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CMAT September 2014 Exam Analysis

Last Updated - December 03, 2015

CMATwas conducted in September 2014 for the admissions to 2015-16 academic session. Test was conducted in window scheduling from September 25 and concluded on September 29.  In this article we will give you an analysis of CMAT 2014 session, which will help you to understand, what type of questions are asked from which section and what is their difficulty level also how many attempts are considered good.

CMAT 2016 is scheduled to be held on January 17, 2016. Registration Process has been started since November 03, 2015 and you can register for CMAT by visiting their official website till December 10, 2015.  The eligibility criteria for applying to CMAT remains same, you must have done graduation in any discipline to take CMAT. This session was similar to previous sessions with no deviation from regular patternmentioned below:-

Time Allotted

180 minutes

Total Number of Questions


Marking Scheme

4 marks for every correct answer


4 (Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation, Language comprehension, Logical Reasoning, General Awareness)

Number of Choices


Negative Marking

1 mark for every wrong answer

Expected Cut offs

A score of 230+


CMAT September 2014 was similar to previous sessions with moderate difficulty. Quant was as usual filled with questions from arithmetic, English section was moderate with same type of questions like ever, Reasoning was a little bit time consuming and General Knowledge focused on Indian Economy and politics. Overall difficulty level of the individual sections was-


Number of Questions

Difficulty Level

Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation



Verbal Ability



Analytical Reasoning



General Awareness




Now we will discuss each section at individual level:-

Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation-

This section was amalgam of percentages, mixture, Ratios, algebra based questions. Although questions were not so difficult but they were time consuming. The DI section was comparatively lengthy and required keen understanding of problem given. This section was a blend of permutations and Combinations, Algebra and Mensuration and Geometry however Arithmetic and Algebra were dominating. Questions were although easy but speed of the candidate played a major role. An attempt of 16-17 was considered to be good score.

Logical Reasoning-

This section comprised a mix of moderate to tough questions. Majority of questions were based on Analytical Reasoning, Blood Relations, Input/output, Visual Reasoning, True/ False statements.  One of the difficulties that students failed while attempting this section was the confusing language in which the questions were framed.

Language Comprehension-

There were three to four Reading Comprehension passages of moderate length containing around 13-16 questions. Although the passages were little tricky in terms of comprehension but they were easy to understand and answer. A few questions on RC passages were inference and facts based. The questions were not like typical RC based questions instead they were based on application of one’s understanding of the passage. Rest of the questions were based on Grammar-Sentence Correction, Fill in the Blanks, Para Jumbles, Para Completion and Fact, Inference, Judgment. An attempt of about 18-20 questions would be considered good.

General Awareness-

This section contained plenty of questions on Constitution, fiscal System , World affairs, Sports, Taxation and General Science etc. Majority of the questions were  asked from  static general knowledge. Around 4-5 questions were asked from current GK. If one has read newspapers on regular basis , he could have attempted all the questions. Besides the above mentioned areas the static GK questions were from Arts, politics, awards and culture. An attempt 16-19 questions from  this section was considered good.

Overall this session was a blend of moderate to tough questions. An attempt of 230+ is enough to clear the expected cut off. For CMAT just scoring well is not sufficient you have to prepare really well to secure a place in the merit list.



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