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Updated on
April 10, 2022

CMAT 2022 Latest Updates

The CMAT 2022 exam has got over at 6 PM on Saturday April 9 in a single session of 3 hours from 3 PM to 6 PM. MBAUniverse.com is the first to publish detailed CMAT 2022 exam analysis immediately after the exam is over. CMAT Exam Analysis 2022 reveals that the 5th new section on Innovation and Entrepreneurship was a bit difficult but overall the exam was of moderate difficulty level although a few questions were rated at higher difficulty level. CMAT 2022 was conducted as a computer based test, in a single shift this year as against two shifts last year.

 

The CMAT 2022 difficulty level was not very high. The CMAT 2022 exam analysis on this page contains the following:

  • CMAT Analysis highlighting the key changes in CMAT 2022 exam, scoring pattern, Number of questions, sectional division among others
  • CMAT 2022 Analysis with Difficulty level as compared to last year CMAT
  • CMAT Analysis Overall as well as CMAT section-wise Analysis
  • CMAT 2022 expected cut off score for corresponding percentile
  • CMAT 2022 expected cut offs for top MBA colleges like JBIMS, SIMSREE, PUMBA, K J Somaiya, GIM Goa, Great Lakes, IFMR-GSB, BIMTECH among others
  • CMAT 2022 Analysis by MBAUniverse.com and also by top coaching institutes like IMS Learning and others
  • CMAT city wise cut offs with prominent colleges accepting CMAT score

CMAT 2022 Analysis: 10 Important Changes from Last Year
CMAT 2022 exam has following important changes as from last year:

Sl
CMAT 2022 Exam
CMAT 2021 Exam
1.
5 Section Exam
Both 4 & 5 Section Exam
2.
Compulsory 5th Section on Innovation & Entrepreneurship
Optional 5th Section on Innovation & Entrepreneurship
3.
CMAT Time Duration Reduced & Fixed to 3 Hours
Option to attempt CMAT in Time duration of 3 hours or 3½ Hours
4.
Total Questions Reduced to 100
Total Questions were 125 (Option to attempt 100 or 125 questions)
5.
No additional time for 5th Section
30 Minutes additional time for 5th section
6.
5th section Score counted for Percentile calculation to prepare merit list
5th section Score Not counted for Percentile calculation to prepare merit list
7.
20 Questions in Each of the five Sections
25 Questions in Each of the five Sections
8.
No sectional time limit and candidates can attempt any question in any section within time limit of 3 hours  
No sectional time limit and candidates can attempt any question in any section within time limit of 3½ hours   
9.
Candidates need not apply for the new course of  Innovation & Entrepreneurship
Candidates had to apply for the new course of Innovation & Entrepreneurship
10.
Number of CMAT Test cities increased to 124
Number of CMAT exam cities were 109

NTA conducts CMAT exam on behalf of All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE). CMAT exam 2022 is conducted in a revised test pattern as AICTE has revamped the CMAT exam pattern. 

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CMAT Analysis 2022: Sectional Composition of Question Paper
CMAT 2022 has 5 Sections and all the sections are compulsory. Number of questions and maximum scoring chances in CMAT 2022 are as under:

CMAT 2022 Exam Sections
Number of Questions
Maximum Marks Section-wise
Language Comprehension  
 20
80
Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation
 20
80
Logical Reasoning
 20
80
General Awareness
 20
80
Innovation & Entrepreneurship
 20
80
Total: Sections-5
100
400

  

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 CMAT 2022 Score Vs Percentile
Based on the feedback received from the candidates and experts, we expect the following percentiles against scores for CMAT 2022

CMAT Score
Percentile
315-350
100
286-310
99.1-99.99
261-285
90-99
201-260
81-89
171-200
71-80

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 CMAT 2022 Expected Cut Offs for Top MBA Colleges
The CMAT 2022 percentile range required for MBA admission 2022 may not go up in top MBA colleges. NTA awards higher percentile at low scores to the test takers. Out of 400 maximum marks, now the 95 to 99.99 percentile is awarded to a wide score range of 251 - 340 marks. Some of the top MBA colleges with expected CMAT percentile cut off for admission 2022 are as below:

Management Institute
Expected CMAT Cut off Percentile
JBIMS Mumbai (Admission through DTE CAP Round)
99+
K J Somaiya Institute of Management Mumbai
92+
SIMSREE Mumbai (Admission through DTE CAP)
95+
PUMBA Pune (Admission through DTE CAP)
94+
Great Lakes Chennai: Great Lakes Institute of Management - GLIM
90+
GIM Goa: Goa Institute of Management
90+
IMT Nagpur 85+
BIMTECH Greater Noida
80+
Prin L N Welingkar Institute of Management Development and Research
80+
Jaipuria Institute of Management Lucknow
75+
XIME Bangalore: Xavier Institute of Management and Entrepreneurship
75+
SDMIMD Mysore: SDM Institute For Management Development
75+
IFMR Graduate School of Business at KREA University
75+
VIT Business School (VIT) Vellore
70+

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CMAT 2022 Exam Analysis by IMS

CMAT 2022 was conducted on April 9, 2022 between 3 PM and 6 PM. The test is conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA). 

 

TEST OVERVIEW
The structure of the test and estimates of good attempts are as follows:

Section
No Of Questions
Marks per Question
Maximum Marks
Good Attempts
Overall LOD
Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation
             20
4
80
16-17
Easy
Logical Reasoning
20
4
80
16-17
Easy
Language Comprehension
20
4
80
16-17
Easy
General Awareness
20
4
80
8-10
Difficult
Innovation and Entrepreneurship
20
4
80
7-9
Difficult
Total
100
 
400
63-70
 
 
The test had no sectional timing. 
 
 
 
 
  • Incorrect responses invited negative marks (-)1 for each incorrect response

VERDICT
Overall, the test was slightly tougher than CMAT 2021.

 

As is the case generally with CMAT, this time too, time was not a constraining factor. Some of the questions in the five sections were sitters. However, some questions in both General Awareness and Innovation and Entrepreneurship sections were challenging. They could become the decisive questions and impact the overall percentile. Based on the feedback received from IMS candidates and experts, we expect the following cut-offs in CMAT 2022:

Score Percentile
295 - 305 99.5+
275 - 285 99
255 - 265 95
235 - 245 90
For B-School cut-offs, see Note ** at the end

SECTIONAL ANALYSIS

 

Quantitative Technique and Data Interpretation:
This section was relatively easy in terms of Level of Difficulty. Out of 20 questions in the section, 5 were on Data Interpretation and the remaining 15 were on Quantitative Technique. The 5 questions on Data Interpretation consisted of questions based on Tables and Pie charts.  Most questions on Data Interpretation involved simple calculations.  

 

The questions on Quantitative Techniques were dominated by questions on Arithmetic. Out of 15 questions on Quantitative Techniques, 8 questions were on Arithmetic, which included questions on Percentages, Averages, Ratios, Compound Interest, Time-Speed-Distance and Time & Work). There were 2 questions each on Numbers, Geometry and Modern Mathematics (Probability) and one question on Algebra. Most of the questions on Quantitative Technique were easy. Students reported that one question on Probability did not have the correct answer in any of the options.

Area
 
No of Questions.
Details
 
 
Easy
Medium
Difficult
Total
 
 
Arithmetic
6
2
0
8
Percentages,       Time-speed-distance,
Time-
 
 
 
 
 
work,    Ratio-Proportion,             Profit    & Compound Interest, Averages
Loss,
Geometry
2
0
0
2
Mensuration, Triangles
 
Modern Math
3
1
1
2
Probability
 
Numbers
2
0
0
2
Properties of Numbers
 
Algebra
1
0
0
1
Simple equations
 
Data
Interpretation
3
2
0
5
Table, Pie Chart
 

Around 16-17 attempts in this section with 80% accuracy would be good.

 

Logical Reasoning:
Out of the 20 questions in this section, 15 were on Non-Verbal Reasoning and 5 questions were on Verbal Reasoning. All the questions were standalone questions and there were no set based questions.

 

The questions on Non-Verbal Reasoning were spread across different topics in Logical Reasoning such as Directions, Series Completion, Arrangements, and Family Tree etc. Students reported that one question in Family Tree did not have the correct answer matching with any option.

 

The questions were not lengthy and many questions were straightforward and very easy to solve.

Area  No. of Qs.
Directions  3
Series Completion  3
Number relations  2
Linear Arrangement  2
Family Tree  2
Coding  1
Misc Arrangement  1
Set Theory  1
Verbal Reasoning
Reasoning-based: assumptions, assertion-reason, analogy, odd word. 5

Around 16-17 attempts in this section, with 80% accuracy, would be a good attempt.

 

Language Comprehension:
The Language Comprehension Section consisted of 4 Reading Comprehension questions and 16 NonRC questions. The length of the passages was around 350 words.. The non-RC questions were easy.

Area  No. of Qs.
Reading Comprehension - Organization and Development of megacities 4
Vocabulary - Antonyms, synonyms, FIBs, idioms, spellings, etc 10
Grammar - FIB, Identify the correct statement, direct speech 5
Verbal Reasoning - PJ 1

Around 16-17 attempts in this section with 80% accuracy would be good.

 

General Awareness:
Out of the 20 General Awareness questions, 16 were based on Static GK. 4 questions were on Current Affairs. Around 11 questions were based on Indian events, 4 were on international ones and the remaining 5 were miscellaneous ones. Most of the questions were on Sports, constitution, history, books and authors, awards, physics, geography, etc. Overall, this section was difficult. 8 to 10 attempts in this section with 80 % accuracy would be a good attempt.

 

Innovation and Entrepreneurship:
Out of the 20 questions, 13 were based on Static GK. 7 questions were on Current Affairs. There were no RC passage based questions this year. Questions on business, economics, management, government schemes dominated this section. Overall, this section was difficult. 7 to 9 attempts in this section with 80 % accuracy would be a good attempt.

 

**Note:

Approximate Cut-Off for CMAT Based colleges

 

The following B-School admissions (based on CMAT score) generally close at these percentiles:

 

MMS Programs - (All India Seats)

JBIMS - 99.99 percentile

Sydenham – 99.95+ percentile

KJ Somaiya - 99.94

Welingkar Institute of Management- 99.9

 

PGDM Program

Great Lakes, Chennai – 90 + percentile + profile based

GOA Institute of Management - 95+ percentile

KJ Somaiya - 95 + percentile

IFMR - 85 + percentile

NIBM - 90 + percentile

Welingkar Institute Of Management - 70 + percentile (eligibility) + profile based

CMAT Previous Year Analysis

Below is shared CMAT previous years exam analysis in detail  

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 CMAT Analysis 2021: Key Highlights & Questions

  • The CMAT exam overall difficulty level was moderate
  • General Awareness (GK) section was found tough with more questions on Static GK
  • Many GK questions were based on Education system, New Education policy, History and other topics
  • 14 RC based questions were placed in Language Comprehension section
  • Quant section was moderate and had more questions on Arithmetic. Few questions were also found on Algebra, P&C, Probability, Geometry and Mensuration.
  • Data Interpretation (DI) part in Quant section had PI chart and Table based questions of moderate difficulty level
  • Logical Reasoning was easier but had very close answer options
  • An additional section on Innovation & Entrepreneurship added in CMAT exam 2021 with 25 questions. Additional time of 30 minutes was given to attempt the new section
  • Questions in this section were asked on recent innovations, initiatives taken by Govt to boost Entrepreneurship
  • New section was optional and was not mandatory for all the candidates to attempt it. Only the candidates interested in this course needed to attempt this section
  • Total questions in CMAT question paper 2021 increased to 125 from earlier 100
  • There were 5 sections in CMAT 2021 instead of earlier 4 sections
  • Each of the five sections had equal number of 25 questions
  • There was no sectional time limit and candidates could attempt any question in any section within time limit of 3½ hours 
  • Each Correct answer is awarded + 4 Marks and Each wrong answer is penalized with -1 negative marking
  • Percentile cut off Merit will be prepared out of 400 marks, 5th optional section is to remain qualifying  

CMAT 2021 Analysis - Overall & Sectional with Scoring Pattern
The five Sections in CMAT 2021 paper pattern with number of questions and maximum scoring chances are as under:

CMAT 2021 Exam Sections
Number of Questions
Maximum Marks Section-wise
Language Comprehension  
 25
100
Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation
 25
100
Logical Reasoning
 25
100
General Awareness
 25
100
Innovation & Entrepreneurship (Optional Section)
 25
100
Total: Sections-5 (Including optional section)
125
500

Percentile Cut off Calculation in CMAT 2021
NTA will determine CMAT percentile out of 400 marks based on the options exercised by the candidates. Irrespective of the fact whether the candidate has or has not opted for 5th section in CMAT 2021 exam, the percentile cut off is calculated out of 400 marks while the 5th section is to remain qualifying   

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CMAT Cut off in Top MBA Colleges
While there are changes in CMAT scoring pattern leading to CMAT percentile cut off for various percentile ranges, say for 70, 80, 90 and 95 & above, the CMAT 2021 percentile range required for MBA admission 2021 is expected to remain same as was last year, in top MBA colleges.  Out of 400 maximum marks, now the 95 to 99.99 percentile is expected with  a wide score range of 251 - 342 marks.  Check Top MBA colleges accepting CMAT with admission open. Read More 

 

CMAT 2021 Analysis – Section wise with cut offs from top Coaching Institutes

Below is shared CMAT 2021 exam analysis from experts at top coaching institutes like IMS, CL among others:

CMAT 2021 Exam Analysis by IMS

CMAT 2021 (Overall Analysis -Slot 1 & 2)

CMAT 2021 was conducted on March 31, 2021 in 2 slots (9 am -12.30 pm and 3 pm -6.30pm) . The test is conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA).

 

CMAT added a new section to the test, making it a three and a half hour test from the earlier three hour test. The new section, Innovation and Entrepreneurship was optional and carried 25 questions. The candidates who opted for the additional section received 30 minutes extra.

 

TEST OVERVIEW
The structure of the test and estimates of good attempts are as follows: 

Section

No Of Questions

Marks per Question

Maximum Marks

Good Attempts

Overall LOD

Quantitative Techniques and

Data Interpretation

25

4

100

18-20

Moderate

Logical Reasoning

25

4

100

21-23

Easy -Moderate

Language Comprehension

25

4

100

17-19

Easy

General Awareness

25

4

100

8-10

Difficult

Total

100

4

400

65-70

Moderate

Optional Section

No Of Questions

Marks per Question

Maximum Marks

Good Attempts

Overall LOD

Innovation and Entrepreneurship

25

4

100

15-16

Moderate

  • The test had no sectional timing.
  • 4 marks for a correct response. Each Incorrect response invited negative (-) 1 mark

VERDICT

  • Overall, the test in both the slots was slightly more difficult than CMAT 2020.
  • As is the case generally with CMAT, this year too, time was not a constraining factor.
  • General Awareness Section was challenging in both the slots and will become the decisive
  • section and impact the overall percentile.

Based on the feedback received from IMS candidates and experts, we expect the following percentiles against scores for CMAT 2021 (based on Slot 1 & 2).

Score

Percentile

300 +

99.95+

265-270

99

220-225

95

190-195

90

OVERVIEW OF THE SECTIONS

 

Quantitative Technique and Data Interpretation

  • Unlike Slot 1 which had all single questions including 2 DI questions which were single / standalone questions, Slot 2 had one DI set with 4 questions. The remaining questions in Slot 2 were single questions.
  • The Quant Section was slightly tougher compared to the Quant section of CMAT 2020
  • In both slots, students reported that the section had a lot of easy questions or sitters that required implementation of simple basic concepts.
  • As normally is the case, this section in both slots was dominated by Arithmetic based questions.

Break-up of the questions in both slots was as follows

Area

No of Questions.

Specifics /Topics

Arithmetic

10-11

Percentages, Time-speed-distance, Time-work, Ratio- Proportion, SI-CI, Mixtures & Allegations, Work Pipes & Cisterns, Partnership, Profit & Loss

Algebra

3-4

Quadratic equations, Linear Equations

Geometry

1-2

Triangles

Modern Math

3-4

Function, Probability , Permutation - Combination, Venn Diagram

Numbers

1-5

Properties of Numbers, Surds & Indices, HCF LCM

Data Interpretation

2-4

Table, Pie-Chart 2 single / standalone questions on DI in slot 1 A set of 4 questions on Pie-Chart in Slot 2

Data Sufficiency

0-1

Numbers( Asked only in slot 2)

This year they have introduced two new types of questions asked only in slot 1.

  1. Two statements with two questions were given. In this, one needs to find true statement/samong the given statements. Here, one needs to solve 2 questions instead of one question.
  2. Another type was ‘Match the columns’.

Logical Reasoning

  • The Logical Reasoning section in both slots was quite doable and easier compared to the LR section of CMAT 2020.
  • There were 25 logical reasoning questions .3-6 questions were from Verbal Reasoning and the remaining questions were on Non Verbal Reasoning.
  • All the questions were stand-alone in slot 1. However in slot 2, there was one set of 3 questions on Sequential Output .In general, the questions were not lengthy and many questions were straight forward and very easy to solve.
  • According to students, the section had questions on Coding-decoding, Series, Analogies, Blood Relations, Circular Arrangement, Matrix Arrangement, Counting number of figures, Syllogisms, Visual Reasoning, Odd One Out, Sequential output etc. 

Break-up of the questions was as follows

Area

No of Questions.

Specifics /Topics

Verbal Reasoning

3-6

Slot 1 (3Qs) 

Critical Reasoning (3Qs)

Slot -2 (6Qs) 

Logical Consistency (4Qs)

Analogy (1Q) 

Implicit statement (1Q)

Non Verbal Reasoning

19-22

Coding-decoding, Relations, Series, Analogies, Blood Relations, Arrangements (Circular & Matrix), Visual Reasoning, Directions, Counting number of figures, Odd One Out, Sequential output etc.

A set of 3 questions on Sequential Output in Slot 2. 19 questions of Non Verbal Reasoning in Slot 1 and 22 questions in Slot 2

Language Comprehension

  • There were significant differences between Slot 1 and Slot 2.
  • Slot 2 had only 5 questions of RC in 2 passages, whereas Slot 1 had 14 RC questions in 4 passages. In Slot 2 both the passages were easy to comprehend. The short passages in Slot 1were difficult.
  • In slot 2 there were 12 FIB questions in place of the 3 questions in slot 1. Slot 1 had predominantly grammar questions instead of Vocabulary.
  • The FIB questions were a mix of Vocab and Grammar, but most of them easy to answer.

Break-up of the questions was as follows

Area

No of Questions.

Specifics /Topics

Reading Comprehension 
(2 passages)

6 to 14

Slot 1 - (14 Qs) (4 passages with 80 to 400 words)

Slot 2 - (6 Qs) (2 passages with 200 to 300 words)

Vocabulary

3 to 16

Slot -1 (3 Qs) Synonym -1(Q), FIB - 2(Qs)

Slot - 2 (16 Qs) Fill in the Blanks (12Qs), Word Usage (3 Qs) , Idiom (1Q)

Grammar

3 to 8

Slot - 1 (8 Qs) Sentence Correction/Improvement (8 Qs)

Slot - 2 (3 Qs) Identify the correct sentence (3Qs)

General Awareness

  • In Slot 2, out of the 25 General Awareness questions, 12 were based on Static GK. 13 questions were on Current Affairs. In Slot 1 , 17 were based on Static GK and 8 were based on Current Affairs
  • Questions in both the slots were based on Indian and international events. The section was challenging in both the slots. 

Break-up of the questions was as follows

Area

No of Questions. 

Specifics /Topics

Static GK

17 (Slot-1)

12 (slot-2) 

Mix of Indian Context, International and

Miscellaneous questions

 

Current Affairs

8 (Slot-1)

13 (Slot- 2)

Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Area

No of Questions.

Specifics /Topics

Reading Comprehension

9

A passage on entrepreneurship of ethnic minorities and minority institutions. Easy to moderate to read, but the questions had close options.

Entrepreneurship/Management

5 to 8

Based on the management side of entrepreneurship.

Business Awareness

8 to 12

Based on entrepreneurs - personalities, biographies etc.

Overall, the I & E Section was moderate in difficulty level. 15- 16 questions could be attempted with high accuracy.

Source: IMS India Analysis

CMAT 2021 Analysis by Career Launcher (CL)

CMAT was conducted on 31st January, 2021. The pattern of the paper, as given below, has not undergone any changes. There was negative marking in the paper. Each incorrect attempt fetched a penalty of 1 mark while each correct attempt fetched 4 marks. Un-attempted questions did not attract any negative marking. The division of the paper is given below.

Type of Questions
Number of questions
Maximum Marks
Difficulty Level
Quantitative
25
100
Easy-Moderate
Techniques &
Data Interpretation
Logical Reasoning
25
100
Easy-Moderate
Language
25
100
Easy
Comprehension
General Awareness
25
100
Moderate

 

CMAT 2021 Analysis: Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation
The section consisted of 25 questions. Overall difficulty level was easy to moderate. A good percentage of questions were from Arithmetic. Overall, an attempt of 19-23 questions in this section will be considered a good attempt.

Topic Sub-topic No. of questions Level of difficulty
Number System LCM/HCF 1 Easy
4 Digit number 1 Moderate
Number Series + Number System - 2 statements 1 Easy- Moderate
Comparison of Rational numbers 1 Easy
Arithmetic PLD 1 Easy
Ratio 2 Easy- Moderate
Mixture 1 Easy
Mean-Mode 1 Easy- Moderate
Time and Work 2 Easy- Moderate
TSD 3 Easy
SI/CI 1 Easy
Modern Mathematics Probability 3 Easy-Moderate
Algebra Function of X 1 Easy- Moderate
Quadratic Equations - 3 statements 1 Moderate
Surd + Polynomial Expression 1 Moderate
Factors 1 Easy
Geometry Triangles 1 Easy
Data Interpretation Pie Chart - Family Income 1 Easy
Production of Sugar in five states A, B, C, D & E 1 Easy

CMAT 2021 Analysis: Logical Reasoning (Verbal)
The difficulty level of this section was easy to moderate. There was a total of 8 questions from verbal reasoning section out of the total 25 questions. The questions were fairly easy and direct. The language used was simple and tested the basic knowledge of the candidate.

 

The breakup of questions is as follows:

Topic
No of Questions
Level Of Difficulty
Statement Argument
1
Easy - Moderate
Analogy
1
Easy
Odd one out
1
Easy
Syllogisms
1
Easy
Data Sufficiency - 3 statements
1
Easy - Moderate
Assertion/ Reasoning
3
Easy

CMAT 2021 Analysis: Logical Reasoning (Analytical)
There were 16 math-based reasoning questions. There was a set on blood relations consisting of 4 questions. Questions appeared from areas like Code decoding, Venn diagram, Rank, Analogy, number series, direction.

Topic
No. of questions
Level of difficulty
Blood relations
2
Easy
Visual reasoning (Series based)
1
Easy-Moderate
Math-based reasoning
14
Easy-Moderate
Analogy
Venn Diagram
Number series
Miscellaneous
Word based sequence
Code-decode
Rank
Direction

CMAT 2021 Analysis: Language Comprehension
The section was considerably easy compared to previous years. The Reading Comprehension (RC) questions were easy to moderate in difficulty level. The RC questions were mainly fact based and the passage was easy to comprehend. Furthermore, the replacement of underlined para and sentence completion questions tested the basic grammar knowledge of the candidate. There was one error correction asked. Overall, all the questions could have been attempted in the time period of 35 to 45 minutes. The breakup of questions is as follows:

Language Comprehension
No. of questions
Level of difficulty
Reading Comprehension
14
Easy-Moderate
Phrase based
2
Easy
Same meaning - Synonyms
1
Easy
Replacement of Underlined Para
5
Easy-Moderate
Error Correction
1
Easy
Sentence Completion
2
Easy

CMAT 2021 Analysis: General Awareness
This year the General Awareness Section was dominated by questions from Static GK. There were hardly any questions from Current Affairs. The broad topics covered in Static GK were Indian Polity, Business & Economics and International Affairs.  

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Conclusion
CMAT 2021 for the most part was on the same lines as CMAT 2021. There was no paucity of time. The dominance of Static GK in the General Awareness section may prove to be the game changing factor.

Disclaimer: All the information in this analysis is based on independent analysis and evaluation made by Career Launcher. We do not take responsibility for any decision that might be taken, based on this information.

 

Source: Career Launcher 

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