The CMAT syllabus covers many of the important topics generally asked in management entrance tests. There are many overlaps as well uniqueness to the CMAT syllabus. While preparation on general lines is a good start, you need the specific details of the exam to score well.
In this article, we have covered all the details so that your preparation is top-notch. If you are planning to appear for the exam, the article will have all the important points that you must not lose touch of. Read on to find out more!
CMAT Exam Pattern
In the CMAT exam, a total of 100 questions are asked in the general sections. For the optional section, there are 25 questions. The total time you will get for the exam is 3.5 hours.
We have listed below all the sections in the CMAT syllabus along with the total marks allotted for each.
|SL. no.||Section Title||Marks|
|1.||Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation||100|
|5.||Innovation and Entrepreneurship (optional)||100|
CMAT Question Paper Structure
The mode of the CMAT exam will be online and computer-based (CBT) and there will be a total of 125 MCQ questions. 25 questions will be asked from each of the 5 sections and each question will have 4 options.
As with all NTA exams, you can mark a question as ‘doubtful’ and come back to review it later. In this way, it is possible to maximise your performance within the time limit.
Summary of CMAT question paper structure
|Sections||Number of Questions|
|Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation||25|
|Innovation and Entrepreneurship (optional)||25|
CMAT Marking Scheme
We have given the details of the marking scheme in the CMAT exam below:
- +4 for every correct answer
- -1 for every incorrect answer
As you can see, there is negative marking in the CMAT exam and for a good score, you need to be very careful and mark answers only when you are certain about it.
CMAT Exam Sectional Timings
There is no provision for sectional timings in the CMAT exam and you can use the entire 3.5 hours in any way you chose to. If you have a strong area in the CMAT syllabus where you need less time, you can do it quickly and save time to use it later in other sections.
Note: It is necessary to carefully plan in advance how you wish to use the 3.5 hours of time on the exam day.
Important topics for CMAT
We have given all the important topics from each of the 5 sections in the CMAT syllabus below. The difficulty level of the exam is moderate, but the syllabus for CMAT is quite comprehensive and vast. As a result, it is essential to be thorough with preparation to score well in the CMAT exam.
Section 1: General Awareness
|1||Current Affairs||7||Sports news|
|2||Science in everyday life||8||Personalities in News|
Section 2: Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation
|1||Number Systems||11||Permutations & Combinations|
|2||Profit and Loss||12||Probability|
|3||Fraction and Decimals||13||Pipes and Cisterns|
|4||Ratios and Proportion||14||Allegation & Mixtures|
|7||Simple Interest & Compound Interest||17||Geometry|
|8||Work and Time||18||Graph|
|9||Partnership||19||Tabulation, Pie Chart, Bar Chart, Line Graph|
|10||Algebra||20||Quadratic & Linear equations|
Section 3: Language Comprehension
|1||Jumbled Para||6||One-word Substitution|
|2||Synonyms and Antonyms||7||Paragraph completion|
|3||Sentence Improvement||8||English Grammar|
|4||Idioms and Phrases||9||Sentence Correction|
|5||English Usage Errors||10||Reading comprehension|
Section 4: Logical Reasoning
|1||Analytical Reasoning||10||Direction and Distance|
|3||Statements and Conclusion||12||Number Series|
|4||Ranking Tests||13||Statements Assumptions|
|5||Linear Arrangements||14||Blood Relationship|
|6||Statements Arguments||15||Non-Verbal Reasoning|
|7||Coding and Decoding||16||Cause and Effects|
|8||Matrix Arrangements||17||Analogy Test|
|9||Symbol Based Problems|
Section 5: Innovation & Entrepreneurship (optional)
|1||Business current affairs||5||Startups & Innovation|
|2||Economic current affairs||6||Economic Survey|
|3||Government schemes||7||Reserve Bank of India (RBI)|
|4||Banking regulation and reforms|