CMAT Exam Pattern 2018

Last Updated - February 12 2018

CMAT Exam Pattern 2018

CMAT Exam Format 2018- AICTE has not notified any change in the paper format of Common Management Admission Test this year. CMAT 2018 will be held on January 20 in online mode. The exam will be held on one day, in one session only.

Highlights of CMAT Exam Format are given below:

  • Total Marks- The total marks of CMAT paper are 400.
  • Marking scheme- Each accurate response fetches 4 marks, while an inaccurate response makes lose 1 mark.
  • Number of questions- There are 100 objective questions, 25 from each section. Check CMAT Syllabus
  • Number of sections- CMAT has 4 sections viz. Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation, Logical Reasoning, Language Comprehension, General Awareness.
  • Medium- CMAT Question Paper is in English language only. 
  • Duration- The total period of the paper is 3 hours.

Section-wise CMAT Exam Format 2018

All sections in CMAT carry the same number of questions- 25. These questions are objective in nature. Also, each section carries equal marks. The section-wise details of the paper are given below:

SectionNumber of questionsTotal marks
Language Comprehension  25100
Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation25100
Logical Reasoning25100
General Awareness25100

CMAT Exam Format 2018 for QA/DI

  • Arithmetic operations and Modern Math forms an important part of the section.

  • Aspirants are advised to have good proficiency in solving the problems from topics such as Time and Distance, Geometry, Numbers, Profit and Loss, Simple equations and Time and Work.

  • For this section, aspirants must work on their speed and efficiency. The calculation is an important factor when it comes to responding questions from this section.

  • Questions in this section are usually single and are not based on sets.

Read more about CMAT QA/DI Section

CMAT Exam Format 2018 for Logical Reasoning

  • In this section, most of the questions are generally from topics such as Puzzles, Statements and conclusions, Cause and effect, assumptions and conclusions and missing term in the figure.

  • Topics from arrangements (linear, seating, sequencing and arranging with conditions) are also generally asked.

Read more about  CMAT Logical Reasoning Section

CMAT Exam Format 2018 for Language Comprehension

  • Questions from para-jumbles fill in the blanks, identification of word meaning by selecting accurate synonym and antonym, idioms, sentence correction, identification of accurate sentence etc. are commonly asked in this section.
  • The passages are 500-600 words, that are not too difficult. Also, there is no fixed rule on framing questions in RC. 
  • Reading comprehension passage is an important part of this section. It is advised that aspirants read newspapers, novels, etc. to develop a reading habit and sharpen their verbal ability skills.

Read more about  CMAT Verbal Ability Section

CMAT Exam Format 2018 for General Awareness

  • Questions in GK are divided into 3 parts- Conventional, Present and Business & Economics. 
  • For this section, aspirants are advised to be well updated with the present affairs, especially in business and economics section.
  • Basic knowledge of Science, History, Inventions, Book authors and Indian politics will also help aspirants to response the questions in this section.

Marking Scheme of CMAT 2018

  • For each wrong response, 1 mark is deducted.
  • For every right response, 4 marks are allotted.
Important Note: During the exam, each aspirant will be assigned a desktop, along with a rough sheet and pen. Once the exam is over, the dough sheet is to be left at the desk.

Mock Test of CMAT 2018

A Trial Test is available on the official website of CMAT 2018. This is to help aspirants get accustomed to the online test and navigation functionality. Aspirants are advised to go via CMAT Mock Test so as to acquaint themselves with the screens, layout, and navigation.

Trial tests are very helpful and form an important part of aspirantโ€™s preparation for the exam. It allows an aspirant to form a better understanding of the test.

Some of the benefits of taking a Trial test are:

  • It acquaints aspirants with the navigation and layout of the test.
  • It gives aspirants an idea about their speed and efficiency.
  • It gives aspirants confidence to perform in the actual test.
  • A Trial test may also help aspirants to form an idea about their actual score in the test.
  • It helps aspirants to manage their time better in the actual test.


Important Topics of CMAT 2018

It is crucial that aspirants prepare for the exam as per the syllabus. Below are discussed important points regarding CMAT Syllabus:

  • There is no pre-defined or fixed syllabus for the Logical Reasoning and the General Awareness sections. However, aspirants are advised to check the topics discussed below in these sections.
  • Language Comprehension comprises components of English Grammar and Vocabulary.
  • Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation is designed on the basis of 10+2 level Mathematics syllabus.

CMAT Section Wise Syllabus 2018 :

Quantitative Techniques & Data InterpretationLogical ReasoningGeneral AwarenessLanguage Comprehension
Number SystemsAnalytical ReasoningPresent Affairs of National and International EconomyJumbled Paragraphs
Fraction and DecimalsStatements AssumptionsIndividualities in NewsReading Comprehension
Geometry & AveragesAnalogy TestSports newsParagraph Completion
Quadratic and linear equationsInferencesTrade AwarenessSentence Correction
Ratios and ProportionStatements ArgumentsHistorySynonyms and Antonyms
Percentages & In-equationsNon Verbal ReasoningCultureIdioms and Phrases
PartnershipCause and EffectsPoliticsEnglish Grammar
Time-Speed-DistanceStatements and ConclusionGeographyEnglish Usage Mistakes
AlgebraBlood Relationship TestsEconomicsSentence Improvement
Profit and LossSymbol Based ProblemsSportsOne-word Substitution

Preparation Books for CMAT 2018

Books are the most important aspect of preparation for an exam. Some of the books that aspirants may refer to for the preparation of CMAT 2018 exam are given below. These are most advisable by the students and experts.

SubjectBook NameAuthor
Quantitative Aptitude and Data InterpretationQuantitative Aptitude for Competitive ExaminationsRS Agarwal
Accredited Guide to Data Interpretation and Data SufficiencyAnanta Ashisha
Data Analysis & Interpretation Data SufficiencyThink Tank of Kiran Prakashan
Logical ReasoningA modern approach to logical reasoningRS Agarwal
How to Prepare for Logical Reasoning for the CATArun Sharma
Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation for the CATNishit Sinha
Language ComprehensionThe Pearson Guide to Verbal AbilitySujit Kumar
How to Prepare for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension?Arun Sharma & Meenakshi Upadhyay
CAT Verbal Ability & Reading ComprehensionGautam Puri
General AwarenessGeneral KnowledgeDisha Experts
Face To Face MAT With 19 Years (1997-2016)BS Sijwali


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