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CMAT 2018 Exam Pattern

CMAT 2018 (Common Management Admission Test) is a national level entrance test that will be conducted in January 2018 by AICTE (All India Council for Technical Education) for admission in Management programs. Candidates who will clear this entrance examination will be eligible to apply for admission in Management programs at all AICTE-Approved Institutions, University & Colleges.

CMAT 2018 will have a total of 100 questions and it will be a computer-based test. The question paper will be divided into 4 sections and 25 questions will be asked from each section. All questions will be Objective Type in the form of Multiple-choice. As for the marking scheme of the exam, each right answer will be allotted 4 marks, while each wrong answer will result in negative marking of 1 mark. The test duration will be 3 hours.

CMAT 2018 Exam Pattern will be based on the following 4 sections:

  1. Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation
  2. Logical Reasoning
  3. Language Comprehension
  4. General Awareness

Equal number of questions will be asked from each topic. Candidates are advised to thoroughly prepare for all the above-mentioned topics.


Highlights Table for CMAT 2018 Exam Pattern

Exam ModeComputer-based/Online
Number of sections4 (Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation, Logical Reasoning, Language Comprehension, General Awareness)
Number of Questions100 (25 Questions from each section)
Question Paper TypeObjective Type (MCQs) 
Total Marks400
Exam duration3 hours
Exam languageEnglish

Some of the points to note are:

  • At the test venue, each candidate will be seated at a desk with a computer terminal.
  • Candidates will be provided with a scratch paper for rough work and calculations.
  • No candidate shall be allowed to carry his own scratch paper.
  • After the test, candidate must leave the given scratch paper at the desk.
  • There will be no break given during the test.

CMAT 2018 Exam Pattern

CMAT is a 3 hour computer-based test which is conducted in a single session. In a computer-based online examination, a candidate reads a question on a computer terminal and clicks on the correct answer.

CMAT is conducted to evaluate candidate’s general aptitude across various subjects such as Quantitative Technique and Data Interpretation, Logical Reasoning, Language Comprehension and General Awareness.

CMAT 2018 will be:

  • A 3 hour test.
  • A computer based/online test.
  • Contain objective type questions
  • A 400 marks test.
  • Will consist of 100 questions.
  • Divided into 4 different sections:
  1. Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation 
  2. Logical Reasoning 
  3. Language Comprehension and 
  4. General Awareness
  • In English medium.

Trial Test

A Trial test will be available from the 3rd week of December, 2017 at www.aicte-cmat.in to help candidates get accustomed to the online test and navigation functionality. Candidates are advised to go through the Trial 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 2018 Marking Scheme

CMAT 2018 Marking Scheme is simple and clear and the following structure will be followed:

  • There shall be negative marking for wrong answers. For each wrong answer 1 mark will be deducted.
  • For every right answer, 4 marks will be allotted.

The table below clearly shows the marks allotted to each section in the CMAT 2018 exam:

S.No.Name of the SectionNumber of QuestionsMarks Allotted
1Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation25100
2Logical Reasoning25100
3Language Comprehension25100
4General Awareness25100
Total100400

As shown above, each of the 4 sections carries 25 questions for 100 marks each. Total marks of the paper are 400.  


CMAT 2018 Exam Syllabus

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
Allegation & MixturesSequencingLiterature -
Pipes and CisternsRanking TestsIndian Constitution
Simple Interest and Compound InterestLinear ArrangementsScience in the Everyday Life
Work & time and MensurationMatrix Arrangements -
Permutations & CombinationsCoding and Decoding-- 
Tabulation, Pie chart, Bar Chart, Line & GraphDirection and Distance Test -
ProbabilityNumber Series -

Candidates are advised to refer to each of the topics mentioned above and prepare accordingly.  

Some of the points to note while preparing for the syllabus are:

Quantitative Aptitude and Data Interpretation:

  • It is very important for candidates to work on their calculation speed and efficiency. Calculation is an important factor when it comes to answering questions from this section.
  • 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.

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.

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.

General Awareness:

  • 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.

Important Books

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:

SubjectBook NameAuthorISBN
Quantitative Aptitude and Data InterpretationQuantitative Aptitude for Competitive ExaminationsRS Agarwal9788121924986
Logical ReasoningA modern approach to logical reasoningRS Agarwal9788121919050
Language ComprehensionThe Pearson Guide to Verbal AbilitySujit Kumar9789332512115
General AwarenessGeneral KnowledgeDisha Experts9789384905828

Candidates may refer to different books for each section of the exam or buy a single book such as The Pearson Complete Guide to the CMAT, which includes study material for all the sections of the exam.


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