questions. CMAT is a speed-based test, where candidates have to solve 100 questions in 180 minutes.

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saksham mahajan
If CBSE changes the school syllabus, does that mean the CMAT syllabus will be revamped too?
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akshay

Hello Saksham, greetings from Collegedunia. Since the syllabus of CMAT has already been declared, no further changes are expected to be instructed. 

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ananya pandey
Topic-wise question distribution is fixed or random in the CMAT exam?
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akshay

Hello Ananya, greetings from Collegedunia. The topic-wise distribution for CMAT may vary, however, the section-wise distribution of marks is constant.

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aditya guru
MAM I TO KNOW FROM WHERE I CAN STUDY MATHS FOR CMAT
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shobhna chaturvedi
Hi Aditya, you can refer to Sarvesh K.Verma (Arihant Publication) or Abhijit Guha's books for preparing quantitative aptitude section.
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manvi singh
I want to know from where to study GK of CMAT.
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sarthak mahajan

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


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