CMAT 2018: Exam pattern & Syllabus

CMAT Exam Pattern: 10 last minute tips for CMAT exam date
CMAT 2018 exam date is tomorrow January 20, 2018 from 9.30AM to 12.30PM. Following are the last minute tips and key points to remember about CMAT exam pattern

  1. CMAT exam pattern has 100 questions in MCQ format
  2. CMAT 2018 is online computer based test
  3. Each correct answer in CMAT exam will be given +4 marks
  4. There shall be negative marking for wrong answers, for each wrong answer 1 mark shall be deducted in CMAT exam
  5. CMAT Mock Test officially released by AICTE is available on AICTE-CMAT website
  6. Go through the CMAT 2018 trial test to have a feel of the online test and navigation functionality.
  7. CMAT aspirants are advised to go through the CMAT trial test carefully to familiarize themselves with the screens, layout, and navigation.
  8. At the CMAT test venue, each candidate will be seated at a desk with a computer terminal and he/she will be provided with a scratch paper for calculations.
  9. After the CMAT exam is over, candidate must leave the scratch paper at the desk.
  10. Rough work cannot be done on any other paper/sheet, as nothing will be allowed inside the CMAT testing room. No breaks will be given during the test.

No candidate in CMAT 2018 will be disqualified even if they score very low. AICTE has confirmed, "The objective of the test is not to eliminate the candidates from the process of seeking admission in the AICTE approved management programmes, rather to facilitate the institutions to select the suitable candidates as per their merit." 


CMAT 2018 will remain an online exam for admission to AICTE approved MBA/ PGDM courses 2018-20 batch across the country. No structural and content based changes in CMAT 2017 are proposed by AICTE.


Duration of CMAT 2018 to be held on January 21, 2018 will of 3 hours from 9.30AM to 12.30PM.  It will be a single day single session exam instead of earlier multiple days.


The exam is divided in 4 sections with 25 MCQs in each section. Total questions are 100. All questions will carry equal marks in CMAT 2018. Each correct answer will be awarded 4 marks and there will be negative marking of 1 mark for each incorrect answer.


Exam duration 3 hours from 9.30 to 12.30: Reporting time 8 A.M. (90 minutes before the exam)

Section Number of questions Total marks
Language Comprehension   25 100
Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation 25 100
Logical Reasoning 25 100
General Awareness 25 100


CMAT 2018 Syllabus

AICTE does not have a defined syllabus for CMAT exam. Following are the major topics to be covered in each section of CMAT


Language Comprehension

CMAT defines its Verbal Ability section as Language Comprehension. It covers comprehensive English test which includes the test of grammar, tenses, vocabulary, jumbled paragraphs and reading comprehension. Key topics from which you may expect questions are - usage of Articles, Non-finites, dangling modifiers, Nouns, Pronouns (Especially relative Pronouns), adjectives, adverbs, prepositions –regular and followed, verbs, Syntax, Subject-verb Agreement, Simple, continuous, Perfect tenses and Conditional-unreal past.


CMAT gives you shorter with 500-600 words and not too difficult passages. There is no fix rule on framing the questions based on Reading comprehension passage, which is followed by at least 4-5 questions each. Questions could be any of following types- ; Questions based on inference drawn; Questions based on the Central idea of the passage; Questions based on phrases, idioms; Questions based on expression in the passage.


Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation
Questions in this section are usually single and are not based on sets. While topics like table and pie chart in data interpretation section will require basic calculation skills, the topics from which most of the questions appear in quant are arithmetic (ratios, mixtures, work, averages, profit & loss, basic statistics etc), number properties, probability and counting principles with one or two odd questions in geometry and derivatives (i.e. maxima –minima).


Logical Reasoning
The section is a mix of the topics from arrangements like linear, seating, sequencing & arranging with conditions to coding. The other questions are based on statement-conclusion, logical puzzle, numerical puzzle, Venn Diagram, true/false statements, visual reasoning. The basic preparatory tip for LR is to attempt as many practice exercises as possible. They can be solved with basic human logical instinct.


General awareness
This section can be divided in three parts and each part has to be given due weightage.  Conventional GK-available in books; Current GK- based on current reading of newspapers and periodicals;  Business & Economics GK -for example changes in Fiscal and monetary policy, CRR, Repo Rate, Devaluation and up valuation of Rupee.   Please remember current GK-whether Business, national and international has an on-going preparation method and thorough reading of the newspaper only can keep you updated. 


The section covers questions on Who’s who; Constitutional knowledge; Current affairs; business; economics; currency and Capitals of the countries as well as States of India; International Organizations; monetary and fiscal tools among others. Candidates may find questions with photo and emblem identification of personalities, companies among others.