CMAT February 2013 has come to a close. As compared to the September CMAT, there hasn't been much variation with respect to the pattern of the exam. However, the level of the questions was surely a notch higher. The section on Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation was moderate in difficulty. Some questions in this section were very similar to the ones asked in CAT in the early 90s. It is advisable that the students solve the previous years papers as one might get a question from there. DI was hardly present with not more than two questions asked in any slot. A few incorrect questions were also reported. The sections on Logical Reasoning and General Awareness got a mixed response. Analytical Reasoning formed the major chunk in the LR section while Static GK dominated the General Awareness section across all slots. The Language Comprehension section, which had many ambiguous/incorrect questions in the previous CMAT, turned out much better this time. Difficulty level did go a bit higher in this section.
Overall, the February edition of CMAT 2013 was a leap forward from the September version. The questions were less ambiguous and better framed. No major technical glitches were reported.
CMAT Update - February 24, 2013
We are through with the Day-3 of CMAT Feb'13 and no major changes in the paper pattern have been reported yet.
The section on Logical Reasoning was tough in one of the slots in Day-3. Unlike the previous slots where the questions were fairly easy, LR questions in this slot were time consuming and a lot of information had to be assimilated to solve them . The General Awareness section, like Day-1, could be rated moderate in difficulty. It comprised mostly static GK questions. The section on Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation, which was moderate in difficulty across slots on the first two days, was surprisingly easy in one of the slots in Day-3. Language Comprehension, though a bit on the tougher side, was less ambiguous for all the three days. RC and CR dominated this section.
The test was conducted smoothly across centers. There were no major technical glitches, though in some centers there was the problem of the systems switching off suddenly. In some of the centers the candidates were permitted to exit the centers after submitting their paper, even though the instruction sheet strictly forbade candidates from leaving before the completion of the 180 minute duration.
CMAT Update - February 22, 2013
This edition of February CMAT is turning out to be on similar lines as the September version, at least pattern wise. Difficulty wise, the Verbal Ability section is touted to be a shade tougher than the September, 2012 CMAT. Day-2, slot-1 saw no major changes in terms of pattern of the exam. The section on Quantitative Ability saw easy to moderate questions with a majority of questions asked from Arithmetic and Algebra. Logical Reasoning was its usual self and comprised easy to moderate questions barring only 4-5 questions that were tricky. The morning slot saw a question on “complementary idea” in VA that left many students stumped. The section on General Awareness was moderate in difficulty. A few abstruse questions bothered the candidates.
It seems the CMAT authorities are finally getting it right this time as regards the testing conditions. Aside a few centers reporting less than quiet surroundings and confusion regarding the seating arrangement (which soon got resolved), the morning slot of Day-2 saw no technical glitches. The exam was conducted smoothly.
CMAT Update - February 21, 2013
CMAT February 2013 has finally been flagged off on 21.02.2013. Thankfully, there were no unwanted surprises in terms of questions or format. As usual 180 minutes were allotted for 100 questions—more than sufficient time to answer the questions and in fact revise each of them. Just like in the CMAT held in September, 2012, there was no section-wise time limit—one could use the time for attempting questions in a non-sequential way so as to maximize his/her score. There were four marks for each correct answer and one negative mark for a wrong attempt.
Keeping in mind the delay that took place in the entry for the examination in the September CMAT, some of the students reported much later than the reporting time stated in the admit card. Also, a couple of examination centers reported technical difficulties such as improper functioning of computer keys and mouse. In one center at Delhi at least 4-5 students started their test earlier than the stated time as the ‘Start your test’ button went off automatically.
A student’s performance in Language Comprehension and General Awareness would be a key differentiator since the other two sections (Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning) featured doable questions of easy to moderate difficulty level.
A couple of differences were observed in comparison to the September’12 CMAT:
- There were no instructions given in the FIJ (facts, inference and judgment) question that would provide clear definition of each term (F, I, and J).
- The language used in questions, especially in the Language Comprehension was comparatively less ambiguous than that used in the September CMAT. However, grammatical errors persisted.
Below is the breakdown of the questions in today’s CMAT.
|Type of Questions||Number of questions||Maximum Marks||Pattern||Difficulty|
|Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation||25||100||Mostly questions from Arithmetic and Algebra with 2-3questions from each of Modern Maths, Geometry/ Mensuration/Coordinate
Geometry and Number Systems.
|Logical Reasoning||25||100||21 questions of Mathematical Reasoningand 4 questions of Verbal Reasoning||Easy-
|25||100||Questions on Critical Reasoning,
Summary, Vocabulary, and Single Question RCs
|General Awareness||25||100||Primarily Static GK with a couple of questions from Current Affairs||Moderate|
Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation
Quantitative Techniques: There were 9 questions on Arithmetic and 3 each on Geometry andNumber Systems.The 6 questions on Algebra featured 1 question from each of the following areas—Polynomials, Linear Equation, Quadratic Equation, Inequality, Progressions, Functions.In addition, there were 3 questions based on Modern Math and 1 based on Pie-Chart.
Mathematical (Analytical) Reasoning formed the majority of the questions in this section. There were questions on Linear, Circular arrangement, Selection, Directions, Blood Relations, Data Sufficiency, Cubes, Visual Reasoning, Clocks and Calendars.
Verbal Reasoning had 4 easy to moderate difficulty questions including Deductive Logic, Logical Consistency, Data Sufficiency and Statement Conclusion questions.
Reading Comprehension consisted of 7 questions based on short passages of about 120 words each. Questions were primarily tone, source and inference based.
There were 4 Summary Type Questions.
Vocabulary Questions comprised 6 questions from among Synonyms/ Antonyms, Word Usage, Idiomatic Usage, Sentence Completion and Analogy.
There was a question each on Parajumble (4 Sentence type) and Facts, Inference, Judgment (FIJ).
There were 3-4 Critical Reasoning questions, based on short passages of about 120-150 words.
In addition to all these were 2 Grammar based questions which involved choosing the grammatically correct sentence.
The section on General Awareness was primarily dominated by Static GK with around 15-18 questions. There were around 7-10 questions from Current Affairs. There were quite a few questions on famous Personalities, Books Sports and Awards.
All the Best!
Disclaimer: This Analysis pertains to the day-one-slot-one of February 2013 CMAT. All information in this analysis is based on independent evaluation made by Career Launcher. We do not take responsibility for any decision that might be taken, based on this information. We shall update the Analysis on the basis of the rest of the slots as and when required.