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CMAT 2018 Exam Pattern

Updated On - January 4th 2018 by SOUMYA SEHGAL

CMAT Exam Pattern 2018- AICTE has not notified any change in the paper pattern of Common Management Admission Test this year. CMAT 2018 will be held on January 20 in online mode. The exam will be held on one day, in one session only.

Highlights of CMAT Exam Pattern are given below:

  • Number of sections- CMAT has 4 sections viz. Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation, Logical Reasoning, Language Comprehension, General Awareness.
  • Number of questions- There are 100 objective questions, 25 from each section. Check CMAT Syllabus
  • Total Marks- The total marks of CMAT paper are 400.
  • Marking scheme- Each correct answer fetches 4 marks, while an incorrect answer makes lose 1 mark.
  • Duration- The total duration of the paper is 3 hours.
  • Medium- CMAT Question Paper is in English language only. 

Section-wise CMAT Exam Pattern 2018

All sections in CMAT carry the same number of questions- 25. Also, each section carries equal marks. These questions are objective in nature. The section-wise details of the paper are given below:

SectionNumber of questionsTotal marks
Language Comprehension  25100
Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation25100
Logical Reasoning25100
General Awareness25100

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CMAT Exam Pattern 2018 for QA/DI

  • For this section, candidates must work on their speed and efficiency. Calculation is an important factor when it comes to answering questions from this section.

  • Questions in this section are usually single and are not based on sets.

  • Arithmetic operations and Modern Math forms an important part of the section.

  • Candidates are advised to have good proficiency in solving the problems from topics such as Time and Distance, Geometry, Numbers, Profit and Loss, Simple equations and Time and Work.

Read more about CMAT QA/DI Section

CMAT Exam Pattern 2018 for Logical Reasoning

  • In this section, most of the questions are generally from topics such as Puzzles, Statements and conclusions, Cause and effect, assumptions and conclusions and missing term in the figure.

  • Topics from arrangements (linear, seating, sequencing and arranging with conditions) are also generally asked.

Read more about  CMAT Logical Reasoning Section

CMAT Exam Pattern 2018 for Language Comprehension

  • Questions from para-jumbles fill in the blanks, identification of word meaning by selecting correct synonym and antonym, idioms, sentence correction, identification of correct sentence etc. are commonly asked in this section.
  • Reading comprehension passage is an important part of this section. It is advised that candidates read newspapers, novels, etc. to develop a reading habit and sharpen their verbal ability skills.
  • The passages are 500-600 words, that are not too difficult. Also, there is no fixed rule on framinf questions in RC. 

Read more about  CMAT Verbal Ability Section

CMAT Exam Pattern 2018 for General Awareness

  • Questions in GK are divided into 3 parts- Conventional, Current and Business & Economics. 
  • For this section, candidates are advised to be well updated with the current affairs, especially in business and economics section.
  • Basic knowledge of Science, History, Inventions, Book authors and Indian politics will also help candidates to answer the questions in this section.

CMAT 2018 Marking Scheme

  • For each wrong answer, 1 mark is deducted.
  • For every right answer, 4 marks is allotted.

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Important Note: During the exam, each candidate will be assigned a desktop, along with a rough sheet and pen. Once the exam is over, the rough sheet is to be left at the desk.

CMAT 2018 Mock Test

A Trial Test is available on the official website of CMAT 2018. This is to help candidates get accustomed to the online test and navigation functionality. Candidates are advised to go through CMAT Mock Test so as to acquaint themselves with the screens, layout, and navigation.

Trial tests are very helpful and form an important part of candidate’s preparation for the exam. It allows a candidate to form a better understanding of the test.

Some of the benefits of taking a Trial test are:

  • It gives candidates an idea about their speed and efficiency.
  • It helps candidates to manage their time better in the actual test.
  • It acquaints candidates with the navigation and layout of the test.
  • A Trial test may also help candidates to form an idea about their actual score in the test.
  • It gives candidates confidence to perform in the actual test.

cmat mock test 2018


CMAT 2018 Important Topics

It is crucial that candidates prepare for the exam as per the syllabus. Below are discussed important points regarding CMAT Syllabus:

  • Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation is designed on the basis of 10+2 level Mathematics syllabus.
  • Language Comprehension includes components of English Grammar and Vocabulary.
  • There is no pre-defined or fixed syllabus for the Logical Reasoning and the General Awareness sections. However, candidates are advised to check the topics discussed below for these sections.

CMAT 2018 Section Wise Syllabus:

Quantitative Techniques & Data InterpretationLogical ReasoningGeneral AwarenessLanguage Comprehension
Number SystemsAnalytical ReasoningCurrent Affairs of National and International EconomyJumbled Paragraphs
Fraction and DecimalsStatements AssumptionsPersonalities in NewsReading Comprehension
Geometry & AveragesAnalogy TestSports newsParagraph Completion
Quadratic and linear equationsInferencesTrade AwarenessSentence Correction
Ratios and ProportionStatements ArgumentsHistorySynonyms and Antonyms
Percentages & In-equationsNon Verbal ReasoningCultureIdioms and Phrases
PartnershipCause and EffectsPoliticsEnglish Grammar
Time-Speed-DistanceStatements and ConclusionGeographyEnglish Usage Errors
AlgebraBlood Relationship TestsEconomicsSentence Improvement
Profit and LossSymbol Based ProblemsSportsOne-word Substitution

CMAT Preparation Books 2018

Books are the most important aspect of preparation for any exam. Some of the books that candidates may refer to for the preparation of CMAT 2018 exam are given below. These are most recommended by the students and experts.

SubjectBook NameAuthor
Quantitative Aptitude and Data InterpretationQuantitative Aptitude for Competitive ExaminationsRS Agarwal
Accredited Guide to Data Interpretation and Data SufficiencyAnanta Ashisha
Data Analysis & Interpretation Data SufficiencyThink Tank of Kiran Prakashan
Logical ReasoningA modern approach to logical reasoningRS Agarwal
How to Prepare for Logical Reasoning for the CATArun Sharma
Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation for the CATNishit Sinha
Language ComprehensionThe Pearson Guide to Verbal AbilitySujit Kumar
How to Prepare for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension?Arun Sharma & Meenakshi Upadhyay
CAT Verbal Ability & Reading ComprehensionGautam Puri
General AwarenessGeneral KnowledgeDisha Experts
Face To Face MAT With 19 Years (1997-2016)BS Sijwali

*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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