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CMAT 2017 Exam Pattern and Syllabus

CMAT (Common Management Admission Test) 2017 is an online or computer based test (CBT) and will be conducted by All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) in January 2017. It is an annually conducted national level test for admissions to the post graduate management programmes across the country.

Before registering for the test, the candidate must make sure that they have complete knowledge regarding the CMAT 2017 Exam Pattern. There are total 100 Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) asked in the CMAT 2017 Exam. A candidate will be given 3 hours to complete the exam.

CMAT 2017 Exam will be divided into 4 sections namely Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation, Logical Reasoning, Language Comprehension and General Awareness.  A candidate will be awarded 4 marks for very correct answer and 1 mark will be deducted for every wrong answer.

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Some important information regarding CMAT 2017 test pattern is summarised below –

Each section will have 25 questions each and will carry a total of 100 marks each.

CMAT 2017 Exam Pattern Highlights
Date of examJanuary 2017
Mode of examOnline or Computer-Based (CBT)
Format of examObjective or MCQ (Multiple Choice Question)
Duration of exam180 minutes or 3 hours
Number of Questions100; each question will be worth 4 marks
Marking Scheme

For each correct answer – (+4) to be awarded

For each wrong answer – (-1) to be deducted

Number of Sections

Four sections, namely –

Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation

Logical Reasoning

Language Comprehension

General Awareness

AICTE CMAT 2017 will take place in the first week of January 2017 and will be a computer-based test. The format of the exam will be objective type. This means that there will be multiple choice questions with four options each. Only one of the given options will be correct and the candidate will be required to mark any one of them.

The duration of the exam will be a total of 180 minutes or three hours and the candidate will not be allowed to take any sort of breaks, once the examination has begun.


Sections in CMAT 2017 Exam

The CMAT 2017 exam paper will be divided into four different sections - Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation, Logical Reasoning, Language Comprehension and General Awareness. Each of these sections will have 25 questions each and will carry a maximum of 100 marks. Therefore, the overall paper will have 100 questions in total and will be worth 400 marks.

The section wise distribution of CMAT 2017 exam paper is shown below –

Section TypeNumber of questionsMaximum marks
Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation25100
Logical Reasoning25100
Language Comprehension25100
General Awareness25100

A Demo Test will be made available in the month of December 2016 for the candidates to provide hand on experience in solving questions. Candidates are advised to make the most of this provision and familiarize themselves with the screens, layout, and navigation aspects of the examination interface.

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Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation

This is the first section of the question paper and it is aimed at testing the candidate’s numerical aptitude. The candidate must possess a sharp and quick mind and be able to solve questions at a fast rate to do well in this section.

The section of quantitative techniques may also contain numerous questions that are based on direct applications of concepts and formulae. In such a case, the student must have all the basic formulae memorised and be able to apply them correctly and quickly. Questions asked may be from Business Maths, Arithmetic, and Geometry.

Questions based on Data Interpretation will require the candidate to have working knowledge of Pie charts, Tables, Data Sufficiency and Bar/Line graphs. This section demands the ability to extract the needed data from a bulk of frivolous information. So, it is important to be observant while going through the data provided and again, speed of calculations is something that will be immensely beneficial to the candidates. 

Knowledge of multiplication tables, fractions to percentage conversions, square and cube roots and other calculation short-cuts plus approximation techniques is recommended so as to cut down the time consumed in solving a question.

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Logical Reasoning

In this section, the candidate is assessed for an analytical bent of mind and logical clear thinking. The questions asked involve data arrangement, blood relations, coding and decoding, direction-based, series and sequences and input – output analysis. Students will require a good measure of critical thinking skills to be able to solve such problems.

Verbal Ability

This section is the same one as Language Comprehension and tests the candidate’s English language skills. Those who have a strong command over the language will find it to be quite an easy section..

Questions may take the form of Sentence Correction, Reading Comprehension, Antonyms, Analogies, fill in the blanks, Sentence Completion, Synonyms and Para Jumbles.

General Awareness

This section features questions from the field of current affairs and static general knowledge. Preparing for this section will require the candidates to read a lot of newspapers and magazine articles and watch the news regularly.

The questions may be from the field of Business, Politics, Sports, Awards and Distinctions, Books, Films and Music and also Economics. Students can also go through Manorama books for the purpose of preparation for this section.



CMAT 2017 Marking Scheme

The CMAT 2017 will have negative marking for incorrect answers. The paper will have a total of 100 questions and each question will carry four marks each. Thus, candidates will be marked out of 400.

For every correct response, the candidate will be awarded four marks. But for each wrong answer, there will be a penalty of 25%. This means that candidates will lose 1 mark for each incorrect response.

No marks will be deducted for unanswered questions.

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