CMAT 2018 Analysis – CMAT 2018 will be held on January 20, 2018. It is a computer based entrance exam which was held by All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE). The scores of Common Management Aptitude Test (CMAT) is accepted by all AICTE-Approved Institutions/University Departments/Constituent Colleges/Affiliated Colleges. The entrance exam consists of questions from Quantitative Technique, Logical Reasoning, Language Comprehension and General Awareness. In the CMAT 2018 Analysis, you can find the exam pattern, marking scheme, number of good attempts, difficult sections etc. With the help of analysis, you will also be able to know how well you performed in the entrance exam. Check the CMAT 2018 Exam Analysis below.

CMAT 2018 Exam Pattern

Let us check with the pattern of the examination first. The exam pattern for CMAT 2018 is as follows:

Section Number of Questions Maximum Marks
Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation 25 100
Logical Reasoning 25 100
Language Comprehension 25 100
General Awareness 25 100

Marking Scheme of CMAT 2018

The marking for CMAT 2018 will be followed as per the rules are given below.

  1. For every correct answer, 04 marks shall be given.
  2. There is a negative marking of 01 marks for every incorrect answer.

Exam Analysis for CMAT 2018

The overall paper was easy-moderate and the questions were as per pattern and syllabus. The candidates may find GK section relatively tough and tricky than others. Check the overall exam analysis:

Sections Number of questions MaximumMarks Difficulty Level Number of Good Attempts
Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation 25 100 Easy to Moderate 19-20
Logical Reasoning 25 100 Easy 20-22
Language Comprehension 25 100 Easy 20-21
General Awareness 25 100 Moderate 15-20

Subject Wise Analysis of the exam

Now, let us see the topic wise in-dept analysis to get a better of an idea of the difficulty level of the exam.

Section 1: Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation (Quant & DI)

Topics covered under Quantitative Techniques:

  • Number Systems
  • Linear equations
  • Profit & Loss
  • Averages
  • Mixtures and Alligation
  • Coordinate Geometry
  • Menstruation
  • Probability
  • Venn Diagram
  • Time Speed & Distance

The share of questions on Data Interpretation in CMAT are low with 4-5 questions out of total 25 questions. Those who attempt easy questions first and then move to diffuclt questios will emerge as winner.

Total questions Difficulty level Major Topics Good attempts
25 Moderate Individual questions not based on sets 19-20

Section 2: Logical Reasoning

Topics covered under Logical Reasoning

  • Fact-based inference
  • Data Sufficiency
  • Family tree
  • Linear arrangements
  • Coding Decoding
  • Alphabet Series
  • Direction based questions
  • Calendars
Total questions Difficulty level Major Topics Good attempts
25 Moderate Individual questions not based on sets 20-22

This section generally contains the questions idependent, and not set based.

Section 3: Language Comprehension

If prepared well and have a god knowledge in grammer, the candidate can score well in this section. The questions on critical reasoning will be given in short passages. Also, there will be some questions from the areas like Para-jumbles, idioms and fill in the blanks. Teh only think which can help you score well in this section in your ability to read quicly and precisely. Plus a decent amount of vocabulary and analytical ability would have helped.

Total questions Difficulty level Good attempts for 96-99 sectional percentile
25 Moderate 20-21

Overall the section is easy but a few of the questions were said to be of higher difficulty also.

Section 4: General Awareness (GK)

GK is always been tyagged as the game changer for the examinees. Thsi section has a mix on current events, famous personalities, hindian history etc. A consistent reading of newspapers/journals, and also keeping track of the current affairs would enable a candidate to do well in this section.

Total questions Difficulty level Good attempts for 96-99 sectional percentile
25 Moderate to difficult 15-20

What could be the expected Cut off on the basis of this analysis?

Expected sectional cut offs

Section Total attempts Percentile at 90% accurate attempts Percentile at 80% accurate attempts Percentile at 70% accurate attempts
Quant & DI 19-20 99 98 95
Language Comprehension 20-22 99 98 95
Logical Reasoning 20-21 99 98 95
General Awareness 15-20 99 97 95

Expected overall percentile cut offs

Overall score Cut off percentile
220-230 99
180-190 95
160-170 90
150-160 85
135-140 80

Analysis on the basis of Previous Year

The main features of the various sections of the exam, based on previous year papers were:
  • In the Quantitative Ability section, more than 50% of questions were from Arithmetic and Algebra. Two-three questions were from probability.
  • Logical Reasoning had questions from both Verbal and Analytical Reasoning. This section was a bit of time consuming.
  • In the Language Comprehension section, there were 5 passages in all of about 200 words each, having 3 questions on each passage.
  • The remaining questions in the language comprehension section were distributed among different topics like sentence correction, fill in the blanks, Para jumbles, FIJ (fact, inference, and judgment), antonyms & synonyms and cloze test.
  • General Awareness section had around 7-8 questions based on current affairs. Static GK figured significantly with questions ranging from Art and Culture, Science, Awards, Polity.