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CMAT 2017 Past Exam Trends

Last Updated - April 01, 2017

AICTE conducts CMAT (Common Management Admission Test) every year as per the directions of Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India. CMAT is the official gateway for admission to the AICTE approved management institutes. It is the 2nd largest MBA/PGDM entrance test after CAT.

Till February 2015 exam, CMAT was conducted twice a year. With effect from 2016 CMAT has become a yearly exam. Now, CMAT has become a single day session exam across the country.

Since 2012, no change in exam pattern and number of questions has been effected in AICTE-CMAT. However, the General Awareness section turns the table every year for and against the test taker with its difficulty level.

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The CMAT is a 3 hour i.e. 180 minutes’ computer based online test which is conducted in single session across the country. The test consists of 4 sections with multiple choice questions such as Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation, Logical Reasoning, Language Comprehension and General Awareness.

Number and name of sectionsYearNumber of questionsDifficulty level
4 sections- Language Comprehension; Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation; Logical Reasoning; General Awareness2012100Moderate
2014100Moderate to difficult
2015100Moderate to difficult
2016100Moderate, GK difficult

Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation

In the CMAT 2016, on account of the 5-6 medium to difficult questions this section can be rated as moderate in nature. It was heavily dominated by Arithmetic based questions. The questions on Data interpretation were all easy. Because of 2 close options, the questions on pie charts were ambiguous. In around 50-55 minutes, around 21-22 attempts with 85-90% accuracy would be considered good.

In the CMAT 2015, out of the total 25 questions, only 3-4 questions based on geometry and mensuration were found slightly difficult. The other questions were moderate in nature, which were mainly set to check the candidate’s ability about basic concepts of percentage, Venn diagram, time and distance, ratio, probability and proportion.

In the CMAT 2014, this section was rated as difficult one.  Arithmetic and algebra formed the bulk of this section. The questions in geometry were either property based or involved principles of co-ordinate geometry. The CMAT 2014 also carries questions on maxima and minima.

In the CMAT 2013, the Quant section had few surprises. There were some questions in which multiple concepts were tested. The questions from Numbers were a bit tricky while those from arithmetic were straightforward.

In the CMAT 2012, this section can be rated on a scale of easy to moderate. There are few questions were slightly tricky.

The following chart explains the variation in duration required to attempt the QA & DI section and no. of safe attempts for the last 5 years.

CMAT Quantitative techniques & Data Interpretation Trends

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Logical Reasoning

In the CMAT 2016, this section was dominated by arrangements and group & conditionality’s questions on account of the bulky data provided in the question. There were 3 questions based on verbal reasoning including one each on fact-based inference, statement/conclusion and statement/implication type. Based on arrangements there was 1 question on data sufficiency.

In the CMAT 2015, this section can be rated as easy. The section too had single questions only and no-set based ones.

In the CMAT 2014, there were no critical reasoning questions in this section. Mostly, there were questions on directions, odd one out, data sufficiency, calendars, cubes, and sequential output tracing.

In the CMAT 2013, the questions on arrangements were lengthy. Again, in this session, there were no set based questions.

In the CMAT 2012, there were no set based questions. In this session, the test taker could have got stuck on some questions. The questions on arrangements specifically involves questions on seating, sequencing, linear, matrix, and circular arrangements.

The following chart explains the last 5 years’ variation in duration and no. of safe attempts required to attempt the Logical Reasoning section:

CMAT Logical Reasoning Trends

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Language Comprehension

In the CMAT 2016, there were 4 passages with a total of 15 questions. Three of the passages were short and contained 3 questions each. 1 passage was long and contained 6 questions. Most of the questions were inference based and some involved critical reasoning.

In the CMAT 2015, there were 4 passages with a total of 15 questions. In this, 3 passages were short and contained 3 questions each. 1 passage was long and contained 6 questions.

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In the CMAT 2013, there were multiple questions that followed a passage. In 2013, there were 4 passages with 13 questions based on critical reasoning, decision making and reading comprehension. Questions on single decision making involves 2-3 difficult questions. The remaining questions were simple for the one who had been preparing vocabulary and grammar.In the CMAT 2014, in this session there were 5 passages and all of these were from diverse areas such as history, current affairs, philosophy, etc. while some of the other question types that were covered included jumbled sentences, sentence correction, errors in usage. Question selection would have been critical for this section.

In the CMAT 2012, the section was easy. It comprised of small reading comprehension passages. Questions on grammar, vocabulary and usage were fewer in comparison to reading comprehension and verbal reading.

The following chart on Language Comprehension explains the last 5 years’ variation in no. of safe attempts and required duration to attempt this section:

CMAT Language Comprehension Trends

General Awareness

In the CMAT 2016, 22 questions were static and 3 dealt with current affairs. The questions were from across all areas: geography, history, literature, sports, business and economics. General awareness consisted of mix of difficulty level. About 6 questions were easy, 11 moderate and 8 questions were difficult in nature. It involved questions on both Indian events and international events.

In the CMAT 2015, questions were static in nature. Around 10 questions were based on Indian events and 15 questions on International events.

In the CMAT 2014, the section had a good mix of static and dynamic questions. Same as earlier attempts, this year also the current affairs based questions were from diverse areas.

In the CMAT 2013, the GA section was difficult in nature as there were hardly 5 easy questions. 7-8 questions were based on current affairs and the rest were static.

In the CMAT 2012, it was the decider section amongst the test takers. There were several questions related to politics, entertainment, science, history and sports.

The following chart explains the no. of safe attempts and duration required to attempt General Awareness of the last 5 years:

CMAT General Awareness Trends

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