CMAT 2020 Exam Analysis & Expected Cut-offs

CMAT will be conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA), on 24th January, 2020, for admission into the management courses of all AICTE approved Universities, Colleges, and affiliated institutes. CMAT 2020 is a three hour computer based test. The exam is conducted once every year in 2 slots. The first slot is in the morning from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and the second slot is in the afternoon from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. No changes have been announced in the paper pattern so far and is likely to remain the same. The paper pattern comprises 4 sections: Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation, Logical Reasoning, Language Comprehension, and General Awareness.

CMAT 2020 Paper Pattern

Section Number of Questions Marks/Question Maximum Marks
Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation 25 4 100
Logical Reasoning 25 4 100
Language Comprehension 25 4 100
General Awareness 25 4 100
Total 100 - 400

Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation

There are a total of 25 questions in this section and the dominating areas keep rotating. In CMAT 2018, the dominating areas were Arithmetic and Number system. While in CMAT 2019, the dominating areas were Arithmetic and Geometry. Therefore in order to score well in this section you need to be proficient in the following areas: Arithmetic, Algebra, Number System, and Geometry.

DI plays a trivial role in the section. The number of DI questions that have been appearing in the last few years is significantly low. Last year, only 2 questions were from DI out of the given 25 questions. Overall, by focusing on Quantitative alone you can perform well in this section.

Logical Reasoning

This section consists of 25 questions combining Analytical Reasoning and Verbal Reasoning. Most of the questions in this section appear from Analytical Reasoning. The usual break up of questions is 21 questions from Analytical Reasoning and 4 questions from Verbal Reasoning respectively. The Analytical questions appear from an array of topics viz. grouping, distribution, arrangement, comparison, coding/decoding, blood relations, directions, clock and calendar, cube, sequence etc. The verbal reasoning portion covers: statement conclusion, statement argument, reasoning & assertion, and word relationships. The overall level of difficulty of this section is easy to moderate.

Language Comprehension

This section covers Reading Comprehension passages and Verbal Ability questions. There are around 4-5 RC passages out of which one of the passages is usually lengthy. The lengthy passage contains 6 questions and the short passages contain 3 questions each. In total, roughly 15 questions are from Reading Comprehension.

For Verbal Ability, the areas that are covered in the paper include: para jumble, idiom/phrase, FIJ (fact, inference and judgment), antonym and synonym, identify part with error, identify correct sentence, FIBs (Fill in the Blanks), word analogy, vocabulary, and cloze test. Overall, the difficulty level of this section is moderate to difficult.

General Awareness

It is considered the most difficult section of this exam. It comprises questions both from current affairs and static GK. The section is dominated by static GK with questions appearing from a variety of topics like Indian Constitution, Politics, Famous Personalities etc. As per previous years’ 6-7 questions appear from Current Affairs and the remaining appear from Static GK.

CMAT Colleges and Expected Cut-offs

B - School CMAT Percentile
JBIMS 99.9+
SIMSREE 99+
GOA Institute of Management 95-99
KJ Somaiya 95-99
Great Lakes Institute of Management 95-99
PUMBA 95-99
Dept. Of Mgmt Sciences, University of Pune 95-99
IPE Hyderabad 90-95
Welingkar Institute Of Management, Mumbai 85
Indian Institute of Information Technology & Management 85
IFIM 85
IFMR 85
NIBM Pune 85
NL Dalmiya Institute of Management 85
Jaipuria Institute of Management Noida 85
XISS Ranchi HR 80
IMT Nagpur 80
IMT Hyderabad 80
ITM Navi Mumbai 80
Welingkar Institute Of Management, Bangalore 80