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Updated On:31 Oct 2014 12:47 PM IST By: Sreetama Datta

CMAT Trend Analysis

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CMAT or the Common Management Aptitude Test conducted by All India Center for Technical Education (AICTE) is a relatively new MBA entrance exam compared to the other popular MBA entrance exams like CAT, XAT or even ATMA. The exam is conducted twice a year and the over 1000 AICTE approved B-schools accept the score of CMAT. The next CMAT will be held in February 2014, which will be conducted in a window of 5 days from Thursday, February 20, 2014 to Tuesday, February 25, 2014. The CMAT Registration for February 2014 exam is going on at present and will end on Thursday, January 2, 2014.

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AICTE had introduced CMAT in the year 2012. The first CMAT was held in the year February, followed by September 2012 CMAT. In the year 2013, an additional CMAT was conducted in May on special request of the state governments in order to facilitate those candidates who could not appear in the earlier CMAT in February. It was mentioned that the candidates who had taken CMAT in February 2012 would not be allowed to take the additional test. Several state level MBA entrance exams like UPSEE, GCET, RMAT, MAH CET was discontinued owing to the fact that the admission took place through CMAT scores in the state B-schools. However, MAH CET has been brought back by its conducting body Directorate of Technical Education (DTE), Maharashtra and the exam will be held in February 2014.

For any doubts and questions related to the exam pattern, preparation and other related queries, students can call the CMAT Helpline at 011-40360360.

The first CMAT received around 70,000 registrations. With each exam, the registrations increased. In the previous CMAT conducted in September 2013, the exam received 83,662 registrations out of which about 70,000 candidates actually appeared for the exam. Recently the media was abuzz with the news that CMAT has been scraped by the honourable Supreme Court. However, Careers360 investigation revealed that CMAT would be continued in 2014 as well and the CMAT February 2014 notification was announced shortly after the misleading media reports disapproving the rumours.


With about 2 months left for CMAT February 2014, Careers360 brings to you the detailed structure and analysis of the exam.

CMAT Structure

The structure of the CMAT exam has remained constant over the past 1 year. The exam pattern is given in the table below:


3 hours


Computer based test

Sectional Time Limit



4 – Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation, Logical Reasoning, Language Comprehension and General Awareness

Number of Questions

100- 25 in each section

Marking Scheme

+4 for correct answers; -1 for wrong answer

Options per Question


CMAT Exam Pattern

The CMAT exam pattern has remained same since the inception. The detailed pattern and the past CMAT analysis are given in the following paragraphs.



Number of Questions

Marks Allotted

Difficulty Level

Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation



Easy to Moderate

Logical Reasoning



Moderate to Tough

Language Comprehension



Moderate to Tough

General Awareness








Now we will have a detailed look at the section wise analysis.

CMAT Analysis:


Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation

The difficulty level in this section was easy to moderate. The questions and their options, both were on the easier side. The questions were asked mainly from the Arithmetic area. Some questions from higher mathematics like Permutation & Combination, Geometry and Algebra were also asked.

The Data Interpretation area had questions on Bar Graph and tables. Data Sufficiency questions are not asked.

Logical Reasoning

 The Logical Reasoning questions ranged from being moderate to tough. The majority of the questions were asked from Data Arrangement area. The other topics included grouping and conditionality. The section had some sitter questions as well.

Language Comprehension

This section was on a comparatively higher level of difficulty. This section was a combination of Reading Comprehension and English Usage/Verbal Ability. There were 5 Reading Comprehension passages with 3 questions from each passage. The Verbal Ability area had Verbal Reasoning questions as well. In order to get a good score in the exam, the candidates needed to have analytical and vocabulary skills.

General Awareness

This section was of moderate difficulty level. The questions were asked from the topics of banking, sports, arts and culture, geography, history, politics, business etc.  Cracking the section wouldn’t have been difficult for those who are in touch with current affairs.

CMAT Preparation Tips

If you have taken CAT 2013 or IIFT 2013, cracking CMAT will not be difficult for you. Moreover, if you have taken CMAT in September 2013 and obtained a moderately good score, you can consider yourself to be almost prepared to crack CMAT February 2014.

Krishna Deshmukh, topper of CMAT September 2013 with a score of 326 says, “The CMAT questions are much easier than that of CAT. Hence preparing for the Quant, DI and Reasoning section for CAT served the purpose for CMAT preparation as well.”

As far as General Awareness section preparation is concerned, Deshmukh suggests reading newspapers and current affairs magazine regularly. For the CMAT February 2014 candidates, Deshmukh advises, “The CMAT questions are basically very easy but it is the silly mistakes that cost the marks. My advice for the CMAT takers would be to avoid silly mistakes. Go through the questions first and after solving the questions, revise thoroughly.”

Taking regular mock tests or solving sample papers will help you in getting a grip on the exam pattern and time management, which is the biggest factor in cracking the exam.

Also Read:

Top B-schools Accepting CMAT Scores

Media interpretations on HC ruling over CMAT create confusion

AICTE announces February CMAT 2014-15

CMAT September 2013 Topper Krishna Deshmukh Shares Success Secrets

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Stay tuned to B-School.Careers360 for more news and updates on CMAT 2014.


First Published On:05 Dec 2013 07:23 PM IST

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