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CMAT 2016 Exam Pattern

Last Updated - April 01, 2017

The Common Management Admission Test (CMAT) 2016 exam is a computer based online exam scheduled on January 17, 2016. It can’t be taken in paper-pencil mode. It will be conducted only once a year on 3rd Sunday of January. There will be four sections in the exam and 25 questions in each section. The duration of exam will be 180 minutes. There will be negative marking in CMAT exam. For each correct answer there are 4 marks, for each wrong answer 1 mark shall be deducted. The CMAT 2016 Application process has been started on November 3, 2015 and it will be closed on December 12, 2015.

CMAT Exam Pattern

In previous year, CMAT was conducted twice a year. Each Candidate was eligible to appear in both the exams and the better of the two scores was used for the admission for each academic year.

In Computer Based Test, the candidate will read the questions on a computer screen and choose an answer by clicking on the correct option. The CMAT Exam helps colleges to select suitable graduate candidates for admission in all Management programs. The CMAT score is accepted by all AICTE approved University and their Constituent Colleges & Affiliated Colleges.

CMAT 2016 Paper Section

There will be four sections in the test. The sections are

  • Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation
  • Logical Reasoning
  • Language Comprehension and
  • General Awareness


No. of Questions

Maximum Marks

Type of Questions

Difficulty level

Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation



Mostly questions from Arithmetic and Algebra with 2-3 questions from each of Modern Maths, Geometry/ Mensuration/ Coordinate Geometry and Number Systems

Easy - Moderate

Logical Reasoning



24 questions of Mathematical Reasoning and 1 question of Verbal Reasoning

Easy - Moderate

Language Comprehension



Mostly questions based on Reading Comprehension and Vocabulary, Sentence Correction, Para Jumble, Common Confusables and FIJ

Difficult - Moderate

General Awareness



Primarily Static GK with a couple of questions from Current Affairs



The CMAT exam duration is 180 minutes, with no break during this time period. The Candidates could move back and forth between sections. This means that the sections are not timed individually, and the onus is on the students to manage timing between the sections, while ensuring that they show their competency in all the sections.

Negative Marking

There will be negative marking in CMAT exam. For each correct answer there are 4 marks, for each wrong answer 1 mark shall be deducted.

CMAT 2016 Trial Test:

CMAT trial test is available on the CMAT website for candidates to get familiarized with the functionality and navigation of the actual Computer Based test.

CMAT Trial test will be available from December 12, 2015 onwards for the candidates to have a feel of the online test and navigation functionality. The Applicants are advised to go through them carefully to familiarize themselves with the screens, layout, and navigation.

CMAT 2016 Exam Schedule:

CMAT 2016 Exam Schedule

CMAT 2016 Syllabus

The CMAT exam does not have a defined syllabus for CMAT preparation. However, you can take our mock test to understand the pattern of exam and types of questions. You can check the CMAT website regularly for the announcement of mock test. Now here we are providing you the important topic section wise to help in preparation of CMAT:

Section 1: Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation

Number Systems

Fraction and Decimals



Ratios and Proportion

In – equations

Quadratic and linear Equations

Profit and Loss




Time-speed- Distance

Work and Time

Pipes and Cisterns

Allegation and Mixtures


Simple Interest and Compound Interest


Permutations and Combination

Tabulation, Pie Chart, Bar Chart, Line Graph


Section 2: Logical Reasoning

Analytical Reasoning

Statements Assumptions

Non Verbal Tests (Visual Reasoning)

Analogy Test


Statements and assumptions

Statement Argument

Cause and Effects

Statements and Conclusion

Ranking Tests

Linear Arrangements

Matrix arrangements

Symbol Based problem

Sequencing, Coding and decoding problem

Direction and Distance test

Number series


Section 3: Language Comprehension

Reading Comprehension

Para Jumbled

Sentence Correction

Paragraph Completion

Idioms and Phrases

Synonyms and Antonyms

English Usage Errors

English Grammar

One Word Substitution

Sentence Improvement


Section 4: General Awareness

Current Affairs of National, International, Economics etc.

Personalities in News

Sports News

Trade Awareness(Corporate News)






Indians Constitutions



Science in Every Day life



Section-wise Breakup:


Ideal Attempts

Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation

18-20 Questions

Logical Reasoning

14-15 Questions

Language Comprehension

18-20 Questions

General Awareness

12-14 Questions

Overall, an attempt of about 70-72 questions with decent accuracy should fetch a good score. However, the cut-offs for good institutes are likely to remain high.



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