CMAT Preparation: Tips and Strategies for better CMAT Result

Saddam Khan Saddam Khan
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Common Management Admission Test or the CMAT is conducted by National Testing Agency (NTA). It is a national level entrance exam for admission to MBA courses in various affiliated colleges of NTA. The CMAT exam this year, is scheduled for January 28, 2019. The CMAT Results are likely to come out on February 10, 2019.

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With just a few months left for CMAT 2019, we are sure that the preparation of all the appearing candidates is in full swing. Although there is no definite mantra to crack the CMAT exam but, the below tips will definitely enhance your performance. You will be certainly able to tackle the questions of the CMAT paper if you keep the below tips and strategies in mind. These tips are likely to help you score some bonus points in your CMAT Result. Of course, if you have the perfect balance of preparation and self-confidence.

The CMAT Exam Pattern consists of 4 sections- Quantitative Techniques, Reasoning, Language Comprehension and General Awareness. Each of these section carries 25 questions. Each correct answer gains 4 marks and 1 mark is deducted for each incorrect answer.

CMAT Preparation Tips and Tricks

We bring some useful CMAT Preparation tips to your rescue. Adhere to the below strategies and we assure you an excellent result.  

Make reasonable rules for self

With rules, we mean reasonable and followable ones. They shouldn’t be strict and difficult to follow. Carve out some rules regarding your preparation period. These must not strain your brain. In fact, should make it more relaxed, without hampering your practice sessions.

Candidates who are already working professionals must work a little harder than the rest since, time would be a major constraint for them. We understand that they won’t be able to fetch time for coachings and self-study would be the only way out. Thus, we suggest take help of YouTube videos and other resources for better preparation.

Be thorough with the CMAT Syllabus

It is extremely important to understand the structure of your CMAT Syllabus. It gives you a fair idea of how the expected paper will look like. Along with the syllabus, watch the debates on news channels, follow newspapers and magazines, to help brush up your General Awareness and Language Comprehension.

Practice will make you perfect

This statement stands absolutely true for all those willing to clear the CMAT Exam. Practice should be your only mantra. Devote about 5 hours of your day to the CMAT Practice Papers. We understand that the syllabus is huge and tough, but practicing them well is the only solution.

You can refer to study materials. They are easily available in the market/internet. It is easier nowadays to download a book in Pdf format than searching in a book stall or marketplace. The study materials are available subject-wise, i.e. for every subject or section, books are available.

Some famous CMAT books we recommend to the aspirants are – 

  • The Pearson Complete Guide to the CMAT (with CD-ROM)
  • CMAT (Common Management Aptitude Test) Guide
  • CMAT: A Complete Manual for Common Management Admission Test

Time management

Such less time and an ocean of syllabus? Phew! We know it’s a tough task. The total CMAT paper time is 180 minutes. So, practice as much as you can beforehand to complete the actual exam before time. Keep track of time while you practice the mock tests. This time-tracking technique will do wonders. Last but not the least, work on your speed and accuracy.

Begin with the most comfortable section

This exam does not require you to just stick to one section and finish it in one go. Since there is no compulsory section to start with, you can leverage the opportunity and take your pick. We suggest you to begin with a section that you are most comfortable with. This will help you inculcate a lot of strength and confidence. If the start is correct, you will attempt the entire paper well.

Don’t get stuck on one question

At times, you might get stuck at one question where the answer seems impossible. They are often very tricky. They also take longer time than usual. It is always advisable to skip it and move ahead. If you get spare time in the end, come back to that question. We generally get an idea in the first 30 seconds if we can answer the question or no. If you don’t get any idea on which direction to take, the question is not meant for you to be solved.


Revision always helps. If you finish your exam before time, do not forget to revise your answers. Ensure that there is no silly mistake which may hamper your CMAT score. Try to manage your time in such a way that you are left with sufficient time to revise.


This is the shortest and the most useful tip for anyone preparing for CMAT 2019. The syllabus is huge and will definitely put all the candidates in a lot of pressure. Hence. We advise you to be calm and relaxed at all times. Take care of your health and focus on the syllabus. Take out some leisure time too, where you give sufficient rest to your body after the strenuous practice sessions.

We hope these tips prove to be beneficial for all of you preparing for the CMAT 2019. Good luck!



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