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CMAT 2021 Exam Analysis: Sectional and Previous Years’ Paper, Question Paper Analysis

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CMAT 2021 slot 1 has been conducted from 9 AM to 12 PM in online mode. Candidates who appeared for the exam found the overall difficulty to be moderate and GK section to be the hardest.

In general, CMAT difficulty level is moderate to difficult. Generally, the Logical Reasoning Section is the most difficult section of the paper. CMAT Sectional Cut Off depends heavily on the difficulty level of the paper. 

  • CMAT is considered to be of moderate difficulty when compared to other management exams such as CAT, XAT etc. Check CMAT Preparation Tips
  • CMAT consists of 4 sections, Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation, Logical Reasoning, Language Comprehension, General Awareness. Check CMAT 2021 Exam Pattern and Syllabus
  • CMAT 2020 Question Paper consists of 100 questions, i.e. 25 questions in each section. Check CMAT Question Papers

Also Check: CMAT 2021 Exam Date Postponed and Exam Pattern Revised

CMAT 2021 Exam Analysis

CMAT 2021 Exam Analysis

CMAT Exam Analysis for the first shift:

Name of the Section Total No. of Questions Total Marks Good Attempt Difficulty Level
Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation 25 100 21+ Moderate
General Awareness 25 100 19+ Moderate-Difficult
Logical Reasoning 25 100 21+ Easy-Moderate
Language Comprehension 25 100 20+ Moderate
Innovation & Entrepreneurship (Optional) 25 100 18+ Moderate
Total 100+25 400+100 85+ to 105+ Moderate

CMAT Quantitative Technique and Data Interpretation Analysis (Shift 1)

Area No of Questions. Specifics /Topics
Arithmetic 10
  • Percentages
  • Time-speed-distance
  • Time-work
  • Ratio-Proportion
  • SI-CI
  • Mixtures & Allegations
  • Work Pipes & Cisterns
Algebra 3
  • Quadratic equations
  • Linear Equations
Geometry 1
  • Triangles
Modern Math 4
  • Function
  • Probability
  • Permutation - Combination
  • Venn Diagram
Numbers 5
  • Properties of Numbers
  • Surds & Indices
Data Interpretation 2
  • Table
  • Pie-Chart

CMAT Logical Reasoning Analysis (Shift 1)

Area No of Questions.
  • Specifics /Topics
Verbal Reasoning 3
  • Critical Reasoning
Non Verbal Reasoning 22
  • Coding-decoding
  • Relations
  • Series
  • Analogies
  • Blood Relations
  • Arrangements(Circular & Matrix)
  • Visual Reasoning
  • Directions
  • Counting number of figures etc.

CMAT Language Comprehension Analysis (Shift 1)

Area No of Questions. Specifics /Topics
Reading Comprehension
(4 passages)
  • (approx. 80 to 500 words)
Vocabulary 3
  • Synonyms
  • Fill in the Blanks
Grammar 8
  • Sentence Correction/Improvement

CMAT General Awareness Analysis (Shift 1)

Area No of Questions. Specifics /Topics
Static GK 17 Indian Context 15 questions
International 7 questions
Miscellaneous 3 questions
Current Affairs 8

CMAT 2021 Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation Section Analysis (Shift 2)

Topic No. of Questions
Arithmetic 11
Algebra + Function 3
Number System
Data Interpretation 4
Geometry & Mensuration 2
Quadratic Equation & Series 2
Probability/ Permutation & Combination 2
Total 25

CMAT 2021 Language Comprehension Section Analysis (Shift 1)

Topic No. of Questions
Reading Comprehension 1 2
Reading Comprehension 2 3
Active & Passive 1
Central Idea 1
Fill-in the Blanks 11
Idioms & Phrases 2
Correct Sentence 5
Total 25 
Topic No. of Questions
Syllogism 3
Blood Relations 2
Coding-Decoding 4
Verbal Reasoning 3
Series Completion 6
Analogies 2
Directions 1
Visual Reasoning 1
Seating Arrangements 2
Rank & Order 1
Total 25 

CMAT 2020 Paper Analysis

CMAT 2020 Paper Analysis

Section Total Number of Question Marks per Section Difficulty Level of Exam
Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation Analysis 25 100 Easy
Logical Reasoning 25 100 Moderately Difficult
Language Comprehension 25 100 Easy
General Awareness 25 100 Difficult
Overall 100 400 Moderate

CMAT Quant & DI Analysis

CMAT 2020 Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation Analysis

Area No of Questions. Specifics
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

CMAT 2020 Quant Highlights

  • Most of the candidates found this section moderately difficult and straightforward. However, a number of the aspirants found questions a little tough to solve for this section.
  • Arithmetic was the topic out of which most of the questions were from this section, whereas solely many questions were from the magnitude relation, Percentage, Interest, Time and work. 
  • The questions of information Interpretation queries were protracted.

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CMAT LR Analysis

CMAT 2020 Logical Reasoning Analysis

Area No. of Qs.
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

CMAT 2020 Logical Reasoning Highlights

  • This section was moderately difficult. 
  • Most of the questions were from topics like - blood relations, directions, cube, sequence, clock, and calendar, grouping, statement conclusion, word relationship, statement argument, reasoning & assertion distribution, arrangement, comparison, coding/ decoding, etc.

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CMAT LC Analysis

CMAT 2020 Language Comprehension Analysis

Area No. of Qs.
Reading Comprehension - 1 Passage 6
Synonyms/Antonyms 1
FIB (Vocabulary)- 2 Blanks 2
FIB (Grammar) 1
Idiom-based 2
Word definition 3
Paragraph Jumbles 2
Meaning of phrase 1
Antonym/ synonym of the underlined word 5
Spelling 1
Sentence Correction 1

CMAT 2020 Language Comprehension Highlights

  • The Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension section was easy to moderate level of questions in terms of the difficulty level. 
  • The Reading Comprehension lined a complete of six questions and therefore the remainder of the questions were asked from the verbal ability. 
  • A number of the key queries from Verbal Ability were idiom/ phrase, word analogy, fill in the blanks, antonym and synonym, identify correct sentence, etc. 

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CMAT GA Analysis

CMAT 2020 General Awareness Analysis

  • The general awareness section was a little difficult to solve for the candidates.
  • Generally, this section is considered to be difficult. 
  • There were few questions that the aspirants found queries ambiguous and tough to get an answer for.
  • In the General Awareness section, queries were asked from topics like the Indian Constitution, Recent Acts of Parliament, Appointments, known personalities etc.

CMAT 2019 Analysis

CMAT 2019 Analysis

CMAT 2019 Analysis - Language Comprehension

  • This section comprised of 4 passages, out of which 3 passages were short and had three questions each. Check: CMAT Detailed Syllabus
  • The questions in these 3 passages were from the World Trade Organisation and UN agency about the state of developing countries; vulnerable Languages (Eg: Greek and Latin); Parenting and culture-related systems.
  • The passages were of easily solvable question-level and consisted of factual questions apart from one illation question. 
  • The fourth passage had a moderate length and it had six queries for the candidates to aim. The queries were supported by Steve Jobs, some little-known facts regarding him and his views on life.
  • The queries for the Verbal Ability section were easy to moderate in terms of the difficulty level. It comprised one Sentence Correction question, four Vocabulary questions, one grammar error question, two questions on Idioms, one Para Jumble (PJ) question and one Sentence Completion question. 

CMAT 2019 Analysis - Quantitative Techniques & information Interpretation

  • This section had no set-based questions; only single questions were asked. 
  • In terms of the difficulty level, there have been nine moderately difficult questions, two very difficult questions whereas the remainder of the questions were comparatively easy. 
  • There were thirteen questions that were quite simple and only needed the candidates to implement basic methods to solve.
  • As unremarkably is that the case, Arithmetic and pure mathematics based questions could be seen the most in this section. 
  • Alternative questions were equally distributed within the areas of Algebra, modern maths, etc. Other than that, from Data interpretation there were two questions that were not set based.

CMAT 2019 Analysis - Logical Reasoning

  • The difficulty level for this section was easy to moderate level. there have been four Verbal Reasoning questions and 2 Analogy questions. Also, there have been questions that were from topics like sequence, Coding/Decoding, blood relation, etc.

CMAT 2019 Analysis - General Awareness

  • There were around eight questions from Current Affairs. 
  • Candidates who thoroughly read the newspaper daily or those that have a good knowledge of what’s happening across the globe might have simply managed to solve the questions. 
  • The paper was dominated by static GK queries and there have been questions supporting Science, Awards, Politics, etc.
  • A candidate might expect to attain well with thirteen to fifteen makes an attempt during this section with the 80% accuracy.
  • Overall, a candidate would fetch around 99+ marks for making an attempt of around 85 to 87 questions with around 90% accuracy (net score of 305 to 310). 
  • Around 95 marks may be potentially scored if a candidate has attempted around 74-76 questions (net score of 260 to 265). 
  • Around 90 marks may be achieved if the student has marked around 64-66 questions in the question paper with around 90% accuracy (net score of 225 to 230).

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CMAT 2018 Analysis

CMAT 2018 Paper Analysis

Section No. of Questions Maximum Marks Difficulty Level
Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation 25 100 Moderate
Logical Reasoning 25 100 Moderate to Difficult
Language Comprehension 25 100 Moderate
General Awareness 25 100 Moderate to Difficult
  • The CMAT 2018 was quite predictable, and there were no questions out of the blue that would have given a surprise to the test takers. 
  • The difficulty level in general of the paper was moderate however data Interpretation, Logical Reasoning (LR) and General Awareness were slightly on the difficult facet. 
  • No major technical glitches were reportable at the examination centres.
  • Students reportable found half of the data Interpretation in Quant section difficult likewise as expected. 
  • In line with the aspirants, even the Logical Reasoning section was reported to be tough and long. 
  • The General Awareness section was conjointly more tough as compared to last year. 
  • Students hoped to attain well within the Quant section and Language Comprehension sections as they found these topics easily comprehendible

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CMAT 2017 Analysis

CMAT 2017 Paper Analysis

Section Number of questions Total marks Difficulty level
Language Comprehension 25 100 Easy
Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation 25 100 Easy
Logical Reasoning 25 100 Moderate
General Awareness 25 100 Tough
  • Questions related to current economic developments and government policies were asked in the General Awareness section 
  • Topics like Demonetization, Digital India initiatives, Ease of Doing Business, Nobel Prize for Music were covered. 
  • Questions based on Arithmetic, Algebra, Geometry, Number system, Modern Math among others. 
  • The largest amount of questions was from Arithmetic. 
  • There were four Reading Comprehension passages in the reading comprehension section.
  • Three passages were short in length (about 400 words) while one was lengthy.
  • In the Logical Reasoning section, all questions were independent, and not set based.

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Frequently Asked Questions

CMAT Paper Analysis FAQs

Ques. How many correct attempts equal to 99 percentile in CMAT 2021?

Ans. Out of 100 questions, if a candidate is able to attempt 80-85 questions correctly, they can expect to score 320-340 marks which converts into 99 percentile.

Ques. How is CMAT paper divided into sections?

Ans. CMAT is divided into:

  • Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation Analysis - 25questions
  • Logical Reasoning - 25 questions
  • Language Comprehension - 25 questions
  • General Awareness - 25 questions.

Ques. What is the difficulty level of the CMAT exam?

Ans. The CMAT exam is usually of moderate difficulty. It has been seen in the past few years that the quant section is usually tougher than the rest of the sections.

Ques. What type of questions are asked in the General Awareness section of CMAT??

Ans. The general awareness section of CMAT exam will have questions from static GK, current affairs and business news.

Ques. How difficult is CMAT 2021 going to be?

Ans. As per the previous test pattern, CMAT 2021 is expected to be moderately difficult. The English section is expected to be easiest and the Quant and General Awareness section is expected to be the most difficult. 

Ques. What is the weightage of Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation Sections in CMAT 2021?

Ans. All the sections in the CMAT Paper have the same weightage, i.e 25%. Each section will have 25 questions each out of the 100 total questions. 

Ques. Is it a good idea to attempt every question?

Ans. You should attempt questions you are confident you can solve correctly. Blindly answering or guessing would lead to a lot of lost marks, as there is negative marking of 0.25 marks per wrong answer. 

Ques. How many attempts are allowed for CMAT?

Ans. There is no limit for the number of attempts in CMAT. 

*The article might have information for the previous academic years, which will be updated soon subject to the notification issued by the University/College.


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