CMAT 2020 Analysis: Overall & Sectional Analysis with Key Changes in Pattern, Difficulty Level, Likely cut offs

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January 28, 2020
CMAT 2020 was conducted in a single slot from 9.30 AM to 12.30 PM on January 28, 2020. The exam witnessed more than 65000 candidates taking CMAT out of 74486 registered candidates. MBAUniverse.com is the first to publish the CMAT 2020 analysis – overall and sectional, immediately after the exam. CMAT Analysis reflects number of changes as compared to last year, although the overall CMAT 2020 exam remained on the similar pattern.
CMAT 2020 Analysis

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CMAT 2020 Exam got over at 12.30 PM on January 28, 2020. as computer based test. The exam was conducted in a single slot from 9.30 AM to 12.30 PM by NTA as a computer based test. More than 65000 candidates appeared in CMAT out of 74486 registered candidates. The exam was conducted in 104 cities across the country at 245 test centres from 30 States and Union Territories.

CMAT 2020 overall analysis reveals that the test has remained on predictable lines with moderate difficulty level but more difficult Verbal, Tricky Logical Reasoning and time taking Data Interpretation. GK has focused on current affairs along with static facts. The cut offs are not expected to go high.

This article by experts shares detailed CMAT 2020 analysis, expected cut offs for JBIMS, SIMSREE, K J Somaiya, GIM Goa, Great Lakes among other top MBA colleges  

CMAT 2020 has been reported a successful and glitch free exam. The test began on time and did not face technical issues although few stray cases of technical glitch were reported. 

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Key Changes in CMAT 2020 Exam

  • CMAT 2020 was a single shift exam as against two shifts exam last year
  • CMAT 2020 Test cities have increased to 104 with 245 test centres
  • 74486 candidates have applied for CMAT 2020 
  • More girl candidates have appeared in CMAT 2020
  • 2nd CMAT conducted by NTA instead of AICTE
  • CMAT 2020 Reporting time was 7.30AM at test centre
  • Exam remains moderate but VA, DI, GK little difficult
  • Cut offs Not to go high as compared to last year

Key Changes in Question Pattern

  • Only one RC Passage followed by 6 questions instead of 4-5 passages last year
  • 19 questions on Verbal instead of 10 last year
  • 4 DI questions were in set instead of individual one as last year
  • 4 LR questions on Blood relations were in set
  • Quant again dominated by Arithmetic

CMAT 2020 Analysis: Exam Highlights

  • Total Questions: 100 (All MCQs)
  • Total Sections: 4 (VARC, LR, QADI, GA)
  • Time to attempt CMAT 2020 exam: 3 Hours (9.30 AM to 12.30 PM)
  • Sectional Time Limit: No Sectional time limit, free to attempt any question from any section
  • Maximum Score: 400 Marks
  • Marks for Each Correct Answer: +4
  • Negative Marks: -1 for each wrong answer
  • Overall CMAT Difficulty Level: Moderate

CMAT 2020 Overall Analysis: Exam Pattern
The single slot CMAT 2020 exam had 100 questions in MCQ format. There were 4 sections with 25 MCQs in each section. The CMAT 2020 was conducted in 3 hours duration in single slot.

Section
Number of questions
Total marks
Difficulty level
Language Comprehension  
25
100
Moderate to difficult
Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation
25
100
Quant Moderate, DI difficult
Logical Reasoning
25
100
Moderate
General Awareness
25
100
Moderate to difficult

No Surprise element
CMAT 2020 was on expected pattern with no surprise element. Although there were questions in twisted form but they remained within the topic framework 

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CMAT 2020 Sectional Analysis
The four sections in CMAT had MCQs with varying difficulty level. Here is Section wise CMAT 2020 Exam Analysis:

  1. Language Comprehension
  • Total Questions: 25
  • 1 RC Passage followed by total 6 Questions
  • 19 Verbal Ability questions included Antonyms, Odd one Out, Grammar based questions, Jumbled paragraphs
  • Few questions were based on one word substitution.
  • Section difficulty was moderate to tough
  • 20-22 attempts in this section, with 85-90% accuracy would get you a good percentile of 94-95
Language Comprehension Question Topics
Questions in CMAT 2020
Reading Comprehension - 1 Passage
6
Synonyms/Antonyms
1
Vocabulary based Fill in the Blank- 2 Blanks in the question
2
Grammar Based Fill in the blank
1
Idiom-based
2
Word definition
3
Paragraph Jumbles
2
Meaning of phrase
1
Antonym/ synonym of underlined word
5
Spelling
1
Error Correction in Sentences
1
  1. Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation
  • Total Questions: 25
  • Quant part in CMAT 2020 remained moderate
  • Number of Difficult Questions: 6
  • Number of Moderate Questions: 5
  • Number of Easy Questions: 14
  • More questions were on Arithmetic
  • Few questions were based on Ratio, Percentage, Interest, Time and work
  • Data Interpretation had one set of 4 questions instead of individual questions
  • Overall section has remained moderate
  • 21-23 attempts with 90% accuracy would award 95-96 percentile
Question Topics
Total Questions.
Important topics
--
Easy
Medium
Difficult
Total
--
Arithmetic
4
4
2
10
Percentages, Time-speed-distance, Time-work, Ratio-Proportion, Profit & Loss,Compound Interest, Averages
Geometry
2
0
0
2
Mensuration, Triangles
Modern Math
3
1
1
5
Probability , Permutation - Combination, Venn Diagram
Numbers
3
0
0
1
HCF, LCM
Data Interpretation
4
0
0
4
Table
  1. Logical Reasoning
  • Total questions: 25
  •  7 Questions were on Verbal reasoning
  • 4 question on Blood Relations were in a set
  • Section was of moderate difficulty level
  • Many Questions were individual ones instead of in sets
  • Topics on which questions were formed are Coding-decoding, Relations, Series,Visual Reasoning, Analogy, Directions, Symbol based logic, Number grid, Venn Diagram, Syllogisms
  • 20-22 attempts in this section with 90% accuracy could award 95-96 percentile
Topics
Total Questions
Coding -decoding
2
Blood Relations
4
Series completion
2
Logic based
3
Symbol Based
1
Venn Diagram
1
Number Grid
1
Directions
1
Miscellaneous
1
Visual reasoning
2
Verbal Reasoning
Strong/Weak Argument
2
Analogy
2
Odd one out
1
Syllogism
2
  1. General Awareness
  • Total Questions 25
  •  24 questions based on Static GK
  •  A few GK questions were twisted
  • 11 questions on Indian Events, 9 on International and 5 on Miscellaneous events
  • 14 GK questions were easy, 4 Moderate and 7 difficult
  • A few questions were on Constitution of India, Recent Acts of Parliament, Appointments
  • Overall GK section was moderate
  • 14-16 attempts with 80-85% accuracy could award 95 percentile

Expected CMAT 2020 Cut Offs
CMAT 2020 cut offs are not expected to go high for MBA admission 2020 as compared to last year. Following cut offs are expected for various percentile range:

CMAT Score out of 400
Expected Percentile
300+
99+
250+
97+
200+
90+
170+
80+

Top MBA Colleges Accepting CMAT 2020 with Cut Offs
Following are some of the top MBA colleges who will accept CMAT 2020 score.

MBA College
Admission Status
Open till May 2020
SIMSR Mumbai: K J Somaiya Institute of Management Studies And Research
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Prin L N Welingkar Institute of Management Development and Research
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BIMTECH Greater Noida: Birla Institute of Management Technology
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XIME Bangalore
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Jaipuria Institute of Management, Lucknow
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Jaipuria Institute of Management, Noida
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SDMIMD Mysore
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Lexicon MILE Pune
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Shiv Nadar University, Greater Noida
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Delhi School of Business, Delhi
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O P Jindal University, Sonepat (Delhi NCR)
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Jaipuria Institute of Management, Jaipur
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CMAT 2020 is the last exam providing the opportunity to CAT 2019 and XAT 2020 test takers who have scored between 50 to 70 percentile to improve their scores and get admission opportunity in many top MBA colleges.

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