Common Management Admission Test (CMAT) 2017 Exam Analysis
Common Management Admission Test CMAT 2017 was held on January 28 from 9.30AM to 12.30PM. CMAT Exam Analysis by MBAUniverse.com reveals that overall the paper was easy, with expected questions and pattern. General Awareness however was relatively tough and tricky. It is estimated that around 60000 candidates have appeared in CMAT 2017.

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In the General Awareness Section, questions were related to current economic developments and government policies like Demonetization, Digital India initiatives, Ease of Doing Business. One of the questions was on Noble Prize 2016 awarded for Music.

CMAT 2017 exam had easy questions on mix of all the Quant areas like Arithmetic, Algebra, Geometry, Number system, Modern Math among others.

Reading Comprehension had the major share in Language comprehension section with 15 questions. In Logical Reasoning section, all questions were independent, and not set based.

Overall EXAM ANALYSIS

Exam Pattern: No change
CMAT 2017 exam had 100 questions in MCQ format. There were 4 sections with 25 questions in each section. Each correct answer will be awarded 4 marks in CMAT and every wrong answer will carry a penalty of -1 negative mark. Total maximum marks are 400.
Section: Language Comprehension
Total questions: 25
Marks for each correct answer: 4
Total marks: 100
Negative Marks for each wrong answer: -1
Difficulty level: Easy
Section: Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation
Total questions: 25
Marks for each correct answer: 4
Total marks: 100
Negative Marks for each wrong answer: -1
Difficulty level: Easy
Section: Logical Reasoning
Total questions: 25
Marks for each correct answer: 4
Total marks: 100
Negative Marks for each wrong answer: -1
Difficulty level: Easy
Section: General Awareness
Total questions: 25
Marks for each correct answer: 4
Total marks: 100
Negative Marks for each wrong answer: -1
Difficulty level: Easy
SECTIONAL ANALYSIS, PERCENTILE & SCORES
Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation (Quant & DI)
Total questions: 25
Difficulty level: Easy to moderate
Major Topics: Arithmetic – Profit & Loss, percentage; Number system; Algebra; Geometry; Modern Math
Good attempts for 96-99 sectional percentile: 20-22
The share of questions on Data Interpretation in CMAT remained low again with 4-5 questions out of total 25 questions. Those who attempted the easy questions first and then moved to difficult questions in this section would emerge as winner.

Logical Reasoning
Total questions: 25
Difficulty level: Moderate
Question types: Individual questions not based on sets
Good attempts for 95-99 sectional percentile: 19-21
Language Comprehension
Total questions: 25
Difficulty level: Moderate
Major topics: RC Passages, Grammar, Fill in the blanks, vocabulary usage
Share of RC passages – 15 questions: 3 Short RC passages with 3 questions each 1 Long RC passage with 6 questions
Question types: Directly related to RC passage
Good attempts for 95-99 sectional percentile: 20-22
Language comprehension in CMAT had questions on Verbal Ability as well Reading Comprehension. CMAT had 4 passages with a total of 15 questions. Overall the section was easy but a few of the questions were of higher difficulty also.

Most of the questions were easy to answer but a few questions following the short passages were difficult. Remaining 10 questions focused on vocabulary; grammar; fill in the blanks, statements.

General Awareness (GK)
Total questions: 25
Difficulty level: Moderate to difficult
Major topics: Current affairs, static GK
Good attempts for 95-99 sectional percentile: 14-18
Going by its reputation of being a game changer, GK had mix of questions on current affairs and on conventional topics.

There were questions on Brahmos Missile; Brahmaputra River; which country apart from India resorted to Demonetization and later withdrew it; Ease of doing business; Nobel Prize awardee in the field of Music; pillars in the digital India logo among others.

Expected sectional cut offs
Section: Quant & DI
Total attempts: 20-22
Percentile at 90% accurate attempts: 99
Percentile at 80% accurate attempts: 98
Percentile at 70% accurate attempts: 95
Section: Language Comprehension
Total attempts: 20-22
Percentile at 90% accurate attempts: 99
Percentile at 80% accurate attempts: 98
Percentile at 70% accurate attempts: 95
Section: Logical Reasoning
Total attempts: 19-21
Percentile at 90% accurate attempts: 99
Percentile at 80% accurate attempts: 98
Percentile at 70% accurate attempts: 95
Section: General Awareness
Total attempts: 14-18
Percentile at 90% accurate attempts: 99
Percentile at 80% accurate attempts: 97
Percentile at 70% accurate attempts: 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
125-130
75
115-120
70
105-110
65
100-105
60
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Common Management Admission Test (CMAT) 2016 Exam Analysis

CMAT has become a yearly test now since 2016. The first yearly CMAT 2016 was held on January 17, 2016 and was reported a successful change as the test not only began on time but also remained glitch free. Around 55000 candidates took CMAT 2016.

CMAT 2016 exam consisted of 100 questions in MCQ format. There are 4 sections with 25 MCQs in each the section. Each correct answer is awarded 4 marks in CMAT and every wrong answer carries a penalty of -1 negative mark. Total maximum marks are 400. The exam is conducted in 3 hours duration from 9.30AM to 12.30 PM.
Section: Language Comprehension
Number of questions: 25
Total marks: 100
Section: Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation
Number of questions: 25
Total marks: 100
Section: Logical Reasoning
Number of questions: 25
Total marks: 100
Section: General Awareness
Number of questions: 25
Total marks: 100
All the questions in CMAT are of Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ) type. However the changes in question pattern in GK section are prominent in every CMAT exam. After converting CMAT from twice a year exam to once a year exam, AICTE has tried to bring CMAT on the pattern of Common Admission Test (CAT) conducted by IIMs.

Since CMAT 2016 was the 1st yearly CMAT, the questions were a little more difficult than earlier CMAT exams when it was held 2 times a year.

Sectional Analysis
The sectional analysis of AICTE-CMAT 2016 reveals that despite moderate to difficult level of difficulty, low CMAT scores will fetch high percentile in the exam. Following type of questions appeared in the CMAT 2016.

Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation (Quant & DI)
This is the 1st section in CMAT exam. Out of 25 questions in this section, 4-5 questions had higher difficulty level. The section contains all the single questions. CMAT exam has more questions on Arithmetic than on other parts of mathematics.

A few difficult questions were based on the topics like quadratic roots, minor axis of the ellipse. CMAT also had few time consuming questions on mixtures of metals and on age problem.

The share of questions on Data Interpretation in CMAT remains very low with 3-4 questions out of total 25 questions. Questions on DI were also not much difficult.

It is advisable to attempt the easy questions first and then go to difficult questions in this section as there is no sectional time constraint in CMAT.

An accurate attempt of 12-14 questions out of 25 questions in this section can award you around 45-50 marks which may lead to 92-95 percentile in Quant & DI section.
Topics: Time speed distance; Profit & loss; Mixtures; Age Problem; Average
Number of questions: 9
Broader area of the topic: Arithmetic
Topics: Odd/even factor; division; Prime number
Number of questions: 3
Broader area of the topic: Numbers
Topics: Line equation; Circle; Ellipse parelellograms
Number of questions: 4
Broader area of the topic: Geometry
Topics: Quadratic equation
Number of questions: 2
Broader area of the topic: Algebra
Topics: Log, Probability, Progression, Venn Diagram
Number of questions: 4
Broader area of the topic: Modern Math
Topics: Line para; Pie Chart
Number of questions: 3
Broader area of the topic: Data Interpretation (DI)
Logical Reasoning
The 2nd section in CMAT is Logical reasoning (LR). The LR section in CMAT 2016 had many easy questions and all the 25 questions were individual ones and were not in sets.

Most of the questions in LR section were based on Arrangements, Group and conditions. A few questions were time consuming but not very difficult. There are also visual reasoning questions in this section and last year it appeared on a more difficult side.

Verbal Reasoning also had its due share with 3 questions. The questions were based on Fact-Inference-Judgement; Statement-Conclusion.
Topics: Groups, Conditions
Number of questions: 4
Topics: Arrangements & Data Sufficiency
Number of questions: 10
Topics: Blood relations
Number of questions: 3
Topics: Clocks, Cubes
Number of questions: 2
Topics: Coding; Direction; Facts-Inference-Judgement
Number of questions: 3
Topics: Statements
Number of questions: 2
Topics: Visual reasoning
Number of questions: 1
18-22 attempts with 90% accuracy can award you with a 95+ percentile in LR section.

Language Comprehension
Language comprehension in CMAT consists of questions on Verbal Ability as well Reading Comprehension. Last year CMAT had 4 passages with a total of 15 questions of moderate difficulty.

There are 3 short passages of around 300-400 words while 1 passage is long with around 600-700 words. The short passages were followed by 3 questions each while long passage was followed by 6 questions. The long passage was on ‘Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease’ and the short passages were on ‘Ageing and Baby Boomers’; ‘Failure/Success’; and ‘Gender Diversity at the Work Place’. Most of the questions were easy to answer but a few questions following the short passages were difficult. Remaining 10 questions focused on vocabulary; grammar; fill in the blanks, statements weakening the arguments.

Topics: 4 RC passages
Number of questions: 15
Topics: Grammar-indentifying correct sentences and correct words
Number of questions: 4
Topics: Fill in the blanks and Synonyms
Number of questions: 4
Topics: Use of Idioms
Number of questions: 1
Topics: Argument weakening
Number of questions: 1
Candidates who attempted 18-20 questions with 85-90% accuracy could score 96+ percentile in this section.

General Awareness (GK)
An equally important section, GK can be rated as the game changer in CMAT. This section had a good number of questions on photo and emblem identification of personalities, companies among others. Questions like the source of material in particular and famous Japanese Drink took the candidates for ride.

Constitutional knowledge, understanding of federal structure of Indian Polity, daily reading and analysing the current events surely helped the candidates in this section. Current affairs had the questions on recent happenings- national and international. Conventional GK consisted of questions on Capital/Currency, International organizations, books, authors, personalities, current events.

There were more than 20 static questions in this section while 5 questions were on current affairs and other issues.

Those who attempted 12-14 questions with 80-85% accuracy in this section could score the sectional percentile of 94 and above.

CMAT Scoring pattern: Low scores leading to high percentile
At a score of 225, more than 99 percentile could be scored in CMAT 2016. Similarly with the score, as low as 185, candidates could score 85 percentile in CMAT. Same scoring pattern is expected in CMAT 2017. The exact high & low of different percentile ranges in CMAT with corresponding sectional and over all scores are shared below-


185 marks to get 95 and above percentile
A score of 207 can lead you to 98 percentile and less than 50% marks out of 400 marks i.e. only 185 marks are needed to score 95 percentile.

Out of 25 questions in each section, if you attempt 12 accurately, you will score 48 marks in each section. Your total score will accumulate to 192 marks leading to 96+ percentile in CMAT 2017.

207 marks to award 98 percentile in CMAT


198 marks to award 97 Percentile in CMAT


Score 191 to get 96 percentile


185 marks needed for 95 percentile

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